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Sept. 12, 2005

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Iowa (1-1) hosts Northern Iowa (2-0) Saturday at 2:35 p.m. in Kinnick Stadium (70,585). The game is expected to be a sellout.

ESPN Plus will televise the contest to a regional audience that includes KGAN Cedar Rapids, KDSM Des Moines, KXLT Mason City, KYOU Ottumwa, KWQC Quad Cities, Cable One Sioux City and Cox Cable Omaha. The game is also available on the ESPN GamePlan pay-per-view and online services. Larry Morgan and Marv Cook 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 1,066 games since beginning football in 1889. Iowa’s overall record is 541-486-39 (.526). That includes a 341-191-16 (.637) record in home games, a 200-295-23 (.408) record in games away from Iowa City, a 265-327-25 (.450) mark in Big Ten games and a 224-156-15 (.586) record in Kinnick Stadium.

All Iowa home games are either sold out or close to it. A limited number remain for Northern Iowa. The Michigan game is sold out, while single game tickets vs. Illinois, Indiana and Minnesota are not available at this time.

The Iowa record for average home attendance is 70,397, set in 2004. Kinnick Stadium’s capacity is 70,585 for 2005.

Kickoff is set for 11:05 a.m. for Iowa’s game at Ohio State on Sept. 24. The game will be televised to a regional audience on ABC and will also be available on the ESPN GamePlan pay-per-view and online services.

A Hurricane Relief fundraising campaign for the Grant Wood Chapter of the American Red Cross will take place at a variety of locations through Iowa City, Coralville and on the University of Iowa campus Friday and Saturday. On Friday, volunteers will staff 15-20 “can stands” throughout the community where people may drop off financial donations, either cash or checks. Volunteers will again collect donations around Kinnick Stadium on Saturday.

Iowa is ranked 21st in the USA Today poll and 22nd in the Associated Press poll after last week’s loss at Iowa State.

Three of its eight conference foes are in the top 25. Ohio State is ranked No. 9/9 (ESPN-USA Today/AP) followed by No. 12/11 Purdue and No. 14/14 Michigan.

The Sporting News ranked Iowa City as the best college football city in America in its August publication. The Hawkeyes’ success, tradition, history, fans and the city’s atmosphere on game days were all considered in naming Iowa City No. 1.

Iowa is 3-2 in games played on Sept. 17. The Hawkeyes defeated Arizona 31-20 in 1966, Iowa State 12-10 in 1977 and Penn State 42-34 in 1988. Iowa lost to Colorado 24-21 in 1988 and Penn State 61-21 in 1994.

Iowa leads the all-time series 12-1 against Northern Iowa. Ten of the 12 meetings occurred before 1915. The Hawkeyes hold a perfect 12-0 advantage in games played in Iowa City. Northern Iowa’s only victory came in 1898 at Cedar Falls (11-5).

Saturday marks the first meeting between the two teams since the Hawkeyes defeated the Panthers (66-0) at Iowa City at on Sept. 6, 1997. Northern Iowa has not scored more than 13 points in any of the previous 13 contests against Iowa. The Hawkeyes average 41.2 ppg against Northern Iowa and a 38.1 winning margin. Here are the results:

11/5/1898            L  5-11*9/23/1899  W   22-0*10/6/1900  W   69-0*10/5/1901  W   16-0*10/4/1902  W   26-5*10/3/1903  W   29-0*10/22/1904 W   11-5*10/28/1905 W   41-5*10/7/1912  W   35-7*10/8/1913  W   45-3*10/3/1914  W   95-0*9/9/1995            W  34-13*9/6/1997       W   66-0* - - at Iowa City

Iowa’s win over Ball State extended its home winning streak to 19. The 19-game streak, dating back to 2002, is a Kinnick Stadium record. The active streak ranks third nationally among Division I-A schools. Boise State (25) ranks first and USC (21) second. 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 13 straight home wins is also a school record. The current 13-game home win streak in league games began with a 42-24 win over Minnesota in 2001. Moreover, Iowa did not trail once in its six home games in 2004. The last time the Hawkeyes trailed in Kinnick Stadium was 6-3 in their 2003 regular season finale vs. Minnesota (Nov. 15, 2003). Iowa won that game 40-22.

