The 2014 season is half over and Iowa is one victory shy of becoming bowl eligible. After the homecoming win against Indiana, the Hawkeyes are on the road facing an unfamiliar opponent in Maryland.
Maryland and Rutgers are the new kids on the block in the Big 10, and by most accounts; they’ve put up a good showing in their first season. The tables are turned as Maryland host the Hawkeyes for their homecoming week. The Terps have had their own quarterback controversy, starting quarterback C.J. Brown was replaced in the second half against Ohio State. The defense gets a big boost with linebacker Abner Logan returning to the lineup off a suspension. When watching Maryland, one thing that stands out, they can score points! Last week’s 45 outing from Iowa wasn’t the norm, but 30’s is for Maryland; so the offense has to be ready to continue to do its part.
Iowa received a lot of love this week after a 28 point first quarter against the Hoosiers. Maybe a little competition lit a fire under Jake Rudock, hitting 19 of 27 passes. The first half looked like he was on a mission to prove to Kinnick stadium, that he could get it done. But it wasn’t just Rudock, the entire team contributed, especially freshman Jonathan Parker rumbling 60 yards off a jet sweep for a touchdown. Just when the offense looks in synch, the defense fell asleep. Indiana capitalized on several big plays, something the Maryland coaching staff has to be salivating at. The strength of the defense is the front line and they have to regroup this week.
The second half of the season will be determined by the team’s ability to play consistently. Iowa needs Rudock to play with that fire weekly, not every other week. First and second downs, the defense looks great, they need to stay more focused on third; and get off the field. Ohio State took care of business by punching them right in the mouth Big Ten style. Iowa can once again be considered one of the Big 10 bullies, and it starts by bullying the new kid in town.
Please join us at one of the THREE official gamewatch Barney’s locations and enjoy 40% off food and beverages to any Iowa fan who wears something with Iowa on it (offer valid during the game only).
There will be NO RAFFLE this week.
If you would like to show your LA Hawkeye pride, then don’t forget to order your LA IOWA Club t-shirt. They can be purchased at your favorite gamewatch location for $15. Please find your Gamewatch coordinator for details. Only S and M shirts are left.
Santa Monica: 1351 3rd St. Promenade, Santa Monica, CA
(Gamewatch host Justin Drake, Isaiah Scales, and Jake Krengel)
Pasadena: 99 E Colorado Blvd. Pasadena, CA
(Gamewatch hosts Patrick Carberry and Randall Adams)
Redondo Beach: 100 Fisherman’s Wharf, Suite H, Redondo Beach, CA
(Gamewatch hosts Garrett Darland and Alvin Chang)
We look forward to seeing everyone. GO HAWKS!!!
Big Ten Oktoberfest Night
Head to Alpine village in Torrance for a Big Ten themed Oktoberfest. This event will have an Oom Pah Pah band, delicious German food & beverages, and chicken dancing. All hosted by Big Ten Alumni MC John ‘Festmeister Hans’ Baumgaertner.
Proceeds from your discounted ticket go to your schools scholarship fund, reserved seating (before 8:30pm), exclusive onstage contests, Big Ten videos, and lots of Big Ten folks celebrating in their school colors.
833 W Torrance Blvd.
Torrance, CA 90502
When: Friday October 24th, 6pm – 11pm
1) Admission tickets are discounted from $20 to $10. For every ticket sold using your schools promo code, 100% of the proceeds will go back to the alumni club!!!
- Find your schools promo code
- Click on this link to Purchase Tickets
- Purchase your tickets using thepromo code
2) $0.25 of EVERY beverage sold on that date (10/24) to ANY patron, will be donated to the Big Ten Club. Money will be distributed among participating clubs. So the more people you promote and have come out to the event, the higher the percentage of donation back to your club.
Mark your Calendars: November is Food Drive Month
For 3 years now, the Los Angeles IOWA Club will be partnering with the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank to help provide food for the hungry. For every November Gamewatch (vs Northwestern, Minnesota, Illinois, Wisconsin, and Nebraska), the LA IOWA Club will be asking its members to donate non-perishable items to the LA Regional Food Bank. We will have boxes available to drop off your donation at any of the gamewatch locations. Since the food drive began in 2012, we have donated over 75 pounds of food to the LA Regional Food Bank. Thank you for your support.
LA Iowa Board of Directors