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Northern Iowa Beats Wofford 28-21 in FCS Playoffs


December 4th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) – Tirrelle Rennie threw a pair of touchdown passes and fifth-seeded Northern Iowa rallied to beat Wofford 28-21 Saturday and advance to the quarterfinals of the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs. Jared Herring caught both TD passes for the Panthers (10-2), who will face Number 5 Montana on the road either Friday or Saturday. David Johnson’s 1-yard TD run put the Panthers up 21-14 to start the fourth quarter. Wofford fumbled the ensuing kickoff in the end zone, and Phil Wright’s recovery gave the Panthers a 14-point lead. Wofford (8-4) outgained the Panthers 478-238 but committed three costly turnovers.

K-State Outlasts Cyclones


December 3rd, 2011 by Jim Field

MANHATTAN, Kan. — Bill Snyder wouldn’t bite when he was asked to compare this season’s Kansas State team to those of years past, Wildcats that won Big 12 championships and went to prestigious bowl games.

“I reserve the right to make those judgments until the end of the season,” the longtime coach said, “and then I’ll find a way to avoid the question.”

It’s going to be an inevitable one.

John Hubert ran for 120 yards and the go-ahead touchdown Saturday, helping the Wildcats (No. 11 BCS, No. 16 AP) beat Iowa State 30-23 and keeping alive their chances for a share of the conference title.

Picked to finish eighth in the Big 12, Kansas State (10-2, 7-2) instead put together one of the best seasons in school history. Led by the 72-year-old Snyder, the plucky Wildcats managed to beat everyone they faced except for Oklahoma and Oklahoma State, the two teams who were to decide Saturday night whether they would share in a conference championship.

If the Sooners beat their rivals in Bedlam, there would be a three-way tie.

“It’s been a journey,” said Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein, who ran for a touchdown and threw for another against the Cyclones. “We’ve had a lot of ups and downs, but over the course we’ve been able to make improvements so we’re a better team.”

Jeff Woody ran for 85 yards and two touchdowns for the Cyclones (6-6, 3-6), who became bowl eligible for the second time under Paul Rhoads when they knocked off the Cowboys a couple weeks ago.

They nearly managed another upset against the Wildcats.

Hubert scored the go-ahead touchdown on a tackle-breaking 26-yard run with 3:29 left, which gave Iowa State plenty of time to answer. Freshman quarterback Jared Barnett converted a pair of third downs to move into Kansas State territory, and then scrambled for eight yards on third-and-10.

Facing fourth-and-2 at the 31, Woody took the handoff and was stuffed at the line of scrimmage, the ball popping out. Kansas State recovered it to seal the victory.

“This is the No. 11 team in the BCS,” Rhoads said, “and with 1:07 to go, we’re driving down to tie the game and send it into overtime.”

Both teams now await their bowl destinations.

The Wildcats could be headed anywhere from one of the BCS games as an at-large selection to the Alamo or Cotton bowls, though Snyder said he won’t be campaigning before announcements are made Sunday night. The Cyclones, meanwhile, will be headed to a game for the second time in three years.

“K-State was only favored in four games and they won 10,” Woody said. “We were favored in two and we won six, so we’re two tremendously similar teams, and that showed.”

After lightning delayed the kickoff 90 minutes, the Cyclones jumped out to a 7-0 lead. Barnett threw a pass that wobbled so much it looked as if the ball was deflating, but Darius Darks managed to get the inside position on cornerback Nigel Malone and hauled in the 30-yard catch.

The Wildcats needed 15 seconds to answer.

Klein dropped back and floated a pass on a deep post route to Tramaine Thompson, one of the fastest players on the team. He caught it with his fingertips just past the outstretched hands of defensive back Ter’Ran Benton and raced the rest of the way untouched for the 68-yard touchdown, the longest play from scrimmage for Kansas State this season.

“We had a play called and Collin saw coverage he liked,” Thompson said. “So we switched it around. I was hoping he saw it. When he checked to it, I was so happy.”

