Nov. 1, 2004
Iowa vs. Purdue Live Game Coverage
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IOWA RETURNS HOME
Iowa (6-2, 4-1) returns home to host Purdue (5-3, 2-3) Saturday. Game time is 2:35 p.m. (CST) in Kinnick Stadium (70,397). The game is sold out.
ON THE TUBE
ESPN will televise the contest to a national cable audience. Eric Collins, Andre Ware and Jimmy Dykes 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.
Iowa has played 1,060 games since beginning football in 1889. Iowa’s overall record is 536-485-39 (.524). That includes a 338-191-16 (.635) record in home games, a 198-294-23 (.407) record in games away from Iowa City, a 262-327-25 (.447) mark in Big Ten games and a 221-156-15 (.583) record in Kinnick Stadium.
IN THE RANKINGS
Winners of four straight conference games, Iowa is ranked No. 20 in both the Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today polls. The Hawkeyes have been ranked as high as 12th three times this year.
ON THIS DATE
Iowa is 4-11 when playing on Nov. 6. The Hawkeyes defeated Simpson 35-2 in 1903, Northwestern 20-0 in 1920, Purdue 25-14 in 1954 and Northern Illinois 54-20 in 1993. Iowa lost to Drake 17-14 in 1909, Purdue 19-13 in 1915 and 16-7 in 1982, Minnesota 41-0 in 1926 and 35-10 in 1937, Illinois 19-10 in 1943, 14-0 in 1948 and 40-24 in 1999, Michigan State 35-0 in 1965, Michigan 63-7 in 1971 and Wisconsin 38-21 in 1976.
IOWA HOME WINNING STREAK
Iowa’s win over Ohio State extended its home winning streak to 16. The 16-game home winning streak, dating back to 2002, is a Kinnick Stadium record. The active streak ranks fourth nationally among Division I-A schools. Boise State (24) ranks first, followed by USC (19) and Oklahoma (18). The Hawkeyes’ last loss in Kinnick Stadium came against Iowa State (36-31) on Sept. 14, 2002. Overall, Iowa’s longest home winning streak is 20 games, dating from Nov. 19, 1918 to Oct. 20, 1923.
In Big Ten games only, Iowa’s current streak of 11 straight home wins is a school record. The current 11-game home win streak in league games began with a 42-24 win over Minnesota in 2001.
The Hawkeyes became just the fourth Iowa team to go undefeated during the month of October (1984, 1985 and 1990). The 1985 and 1990 teams won Big Ten titles. Last year’s 10-3 team never won more than two consecutive league games. The Hawkeyes won consecutive league games twice during the 2003 season.
The 2004 Iowa Hawkeyes become the eighth Iowa team to win four straight league games in the same year. The previous seven teams all won at least eight games.
DID YOU KNOW…
The 2003 Iowa Hawkeyes are the last team to defeat NFL rookie starting QB Ben Roethlisberger of the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Hawkeyes defeated Miami, OH (21-3) in the season opener and intercepted Roethlisberger four times. Since that game, he has gone 18-0 (13 wins with Miami and 5 with Pittsburgh).
MINNESOTA GAME TIME SET
Kickoff is set for 11:05 a.m. for Iowa’s game at Minnesota on Nov. 13. The game will be televised to a national cable audience on ESPN.
PURDUE COACH JOE TILLER
Joe Tiller is in his eighth year as the head coach at Purdue and his 14th season as a head coach. Tiller’s career record stands at 99-65-1 (.603), including a 60-35 (.632) record at Purdue and a 39-30-1 record in six seasons at Wyoming. Tiller’s first Purdue team, in 1997, posted a 9-3 record. Purdue was 9-4 in 1998. The Boilermakers won a share of the 2000 Big Ten title, earning a spot in the Rose Bowl for the first time since 1967. Purdue has earned a bowl invitation the last seven seasons. Last season, the Boilermakes lost a 34-27 overtime thriller to Georgia in the Capital One Bowl.
Tiller is 3-2 vs. Iowa and 2-1 against Iowa Coach Kirk Ferentz.
IOWA COACH Kirk Ferentz
The 2002 Associated Press Coach of the Year, Walter Camp Coach of the Year, AFCA Regional Coach of the Year and Big Ten Coach of the Year, Kirk Ferentz (pronounced FAIR-rintz, rhymes with parents), is in his sixth season as Iowa’s head football coach. He resurrected the Iowa program and led the 2003 Hawkeyes to a 10-3 record and a 37-17 Outback Bowl victory over No. 17 Florida. Iowa has posted a 27-7 (.794) overall mark and 17-4 (.810) Big Ten record the last three seasons under Ferentz.
