Sept. 20, 2004
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IOWA OPENS BIG TEN PLAY
Iowa (2-1) opens Big Ten Conference action Saturday at Michigan (2-1). Game time is 2:35 p.m. (CDT) in Michigan Stadium (110,000). The game is sold out. Saturday marks the third consecutive season that Iowa opens conference play on the road.
ON THE TUBE
ABC will televise Saturday’s game to a regional audience. Click HERE for the coverage map. The game is also available on DIRECTV’s ESPN GamePlan package. Brent Musburger, 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 Rob Brooks. The Hawkeye Radio Network includes more than 40 stations throughout the state.
MSU GAME TIME SET
Kickoff is set for 11:05 a.m. for Iowa’s game vs. Michigan State on Oct. 2. The game will be televised to a regional audience on ESPN Plus and will also be available on DIRECTV’s ESPN GamePlan package.
Iowa has played 1,055 games since beginning football in 1889. Iowa’s overall record is 532-484-39 (.523). That includes a 336-191-16 (.634) record in home games, a 196-293-23 (.405) record in games away from Iowa City, a 258-326-25 (.444) mark in Big Ten games and a 219-156-15 (.581) record in Kinnick Stadium.
HAWKEYE HUDDLE AT MICHIGAN
The National I-Club and the UI Alumni Association invite all fans to the “Hawkeye Huddle” from 12:30-2:30 p.m. (EDT) prior to the Michigan game Saturday. The “Hawkeye Huddle” will be held at Weber’s Inn, located at 3050 Jackson Road in Ann Arbor. The free reception features refreshments, snacks, Hawk Shop door prizes, Herky, and the Iowa cheerleaders.
ON THIS DATE
Iowa is 5-3 in games played on Sept. 25. The Hawkeyes defeated Marquette 14-12 in 1948, Michigan State 14-10 in 1954, Oregon State 27-7 in 1965, Penn State 7-6 in 1976 and Arizona 17-14 in 1982. Iowa lost to Washington 14-0 in 1937, Great Lakes 21-7 in 1943 and Penn State 44-14 in 1971.
IN THE RANKINGS
Iowa’s is ranked 24th in the ESPN/USA Today poll. The Hawkeyes dropped out of the Associated Press poll, but are receiving votes.
Five of Iowa’s eight conference foes are ranked in the top 25. The Big Ten boasts six teams ranked in the top 25 – the most of any conference. Ohio State is ranked No. 6/7 (ESPN-USA Today/AP), followed by No. 15/15 Purdue, No. 18/18 Michigan, No. 19/19 Minnesota, No. 20/20 Wisconsin and No. 24 Iowa.
Nine of Iowa’s 11 games this season will feature the Big Ten Conference’s experimental instant replay system. Hawkeye games vs. Iowa State and at Arizona State did not utilize the system. There were no replays in Iowa’s win over Kent State.
The NCAA Football Rules Committee granted the Big Ten the right to experiment with instant replay on a one-year basis for all televised games at league stadiums in 2004. All 44 conference games will utilize this system starting this week.
IOWA LEADERSHIP COUNCIL
Iowa’s Leadership Council for the 2004 season includes 13 players (five seniors, three juniors, two 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 Jonathan Babineaux, Sean Considine, Tony Jackson, Tyler Luebke and Pete McMahon, juniors Chad Greenway, Ed Hinkel and Abdul Hodge, sophomores Jason Manson and Mike Elgin, redshirt freshmen Bryan Mattison and Albert Young and true freshman Seth Olsen.
IOWA STARTS ON OFFENSE
Iowa has started on offense in 56 of its last 58 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 58 of 64 games under Kirk Ferentz.
IOWA VS. RANKED TEAMS
These are Iowa’s most recent wins vs. nationally ranked opponents:
At Home: 40-22 over 22nd-ranked Minnesota, 11/15/03; 30-27 over ninth-ranked Michigan, 10/4/03
On the Road: 27-21 over 21st-ranked Wisconsin, 11/22/03; 34-9 over eighth-ranked Michigan, 10/26/02
Neutral: 37-17 over 17th-ranked Florida, Outback Bowl, 1/1/04; 38-18 over 20th-ranked Washington, Sun Bowl, 12/29/95
MICHIGAN COACH LLOYD CARR
Lloyd Carr is in his ninth season as a college head coach, all at Michigan, and his record stands at 88-27 (.765). His Big Ten record is 56-16 (.778). Carr has led Michigan to a bowl game in each of his first nine seasons. He became the first Michigan coach to lead the Wolverines to four straight bowl victories (1998-2001), before losing to Tennessee in the Citrus Bowl (45-15) in 2002. Michigan won the Outback Bowl over Florida (38-30) in 2003, but lost to USC, the eventual AP national champion, (28-14) in the Rose Bowl last January. His Michigan teams have won four (1997, 1998, 2000 and 2003) Big Ten titles. The 1997 Wolverines earned the national title with a perfect 12-0 record as Carr was named National Coach of the Year.
