Nov. 8, 2004
IOWA TRAVELS NORTH
Iowa (7-2, 5-1) travels to Minnesota (6-4, 3-4) Saturday for its final regular season road contest. Game time is 11:02 a.m. in the HHH Metrodome (64,172). A sellout is expected.
ON THE TUBE
ESPN will televise the contest to a national cable audience. Eric Collins, Andrew Ware, 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 1,061 games since beginning football in 1889. Iowa’s overall record is 537-485-39 (.525). That includes a 339-191-16 (.636) record in home games, a 198-294-23 (.407) record in games away from Iowa City, a 263-327-25 (.448) mark in Big Ten games and a 222-156-15 (.584) record in Kinnick Stadium.
FLOYD OF ROSEDALE
As a result of a bet between the governors of the two states in 1935, possession of Floyd of Rosedale is at stake Saturday. The bronze pig traveling trophy is currently in the hands of the Hawkeyes as a result of their 40-22 win in Iowa City last season. Minnesota holds a 38-29-2 advantage in the series with Floyd of Rosedale on the line. Iowa has won the last three meetings.
HAWKEYE HUDDLE AT MINNESOTA
The National I-Club and the UI Alumni Association invite all fans to the “Hawkeye Huddle” from 6-9 p.m. Friday. The “Hawkeye Huddle” will be held at The Depot, located at 225 Third Avenue South in Minneapolis. The free reception features refreshments, snacks, Hawk Shop door prizes, Herky, and the Iowa cheerleaders.
HAWKEYES ON THE TUBE
Saturday’s game at Minnesota will mark the 38th consecutive game the Hawkeyes have been selected for television. The last Iowa contest not televised was vs. Minnesota on Nov. 17, 2001.
BABINEAUX EARNS BIG TEN WEEKLY HONOR
Senior defensive lineman Jonathan Babineaux was honored by the Big Ten as Defensive Player of the Week after his outstanding performance in Iowa’s 23-21 victory over Purdue. This is his first weekly conference honor.
Babineaux spearheaded an Iowa defense that sacked Purdue quarterback Brandon Kirsch six times, collected seven tackles for loss and forced five turnovers (3 fumbles, 2 interceptions). Individually, Babineaux posted five solo tackles, a career-high three sacks, forced one fumble and recovered one fumble. The three sacks for 18 yards loss is the best single-game performance by any Big Ten player this season. The native of Port Arthur, TX, leads the Big Ten in tackles for loss (15.5) and is tied for third in sacks (6).
Babineaux joins QB Drew Tate, PK Kyle Schlicher and LB Chad Greenway as Iowa’s selections for Big Ten Player of the Week this season. Greenway was recognized after his efforts in Iowa’s victory over Kent State, while Tate and Schlicher earned their award following the win over Ohio State.
IN THE RANKINGS
Winners of five straight conference games, Iowa is ranked 19th in both the Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today polls and 20th in the BCS. The Hawkeyes have been ranked as high as 12th three times this year.
WISCONSIN GAME TIME SET
Kickoff is set for 3:35 p.m. for Iowa’s game vs. Wisconsin on Nov. 20. The game will be televised to a national cable audience on ESPN.
ON THIS DATE
Iowa is 5-10 when playing on Nov. 13. The Hawkeyes defeated Drake 16-0 in 1897, Iowa State 16-0 in 1909, Minnesota 28-7 in 1920, Wisconsin 28-14 in 1982 and Northwestern 23-19 in 1993. Iowa lost to Iowa State 16-0 in 1915, Wisconsin 20-10 in 1926 and 41-3 in 1999, Indiana 3-0 in 1937, Minnesota 33-14 in 1943, 28-21 in 1948 and 22-20 in 1954, Ohio State 38-0 in 1965, Indiana 14-7 in 1971 and Purdue 21-0 in 1976.
IOWA HOME WINNING STREAK
Iowa’s win over Purdue extended its home winning streak to 17. The 17-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 12 straight home wins is also a school record. The current 12-game home win streak in league games began with a 42-24 win over Minnesota in 2001.