Saturday’s game will mark the 43rd consecutive game the Hawkeyes have been selected for television. The last Iowa contest not televised was against Minnesota on Nov. 17, 2001.

COACH Kirk Ferentz
The 2002 Associated Press Coach of the Year, Walter Camp Coach of the Year, AFCA Regional Coach of the Year and two-time Big Ten Coach of the Year, Kirk Ferentz (pronounced FAIR-rintz, rhymes with parents), is in his seventh season as Iowa’s head football coach. Ferentz guided Iowa to Big Ten titles twice in the last three years and back-to-back New Year’s Day bowl victories (2004 Outback Bowl and 2005 Capital One Bowl). He was one of six finalists for the 2004 Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award. Iowa has posted a 32-8 (.800) overall mark and a 20-4 (.833) Big Ten record the last four seasons.

Ferentz, at Iowa, holds an overall record of 43-32 (.573) and a 27-21 (.563) mark in Big Ten games. In ten seasons as a college head coach his career mark is 55-53 (.509).

Twenty-six of Iowa’s 75 games over the last seven seasons have been decided by seven points or less (14-12) and 26 were played against opponents who were ranked in the top 25 at the time (11-15).

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 has never coached against Northern Iowa or Panther Coach Mark Farley.

Mark Farley is in his fifth season as a college head coach, all at Northern Iowa. Farley’s overall record on the Panther sidelines is 34-17 (.667). The native of Waukon, was named the 2001 Gateway Bruce Craddock Coach of the Year and AFCA NCAA I-AA Region 4 Coach of the Year after guiding the Panthers to a first place conference finish and advancing to the I-AA national semifinals. Farley led Northern Iowa to a share of the league title in 2003 and advanced to the second round of the playoffs. Prior to being named head coach at Northern Iowa, Farley served as an assistant coach at Kansas (1997-2000). Farley was a three-year starter at linebacker for the Panthers, leading the team, in tackles 1984-86. He was the 1985 Gateway Conference Co-Defensive Player of the Year and was a three-time first team all-conference honoree.


  • Iowa junior defensive back Ma’Quan Dawkins will be celebrating his 22nd birthday Saturday.
  • Northern Iowa was picked to finish third in the Gateway Football Conference preseason poll conducted by the league coaches, media and sports information directors. Seven Panthers were also named to the 2005 Gateway preseason squad.
  • Northern Iowa Tight Ends Coach Erik Chinander, and brother of Iowa senior linebacker Bret, was an offensive lineman for the Iowa Hawkeyes from 1998-2003 and was honored with the Hawkeye Offensive Team Leader Award in 2003. He played on the 2002 Iowa team that won a share of the Big Ten title and earned a berth to the 2003 Orange Bowl.
  • First-year Northern Iowa Defensive Line Coach Jeremy Gold played linebacker at Central Michigan for four years, graduating in 1999. Gold collected four tackles, including one for loss, and intercepted one pass when the Chippewas dropped a 38-0 decision to the Hawkeyes in Iowa City on Sept. 5, 1998.
  • First-year Northern Iowa Assistant Defensive Line Coach Craig Wederquist coached the offensive line at Iowa Wesleyan College in 1993 and the Drake University defensive line in 1985 when Iowa defeated Drake (58-0). A native of Urbandale, Wederquist played played for Drake from 1979-82 and has a son (Nathan) playing defensive back at UNLV.
  • Northern Iowa Athletic Director Rick Hartzell is also a NCAA Division I-A men’s basketball official, who has officiated a number of Iowa games over the years.

From the game’s opening drive, Iowa went unchallenged on its way to a lopsided victory over Northern Iowa (66-0) in Kinnick Stadium. On the first play from scrimmage, Iowa running back Tavian Banks broke free for a 63-yard touchdown run. The Hawkeyes tallied 66 points, the most points scored by an Iowa team since a 63-10 triumph over Cincinnati in 1990. Iowa also totaled 658 yards total offense, tying the school’s fifth-best single game mark. Banks finished the game with 203 rushing yards, the eighth-best single game total in Iowa history. Banks had a touchdown run of 40 yards to open the second quarter, and caught a six-yard pass from Matt Sherman in the third quarter for his third and final score of the contest. Kicker Zach Bromert connected on all eight PAT attempts. Defensive back Tarig Holman intercepted two passes, and lineman Steve English, Epenesa Epenesa and Jon LaFleur each recorded two tackles for loss.