Ferentz, at Iowa, holds an overall record of 38-31 (.551) and a 24-21 (.533) mark in Big Ten games. In eight seasons as a college head coach his career mark is 50-52 (.490).
Twenty-three of Iowa’s 69 games over the last six seasons have been decided by seven points or less (11-12) and 24 were played against opponents who were ranked in the top 25 at the time (9-15).
Ferentz joined the Iowa staff after serving as assistant head coach and offensive line coach of the Baltimore Ravens of the National Football League. He had been part of the Baltimore (Cleveland Browns prior to the move) staff for six years.
Ferentz was named head coach of the Maine Bears in 1990 and held that position for three years. Ferentz was a member of Hayden Fry’s Iowa staff for nine years as offensive line coach (1981-89). He coordinated Iowa’s running game during his first coaching stint with the Hawkeyes. Iowa appeared in eight bowl games during the time Ferentz was an Iowa assistant, posting a 4-4 record. A pair of Rose Bowls (1982 & 1986), two Holiday Bowl appearances (1986 & 1987) and a pair of Peach Bowl visits (1982 & 1988), along with appearances in the Gator (1983) and Freedom Bowls (1984) highlighted his previous Iowa stay. Iowa’s record in those nine years was 73-33-4 and included two 10-win and two nine-win seasons.
Ferentz was born in Royal Oak, MI, and attended high school in Pittsburgh, PA. Kirk earned his bachelor’s degree in English Education from the University of Connecticut in 1978, where he was a football captain. Ferentz is 1-2 vs. Purdue and Boilermaker Coach Joe Tiller.
NORTHWESTERN EDGES PURDUE
Purdue lost its third consecutive game last Saturday when Northwestern edged the Boilermakers 13-10 in Evanston. Trailing 10-7, the Wildcats scored a touchdown with 38 seconds left in the fourth quarter to give Northwestern the lead. Purdue had a chance to win on the final play of the game, but Taylor Stubblefield couldn’t hold on to a 40-yard pass in the end zone as time expired. Purdue QB Kyle Orton completed 15-33 passes for 143 yards and one touchdown, but also had two turnovers (1 interception, 1 fumble). The Boilermakers’ prolific offense finished with 332 yards, well below the 453.6 yards per game it was averaging prior to the game. The loss was Purdue’s first to Northwestern under Coach Joe Tiller (7-1).
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.
COACH Kirk Ferentz VS. RANKED FOES
Kirk Ferentz and the Iowa Hawkeyes are 9-15 against ranked opponents the last six seasons. The Hawkeyes are 7-4 vs. ranked opponents the last three years.
Purdue holds a 44-29-3 advantage in the series that began with a 16-0 Iowa win in 1910. The Boilermakers hold a slim 18-16-2 advantage in Iowa City. Iowa has won the last three meetings in Kinnick Stadium: 26-17 in 1993, 35-17 in 1997 and 31-28 in 2002. Iowa has won 12 of the last 17 overall contests.
IOWA, PURDUE NOTES
- Purdue Head Coach Joe Tiller will be gunning for his 100th career victory as head coach. His overall record stands at 99-65-1 (.603).
- Iowa DE Matt Roth is one TFL from tying Jim Johnson (1987-90) for third place on Iowa’s career TFL chart. Roth has collected 38 career TFLs.
- Saturday’s game features two of the nation’s top defenses. Purdue ranks 11th nationally in scoring defense (14.4), while Iowa ranks 19th (16.4).
- Iowa QB Drew Tate ranks first in conference passing (262.0), while Purdue QB Kyle Orton ranks second (246.4).
- Mark Hagen, Purdue’s defensive tackles coach, was an assistant coach at Northern Illinois when Iowa defeated the Huskies (24-0) in 1999. Hagen previously was on the staff at Indiana.
- Purdue’s roster includes just one Iowa native, senior QB Kyle Orton from Altoona. Iowa’s roster includes just one player from Indiana, redshirt freshman DE Bryan Mattison is from Mishawaka, IN.
- Iowa QB Brad Banks engineered an eight-play, 87-yard drive in the final two minutes to lift the Hawkeyes to a 31-28 victory over Purdue in 2002 in Kinnick Stadium. TE Dallas Clark caught his second touchdown pass of the game on fourth down from the seven-yard line.
- Iowa LB George Lewis started his first career game last year at Purdue. Lewis collected eight tackles.
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. Instant Replay has been used six times in Iowa games. In five of the six, the call on the field was upheld. The only change came vs. Ohio State when an Iowa pass was changed from complete to incomplete.
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.