Prior to becoming Michigan’s head coach, Carr was a Wolverine assistant for 15 seasons. He joined the staff as the defensive secondary coach, was the defensive coordinator for eight years and was the assistant head coach for five seasons. He was an assistant coach for two seasons at Eastern Michigan (1976-77) and two years at Illinois (1978-79) before joining the Michigan staff.
Carr is 4-2 vs. Iowa and 1-2 against Iowa Coach Kirk Ferentz.
MICHIGAN EDGES SAN DIEGO STATE
San Diego State missed its final two field goal attempts as Michigan held on for a 24-21 win in Michigan Stadium. Freshman QB Chad Henne completed 11-24 passes for 162 yards and two touchdown passes. Freshman RB Michael Hart rushed 25 times for 121 yards. The Aztecs took a 21-17 advantage into the half, but the Wolverines scored a touchdown on their first second half possession. WR Braylon Edwards tallied the game winning score on a seven-yard touchdown pass from Henne to cap a 10-play, 79-yard drive to recapture the lead.
OL Todd Plagman and WR Matt Melloy are doubtful for Saturday’s game at Michigan and will be out for an indefinite period of time. Plagman sustained an ankle sprain vs. Iowa State, while Melloy suffered a sprained knee during practice two weeks ago.
OL David Walker returned to the Hawkeye lineup at Arizona State after missing the first two games this season, but suffered a elbow injury last week and is out indefinitely.
Iowa has already lost running backs Marcus Schnoor and Albert Young to season-ending ACL injuries.
Michigan holds a 37-10-4 advantage in the series that began with a 28-5 Iowa win in 1900. Michigan had won seven straight over Iowa before the Hawkeyes won the last two meetings. Iowa scored 64 points the last two games, winning 34-9 in 2002 in Ann Arbor and 30-27 in 2003 in Iowa City. The Hawkeyes have never won three-straight games over Michigan and have never won two-straight in Michigan Stadium. Michigan holds a 22-6-3 advantage in games played in Ann Arbor.
IOWA, MICHIGAN NOTES
- Iowa handed Michigan its worst home defeat since 1967 when it won by 25 points (34-9) in 2002. The victory is also the Wolverines’ most recent home loss.
- Saturday’s game features two of the nation’s premiere rushing defenses. Iowa ranks fourth nationally (43.0), while Michigan ranks eighth (63.3).
- Iowa played in front of its largest crowd (111,496) ever in its last visit to Michigan Stadium in 2002.
- Michigan is 9-0 under Coach Carr in conference openers, while Iowa is 2-3 under Ferentz.
- Iowa has not lost consecutive games since a 32-26 loss to Michigan (10/27/01) and a 34-28 defeat to Wisconsin (11/3/01).
- Saturday marks the first time the Hawkeyes will play back-to-back regular season road contests since playing at Indiana (10/19/02) and at Michigan (10/26/02).
- TE Tony Jackson is the only Iowa player from the state of Michigan (Ypsilanti). WR Adrian Arrington is the only Michigan player from the state of Iowa (Cedar Rapids).
- Iowa will play only its third game on field turf Saturday. The Hawkeyes first played on field turf at Nebraska (L, 42-13) in 2000 and then again in their 2003 regular season finale at Wisconsin (W, 27-21).
- Saturday’s game will mark the second-straight Iowa-Michigan game that will be televised by ABC.
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 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 in 2003 and the 12th time in his career that he had rushed for at least 100 yards. WR Calvin Davis caught a career best seven passes for 60 yards and one touchdown. Ochoa caught two passes for 36 yards and one touchdown and also ran back three punts (48 yards) and three kickoffs (85 yards).
LB Abdul Hodge posted double figure 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.
ARIZONA STATE 44, IOWA 7
Arizona State avenged its 2003 loss to Iowa with a 44-7 win in Sun Devil Stadium. The Sun Devils scored points on six of their first seven possessions, while the Hawkeye offense sputtered, going three-and-out on seven of its first 10 possessions.
