Hawkeyes Back on the Road

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Oct. 13, 2003

Iowa (5-1, 1-1) returns to the road when it travels to Ohio State (5-1, 1-1) Saturday on its homecoming. Game time is 2:38 p.m. (CDT) in Ohio Stadium (101,568). The game is sold out.

ABC will televise Saturday’s game to a regional audience. The game is also available on DIRECTV’s ESPN GamePlan package. Brent Musberger, Gary Danielson and Jack Arute will call the action.

Iowa games are broadcast on the Hawkeye Radio Network. Gary Dolphin handles the play-by-play, with color commentator Ed Podolak and sideline reporter Mark Allen. The Hawkeye Radio Network includes more than 40 stations throughout the state.

Kickoff is set for 11:08 a.m. (CDT) for Iowa’s game vs. Penn State on Oct. 25. The game will be televised to a regional audience on ABC. This marks the third consecutive week that the Hawkeyes will be televised on ABC.

Iowa is ranked ninth in both the ESPN/USA Today and Associated Press polls. The ranking matches Iowa’s highest position in the polls this year since it was ninth in the ESPN/USA Today poll the week of Sept. 21. Ohio State is ranked eighth in both major polls after dropping five spots following its loss at Wisconsin last weekend.

Nate Kaeding now ranks fourth in career kick scoring in the Big Ten Conference with his 310 points. Dan Stultz of Ohio State (1997-00) is third with 342.

Iowa has played 1,045 games since beginning football in 1889. Iowa’s overall record is 525-481-39 (.521). That includes a 331-191-16 (.630) record in home games, a 194-290-23 (.405) record in games away from Iowa City, a 254-324-25 (.442) mark in Big Ten games and a 213-158-15 (.571) record in Kinnick Stadium.

The National I-Club and the UI Alumni Association invite all fans to the “Hawkeye Huddle” from 1-3 p.m. (EDT) prior to the Ohio State game Saturday. The “Hawkeye Huddle” will be held at the Holiday Inn on the Lane, located at 328 W. Lane Avenue in Columbus. The free reception features refreshments, snacks, Hawk Shop door prizes, Herky, and the Iowa cheerleaders.

Tickets are available for Iowa’s home finale against Minnesota ($40). Iowa’s games against Penn State and Illinois are sold out. Tickets can be purchased on-line by logging on to www.hawkeyesports.com or by calling 1-800-IA-HAWKS. Fans may also purchase tickets in person at the UI Ticket Office located in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

Iowa is 5-9-1 when playing on Oct. 18. The Hawkeyes defeated Simpson 10-0 in 1902, Lawrence 13-5 in 1924, Wisconsin 20-9 in 1958, Indiana 20-10 in 1975 and Northwestern 25-3 in 1980. Iowa lost to Grinnell 14-6 in 1890, Chicago 23-6 in 1913, Illinois 9-7 in 1919, Purdue 20-0 in 1930 and 35-31 in 1969, Wisconsin 23-0 in 1941 and 42-13 in 1952, Michigan 20-17 in 1986 and 28-24 in 1997. The Hawkeyes tied Wisconsin 13-13 in 1947.

These are Iowa’s most recent wins vs. nationally ranked opponents:
At Home:
30-27 over ninth-ranked Michigan, 10/4/03
On the Road:
34-9 over eighth-ranked Michigan, 10/26/02
38-18 over 20th-ranked Washington, Sun Bowl, 12/29/95

Jim Tressel is in his third year as the head coach at Ohio State and his 18th season overall as a head coach. Tressel’s overall record stands at 161-63-2 (.717) and 26-6 (.813) with the Buckeyes. In only his second season as Ohio State’s head coach, Tressel guided the Buckeyes to their seventh national championship. Ohio State won all 14 games, including its thrilling 31-24 overtime win over Miami in the Fiesta Bowl for the national championship. The Buckeyes finished with a 7-5 mark in his first season as mentor, including a third place conference finish and an invitation to the Outback Bowl.

Prior to coaching the Buckeyes, Tressel coached 15 successful seasons at Youngstown State. Tressel guided the Penguins to four national titles and also appeared in two other championship games. He was named National Coach of the Year four times (1991, ’93, ’94 and ’97).

Tressel was a four-year letterwinner at quarterback (1971-74) and earned all-Conference honors as a senior at Baldwin Wallace College.

Tressel has not coached against Iowa or Hawkeye Coach Kirk Ferentz.

Wisconsin’s 17-10 victory over Ohio State snapped the Buckeyes’ 19-game win streak, which was the longest active streak in the nation. Trailing 10-3 in the fourth quarter, QB Craig Krenzel engineered a seven-play, 75-yard scoring drive that culminated with a six-yard scoring strike to WR Michael Jenkins to tie the game (10-10) with 6:09 remaining in the contest. Undaunted, Wisconsin back-up QB Matt Schabert connected with WR Lee Evans for a 79-yard touchdown pass two plays later to take a 17-10 advantage with 5:20 left. Wisconsin’s defense held Ohio State on its next possession and ran out the clock to claim victory.

The Buckeyes managed only 69 rushing yards on 26 attempts. RB Lydell Ross was Ohio State’s leading rusher with 28 yards on seven carries. Krenzel completed 14-26 passes for 202 yards and threw one touchdown and one interception in the defeat.

This marks the 58th meeting between the two schools with Ohio State holding a 41-13-3 advantage in the series that began with a 12-9 Iowa win in 1922. The series resumes after a two-year hiatus. The Buckeyes have won the last seven games and nine of the last ten against the Hawkeyes. Ohio State won the last meeting 38-10 in Iowa City in 2000. Ohio State holds a 26-8-1 edge in games played in Columbus, having won the last three contests. Iowa’s last victory over Ohio State was a 16-9 win in Columbus on 11/2/91.