Iowa lost running backs Marcus Schnoor and Albert Young to season-ending knee injuries in its first two games. Three games later, the Hawkeyes lost Jermelle Lewis to a season-ending ACL injury. Marques Simmons sprained an ankle vs. Ohio State and is out indefinitely. Iowa also lost FB Champ Davis to a season-ending ACL and MCL injury at Illinois. Other Hawkeye running backs that have seen action this year include Sam Brownlee (58 attempts, 150 yards) and Damian Sims (13 attempts, 40 yards).
TE Mike Follett (back), WR Calvin Davis (knee) and DB Jonathan Zanders (collar bone) will miss the remainder of the season.
IOWA 23, ILLINOIS 13
Iowa won its fourth consecutive game and became bowl eligible for the fourth consecutive season with a 23-13 win over Illinois in Memorial Stadium. The victory was also Coach Ferentz’s 50th career win as college head coach.
It was a windy day with gusts up to 40 mph. All 36 points were scored with the wind.
The first half was a defensive struggle with both team’s offense only able to score one touchdown. Illinois scored first on a eight-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter. Iowa scored on a 19-yard pass from QB Drew Tate to WR Ed Hinkel in the second quarter.
With the score 7-7 at the half, Iowa broke the game open in the third quarter, scoring 16 unanswered points. Illinois fumbled on its first second half possession and Iowa took advantage, scoring a touchdown on another 19-yard pass completion to Hinkel.
Iowa’s special teams came up big on Illinois’ next possession. Sophomore Miguel Merrick blocked his first career punt, with the result being a safety after the ball rolled out of the end zone. The Hawkeyes received the free kick and scored their second touchdown of the quarter on a Tate five-yard run. Iowa dominated the time of possession in the third quarter (10:23-4:37).
Tate completed 24-34 passes for 243 yards and two touchdowns. He also rushed nine times for six yards and one touchdown. WR Ed Hinkel caught five passes for a career-best 108 yards and two scores. RB Sam Brownlee started his second career game and carried the ball 19 times for 50 yards.
Defensively, LB Chad Greenway collected a game-high 10 tackles (6 solo). LB Abdul Hodge posted nine tackles (3 solo). DL Jonathan Babineaux registered six tackles (3 solo), including 1.5 for loss and forced and recovered an Illinois fumble.
FINAL GAME NOTES
- Fullbacks Aaron Mickens and Champ Davis were both injured in the first half and neither returned. Mickens was taken by ambulance to a hospital for precautionary measures and is questionable for Saturday’s game vs. Purdue.
- Iowa blocked its second punt of the season. The Hawkeyes’ other blocked punt came in their season-opening win vs. Kent State.
- Iowa recorded its first safety since a bad snap went out of the end zone in Iowa’s win over Akron on 8/31/02.
- Junior Antwan Allen came up with his third interception of the season to stop an Illinois scoring threat in the fourth quarter. Allen also had an interception in the red zone in the win at Penn State and he had a pick in the loss at Arizona State. Both picks came on the two-yard line.
- Iowa failed to score on its first offensive possession for the third straight game. The Hawkeyes have scored points on their first drive in four of eight contests.
- Illinois joins Arizona State as the only teams to score points against Iowa on their opening possession of the game.
- The Illinois touchdown in the first quarter was the first touchdown allowed by Iowa’s first team defense in 13 quarters, dating back to the third quarter of the loss at Michigan on 9/25. Michigan State and Ohio State both scored one touchdown late in games against Iowa reserves. Iowa had not yielded a touchdown in the first half since the Michigan game.
- Iowa dominated time of possession. The Hawkeyes maintained possession for 35:10, while Illinois was limited to 24:50.
- WR Ed Hinkel scored two touchdowns for the second time this season (at Michigan). The junior ranks second on the team in scoring with 36 points.
- WR Ed Hinkel finished with a team season-high 124 all-purpose yards (108 receiving yards and 16 punt return yards).
- Iowa posted 10 penalties for 64 yards, marking the second time this season the Hawkeyes have been flagged for 10 penalties or more in a game (Kent State, 12).
BROWNLEE STARTS AT RUNNING BACK
Sophomore Sam Brownlee started his first career game at Penn State (10/23). He became the first Iowa walk-on to start at running back since Rick Bayless did it at Northwestern (11/7/87), in a 52-23 Iowa win. Brownlee posted career highs in rushing attempts (19) and rushing yards (50) and also caught two passes for 24 yards in Iowa’s win at Illinois. For the season, Brownlee has carried the ball 58 times for 150 yards and has caught four passes for 35 yards.