The Hawkeyes became just the fifth Iowa team to go undefeated during the month of October (1984, 1985, 1990 and 2002). The 1985, 1990 and 2002 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.
Iowa’s five-game winning streak ties for the 10th longest active streak in Division I-A with North Texas, UTEP and Virginia Tech. The 2004 Iowa Hawkeyes are the sixth Iowa team to win five straight league games in the same year. The previous five teams all won at least eight games.
IOWA’S SENIOR CLASS HAS 35 VICTORIES
Iowa has recorded seven or more wins four straight years, which is a feat that has only been accomplished once before at Iowa. Iowa’s 1981-87 teams all recorded seven victories or more. The Hawkeyes won seven games in 2001, 11 in 2002, 10 in 2003 and have won seven in 2004.
The Hawkeyes’ 35 wins the last four years, is the third most victories over a four-year span at Iowa. The Hawkeyes won 37 games from 1984-87, and 36 games from 1983-86.
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 28-7 (.800) overall mark and 18-4 (.818) Big Ten record the last three seasons under Ferentz.
Ferentz, at Iowa, holds an overall record of 39-31 (.557) and a 25-21 (.543) mark in Big Ten games. In eight seasons as a college head coach his career mark is 51-52 (.495).
Twenty-four of Iowa’s 70 games over the last six seasons have been decided by seven points or less (12-12) 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 3-2 vs. Minnesota and Golden Gopher Coach Glen Mason.
MINNESOTA COACH GLEN MASON
Glen Mason is in his 19th season as a college head coach, including his eighth at Minnesota. Mason has a career record of 108-109-1 (.498) and a 50-44 (.498) record at Minnesota. Mason previously served as the head coach at Kansas (1988-96) and Kent State (1986-87) and he was an assistant at Ohio State (1978-85), Illinois (1975), Iowa State (1976-77), Ball State (1974) and Allegheny College (1973). Mason has led the Gophers to four bowl games, including victories over Arkansas in the 2002 Music City Bowl (29-14) and Oregon in the 2003 Sun Bowl (31-30). Minnesota also earned berths in the 1999 Sun Bowl and 2000 MiconPC.com Bowl. Mason was named Big Ten Coach of the Year in 1999.
Mason is 3-4 vs. Iowa as a head coach and 2-3 vs. Hawkeye Coach Kirk Ferentz.
MINNESOTA FALLS AT WISCONSIN
Minnesota dropped its fourth straight Big Ten road game, losing 38-14 to No. 4 Wisconsin. The undefeated Badgers scored touchdowns on their first four possessions en route to reclaiming Paul Bunyan’s Axe. Wisconsin jumped out to a 31-0 advantage, scoring on first half drives of 80, 66, 69, 65 and 66 yards. Wisconsin controlled the line of scrimmage totaling 44:31 time of possession, compared to Minnesota’s 15:29. The Gopher offense was limited to 73 yards rushing on 18 attempts. Minnesota scored its two touchdowns on a QB Bryan Cupito to Ernie Wheelwright 10-yard touchdown pass and a Laurence Maroney 31-yard scoring run. Cupito completed 17-33 passes for 258 yards. Wheelwright caught six passes for 83 yards, while Maroney rushed eight times for 57 yards.
IOWA, MINNESOTA NOTES
- Iowa’s last game at Minnesota on Nov. 23, 2002, is the largest crowd ever to watch a Golden Gopher game in the HHH Metrodome (65,184). In fact three of Minnesota’s four largest crowds have come against the Hawkeyes.
- Saturday will be the final regular season game for Minnesota. The Golden Gophers will play 12 straight contests before having their bye on the final weekend of the season.
- Minnesota boasts the seventh-best rushing offense in the nation (246.9), while Iowa ranks 115th (82.4).
- Minnesota ranks ninth nationally in turnover margin (1.2), while Iowa ranks 10th (1.0).
