The Rob Report: Wisconsin

HN.com Senior Writer Rob Howe offers up his news and views from the Press Box during the Iowa's 30-7 thumping of Wisconsin Saturday at Kinnick Stadium. This week's edition includes injury news, a list of true freshmen that dressed and much more in this premium notebook.

INJURIES:

Marcus Paschal - The sophomore strong safety left the game with an injury late in the first half and did not return. The sophomore was taken to the hospital for X-rays.

Coach Ferentz said that he didn't know anything other that it was a lower leg injury and they would learn more on Monday. He went on to say that it was the only injury that they were concerned about. So, overall, not bad day in that area.

NOTES

ALL DRESSED UP - True freshman in uniform on Saturday were Kroul, Narinskiy, Bentler, Fletcher, King, McCracken, Dunn, Sabers, Myers, Amaitre, Olsen, Brodell.

I'M BACK: Iowa RB Marques Simmons played Saturday for the first time since spraining his ankle against Ohio State. The junior entered the game midway through first quarter. He carried 13 times for 41 yards.

JOLLY OLD SOUL: Former all-Big Ten lineman Colin Cole took in the game from the Iowa sideline. The Florida native spent the last two preseasons in the Vikings and Lions camps, respectively, but failed to catch on.

POSITION CHANGE: Iowa played C.J. Barkema at tight end. He wore No. 97.

WHAT?: The Hawkeyes inserted DT Jonathan Babineaux at H-back in the first half. The former fullback was used as a blocker on a running play. He came in for another down in the second half.

WOW: I decided to stay in the press box for an overhead view of the Big Ten Championship Trophy presentation. It looked incredible with the mass of humanity surrounding the players and the roped off area for the ceremony.

Ironically, it reminded me of being in Madison in '99 when the Badgers held a presentation for Ron Dayne after he set the NCAA rushing record against the Hawkeyes, although this one was much more enjoyable.

The Iowa fans deserve a lot of credit for their passion. I was talking to another guy in the media who agreed with me that we hadn't seen a scene like that since Madison.

TOWEL THROW: Iowa handed out towels to fans before the game that read, in part, "No Bull - I was there." That was the good news. The bad news was that members of the student section threw them on field whenever they didn't like a call.

END AROUND: Iowa LT Lee Gray and C Mike Elgin returned to the starting lineup after missing the Minnesota game with an injury…Richard Kittrell and Khaliq Price dressed for the game…the teams were locked up in a shoving match in the third Derreck Robinson and Wisky's Donovan Raiola were issued offsetting personal foul penalties, but Chad Greenway came out of the pile with his helmet ripped off…Matt Melloy delivered a big first down reception to keep a drive alive early in the fourth quarter…Both the Outback and Cap 1 reps were in the Iowa postgame media gathering. The Outback guys looked a little less happy than their counterparts...There were a lot of red shirts in the stands Saturday. The scalpers probably had a field day...Injured Hawks Jermelle Lewis and David Walker took in the game from seats on the field on the Northeast corner. They were waving towels trying to get the fans fired up.


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