Iowa State scored all 23 of its points off Iowa turnovers en route to a 23-3 victory over the Hawkeyes in Jack Trice Stadium. The victory snapped a two-game Iowa winning streak over Iowa State and the Cyclones regained possession of the Cy-Hawk Trophy.

Iowa State WR Austin Flynn caught a 12-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter after the Cyclones recovered a fumble on the Hawkeyes’ 12-yard line (PAT attempt missed). Iowa State added a 29-yard field goal and returned an interception 28 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter to take a 16-0 advantage into half.

Hawkeye starting quarterback Drew Tate was forced to leave the game in the second quarter after suffering a concussion on a tackle attempt following an interception. Tate finished the game completing 5-11 passes for 57 yards.

Iowa scored its only points when PK Kyle Schlicher split the uprights for a 44-yard field goal on the Hawkeyes’ first possession of the second half. The Hawkeye offense was sluggish most of the game, turning the ball over five times (3 fumbles, 2 interceptions).

Iowa State scored its final points on a two-yard touchdown run with 3:50 left in the fourth quarter.

WR Scott Chandler caught a career-high seven passes for 72 yards, while RB Albert Young rushed 18 times for a career and game-high 140 yards. Reserve QB Jason Manson completed 10-31 passes for a career-high 117 yards and one interception. He also rushed nine times for 57 yards.

Linebackers Chad Greenway and Abdul Hodge both recorded 13 tackles each, while DB Marcus Paschal added 10. DE Mike Follett contributed five tackles, including a career-high two sacks.


  • Iowa had its nine-game winning streak snapped, which ranked third-best in the nation.
  • The Hawkeyes failed to reach the red zone, marking the first time an Iowa team did not reach the red zone since a loss vs. Nebraska in 1999 – Kirk Ferentz’s first game as Iowa’s head coach. Iowa’s last fumble was recovered at the Iowa State 20-yard line.
  • Iowa, Michigan and Ohio State all lost on the same day for the first time since Sept. 17, 1988. That year the Wolverines lost to Miami, the Hawkeyes fell to Colorado and the Buckeyes lost to Pittsburgh.
  • Starting for the first time in their careers were redshirt freshman Seth Olsen (OL) and sophomore Albert Young (RB).
  • Iowa lost three fumbles, giving the Hawkeyes five lost fumbles in two games. Iowa lost a school-record low five fumbles in 12 games last season.
  • Iowa State intercepted Iowa quarterbacks twice in the second quarter, with one being returned for a touchdown. That return marked the first time an opponent returned an interception for a score since the loss at Michigan in 2004.
  • Iowa’s five turnovers marked the highest number of mistakes in a single game since the Hawkeyes had five (two interceptions, three fumbles) in a loss at Michigan in 2004.
  • Sophomore DB Adam Shada recorded Iowa’s first interception of the season and the first of his career. He picked off a pass that was deflected by DB Charles Godfrey and he returned the interception nine yards.
  • Iowa failed to score a touchdown, for the first time since a 6-4 victory at Penn State in 2004. The Hawkeyes failed to score a point in the first half for the first time since the third game of 2004, a loss at Arizona State.
  • The game marked the first time since 1978 Iowa did not score a touchdown against Iowa State when Iowa State scored a 31-0 triumph. The last time the Hawkeyes failed to score a touchdown in a non-conference game was in a 57-0 defeat at Nebraska on Sept. 22, 1980.
  • WR Ed Hinkel had a 28-yard reception in the fourth quarter, which was his 100th career catch.
  • DB Antwan Allen returned to action after serving a one-game suspension vs. Ball State. Allen started and tallied six tackles (4 solo).
  • After converting 60 percent (6-10) of its third-down conversions vs. Ball State, the Hawkeyes converted only 20 percent (3-15) at Iowa State.
  • Iowa totaled more offense than Iowa State (347-323), marking the first time the Hawkeyes totaled more offense than their opponent and lost since a 20-10 setback at Michigan State (265-263) in 2003.

