Strangest Play Call on Saturday
|By Wes Gade|
Hawkeyesportsnews.com Owner, Editor
At the end of the 3rd quarter Iowa had the ball 3rd and 1 with less than 20 seconds left in the quarter. One could with a high probability say that in previous Ferentz years Iowa would have let the clock run out and with the 1st play of the 4th quarter ran a QB sneak or Mark Weisman up the middle for the 1st down and kept the drive alive and the clock moving.
Instead Iowa rushed to get a play off before the quarter ended and went for the big play that was slightly overthrown, or under ran, depending on your view. The play was there to be made and the call itself I can’t argue. It caught Northern Illinois off guard and if connected it’s a touchdown and puts huge momentum on Iowa’s side.
The problem arises with the next play on 4th down. Iowa punted the 1st play of the 4th quarter. If you are going to rush your team to get a play off instead of letting the 3rd quarter run out and also go for the BIG play, you have to already have your mind made up to go for it on 4th and 1 to start the 4th quarter. Anything else makes no sense, and that’s what Iowa did, and it made no sense.
If the coaches were going to punt on 4th down then you let the clock run out and you get the 1 yd you need on 3rd down the 1st play of the 4th quarter.
Of all the plays called on Saturday this one has to be the most puzzling. It’s like Iowa is caught in the middle of being aggressive and conservative, which will not work and did not work.
If Iowa would have gone for it on 4th and 1 to start the 4th quarter and made it – they had been running with Weisman and not losing yards all game – then you could look back and say “at least they took a shot” but what played out was just plain confusing every way you look at it.