- Both Iowa Head Coach Kirk Ferentz (51-52) and Minnesota Glen Mason (108-109-1) are one win from reaching .500 in their head coaching career.
- The Iowa roster includes two players from the state of Minnesota. They are FB Tom Busch (Cottage Grove) and DE Derreck Robinson (Minneapolis) — both starters. Minnesota does not have an Iowan on its roster.
- Norm Parker, Iowa’s defensive coordinator, and Minnesota Coach Glen Mason were on the same coaching staff at Illinois in 1977. Mason and Iowa assistant Ken O’Keefe coached at Allegheny College early in their careers, but not at the same time.
Minnesota holds a 58-37-2 advantage in the series that began with a 42-4 Gopher victory in 1891. Iowa has won three straight in the series and eight of the last 11, including last year’s 40-22 win in Iowa City. The Hawkeyes have averaged 39.5 points per game in their last eight wins over the Golden Gophers. Minnesota holds a 35-13-1 advantage in games played in Minneapolis. The Hawkeyes won the last meeting in Minneapolis (45-21) in 2002. The victory gave Iowa a share of the Big Ten title.
IOWA 23, PURDUE 21
Iowa forced five turnovers, sacked Purdue’s quarterback six times and blocked two field goals in a 23-21 victory in Kinnick Stadium. The Hawkeyes jumped out to a 17-0 advantage in the first quarter and held on to capture its fifth straight win. Iowa scored the 17 points on three of its first four possessions.
WR Ed Hinkel and TE Tony Jackson caught touchdown passes from QB Drew Tate. PK Kyle Schlicher converted three field goals in a game for the first time in his career. The sophomore connected from 22, 26 and 34 yards.
Purdue trimmed Iowa’s lead to 17-14 by the end of the third quarter. Back-to-back field goals by Schlicher increased Iowa’s lead to 23-14. A late touchdown by the Boilermakers made the score 23-21. Purdue attempted an onside kick with 25 seconds left, but Hinkel recovered the kick to preserve the Hawkeye victory.
Tate completed 24-45 passes for 270 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. RB Sam Brownlee rushed 25 times for 52 yards. WR Clinton Solomon caught eight passes for 76 yards, while TE Scott Chandler caught a career-high four passes for 122 yards.
DL Tyler Luebke, DB Sean Considine and LB Chad Greenway all posted a team-high eight tackles. In addition to collecting eight tackles, Considine blocked a field goal his fifth career block (4 punts, 1 field goal). Luebke also posted a sack, forced and recovered a fumble. DL Jonathan Babineaux registered five solo tackles, three sacks, and forced and recovered a fumble. His efforts earned him Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week laurels. DB Antwan Allen had five tackles and intercepted his third pass in as many weeks and his fourth of the season.
FINAL GAME NOTES
- Purdue won the coin toss and elected to receive. Iowa had started on offense the previous 16 contests, dating back to last year’s game at Michigan State (9/27/03).
- Iowa’s 23 points are the most Purdue has allowed since Illinois recorded 30 on Sept. 25. Entering the game, Purdue boasted the 11th-best scoring defense in the nation.
- QB Drew Tate’s 45 pass attempts are a season high, besting his 39 pass attempts vs. Ohio State.
- WR Ed Hinkel has caught at least one touchdown pass in consecutive games (Illinois – 2, Purdue – 1).
- WR Clinton Solomon has led Hawkeye receivers in receptions in four of the last five contests.
- All four of TE Scott Chandler’s receptions moved the chains and two came on third down.
- Purdue’s 21 points are the most Iowa has allowed since Michigan State tallied 16 on Oct. 2.
- Iowa forced five turnovers for the second time this season (Penn State).
- PK Kyle Schlicher was 3-6 on field goal attempts. He had converted eight consecutive field goals before missing a 47-yarder in the third quarter. He also missed a field goal wide right and had one blocked vs. Purdue.
- Iowa’s 17 points scored in the first quarter are the most points scored by the Hawkeyes in any quarter this season. The previous high was 16 in the third quarter at Illinois.
