If Tyler Sash doesn't win Big Ten Player of the Week, there is something seriously wrong with the Big Ten. Actually, if he doesn't win National Defensive Player of the Week, I will be utterly shocked.
Safety Tyler Sash had three interceptions, one forced fumble, and 10 tackles in Iowa's complete destruction of the Iowa State Cyclones by a score of 35-3.
Sash, a sophomore from Oskaloosa, IA, tied a school record with his three interceptions in one game.
This performance comes from the same player who, as a freshman, set a few Iowa bowl game records last year for longest interception return and most interception return yards in the 2009 Outback Bowl win over South Carolina. He also tied an Iowa bowl record with two interceptions in the game.
With his three interceptions today, Sash now has eight interceptions in his early career as an Iowa Hawkeye, six of those in the last four games. All this from a guy who would have rather played basketball.
"I treat every game the same, and whatever happens, happens," said Sash in an interview with the Cedar Rapids Gazette's Marc Morehouse after the game.
Something tells me he might have treated the in-state rivalry game a bit different than other games.
While his first interception came in the first half, when both teams were full of adrenaline and playing sloppy, his second interception changed the momentum of the game.
Sash's second INT came off of a Brett Greenwood tipped ball, which left Iowa in good field position.
Two plays later, Ricky Stanzi threw a touchdown pass to Derrell Johnson-Koulianos in the corner of the end zone. That was when Iowa took control of the game and never looked back.
Sash added the third interception in the fourth quarter, just to remind the freshman quarterback Jerome Tiller that it really is the Hawkeye State.
Iowa's other safety, Brett Greenwood, also had a stellar performance in this game. Greenwood had two interceptions, capping off a record-tying performance by a Hawkeye secondary that was already touted as one of the nation's best.
While some will say that beating Iowa State is nothing to get excited about, the manner in which we beat them is. And it showed the nation that our secondary is nothing to mess with.
As one final note, the Iowa State Cyclones have now gone 14 straight quarters without scoring a touchdown against the Hawkeyes. If Tyler Sash has his way, he will add four more quarters to that total next year in Iowa City.
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