Arizona State got on the board first with a 14-yard touchdown pass from QB Andrew Walter to WR Moey Mutz. On their next possession, the Sun Devils capped off a 12-play, 58-yard drive with a field goal to stretch their lead to 10-0. Walter threw two of his career-high five touchdown passes in the second quarter.
Iowa did not score an offensive touchdown for the first time in nine games. The last time the Hawkeye offense failed to reach the end zone was in a 19-10 defeat at Ohio State (10/18/03). The Hawkeyes’ only score came on a Walner Belleus 83-yard punt return late in the fourth quarter.
Arizona State racked up 511 yards total offense and 23 first downs. Iowa was limited to only 100 yards total offense and six first downs. The Sun Devils converted 13-19 on third down, while the Hawkeyes were only 2-12 on third-down conversions and 0-2 on fourth down.
QB Drew Tate completed 9-19 passes for 44 yards and one interception. RB Marques Simmons rushed seven times for 51 yards, while RB Aaron Mickens was Iowa’s leading receiver with two receptions for 11 yards.
Defensively, LB Chad Greenway collected double figure tackles for the third-straight game. The junior posted a game-high 12 tackles (9 solo). LB Abdul Hodge registered seven solo tackles, giving him 200 career stops. DB Antwan Allen recorded four tackles and returned an interception five yards.
FINAL GAME NOTES
- The start of the game was delayed 38 minutes due to lightning.
- LB Abdul Hodge became the 53rd Hawkeye to record 200 career tackles.
- True freshman Charles Godfrey and Adam Shada saw action in the second-straight game on special teams. Both also played on defense at Arizona State. Shada recorded a tackle on the last kickoff of the game.
- OL David Walker started his first game since Iowa’s game at Iowa State last season (9/13/03). However, the junior left the game due to injury and is out indefinitely.
- Champ Davis had his first rushing attempt of the season. Davis played fullback last season as a true freshman before moving to tight end this season.
- Punter David Bradley had a season-best 56-yard punt in the third quarter, one of three punts of 50 yards or more for Bradley in a game.
- Arizona State scored the game’s first 44 points, before Iowa ran back a punt for a touchdown with 18 seconds remaining in the contest.
- The sellout crowd of 71,700 was the 16th largest crowd ever to watch an Arizona State game.
HINKEL RETURNS TO FORM
WR Ed Hinkel has been Iowa’s top receiving threat. Hinkel posted team highs in receptions and receiving yards vs. Kent State (4-65) and Iowa State (4-61). QB Drew Tate connected with Hinkel on a 29-yard touchdown in the second quarter vs. Iowa State. The reception was his third career touchdown. Two have been diving catches in the end zone (the other at Penn State in 2002). The junior also returned a punt for a touchdown his freshman season. Hinkel caught one pass for four yards, ran back two punts for 60 yards and two kickoffs for 51 yards at Arizona State. The senior ranks 15th nationally in punt return yardage (15.88).
Hinkel was hampered by injuries last season, missing four games and seeing limited action in other games. The native of Erie, PA, has 40 career receptions for 452 yards and two touchdowns.
SPECIAL TEAMS RISE AGAIN
After blocking a single season school record five punts last season, Iowa has started on the right foot in 2004. LB Chad Greenway blocked a Kent State punt in the third quarter, which resulted in a field goal. Iowa is 5-0 in games that it blocked at least one punt dating back to last season.
DB Walner Belleus returned a punt 83 yards at Arizona State. The last time an Iowa player returned a punt for a touchdown was when Ramon Ochoa returned a Buffalo punt 70 yards (9/6/03). Additionally, WR Ed Hinkel returned two punts for 60 total yards and two kickoffs for 51 total yards.
LEWIS RETURNS TO ACTION
After serving a one game suspension, RB Jermelle Lewis returned to action vs. Iowa State. Against the Cyclones, the senior rushed 30 times for 102 yards and also caught two passes for 44 yards. The 102 yards on the ground marked the fifth time in his career that he has eclipsed the century mark. The last time Lewis topped 100 yards was when he rushed for 101 yards at Minnesota (11/16/02). Last week at Arizona State, Lewis had 10 carries for 14 yards.
