Those who chose to wear purple at Dyche Stadium on Saturday changed colors before the game ended. Their new colors were black and blue. The Hawks delivered one of the most lop-sided beatings in Chicago since the St. Valentines Day Massacre. The QB combo of Kyle McCann and Brad Banks passed for over 300 yards while a bevy of running backs nearly matched the 300 yard figure. Almost everybody wearing Black and Gold had a day in the sun.
Northwestern's famed spread offense was innefective against Norm Parker's defense for the second year in a row. The Wildcats led the Big Ten in total offense prior to today's contest, averaging over 440 yards. Today, however, they were held to almost 200 yards under their season average.
Senior Fullback Jeremy Allen scored three touchdowns, including a very nice 46 yard reception with a very pretty juke at the 14 yard line. The running effort was also great with Ladell Betts gaining 86 yards on the ground and Aaron Greving gaining 77 yards.
The players-only meeting called earlier in the week by the Iowa seniors must have had an effect on the younger athletes. Unconfirmed reports have Kirk Ferentz reserving the Sheraton Hotel conference room any time the seniors want to call a meeting. Although I don't know what the charges were on the coach's Mastercard, this victory certainly qualifies as "PRICELESS!"