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So let’s get to it. Here is your Wake-Up Call for Monday, Nov. 14.
The real Iowa-Michigan winner
The scoreboard read Iowa beat Michigan 14-13, but the real winner was Kirk Ferentz.
The Iowa football coach was vindicated in the come-from-behind victory on Saturday. Following the ugly 41-14 loss to Penn State on Nov. 5, the Michigan week centered on what Ferentz and his team wasn’t doing. The Hawkeyes were the only ones still believing in themselves.
It was really an extension of a season of similar questions as the preseason Big Ten West division favorite dropped four of its first nine games. What was wrong? Would the passing game get fixed? What about the run defense and offensive line? Did Ferentz deserve the contract extension?
Through it all, Ferentz didn’t change. Iowa would still run a base defense. It would still try to establish the run and control the line of scrimmage.
The way Ferentz went about winning 132 games at Iowa entering Saturday is what the Hawkeyes would do to try to get win No. 133 over the third-ranked Wolverines. The Hawkeyes trudged ahead, focusing on what they could control.
The results weren’t always there this season, but they were there on Saturday. Everything Ferentz has preached about helped bring about one of the biggest wins of his tenure. For Ferentz, it likely validated the last few months. He wouldn’t say as much in his postgame press conference, instead talking about his players and their belief.
He left the talk to others, where, of course, the conversation was still about his contract.
Kirk Ferentz receives contract extension through 2238 season.
— Irish Illustrated (@PeteSampson_) November 13, 2016
Hawkeyes in the NFL
The game of the afternoon was Dallas edging Pittsburgh 35-30 on Sunday. It was the classic last team to hold the ball wins contest. Former Iowa linebacker Anthony Hitchens was in the middle of it. He made 4 tackles and 1 assisted tackle as the Cowboys improved to 8-1.
Linebacker Chad Greenway had 4 tackles and 3 assisted tackles for Minnesota in a 26-20 loss against Washington. Tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz hauled in 3 receptions for 26 yards as Houston beat Jacksonville 24-21. Tight end Brandon Myers had 1 reception for 6 yards in the 36-10 win for Tampa Bay over Chicago.
The struggles for Green Bay continued as the Packers lost 47-25 to Tennessee. Defensive back Micah Hyde recorded 3 tackles and he returned a punt for 2 yards. Also, defensive lineman Mike Daniels had an assisted tackle. Defensive lineman Justin Babineaux made 1 assisted tackle as Atlanta lost 24-15 to Philadelphia.
Starting the rivalry early
Iowa and Nebraska won’t face off until after Thanksgiving, but the states are already competing. Iowa governor Terry Branstad and Nebraska governor Pete Ricketts are leading the states in a friendly competition to see which one can raise more money for the Red Cross before the Nov. 25 football game.