Northern Iowa exploded for 28 second quarter points and cruised to a 49-14 victory over Minnesota-Duluth in Cedar Falls last Saturday. QB Eric Sanders completed 12-14 passes for 311 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Panthers. Sanders tossed all three scores in the second quarter on passes of 41, 57 and 26 yards. RB Terrance Freeney rushed 11 times for 33 yards and scored twice. WR Justin Surrency caught three passes for 65 yards and one score, WR Patrick Hunter caught two balls for 66 yards and one score, while Jamie Goodwin caught two passes for 65 yards. SS Clifford Waters led the defense with 7.5 tackles, while LB Brett Koebcke collected 5.5, including 1.5 for loss.

All 11 Iowa games this season will feature the instant replay system. The replay system was not utilized vs. Ball State, but was used twice at Iowa State. The officials upheld the call on the field for an Iowa fumble and used replay for a clock adjustment.

Instant Replay was utilized seven times in Iowa games in 2004. In five of the seven, the call on the field was upheld. The two changes came vs. Ohio State when an Iowa pass was changed from complete to incomplete and at Minnesota when a Gopher pass was changed from incomplete to complete. Hawkeye games vs. Iowa State and at Arizona State did not utilize the system.

For the first time in six years, Iowa returns its starting quarterback from the previous year. The Hawkeyes had a different starting quarterback the last five years (Drew Tate – 2004; Nathan Chandler – 2003; Brad Banks – 2002; Kyle McCann – 2001; Scott Mullen – 2000).

Tate, a native of Baytown, TX, was named the Big Ten Preseason Offensive Player of the Year and ranked as the “Best Player in the Big Ten” by cnnsi.com. The junior is on the Walter Camp, Davey O’Brien and Maxwell Award Watch Lists for 2005.

Tate played a little over one quarter in both the Ball State and Iowa State games. He completed 9-10 passes for 99 yards and two touchdowns vs. Ball State. Tate completed 5-11 passes for 57 yards and one interception before leaving the Iowa State game with a concussion following a tackle attempt. He is expected to return vs. Northern Iowa.

Tate completed 233-375 passes for 2,786 yards, 20 touchdowns and 14 interceptions in 2004. Tate also rushed for two touchdowns. The 233 pass completions and 375 attempts are the third-highest single season total in school history. His passing total of 2,786 ranks fifth-best at Iowa for a single season. The 20 touchdown passes rank fourth-best in a single season. Tate’s total offense of 2,710 ranks sixth for a single season.

Tate garnered first team all-Big Ten laurels from the coaches and second team recognition by the media in 2004. He became the first Iowa sophomore quarterback to make first team all-Big Ten since Chuck Long was honored in 1983. Tate was also recognized as the Big Ten Player of the Year by www.collegefootballnews.com. Tate ranked first in Big Ten passing yards (262.4) and pass efficiency (137.1) and second in total offense (225.8). He ranked 23rd nationally in passing average (232.2) and 38th in overall pass efficiency (134.7).

He has completed 253-407 passes for 2,997 yards and 23 touchdowns in his career, which ranks eighth in school history. Tate is 159 yards from passing Brad Banks for seventh (3,155) on the career chart.

Sophomore Albert Young started his first career game at Iowa State and collected a career-high 140 yards on 18 carries. He tallied long runs of 36 and 31 yards in the first quarter. Young netted 61 yards and one touchdown on only five attempts before getting injured in 2004.

Other running backs with game experience include Marcus Schnnor, Sam Brownlee, Shonn Greene and Marques Simmons. Brownlee rushed six times for 24 yards and two touchdowns vs. Ball State. Brownlee played in nine games in 2004 and led the Hawkeyes with 227 yards. Schnoor registered 14 yards and one touchdown on six carries vs. Ball State. Schnoor rushed 29 times for 163 yards in 2003. He started Iowa’s season opener in 2004 before being injured in the first half. Greene, who is a true freshman, saw his first collegiate action vs. Ball State, collecting a game-high 116 yards and one score on 18 carries. Simmons has not seen action yet in 2005 due to injury. Simmons ranked third on the team with 194 yards and three touchdowns last season.

