Grading Iowa’s 42-3 win: Sigh, Hawks, over their complete domination
IOWA CITY, Iowa — This state’s annual Super Bowl more closely resembled one of those 1980s Iowa beatdowns of their cross-state foes than one of the more-recent tight affairs between the Cyclones and Hawkeyes.
Iowa’s 42-3 win was the largest margin of victory in the series since a 63-20 win back in 1997. That was the finale of Iowa’s 15-year winning streak against Iowa State. The next year, the Cyclones upset the Hawkeyes and the series turned into a legitimate rivalry.
The Cy-Hawk Trophy remains in Iowa City for another season. As for the Hawkeyes’ report card, here’s a look:
Offense (5 stars)
For the second consecutive week, Iowa scored six touchdowns. Quarterback C.J. Beathard threw for three touchdowns, while the running game dominated once again. The Hawkeyes rushed for 5.4 yards per carry and the team averaged 6.6 yards per play. Those are winning numbers almost every week.
Defense (4 stars)
Iowa State was held without a touchdown, rushed for 3.6 yards per carry, completed only 14 of 35 passes and converted just 3 of 15 third downs. Iowa linebacker Ben Niemann intercepted a pass, and the offense turned it into a touchdown. Superstar Cyclones wide receiver Allen Lazard caught seven passes for 111 yards, but none of them really hurt Iowa.
Special teams (5 stars)
Iowa’s punters averaged 43 yards on five boots and none of them were returned by the Cyclones. Two of Ron Coluzzi’s punts parked inside the 20-yard line. True freshman Keith Duncan converted on all six extra points.
Coaching (5 stars)
Iowa fans have chided coach Kirk Ferentz over the years for his unremarkable record against the Cyclones (now 9-9). But in this edition, Iowa dominated in every phase and appeared as the more aggressive and motivated squad. For the second straight week Iowa didn’t commit a turnover.
Overall (5 stars)
The No. 16 Hawkeyes was the better team and proved it. Multiple times in this series, Iowa State has bitten the Hawkeyes, mostly for offensive ineptness. With Beathard at the controls, Iowa is as efficient and varied offensively as any of Ferentz’s best teams. The Hawkeyes prevented Iowa State from scoring a touchdown an dominated in every area. So far, so good for the Hawkeyes.