  • Saturday will mark the first time any of the current Hawkeyes will visit Ohio Stadium. The last time Iowa played at Ohio State was in 1999.
  • Saturday’s contest will feature two of the nation’s top place kickers. Iowa’s Nate Kaeding, who won the 2003 Lou Groza Award that honors the nation’s top place kicker, has converted on 8-8 field goals and 19-19 PATs this season. Ohio State’s Mike Nugent has made 8-9 field goals and 16-16 PATs.
  • Ohio State and Iowa have two of the nation’s top rushing defenses. The Buckeyes lead the nation with a 59.7 average, while the Hawkeyes rank 11th with an 82.5 average.
  • Ohio State (21) and Iowa (17) rank second and fourth, respectively in quarterback sacks in the Big Ten.
  • Iowa’s scoring defense (13.3) ranks eighth in the nation, while Ohio State (15.7) ranks 16th.
  • A sellout crowd of 101,568 is expected at Ohio State. Last year, Iowa played in front of large crowds at Michigan (111,496) and at Penn State (108,247). Iowa won both contests.
  • The Buckeyes have won 13 consecutive home games, and 19 of their last 20 overall, dating back to last year. The Hawkeyes have won six of their last seven road games, and 16 of their last 19 overall, dating back to last year.

Ohio State took advantage of two Iowa turnovers in jumping to a 10-0 lead on the way to a 38-10 win over the Hawkeyes in Iowa City on 10-21-00. Ohio State’s first 10 points came on drives of 30 and eight yards, respectively, after Iowa suffered a fumble and interception on its first two possessions. The Hawkeyes pulled within 24-10 late in the second quarter, but the Buckeyes used a solid defense to keep Iowa off the scoreboard in the second half.

Ohio State totaled 338 passing yards as three quarterbacks completed 20-36 passes and two receivers had over 100 yards receiving. Ohio State recorded nine sacks, while limiting Iowa to just 13 rushing yards.

Iowa RB Ladell Betts rushed 21 times for 72 yards and WR Kevin Kasper had 11 receptions for 123 yards. QB Jon Beutjer completed 13-21 passes for 142 yards and one touchdown before suffering an ankle injury in the second quarter. Kyle McCann completed 9-20 attempts for 91 yards after taking over for Beutjer.

Iowa Head Coach Kirk Ferentz and his son, Brian, Ferentz are believed to be one of only five father-son duos in Division I this year. They join Lee Owens and his son Andy from Akron, Art Briles and his son Kendal from Houston, Tony Samuel and his son Travis from New Mexico State and Mike Bellotti and his son Luke from Oregon.

Iowa rallied from an early 14-0 deficit to win its second consecutive game over Michigan 30-27 on homecoming. It marked the first time since the 1984-85 seasons that the Hawkeyes have won two straight over the Wolverines. It also marked Iowa’s fourth straight homecoming win and its first-ever homecoming victory over Michigan in four tries.

Trailing 20-10 in the second quarter, Iowa would score 20 straight points before Michigan would stop that streak. QB Nathan Chandler found WR Calvin Davis in the end zone for a six-yard score with 19 seconds left in the quarter to trim Michigan’s advantage to 20-17 at the half

Iowa continued its comeback in the third quarter with a pair of Nate Kaeding field goals to take its first lead of the game, 23-20. WR Ramon Ochoa caught a 31-yard touchdown pass from Chandler in the fourth quarter to give the Hawkeyes a 30-20 advantage. Michigan added a touchdown late in the game to cut Iowa’s lead to 30-27, but would get no closer.

Chandler recorded career bests in completions (17), attempts (34) and passing yardage (195). He threw two touchdowns and ran for another. RB Fred Russell carried the ball 26 times for 110 yards, marking the fourth time this season and the 12th time in his career that he has rushed for at least 100 yards. WR Calvin Davis caught a career best seven passes for 60 yards and one touchdown. WR Ramon Ochoa caught two passes for 36 yards and one touchdown and also ran back three punts (48 yards) and three kickoffs (85 yards).

For the third time this season LB Abdul Hodge posted double figures in tackles, collecting a game-high 13 stops. LB Chad Greenway recorded nine tackles, while DE Matt Roth registered five tackles, including two sacks. In addition, Iowa’s special teams blocked its third punt of the season in the third quarter.


  • Four of the past five games between Michigan and Iowa have been decided by six points or less, with the exception being Iowa’s 34-9 win in Ann Arbor last season.
  • Iowa out-scored Michigan 6-0 in the third quarter. The Hawkeyes have not allowed any points in the third quarter this season, out-scoring their opponents 43-0 in six games.
  • Senior SS Bob Sanders was in the starting lineup for the first time this season. Sanders played in the opening win over Miami (OH) and returned to action in the loss at Michigan State after missing three games. WR Ed Hinkel missed his second game, WR Maurice Brown missed his third game and FB Champ Davis missed his fourth contest.
  • Iowa’s two touchdown passes by QB Nathan Chandler (to Calvin Davis and Ramon Ochoa) were the first touchdown passes allowed by the Michigan defense this season.
  • The Hawkeyes held Michigan under 100 yards rushing, marking the fourth straight game that the Iowa rushing defense yielded under 100 yards. Buffalo, in the second game of the year, is the only team to rush for over 100 yards against Iowa in six games this season.
  • Iowa’s offense failed to score on its opening possession for the fourth time in six games. Iowa began the win over Buffalo with a touchdown drive and opened the win at Iowa State with a field goal.
  • Iowa held the ball for 30:56, while Michigan maintained possession for 29:04. It marked only the second game this season that the Hawkeyes had the advantage in time of possession, the other game being Arizona State.

FB Champ Davis, OL David Walker and WR Ed Hinkel are probable for Saturday’s game at Ohio State, while WR Maurice Brown remains doubtful this weekend. Brown, Davis and Walker have missed Iowa’s last three contests, while Hinkel has missed the last two games.

Brown is Iowa’s leading receiver with 14 receptions for 212 yards and three touchdowns. Davis rushed five times for 30 yards in two games. Walker started the first three games of the season at left guard before missing the last two contests.

RB Albert Young broke a bone in his right leg in mid-August and will be sidelined for an indefinite period of time. The true freshman from Moorestown, NJ, was battling sophomore Marcus Schnoor for the back-up role behind senior Fred Russell. Young was named the New Jersey Offensive Player of the Year as a senior.

RB Jermelle Lewis had knee surgery near the end of spring practice. Lewis was a productive back for the Hawkeyes in 2002. Lewis played quality minutes, including one start against Wisconsin. Against Michigan, Lewis played most of the second half and finished the game as Iowa’s top rusher, accumulating 109 yards on 18 carries (6.1) and scoring two touchdowns. Lewis accounted for 10 touchdowns in 2002, which tied for second on the team with WR C.J. Jones. The native of Bloomfield, CT, scored eight on the ground, one receiving and one on a kickoff return. Lewis ranked second on the team in rushing with 709 yards on 123 carries (5.8).

