Courtesy of Mgovideo, I just rewatched Denard's TD drive late in the game last year at Iowa City.
I doubt Iowa's D plays us in 2010 the same way they did at the end of a 2009 game when they had game-planned for Forcier and were protecting a 2 score lead. However, I think this video suggests yards can be gained against a tough, disciplined Iowa D on designed QB runs. Not huge chunks. Small bits. We will have to show the patience we lost over the course of a recent game I decline to directly reference. We will have to convert third downs.
A few other reactions I had:
- It is amazing how much Denard has improved. Even on this series, where he looked so great, the 2009 version of Denard is (dare I say it) a lot slower. Both in starting the play, and in executing. He is much more explosive and decisive this year than last. That is not surprising, but it is something I had not appreciated until watching him in 2009 form. It is not just that he added passing in 2010; he is executing the QB-designed runs much better as well.
- I was shocked how slow our pace was from one play to the next on this drive. We probably wasted a good 90 seconds with long delays between plays. We could have completed the drive much more quickly and perhaps had more time for a final drive (always a what if).
- On this drive Denard seemed very content to take 4-7 yards from the defense. Although Indiana was fun for all of us, that is a good mentality to get back to. We had more of a first down mindset with UCONN. Here's hoping we can string together some tough first downs Saturday.