The trophy case at the Iowa football complex isn’t quite as empty this morning, and the start of a new week brings a full dose of Hawkeye news and notes as well. The Hawkeye 10@10 accomplishes that each weekday at 10 a.m. at Hawkmania.com throughout the football season.
Here is today’s Hawkeye 10 @ 10:
1. Iowa’s Mark Weisman put team ahead of self well before he rushed for 145 yards on Saturday.
Following discussions with his family this summer, the Hawkeye running back chose to play on Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the year for members of the Jewish faith.
His family left the decision in Weisman’s hands, but said they would support whatever route he chose.
Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said he didn’t discuss the situation with Weisman before or after he reached his decision.
“Boy, I’m glad he decided to come here tonight,’’ Ferentz said. “He works hard every day and sets a great example, and he backs it up out there on the field. I’m happy he’s on our team and I’m happy we tried him at running back about a year ago.’’
2. Jake Rudock demonstrated the poise that led Iowa coaches to select him as their starter on several occasions Saturday in his first road start.
The sophomore overcame an early fumble as he was sacked to lead the Hawkeyes to their first scoring drive of the game and as things progressed, Rudock put together a 14-of-23 passing performance.
“He puts the ball where he has to, knowing that he’s going to get hit,’’ Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said. “That’s a good sign.’’
3. Iowa put together its two longest scoring drives of the season against the Cyclones.
The Hawkeyes’ 15-play drive which led to a 27-yard field goal by Mike Meyer in the second quarter took 7:12 off the clock and at the time was Iowa’s longest drive of the year.
It was surpassed later when Jake Rudock finished off a 15-play drive which took 7:44 off the clock and provided Iowa with its final points of the game.
4. Western Michigan, Iowa’s next opponent, brings an 0-3 record to Kinnick Stadium on Saturday.
The Broncos have lost to two Big Ten teams already this season, falling at Michigan State 26-13 and Saturday night at Northwestern 38-17, in addition to dropping a home game to Nicholls State, which had won just one game in each of the previous two seasons.
5. Iowa State running back Jeff Woody said the Cyclones’ inability to sustain drives created a no-win situation for the Cyclones’ defense.
“We left the defense on the field for a long time,’’ Woody said. “You can’t expect any defense to hold up for that long and that’s on us.’’
Iowa had the football for just over 38 minutes Saturday, leading to a 16-minute advantage in possession time
6. Northwestern rushed for over 300 yards against Western Michigan on Saturday night and given Iowa’s strength on the ground, Broncos coach P.J. Fleck expects the Hawkeyes to take a similar approach this week.
“I would,’’ Fleck said this morning. “I wouldn’t think they’d spread us out and throw it. Kirk (Ferentz) has coached a lot of football and his teams have always believed in running the football. I don’t think that will change this week.’’
7. Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads said the ankle injury which kept quarterback Sam Richardson off the practice field the week following ISU’s season-opening loss to Northern Iowa impacted him even more than anticipated on Saturday.
“He was very immobile,’’ Rhoads said. “There were running plays to be had with the quarterback involved.’’
It didn’t help the Cyclones that back-up center Jamison Lalk left the game with an injury, forcing third-teamer Ben Loth, into action, and that guard Ethan Tuftee didn’t play in the second half because of an injury.
8. The second quarter has belonged to the Hawkeyes this season.
Iowa has outscored its opponents 30-7 in the second quarter, the most productive quarter of games so far this season for Iowa.
9. Iowa assistant basketball coach Kirk Speraw is scheduled to be the guest speaker at today’s Davenport Grid Club luncheon.
Speraw will join Quad-City area college and high school football coaches on the program at the noon luncheon at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 1111 W. 35th St., Davenport.
Tickets, priced at $9 each, can be purchased at the door and the event is open to the public.
10. Football-perfect weather is in the forecast for Iowa City on Saturday.
The National Weather Service is calling for sunny skies and a high of 74 degrees for the Hawkeyes’ third home game of the season.