IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A short peep at the statistics would indicate Iowa’s Spencer Petras is a median Ample Ten quarterback.
One number pops out, even though, and illustrates a principal reason the fifth-ranked Hawkeyes (3-0) contain won nine straight games.
The second-12 months starter hasn’t thrown an interception since early in the second quarter of the Nov. 27 game against Nebraska, a streak of 22 quarters entering Saturday’s final nonconference game against Colorado Shriek (1-2).
While Petras acknowledged he would want to toughen on his completion share, he knows the more meaningful stat is his 154 consecutive passes with out getting picked off.
“That’s potentially the No. 1 job,” Petras acknowledged. “I think our number now could maybe be like 98% chance if we don’t flip the ball over on offense, we win the game at Iowa. Not turning the ball over is immense.”
Petras has done 49 of 84 passes for 460 yards and two touchdowns this season for a 58.3% completion fee, below the 65% he region as his function.
“The first stat that caught my gaze used to be correct there with the interception stuff,” Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz acknowledged. “He’s doing a genuine job making genuine judgments.”
Petras used to be 25 of 36 for 209 yards in final Saturday’s 30-7 win over Kent Shriek.
“There were a couple throws — I’m definite he would picture you the a similar thing — that you’ve got to provide that throw,” Ferentz acknowledged. “That’s the following step. But that’ll come.”
Here is the first matchup between Iowa and Colorado Shriek however no longer the first time Rams coach Steve Addazio has gone against the Hawkeyes. Addazio’s Boston College group faced Iowa in the 2017 Pinstripe Bowl, a 27-20 win for the Hawkeyes.
Addazio acknowledged he admires the consistency Iowa has shown in Ferentz’s 23 seasons.
“It’s no longer flashy. It’s no longer gadgety,” Addazio acknowledged. “No one talks about Iowa and says, ‘Oh, they’re geniuses.’ Because there don’t seem to be any geniuses. These are appropriate genuinely genuine ball coaches.
“They play a terribly hard, physical label of soccer. And they’re genuinely genuine, genuinely consistent. Twenty-three years in this business? Twenty-three? They know precisely who they’re. To me, that’s the genius.”
Iowa offensive lineman Kyler Schott returned from injury final week and played a little function against Kent Shriek. Schott used to be No. 1 on the depth chart at correct guard in the summer season. He broke his foot in a farm accident and overlooked the first two games.
“It’s going to take a whereas to accept him wait on the effect he can play a corpulent game, however it’s genuine to contain him in the mix,” Ferentz acknowledged.
Addazio is impressed with Iowa’s protection, which has forced eight turnovers and scored three touchdowns. Colorado Shriek has turn out to be the ball over four instances.
“We name it ‘soccer heaven’ and ‘soccer hell,’ the fashion you maintain the ball,” Addazio acknowledged. “Here is a bunch that has had a bunch of defensive touchdowns. They’re a terribly consistent protection. That’s why I pronounce now we want to play a shipshape game. Here is a protection that can take the ball away.”
ELITE TIGHT END
Iowa has had a tradition of producing great tight ends, however Colorado Shriek could maybe want essentially top-of-the-line one on the arena in Trey McBride. The senior leads the Rams with 30 receptions for 339 yards and a touchdown, and is ranked as one of essentially top-of-the-line players at his position by NFL scouts.
“He’s a terribly genuine blocker. He’s a tall physical guy, however additionally a terribly genuine runner, too,” Ferentz acknowledged. “And they’re going to provide certain he will get the ball, which, that’s genuine coaching.”
Iowa, with nine straight wins, is on its longest streak since opening 2012 with 12 victories. The Hawkeyes additionally contain won 14 consecutive nonconference games.
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