Iowa has had six true freshmen see action this year, WR Scott Chandler, FB Champ Davis, WR James Townsend, RB A.J. Johnson, QB Eric McCollom and QB Drew Tate.

Davis has rushed for 30 yards on five attempts, 22 of which came against Buffalo. Davis also caught three passes for 33 yards against the Bulls.

Johnson has rushed 14 times for 38 yards, while Tate completed 4-7 passes for 37 yards and has 21 yards rushing on three carries.

McCollom and Townsend saw their first action in Iowa’s win over ASU. Townsend has caught three passes for 16 yards. McCollom has played primarily as a wide receiver, but did have one rushing attempt from the quarterback position. Chandler played in his first game at Michigan State and also saw action vs. Michigan, but did not catch a pass in either game.

PK Nate Kaeding is in his final season after becoming the first Hawkeye to ever win the Lou Groza Award, which is given to the nation’s top place kicker last year. After receiving numerous accolades last season, Kaeding entered his senior season on four pre-season all-America Teams (Sports Illustrated, Playboy, Athlon and The Sporting News).

On Sept. 15, Kaeding was named Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week for the fourth time in his career. He became Iowa’s career scoring leader after he set a school record for most kicking points in a game (16) at Iowa State. Kaeding kicked four PATs and also tied the school record for field goals in a game with four. Kaeding passed Ron Houghtlin as Iowa’s all-time scoring leader, who held the record since 1987. Kaeding currently has 310 career points.

For the season, Kaeding has converted all PAT attempts (19) and field goals (8). He ranks seventh in the Big Ten in scoring (7.2) and fourth in kicking points (7.2). Furthermore, 19 of his 30 kickoffs have gone for touchbacks (63.3%).

Kaeding has made 55-67 career field goal attempts, including 21-26 from outside 40 yards and 3-3 from outside 50 yards, and 145-147 PATs. Rob Houghtlin holds the Iowa record for career field goals (54), while Kaeding is the school record holder for career PATs (145).

A year ago, he was selected as a first team all-America selection by The Sporting News, the Football Writers Association, ESPN.com and CNN-SI.com and a second team choice by the Associated Press. He was also named to the first team all-Big Ten coaches team, while earning second team laurels by the media. Kaeding was also a 2002 Verizon Academic all-America second team selection.

Kaeding made 57-58 PATs and 21-24 field goals to finish last season with 120 points. Kaeding’s 120 points are an Iowa single season scoring record and a Big Ten single season kick scoring record. He set an Iowa single season record for PATs made (57) and attempted (58). His only PAT miss and one of his three missed field goals were blocked.

The Coralville, IA, native had an overall consecutive field goal streak of 22 (19 in 2002) end after missing a 27-yard attempt vs. Wisconsin last year. Prior to that game, his last miss was in the first quarter of the 2001 Alamo Bowl win. Kaeding has booted four field goals in a game three times during his career. He first accomplished the feat in a win at Penn State in 2000. He also kicked four field goals in Iowa’s Alamo Bowl win over Texas Tech in 2001 and at Iowa State this year.

Kaeding booted two or more field goals in seven of Iowa’s 13 games last year, including converting on three field goal attempts in one game twice (vs. MSU and at Miami, OH). Kaeding finished last season ranked 10th nationally in field goals made per game (1.62) and 15th in scoring (9.2).

Senior offensive tackle Robert Gallery (6-7, 320) is a top candidate for the Outland Trophy and the Lombardi Award. He was a first team all-Big Ten selection last season and he is the only returning starter in Iowa’s offensive line. Gallery was also named to several pre-season all-America teams. He is a first team all-America selection by The Sporting News, Sports Illustrated and Playboy and a second team all-America pick by Athlon Sports. In addition to his talents on the field, Gallery has been a member of the academic all-Big Ten team in each of the last two years.

Gallery has started 37 consecutive games at tackle after moving from tight end his freshman year. His 37-game starting streak ties for 15th in the nation for offensive linemen and is tops in the Big Ten.

In addition, ESPN NFL Draft expert Mel Kiper Jr. has Gallery listed as his fourth overall prospect for next spring’s draft.

Senior SS Bob Sanders, who underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right foot Sept. 5, returned in Iowa’s game at Michigan State after missing three games and recorded seven tackles (5 solo). Sanders collected seven tackles (six solo) and had one pass break-up vs. Michigan in his first start of the season. Sanders is a candidate for the Jim Thorpe Defensive Back of the Year award and the Bronko Nagurski Defensive Player of the Year award. He was also named a pre-season first team all-American by The Sporting News and third team all-American by Athlon Sports.

Sanders did not start in Iowa’s season-opener against Miami (OH) due to his foot injury, but did see significant minutes. The native of Erie, PA, has collected 21 tackles in three games this season, which raises his career total to 297, which ranks 13th at Iowa. He is 17 tackles from topping Mike Wells (1990-96) for 12th place.

Sanders was a first team all-Big Ten selection by both the media and coaches last season and was named as a fourth team all-America selection by The Sporting News. It marked the second straight year Sanders was honored as a first team all-Big Ten selection.

Redshirt freshman WR Calvin Davis had his best game as a Hawkeye vs. Michigan. The Iowa City native had four receptions in the first half, including his first touchdown of his career, after having just four receptions in Iowa’s first five games. Davis for the game had 60 yards on seven receptions and also had a 23-yard kickoff return.

Davis ranks second on the team in receptions (11) and third in receiving yards (122). He caught his longest reception of the year (27) in Iowa’s win over Michigan.

Senior WR Maurice Brown led the Hawkeye receiving corps the first three games before being injured in Iowa’s win at Iowa State. Brown is out indefinitely.

Brown has 14 catches for 212 yards and three touchdowns. The native of Ft. Lauderdale, FL, had a 17-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter at Iowa State. Brown did not return to the game after making the touchdown reception, due to injury. He caught one touchdown pass in each of Iowa’s first three games.

