Nov. 1, 2003
Today’s win snaps a two-game losing streak to Illinois. The Hawkeyes have now won four of the last six meetings.Iowa’s 41-10 win today marked the largest margin of victory (31 points) over Illinois since a 59-0 win in 1985 in Iowa City.Iowa’s 41 points is its second-highest scoring output this season. The Hawkeyes posted 56 points vs. Buffalo in week two.Today was Iowa’s fourth straight sellout (Arizona State, Michigan and Penn State).The Hawkeyes have started on offense 49 of its last 51 games and 51 of 57 times under Kirk Ferentz.Iowa’s rushing defense has held its last seven opponents to under 75 yards. Illinois rushed 26 times for 59 yards today. For the season, Iowa’s rushing defense averages 72.0 yards allowed.Grant Steen and Jared Clauss did not play in today’s game. Prior to today’s game, Steen had started 33 straight games and played in all 45 games of his career. Clauss had started 21 straight games and 23 in his career. He had played in all 45 games of his career.Robert Gallery has started in 40 consecutive games, the best among offensive linemen in the Big Ten.Iowa’s opening scoring drive was 18 plays in 9:06, the longest for the Hawkeyes this season. The previous best this season was 14 plays in 6:31 at Ohio State, ending in a field goal. Due to penalties, Iowa gained 98 yards on the 77-yard drive.Today marked the first time since the game against Iowa State that the Hawkeyes scored on its first possession and scored the first points of the game.Junior TE Tony Jackson caught his first career touchdown in the first quarter. It was his fourth reception of the year. Today marked the second straight week that Abdul Hodge recovered a fumble (he had a 47-yard return last week against Penn State). Hodge also forced a fumble in Iowa’s loss at Ohio State. He finished with a team-high nine tackles.Iowa scored 10 points in the second quarter and 17 in the third today. The Hawkeyes have outscored their opponents 91-9 in the second quarter and 74-14 in the third quarter this year.Iowa has won 16 of its last 18 regular season games. In addition, Iowa has won 19 of its last 21 contests in Kinnick Stadium dating back to the end of the 2000 season. The Hawkeyes have posted seven wins for the third consecutive season.QB Nathan Chandler finished with a career high in passing yards (243) today. Chandler completed 14-23 passes and tossed one touchdown. Eight of Chandler’s 14 passes were completed to eight different receivers. He has thrown at least one touchdown pass in eight of Iowa’s nine games. His season total of 1,391 yards ranks 20th-best for a single season at Iowa.RB Fred Russell finished the game with 94 yards rushing on 23 attempts. He had touchdown runs of two and 14 yards, marking the third time in his career that he has rushed for two touchdowns in a single game. For the season, he has rushed 217 times for 1,010 yards, becoming only the third Hawkeye running back to rush for 1,000 yards or more in more than one season. His career totals include 449 carries for 2,415 yards and 15 touchdowns, which ranks sixth in Iowa history.QB Drew Tate threw his first career touchdown pass to WR Matt Melloy, who caught his second career touchdown (last week vs. Penn State was his first career score), in the fourth quarter.WR Calvin Davis finished with career highs in receptions (5) and receiving yardage (109). His 109 yards receiving is a team season high for the season. The previous high was Maurice Borwn’s 82 yards vs. Buffalo in week two.WR Maurice Brown (2 receptions, 31 yards) returned to action after missing the last five games. FB Champ Davis (1 attempt, 0 yards) returned to action after missing six games. WR Ed Hinkel (1 reception, 23 yards) missed two of the last three contests and returned today.PK Nate Kaeding scored 11 points today (5 PAT and 2 FG). He raised his career kick total to 327 points and 333 overall. He has converted 58-70 field goal attempts and 153-156 PATs. He is Iowa’s all-time scoring leader and currently ranks fourth all-time in kick scoring in the Big Ten Conference.Senior SS Bob Sanders forced a fumble and returned a fumble three yards for his first career touchdown. Sanders finished with three tackles (2 solo), which moves him past Mike Wells (1990-93) into 12th-place in career totals with 316.DE Matt Roth collected six tackles (4 solo), including three sacks and one forced fumble. The three sacks matches a career-high in sacks per game for the junior (vs. Michigan State, 10/12/02). The fumble was recovered and returned for a three-yard touchdown by SS Bob Sanders in the third quarter. Roth has recorded at least one sack in 13 of Iowa’s last 16 games, dating back to last year.The Hawkeyes had two offensive drives start on the opponents’ side of the field today. For the season, Iowa has started 20 offensive possessions on the other side of the 50. Iowa has had at least one offensive possession start on the other side of the 50 at least once in every game this year except its game at Michigan State in week five.