RUNNING BACKS FALL AT HOME
Iowa has lost a running back to injury in each of its four home games this season. Marcus Schnoor injured a knee in the season opener vs. Kent State. Albert Young also injured a knee one week later vs. Iowa State. Like Schnoor and Young, Jermelle Lewis injured a knee vs. Michigan State. Marques Simmons sprained an ankle vs. Ohio State. Schnoor, Young and Lewis are lost for the year, while Simmons is out indefinitely.
ALL HOME GAMES SOLD OUT
All six Iowa home games in 2004 will be sellouts, marking the first time in history Iowa will finish the season with a home average attendance of 70,397. The Hawkeyes’ previous home attendance average record was 70,071 set in 1991.
Iowa has sold out nine consecutive games, dating back to 2003, which is also a school record.
Iowa lost its third straight conference road game as Purdue defeated the Hawkeyes 27-14. Purdue scored the game’s first 27 points before Iowa finally got on the scoreboard late in the third quarter on a QB Nathan Chandler three-yard scoring run. RB Jermelle Lewis scored Iowa’s final touchdown in the fourth quarter on an eight-yard pass from Chandler.
Chandler completed 16-29 passes for 203 yards and one touchdown. WR Maurice Brown caught a career-high eight passes for 126 yards. Brown matched his career-high for receiving yardage, reaching 100 yards in a game for the sixth time in his career. Lewis rushed seven times for 56 yards, while RB Fred Russell carried the ball 18 times for 35 yards.
For the first time in eight games, Iowa’s rushing defense allowed more than 75 yards. The Boilermakers totaled 154 yards on the ground on 44 attempts. The Hawkeyes finished with 98 yards rushing.
LB Abdul Hodge collected a game-high 11 tackles, including one for loss. LB Chad Greenway registered 10 tackles and had one pass break-up, while outside LB George Lewis, in his first career start, registered eight tackles.
HINKEL LEADS RECEIVERS
WR Ed Hinkel has been one of Iowa’s top receiving threats. He has caught 28 passes for 397 yards (14.2 avg.) in five league games, which ranks third.
Hinkel caught five passes for a career-high 108 yards (21.6 avg.) and two touchdowns at Illinois. He also returned three punts for 16 yards, giving him a team season-high 124 all-purpose yards. The junior had three receptions for 26 yards at Penn State. He caught six passes for 76 yards vs. Ohio State. Against Michigan State, he tied a career high with seven receptions, posted a then-career high with 98 receiving yards and caught a 15-yard touchdown. His 43-yard reception in the third quarter was a career long. At Michigan, he collected seven receptions for 89 yards and caught a career-high two touchdowns. Hinkel posted team highs in receptions and receiving yards vs. Kent State (4-65) and Iowa State (4-61).
Hinkel leads Hawkeye receivers in receptions (37), receiving yards (527) and touchdowns (6) this season. He ranks sixth in the Big Ten and 55th nationally in receptions (4.63) and sixth in the league and 59th nationally in receiving yards (65.9). He has scored two touchdowns in a game twice this season (at Michigan and at Illinois) and ranks second on the team in scoring with 26 points.
Three of his seven career receiving touchdowns have been highlight reel diving catches in the end zone (at Michigan, 2004; vs. Iowa State, 2004; at Penn State, 2002). Hinkel also returned a punt for a touchdown his freshman season. Hinkel ran back two punts for 60 yards and two kickoffs for 51 yards at Arizona State. He returned three punts for 31 yards at Penn State. The junior ranks 29th nationally in punt return yardage (12.33).
Hinkel was hampered by injuries last season, missing four games and seeing limited action in other games. The native of Erie, PA, has 66 career receptions for 827 yards and seven touchdowns.
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.
IOWA STARTS ON OFFENSE
Iowa has started on offense in 61 of its last 63 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 63-of-69 games under Kirk Ferentz.
ROTH BREAKS OUT
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.
Roth has busted out in conference play after posting eight tackles, including one for loss, the first three contests of the season. Roth collected two sacks in consecutive contests (vs. Ohio State and at Penn State). The senior posted two tackles, including one for loss and two QB hurries, at Illinois. He recorded four solo tackles (3 TFL), two sacks and one forced fumble at Penn State. Roth registered five tackles (3 solo), two sacks, one QB hurry and forced a fumble vs. Ohio State. The defensive end exploded for seven tackles (all solo), including two for loss and one sack and also forced a fumble at Michigan. Against Michigan State, he tallied a season-high eight tackles (4 solo), including one for loss. The senior is sixth on the squad in tackles (34), ranks first in sacks (6) and QB hurries (5) and second in TFL (10).
Roth has posted 26 tackles (20 solo), nine TFL, five sacks and forced three fumbles in five conference games. He ranks first in conference sacks and forced fumbles and third in tackles for loss.
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).
