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A lot of attention has been paid to the "defensive collapse" at the end of the game last Saturday.
Yes, the defense did give up two big scores in the fourth quarter that ultimately led to the Hawk's demise. Yes, they did a terrible job of containment on the quarterback on the big scoring play. Yes, they could have played better. Yes, I understand that Minnesota is a bad offensive team, but they have a mobile quarterback, which always causes Iowa defenses fits
However, let's think about a couple things.
First, the defense didn't do that bad of a job this weekend. 22 points given up against a team with a defense like Minnesota's isn't insurmountable by any means. Looking back, 22 points should have been enough for Minnesota to be within three touchdowns of Iowa, not winning the game 22-21.
Yardage wise, the Hawkeyes gave up 371 total yards to the Gophers. Why are people up in arms about 371 yards? This is the least Iowa has given up in the Big Ten this season, and that includes the bore-fest in Happy Valley.
Northwestern and Indiana racked up 495 and 414 total yards, respectively. Iowa state had 473 and Pitt had 422. Even ULM got 352 yards.
Was the defense bad Saturday? Eh, kind of. But no worse, then they have been all season at times. Let's also not forget, the defense is designed to give up yards. "Bend but don't break" is the motto. They broke for 22 points. Not too bad.
Secondly, special teams and the offense didn't do the defense many favors.
Most defenses in college football are going to give up points after being on the field for over 11 minutes of game time like the Iowa defense was in the fourth quarter. What that mostly their fault? Sure, some of it. But some of it was on the special teams for being unprepared yet again.
The defense is an Iowa defense. They will give up yards and points. They will probably keep the game close. Do I wish they mixed it up more and blitzed sometimes? Absolutely. But this is Iowa. Nothing has changed.