Lewis is one of 50 student-athletes named to the 2004 Walter Camp Player of the Year Watch List. Last season, Lewis rushed 46 times for 241 yards, ran for one score and also caught one touchdown. He was the leading rusher in the Hawkeyes’ 2003 victory vs. Minnesota, rushing nine times for 63 yards. Lewis also rushed a season-high 12 times for 45 yards vs. Florida in the Outback Bowl. The native of Bloomfield, CT, missed Iowa’s first seven games recovering from off-season knee surgery. Lewis’ career numbers include 209 rushing attempts for 1,066 yards and nine touchdowns and 10 receptions for 115 yards and two scores. Lewis is the 36th Iowa player to eclipse the 1,000-yard rushing plateau.
Iowa Head Coach Kirk Ferentz and his son, Brian, Ferentz are believed to be one of only four father-son duos in Division I this year. They join 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.
RETURNING WITH HONORS
Iowa returns six players who earned all-Big Ten and/or national honors a year ago. That list includes linebackers Abdul Hodge and Chad Greenway, who were named first and second team all-Big Ten, respectively. Defensive end Matt Roth was a first team all-Big Ten honoree as well. Wide receiver Calvin Davis and offensive guard Mike Jones were named to the Rivals.com Freshman all-America team. Both were named to the group’s honorable mention unit. Jones was also named to The Sporting News third Freshman all-America squad and Big Ten all-Freshman team. Linebacker Edmond Miles was also selected to the Big Ten all-Freshman team by the publication. In addition, Jovon Johnson, David Bradley, Greenway and Roth each received Big Ten Player of the Week recognition once last season.
- The Hawkeyes have won 21 of their last 23 games in Kinnick Stadium, dating back to the end of the 2000 season. Iowa’s two losses came against Iowa State (36-31 in 2002) and Michigan (32-26 in 2001).
- Iowa has won 20 of its last 24 regular season games.
- Iowa was held to 100 yards total offense in its loss at Arizona State. The last time a team held Iowa under 200 yards total offense was Penn State (176 yards, 10/25/03). Iowa won that game, 26-14.
- Iowa has 13 players who have recorded one or more receptions this season, while 12 different Hawkeyes have recorded one or more rushing attempts.
- OL Pete McMahon is the only Hawkeye to be named a captain each of the first three games.
- Iowa has not lost a fumble this season, while its opponents have lost two.
- Iowa ranks sixth nationally in punt return yardage (21.64). WR Ed Hinkel ranks 15th in punt return yardage (15.88).
- Iowa has a 14-game home winning streak. The active streak ranks seventh nationally among Division I-A schools. Boise State (20) ranks first, followed by Ohio State (18), USC (16), Georgia (16), Oklahoma (16) and TCU (15). The 14-game home winning streak, dating back to 2002, is a new Kinnick Stadium record. Overall, Iowa’s longest home winning streak is 20 games, dating from Nov. 19, 1918 to Oct. 20, 1923.
- Kirk Ferentz is approaching his 100th game as a collegiate head coach. Ferentz will reach the century mark in Iowa’s home game vs. Ohio State (10/16).
- Iowa’s game vs. Iowa State was its seventh-straight home sellout dating back to last year. The seven consecutive sellouts at the current Kinnick Stadium capacity (70,397) is a school record. The previous record was five set in during the 1992 season.
- Iowa has scored points on two of its first three opening possessions. The Hawkeyes kicked a field goal vs. Kent State and scored a touchdown vs. Iowa State. Iowa punted on its first possession at Arizona State.
- RB Albert Young and LB Chad Greenway scored their first collegiate points vs. Kent State. DB Walner Belleus scored his first points on an 83-yard punt return at Arizona State.
- Iowa began the season ranked No. 12 in the ESPN/USA Today poll and No. 19 in the Associated Press poll. The ranking was its highest preseason ranking since 1985 when the Hawkeyes were ranked No. 3 by USA Today/CNN and No. 4 by the AP.
NEW STARTING QUARTERBACK
For the fifth consecutive season, Iowa started with a different starting quarterback from the previous year. Sophomore Drew Tate started all three games to start the 2004 season. Last year, Nathan Chandler started all 13 games, while in 2002 it was Brad Banks, preceded by Kyle McCann in 2001 and Scott Mullen in 2000.
HAWKEYES ON THE TUBE
Saturday’s game vs. Michigan will mark the 47th consecutive game the Hawkeyes have been selected for television. The last Iowa contest not televised was at Illinois on Oct. 14, 2000.