- DE Matt Roth registered one TFL, which ties him with Jim Johnson (1987-90) for third in career TFL at Iowa with 39.
- Iowa posted a 12-play, 94-yard scoring drive in the second half. The Hawkeyes started the possession on their own two-yard line and advanced to Purdue’s four. The drive culminated with a Kyle Schlicher 22-yard field goal. The 94-yard scoring drive is Iowa’s longest since posting a 13-play, 99-yard touchdown drive at Miami, OH (9/7/02).
- RB Damian Sims attempted and completed his first career pass to QB Drew Tate for eight yards.
- P David Bradley punted six times for a 41.0 average. Two of his six punts were downed inside the 20. The senior has had two punts downed inside the 20 in back-to-back games.
- FB Tom Busch started his first career game. The redshirt freshman had one reception for 13 yards and one rush for one yard.
- Iowa scored 23 points in consecutive games, marking the first time in school history. The last time the Hawkeyes scored the same number of points in consecutive games was 1998, when Iowa scored 14 points in back-to-back losses (Purdue and Ohio State).
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.
Iowa forced five turnovers en route to a 40-22 victory over No. 17 Minnesota on Senior Day. The senior class was responsible for 34 of Iowa’s 40 points. The Hawkeye win was Iowa’s third straight over the Golden Gophers and its third win over a nationally ranked opponent at home last year.
The Hawkeyes scored 37 straight points after Minnesota took a 6-3 lead into the second quarter. QB Nathan Chandler scored his fifth touchdown of the season on a two-yard run. RB Jermelle Lewis scored Iowa’s second touchdown on a 34-yard run. PK Nate Kaeding finished Iowa’s first half scoring when he converted a 55-yard field goal. That distance matched his career high and tied as the third longest field goal at Iowa.
Kaeding converted two field goals (33 and 38) to open the scoring in the third quarter. WR Ramon Ochoa then caught a five-yard touchdown pass from Chandler to stretch Iowa’s lead to 33-6. FB Edgar Cervantes scored on a one-yard scoring run to finish the Iowa scoring early in the fourth quarter, giving Iowa a 40-6 advantage before the Gophers added a pair of touchdowns late in the final period.
Kaeding tied his own school records for kicking points in a game (16), field goals made in a game (4) and longest field goal made (55).
Chandler completed 17-28 passes for 210 yards and one touchdown. He also rushed six times for 29 yards and a score. Lewis rushed for 63 yards on nine attempts and scored one touchdown. Ochoa caught his team-leading fifth touchdown reception of the year and posted career highs in receptions (8) and receiving yards (92).
Iowa had four players record double figures in tackles: SS Bob Sanders (16), LB Abdul Hodge (16), LB Howard Hodges (12) and LB Chad Greenway (10). In addition to his season-high 16 tackles (10 solo), Sanders forced a career high three fumbles, recovered one fumble on the goal line and had one sack. Hodge’s 16 tackles (9 solo) matched a career high.
Sanders was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week, while Kaeding shared special teams accolades.
SPECIAL TEAMS SUCCESS
Iowa’s special teams blocked two field goals and recovered a muffed punt vs. Purdue. Marcus Paschal blocked a 32-yard field goal attempt in the first quarter, which was Iowa’s first blocked field goal this season. Sean Considine blocked a 27-yard field goal attempt in the third quarter. He has blocked five career kicks (4 punts, 1 field goal). Considine is two blocks from tying Merton Hanks’ school record of seven.
Iowa has blocked kicks in consecutive weeks. Miguel Merrick blocked an Illinois punt two weeks ago. The Hawkeyes also blocked a punt vs. Kent State in week one.
NUMBER OF THE WEEK – – 19
Drew Tate helped the Hawkeyes set a school record in last week’s game. For the season, Iowa has 19 different players that have caught at least one pass. RB Damian Sims completed an eight-yard swing pass to Tate. Tate became Iowa’s 19th player to post a reception. The previous record for the most receivers with at least one catch was 18 in 1988.