Iowa State regained the lead moments later when Woody plunged in from a yard out, but Zach Guyer’s extra point was blocked by Raphael Guidry, his fourth blocked kick of the season.

Anthony Cantele kicked a 37-yard field goal for the Wildcats to get within 13-10.

Kansas State took over at its own 38 just before halftime, and Klein mixed in a couple of option keepers along with a pair of 14-yard completions to Hubert. The sophomore running back took the second of them down to the goal line, and Klein’s TD sneak gave Kansas State a 17-13 lead at the break.

Guidry’s second big play, this time an interception off a tipped ball, gave Kansas State prime field position early in the third quarter, and Cantele’s 47-yard field goal made it 20-13.

Iowa State responded by going 64 yards in 12 plays, converting three third downs, and Woody’s rumbling 13-yard scamper allowed the Cyclones to draw even with 4:25 left in the quarter.

Kansas State squandered a chance to take a touchdown lead, failing to score in three tries from the 3 before Cantele knocked through his third field goal of the game. The Cyclones matched it when they converted a pair of fourth downs and Guyer made a 43-yarder with 6:12 left.

The Cyclones finally ran out of answers, though, and they still haven’t beaten the Wildcats in Manhattan since 2004 — the last time they had a winning season.

UNI Improves to 7-1 with Win Over Rams


December 3rd, 2011 by Jim Field

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa — Anthony James scored 28 points to lead Northern Iowa to an 83-77 victory against Colorado State on Saturday in a Mountain West-Missouri Valley Challenge game.

James had eight rebounds as the Panthers (7-1) never trailed en route to winning their sixth straight. Seth Tuttle added 16 points, Deon Mitchell 12 and Chip Rank 10.

Dorian Green had 21 points and nine rebounds for the Rams (5-3). Wes Eikmeier scored 19 points and Dwight Smith 17.

Northern Iowa ended the first half on a 9-0 run over the last 3:16, with James scoring seven points on two jumpers and a 3-pointer. That gave the Panthers a 41-30 lead at the break, and Colorado State got no closer than 11 in the second half.

Basabe Leads Hawkeyes Over Brown


December 3rd, 2011 by Jim Field

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Melsahn Basabe had 14 points and 10 rebounds to help Iowa beat Brown 75-54 on Saturday.

Roy Devyn Marble added 11 points off the bench for Iowa (5-3), which had lost three of its last four games.

Andrew McCarthy scored 17 points for Brown (4-5). The Bears missed 18 3-point shots and were outrebounded 56-37.

Basabe scored more points Saturday than he had in Iowa’s previous four games combined. The Hawkeyes made an effort to get the sophomore involved early, and he took eights in the first half. Basabe finished 5 of 12 from the field.

Iowa jumped out to a 15-4 lead in the first seven minutes and led 38-24 at halftime.

Matt Gatens, Zach McCabe, Andrew Brommer and Aaron White each added nine points for the Hawkeyes.

Iowa also won the only previous meeting between the schools, 109-61 in December 1988.

Two Bad Runs Cost Iowa St. 76-66 Loss at Michigan


December 3rd, 2011 by Ric Hanson

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Fred Hoiberg has some coaching work to do after his Iowa State team let two bad stretches essentially decide the game. The Cyclones let Michigan go on two runs of about five minutes each, and it was enough to cost Iowa State a 76-66 loss Saturday at the 14th-ranked Wolverines. Jordan Morgan scored 16 points and Tim Hardaway Jr. added 19 points in the first game between the schools since Johnny Orr left Iowa State in 1994. Orr remains the winningest coach in Michigan history, with 209 wins between 1969-80, and at Iowa State, with 218 victories starting in 1981. The teams entered the game with identical 5-2 records. Michigan, though, lost to Duke and Virginia, while Iowa State has been beaten by Northern Iowa and Drake. Royce White had 20 points and 12 rebounds for the Cyclones, while former Michigan State Spartan Chris Allen added 11 – all in the second half.


