Check out these stats on the final four offensive possessions, for JVB: 17-19, 220 yards, 3 TD's (oh, and he added 18 rushing yards, and a rushing touchdown). Now that's just silly.
In the end, it was the biggest comeback in Hawkeye football history, and a 31-27 stunner. But Hawkeye fans aren't only elated --- they're aggravated. They want to know (and so do I) why it took a 21-point deficit to let Vandenberg do what he does best...sling it to his big guns, out of the shotgun. He's not the kind of quarterback that likes to nibble down the field with passes to tight ends. He wants to air it out, and when he's been given the opportunity, he excels.
And why shouldn't Vandenberg air it out? The Hawkeyes have (arguably) the best wide receiving corps in program history. It's about the only unit that is living up to its potential. Not to mention, the passing game would open up some badly needed holes for Marcus Coker to run through. Forget "Free DJK", "Free JVB"!
I was very surprised that ISU won the game. It just wasn't a game the Cyclones usually win. I picked UConn to win because I just couldn't see this team winning its first game of the season, on the road. I was wrong, and so was Vegas. The odds-makers picked ISU to win 3 games, this season. As long as the 'Clones win 1 of their last 9 games, they'll exceed expectations.
I still don't see three sure-wins on that schedule. Six wins still seems like a great season for Iowa State. I can't wait to see what they do against 3-0 Texas, after the bye-week. Jack Trice Stadium will probably be raucous as ever. And ISU will have the entire state to itself. The Hawks are off that week.
The only way this college football weekend could've been any better is if Nebraska would've blown it against Washington. The Huskers might be unbeaten, but the vaunted 'Blackshirts' are being beaten like a drum. The Nebraska 'D' has given up 67 points in its last two games.