Iowa produced back-to-back 100-yard rushers (Greene and Young) for the first time since RB Fred Russell rushed for 150 yards vs. Florida and 138 at Wisconsin in the last two games of the 2004 season.

Iowa returns six starters on offense and five on defense, in addition to PK Kyle Schlicher. The returning starters on offense include guard Mike Elgin, offensive tackle Mike Jones and center Brian Ferentz, receiver Ed Hinkel, running back Sam Brownlee and quarterback Drew Tate. The defensive starters returning include linebackers Abdul Hodge and Chad Greenway, backs Jovon Johnson and Antwan Allen and safety Marcus Paschal.

Iowa’s depth chart includes six walk-ons, one on offense, three on defense and three on special teams. The one on offense is RB Marcus Schnoor. The three on defense are DT Nate Roos, LB Zach Gabelmann and SS Devan Moylan. Both punters, Andy Fenstermaker and John Gallery and long snapper Daniel Olszta are walk-ons.

Iowa returns nine players who earned all-Big Ten and/or national honors a year ago. The list includes linebackers Abdul Hodge and Chad Greenway, who were first team all-Big Ten. Quarterback Drew Tate was also a first team selection, while wide receiver Clinton Solomon was named to the second team. DB Antwan Allen, DB Jovon Johnson, WR Ed Hinkel, PK Kyle Schlicher and OL Mike Jones were honorable mention all-Big Ten. In addition, Tate, Greenway and Schlicher each received Big Ten Player of the Week recognition at least once last season. Tate was also named Big Ten Player of the Year by www.collegefootballnews.com and was the Capital One Bowl Most Valuable Player.

PK Kyle Schlicher returns for his junior year after a successful sophomore season. The native of Ankeny, IA, is listed on the Lou Groza Collegiate Place Kicker Award Preseason Watch List. He is also named preseason second team all-America by rivals.com and first team all-conference by Athlon.

Schlicher connected on all eight PAT attempts vs. Ball State and converted his only field goal attempt (44 yards) at Iowa State. The eight PATs were one shy of the school record. His 11 points scored in 2005 have lifted him over 100 career points (106), which ties Nick Quartaro (1974-76) for 21st in school history. He is three points from passing Dennis Mosley (1976-79) for 20th with 108 points.

Last season, Schlicher earned honorable mention all-Big Ten honors by the media after converting 21-26 field goals (15-16, 20-39 yards) and 29-32 PATs. The 21 field goals tie Iowa’s single-season record. His 80.8 percent conversion rate was second best in the Big Ten, and best by a non-senior. He led the team with 92 points and ranked third in the Big Ten and seventh nationally in field goals made per game (1.75). The 92 points tie Sedrick Shaw (1995) for seventh in single season scoring at Iowa. He made two field goals or more in five of the last six regular season games.

Junior Andy Fenstermaker and senior John Gallery have been splitting the punting duties the first two games. Together, the duo has punted nine times for a 45.3 average, which ranks 15th nationally. Last week, Gallery punted four times, resulting in a 45.8 average, including a career-long 57-yarder. Fenstermaker punted three times, resulting in a 44.3 average, including a career-long 51-yarder.

Iowa’s linebacking duo of Chad Greenway and Abdul Hodge are listed on the Lott Trophy, Dick Butkus Award and Chuck Bednarik Award Watch Lists. Greenway is also on the Walter Camp Watch List.

The duo have garnered numerous preseason accolades. Greenway was named preseason Playboy and ESPN.com all-America, first team all-America by The Sporting News, rivals.com, nationalchamps.net and Blue Ribbon College Football Yearbook. The Sporting News ranked Greenway the No. 2 outside linebacker in the nation. Hodge earned second team all-America honors by Athlon and rivals.com and third team laurels by collegesportsreport.com and nationalchamps.net.