Iowa Football Program Loses Grant, Heiar


December 3rd, 2011 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa wide receiver Marcus Grant and offensive lineman Dan Heiar are leaving the football program. Coach Kirk Ferentz announced the departures Friday. Ferentz says Grant has decided to transfer to a school closer to his hometown of North Carver, Mass. The freshman appeared in a handful of games this season for the Hawkeyes.  Ferentz says Heiar, also in his first year at Iowa, is leaving school “to pursue other interests.”

Heiar joined the Hawkeyes in the spring after transferring from Iowa Western Community College. He was charged with operating while intoxicated in an April crash. Court records show he pleaded guilty and was given a suspended jail sentence.

First of two deer shootgun hunting seasons opens this morning

Ag/Outdoor, News, Sports

December 3rd, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Rural Iowans may hear the distant pop of shotgun blasts from the forests and fields this (Saturday) morning as the state’s shotgun deer hunting season opens. Iowa D-N-R deer biologist Tom Litchfield says he’s expecting about 60-thousand hunters for this first season. Litchfield says the two shotgun seasons on deer are Iowa’s most popular hunting seasons, when the most hunters are hunting and when the majority of deer are harvested. Up to 60-percent of the state’s deer are harvested in the two seasons. The first season runs today (Saturday) through December 7th and again from December 10th through the 18th. Litchfield says there will be plenty of targets.

He says the deer population was around 450-thousand pre-season while this spring, the numbers were around 290-thousand post-season. Litchfield says there will be no changes in hunting regulations for this deer season and he says the hunting will be good or more challenging, depending on where you go in the state.

He says hunters in northwest and north-central Iowa should see similar deer numbers compared to last year, though populations elsewhere may be down. Overall, Litchfield says the Iowa deer population has fallen about 12-percent compared to a year ago. Learn more at: “www.iowadnr.gov”.

(Matt Kelley/Radio Iowa)

Friday Boys Basketball Results


December 2nd, 2011 by Jim Field

Hawkeye 10:

  • Atlantic 68, Glenwood 49 (AHS – Dalton Franken 16, Sam Markham 14, Chad Christensen 12)

Rolling Hills:

  • Adair-Casey 53, Iowa Christian Academy 46
  • CAM 58, East Greene 34


  • Boyer Valley 58, Whiting 19
  • Carroll 60, Ballard 53
  • IKM-Manning 89, Charter Oak-Ute 24
  • Stanton 71, Clarinda Academy 61
  • Nodaway Valley 77, East Union 33 (NV – Brad Baudler 9 points, 5 assists and Dean Frank had 4 points and 6 rebounds)

Friday Girls Basketball Results


December 2nd, 2011 by Jim Field

Hawkeye 10:

  • Glenwood 71, Atlantic 29
  • Lewis Central 37, Creston 32

Rolling Hills:

  • Adair-Casey 46, Iowa Christian Academy 35
  • CAM 64, East Greene 35
  • Orient-Macksburg 46, Walnut 42
  • Glidden-Ralston 50, Paton-Churdan 40


  • Ar-We-Va 76, West Harrison 23
  • Ballard 44, Carroll 43
  • Bedford 62, Lenox 23
  • Corning 51, Mount Ayr 31
  • Guthrie Center 67, Madrid 48
  • Panorama 90, Ogden 17
  • Stanton 86, Clarinda Academy 25
  • Underwood 50, Logan-Magnolia 20

AP Source: FAU Offers Coaching Job to Carl Pelini


December 2nd, 2011 by Jim Field

BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) – A person familiar with the decision says Florida Atlantic has offered Nebraska defensive coordinator Carl Pelini its head football coaching position and expects to introduce him on Monday.  The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the contract has not been signed and details were not expected to be “totally done” until the weekend.  The 46-year-old Pelini would replace Howard Schnellenberger, who is retiring after the Owls finish their season Saturday against Louisiana-Monroe.  Pelini is the brother of Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini.  Under Carl Pelini’s direction, Nebraska was seventh nationally in total defense in 2009, 11th in that department last year and ranked 36th nationwide in yards allowed this season.