Things we learned Saturday

Things we learned from Iowa’s 18-13 victory over Indiana on Saturday:

– Maybe anybody really can beat anybody on any given day in the Big Ten. Iowa looked like a championship team in drilling Michigan State 37-6 last week while Indiana hasn’t won a conference game in more than a year. But the Hoosiers were one bobbled pass in the end zone away from winning on Saturday.

– The running back position at Iowa is in very good hands even after Adam Robinson and Jewel Hampton have used up their eligibility. Freshman Marcus Coker looked awfully good for a kid who missed most of preseason training camp with an injury.

– Brett Greenwood is playing some of his best football as the end of his college career approaches. The Pleasant Valley grad had a fairly quiet first half of the season, but he now has an interception in each of the past three games and he had the hit of the day when he separated Indiana’s Darmarlo Belcher from the ball with a ferocious tackle in the third quarter. You kind of wonder if Belcher was still thinking of that collision when he dropped a potential game-winning touchdown pass in the final minute.

– Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz is now fully committed to freshman Michael Meyer as his kicker. He stayed with the kid Saturday even after he missed a chip-shot 22-yard field goal. Don’t be shocked if sophomore Trent Mossbrucker already is planning a transfer.

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