TATE DIRECTS HAWKEYE OFFENSE
After playing only one half in the season opener, QB Drew Tate played his first complete collegiate game vs. Iowa State and helped the Hawkeyes to their second-straight win over the Cyclones. Tate completed 16-22 passes for 220 yards and one touchdown.
For the season, Tate has completed 37-63 passes for 400 yards, three touchdowns and three interceptions. The sophomore has thrown one interception in each of Iowa’s first three games.
ROTH ON PRE-SEASON LISTS
Senior DE Matt Roth is a pre-season candidate for the Rotary Lombardi Award, the Ted Hendricks Defensive End of the Year and Bronko Nagurski Awards. Other pre-season honors for Roth include the Playboy magazine all-America team, second team all-America by Lindy’s and first team all-Big Ten by Athlon Sports.
Last season, Roth was a first team all-Big Ten honoree by both the media and coaches. He ranked second in the league and 13th nationally in sacks (0.88) and fifth in tackles for loss (1.23). Roth ranked second on the Hawkeyes in quarterback hurries (4) and eighth in tackles (51). He recorded at least one sack in 15 of Iowa’s last 20 games, dating back to 2002. Roth also tied for second in the league and 26th nationally in forced fumbles (4). He posted four tackles, including one sack, vs. Florida in the Outback Bowl. 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).
His 12 QB sacks in 2003 ties as the second best single-season Iowa total. Leroy Smith set the record in 1991 with 18. Roth’s 23 career sacks ranks third best, and trails Jared DeVries (42, 1995-98) and Mike Wells (33, 1990-93). Also, he sits in third place in tackles for loss (29) behind Jim Johnson (39, 1987-90), Wells (54, 1990-93) and DeVries (78, 1995-98).
Roth has collected eight tackles, including one sack and two QB hurries, the first three games of 2004.
LINEBACKERS ARE BIG TEN LEADERS
Iowa’s linebacking duo of Chad Greenway and Abdul Hodge are on the 2004 Dick Butkus Award Watch List, which is given annually to the nation’s top college linebacker. They were also named to the preseason first all-Big Ten team by Athlon Sports. Hodge was also named second team all-America by The Sporting News, while Greenway was named honorable mention all-America by NationalChamps.net.
Greenway and Hodge, both juniors, were a force in the middle of Iowa’s defense in 2003. Both players earned all-Big Ten laurels. Hodge was a first team pick by the media and a second team honoree by the coaches, while Greenway earned second team accolades by both.
The duo of Hodge and Greenway ranked first and third in the Big Ten in tackles, respectively. Both collected double figure tackles in seven of Iowa’s last 10 regular season games.
Hodge became the 53rd Hawkeye to record 200 tackles when he posted seven stops (6 solo) at Arizona State. He collected a game-high 12 tackles (8 solo) in Iowa’s win over Iowa State. The junior ranks second in team tackles (21) behind Greenway (32).
Hodge, who was named to the 2004 NationalChamps.net pre-season all-America second team, ranked first in the Big Ten and 27th nationally in tackles (10.8) last season. His 141 tackles rank second in single season tackles at Iowa. Andre Jackson (1972) is Iowa’s record holder with 171 tackles. Nine of his 141 tackles were for loss, ranking fourth on the Hawkeyes.
Greenway was honored by the Walter Camp Foundation and the Big Ten after his outstanding performance vs. Kent State. He led the Hawkeye defense, intercepting two passes and returning them 54 yards, including a 30-yarder for a touchdown. He also collected a team-best 10 tackles (6 solo, 4 assists), including two for loss and recorded one pass breakup as Iowa held the Golden Flashes to minus 13 yards rushing and just 110 total yards. On special teams, the native of Mt. Vernon, SD, blocked his second career punt, which resulted in a field goal.
Greenway has posted double figure tackles in each of the first three games. The junior collected a game and season-high 12 tackles (9 solo) at Arizona State. He tallied 10 tackles in the season-opener vs. Kent State and in week two vs. Iowa State.
The junior ranks first in team tackles (32), third in tackles for loss (3) and first in interceptions (2). Greenway ranks second in conference tackles and 17th nationally in interceptions. The native of Mt. Vernon, SD, has posted double digit tackles 12 times during his career.
