2012 Gamewatch #7: Iowa vs. Penn State

Recap of Last Week: It was cold, it was rainy, and it wasn’t pretty, but Iowa defensive back Greg Castillo intercepted a deflected pass to give the Hawkeyes a 19-16 double overtime win. Running back Mark Weisman continues to amaze, running 26 times for 116 yards and a touchdown before leaving late with an injury. It was Weisman’s fourth 100-yard rushing game in a row. Not bad for a guy who began the season as a backup fullback. Not only was it a big win in conference play, it was also coach Kirk Ferentz’s 100th victory as Iowa’s head football coach.  He is now 43 behind the legendary Hayden Fry.

Now to this week…We are right where we want to be.  Sure it was a very disappointing 2 – 2 start but the Hawks now sit atop the Legends Division leader board along with Michigan at 2 – 0 in conference play.  The Hawks are in control of their own destiny and it continues Saturday night against Penn State.  Penn State started the season 0 – 2 but has since turned the page on the child sex abuse scandal and is on a 4-game winning streak.  Mark Weisman is cleared to participate after sustaining a sprained ankle last week.  Coach Ferentz said he’d be shocked if Weisman can play but the good news is that true Sophomore Jordan Canzeri will be Greg Garmon’s back-up.  Canzeri showed a lot of burst and athleticism late last year but tore his ACL in the spring.  Coach Ferentz said this week that the cavalry is coming!  We are only going to get better and last week’s win gave the Hawks all the confidence they need.  It’s a night game (5:05pm start) which puts us in the spotlight. Get to your favorite Barney’s location early to snag a table. We look forward to seeing everyone.

GO HAWKS!!!

Raffle Location: No raffle this week

The Deal: Enjoy 35% off food and 50% off beverages for all who wear Iowa Gear (offer valid during the game only).  Please be courteous and gratuitous to Barney’s Staff – they will be very busy this week.

-LA Iowa Board of Directors

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