Recent Hawkeye fan frustration likely reached a new low as Tennessee dominated Iowa in the TaxSlayer Bowl. From the opening kick, the Hawks look unprepared, unmotivated, and unlikely to win.
Bad tackling, mental miscues, and predictable play-calling hampered Iowa all game long. To add injury to insult, Kirk Ferentz even got run over by one of his own players, Desmond King, leaving a gash over Ferentz's eye.
As for the quarterback controversy, Jake Rudock started, but C.J. Beathard took more snaps. It may not have mattered if Iowa had Aaron Rodgers behind center. It was 21-0 after one quarter, 35-7 at the half. The final score was 45-28, but it was nowhere near that close. Iowa scored two late, meaningless touchdowns.
Iowa finishes a highly anticipated season with a 7-6 record. The trophy case is empty. In addition to losing their bowl game, the Hawks lost trophy games to Iowa State, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Nebraska.