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 19-0 (13 wins with Miami and 6 with Pittsburgh).
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.
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.
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. No plays were reviewed in last week’s game vs. Purdue.
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.
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 (25) and rushing yards (52) in Iowa’s win over Purdue. Against Illinois, he carried the ball 19 times for 50 yards and also caught two passes for 24 yards. For the season, Brownlee has carried the ball 83 times for 202 yards and has caught four passes for 35 yards.
RUNNING BACKS FALL AT HOME
Iowa lost a running back to injury in each of its first four home games. 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.
Iowa has lost 10 players for the season: TE Mike Follett (back), WR Calvin Davis (knee), DB Jonathan Zanders (collar bone), RB Champ Davis (knee), RB Jermelle Lewis (knee), Marcus Schnoor (knee), LB Mike Humpal (knee), OL David Walker (triceps), RB Albert Young (knee), DL Ettore Ewen (knee).
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 record home average attendance of 70,397. The Hawkeyes’ previous home average attendance record was 70,071 set in 1991.
Iowa has sold out 10 consecutive games, dating back to 2003, which is also a school record.
- The Hawkeyes have won 24 of their last 26 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 25 of its last 30 regular season games.
- Iowa is 35-4 when leading at the half and 38-2 when leading after three quarters under Coach Ferentz. In the last three years, Iowa is 24-1 when leading at the half and 27-0 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 eight games, while Sims has played in four.
- 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 19 players who have recorded one or more receptions this season, while 15 different Hawkeyes have recorded one or more rushing attempts.
- QB Drew Tate completed three of his last four touchdown passes to WR Ed Hinkel.
- Iowa has had two interceptions returned for touchdowns (99 yards by Kent State and 25 yards by Michigan).
- Iowa ranks 18th nationally and second in the Big Ten in punt return yardage (13.8). Walner Belleus ranks eighth nationally in punt return yardage (17.0), while Ed Hinkel ranks 35th (11.6).
- 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 has scored points on five of its nine opening possessions. The Hawkeyes kicked a field goal vs. Kent State and scored touchdowns vs. Iowa State, at Michigan, vs. Michigan State and Purdue. Iowa punted on its first possession at Arizona State, vs. Ohio State, at Penn State and at Illinois.
- Six of Iowa’s eight opponents failed to score on its opening drive. Illinois and Arizona State are the only opponents to score on its opening possession, as both scored touchdowns.
- 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.
TATE DIRECTS HAWKEYE OFFENSE
QB Drew Tate ranks first in Big Ten passing (263.3) and second in pass efficiency (134.0) and total offense (261.0). Tate ranks 44th nationally in overall pass efficiency (130.4) and 45th in total offense (218.2).
Tate completed 24-45 passes for 270 yards, two touchdowns and one interception in Iowa’s win over Purdue. The 45 pass attempts are a season high. He also caught his first career pass for eight yards. He completed 24-34 passes for 243 yards, two touchdowns and rushed for one touchdown at Illinois. Tate 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-Offensive 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 174-280 passes for 1,980 yards, 13 touchdowns and nine interceptions. Tate has also rushed for two touchdowns. He has thrown at least one interception in eight of nine contests. His passing total of 1,980 ranks 15th-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 137-217 (63.1%) passes for 1,580 yards, 10 touchdowns and six interceptions in Iowa’s six league contests.
SCHLICHER THE KICKER
PK Kyle Schlicher tallied a career-high 11 points in helping lift Iowa over Purdue last week. He converted 2-2 PATs and 3-6 field goals. The three field goals marked the first time in his career that he made three field goals in a single game. Schlicher matched a then-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 12-17 field goals (8-8, 20-39 yards) and 21-24 PATs this year. Schlicher made eight straight field goals before missing a 47-yarder in the third quarter vs. Purdue. He leads the team with 57 points and ranks 22nd nationally in field goals made per game (1.33).
IOWA STARTS ON OFFENSE
Iowa has started on offense in 61 of its last 64 games. Iowa’s games vs. Purdue (11/6/04), 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-70 games under Kirk Ferentz.
