Iowa fans have wanted it for years, and it appears it's finally happening. Saturday's spring game is set to be a 4 quarter scrimmage, with a few modified rules. In the past, Iowa's closed out the spring schedule with an open practice with a short scrimmage at the end.
The new format is a welcome change for players like junior receiver Kevonte Martin-Manley.
"We're excited about that," said Martin-Manley on Wednesday afternoon. "We watch other teams around the country, around the Big Ten, and they're having games. We always push for that. We wanted a game as well. It just brings a little more excitement."
The new format will also have some new scoring rules for both the offense and defense. The new rules are as follows:
offense will be awarded points for touchdowns (6), field goals (3),
extra points (1), explosive plays (1) and three consecutive first downs
(1). An explosive play
is defined by a rush of 12-plus yards or a pass of 16-plus yards.
defense will be awarded points for touchdowns (7), sudden change (4),
turnovers (3), sacks (2), PAT block (1), and 3-and-outs (1). A sudden
change occurs if the
offense starts a series inside the plus-35 and is held to a field goal
Saturday's scrimmage begins at 2 PM at Kinnick Stadium. Gates will open up at 1 PM.
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