Frustrated Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald, Buckeyes still buzzing about the play of Iowa's offensive line and awards for Desmond King and Jake Duzey for their work against Ohio State are part of today's Hawkeye 10@10.
1. A lack execution has frustrated Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald as he prepares his team for Saturday’s game at Iowa.
“Seven games into the season to see the way we are making mistakes, we’ve got to first look at the scheme and make sure we’re asking our guys to do some things they can do so they can go out and execute cleaner and do the things winners do,’’ Fitzgerald said Monday during his weekly news conference. “That’s not what we are doing right now.’’
2. The play of Iowa’s offensive line Saturday still had the Buckeyes buzzing on Monday.
“I don’t think we’ve ever been manhandled like that, that we allowed that to happen,’’ Ohio State defensive lineman Michael Bennett told The Lantern. “We let that happen, then we came out in the second half with a chip on our shoulder.’’
Ohio State defensive line coach Mike Vrabel cut straight to the point, although the Hawkeye 10@10 will clean it up a bit for family reading.
“They beat the s(tuff) out of us, I agree,’’ Vrabel said during a news conference when asked about what transpired. “There was some yardage that was pushed and washed, contact at two yards and they’d push the line, throw the line over the pile, block the linebacker. Just soft.’’
3. Northwestern will limp into Saturday’s game at Kinnick Stadium.
Quarterback Kain Colter, who sat out last weekend’s loss to Minnesota, is listed on the Wildcats’ depth chart as the starter but coach Pat Fitzgerald said an ankle injury will keep his status listed as “day to day’’ throughout the week.
Fitzgerald did say running back and all-American return specialist Venric Mark will not play this week. A lower leg, high ankle injury has kept Mark off the field for the past two weeks.
Colter and Mark combined to rush for 349 yards against the Hawkeyes a year ago.
4. Carlos Hyde’s game-deciding 19-yard touchdown run, which saw him shed tackles before finishing with an acrobatic lunge toward the end zone drew praise from Ohio State coach Urban Meyer.
“It was a wild play, from what I heart and saw on the big screens,’’ Meyer said. “Feeding off each other, that offensive line and Carlos, that was a very good rush defense.’’
With 149 yards, Hyde was the first ball carrier to gain 100 yards against the Hawkeye defense in 10 games.
The last opponent to top the century mark against the Hawkeyes was Purdue’s Ralph Bolden, who gained 102 yards on 14 carries in the Boilermakers’ 27-24 win at Kinnick Stadium last season.
5. Hawkeye tight end Jake Duzey received weekly honorable mention recognition from the College Football Performance Awards for his game against Ohio State.
The sophomore finished with six catches covering 138 yards against the Buckeyes, the highest yardage total recorded by an Iowa tight end during the 15 seasons Kirk Ferentz has coached the team.
Duzey’s total included an 85-yard touchdown reception in the third quarter which provided the Hawkeyes with their only points of the second half.
6. Iowa’s Desmond King became the first Hawkeye to earn Big Ten freshman of the week honors in the two seasons the award has been presented with his work against the Buckeyes.
King recorded 10 solo tackles among 12 total stops he had against Ohio State. The cornerback’s work followed an 11-tackle performance against Michigan State in his previous game.
Other Big Ten weekly awards announced Monday included Michigan’s Jeremy Gallon being named the offensive player of the week after recording a league-record 369 receiving yards in the Wolverines’ win over Indiana. The previous record of 301 yards was set by Chris Daniels of Purdue in 1999. Gallon had 14 receptions in the game, averaging 26.4 yards.
Michigan State’s Max Bullough was named the defensive player of the week after recording 10 tackles, including two for a loss, and forcing a fumble in a win over Purdue, while Mitch Ewald of Indiana was named the special teams player of the week after scoring 11 points for the Hoosiers and hitting the team’s first 50-yard field goal since 2002.
7. Damond Powell picked up an important first down on Iowa’s second touchdown drive Saturday, gaining nine yards on a third-and-eight play to move the ball to the 21-yard line. The junior had bigger ideas, though, after catching the bubble screen.
“I was really looking for the end zone but the guy made a good play,’’ Powell said. “He tackled me before it was a touchdown.’’
8. Ohio State coach Urban Meyer said Monday his biggest disappointment from the Buckeyes’ win over Iowa was the team’s inability to adjust quickly to the three tight end alignment Iowa used to open the game and build a lead with during the first half.
“The adjustments need to be made quicker when they gave us something we have not seen,’’ Meyer said. “The first three drives of the game were very alarming. I don’t think our defense line played very well at all.’’
9. The Buckeyes’ Jeff Heuerman said Iowa provided Ohio State with a needed test.
“That’s a tough defense, but we came out and executed really well,’’ the junior tight end said. “We had a complete game. Iowa did a good job at the beginning of keeping us off the field, but I think that was a big part of their game plan.’’
10. The starting time of next two home games have been set.
Both Saturday’s game with Northwestern and the Nov. 2 game against Wisconsin will kickoff at 11 a.m. Television plans for the Wisconsin game will not be determined until after games are played this weekend.