He caught four passes for 82 yards and one score in Iowa’s win over Buffalo and seven passes for 78 yards and one TD in Iowa’s season opening win over Miami (OH). His 14 receptions ranks seventh in the Big Ten, while his 212 yards ranks ninth.

In his first full season as receiver, Brown established a new school record with 11 touchdown receptions. Brown finished with 966 receiving yards, which ranks fourth best in school history. The honorable mention all-Big Ten selection, also ranked fourth nationally with an average 20.1 yards per reception.

Brown’s career totals include 65 receptions for 1,223 yards. He ranks 21st in receiving yards and 24th in receptions on Iowa’s career receiving charts.

Defensive ends Howard Hodges and Matt Roth were named to the pre-season watch list for the Ted Hendricks Defensive End of the Year Award. Hodges was also named to the watch list for the Outland Trophy, which goes to college football’s top interior lineman and was named a pre-season third team all-American by Athlon Sports.

Against Michigan, Hodges collected four tackles. At Michigan State, he registered five tackles, including a career-high two sacks. He ranks 10th on the team in tackles (21), second in sacks (5) and is tied for second in tackles for loss (6).

The native of Copperas Cove, TX, earned first team all-Big Ten honors in 2002 when he recorded 62 tackles, including 11 tackles for loss and nine QB sacks.

Roth ranks first in the Big Ten and 31st nationally in tackles for loss (9), ranks first in the conference and 11th nationally in sacks (9), is tied for first on the Hawkeyes in quarterback hurries (3) and is tied for seventh in tackles (23). He has recorded at least one sack in 12 of Iowa’s last 13 games, dating back to last year. Against Michigan, Roth collected five tackles, including two sacks.

The native of Villa Park, IL, led the Hawkeyes in sacks (10) and ranked 11th in tackles (48) in 2002. His 10 QB sacks ranked second in the Big Ten in all games and ranked first in conference games only (9). Roth ended the season recording at least one sack in each of the last seven games.

Junior punter David Bradley has been added to the 2003 Ray Guy Award Watch List. The award, which honors the nation’s top collegiate punter, will be announced on Dec. 11, at the ESPN Home Depot College Football Awards Show.

Bradley has punted 33 times for a 41.7 average, including nine downed inside the 20-yard line. In Iowa’s last game vs. Michigan, he punted nine times, recording a 44.2 average and downed one inside the 20. The nine punts mark the second-most punts in a game in his career. Bradley punted 11 times against Purdue in his freshman season in 2001.

Bradley earned his first Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week award on Sept. 1. He punted five times against Miami (OH) for a 48.4 average. Bradley had one punt downed inside the 20-yard line and boomed a career-long 62-yarder in the second quarter.

Former Iowa walk-on Grant Steen had a big game at Iowa State, helping Iowa and his senior teammates collect their first victory over the Cyclones during their Hawkeye careers. In addition to collecting six tackles, Steen returned a fumble four yards and returned an interception 15 yards. The turnovers led to 10 Iowa points.

Against Michigan, Steen collected eight tackles (2 solo), including one for loss. The Emmetsburg, IA, native ranks third on the team in tackles (35), is tied for first in fumble recoveries (1) and tied for third in interceptions (1).

Steen is on the 2003 Butkus Award watch list, which is presented annually to the nation’s top linebacker. A two-year starter, Steen was a second team all-Big Ten selection last year after recording 57 tackles and three interceptions. Steen’s three interceptions all came in Iowa’s win at Indiana, which tied an NCAA record for most interceptions in one game by a linebacker.

Junior DB Sean Considine blocked two Iowa State punts, tying the Iowa school record for blocked kicks in a game. His first block was recovered for a Hawkeye touchdown and the second resulted in a field goal. Considine blocked punts last season in wins over Purdue and Utah State, and both were recovered for touchdowns. Iowa’s record for blocked kicks in a season is three and the record for career blocks is seven.

In addition to his special teams success, he is a leader defensively as well. The native of Byron, IL, is second on the team in interceptions (2) and ranks fifth in tackles (25). He scored his first career points when he returned a fumble 18 yards against Buffalo.

Linebackers Chad Greenway and Abdul Hodge have been a force in the middle of Iowa’s defense this season. Hodge has collected double figures in tackles in three of the last four games. Against Michigan, Hodge collected a game-high 13 tackles (3 solo), including one for loss. The native of Ft. Lauderdale, FL, registered a career-high 15 tackles at Iowa State and then matched his career best total the next week vs. Arizona State. Hodge ranks third in Big Ten tackles (10.3) and ranks second on the team in TFL (6.5) and third in sacks (2).

Greenway recorded a career-high 17 tackles at Iowa State and duplicated his efforts vs. Arizona State. His performance earned him Big Ten co-Defensive Player of the Week laurels, the first of his career. Against Michigan, Greenway registered nine tackles (4 solo). Greenway is the Big Ten tackle leader (11.3) and ranks 35th in the nation in solo tackles and 31st in total tackles.

DB Jovon Johnson has intercepted three passes this year, two in the end zone. Johnson collected two interceptions against Miami (OH) quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, one of which came in the end zone. Johnson intercepted his third pass of the season and seventh of his career, in the end zone, against Arizona State.

Johnson ranks second in the Big Ten in interceptions (3) and 20th in the nation. Additionally, he ranks ninth on the team in tackles (22) and second in pass break-ups (5). He has seven interceptions in 18 career games.

Iowa has started on offense in 46 of its last 48 games. Iowa’s games at Miami, OH (9-7-02) and at Michigan State (9-27-03) are the only contests that the Hawkeyes didn’t start on offense. Iowa has started the game on offense in 48 of 54 games under Kirk Ferentz.

Senior DB Chris Smith scored the second touchdown of his career when he recovered a blocked punt in the end zone at Iowa State. Smith, who has started the first five games in place of injured Bob Sanders, returned an interception 33 yards for a touchdown in a win over Miami (OH) in 2001.

Against Michigan, Smith blocked a punt in the third quarter, which led to an Iowa field goal that gave Iowa a 23-20 advantage.

Smith has nine tackles, one pass break-up and one interception this year.


