Iowa’s Offensive Explosion Leads Them To Victory Over Indiana

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Damond Powell

Damond Powell scored on a long touchdown for Iowa (Photo credit: Matthew Holst / Getty Images)


Coming into Saturday’s game versus Indiana, Iowa had only managed to score more than 24 points once and that was in the season opener against Northern Iowa when they won 31-23. Against Indiana, they scored 28 points by the end of the first quarter. The Hawkeyes won 45-29.

Neither team scored on their first possession, but Iowa used a methodical drive on their second series to take the lead. Jake Rudock hit Jake Duzey on a 12 yard pass to make it 7-0. The defense got in on the act when Desmond King double the lead at 14-0 with his 35 yard pick six.

After forcing a three and out, Iowa took one play to get back on the board. Rudock hit Damond Powell for a 72 yard touchdown and the rout appeared to be on. That was delayed for the time being when Tevin Coleman off an 83 yard touchdown run to cut the lead to 21-7 for the Hawkeyes.

Once again, it took just a single play for Iowa to score. Jonathan Parker broke off a 60 yard run of his own to restore a 21 point lead at 28-7.

Indiana came right back with a touchdown. Nate Sudfeld connected with Shane Wynn for 62 yards to the Iowa 24 yard line. Sudfeld would connect with Nick Stoner for a 13 yard score. Two drives later, Tevin Coleman ran for a 45 yard touchdown and it was 28-21.

Iowa added a 22 yard field goal from Marshall Koehn before taking a gamble with 3 seconds left in the first half. Kirk Ferentz decided to go for it on fourth and goal from one yard line. Mark Weisman pounded his way in to make it 38-21 at the break.

The third quarter saw no scoring as both defense stiffened. Iowa added another one yard touchdown from Weisman early in the fourth quarter to extend the lead to 45-21.

Tevin Coleman broke off his third long touchdown run of the game on the next drive when he ran in for a 69 yard score to make it 45-29 after the two point conversion was converted.

It was an amazing performance by Coleman who continues to have a superb season. Coleman ran for 219 yards and 3 touchdowns on 15 carries. He has ran for at least 122 yards and one touchdown in EVERY game this season. For the season, he has 120 carries for 1,060 yards and 11 touchdowns.

Nate Sudfeld went 4 of 9 for 85 yards with a touchdown an interception. Shane Wynn was the top receiver on his lone catch for 62 yards.

Jake Rudock went 19 of 27 for 210 yards and a touchdown. Mark Weisman carried the ball 25 times for 89 yards and 2 touchdowns. Damond Powell was the top receiver at 3 catches for 85 yards and a touchdown. Tevaun Smith caught 4 passes for 69 yards as well.

Indiana (3-3, 0-2) has alternated wins and losses to start the season. If they continue that trend, it would be a great upset next week at home against Michigan State (5-1, 2-0).

Iowa (5-1, 2-0) continued their strong start to the season and are in prime position to win the Big Ten West. They travel to Maryland (4-2, 1-1) next week in what should be a good matchup.

North Central College Obliterates North Park 58-26

lNorth Central College made it 2-0 in CCIW play with their crushing win over North Park. The Cardinals ran out to a 28-0 lead after one quarter before coasting home to the 58-26 win.

The first drive for the Cardinals ended in a lost fumble by Tyler Dicken. North Park reached the Cardinals’ 22 yard line, but an incompletion ended the threat on fourth and five.

The Cardinals made no mistakes on their next drive as they marched down the field to the first score of the game. Dylan Warden‘s two yard touchdown pass to Kolton Kuczynski made it 7-0.

After forcing a three and out, North Central went down the field quickly thanks to two penalties on North Park. Zack Pattat pounded the ball in from 2 yards out to make it 14-0. The defense stepped up on the next drive with Michael Monterrubio getting a 45 yard pick six to make it 21-0.

The defense forced another punt and the offense had little trouble finding the end zone again. Matt Randolph ran in from 30 yards out to make it 28-0 before the end of the first quarter.

The Vikings would respond with an 8 play, 63 yard drive. T.D. Conway found Devin Childress for an 11 yard strike to get North Park on the board. The Vikings came up with a huge play on defense when Nick French picked off Warden at the North Park 30 yard line. That turned into yet another 11 yard touchdown pass from Conway to Childress to make it 28-13. The extra point was no good, but the Vikings were within striking distance.

That 15 point cushion would be extended when Warden used his arm to lead the Cardinals down the field. Zach Pattat came up with his second rushing touchdown, this one from two yards out as well, to make it 35-13.

After a three and out, North Central scored yet another touchdown. Oshayne Brown ran the ball in from 33 yards out to take a 42-13 lead. The lead ballooned to 44-13 after a safety by the Cardinals on North Park’s punt with less than a minute to go in the second quarter.

The Cardinals defense was strong to start the third quarter as well. Nick Samuelson picked Conway off at the North Central 43 yard line. NCC capitalized on that turnover when Warden and Alex Ulmer connected for a 12 yard touchdown to make it a 51-13 score.

