Hawks Put Aggies in Body Baggies

Iowa took no prisoners on Saturday. It was deja' vu all over again as the Hawks led 24-7 at halftime. However, unlike last week against Iowa State, the Kinnick Stadium invader was not resuscitated during the intermission. During the third quarter the Hawks played like Al Capone's gang on St. Valentines Day. There would be no coming back from the 24-0 bloodbath as Iowa mowed down Utah State as mercilessly as the Massacre on the North Side of Chicago.

Brad Banks recovered from the "dropped ball syndrome" he developed during the second stanza of the Clone game by both passing and running for a touchdown. Banks was 15 out of 29 passing with no interceptions.

Jermelle Lewis displayed his speed for the 54,000 in attendance by scooting 75 yards for a score early in the third quarter. He served notice that he is nearly ready for a starring role after playing a third-team stand-in for injured Fred Russell. Aaron Greving started but did not display the quickness needed to explode by Big Ten linebackers and defensive backs. Even walk-on Marcus Schnoor appeared to have more quick's than Greving. Aaron has had a star-crossed career at Iowa, often beset by nagging injuries. Although I would like Greving to have a lot more success at Iowa, it would appear that Lewis would be passing him on the depth charts. Aaron's ankle appears to be his Achilles heel.

Clint Solomon made a spectacular one-handed catch between two defenders for a 44-yard gain setting up Banks' one-yard scoring run. That one play will strike fear in many defensive coordinators, as Solomon is a star waiting to be born in the Big Ten.

Pre-season All-American, Dallas Clark finally got involved in the Iowa offense, catching 5 passes for 67 yards. Nagging injuries since training camp had slowed Clark.

The Hawks had 300 yards rushing and 518 total yards against the pass happy Aggies.

Deadeye Kick, Nate Kaeding, added 6 PAT's and two field goals including a career long 51-yard kick.

The Hawk pass defense looked better but still needs much improvement before facing Penn State's Zach Mills next week. By backing off the Aggie receivers, several found open running room. That is a much more dangerous option against the highly skilled Nittany Lion pass catchers.

Fortunately, we won't have to wait so long next Saturday for game action as the Penn State game kicks at 11 am. Set your alarm clocks, you sleepy heads that are used to the late start the last two weeks.

However, on this sunny Saturday in Iowa City, not even famous Utah State alumnus, Merlin Olsen, had enough flowers to cover the Aggie carnage on the hallowed field of Nile Kinnick.

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