  • Iowa has defeated two ranked opponents at home this year. The Hawkeyes bounced then-No. 16 Arizona State (21-2) and then-No. 9 Michigan (30-27).
  • Iowa has won 14 of its last 15 regular season games. The Hawkeyes’ loss at Michigan State on Sept. 27, stopped a 13-game regular season winning streak, the third longest in school history.
  • Iowa has had two sellouts this year (Arizona State and Michigan). The Hawkeyes’ upcoming home games against Penn State and Illinois are also sold out. Iowa’s home attendance average is 62,348 in four games this year.
  • Iowa has won 17 of its last 19 games in Kinnick Stadium dating back to the end of the 2000 season. Iowa’s two loses came against Iowa State (36-31 in 2002) and Michigan (32-26 in 2001).
  • The Hawkeyes have started their last two games trailing 14-0 in the first quarter (at Michigan State and vs. Michigan).
  • Hawkeye Coach Kirk Ferentz started the season 4-0 for the first time as Iowa’s head coach. He has posted a 19-4 (.826) mark over the last 23 games. Iowa is 5-1 to start the season for second consecutive year.
  • Michigan State scored a touchdown on its opening possession of the game, which marked only the fourth time in the last 18 games that Iowa’s defense has surrendered any points on the opponents’ first drive. Buffalo, Iowa State, Arizona State and Michigan failed to score on its respective opening possession this year.
  • Iowa has failed to score on its opening possession in four games this season. Iowa did not score on its first possession vs. Miami (OH), Arizona State, Michigan State and Michigan.
  • Iowa’s 56 points against Buffalo mark the first time it has scored 50 points or more since a 62-10 win over Northwestern (11-9-02).

After a successful season last year, Iowa’s special team continues to shine in 2003. Iowa, in six games, has scored special teams and defensive touchdowns. At Iowa State, Sean Considine blocked two punts, both leading to points. Considine’s first punt block was recovered in the end zone by Chris Smith, while Kaeding kicked a field goal after the second blocked punt. Against Michigan, DB Chris Smith blocked Iowa’s third punt of the season in the third quarter that led to a Kaeding field goal.

Against Buffalo, Ramon Ochoa returned a punt 70 yards for a TD and Considine returned a fumble 18 yards for a score.

Iowa has returned 11 kickoffs for an average of 24.3, 22 punt returns for an average of 14.9. The Hawkeyes rank second in the Big Ten in both punt and kickoff returns, while its ranks 11th nationally in punt returns and 22nd in kickoff returns. Iowa’s kickoff coverage unit yields 17.7 yards per return, which ranks fifth in the Big Ten.

Iowa’s special teams were excellent in kickoff and punt returns and blocks in 2002. The Hawkeyes finished tops in the nation and Big Ten in kickoff returns (25.1). Iowa ranked third in the conference in punt returns (11.8).

Last year, Iowa’s special teams blocked four kicks (two punts, one field goal and one PAT attempt). All four blocks resulted in points for the Hawkeyes. Both blocked punts were recovered in the end zone, while the blocked field goal and PAT attempt were scooped up and returned for scores.

Iowa’s Leadership Council for the 2003 season includes 13 players (five seniors, three juniors, three sophomores two redshirt freshmen and a true freshman). Permanent team captains are named at the conclusion of each season. The Leadership Council for this season includes seniors Robert Gallery, Bob Sanders, Nathan Chandler, Nate Kaeding and Jared Clauss, juniors Sean Considine, Jonathan Babineaux and Jermelle Lewis, sophomores Ed Hinkel, Abdul Hodge and Chad Greenway, redshirt freshmen Jason Manson and Cy Phillips and true freshman Drew Tate.

Senior Nathan Chandler has begun the season 5-1 as Iowa’s starting quarterback. He has completed 70-124 passes for 821 yards, 11 touchdowns and only three interceptions. His pass efficiency rating of 136.5, rank third in the Big Ten and 34th nationally. Chandler has thrown at least one touchdown pass in every game this year. His 11 touchdown passes rank third in the Big Ten.

In Iowa’s win over Michigan, Chandler collected career bests in completions (17), attempts (34) and passing yardage (195). He also threw for two touchdowns and ran for another in Iowa’s upset win over then-No. 9 Michigan.

Against Arizona State, Chandler completed 15-23 passes for 154 yards, threw for three touchdowns and had one interception. He had thrown 67 passes (20 last season) before his first interception. The three scoring passes are the most for an Iowa QB since Brad Banks had four TD passes in an overtime win at Penn State last year.

Chandler directed the Iowa offense to its first victory over Iowa State in six tries in week three. Chandler completed 7-14 passes for 72 yards and one touchdown. He also rushed three times for 53 yards, including a career-long run of 42 yards in the second quarter.

Against Miami (OH), Chandler completed 12-19 for 129 yards, two touchdowns and 24 yards rushing. The native of Southlake, TX, was 6-6 for 37 yards on the Hawkeyes’ first scoring drive and 7-7 for 40 yards in the first quarter. The scoring drive ended with Chandler’s second career touchdown pass. Chandler threw the third touchdown of his career and the second of the game in the fourth quarter when he floated a 28-yard pass to Maurice Brown.

Chandler completed 8-11 passes for 113 yards and two touchdowns in Iowa’s victory over Buffalo. He engineered touchdown drives on Iowa’s first four possessions, before the coaching staff substituted Drew Tate late in the second quarter.

Chandler transferred to the University of Iowa after one season with Pasadena CC. Chandler saw action in five games last year. The native of Southlake, TX, completed 7-12 passes for 92 yards last year against Akron, which was his first game as a Hawkeye. Chandler threw his first touchdown pass, as a Hawkeye, in Iowa’s convincing victory over Northwestern. Chandler finished the game completing 2-2 passes for 33 yards. He combined with QB Brad Banks’ 10-10 for 197 yards to break the NCAA record for team passing percentage in a single game. The previous mark was 11-11.

RB Fred Russell, who is a candidate for the Doak Walker Running Back of the Year Award, will attempt to become just the third running back in Iowa history to rush for over 1,000 yards in more than one season. Last year, Russell rushed 220 times for 1,264 yards and nine touchdowns, becoming the 10th Iowa running back to surpass 1,000 yards in a season. Only Sedrick Shaw (1994, 1995, 1996) and Ladell Betts (2000, 2001) have accomplished the feat in more than one season.

Russell has rushed 136 times for 726 yards and three touchdowns. His 121.0 average ranks second in the Big Ten and seventh nationally.