North Park would break down the defense again with Conway and Terrance Wright connecting on a 77 yard touchdown pass. However, the Cardinals responded on the next drive with Ulmer taking the kick back to the house for a 91 yard return. Just like that, it was 58-20.

North Park scored a late touchdown with under 2:30 remaining. Conway and Childress hooked up for the third time in the game with this one a 17 yard score. The extra point failed again and the final score would be 58-26.

North Central was led by a very effective Dylan Warden at quarterback. Warden went 15 of 17 for 165 yards and two touchdowns. He also had an interception. Warden carried the ball 6 times for 34 yards as well.

The leading rusher for NCC was Oshayne Brown with 71 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries. Zach Pattat had 48 yards and 2 touchdowns on 9 carries. Matt Randolph ran for 44 yards and a touchdown on only 3 carries while Ryan Kent ran 7 times for 44 yards.

Peter Sorenson led the Cardinals with receiving by catching 3 passes for 50 yards.

T.D. Conway finished 23 of 45 for 349 yards passing. He had 4 touchdowns, but also threw 3 interceptions in the loss. His top receiver was none other than Devin Childress who had 9 catches for 117 yards and 3 touchdowns. Terrance Wright caught 5 balls for 92 yards and a touchdown while Daniel Anderson chipped in with 6 catches for 90 yards.

The leading rusher for North Park was Drew Walkington with 15 carries for 65 yards. D.J. Jones added 13 carries for 41 yards as well.

North Central College (4-1, 2-0) came in ranked #12 and they will not see that ranking change next week. They are home to Carthage (2-3, 1-1) next Saturday.

North Park (0-5, 0-2) will continue their campaign next week on the road at Elmhurst (3-2, 2-0).

Wisconsin Badgers Hold Off Illinois Behind Gordon’s 4 Touchdowns

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Melvin Gordon

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Another game for the Wisconsin Badgers, another similar story. The passing game was ineffective, but Melvin Gordon and Corey Clement had big totals running the ball to lead the Badgers to a 38-28 win over Illinois. However, the Illini were stubborn and never let Badgers feel comfortable even as Wisconsin led 38-14 at one point.

The game started with Wisconsin running six straight times and Gordon’s 15 yard touchdown made it 7-0. Wisconsin’s second possession started at their own 1 thanks to a great punt from Justin DuVernois. A three and out led to great field position for the Illini, as they started at Wisconsin’s 31 yard line. Four plays later, Reilly O’Toole found Matt LaCosse wide open in the end zone to tie the game at 7.

Another punt by Wisconsin led to more good field position for Illinois. Darius Mosely returned the kick 11 yards to the Badgers’ 42. Five plays later, O’Toole connected with Geronimo Allison on a 5 yard touchdown and the Badgers suddenly found themselves trailing at 14-7.

A sustained drive by the Badgers led to a tie game. The 10 play, 75 yard drive in 5:11 was topped off by Gordon’s second touchdown of the game, this one from 6 yards out. The Badgers had a chance to take a 17-14 lead, but Rafael Gaglianone‘s 47 yard field goal was just barely left of the goal post.

Illinois subsequent drive was stopped on fourth and two at the Wisconsin 36 yard line. It took all of two plays for the Badgers to score. First, Kenzel Doe ran 34 yards on an end around followed up by Gordon doing the rest from 30 yards out. The Badgers took a 24-14 lead into half time after Gaglianone made a 44 yard field goal with seconds remaining.

The second half got off to a slow start with both defense playing well. Wisconsin’s second drive started at their own 10 yard line, but that changed when Corey Clement ran 51 yards on the first play of the series. A steady dose of Gordon and Clement led to Gordon’s fourth rushing touchdown of the game. This one was from a yard out to make it 31-14.

The first play of the fourth quarter extended Wisconsin’s lead even further. Clement took the hand off and burst through the opening and no one was going to catch him. He ran 72 yards for the score and it was 38-14 just 10 seconds into the fourth quarter.

At this point, it appeared to be over, but Aaron Bailey made an appearance at quarterback and he performed well. On his second drive of the fourth quarter, he ran 29 yards for a touchdown to make it 38-21. The field position was set up by V’Angelo Bentley‘s 30 yard punt return.

After stopping the Badgers on the ensuing drive, the Illini would cut the deficit to 10 points. Bailey’s legs and arm led Illinois 83 yards in 3:02. Donovonn Young pounded the ball in from a yard out to make the score 38-28.

The Illini tried and converted an onside kick to give them the ball back to produce some nervy moments for Badger fans. After getting down to the Wisconsin 37 yard line, Bailey’s pass was overthrown and Peniel Jean picked it off, which allowed the Badgers to run out the clock.