HINKEL LEADS RECEIVERS
WR Ed Hinkel has been one of Iowa’s top receiving threats. He has caught 34 passes for 435 yards in six league games, which ranks fourth.
Hinkel caught six passes for 38 yards and one score vs. Purdue. He caught five passes for a career-high 108 yards (21.6 avg.) and two touchdowns at Illinois. Hinkel 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 (43) and touchdowns (7) and ranks second in receiving yards (565) this season. He is tied for fifth in the Big Ten and 53rd nationally in receptions (4.78) and eighth in the league and 70th nationally in receiving yards (62.8). 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 42 points. Hinkel has caught at least one touchdown in consecutive weeks.
Three of his eight 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 35th nationally in punt return yardage (11.56).
Hinkel was hampered by injuries last season, missing four games and seeing limited action in other games. The native of Erie, PA, has 72 career receptions for 865 yards and eight touchdowns.
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. Against Illinois, he caught five passes for 44 yards. Last week he caught a team-high eight passes for 76 yards vs. Purdue. He has led Iowa in receiving yards four of the last five games.
The 6-3 native of Ft. Worth, TX, ranks first on the squad in receiving yards (567) and second in receptions (39).
ROTH BREAKS OUT
Senior DE Matt Roth was 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). He recorded two tackles, one sack and two QB hurries vs. Purdue. 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 (36), ranks first in sacks (7) and QB hurries (7) and second in TFL (11).
Roth has posted 28 tackles (21 solo), 10 TFL, six sacks and forced three fumbles in six conference games. He ranks first in conference sacks and forced fumbles and second 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 29 career sacks ranks third best, and trails Jared DeVries (42, 1995-98) and Mike Wells (33, 1990-93). Also, he has 39 tackles for loss, which ties him for third place with Jim Johnson (1987-90). Wells (54, 1990-93) ranks second behind DeVries (78, 1995-98).
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 accounted for seven stops (6 solo) vs. Purdue. He tallied nine tackles (3 solo) and one pass break-up at Illinois. Hodge 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 (82). 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 233 career tackles rank 32nd at Iowa.
Greenway accounted for a team-high eight stops (5 solo), one TFL and one pass break-up vs. Purdue. He tallied a game-high 10 tackles (6 solo) and one pass break-up at Illinois. Greenway 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 (86), fourth on the team in tackles for loss (6) and second in interceptions (2).
THEY STARTED THEM ALL
Iowa has had 17 players (8 offense, 9 defense) start all nine games this year. That list includes WR Warren Holloway, WR Ed Hinkel, TE Tony Jackson, OL Mike Jones, OL Pete McMahon, OL Lee Gray, OL Mike Elgin, QB Drew Tate, DE Derreck Robinson, DT Tyler Luebke, DT Jonathan Babineaux, DE Matt Roth, LB Abdul Hodge, LB Chad Greenway, DB Jovon Johnson, DB Antwan Allen and SS Marcus Paschal.
Allen has started all 35 games in his career.
IOWA BY QUARTERS
Iowa has outscored its opponents 65-22 in the first quarter, 53-31 in the third and 49-46 in the fourth period. Hawkeye opponents own a 53-36 advantage in the second quarter.
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 first in the Big Ten in tackles for loss (15.5). Babineaux ranks seventh in team tackles (35). His 35 tackles rank second to Tyler Luebke (44) among Iowa defensive linemen.
Babineaux had a career day vs. Purdue last week. He tallied five solo tackles, forced and recovered a fumble and collected a career-high three sacks. The three sacks for 18 yards loss is the best single-game performance by any Big Ten player this season. His efforts earned him Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week laurels.
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 111 career tackles, including 25.5 for loss and 13 sacks. His 15.5 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 29 tackles (24 solo) in Iowa’s nine games, including a season-high seven stops (5 solo) vs. Purdue last week. He accounted for 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 140 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 vs. Purdue, he accumulated a season-high eight tackles (5 solo), one pass break-up and a blocked field goal. Against Illinois, the senior tallied 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.