Greenway and Hodge, both seniors, were a force in the middle of Iowa’s defense in 2004. Both players earned first team all-Big Ten recognition. The duo were also named to the preseason first all-Big Ten team by Athlon. Hodge was also named second team all-America by The Sporting News, while Greenway was named honorable mention all-America by NationalChamps.net.

Hodge ranked first on the team and seventh in the conference in tackles (116) in 2004, which ranks 26th in a single season at Iowa. He has posted double digit tackle games 15 times in his career, including seven times in 2004. Hodge ranked ninth nationally in solo tackles (6.58) and 30th in total stops (9.67). Hodge was Iowa’s single season tackle leader in 2003 and 2004. The native of Fort Lauderdale, FL, ranks 14th in career tackles at Iowa (310) and is four tackles from passing Mike Wells (1990-93) for 13th. He tallied two tackles and recovered one fumble in limited action vs. Ball State. Hodge collected 13 tackles (10 solo), including one for loss at Iowa State.

Greenway posted double figure tackles seven times in 2004 and 16 times in his career. His 275 career tackles tie Jason Olejniczak (1990-93) for 16th at Iowa. He collected two tackles, including one for loss in limited action vs. Ball State. His 13 tackles (5 solo) at Iowa State vaulted him from 21st to 16th on the career tackle chart. Greenway ranked second on the team and seventh in the league in tackles (113), fourth on the team in tackles for loss (8) and tied for third in interceptions (3) in 2004. His 113 tackles last year ranks 34th in a single season at Iowa.

Both Greenway and Hodge are tied for 13th in Big Ten tackles (15).

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DB Antwan Allen started 38 consecutive games before serving a one-game suspension vs. Ball State. Allen returned to the starting lineup at Iowa State, recording six tackles. He has 127 career tackles and four interceptions. DB Jovon Johnson has started every game the last three years (27) and has 29 career starts. Johnson’s 14 career interceptions ties for third at Iowa. The duo had 95 tackles between them last season. Each had four interceptions in 2004 to lead the team in that category. The pair have 299 career tackles between them. Johnson returned his first career punt vs. Ball State 90 yards for a touchdown, the fourth-longest in school history. He registered four tackles and two pass break-ups at Iowa State.

Junior Marcus Paschal recorded 10 tackles at Iowa State, marking the third time in his career he has reached double figure tackles. His career high is 12 tackles (at Minnesota, 2004). Paschal started all 12 contests last season. Junior Miguel Merrick tallied six tackles at Iowa State. Last year, Merrick filled in well when starting FS Sean Considine was injured and made some big plays on special teams, including two blocked punts. Sophomore Charles Godfrey saw action with the first group during the spring due to Paschal’s injury in the Capital One Bowl. Godfrey played in 11 games and tallied 10 tackles. He tallied four solo stops vs. Ball State and two at Iowa State. DB Adam Shada has recorded Iowa’s only interception this season when he returned a pick nine yards at Iowa State.

Iowa returns senior starting receiver Ed Hinkel and Clinton Solomon and experienced junior Calvin Davis and senior Matt Melloy. Solomon posted four 100-yard receiving games in 2004. He ranked second on the team in touchdowns (6) and receptions (58) and first in yards (905). His 905 receiving yards ranks seventh-best in a single season at Iowa. Solomon boasted the best average yards per catch in the league at 15.6. He caught two passes for 22 yards and one touchdown in limited action vs. Ball State and two passes for 18 yards at Iowa State.

Hinkel ranked first on the Hawkeyes in receptions (63) and touchdowns (7) and second in yards (744) in 2004. His 63 receptions ties for the third highest single season total in Iowa history. He had a career and game-high 10 catches for 93 yards vs. LSU in the Capital One Bowl. Hinkel hauled in three passes for 19 yards and returned four punts for 34 yards in limited action vs. Ball State. He caught two passes for 43 yards at Iowa State, which gives him 100 career receptions for 1,132 yards. Melloy played in nine games last year; missing three due to injury. He did not play the first two games of 2005 due to injury. Two of his three 2004 catches were for touchdowns. The senior has caught 13 passes for 179 yards and four touchdowns in his career. Davis saw action in the first five 2004 contests before suffering a season-ending injury. The junior has 28 career receptions for 423 yards and one touchdown. Davis caught three passes for 24 yards vs. Ball State.