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 28 career sacks ranks third best, and trails Jared DeVries (42, 1995-98) and Mike Wells (33, 1990-93). Also, he sits in fourth place in tackles for loss (38) behind Jim Johnson (39, 1987-90), Wells (54, 1990-93) and DeVries (78, 1995-98).
TATE DIRECTS HAWKEYE OFFENSE
QB Drew Tate ranks first in Big Ten passing (262.0) and second in pass efficiency (139.2) and total offense (260.6). Tate ranks 35th nationally in overall pass efficiency (133.6) and 51st in total offense (212.6).
Tate completed 24-34 passes for 243 yards, two touchdowns and rushed for one touchdown in Iowa’s win at Illinois. He completed 14-31 passes for 126 yards at Penn State. He completed 26-39 passes for 331 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions in helping lead Iowa to its first win over Ohio State since 1991. He also rushed nine times for 24 yards, including a one-yard touchdown plunge. Tate became only the third Hawkeye quarterback to throw for 300 yards in consecutive games (Matt Sherman, 1995 and Chuck Hartlieb, 1987). Tate was rewarded for his efforts, being named the Big Ten’s co-Offense Player of the Week.
Against Michigan State, the sophomore completed 25-36 passes for 340 yards and one touchdown. The last time an Iowa quarterback threw for over 300 yards was Jon Beutjer (30-47, 380 yards) at Indiana on 9/30/00. In addition, Tate completed 10 straight passes in the third quarter, marking the third time this season that he has completed 10 or more consecutive passes in a game.
In his first conference game at Michigan, he completed 24-32 passes for 270 yards and two touchdowns. He completed 11 consecutive passes to start the game vs. the Wolverines.
The Baytown, TX, native played only one half in the season opener vs. Kent State, completing 13-22 passes for 136 yards, including 10 straight completions in the second quarter. 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 150-235 passes for 1,710 yards, 11 touchdowns and eight interceptions. Tate has also rushed for two touchdowns. He has thrown at least one interception in seven of eight contests. His passing total of 1,710 ranks 16th-best at Iowa for a single season.
Tate reached 1,000 yards passing in five games, marking the 12th time in Iowa history an Iowa quarterback threw for 1,000 yards in the first five games or less. Three quarterbacks reached 1,000 yards in the first four games: Scott Mullen (1999), Chuck Long (1983, 1985) and Gary Snook (1964). Tate completed 37-63 (59%) passes for 400 yards, three touchdowns and three interceptions in Iowa’s three non-conference games. Tate has completed 113-172 (65.7%) passes for 1,310 yards, eight touchdowns and five interceptions in Iowa’s five league contests.
- The Hawkeyes have won 23 of their last 25 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 24 of its last 29 regular season games.
- Iowa is 34-4 when leading at the half and 37-2 when leading after three quarters under Coach Ferentz. In the last three years, Iowa is 23-1 when leading at the half and 26-0 when leading after three quarters.
- Iowa has had three true freshmen compete this season (RB Damian Sims, DB Charles Godfrey and DB Adam Shada). Both Godfrey and Shada have played in seven games, while Sims has played in three.
- Iowa rushed 28 times for -15 yards at Michigan. The last time an Iowa team rushed for negative yardage was in a 45-34 loss at Indiana (10/29/88); the Hawkeyes rushed 22 times for -1 yard.
- Iowa has 18 players who have recorded one or more receptions this season, while 15 different Hawkeyes have recorded one or more rushing attempts.
- Iowa has had two interceptions returned for touchdowns (99 yards by Kent State and 25 yards by Michigan).
- Iowa ranks 15th nationally and first in the Big Ten in punt return yardage (14.8). Walner Belleus ranks fifth nationally in punt return yardage (18.3), while Ed Hinkel ranks 29th (12.3).
- TE Tony Jackson had no receptions in the first three games of the season. In fact, the native of Ypsilanti, MI, had only seven receptions his first three years combined. The senior put up career numbers against the Wolverines in his home state, collecting four receptions for 61 yards, including a 24-yard reception on the first play from scrimmage.
- Iowa’s game vs. Ohio State was its ninth straight home sellout dating back to last year. The nine consecutive sellouts at the current Kinnick Stadium capacity (70,397) is a school record. The previous record was five set during the 1992 season.
- Iowa has scored points on four of its eight opening possessions. The Hawkeyes kicked a field goal vs. Kent State and scored touchdowns vs. Iowa State, at Michigan and vs. Michigan State. Iowa punted on its first possession at Arizona State, vs. Ohio State, at Penn State and at Illinois.
- 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. FB Tom Busch and RB Marques Simmons tallied their first points on short touchdown runs vs. Michigan State. TE Scott Chandler scored his first touchdown vs. Ohio 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.
