Rob Report: Iowa State

The view from the press box wasn't any better than wherever else Hawkeye fans watched Iowa State flatten Iowa, 23-3, Saturday in Ames. This week's Rob Report touches on the pregame meeting between coaches, true freshmen in uniform, an injury update, the play of Drew Tate and more.

FRIENDLY MEETING: Former co-workers, Kirk Ferentz and Dan McCarney, visited at midfield about an hour before the game started. As soon as they began talking, a throng of media photographers converged on them.

The coaches outlasted the hungry media, which shot its pictures and moved on. Ferentz said earlier this week that the two men remain friends but won't be having dinner together as a result of the rivalry. Their discussion probably lasted about 15 minutes, and it appeared McCarney was doing a lot of the talking.

TRUE FRESHMEN SIGHTINGS: Iowa only brought the five newcomers - Dace Richardson, Alex Kanellis, Tony Moeaki, Ryan Bain, and Shonn Greene - that played against Ball State.

Moeaki was the first true freshman called into the game when he lined up with about six minutes to play in the first quarter. He played in a series or two in the first half and didn't return. Kanellis came in for a play late in the first half, and that was all the time he got. Greene was sent in with just under a minute remaining in the third quarter for a play but did not record a carry.

Richardson played LT during the last few series of the game, and Bain played late in the fourth quarter.

STARTING LINES: The Hawkeyes rolled out the same starting lineups on both lines with one exception. Seth Olsen replaced Ben Gates at right tackle and lined up with Mike Elgin, Brian Ferentz, Marshall Yanda, and Mike Jones. Bryan Mattison, Matt Kroul, Alex Willcox and Kenny Iwebema began on defense.

Olsen struggled throughout the day and officials whistled him for three penalties. Gates replaced Olsen in the third quarter.

AND THE WINNER IS…: The coaches inserted Albert Young into the starting running back spot after listing he and Schnoor as Co-No. 1's earlier in the week. Young carried 7 times for 80 yards in the first quarter. Schnoor took part in one play and did not run the ball.

Young ran five times for 16 yards in the second quarter. He finished with 140 yards on 18 carries. It represented the first time he had eclipsed the century mark.

Antwan Allen returned the first-team after missing last week's opener due to suspension. In the punter competition, John Gallery and Andy Fenstermaker alternated kicks.

COSTLY COLLISION: Iowa quarterback Drew Tate took out his frustration after throwing a second-quarter interception by launching his body into ISU DB Steve Paris, who had picked off the pass. The Hawkeye junior slowly got up and was led to the bench by a pair of trainers. He sat down for a few minutes before being taken to the locker room.

On the play, communication clearly broke down between Tate and his intended receiver, Ed Hinkel, who never even turned around as the pass sailed over his head and into Paris' arms.

ate struggled throughout the first half, completing just 5 of 11 passes for 57 yards and the interception. He appeared out of sync with his receivers on a number of occasions. He and Young also looked confused when both were running after a misdirected snap. Neither player picked it up in time to beat an ISU player who trailed the play.

Jason Manson replaced Tate and missed on six of seven pass attempts with a Pick in the first half. Tate returned to the sidelines midway through the third quarter wearing street clothes.

INJURY UPDATE: CB Jovon Johnson appeared to injure his right hand making a third-quarter tackle. He sat out the rest of the series but returned the next time Iowa went out on defense. The hand was heavily taped in the postgame press conference.

Running back Marques Simmons and WR Matt Melloy did not make the trip. OT David Walker dressed and took part in pre-game warm-ups but did not play. EXTRA POINTS: The Hawkeyes ran a dime package against ISU's spread offense in the first quarter with Adam Shada and Charles Godfrey inserted as extra defensive backs…Godfrey delivered the hit on Todd Blythe that led to Shada's first quarter interception…the Iowa defensive line spent a lot of the game trying to stunt it's way to the quarterback…Iowa MLB Abdul Hodge ran over to the sidelines to talk to defensive coordinator Norm Parker several times in the first half in between snaps…The crowd of 54290 broke the Jack Trice record since the stadium was reconfigured in 1996. Iowa and Iowa State set the previous mark in '03…Iowa DT Mitch King committed personal foul in the third quarter when he delivered a late hit on ISU QB Bret Meyer…ISU held Iowa without a touchdown for the first time since 1978.


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