Considine has blocked five career kicks (4 punts, 1 field goal). He is two blocks from tying Merton Hanks’ school record of seven.
Allen has 147 career tackles, eight interceptions and three forced fumbles. He leads the team with four thefts this season, which is tops in the Big Ten and ranks 15th in the nation.
The junior collected his third interception in as many weeks last vs. Purdue. He also posted five tackles (3 solo) and had one pass break-up against the Boilermakers. He collected thefts on the two-yard line against both Penn State and Illinois to stop scoring threats. 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 second in the Big Ten and 10th nationally in total defense (287.1).
- Iowa has four players who have recovered two fumbles this season ( Charles Godfrey, Derreck Robinson, Tyler Luebke and Jonathan Babineaux).
- Iowa’s defense has forced 12 turnovers the last three games (4.0 avg.).
- 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.
- 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 fourth nationally in rushing defense (68.2). Michigan State (204) is the only opponent to rush for over 100 yards against Iowa’s defense.
ON THE AVERAGE
Iowa averages 4.4 yards on 264 first down plays, 4.2 yards on 202 second down plays, 5.9 yards on 143 third down plays and -0.5 yards on eight fourth down plays.
AVERAGE SCORING DRIVES
Iowa’s 34 scoring drives average 7.3 plays, 48.0 yards and 2:58 elapsed time. Twenty of Iowa’s 34 scoring drives have covered 45 yards or more. In addition, Iowa has had 16 drives amass eight plays or more, including a season-long 15-play drive that consumed 7:21 at Penn State. The Hawkeyes recorded their longest drive in terms of yardage last week vs. Purdue. Iowa marched 94 yards on 12 plays in 3:25 resulting in a 22-yard field goal. 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 23 scoring drives, averaging 7.5 plays, 54.4 yards and 2:47 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.
BIG PLAY HAWKEYES
Iowa’s offense has produced 30 plays of 20 yards or more, with 25 of the 30 coming on pass plays. TE Scott Chandler accounted for all three of Iowa’s big offensive plays vs. Purdue. Chandler caught passes for 28, 31 and 46 yards. The 46-yard reception against the Boilermakers is a team season-best. 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. 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 23 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.
IOWA IN THE RED ZONE
The Hawkeyes have marched inside the red zone 36 times and scored 28 of those times (77.8%). Three of Iowa’s failed scoring attempts came late in the game while running out the clock in big victories. Iowa ranks sixth in the Big Ten.
Iowa has posted points on 21 of its last 24 trips inside the red zone. The Hawkeyes were 5-6 last week vs. Purdue, scoring two passing touchdowns and three field goals. Iowa missed a field goal on its other trip inside the red zone. Iowa was a perfect 3-3 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 28 times and have only scored 16 of those times (57.1%). Iowa ranks first in the Big Ten. Wisconsin ranks second (73.3%).
Purdue was only able to score once in three tries inside the red zone. The Boilermakers scored a passing touchdown and had two field goals blocked. 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.
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.
POINTS OFF TURNOVERS
Iowa has scored 61 points after obtaining 23 turnovers (11 interceptions, 12 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 put up 13 points off turnovers last week vs. Purdue. Iowa scored a touchdown following a fumble on Illinois’ first second half possession. The Hawkeyes were only able to score three points after five Penn State turnovers. Iowa 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 four opponents (Ohio State, Penn State, Illinois and Purdue) 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.
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.
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.
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 closes the regular season vs. Wisconsin Nov. 20 (3:35 p.m., ESPN) in Kinnick Stadium.
BIG TEN NEXT WEEK
Michigan State at Penn State, 11 a.m. (ESPN or ESPN2)
Illinois at Northwestern, 11:10 a.m. (ESPN Plus)
Michigan at Ohio State, 12:10 p.m. (ABC)
Wisconsin at Iowa, 3:35 p.m. (ESPN)
Indiana at Purdue, TBD (No TV)