Smothered by Wisconsin’s defense, Iowa is moving on following a humbling 38-14 loss to the Badgers.
That, along with a monster day in the NFL for former Hawkeyes’ Adrian Clayborn and a pair of C.J’s, are all part of today’s Hawkeye 10@10, your daily dose of Iowa football news and notes.
1. Center James Daniels said the consistency of Wisconsin’s execution defensively had plenty to do with Iowa’s issues Saturday.
“Everybody was in their fits. Everybody was in their gaps,’’ Daniels said. “They didn’t give us a chance to get it going. It seemed like we were in third-and-8 or third-and-9 all day.’’
2. In limiting Iowa to 66 yards of offense, Wisconsin defenders said the Badgers four turnovers didn’t seem insurmountable.
“That was the best performance from a defensive I’ve ever been around,’’ cornerback Derrick Tindal said. “We could turn the ball over 50 times. I feel like our defense is going to step up to the task.’’
3. James Butler led Iowa in rushing at Wisconsin, gaining 30 yards on eight carries.
It marked the first time in eight games that somebody other than Akrum Wadley led the Hawkeyes in rushing.
Toren Young, who gained 11 yards on three late-game carries against the Badgers in a return to his hometown, led Iowa with 78 yards in the Hawkeyes’ Sept. 16 win over North Texas.
4. Iowa returned to the practice field this morning, moving on to Purdue.
Given what transpired Saturday at Wisconsin, the Hawkeyes have little choice than to rely on the routine. Iowa reviewed tape and corrected mistakes on Sunday, then started working toward Saturday’s game against the Boilermakers.
“We’ll think about this for the next four hours (on the bus ride) going home, then look at it tomorrow,’’ coach Kirk Ferentz said following Saturday’s game.
“Then, we’re going to put it behind us and focus on beating our next opponent. That’s really all you can do, win, lose or draw. Really what we’ve got left right now is 13 days, two games. That’s where our focus is.’’
5. Like many of his teammates, James Butler found it hard to dissect how the Hawkeyes could go from looking oh-so-good against Ohio State to finishing with 66 yards of total offense against Wisconsin.
“It’s just football,’’ Butler said. “Every day, it’s a different game. They came out ready to play, and we came out ready to play. We just weren’t able to execute the way we needed to execute.’’
6. Adrian Clayborn had a record-setting day Sunday for the Atlanta Falcons, highlighting a sack-filled Sunday by former Hawkeye defenders in the NFL.
Clayborn set an Atlanta record with six sacks in the Falcons’ 27-7 win over Dallas, becoming just the fourth player in NFL history to record six sacks in a game.
Clayborn wasn’t the only Iowa player taking down opposing quarterbacks Sunday.
Mike Daniels had one sack among five tackles for Green Bay in its win over Chicago, Christian Kirksey had one sack, four tackles and three assists for Cleveland in a loss to Detroit and Desmond King had one sack among his five tackles for the Chargers in an overtime loss to Jacksonville.
Elsewhere on defense, Micah Hyde had seven tackles and one assist for Buffalo in a loss to New Orleans and in that game against Atlanta, Anthony Hitchens finished with five tackles and five assists for Dallas.
7. Sunday was also a good day to be named C.J. if you happen to be a former Hawkeye collecting an NFL paycheck.
Quarterback C.J. Beathard earned his first NFL victory for San Francisco and tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz returned to action for Houston after spending eight weeks on the injured reserve list.
Beathard rushed for one touchdown and threw a pair of second quarter touchdown passes as part of a 19-of-25 effort which covered 288 yards in the 49ers’ 31-21 win over the New York Giants.
“There’s not a better feeling. That’s why you play sports for that feeling in the locker room when you celebreat a win. There’s nothing like it,’’ Beathard said in a news conference following the game.
Fiedorowicz, who had been sidelined as he recuperated from his second concussion of the season, caught two passes for 10 yards for the Texans in a 33-7 loss to the Rams.
8. In case you missed it, the starting time for Saturday’s game against Purdue was set late Saturday night.
Iowa will kick off its final game of the season at Kinnick Stadium at 2:30 p.m.
The Big Ten Network will televise.
9. Nic Shimonek enjoyed an efficient game on Saturday, highlighting the work of former Hawkeyes elsewhere in college football.
The Texas Tech quarterback completed 24-of-29 passes for 246 yards and two touchdowns as the Red Raiders beat Baylor 38-24.
Elsewhere, Jalen Embry had four tackles including two tackles for a loss for Northern Illinois in its 63-17 victory over Ball State and Derrick Mitchell rushed 11 times for 15 yards and caught three passes for minus-two yards for Incarnate Word in its 56-10 loss to Central Arkansas.
10. The weather forecast for the final tailgate of the season at Kinnick Stadium is a mixed bag at this point.
The National Weather Service is calling for mostly sunny skies with a high temperature of 42 degrees in Iowa City on Saturday for the Hawkeyes’ game against Purdue.
Breezy conditions are expected and there is currently a 20 percent chance of rain in the forecast.