ESPN's Maisel: Tate Brings Experience to Kinnick SAturday Night

Sept. 29, 2006

“Senior quarterback Drew Tate took a brief look at video of Iowa’s 33-7 rout of Ohio State two years ago and didn’t see much resemblance between those Buckeyes and the Buckeyes (4-0, 1-0) who will arrive in Kinnick Stadium on Saturday night with the No. 1 ranking in the country,” writes Ivan Maisel in a story posted to earlier today.

“Tate also didn’t see much resemblance between the Hawkeyes’ quarterback who completed 26 of 39 passes for 331 yards and three touchdowns in that game and the guy who will start for No. 13 Iowa (4-0, 1-0) in the Hawkeyes’ second night game ever in Iowa City.”

Tate’s numbers this season (687 yards, 62.3 completion percentage, seven touchdowns, two interceptions) are in line with how he performed in his first two seasons as a starter. He is 21-7 as a starter and fewer than 600 yards shy of moving into second place on the Iowa career passing list behind the sainted Chuck Long.

It will have been an outstanding career no matter what happens Saturday night. But if Tate extends Iowa’s wins at Kinnick Stadium to 26 of the last 27, they’ll begin casting statues of him on Monday morning.

ESPN Ivan’s Maisel

” `There are parallels,” Tate said. “That [No.] 5 was 19 years old. This 5 is 21, 22. That’s really all it is.'” “Two years of experience. Two years of maturity. Drew Tate, No. 5, who turns 22 a week from Sunday, believes he is that much better. That’s good news for Iowa fans with dreams of upsetting the top-ranked team in the nation. It’s also a tastier morsel of memory than the Iowa-Ohio State game of last year.”

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