The native of Inkster, MI, has rushed for 100 yards or more in a game four times this year and 12 times in his career. He has accomplished the feat in three consecutive games as Russell rushed 27 times for 154 yards vs. Arizona State, 23 times for 122 yards at Michigan State and 26 times for 110 yards vs. Michigan. Russell has rushed for one touchdown in three of Iowa’s six games.

Russell started the 2003 campaign on the right foot as he rushed 22 times for 167 yards and one touchdown against Miami (OH). Additionally, Russell tallied the longest (66) and second-longest (58) runs of his career. Against Buffalo, Russell tallied 98 yards on 12 carries in a half of play against Buffalo. Russell rank third in conference rushing (123.5) and seventh in all-purpose yards (124.8).

His career totals include 367 attempts for 2,131 yards, which ranks ninth best among Iowa running backs. He is only three yards from moving past Dennis Mosley for eighth and 47 yards from topping Eddie Phillips for seventh. Russell’s career 5.8 average ranks second all-time behind Tavian Banks (5.9) among Iowa running backs (min. 300 attempts).

Russell was named to the first all-Big Ten coaches team last year, while he was a second team selection by the media. Russell ranked third in the Big Ten and 14th nationally in rushing (114.9) last year.

Senior Ramon Ochoa returned his first career punts in grand fashion against Buffalo. Ochoa returned three punts for 99 yards. He returned a punt 70 yards for his first career touchdown on his second attempt. The 70-yard scamper marked the 11th-longest punt return in school history. The native of Maywood, CA, recorded a 21-yard return on his first attempt and eight yards on his third.

Ochoa has returned 16 punts for an average of 16.1, which rank second in the Big Ten and eighth nationally. He has returned eight kickoffs for a 23.9 average, which rank fifth in the conference.

Against Michigan, Ochoa recorded 169 yards of total offense. Ochoa ran back three punts for 48 yards, three kickoffs for 85 yards and caught two passes for 36 yards, including a crucial 31-yard touchdown that gave Iowa a 10-point cushion (30-20) late in the fourth quarter. Against Arizona State, Ochoa had the best game of his career at wide receiver. Ochoa caught four passes for 64 yards and two touchdowns in Iowa’s win over Arizona State. His 40-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter marked the longest catch of his career and his first scoring reception. His other touchdown was a three-yard reception in the third quarter.

The Hawkeyes have marched inside the red zone 24 times and scored 21 of those times (87.5%). Iowa has been perfect inside the red zone the last four games. Iowa was a perfect 5-5 vs. Michigan, scoring two touchdowns and three field goals. The Hawkeyes tallied a touchdown and a field goal at Michigan State. Against Arizona State, Iowa scored two touchdowns on its only two trips inside the red zone. The Hawkeyes were also a perfect 5-5 at Iowa State, scoring two touchdowns and kicking three field goals.

Two of the Hawkeyes’ red zone failures came when they had a comfortable lead and let the clock expire – once against Miami (OH) and the other against Buffalo. QB Nathan Chandler fumbled inside the five-yard line against Miami (OH) in Iowa’s other scoring failure.

Hawkeye opponents have advanced inside the red zone 14 times and have scored 10 times (71.4%). Michigan was a perfect 3-3, scoring two touchdowns and converting a field goal. Michigan State scored on all four possessions inside the red zone. Iowa stopped ASU’s only red zone scoring threat when DB Jovon Johnson intercepted a pass at the goal line. Buffalo and Iowa State each tallied touchdowns, while Miami (OH) kicked a field goal. Miami (OH) was 1-2, Buffalo was 1-1, while Iowa State was 1-3.


  • The Hawkeye defense has not allowed any points in third quarter this season and has yielded only three field goals in the second quarter.
  • Iowa’s rushing defense has held its last four opponents to under 75 yards rushing. Iowa State rushed for 71 yards on 40 attempts (1.78 avg.). Arizona State was held to 24 yards on 21 attempts (1.1 avg.), Michigan State collected only 45 yards on 32 carries (1.4 avg.), while Michigan recorded 74 yards on 33 attempts (2.2 avg.). Iowa’s rushing defense ranks fourth in the Big Ten and 15th in the nation.
  • Iowa has collected 17 sacks, which ranks third in the Big Ten.
  • After gaining 16 yards on the first play of the second quarter (its longest play from scrimmage in the game), Arizona State went five straight possessions without a first down.
  • After scoring on four of its first five possessions, Michigan failed to score on 11 of its last 12 possessions, which included a one play kneel down at the end of the half.
  • Iowa’s defense has allowed only 80 points (13.3) in six games, which ranks second in the Big Ten and eighth in the nation. Two of the opponents’ nine touchdowns have come against Iowa’s second team defense in the fourth quarter of two big wins.
  • DB Jovon Johnson leads the team with three interceptions this year. He collected his fifth and sixth career interception’s in Iowa’s season-opening win over Miami (OH). He recorded his seventh career theft in Iowa’s win over Arizona State. Two of Johnson’s three interceptions this year have come in the end zone.
  • Iowa collected four interceptions against Miami (OH) quarterback and Heisman hopeful Ben Roethlisberger. It marked the first time Iowa collected four interceptions in a single-game since a 62-0 victory over Indiana in 1997. Iowa also had four interceptions in a win over Northern Iowa that season. Roethlisberger had no interceptions in wins over Northwestern and Colorado State.
  • Iowa’s defense has collected 11 takeaways (8 interceptions and 3 fumbles). Iowa’s turnover margin (+2) ranks fourth in the Big Ten.
  • FS Sean Considine has collected two interceptions, two blocked punts and returned a fumble for a touchdown.
  • Iowa’s defense has yielded only 11 offensive plays of 20 yards or more in six games. Michigan had six.

Five of Iowa’s 20 offensive plays of 20 yards or more have produced touchdowns. WR Ramon Ochoa caught a 31-yard touchdown vs. Michigan. WR Maurice Brown caught a 28-yard pass for a touchdown against Miami (OH) and a 23-yard score vs. Buffalo, RB Marcus Schnoor scored on a 33-yard scoring run at Iowa State, while WR Ramon Ochoa caught a 40-yard pass for a touchdown vs. Arizona State.

