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Iowa Bowled Over In Pasadena - Stanford Wins A 45-16 Stunner

This game was over early - as in the 1st Quarter - after the first two Stanford offensive drives. Star Cardinal Running Back Christiam McCaffrey introduced himself to Iowa and its fans early and often, racking up 368 all purpose yards, shredding the  Defense, and leaving fans wondering how he could not have won the Heisman Trophy. He was, however, named MVP of the 102nd Rose Bowl and no one who saw this game would question that choice.

The Hawkeyes had a balanced offense all season, yet in this game Iowa could only muster 48 rushing yards to go with 239 through the air. That lack of balance will almost always result in a loss. Moreover, Iowa’s Offensive Line and Defensive Line were badly out-played by Stanford. So it’s fair to say this game was also lost in the trenches. Iowa Quarterback C.J. Beathard barely had time to get the snap, let alone run called plays, as Stanford pressured and blitzed the entire game. At the end, Beathard was hobbled and he been sacked seven times.

Iowa never quit and played better in the 2nd Half, scoring its 16 points in the last two quarters. The game plans prepared on both Offense and Defense seemed inadaquate at best, regardless of execution, and strangely enough the team did not seem prepared for Stanford’s early onslaught - especially by its offense.

The Hawkeyes finish an otherwise terrific season on a two-game losing streak. They played very well in a 16-13 loss to Michigan State in the Big Ten Championship Game. Unfortunately for tens of thousands of loyal fans who made the trip to Southern California, the Rose Bowl game itself won’t be a pleasant memory even if much of the rest of the trip will.

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