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Defensive back Ruben Lile is out for the season due to a knee injury. Defensive back Collin Sleeper has been suspended indefinitely for a violation of team rules.
The good news for Iowa is that it has two winnable games coming up after Iowa State, including Northern Iowa and Central Michigan—both at home.
It will take more than that for the Hawkeyes to put themselves into top consideration, but it will certainly help. If the Cyclones can get by Iowa, Western Illinois, Texas Tech and TCU, they'll be in very good shape, but that will prove to be much easier said than done—especially when that quest begins with a road game against their in-state rival.
The sophomore was called upon in a third-and-9 situation on Saturday with the Hawkeyes down by five, and he scored to give Iowa a lead it wouldn't relinquish, according to ESPNChicago. Bullock's final line— yards on 30 carries—surprised even his coach, Kirk Ferentz.
Iowa State's experience on Saturday wasn't quite as suspenseful. In part, the Cyclones' success was due to the play of their own backfield star, Shontrelle Johnson, who returned after missing most of with a neck injury, according to the Associated Press.
Johnson rushed for yards against Tulsa, and though the padded stat line was nice, the fact that he was back on the field again was reward enough.
After the win, he told the AP of being back in action: It's a good feeling.
I wasn't percent sure if I'd be able to play again. But I got the word from the [doctors] and it felt good to be back out with my boys. Iowa Player to Watch Quarterback James Vandenberg wasn't bad against Northern Illinois last weekend, he just wasn't as effective as he needed to be in order to put the Hawkeyes in a decisive position to win.
The senior threw for yards with zero touchdowns and zero interceptions, with a completion percentage of about It was fine, but he is going to need to be much better if the Hawkeyes are going to have a chance at beating a Big 12 opponent.
Last season, Vandenberg threw for 3, total yards and 25 touchdowns with an average rating of He's going to need to get right back to where he left off in order to get this offense rolling.
Iowa State Player to Watch Often, the play of special teams members goes under-appreciated, but the truth is that a competent punter can be the difference between a top team and a mediocre team.
According to Ubben, Van Der Kemp booted nine punts in the Cyclones' win on Saturday and averaged 43 yards on each of them; five landed inside the yard line. Judging from that, it's easy to see why Tulsa had a tough time engineering some key scoring drives.
Iowa could be in for the same struggles if Van Der Kemp submits another performance like that. Key Storyline This is the battle for the Cy-Hawk Trophy, and as can be expected, these two teams are playing for pride just as much as they're playing for their second wins of the season.
This is also Iowa's home opener, and there would be no better way to welcome back the fans than by throttling Iowa State right in front of them to improve to According to HawkeyeSports.
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None of that bodes well for the Cyclones. But then again, we all saw how much the Hawkeyes offense struggled in the Week 1.
Maybe this is the year the streak is shattered. Prediction: Iowa Wins The Cyclones may have put up more points in the season opener, but now that Iowa has had time to work out the kinks—and now that it has been energized by last week's scare—it will work itself up to a big win over its in-state rival at home.
The odds and the history are too heavily in the Hawkeyes' favor to ignore. Facebook Logo.