Dropped pass, starting streaks and a little bonding time on the bus are all part of today’s Hawkeye 10 @ 10, your daily dose of Hawkeye news and notes.
Appearing daily at 10 a.m. at Hawkmania.com, here is today’s edition of the Hawkeye 10 @ 10:
1. Iowa had its share of dropped passes in Saturday’s game at Purdue, playing a role in the 17-of-37 starting debut for C.J. Beathard.
Hawkeye receivers couldn’t wrap their arms around a half-dozen balls, but receiver Kevonte Martin-Manley doesn’t believe the change at quarterback had anything to do with Iowa’s issues.
“We practice with both of those guys every week and timing isn’t that much different. They’re pretty much the same,’’ Martin-Manley said.
He said the drops were a topic of conversation at halftime.
“We knew we had to step it up, concentrate and do our jobs,’’ the senior said.
2. Louis Trinca-Pasat has started the last 30 games for Iowa, the longest active streak among Hawkeye players.
The senior defensive tackle’s string of starts dates to Iowa’s 2012 season opener. Trinca-Pasat currently shares the team lead with 36 tackles this season, tops among defensive linemen in the conference.
In NCAA stats, only Washington’s Danny Shelton has more stops among linemen. He has 47 for the Huskies.
3. With his 76 yards and two rushing touchdowns Saturday, Mark Weisman now has 2,050 rushing yards in his career and has ran for 22 scores.
He is among seven players in Iowa history to accumulate 2,000 yards and rush for 20 touchdowns, joining Sedrick Shaw, Tavian Banks, David Hudson, Albert Young, Owen Gill and Ronnie Harmon on the short list.
Saturday’s game marked the sixth time Weisman has had two or more touchdown runs in a game.
4. Depth is making a difference for Iowa, which has played 54 players in each of its last two football games.
“The rotation is working out great,’’ said defensive tackle Carl Davis, who is among eight defensive linemen currently being rotated in and out of the lineup.
“Everybody is staying fresh, staying strong, and that’s helping us when we get to the third and fourth quarter. It’s helping us dominate.’’
The Hawkeyes limited Purdue to 56 yards in the second half Saturday.
5. A little bus time was no big deal to Iowa football players, who didn’t arrive in West Lafayette for Saturday’s game with Purdue until around 8:30 on Friday night.
The Hawkeyes were forced to take busses after their charter flight was cancelled due to a fire in the air traffic control center in Aurora, Ill., impacting flights throughout the Midwest over the weekend.
“We watched a little tape, talked about Purdue and got ourselves ready,’’ linebacker Quinton Alston said. “It wasn’t so bad.’’
Evening meeting times at the team hotel were adjusted slightly and life went on pretty much as planned for the Hawkeyes.
Coach Kirk Ferentz told his players the six-hour trip was “just like being back in the Yankee Conference,’’ a reference to the league Ferentz coached in at Maine.
“We’d play a game, get on the bus and go home,’’ he said.
In this case, the Hawkeyes’ charter was available Saturday for a return flight to Iowa following the game.
6. Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz moved into a tie for 10th place on the Big Ten’s all-time wins list in conference games with Saturday’s 24-10 win at Purdue.
The victory was the 65th for Ferentz against league competition, tying him with Wisconsin’s Barry Alvarez on that list.
He moved into the top 10 on the overall list a week ago when the Hawkeyes won at Pittsburgh and moved past Ohio State’s John Cooper with Saturday’s win.
7. It may seem like it at the moment, but a pick six hasn’t necessarily been a disaster for Iowa quarterbacks in recent years.
The Hawkeyes are 7-1 since 2009 when their quarterback has an interception returned for a touchdown.
8. Riley McCarron returned the first kickoff of his career at Purdue, running it back 36 yards.
Wide receiver Andrew Stone, a senior from Cedar Falls who transferred to Iowa after playing two years at Iowa Western Community College, saw his first action for the Hawkeyes at Purdue.
9. Purdue averaged 2.5 yards per play against Iowa on Saturday.
That is the lowest average for a Hawkeye opponent since limiting Ball State to 2.2 yards and 112 total yards in a 45-0 win in 2010.
10. Television plans were announced Monday for Iowa’s next game.
The Hawkeyes host Indiana at 11 a.m. on Oct. 11 and the game will be televised by ESPNU.