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Inside the Numbers: Miami

Inside the Numbers: Miami

9/9/2002 by Jon Miller of Hawkeye Nation


After reviewing the Iowa-Miami film and pouring over the stats, it is my opinion that Iowa played a pretty solid football game in addition to playing against a solid opponent.

We all know that Miami went on the road last week and beat an ACC opponent in their house and stuffed the run.

But the Hawkeyes came out against Miami and established their dominance on the ground. They finished the day gaining nearly 190 yards rushing and averaged 4.7 yards per carry. I will take that any day of the week, especially when you consider that Miami really stacked the line of scrimmage and dared Iowa to beat them through the air.

And the Hawkeyes did that as well, as Brad Banks had the best game of his Iowa career, completing 18 of 27 passes for 256 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions. Iowa’s offensive line also kept Banks protected all day and they have yet to yield a sack in 2002.

Banks has helped his own cause there, showing escapability out of the pocket an eluding the Miami rush on a few occasions. He also threw the ball quite well on the run and showed great arm strength.

The one word that came to mind when watching the game was ‘poise’. Banks had it on Saturday and he masterfully led the Iowa offensive attack. He throws a great ball but still needs to work on his touch on the outside seams. But boy, he can fire it in there on the slant routes and his deep out passes are hard to defend.

Banks has the physical tools, there is no doubt about that. He also appears to have command of the entire offensive package this year. If he can continue playing well on the cerebral side of things, then there is no reason to believe that he will have one of the best seasons for an Iowa quarterback in recent memory.

Iowa didn’t play its best football, but it was good enough to win on the road, something a Kirk Ferentz coached Hawkeye team had done just twice and something Iowa had done just four times since the start of the 1997 season.

It was against a quality opponent and Iowa also won a close game.

I think that the Hawkeye players and coaches have to feel very good about leaving Oxford, OH with a “W”, considering they had seven penalties and another fumble by the punt return team.

And now, the numbers.


as in Iowa’s rushing offense ranks 6th in the nation and is tops in the Big Ten after the first two games. The Hawkeyes are averaging 282 yards per game and 6.64 yards per carry.

The Hawkeyes are also 6th in the nation in rush defense, allowing a paltry 40.5 yards per game and less than two yards per carry. That is also tops in the league. The Hawkeyes will be tested this week when Iowa State comes to town. The Cyclones are averaging more than 200 yards rushing per game.

They managed 130 yards on 38 carries against Florida State and allowed 239 yards to the Seminoles. FSU went away from the running game for reasons unknown to this writer, and that is ISU’s soft underbelly. But more on the Iowa v ISU game later this week.


as in Iowa’s pass defense ranking out of 117 division one programs. The Hawkeyes have allowed a load of ‘underneath’ yards and have not really been beaten by the big play through the air. Iowa will likely approach the Cyclone game with the same strategy: take away the run and make the Cyclones beat you with 10 to 15 play drives through the air.

The Hawkeyes rank 70th in total defense, nationally.

The Hawkeyes also rank 3rd in total offense nationally, averaging more than 518 yards per game. Iowa and ISU rank 11th and 12th in the passing efficiency department.

#2 is #2

Iowa’s Fred Russell ranks second in the nation in rushing, averaging 160 yards per game and just under seven yards per carry.

Brad Banks is #5

in the nation in passing efficiency while Seneca Wallace ranks 13th .

Mo Brown

is 17th in the nation in receiving yards per game, averaging 108.5 yards per contest.


as in Iowa’s offensive line has not allowed a sack in their first two games. After the first two games of 2001, Iowa had yielded two sacks. The Hawkeye defense had recorded six sacks through the first two games of 2001 and they have seven so far after two games.

5 for 5, as in Iowa place kicker Nate Kaeding has made his last five field goals between 40 and 49 yards. He was a perfect four of four from that range in 2002 and he hit a 49-yarder against Miami on Saturday. That kick had about 15 yards to spare as well. Nate also connected on field goals from 27 and 37 yards. Kaeding is also 5 for 5 on field goal attempts this year and ranks 3 rd in the nation with 2.5 field goals per game.

Only three kickers have made more field goals this year than Kaeding.


Don’t look now, but the Hawkeyes are tops in the land in Net Punting.

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