The Illini struggled at times on offense and finished with only 288 total yards. Reilly O’Toole went 12 of 19 for 96 yards and 2 touchdowns. Aaron Bailey went 2 of 5 for 39 yards and a pick. Bailey was the leading rusher for the Illini with 75 yards and a touchdown on 12 rushes. Josh Ferguson only had 33 yards on 11 carries in another subpar game for him.

Mike Dudek led the team with 4 catches for 59 yards. Ferguson had 3 catches for 30 yards out of the backfield.

The Badgers struggled passing again. Joel Stave went 7 of 14 for 73 yards and missed some wide open receiver. Tanner McEvoy played one series in the second quarter. He finished 3 of 4 with 24 yards and also ran for 12 yards.

Melvin Gordon finished with 175 yards and 4 touchdowns on 27 carries. Corey Clement played most of the fourth quarter and finished with 164 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries. As a team, the Badgers rushed for 401 yards with an average of 8.5 yards a carry.

Sam Arneson was the top target for the Badgers. He had 4 catches for 48 yards. Alex Erickson caught 2 passes for 18 yards.

Illinois (3-4, 0-3) is on a 3 game losing streak and has lost 4 of their last 5 games. They have a bye next week and will face Minnesota (5-1, 2-0) at home on Saturday, October 25.

Wisconsin (4-2, 1-1) will also be on a bye next week. They will welcome Maryland to Madison on October 25.

Stanford Holds Halliday In Check, Defeats Washington State

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Stanford‘s offense continues to be far from threatening, but they got the job done on Friday night in a 34-17 win over Washington State. The defense held Connor Halliday to only 303 yards passing six days after he threw for an FBS record 734 yards against California.

Stanford’s offense started out with several big plays on their first drive. Barry Sanders Jr. ran for gains of 21 and 29 while Kevin Hogan had a 22 yard pass to Ty Montgomery. However, they only mustered a field goal to make it 3-0.

After forcing a punt, Stanford made quick work of their next drive. Hogan hit Eric Cotton up the middle for an easy 39 yard touchdown pass and it was 10-0. Washington State answered back right away with an 11 play drive that went 75 yards. Halliday found Vince Mayle in the back of the end zone for the 9 yard touchdown and it was back down to a 3 point deficit at 10-7.

Stanford started the second quarter strong as well. Montgomery’s 46 yard punt return set up the Cardinal at the Cougars’ 16 yard line. Four plays later, Hogan hit Greg Taboada for a 3 yard touchdown and the lead was at 17-7.

However, the Stanford red zone inefficiencies would pop up again later in the quarter. On first and goal from the 3, Patrick Skov ran for two yards and extended the ball for the goal line. As he extended the ball, it was knocked out and recovered by Washington State. At the end of the half, Jordan Williamson missed from 37 yards out with the kick going wide right. Stanford still held a 17-7 advantage at the break.

Stanford picked Halliday off on the second play of the third quarter when Blake Martinez was there for the pick. Stanford would not get points out of the turnover, however. The Cougars would get a 46 yard field goal from Quentin Breshears to make the score 17-10 on the ensuing drive.

Stanford would have the answer yet again. Hogan’s four yard pass to Taboada made it 24-10 near the end of the third quarter.

The Cougars would not go away, as they ended the third quarter and began the fourth quarter with a drive into Stanford territory. Halliday’s 3 yard touchdown pass to River Cracraft made it 24-17.

Williamson made it a 27-17 game on the next Stanford drive. A six yard touchdown run from Remound Wright with under two minutes remaining made it 34-17.

Connor Halliday went 44 of 71 for 303 yards with 2 touchdowns and an interception. He was also sacked 4 times for a loss 56 yards. He was under constant siege from the Cardinal defense all game long. Jamal Morrow ran for 10 yards on 3 carries in the Air Raid offense that rarely features the run game.

River Cracraft had 15 catches for 99 yards and a touchdown while Vince Mayle caught 6 passes for 78 yards and a touchdown. Isiah Myers had 8 receptions for 53 yards and Jamal Morrow also caught 8 passes, but for 42 yards.

Kevin Hogan had a solid game by going 23 of 35 for 284 yards and 3 touchdowns. He did not commit a turnover in the game.

Remound Wright had 14 carries for 98 yards and a touchdown. Barry Sanders Jr looked very explosive early on with 7 rushes for 68 yards. His touches were limited in the second half. Christian McCaffrey was dangerous throughout the game when he got the ball. He had 3 carries for 28 yards and also caught 2 passes for 25 yards.

Ty Montgomery led the way in receiving with 7 catches for 72 yards. Michael Rector added 2 receptions for 65 yards including a 43 yard that ultimately led to the fumble by Skov. Eric Cotton had one catch for 39 yards and a touchdown. Meanwhile, the most efficient stat line of the night was Greg Taboada having 2 catches for 7 yards for 2 touchdowns.

Washington State (2-5, 1-3) does not have another game until October 25 when they face Arizona at home. Stanford (4-2, 2-1) goes on the road next Saturday to face Arizona State.