|I don't know... I laughed.
This post is a follow-up to my post on Monday about the Hawkeye offense. Sure, the offense has some neat parts and all, but the defense is what is most impressive about our corn people to the south.
Iowa ranks 18th in the nation in points against. (20.0ppg) They are coming off of a week where they only allowed 7 to Pat Fitzgerald's Veiny Forehead.
Here's a list of Iowa's best defensive performances this year:
What does it all mean? I don't know, I'm just trying to spin a scenario where the Gophers should be able to put up some points.
Kill said in the presser this week that Iowa is always a team that gets better during the year. Lets look at the Hawkeyes by position.
The defensive tackles are also very good. Senior Louis Trinca-Pasat is coming off a game where he had three sacks and made Trevor Siemian cry. (unconfirmed) He is fourth on the team in total tackles and has the most among defensive lineman with an incredible 50. His 9.5 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks are both second on the team. The other tackle is 6'5", 315 senior Carl Davis. He's a space eater type that occasionally gets into the backfield as well. Kill refers to the two defensive tackles as "special" and not in the normal Iowa way.
Kirk Lowdermilk has a son on the Hawkeyes and he's pretty dang good! Ol' Milky is second on the team with 58 tackles and the other safety, Jordan Lomax is third with 52. They have 3 interceptions between them. Desmond King and Greg Mabin are the starting corners. Travis Perry and Maurice Fleming round out the group. These guy held Siemian to 68 yards passing last week. They also held Maryland to under 50% passing and 206 total yards even though they lost that one. Sudfeld and company were abysmal for Indiana as well, throwing for 116 yards and 3 INTs. As a team they have 10 interceptions and 30 passes broken up.