Fullbacks don’t touch the ball very often at Iowa. They’re pretty much additional linemen stationed in the backfield so it’s a special occasion when they get a handoff or a pass reception.
Hawkeye fullbacks have touched the ball only four times this season.
So, when they get into the end zone, as Muscatine’s Drake Kulick did on a 2-yard touchdown pass Saturday against Ohio State, it's a really big deal.
It was the first touchdown by an Iowa fullback since Brett Morse scored on a 1-yard pass against Eastern Illinois in 2010. It was the Hawkeyes’ first fullback TD in a Big Ten game since Tom Busch caught a 3-yard scoring pass against Wisconsin in 2006.
Some of us are old enough to remember when Augustana College won four consecutive national championships from 1983 through 1986 and had a 50-game winning streak in that stretch.
The Vikings lost only 10 games in the entire decade of the 1980s. They lost almost that many this season, finishing 1-9 following a 53-10 loss to Wheaton on Saturday.
Wondering about the origin of the “polecat’’ play that Iowa used on a successful fake field goal Saturday against Ohio State?
Ironically, it was invented in the state of Ohio. Glenn “Tiger’’ Ellison, head coach at Middletown High School in the 1950s, devised the idea of having most of his players line up far to the left with the player snapping the ball being on the right end of the line of scrimmage and thereby being an eligible receiver.
Ellison actually used what he called “the lonesome polecat’’ as more than a trick play, lining his players up in that sort of formation on a regular basis.
The San Francisco 49ers told C.J. Beathard what they thought of him last week when they swung a trade to get Jimmy Garappolo from New England in exchange for a second-round pick.
The rookie quarterback from Iowa handled it admirably, telling Ninersnation.com: “Obviously I was a little shocked. It’s my first time, I’m a rookie in this business. It’s my first big encounter with a big move being made. But, it’s awesome.’’
Does anyone really grasp all the legal wrangling that is happening in this ongoing Ezekiel Elliott fiasco? I’m thinking many lawyers don’t even understand.
One thing we all can agree on: It’s stupid.
First some judge upholds the NFL’s six-game suspension of the Cowboys running back, then some other judge grants an injunction allowing him to play, then another judge overturns that, then some other judge reverses that, and so on.
It’s been going on like this for months. Just reach some sort of compromise and put us all out of our misery. It’s the most tiresome story in sports right now.
When Ohio State took on Iowa on Saturday, it didn't have a single player in its offensive lineup who was a five-star recruit coming out of high school. But all 11 starters were four-star guys.
And somehow the Buckeyes lost to a team with three walk-ons and several two-star recruits in the lineup.
Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said everyone he spoke to loved the new alternate jerseys the Hawkeyes wore Saturday — with gray numerals on black jerseys — and it wasn’t just because they beat Ohio State 55-24 while wearing them.
Most of the media guys hated the new uniforms. Couldn’t read the numbers from the press box.
In case you missed it, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State not only combined to score 114 points when they played one another Saturday but they also rolled up 1,446 yards — 785 for the Sooners and 661 for the Cowboys.
There obviously was some great offense happening, but you have to believe there also was a lot of really bad defense.