Noah Fant and Josey Jewell made up for lost time in Saturday’s win over Minnesota.
That, along with highlights of Hawkeyes in the NFL and more, are part of today’s Hawkeye 10@10, your daily dose of Iowa news and notes.
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1. Noah Fant’s 45-yard touchdown reception proved to be the difference in Saturday’s 17-10 win over Minnesota, taking a bit of the edge off of his drop on the final play of a 17-10 overtime loss at Northwestern the previous week.
“I was itching to get back out there (the day after the Northwestern game),’’ Fant said. “Ending a game like that is not idea. As a competitor, you want to get back out and prove that you’re not that player, that you can make the plays.’’
Fant was Iowa’s second-leading receiver against the Golden Gophers, catching three passes for 67 yards.
2. Josey Jewell picked up where he left off, returning to action with his fourth straight double-digit tackle performance after missing the previous game with an injury.
Jewell finished with 11 tackles against Minnesota and now has a Big Ten-best 81 for the season.
He said following Saturday’s game that he spent most of the previous week lobbying coaches to let him play against Northwestern.
“I wanted to pay and I told them I wanted to play and I kept on telling them that even through Saturday morning,’’ Jewell said following the Minnesota game. “It was tough. You want to play every game. You want to be a part of it. If there’s a little pain, you play through it and give your team the best chance to win.’’
3. The Jewell-led Iowa defense did a number on Minnesota in the 17-10 win.
The Golden Gophers’ point total was a season low and a 7-0 halftime deficit marked the first time this season Minnesota had been held without a point through two quarters.
The Gophers did total 138 yards in the second half, but 63 came on a fourth-quarter pass play to Tyler Johnson.
Minnesota quarterback Demry Croft completed just 9-of-29 passes in his second start, but coach P.J. Fleck said he saw progress compared to a 5-of-15 start the previous week against Illinois.
“I thought Demry played way better than he did last week,’’ Fleck said. “Now, we didn’t win the game. Did he have a winning performance? Probably not, but I thought he played better.’’
4. Iowa unveiled the alternate uniforms it will wear for Saturday’s game against Ohio State on a video released through the university on Sunday.
The game had previously been designated a “black out’’ for fans, who are encouraged to wear black.
The Hawkeyes will join in that spirit as well, wearing black jersey and pants highlighted by gray sleeves and gray numbers made up of interlocking letter I’s and outlined in gold.
One side of the helmet will feature at black Tigerhawk logo and the other side will have the player’s number both outlined in gold.
5. Saturday’s win meant plenty to the Hawkeyes.
“I’d be lying if I said anything else,’’ tight end Noah Fant said. “It was a game we needed in the worst way, especially coming off of (Northwestern).’’
Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz didn’t disagree.
“Coming out of (Northwestern) last week, you’ve got the bus ride home. We’ve had good bus rides and bad bus rides out of there. It’s a really tough thing. It stays with you Sunday. We have the 24-hour rule, but you blow right by that, probably until you get on the field Monday it stays with you,’’ Ferentz said.
“… You don’t get them back. That’s football. We’re in a really competitive business. This is a competitive league.’’
6. Iowa offensive lineman Boone Myers underwent surgery last week to repair the ankle which has limited the senior throughout the season.
“He’s doubtful for the rest of the regular season, maybe a bowl game if we can one,’’ coach Kirk Ferentz said following Saturday’s win over Minnesota.
7. Micah Hyde added to his NFL-leading collection of interceptions and C.J. Beathard led his team in rushing, highlighting the work of former Hawkeyes in the NFL over the weekend.
Hyde recorded his fifth pick of the season and had five tackles for Buffalo in its 34-14 win over Oakland, while Beathard rushed for a team-best 40 yards on six carries in addition to completing 17-of-36 for 167 yards and one touchdown for San Francisco in its 33-10 loss to Philadelphia.
George Kittle caught two passes for 22 yards for the winless 49ers.
Elsewhere, Desmond King introduced himself to Tom Brady, sacking the New England quarterback in addition to recording four tackles for the Chargers.
Christian Kirksey had seven tackles and one assist for Cleveland in its loss to Minnesota, Anthony Hitchens had one tackle and two assists for Dallas in a win over Washington, Adrian Clayborn had two tackles for Atlanta in a win over the Jets and Carl Davis had one tackle for Baltimore in its win over the Dolphins.
8. In case you missed it, the starting time for this Saturday’s game against Ohio State was set late Saturday.
The Hawkeyes and Buckeyes will play at 2:30 p.m. at Kinnick Stadium in a game which will be televised by ESPN. Tickets are still available.
The starting time for Nov. 11 game at Wisconsin could be announced later today.
9. Former Hawkeyes Jonathan Parker and Jalen Embry will be playing a division lead Thursday when Northern Illinois visits Toledo in a match-up of unbeaten teams in the West Division of the Mid-American Conference.
Both contributed in a 30-27 win last week over Western Michigan, Parker finished with two tackles as a defensive back and returned two kickoffs for 46 yards while Embry finished with four stops.
Elsewhere in college football, Nic Shimonek connected on 22-of-36 passes for 322 yards and four touchdowns for Texas Tech in its 49-27 loss at Oklahoma.
Former Hawkeye Derrick Willies did not play for the Red Raiders against the Sooners.
Derrick Mitchell led Incarnate Word in rushing, gaining 73 yards on 16 carries in a 38-31 loss to Nicholls State.
10. In all likelihood, there will have been better Saturdays at Kinnick Stadium than the weather that is forecast to greet fans at this weekend’s Iowa-Ohio State game.
The current National Weather Service forecast for Iowa City on game day calls for a high of 52 degrees and a 40 percent chance of rain.