Roth Earns League Honors

Nov. 3, 2003

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Matt Roth enjoys the game of football. And, he really likes the style of football played by the 2003 Iowa Hawkeyes because, like him, it’s workmanlike.

Matt Roth is the third member of the 2003 Iowa defensive unit to receive Big Ten Player of the Week honors.

Roth, a junior defensive end from Villa Park, IL, was named Big Ten Co-Defensive Player of the Week after turning in another workmanlike game against the Fighting Illini of Illinois last Saturday in historic Kinnick Stadium.

Roth equalled a career-high with three sacks for minus-11 yards, forced a fumble that teammate Bob Sanders turned into a touchdown, and, generally, disrupted an Illini offense that never really could get it going against Iowa’s nationally ranked defense. All counted, Roth collected six tackles, including four solos, against Illinois, and has now posted at least one sack in 13 of Iowa’s last 16 games.

Roth, who ranks second in the Big Ten with 9.5 sacks, is the third Hawkeye defender to be honored by the league in 2003.

Roth and the Iowa Hawkeyes travel to West Lafayette, IN, Saturday for a date with nationally ranked Purdue. The game is not sold out. It will be televised live by ESPN beginning at 2:30 p.m. Iowa time.

Iowa plays its final home game of the 2003 season Nov. 15 when it entertains nationally ranked Minnesota in the annual battle for Floyd of Rosedale. The game has also been designated Fan Appreciation Day in addition to Seniors Day. A very limited number of tickets are available. Game time has not yet been determined.