The 3 for 3 blog, Tuesday style …
1: MONDAY NIGHT MOJO … There were plenty of stunning stat lines for Iowa and Iowa State men’s basketball players in wins on Monday night.
The Hawkeyes beat Central Michigan 73-61, while the Cyclones routed Alabama A&M 98-40. Iowa State’s quartet played fewer minutes — between 22 and 26 — while Iowa’s threesome averaged a little more than 34.
Who’s report card shined brightest?
2: GOAT-DOM ERASED FOR EX-HAWK … It appeared that former Iowa tight end Tony Moeaki might go from hero to goat for the Kansas City Chiefs in a matter of seconds late Monday against Pittsburgh.
Turns out, a teammate wanted the four-legged title for himself.
Moeaki caught a key third-down pass in the final minute of regulation as the Chiefs drove for a potential game-tying field goal. He made a smart decision, hustling to dive out of bounds and stop the clock.
Hold that thought: Officials called offensive pass interference — a push-off on Moeaki — as he made his cut on the route. There was contact on the play, but announcers quickly came to Moeaki’s defense.
“It’s a bad call,” ESPN play by play man Mike Tirico said. “It’s a bad call, at the end of the day.”
It mattered not, as quarterback Matt Cassel connected with Dwayne Bowe on a 4th-and-15 play for 27 yards that set up a field goal to send the game to overtime.
The hero-goat line proved tough to straddle for Cassel, too, who forced a pass into coverage on the first drive of overtime. The poor decision led to an interception and, on the next snap, the Steelers kicked the game-winning field goal and 16-13, struggles-continue loss for K.C.
Cassel and Moeaki connected on a big play earlier in the game, however. A 38-pass in the first quarter set up a touchdown — astoundingly, the Chiefs first lead of the 2012 regular season. Moeaki finished with three catches for 68 yards, but should have been credited with a fourth.
Here’s a classic moment from the one-time Hawkeyes’ career … in someone’s living room, at least.
3: YOUR SAY: WHEN WILL IOWA WIN? … Iowa’s football team has been staggered by a run of four consecutive losses that left it with a 4-5 record. I asked on Monday: When will the Hawkeyes find the right side of the scoreboard next?
You said, with more than 1,000 votes cast: Week 2 of 2013 vs. Missouri State (52.2 percent); 2013 season opener vs. Northern Illinois (41.2); Nov. 23 versus Nebraska (3.6); this weekend against Michigan and former Dowling Catholic star Amara Darboh (3.0).
You answered another question — this one about the job status of former Iowa State football coach Gene Chizik of Auburn. Will the one-time Cyclone Chizik, who finished 5-19 in Ames, survive to coach another season after going winless so far in the SEC?
Through more than 770 votes: more of the same, with less than five wins per season (86.4); steady progress, increased win total and bowl appearance(s) (12.1); big success, with program becoming a consistent winner (1.5).
Interesting commentary on Chizik’s problems in Tiger-land here.
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