The Hawkeyes have also recorded big plays on special teams, including five long punt (70, 43, 24, 21, 21) and six kickoff returns (38, 37, 31, 27, 26, 23).

Iowa’s defense has yielded 11 offensive plays of 20 yards or more, including only one running play over 20 yards (25 at Iowa State).

Iowa has outscored its opponents 45-40 in the first quarter. The Hawkeyes have also been dominant in both the second and third quarters, outscoring their opponents 69-9 and 43-0, respectively. Hawkeye opponents own a 31-21 advantage in the fourth quarter.

Iowa is averaging 5.5 yards on 167 first down plays, 5.1 yards on 124 second down plays and 4.6 yards on 81 third down plays. The Hawkeyes have only attempted two fourth down plays, which have resulted in -4 yards.

Iowa’s 27 scoring drives have averaged 6.3 plays, 46.2 yards and 2:26 elapsed time. Thirteen of Iowa’s 27 scoring drives covered 50 yards or more. Iowa opponents have recorded 14 scoring drives, averaging 8.9 plays, 58.9 yards and 3:19 elapsed time. Six of Iowa’s opponents’ 14 scoring drives have covered 75 yards or more.

Iowa is tied for fourth in the Big Ten with 19 former Hawkeyes on NFL rosters. Michigan (32) ranks first, followed by Penn State (31) and Ohio State (29). Like the Hawkeyes, Illinois and Wisconsin also have 19 former athletes in the NFL. Other national notable teams with former players in the NFL include Washington (21), USC (20), Oklahoma (20), Texas (19), West Virginia (18), Virginia Tech (17), Pittsburgh (12) and Purdue (12).

In addition, former Hawkeyes RB Jeremy Allen is on the Saints’ practice squad.

Iowa has scored 34 points off 11 turnovers (8 interceptions and three fumbles), plus an additional 13 points following three blocked punts (2 at Iowa State and 1 vs. Michigan).

The Hawkeyes scored 10 points after creating two turnovers at Iowa State. QB Nathan Chandler found WR Maurice Brown in the end zone for a 17-yard score after LB Grant Steen recovered a fumble and PK Nate Kaeding connected on a 19-yard field goal after Steen intercepted a pass.

Against Buffalo, DB Sean Considine scored his first career touchdown when he returned a fumble 18 yards for a score in the first quarter. Brown caught a 23-yard touchdown pass from Chandler after Considine intercepted his second pass in as many weeks in the second quarter.

Iowa scored seven points off four Miami (OH) turnovers, all of which were interceptions. DB Jovon Johnson intercepted Miami (OH) quarterback Ben Roethlisberger on its own 21-yard line and returned the pick to the one-yard line, with RB Fred Russell scoring two plays later. The Hawkeyes’ other three interceptions came inside the opponents’ red zone. Chris Smith recorded his second career interception on Iowa’s own three-yard line. Considine collected his first career interception when he picked off Roethlisberger at the 19-yard line. Finally, Johnson recorded his sixth career interception, and second of the day, in the end zone in the fourth quarter.

Iowa has turned the ball over nine times, including four at Michigan State. Iowa State and Michigan State are the only opponents to score any points following an Iowa turnover. The Cyclones scored a touchdown, while the Spartans tallied 13 points (1 touchdown and 2 field goals) following the Hawkeye miscues.

For the second straight season and for the third time in four years, Iowa’s regular season schedule includes 12 games. Iowa will again play seven games in Kinnick Stadium, where it posted a 6-1 mark last season. Eight of Iowa’s 12 opponents posted a 5-3 record in post-season bowl games last season. The newest additions to the slate include Arizona State in the non-conference and Ohio State and Illinois in the Big Ten.

Iowa’s 2003 schedule includes seven home games: Miami (OH), Buffalo, Arizona State, Michigan, Penn State, Illinois and Minnesota. Road games are at Iowa State, Michigan State, Ohio State, Purdue and Wisconsin. Iowa’s bye week is on Oct. 11 and does not have to play consecutive road games for the time since 1999.

The Hawkeyes do not play Indiana or Northwestern this year or in 2004. The last time Iowa did not play the Hoosiers was 1990, while 1970 was the last time the Wildcats were not on Iowa’s schedule.

LB Chad Greenway was named co-Defensive Player of the Week along with MSU DB Eric Smith on Sept. 22. Greenway led the Iowa defense to a dominating performance in a 21-2 victory over then-No. 16 Arizona State. Greenway matched a career-high with 17 tackles (11 solo). It marked the second consecutive game that the sophomore tallied 17 stops. Additionally, the native of Mt. Vernon, SD, ranks first in the Big Ten in tackles (12.8). This marked the first time Greenway earned the weekly honor from the Big Ten.

Iowa has had at least one player named player of the week in three of its six games.

PK Nate Kaeding was named the Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week for his record-breaking performance at Iowa State on Sept. 15. Kaeding became Iowa’s career scoring leader after setting an Iowa school record for most kicking points in a game (16) at Iowa State. He kicked four PATs and also tied the school record for field goals in a game with four. Kaeding passed Ron Houghtlin as Iowa’s all-time scoring leader, who was Iowa’s all-time scoring leader since 1987.

It marked the fourth time in Kaeding’s career that he has earned the weekly honor from the Big Ten. He has earned the accolade once in each of his four years.

Junior punter David Bradley and sophomore defensive back Jovon Johnson were both honored by the Big Ten after their performances in Iowa’s 21-3 win over Miami (OH). It marked the first time either player earned the accolade.

Bradley punted five times against the RedHawks for a 48.4 average. He had one punt downed inside the 20-yard line and boomed a career-long 62-yarder in the second quarter.

Johnson was named Big Ten co-Defensive Player of the Week along with Ohio State defensive end Simon Fraser. Johnson led the Iowa secondary with two interceptions, the fifth and sixth of his career. Johnson returned his first interception 20 yards to the Iowa one-yard line, which led to Iowa’s second touchdown. He intercepted his second pass in the end zone to erase a potential Miami (OH) scoring drive. He also finished with five tackles and three pass break-ups.

