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Saturday, September 10, 2011
Iowa's struggles in Ames continue

By Adam Rittenberg

A wild one is all over in Ames, and it didn't end well for the Iowa Hawkeyes.

Iowa State 44, Iowa 41 (3OT): Kirk Ferentz has made Iowa an upper-tier Big Ten program. He has guided the Hawkeyes to two BCS bowl games and elevated the program's profile. But two teams -- Iowa State and Northwestern -- continue to torment him. After three consecutive convincing wins against the Cyclones, the Hawkeyes dropped a heartbreaker at Jack Trice Stadium, their own personal house of horrors, squandering five leads in the process. Iowa's concerns on defense came to fruition as Iowa State's Steele Jantz had a huge day with 279 passing yards and four touchdowns. A new-look Hawkeyes defense surrendered 26 first downs and 476 total yards in the loss. It was a mixed bag for Iowa quarterback James Vandenberg and running back Marcus Coker, but the defense had numerous chances to close out the game. Iowa's expectations should be scaled back a bit after this one, although the Hawkeyes have bounced back from losses to Iowa State before.