We triumphed for the third time in a row over the University of Dubuque, keeping control of the Key to the City trophy with a 14-6 win. Our defense held the UD offense to 89 yards rushing & 206 yards passing, well below the Spartan season averages. Points were scarce, but the offense sealed the game by holding the ball for over 10 minutes of possession in the 4th quarter. Special teams were strong once again, controlling field position and blocking a UD field goal attempt just before halftime.
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We finally returned to the Rock Bowl and the win column with a 17-14 victory over Buena Vista University on Saturday. A Homecoming crowd of 3,000 watched us comeback from a 14-0 deficit to take a 17-14 lead off of a 48 yard field goal just before halftime. Both offenses threatened the Red Zone in the second half, but the defenses held tight.
Turnovers and special teams were vital to the victory. We executed a fake punt, blocked a BV punt, returned a punt for 55 yards, and stole two interceptions.
This week we prepare for the Key City Clash in our annual rivalry game against the University of Dubuque. The lights will be on in the Rock Bowl with a 6pm kickoff.
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You can tell from the banner atop this blog, we’re proud of where we play. But, that photo doesn’t begin to do justice to the unique atmosphere of Bierie Field in the Rock Bowl.
For instance, the “rocks” that give the stadium its name can’t be seen in the photo. Here are a couple of better shots:
During the last ice age, the river valleys around Dubuque were untouched by the glaciers that flattened much of Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin, leaving the area unusually rugged. The west end of the Rock Bowl is carved from the shale & limestone bluffs that sit atop the Mississippi River, creating an intimate bowl atmosphere.
The open east end of the Rock Bowl leads down the bluffs to another unique aspect of the stadium — the view. At the bottom of the bluff sits downtown Dubuque. Beyond the town, the Mississippi River separates Iowa from the facing bluffs of Wisconsin and Illinois, both seen from the stadium. As the weather turns during the football season, the changing colors of the trees across the river provide one of the most scenic views in college football.
Adding to the atmosphere is the fact that the Rock Bowl sits right in the middle of campus, surrounded by dorms and academic buildings. The Rock Bowl is literally and figuratively the center of the campus’ attention, especially on Saturdays.
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