Lester Erb HONORED
Iowa’s Lester Erb was named the American Football Monthly Division I Special Teams Coordinator of the Year. The winner is selected based on each team’s accomplishments on the field during the 2002 season. Erb is in his fourth season as the Hawkeyes’ wide receivers and special teams coach. Under Erb’s direction, Iowa’s special teams excelled in the kickoff, punting, place-kicking and kick blocks categories. Iowa topped the nation in kickoff returns (25.1 yard average) last year and finished third in Big Ten punt returns (11.8). Four opponent kicks were blocked and all turned into scores for the Hawkeyes.

Iowa defensive line coach Ron Aiken is one of four Big Ten assistant coaches to be chosen to participate in the first NCAA Advanced Coaching Program, which is a component of the NCAA Coaches Academy. Aiken, along with Michigan assistant head coach John Campbell, Michigan State running backs coach/recruiting coordinator Reginald Mitchell and Illinois assistant coach Donald Thompson were among the 20 coaches selected to attend the Academy.

The Academy is designed to assist minority coaches in excelling in head coaching positions, to enhance and strengthen the skills that many ethnic minority coaches currently possess and to provide exposure and networking opportunities for these coaches. The program will be held Jan. 2-4 in Orlando, FL, and precedes the American Football Coaches Association convention.

Iowa’s roster of 113 players includes 45 players from Iowa. The roster includes 13 players from Illinois, 12 from Texas, eight from Florida, five from New Jersey and California, four from Wisconsin and Minnesota, three from Connecticut, Pennsylvania, two from Arkansas, Michigan and South Carolina and one from Alabama, Kansas, Indiana, New York and South Dakota.

Fifteen high schools have contributed more than one player to the current Iowa football roster. The leaders are City High of Iowa City and West Des Moines Valley, with three. Twelve schools have two players on the roster.

Iowa has two players named Chandler (brothers Nathan and Scott), Davis (Calvin and Champ, no relation), Gallery (brothers John and Robert), Johnson (A.J. and Jovon, no relation) and Lewis (George and Jermelle, no relation).

Mike is the most popular first name. There are five Mike’s (Elgin, Follett, Humpal, Jones, Klinkenborg) and a Michael (Emalfarb). There are three Matt’s (Melloy, Neubauer, Roth). There are three Brian’s (Ferentz, Kline, Meidlinger) and two Bryon’s (Mattison, Ryther). There are three Eric’s (McCollum, Rothwell, Zilisch) and an Erik (Jensen). There are three players named Chris (Brevi, Felder, Smith) and two named David (Bradley, Walker). Two Hawkeye players go by initials, including C.J. Barkema and A.J. Johnson.

Redshirt freshman DB Ma’Quan Dawkins is the lightest Hawkeye player at 153 pounds, while the shortest players, at 5-8, include RB Fred Russell, DB Bob Sanders and RB Marques Simmons. Both Russell and Sanders earned first team all-Big Ten honors and all-America recognition in 2002. OL Peter McMahon is the heaviest Hawkeye at 323 pounds, while nine Hawkeyes players are listed at over 300 pounds. The tallest players are 6-8 sophomore offensive tackle C.J. Barkema and redshirt freshman offensive tackle Greg Dollmeyer. Barkema was an all-state basketball player as a prep while Dollmeyer was a member of Iowa’s 2002-03 basketball team. The average Hawkeye player is 6-2 and weighs 233 pounds. That is two inches taller and three pounds lighter than the average Iowa player in 2002.

Iowa’s depth chart includes 17 seniors, 10 juniors, 15 sophomores, eight redshirt freshmen and two true freshmen. These numbers do not include return specialists. Iowa’s three true freshmen include quarterback Drew Tate, wide receiver James Townsend and full back Champ Davis.

Iowa returns 38 lettermen from 2002, including 18 on offense, 18 on defense and two specialists. The Hawkeyes return nine starters on offense and eight on defense, plus PK Nate Kaeding and P David Bradley. The letterman breakdown includes 10 three-year lettermen, 13 two-year lettermen and 15 one-year lettermen.

The total roster includes 113 players, including 21 seniors, 20 juniors, 24 sophomores, 20 redshirt freshmen and 28 true freshmen.

Iowa’s coaches in the press box during the season are Lester Erb (receivers and special teams), along with quality control assistant Jon McLaughlin and graduate assistant coaches Michael Ketchum and A.J. Blazek. That leaves Ken O’Keefe (offensive coordinator), Norm Parker (defensive coordinator), Phil Parker (defensive backs), Carl Jackson (running backs), Reese Morgan (offensive line), Darrell Wilson (linebackers), Ron Aiken (defensive line) and Eric Johnson (tight ends) on the sidelines.

Four members of the Iowa coaching staff have coached or played in the Rose Bowl. Kirk Ferentz coached in two Rose Bowl games while on the Iowa staff and Carl Jackson coached in three Rose Bowl games as an Iowa assistant coach. Norm Parker and Phil Parker both coached in the Rose Bowl while on the staff at Michigan State.

Iowa’s first eight games have been selected for television. Iowa’s game vs. Miami (OH) was televised to a national cable audience on ESPN2. Iowa’s contest vs. Buffalo was televised by ESPN Plus. The Hawkeyes’ game at Iowa State was televised on Fox Sports Net, while its game vs. Arizona State was on ESPN2. Iowa’s conference opener at Michigan State was televised to a regional audience on ESPN Plus. ABC televised the Hawkeyes’ last game vs. Michigan and will again the next two weeks (at Ohio State and vs. Penn State).

A majority of Iowa’s Big Ten Conference games will likely be selected for television coverage.

Statistics and play-by-play accounts of Iowa home football games are available live on the internet. The statistical program allows viewers to read the play-by-play action just moments after it takes place, and to view all individual and team statistics while the game is in progress.

The program can be accessed through www.hawkeyesports.com and then clicking on the Gametracker link. This feature is available for all remaining games.

Kirk Ferentz RADIO SHOW
Iowa Coach Kirk Ferentz is featured on “Hawk Talk with Kirk Ferentz” each week. The 90-minute radio call-in show is hosted by Gary Dolphin, the play-by-play voice of the Iowa Hawkeyes. The show airs each Wednesday evening at 7 p.m. from Carlos O’Kelly’s in Iowa City.

Iowa returns home for a pair of games against Penn State (11:08 a.m., ABC) on Oct. 25 and Illinois (kickoff time still pending) on Nov. 1 in Kinnick Stadium.