Saturday, November 6, 2010
Iowa letting Hoosiers hang around
By Adam Rittenberg
It's not a shock that Iowa had a letdown after a near-perfect performance last week against Michigan State.
But the Hawkeyes really have to be kicking themselves after 30 minutes of football against Indiana. The loss of starting running back Adam Robinson to a concussion hasn't hurt, as true freshman Marcus Coker racked up 102 rush yards on 16 carries in the first half. But Iowa isn't finishing drives, having to settle for two short field goals and a 22-yard miss by Michael Meyer at the end of the half.
We're all tied at 6-6 in Bloomington.
Credit Indiana's defense for picking up its play the last few weeks. The Hoosiers once again are causing problems for Ricky Stanzi, who has thrown an interception after tossing a career-high five picks against Indiana last year in Iowa City. Stanzi and Indiana's Ben Chappell both have completed 10 of 17 passes with no touchdowns and an interception in the first half.
I'd expect Iowa to come out strong in the third quarter, but the longer the Hawkeyes let IU hang around, the more confident the Hoosiers will become.