Saturday, September 10, 2011
Iowa beating Iowa State big up front
By David Ubben
Iowa State got left tackle Kelechi Osemele back on the field, but its slow start continues.
Iowa is dominating the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball and leads 10-0. Mike Meyer's field goal attempt clanged off the upright but slipped through.
The Hawkeyes have run for 61 yards on 13 carries and have converted 3 of 4 third downs.
On Iowa State's possession between the two Iowa touchdowns, it was stuffed on a third-and-1.
The Cyclones struggled along the defensive line last year, and it doesn't look much better so far. Defensive end Roosevelt Maggitt is out for the season with a torn ACL, but if Iowa quarterback James Vandenberg gets this much time in the pocket and that much push up front, the Hawkeyes' lead is only going to grow.
It's been a better start for Steele Jantz, though. He threw three picks early in last week's game, but he's 3-of-3 for 30 years early, with a nice called draw to earn a first down in the red zone on the opening drive.