Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Ugly Game

A little college football cleanup from the weekend.

I watched Iowa State and Iowa play for an extremely long 3 ½ hours. It was flat out ugly no matter what your routing preference. I kept thinking that nobody really wanted to win the game. The offenses in a word were “terrible.” Sometimes in a low scoring game (like the 9-6 final), you credit the defenses. Not in this one: bad, bad offense was the culprit.

Iowa State was up 9-3 at the half and it seemed the Cyclones should have been up a lot more. I sensed an Iowa comeback in the second half. Didn’t the Hawks provide late- game heroics the week before against Northern Illinois?

Iowa did drive the football into Iowa State territory in the final minutes, but Cyclone linebacker Jake Knott reached high and tripped a pass and caught in on its downward flight to end the threat. In a game with few memorable moments that play was the memorable one.

Iowa State didn’t really win the game; it just didn’t make the final mistake. As the old saying goes, “it’s sometimes better to be lucky than good.”

Iowa was neither on the day.

I would suggest both teams destroy the game film as soon as possible.

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