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Monday, September 25, 2006

You win some, you lose some

Iowa and Drake both won on the road Saturday, but Iowa State and former Drake golfer Zach Johnson lost in their weekend contests.

Iowa State lost at Texas 37-14. The beginning of the game was ugly. Texas quickly put 7 points on the board and added a 2-point safety when Iowa State's long snapper missed the punter and the ball sailed in the endzone. The Cyclones rallied two touchdowns, and at one point only trailed the national champs by two points. Not a bad showing for Iowa State, which travels to Cedar Falls this Saturday.

How do you think the Cyclones fared vs. the Longhorns? Do you think Northern Iowa will give Iowa State trouble like it did last season in Ames?

Iowa has a stiffer test this Saturday, as it will face top-ranked Ohio State under the lights at Kinnick Stadium ... not to mention College GameDay will be in town and the game will be televised nationally. Sure the Hawkeyes are 4-0, but they didn't look like the No. 14 team in the country with their 24-7 win over Illinois. The Illini are counting down the days until basketball season and have only won one Big Ten Conference game in three years.

How do you think the Hawkeyes will handle the Buckeyes ... or do you think it'll be the other way around? Do you think the extra publicity will detract the team from preparing for Ohio State?

Drake started its Pioneer Football League season with a 21-7 win at No. 10 Valparaiso. The Bulldogs are No. 7 in the Sports Network I-AA Mid-Major poll. Linebacker Phillip Williams sealed the win with a 14-yard interception return for a touchdown.

Rookie quarterback Derek Retherford completed 12 passes for 166 yards, while Drake rushed for a total for 129 yards (net) —— running back Scott Phaydavong had 128 of those yards.

Do you think Drake can continue using a balanced offense this season?

The Bulldogs host Morehead State this Saturday at Drake Stadium where Johnny Bright Field will be officially dedicated.

Across the pond, Zach Johnson earned 1.5 points in the American's 18.5 to 9.5 loss to Europe in the Ryder Cup. Only Tiger Woods posted more points —— 2.

What do you read most about Zach? That he's from Cedar Rapids, Iowa? He graduated from Drake? or He's a Hawkeye fan?


At 9:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Drake is looking good this year, that's good to see. Hawks have been a little sluggish we'll see how good they are this Sat. The corners need to play big. I think I have tickets so it will be a long day of tailgating at 609 Melrose. Zach represented the Hawkeye State well. Played at Deere Run Sunday a nice 98.

John Ripslinger

At 7:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Every time I read an article about Zach, he is identified as a Drake alum... I didn't even know he was a Hawkeye fan!


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