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Tennessee Tech @ Iowa, 2011

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IOWA CITY, IA--I am in Hawkeye country for the Ohio Valley's Golden Eagle matchup with the Big Ten's Hawkeys for the first half of my double header in this state (will travel to Ames after this to see Northern Iowa play Iowa State tonight). This is the first time TTU has faced a team from the Big Ten Conference. TTU is experienced with 20 starters returning and 31 players that have at least started a game.

TTU is coming off a 5-6 record and 4-4 within OVC play. Iowa was 8-5 last year and won the Bowl over Missouri a season ago.

Coach Watson Brown is in his fifth season at TTU, holding a 18-27 mark at the Cookeville, TN school. He as a career mark of 112-178-1. Iowa has Kirk Ferentz as their coach and holds a 89-60 mark for the Hawkeyes.

The temperatures are much better as we are in the low 70s and rain/thunder showers in the area. In fact, the Kinnick Stadium ticket officials have yet to let in the general ticket holders yet at this time (9:50 local). The kickoff is slated to be at 11:01.

Junior quarterback Tre Lamb leads the Eagle attack on offense and returns after missing the final three games due to injury. He is joined in the backfield by Dontey Gay (1,972 career all-purpose yards) as well as Georgia Southern transfer Adam Urbano.

The top TTU receiver is Tim Benford, who is second in career receptions and third in yardage for the Golden Eagles. TTU also returns the entire starting five upfront on the offensive line.

Defensively, the Eagles are led by linebacker Marcus Edwards, who led the OVC in sacks with 7.5. He is joined at the linebacker position by Jake McIntosh, who is the career leader in tackles currently on the roster with 177.

I am looking for the Eagles to be competative in this game given their experienced roster and given that Iowa is not as experienced.

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  1. Kent's Avatar
    Its raining pretty heavy as we are under 29 minutes to the kickoff. Have think this might help the Eagles keep this game close.
  2. Kent's Avatar
    Tennessee Tech won the coin toss and will defer to the 2nd half. Iowa to receive the ball first.
  3. Kent's Avatar
    Iowa drives down to the 23 yard line of TTU but Jake McIntosch collects a Iowa fumble.

    TTU is driving themselves after three plays. They currently have a 2 & 5 from their own 45.

    We have 12:55 left in the 1st qtr.
  4. Kent's Avatar
    TTU was forced to punt after getting out to their own 46.

    Iowa is again driving and Coker, who fumbled earlier fumbled again by Iowa recovers.

    Currently Iowa is at the TTU 40 with 7:41 left in the opening qtr.
  5. Kent's Avatar
    TTU holds Iowa to a field goal--a 39 yard attempt by Mike Meyer that is good.

    Scoring drive was 14 plays, 58 yards in 6:25.

    Iowa 3 - TTU 0 with 5:10 left in the 1st qtr.
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    TTU gets one first down but moves backwards from there after a fumbled snap.

    Iowa nearly fumbled the ball but the officials rule the Iowa returner was down before the fumble. TTU did recover it.

    It is Iowa ball at their own 26 at the 2:01 mark of qtr 1.
  7. Kent's Avatar
    Mika'il McCall, the leading rusher for Iowa was hurt on the ensuing drive for the Hawkeyes and the Golden Eagles forced the Iowa to punt.

    It will be 1 &10 for TTU at their own 15. We have just 0:04 left in the opening qtr.

    Lamb is sacked on the last play of the 1st qtr. TTU will have it 2 & 13 at the 12 to start the second qtr.
  8. Kent's Avatar
    TTU goes three and out on this possession. Punter Nick Campbell's punt goes out of bounds at the Iowa 42, where the Hawkeyes will start this drive. We have 14:10 left in the 1st half.
  9. Kent's Avatar
    Iowa has drove down and a 24 yard Keenan Davis from quarterback tipped pass is caught for an apparent touchdown but it is being video reviewed. It appears he was down before he crossed the end zone line. It will be a 1st & goal at the one for Iowa.
  10. Kent's Avatar
    Iowa scored on the next play with a quarterback draw play by James Vandenberg. It is Iowa 10 Tennessee Tech 0 with 10:38 left in the 2nd qtr.
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    TTU goes three and out. Iowa takes over at their own 18. We have 8:16 left in the opening half.
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    After going backwards on a false start penalty and a one yard loss on a running play, Iowa hits a big play with quarterback Vandenberg hitting wide receiver Marvin McNutt with an 88 yard touchdown throw.

    It was reviewed as McNutt was close to stepping out after he caught it and then took off to run. But the review showed he did not step out.

    We have Iowa 17 TTU 0 with 7:20 left in the second half.
  13. Kent's Avatar
    TTU is driving on the next drive. The Golden Eagles have it currently at the 44 yard line of Iowa. We are under 5:00 left in 2nd qtr.
  14. Kent's Avatar
    So much for the drive. James Morris of Iowa intercepted a Lamb pass and returned it to the TTU nine yard line. We have 4:30 left in the 1st half with Iowa up 17-0 and looking for more now.
  15. Kent's Avatar
    TTU is holding the Hawkeyes. The Hawkeyes get it to the two yard line but the Golden Eagle defense hold Iowa to just a field goal. It is Iowa 20 TTU 0 with 3:18 left in the 2nd qtr.
  16. Kent's Avatar
    TTU will have it at their own 25 yard line following a kickoff return.
  17. Kent's Avatar
    After a promising drive that brought TTU down to the Iowa 33 yard line. QB Tre Lamb's pass was intercepted by Shaun Prater and brought all the way back for a touchdown from 89 yards out.

    It is Iowa 27 - TTU 0 with just 10 second left in the 1st half.
  18. Kent's Avatar
    After the kickoff, Tennessee Tech just runs up the middle for a five yard gain after a moderate kickoff return. We have reached the half time break.

    TTU has not been that bad as the score would indicate but two interceptions and a long pass play have accounted for 17 of the points for Iowa.

    TTU will get the ball to begin the second half.
  19. Kent's Avatar
    TTU gets the opening possession of the 2nd half after deferring in the 1st half. They will start this possession at their own 25 yard line.
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    TTU is having their best drive of the game. The Golden Eagles are down to the Iowa 11 but are facing a 3rd and 8 from their. The big play on the drive was a pass to Demetrous Garrett for 37 yards.
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