DEFENSIVE BACKFIELD SOLID
DBs Antwan Allen and Jovon Johnson and FS Sean Considine are looking for another good season as part of Iowa’s defensive unit. Johnson intercepted six passes in 2003, two in the end zone. The six interceptions are the most by an Iowa player since Damien Robinson had six thefts in 1996. The six picks tie for sixth in a season at Iowa. He finished the season with three interceptions in Iowa’s last three games.
Johnson ranked second in the Big Ten in interceptions (6) and 22nd in the nation. Additionally, he was ninth on the team in tackles (41) and ranked first in pass break-ups (13). He ranked second in the Big Ten and 18th nationally in passes defended (19). His 10 interceptions in 25 career games ties for seventh in career interceptions at Iowa.
Johnson registered eight solo tackles in Iowa’s first three games, including two last week at Arizona State. The native of Erie, PA, also recorded two pass breakups in Iowa’s win over Iowa State.
Considine intercepted three passes, blocked two punts and returned a fumble for a touchdown last season. The native of Byron, IL, ranked fourth on the team in tackles, posting a career-high 64. He also ranked second in pass break-ups (3) and second in recovered fumbles (2). Considine has 120 career tackles and three picks.
Last week at Arizona State, Considine recorded seven tackles (6 solo), including one for loss. Against Kent State, he posted four tackles and one pass breakup, while collected three stops vs. Iowa State.
Allen ranked fifth on the team in tackles, collecting a career-high 61 stops. The native of Tampa, FL, also recorded 10 pass break-ups, which ranked second on the team. Allen has 128 career tackles, five interceptions and three forced fumbles.
Last week at Arizona State, Allen posted four tackles and intercepted one pass. Allen collected three solo tackles, one pass breakup and forced one fumble vs. Kent State. Against Iowa State, he collected eight tackles (6 solo).
DEFENSE MAKES A STAND
- The Hawkeyes held Kent State to minus 13 yards rushing. Iowa could have held the Golden Flashes to minus 30 yards if not for their punter scampering 17 yards following a blocked punt in the third quarter.
- Kent State did not score any offensive points in week one. In fact, the Golden Flashes’ offense advanced past midfield only once.
- Iowa’s defense held Iowa State to 2-16 on third-down conversions. The Cyclones did not convert a third-down until late in the third quarter.
- DL Jonathan Babineaux ranks first in the Big Ten in tackles for loss (8) and sacks (3). The senior ranks first in conference sacks.
- Iowa ranks first in the Big Ten and fourth nationally in rushing defense (43.0) and fifth in the league and 25th nationally in total defense (285.7).
For the first time since the 2001 season, Iowa’s regular season schedule includes only 11 games. The Hawkeyes will play six home games in Kinnick Stadium, where they have posted a 15-1 record the last three seasons, including a perfect 7-0 mark last year. Six of Iowa’s 11 opponents posted seven wins or more and competed in bowl games last season. The newest addition to the slate includes Kent State from the Mid-American Conference. Other home games include Iowa State and Big Ten opponents Michigan State, Ohio State, Purdue and Wisconsin. All four home conference foes earned bowl bids last season. Iowa’s only non-conference road game is at Arizona State, while it travels to Michigan, Penn State, Illinois and Minnesota within the conference. For the second consecutive year, the Hawkeyes’ league schedule does not include Indiana or Northwestern.
EIGHT WERE WALK-ONS
Eight members of Iowa’s two-deep joined the program as walk-ons. That list includes offensive linemen Pete McMahon, Greg Dollmeyer and Jacob Bowers, defensive tackle Tyler Luebke, defensive backs Sean Considine and Chigozie Ejiasi, deep snapper Kody Asmus and safety Andrew Becker.
Considine and McMahon started all 12 games, while Luebke started the last two contests in 2003. Ejiasi played in every game last year.
THEY STARTED THEM ALL
Iowa had 10 players, four on offense and seven on defense, start all 12 games last year. That list included OL Robert Gallery, OL Pete McMahon, QB Nathan Chandler, RB Fred Russell, DE Howard Hodges, DE Matt Roth, LB Abdul Hodge, LB Chad Greenway, DB Jovon Johnson, DB Antwan Allen and FS Sean Considine.
Seven of those players (McMahon, Roth, Greenway, Hodge, Considine, Johnson and Allen) are on the 2004 roster. Allen has started all 28 games in his career.
POINTS OFF TURNOVERS
Iowa has scored 14 points after obtaining five turnovers (3 interceptions, 2 fumbles), plus an additional three points following a blocked punt in its victory over Kent State in week one. The Hawkeyes did not collect a turnover vs. Iowa State.