- Iowa won its fifth straight game over Penn State and fourth consecutive in State College with its 6-4 victory on Oct. 16. The victory marked the first time the Hawkeyes won a football game without scoring a touchdown since a 12-10 victory over Michigan on Oct. 19, 1985 in Kinnick Stadium.
SOLOMON CATCHES ON
WR Clinton Solomon posted 100 yard receiving games vs. Michigan State and Ohio State. The junior caught four passes for 105 yards vs. Michigan State. Against Ohio State, Solomon caught seven passes for 131 yards and two touchdowns – all career highs. He caught touchdown passes of 11 and 36 yards, which are the second and third of his career and his first of the season. At Penn State, Solomon had a game-high five receptions for 46 yards. Last week at Illinois, he caught five passes for 44 yards. He has led Iowa in receiving yards three of the last four games.
The 6-3 native of Ft. Worth, TX, ranks second on the team in receiving yards (491) and receptions (31).
SCHLICHER THE KICKER
PK Kyle Schlicher matched a career high with nine kicking points vs. Ohio State. He converted 3-4 PATs and 2-2 field goals (45 and 41). The 45-yard boot is a career-long. His final extra point attempt was blocked. The sophomore earned a share of the Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week award for his efforts. Schlicher scored nine points vs. Kent State and eight vs. Michigan State. He connected on two 27-yard field goals at Penn State to account for Iowa’s only points.
The native of Ankeny, IA, has converted 9-11 field goals (7-7, 20-39 yards) and 19-22 PATs this year. Schlicher has missed two 44-yard field goal attempts (Kent State and Iowa State). Schlicher has made seven straight since missing a 44-yarder against the Cyclones. He leads the team with 46 points.
LINEBACKERS ARE BIG TEN LEADERS
Iowa’s linebacking duo of Chad Greenway and Abdul Hodge were 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.
Hodge became the 53rd Hawkeye to record 200 tackles when he posted seven stops (6 solo) at Arizona State. His 254 career tackles rank 24th at Iowa. Hodge tallied nine tackles (3 solo) and one pass break-up at Illinois. He had a game-high 11 tackles (7 solo) and one pass break-up at Penn State. The junior matched a season high with 12 tackles in consecutive weeks (Ohio State and Michigan State). Against Michigan, he registered a game-high 10 tackles (7 solo) and recovered one fumble. He collected a game-high 12 tackles (8 solo) in Iowa’s win over Iowa State. The junior ranks second on the team and sixth in the conference in tackles (75). He has posted double digit tackle games 12 times in his career, including five times this season.
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 six times this season and 14 times in his career. He became the 54th Hawkeye to collect 200 career tackles. His seven tackles (4 solo) vs. Ohio State helped him eclipse the 200 plateau. His 225 career tackles rank 38th at Iowa.
Greenway tallied a game-high 10 tackles (6 solo) and one pass break-up at Illinois. He posted a game-high 11 tackles (6 solo) and recovered a fumble at Penn State. The junior collected a game and season-high 12 tackles (9 solo) at Arizona State. Greenway tallied eight stops (5 solo) vs. Michigan State. Against Michigan, Greenway registered a game-high 10 stops (8 solo), including a career-high two sacks. He tallied 10 tackles in the season-opener vs. Kent State and in week two vs. Iowa State.
The junior ranks first on the team, fifth in the league in tackles (78), fourth on the team in tackles for loss (5) and second in interceptions (2).
BABINEAUX ANCHORS DEFENSIVE LINE
Senior Jonathan Babineaux has been one of the Big Ten’s top defensive linemen this season. The native of Port Arthur, TX, ranks second in the Big Ten in tackles for loss (12.5). Babineaux ranks seventh in team tackles (30). His 30 tackles rank second to Tyler Luebke (36) among Iowa defensive linemen.
Babineaux matched a career high with six stops (3 solo), including 1.5 for loss and forced and recovered a fumble at Illinois. Against Ohio State, he matched a career high with six tackles (3 solo), including two for loss. The senior has registered six tackles in a game six times (vs. Akron in 2002, vs. Iowa State in 2002, vs. Wisconsin, at Iowa State in 2003, vs. Iowa State in 2004, vs. Ohio State in 2004 and at Illinois in 2004).
Babineaux has 106 career tackles, including 22.5 for loss and 10 sacks. His 12.5 TFL is a single-season high. His previous single-season high was nine his sophomore season.
DEFENSIVE BACKFIELD SOLID
DBs Antwan Allen and Jovon Johnson and FS Sean Considine lead Iowa’s defensive backfield.
