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National Ranking: 32nd
Why 6th?: Dominated the game, but lost key contributor.
I am not going to deny that Iowa dominated Tennessee Tech 34-7, but this was more of a "at what cost" type of win.
Iowa's new starter Vandenberg went 13 of 21 for 219 yards and two touchdown passes, good way to start off your career as a starter, he even added a rushing touchdown.
However, the run game did not do so well.
Marcus Coker was supposed to be the next great running back for Iowa, but struggled with two fumbles and was benched, he finished with 41 yards. Coker was replaced by true freshman McCall who rushed for 61 yards, which led the team.
However, McCall is lost for the season as he broke his ankle. Not a good sign for the Hawkeyes.
The defensive play for the Hawkeyes was good, limiting Tennessee Tech to 158 yards passing while forcing two interceptions. The run defense did give up 140 yards rushing, with most going to Gay who had 108 yards.
To be fair, most of Tennessee Tech's yards came from the second half when backups and third string was in.
Iowa MVP: James Vanderberg 13 of 21 for 219 yards and two scores and 13 yards rushing with a score.
Week 2: At Iowa State
Iowa State needed a last minute touchdown and a fumble recovery to escape Northern Iowa, Hawkeyes should be able to handle the Cyclones.
On the other hand, do they really want to? I mean how really wants that terrible looking trophy?