Last week people were calling for more playing time for Brad Banks at QB after Kyle McCann threw 4 interceptions in a loss at East Lansing. Kyle McCann responded by completing 12 out of 16 passes for 223 yards and three touchdowns. Banks did play one series, guiding the Hawks down the field for a touchdown. Although he completed the only pass he threw, the drive was primarily an exercise in handing off to hard charging Hawkeye running backs. Ladell Betts set up the score with a 39 yard run. Touchdown maker, Aaron Greving, capped off the drive with a 9-yard scoring run.
But the offense this day clearly belonged to the senior quarterback from Creston, McCann, and fellow senior running back Betts. Betts' 22 carries for 172 yards placed him 2nd on the career Hawkeye rushing charts. The offensive line must take a lot of credit here, as the blocking was crisper and more effective than the last two weeks. The holes were there and Ladell used them to good advantage.
McCann completed a 75-yard scoring strike to Kahlil Hill to open the scoring in Iowa's first drive. C.J. Jones delivered his first Iowa touchdown after hauling in a short pass from McCann and turning on his jets to elude all Hoosier defenders for almost 60 yards before he crossed the goal
Although Iowa had 20 first downs and 454 yards of total offense, those numbers were surpassed at the direction of the consummate football player, Antwaan Randle El. Antwaan orchestrated 28 first downs and 468 yards of total offense for Indiana. . Randle El's performance was representative of his career, currently with over 10,000 yards of total offense. That career is all the more remarkable when considering that he hasn't played for a good football team. Had Randle El chosen a Tennessee Oklahoma or Michigan etc., this writer feels that he would be a lock to receive the trophy annually given at the Downtown Athletic Club in New York City that is symbolic of the best college football player in the country.
Although on this day Randle El was as hard to track down as Osama Bin Laden, Iowa had their own version of a missile currently being deployed in the Middle East. "Bunker Buster" Bobby Sanders played a magnificent game trailing Randle El and delivering some big hits in his 23 tackles. That is the fourth highest tackle total ever recorded by a Hawkeye in one game.
Professor Hill could not have directed a more entertaining performance than this one in River City.