Johnson has 11 career interceptions, which ties for fifth in career picks at Iowa with Plez Atkins (1994-97) and Brad Quast (1986-89).
Johnson has registered 22 tackles (19 solo) in Iowa’s eight games, including a season-high six tackles vs. Michigan State. The native of Erie, PA, also recorded two pass breakups in Iowa’s win over Iowa State.
Considine has recorded 132 career tackles and four picks. The senior missed Iowa’s games vs. Michigan State and Ohio State due to injury, but returned at Penn State. The senior did not record any tackles, but did return an interception a career-best 51 yards. Last week at Illinois, the senior equaled a season high with seven tackles. Against Michigan, Considine recorded two tackles and then exited the game due to a foot injury and did not return. Against 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 has 142 career tackles, seven interceptions and three forced fumbles.
The junior has collected interceptions on the two-yard line against Penn State and Illinois to stop scoring threats. Last week, Allen recorded four tackles (1 solo) and intercepted one pass at Illinois. The previous week, Allen recorded two tackles (1 solo), one interception and had two pass break-ups at Penn State. Allen tallied five stops (3 solo) vs. Michigan State and posted six solo tackles and his second career sack at Michigan the previous week. Against Arizona State, he posted four tackles and intercepted one pass. The Tampa, FL, native 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
- Iowa ranks third in the Big Ten and 10th nationally in total defense (278.4).
- 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.
- Arizona State and Illinois are the only Hawkeye opponents to score on their opening drive.
- Arizona State scored 44 points in week three. Iowa has allowed 57 total points in its six victories.
- Kent State and Penn State did not score any offensive points. The Golden Flashes’ offense advanced past midfield only once, while Iowa’s defense collected a season-high five turnovers against the Nittany Lions, including one in the red zone.
- Ohio State was only able to march past midfield twice. The drives resulted in an interception in the end zone and a touchdown late in the game against Iowa’s second-team defense. Iowa held the Buckeyes to 3-13 on third-down conversions.
- Michigan State punted after six of its first eight possessions and Iowa’s defense held the Spartans to two field goals in the other two possessions.
- 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.
- Iowa’s defense held Penn State scoreless twice after the Nittany Lions had first and goal. In the third quarter Penn State missed a 25-yard field goal and in the fourth quarter DB Antwan Allen came up with an interception.
- Iowa collected turnovers on three consecutive defensive plays in the fourth quarter (interception by Jovon Johnson, interception by Antwan Allen and a fumble recovery by Chad Greenway).
- The Hawkeyes collected four interceptions in a game for the first time since collecting four in a 21-3 win over Miami, OH in the opening game of 2003. Those interceptions came against Miami’s Ben Roethlisberger, now an NFL rookie starter with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
- Iowa forced a Michigan fumble on its goal line to prevent the Wolverines from scoring. The last time the Hawkeyes forced a fumble on the goal line was at Ohio State (10/18/03).
- Iowa ranks first in the Big Ten and third nationally in rushing defense (70.3). Michigan State (204) is the only opponent to rush for over 100 yards against Iowa’s rushing defense.
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 34 games in his career.
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 18 former Iowa players are in the NFL an additional five are either on practice squads or injured reserved.
IOWA BY QUARTERS
Iowa has outscored its opponents 48-22 in the first quarter, 53-24 in the third and 43-39 in the fourth period. Hawkeye opponents own a 46-36 advantage in the second quarter.
ON THE AVERAGE
Iowa averages 4.3 yards on 229 first down plays, 4.5 yards on 175 second down plays, 5.9 yards on 125 third down plays and -0.5 yards on eight fourth down plays.
AVERAGE SCORING DRIVES
Iowa’s 29 scoring drives average 7.2 plays, 48.4 yards and 3:05 elapsed time. Eighteen of Iowa’s 29 scoring drives have covered 45 yards or more. In addition, Iowa has had 14 drives amass eight plays or more, including a season-long 15-play drive that consumed 7:21 at Penn State. Iowa posted a 14-play drive, consuming 6:08 that resulted in a Matt Melloy four-yard TD reception vs. Kent State. The Hawkeyes drove 83 yards in 13 plays in 5:05 with the drive culminating on a Drew Tate one-yard touchdown plunge vs. Ohio State. Against Michigan, Iowa posted drives covering 75, 79 and 80 yards. The Hawkeyes registered two 80-yard scoring drives in the first quarter vs. Michigan State.
Hawkeye opponents have recorded 20 scoring drives, averaging 7.8 plays, 52.8 yards and 2:54 elapsed time. Kent State and Penn State are two opponents that the Hawkeye defense did not allow any offensive points. Illinois posted an Iowa opponent season-long 17-play touchdown drive. Ohio State’s lone scoring drive came late in the fourth quarter against Iowa’s second-team defense. Three of Michigan’s four offensive scoring drives were two plays or less, while Michigan State posted two 15-play scoring drives and one 14-play scoring drive.
