Big Ten honors for Josh Jackson, a rare feat for Nate Stanley and NFL points for Marshall Koehn are all part of today’s Hawkeye 10@10, your daily dose of Iowa news and notes.
Delivered each weekday at 10 a.m. at Hawkmania.com, your home for all things Iowa, here is today’s Hawkeye 10@10:
1. Iowa’s Josh Jackson was named this morning as the co-defensive player of the week in the Big Ten, sharing the honor with Michigan’s Khaleke Hudson.
Jackson, named Sunday as national defensive player of the week by Walter Camp Football Foundation, earned the recognition after tying an Iowa school record shared by Grant Steen and Tyler Sash with three interceptions in the Hawkeyes’ 55-24 win over Ohio State on Saturday.
A pair of Michigan backs, Chris Evans and one-time Iowa commit Karan Higdon, shared offensive player of the week honors after combining to rush for 400 yards against Minnesota.
Michigan State’s Matt Coghlin was named the special teams player of the week for kicking two field goals, including the game winner as time expired in a win over Penn State.
Wisconsin’s Jonathan Taylor was named the Big Ten freshman of the week after rushing for 183 yards and scoring his Big Ten-best 12th touchdown of the season.
2. Even before stepping on the field Saturday, Iowa’s offensive linemen believed they had an advantage that led to the type of success they enjoyed against the Ohio State defensive front.
The Hawkeyes were the first opponent the Buckeyes had faced this year which did not deploy some sort of a spread attack on offense.
Iowa’s pro-style approach – something Ohio State will see again this week from Michigan State – presented the Buckeyes with a look they hadn’t seen this year and it looked that way as the Hawkeyes piled up a season-high 243 yards on the ground.
“We did what we do,’’ guard Sean Welsh said. “We played our game, nothing more. We knew they hadn’t faced an offense that works the way ours does. That was the one advantage we had and it was up to us to maximize it. We did.’’
3. Nate Stanley threw five touchdown passes Saturday against Ohio State – two each to tight ends Noah Fant and T.J. Hockenson and one to fullback Drake Kulick, the first collegiate touchdown reception for the senior from Muscatine.
Stanley said the connection with Iowa’s tight ends who teamed up to catch nine passes is simply a matter of throwing to a strength of the Hawkeye attack.
“We have a lot of confidence in those guys to make plays,’’ Stanley said. “They run good routes, have good hands. They showed what they are capable of doing.’’
The five-touchdown game was the second of the season for Stanley, who is the second quarterback in Hawkeye history to throw five touchdown passes in a single game twice.
Chuck Long had two six-touchdown games during his Iowa career.
Stanley has now thrown 22 touchdown passes, making him the first Iowa quarterback with 20 or more touchdown passes in a season since James Vandenberg threw 25 in 2011.
4. Ohio State center Billy Price said the Buckeyes kept looking for a spark that never happened.
“Our offense can come back. We came back from 15 points down (against Penn State a week earlier),’’ Price said. “At the point where it was 38-17, that’s 21 points, and anything can change the game. We were looking for that spark, but unfortunately we never got it.’’
5. The pass play Iowa’s field goal unit executed in the third quarter Saturday was something the Hawkeyes had been working on for weeks.
The fake punt that saw Colten Rastatter come up two yards short of a first down in a fourth-and-nine situation?
Not so much.
“I’ll just say two things, it ain’t in our playbook, OK? If the play is not in our playbook, then I didn’t call it, so I’ll let you connect the dots,’’ coach Kirk Ferentz said. “I normally don’t throw players under the bus, right? I did call the fake in the Orange Bowl where it was wild kingdom, but that was a little different situation. I guess this is the same one. If I call it, it’s OK. If somebody else calls it, not so good.’’
6. James Daniels couldn’t resist running off the field Saturday night by signing “O-H-I-O,’’ a tradition of Ohio State faithful.
The son of a one-time Buckeye offensive lineman, the Hawkeye center from Warren, Ohio said it seemed to be the right thing to do.
“That was just a shout out to everybody back home,’’ Daniels said. “I had to do it.’’
7. Josey Jewell joined teammates in echoing the reason Iowa was so dominant in its first win over the Buckeyes since 2004 and why the Hawkeyes were able to pile up 55 points on Ohio State, the most surrendered by an Urban Meyer-coached OSU team.
“Preparation was the reason we won this game,’’ Jewell said. “We won because of the way we worked this week. This battle was won before it was fought.’’
8. Solon’s Marshall Koehn scored his first point in the NFL on Sunday, highlighting the work of former Hawkeyes in the NFL over the weekend.
Signed by the Bengals last week, Koehn kicked an extra point for Cincinnati in its 23-7 loss to Jacksonville.
In San Francisco, C.J. Beathard connected on 24-of-51 passes for 294 yards while being intercepted once in a 20-10 loss to Arizona.
George Kittle caught three of those passes for 27 yards.
Elsewhere, Anthony Hitchens had one tackle and three assists for Dallas in its win over Kansas City, Karl Klug had one tackle and one assist for Tennessee and Carl Davis had one assist and one-half sack for Baltimore in the Titans’ 23-21 win over the Ravens.
9. Nic Shimonek continued to fill the air with footballs for Texas Tech, highlighting the work of former Hawkeyes elsewhere in college football on Saturday.
Shimonek completed 24-of-53 passes for 405 yards and four touchdowns in the Red Raiders’ 42-35 loss to Kansas State, a game which saw Rock Island’s Derrick Willies sit out for the second straight week.
Elsewhere, Derrick Mitchell led Incarnate Word with 54 yards rushing in its 50-27 loss to Sam Houston, Jerminic Smith caught two passes for 14 yards for Southwest Baptist in its 28-12 loss to Truman State and Jonathan Parker had one tackle for Northern Illinois in its 27-17 loss to Toledo.
10. Weather for Saturday’s 2:30 p.m. game at Wisconsin will definitely be November like.
The National Weather Service is currently calling for a 30 percent chance of snow in Madison after midnight on Saturday morning with a 30 percent chance of rain and snow on Saturday with a high temperature of 38 degrees.