Hawkeye opponents have scored 17 points following Iowa miscues. Kent State scored seven points on a 99-yard interception return. Iowa State converted an interception into three points, while Arizona State drove 13 yards for a touchdown following an interception.
IOWA BY QUARTERS
Iowa has outscored its opponents 17-13 in the first quarter and 13-7 in the fourth. Hawkeye opponents own a slim 24-20 edge in the second quarter and a 17-13 advantage in the third.
ON THE AVERAGE
Iowa averaged 3.9 yards on 81 first down plays, 3.8 yards on 67 second down plays, 5.7 yards on 47 third down plays and -0.7 yards on three fourth down plays.
AVERAGE SCORING DRIVES
Iowa’s nine scoring drives averaged 6.8 plays, 37.8 yards and 2:48 elapsed time. Five of Iowa’s nine scoring drives covered 45 yards or more. In addition, Iowa has had four drives that amassed eight plays or more, including a 14-play drive that consumed 6:08 that resulted in a Matt Melloy four-yard TD reception vs. Kent State.
Hawkeye opponents have recorded 10 scoring drives, averaging 6.5 plays, 51.1 yards and 2:49 elapsed time.
IOWA IN THE RED ZONE
The Hawkeyes have marched inside the red zone 12 times and scored seven of those times (58.3%). Last week, Iowa reached the red zone twice, but failed to score as the Hawkeyes turned the ball over on downs both times. Iowa was a perfect 1-1 vs. Iowa State, scoring a touchdown. The Hawkeyes scored on six of nine drives that reached the red zone vs. Kent State, collecting two rushing TDs, two passing TDs and two field goals for 33 points. Iowa failed to score any points the other three times inside the red zone when QB Drew Tate was intercepted on the one yardline, PK Kyle Schlicher missed a field goal and the team failed to convert on a fourth down late in a game while trying to run out the clock.
Hawkeye opponents have advanced inside the red zone 10 times and have scored seven of those time (70.0%). Arizona State was a perfect 7-7 last week, scoring five touchdowns and two field goals. Prior to the Arizona State game, Iowa’s first two opponents were 0-3. Iowa State was 0-2 after reaching the red zone, missing two field goals. Kent State advanced inside the red zone only once and did not score after failing to convert on a fourth down.
BIG PLAY HAWKEYES
Iowa’s offense has produced nine plays of 20 yards or more, with six of the nine coming on pass plays. RB Marques Simmons produced Iowa’s only offensive play of 20 yards or more last week at Arizona State when the junior recorded a 22-yard run. The Hawkeyes had a big day running back kickoff and punt returns against the Sun Devils. WR Ed Hinkel had a 36-yard kickoff return and a 49-yard punt return, while DB Walner Belleus ran back an Arizona State punt 83 yards for a touchdown, which ties as the sixth longest punt return in Hawkeye history.
Iowa’s defense has been stellar, not allowing many big plays. The Hawkeye defense has yielded eight plays of 20 yards or more, with all eight coming on pass plays.
HOME GROWN HAWKEYES
Iowa’s roster of 118 players includes 56 players from Iowa. The roster includes 12 players from Florida, 10 players from Texas, eight from Illinois, seven from New Jersey, three from Pennsylvania and Connecticut, two from Arkansas, California, Minnesota, Nebraska, Ohio, South Dakota and South Carolina and one from Indiana, Georgia, Kansas, Michigan, and New York.
MORE THAN ONE
Fifteen high schools have contributed more than one player to the current Iowa football roster. The leaders are City High of Iowa City and Ankeny, with four, while Oelwein has three.
THE NAME GAME Iowa has two players named Davis (Calvin and Champ, no relation), 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 two Michael’s (Huisman, Sabers). There are three Matt’s (Kroul, Melloy, Roth). There are three Chris’s (Aldrich, Brevi, Felder). There are two players named Brian (Ferentz, Powers), Kyle (Kesselring, Schlicher) and Bryan (Mattison, Ryther). There are two Andy’s (Fenstermaker, Zeal) and two named David (Bradley, Walker). Two Hawkeye players go by initials, including C.J. Barkema and A.J. Johnson.
THE HAWKEYES, SIZE WISE
Sophomore DB Ma’Quan Dawkins is the lightest Hawkeye player at 164 pounds, while the shortest player, at 5-8, is RB Marques Simmons. OL Peter McMahon is the heaviest Hawkeye at 320 pounds. A total of six Hawkeye players are listed at over 300 pounds.
