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So let’s get to it. Here is your Wake-Up Call for Monday, Nov. 7.
The not-so-Happy Valley trip
The worst part of Iowa’s 41-14 loss to No. 12 Penn State didn’t come on the field. It occurred in Beaver Stadium’s south tunnel without a Hawkeye around.
Penn State running back Saquon Barkley shot the most painful of daggers. He basically said the Iowa defense gave up.
Let’s make this clear. Giving up is the worst thing a team can do. Recovering from that can be nearly impossible.
It’s worse than giving up 599 yards. It’s worse that allowing 365 rushing yards. It’s worse than coming off a bye week and looking like a team that wasn’t ready for one of the biggest moments of the season.
What Barkley said should concern the Iowa coaching staff. Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said he’ll address everything following the loss. Looking into this needs to be the first thing.
There are three more games left, including No. 2 Michigan next on Saturday night in Iowa City. Wanting no more, as Barkley put it, can spread like a cancer, infecting everything in its path. If found, it needs to be eradicated.
Otherwise, November will be a long month if anything resembling what Barkley talked about continues to linger around the Hawkeyes program.
Hawkeyes in the NFL
It was a big day for Minnesota linebacker Chad Greenway. The same couldn’t be said for the Vikings. Greenway had an interception to go with 4 tackles and 2 assisted tackles, but Minnesota lost 22-16 to Detroit in overtime.
— Minnesota Vikings (@Vikings) November 6, 2016
Dallas beat Cleveland 35-14 as Cowboys linebacker Anthony Hitchens had 3 tackles, 3 assisted tackles and 0.5 sacks. For Cleveland, linebacker Christian Kirksey finished with 4 tackles and 5 assisted tackles.
Defensive back Micah Hyde recorded 3 tackles and defensive lineman Mike Daniels added 1 tackle as Green Bay lost 31-26 to Indianapolis and former Hawkeyes Austin Blythe and Tevaun Smith.
Also, defensive lineman Karl Klug had 1 tackle for Tennessee in a 43-35 loss to San Diego.
Five exhibition takeaways
Iowa’s men’s basketball team beat Regis 95-73 in an exhibition game on Friday. This is the first chance for the Wake-Up Call to comment, so here are five thoughts from the contest:
- Peter Jok can still score. It’s a good thing, because Iowa will need it from the senior guard. Jok was efficient, scoring 28 points of 7 of 9 shooting, including 5 of 7 from 3-point range. He also hit 9 of 10 free throws. Iowa will need Jok to carry the scoring load this season. He appears more than ready to do so.
- The second half didn’t go well. It’s an easy observation to make anytime coach Fran McCaffery explodes on his team on the sidelines like he did Friday. The Rangers went on a 13-0 run. The Hawkeyes failed to score a field goal for 7:25. There were nearly as many turnovers (15) as assists (16). It’s all an indication this team is a work in progress — and likely will remain so through the early part of the season.
- How big of a concern was the second half? On it’s own, probably not. It’s not uncommon for a team to lose focus for a stretch during an exhibition game and it gives the coaches some ammunition for practice this week. Was it worthy of what McCaffery did? That’s debatable. McCaffery did say leading up to the game there were some inconsistencies in practice. If that second-half stretch was what McCaffery kept seeing in practice, it would explain a lot.
- Eleven points. Five assists. Zero turnovers. If Christian Williams keeps producing similar stat lines through the first few games, there won’t be much of a position battle at point guard.
- The exhibition game was something for forward Tyler Cook to build on. He scored 16 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 26 minutes. He threw down a few dunks. It was a good night for the freshman, though he’ll need to cut down on his 3 turnovers.
- Why the health of Tommy Armstrong comes first for Nebraska
- Simpsons throw shade at Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh
- Penalties adding up to disaster for Michigan State
- Ohio State’s pick-six was perfection that jump-started the Buckeyes domination