IOWA IN THE RED ZONE
The Hawkeyes have marched inside the red zone 30 times and scored 23 of those times (76.7%). Three of Iowa’s failed scoring attempts came late in the game while running out the clock in big victories. Iowa missed a field goal and an interception in the red zone vs. Kent State in week one. Iowa ranks eighth in the Big Ten.
Iowa has posted points on 16 of its last 18 trips inside the red zone. The Hawkeyes were a perfect 3-3 last week at Illinois, with all three trips resulting in touchdowns. Iowa was 2-3 at Penn State, converting two field goals. The Hawkeyes were 3-4 vs. Ohio State scoring three touchdowns. The Hawkeyes were a perfect 5-5 vs. Michigan State, scoring four touchdowns (three passing and one rushing) and a field goal. The previous week at Michigan, Iowa was 3-3. WR Ed Hinkel caught two touchdowns and PK Kyle Schlicher converted a field goal. 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 was 0-2 at Arizona State, trying to convert fourth downs late in the game, trailing 44-0.
Hawkeye opponents have advanced inside the red zone 25 times and have only scored 15 of those times (60.0%). Iowa ranks first in the Big Ten.
Illinois was 2-3, scoring two touchdowns and having a pass intercepted by Antwan Allen at the two-yard line. Penn State was 0-2 after having first and goal twice (missed 25-yard field goal and interception by Allen). Ohio State managed to advance into the red zone only once and Iowa intercepted a pass in the end zone to silence the Buckeye scoring threat. Michigan State was 4-5, scoring three field goals, one rushing touchdown and failing to score on downs late in the contest. Michigan was 2-4, scoring on two rushing touchdowns. The Wolverines fumbled on the goal line and downed the ball to end the game on their other two red zone possessions. Arizona State was a perfect 7-7, 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.
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.
BIG PLAY HAWKEYES
Iowa’s offense has produced 27 plays of 20 yards or more, with 22 of the 27 coming on pass plays. WR Clinton Solomon has produced some of Iowa’s longest receptions in consecutive games. The junior collected catches of 44 and 36 yards vs. Michigan State and 40, 36 and 22 yards vs. Ohio State. The 44-yard reception against the Spartans is a team season-best. True freshman Damian Sims scampered 21 yards vs. the Buckeyes to give Iowa its fifth run over 20 yards this season. Iowa was only able to produce one offensive play of 20 yards or more at Penn State and that was a 20-yard reception by TE Scott Chandler. DB Sean Considine returned an interception 51 yards vs. the Nittany Lions.
The Hawkeyes had a big day running back kickoff and punt returns at Arizona State. 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.
The Hawkeye defense has yielded only 18 offensive plays of 20 yards or more, with all but one coming on pass plays. Iowa opponents have also recorded three big interceptions returns (99, 31 and 25 yards), including two for touchdowns.
POINTS OFF TURNOVERS
Iowa has scored 48 points after obtaining 18 turnovers (9 interceptions, 9 fumbles), plus an additional five points following blocked punts. Iowa scored a field goal vs. Kent State and a safety at Illinois after the blocked punts. The Hawkeyes scored a touchdown following a fumble on Illinois’ first second half possession. Iowa was only able to score three points after five Penn State turnovers. The Hawkeyes converted three Ohio State turnovers into 10 points. Iowa scored a touchdown two plays after recovering a Michigan State muffed punt on the two-yard line. The Hawkeyes did not collect a turnover vs. Iowa State.
Hawkeye opponents have scored 47 points following Iowa miscues. The Hawkeyes’ last three opponents (Ohio State, Penn State and Illinois) failed to score points after Iowa miscues. Each of Iowa’s first five opponents scored three points or more following Iowa mistakes. Michigan State scored three points after Iowa’s only turnover. Michigan scored 27 of its 30 points following Hawkeye turnovers. 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.
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.
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.
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 missed the first three games due to surgery and returned to the booth at Michigan.
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.
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.
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 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.
HY-VEE CY-HAWK SERIES
Iowa leads the inaugural Hy-Vee Cy-Hawk Series 3-2. Iowa recorded a 17-10 football victory on Sept. 11 in Iowa City. Iowa State posted a 6-1 women’s soccer victory on Oct. 31 in Ames.
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:
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 travels to Minnesota Nov. 13 (11:05 a.m., ESPN) for its final road game before closing the regular season at home vs. Wisconsin Nov. 20 (kickoff time TBA).