The tallest players are 6-8 junior offensive tackle C.J. Barkema and sophomore 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 231 pounds. That is the exact height and two pounds lighter than the average Iowa player in 2003.
IOWA DEPTH CHART
Iowa’s depth chart includes 15 seniors, 13 juniors, 11 sophomores, eight redshirt freshmen and two true freshmen. These numbers do not include return specialists. Iowa’s two true freshmen include left guard Seth Olsen and free safety Charles Godfrey.
ROSE BOWL EXPERIENCE
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.
HAWKEYES BY THE NUMBERS
Iowa returns 39 lettermen from 2003, including 20 on offense, 17 on defense and two specialists. The Hawkeyes return three starters on offense and seven on defense, plus punter David Bradley. The letterman breakdown includes nine three-year lettermen, 10 two-year lettermen and 20 one-year lettermen.
The total roster includes 118 players, including 15 seniors, 24 juniors, 28 sophomores, 29 redshirt freshmen and 22 true freshmen.
HAWKEYES STAY HOT IN NFL DRAFT
For the second straight year, five Iowa players were selected in the NFL Draft. OT Robert Gallery was the second player selected, taken by the Oakland Raiders. DB Bob Sanders was a second round selection of Indianapolis and PK Nate Kaeding was selected in the third round by San Diego. DT Jared Clauss (Tennessee) and TE Erik Jensen (St. Louis) were both selected in the seventh round. Nine additional Iowa seniors signed NFL free agent contracts immediately following the 2004 Draft.
The five players selected in the 2004 draft matches the number taken in the 2003 draft (Dallas Clark, Eric Steinbach, Bruce Nelson, Derek Pagel, Ben Sobieski), giving the Iowa program its most draft selections in back-to-back drafts since the AFL/NFL merger. Iowa had never had more than nine players selected in back-to-back drafts. All five players made rosters. A total of 17 former Iowa players are in the NFL and five that are either on practice squads or injured reserved.
WATCHING FROM ABOVE
Iowa’s coaches in the press box during the season are Norm Parker (defensive coordinator), 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), 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. Parker has missed the first three games due to surgery and hopes to return this week at Michigan.
IOWA STATS ON THE INTERNET
Statistics and play-by-play accounts of all Iowa 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 or Live Stats link.
IOWA FOOTBALL WITH Kirk Ferentz
The weekly television replay show, featuring Iowa Football Coach Kirk Ferentz, is a 30-minute program, which includes Iowa football highlights and weekly features about the University of Iowa football program. Gary Dolphin, the radio play-by-play voice of the Iowa Hawkeyes, hosts the show.
IOWA FOOTBALL REPLAY SHOW
The Hawkeye television program makes its return this season as it takes highlights from Iowa’s most recent game and packages it in a tight and exciting 60 minutes of college football action. Produced by the Iowa Athletic Department in partnership with Mediacom, the Iowa Football Replay Show will air on Mediacom’s “Connections” channel throughout the week in select television markets across the state.
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.
HY-VEE CY-HAWK SERIES
Iowa leads the inaugural Hy-Vee Cy-Hawk Series 3-0 after its 17-10 football victory on Sept. 11 in Iowa City.
A point system will track each institution’s performance and will culminate in one institution winning the annual trophy for the Hy-Vee Cy-Hawk Series. Intercollegiate athletic teams from Iowa and Iowa State will square off in head-to-head competition nine different times during the 2004-05 academic year. The competition this year is in men’s basketball, women’s basketball, wrestling, women’s gymnastics, women’s soccer, softball and women’s swimming and diving. Additional points will be available for each school to secure based on successful performance in the classroom by its student-athletes. Listed below is the upcoming competition schedule:
Oct. 31, Soccer — 2 points
Dec. 1, W. Basketball — 2 points
Dec. 4, W. Swimming and Diving — 2 points
Dec. 5, Wrestling — 2 points
Dec. 10, M. Basketball — 2 points
Jan. 28, W. Gymnastics — 2 points
Feb. 19, W. Gymnastics — 2 points
Apr. 19, Softball — 2 points
2 points for an institution if the student-athlete graduation rate for all student-athletes is greater than the national average for all student-athletes.
Iowa returns home to host Michigan State Oct. 2 (11:05 a.m., ESPN Plus) for homecoming and Ohio State Oct. 16 (kickoff time TBA).