Iowa has started on offense in 65 of its last 69 games. Iowa’s games at Minnesota (11/13/04), 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 67-of-75 games under Kirk Ferentz.

Iowa had five true freshmen see action in the first two contests, TE Tony Moeaki, RB Shonn Greene, DL Alex Kanellis, DL Ryan Bain and OL Dace Richardson. All five saw limited action at Iowa State. Kanellis and Bain each collected one tackle, while Moeaki and Greene did not record any offensive statistics.

Moeaki led all Hawkeye receivers against the Cardinals, hauling in three passes for 28 yards. Green led all rushers, rushing 116 yards on 18 attempts and scoring one touchdown. Bain collected four tackles (1 solo), while Kanellis recorded two solo stops and one QB hurry. Richardson saw significant time on the offensive line.

Iowa ranks first Big Ten total defense (233.5), scoring defense (11.5), net punting (40.0) and pass defense (123.5) and second in punt returns (20.29) and pass efficiency defense (100.11).


  • Iowa will open Big Ten play at Ohio State (9/24), marking the sixth time in seven years under Coach Ferentz the Hawkeyes will open conference play on the road. Iowa hosted Penn State in 2001.
  • Iowa ranks first in the Big Ten in nine statistical categories (scoring offense, pass efficiency defense, total defense, scoring defense, net punting, punt returns, kickoff returns, pass defense and pass efficiency).
  • The Hawkeyes sold out their last home game against Ball State, marking the 12th straight Kinnick Stadium sellout dating back to the 2003 season. The last Iowa game not a sellout was vs. Buffalo (9/6/03).
  • Iowa is 13-11 in September games during Kirk Ferentz’s tenure.
  • Iowa’s home contest vs. Minnesota on Nov. 22 will be the 400th game played in Kinnick Stadium.
  • The Hawkeyes won their last six games that were decided by four points or less dating back to 2001.
  • Iowa has won 28 of its last 34 regular season contests.
  • In the last four years, Iowa is 28-1 when leading at the half and 31-0 when leading after three quarters.
  • The Hawkeyes have won 26 of their last 28 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’s three quarterbacks, Drew Tate (9-10), Jason Manson (9-9) and Cy Phillips (1-1) combined for 19-20 (.950) passes for 200 yards and two touchdowns vs. Ball State.
  • Iowa’s 56-point win over Ball State was Iowa’s 26th-largest margin of victory in school history and largest margin under Ferentz.
  • Scoring their first career touchdowns this season have been Jovon Johnson, Shonn Greene, Sam Brownlee and Herb Grigsby – all scored vs. Ball State.
  • Thirteen players have caught at least one pass, while ten different Hawkeyes have recorded at least one rushing attempt.
  • Iowa was a perfect 6-6 in the red zone vs. Ball State, but failed to reach the red zone at Iowa State.

Iowa Head Coach Kirk Ferentz and his son, Brian, are believed to be one of only five father-son duos in Division I in 2005. They join Art Briles and his son Kendal from Houston, Rickey Bustle and his son Brad from Louisiana-Lafayette, Bill Cubit and his son Ryan from Western Michigan and Mike Bellotti and his son Luke from Oregon.

Iowa has collected eight offensive plays of 20 yards or more, five of which came on the ground. The Hawkeyes also recorded a 90-yard punt return for a touchdown and a 36-yard kickoff return vs. Ball State. RB Albert Young posted runs of 36 and 31 yards at Iowa State.

Iowa’s defense has allowed only two offensive plays of 20 yards or more. Ball State posted a 31-yard pass play, while Iowa State recorded a 40-yard pass play. The longest rushing play Iowa’s defense has yielded in two contests is a 13-yard run by Iowa State.

Iowa has outscored its opponents 28-6 in the first quarter, 21-10 in the second and 3-0 in the third. Both Iowa and its opponents have scored seven points in the fourth quarter.

Iowa is averaging 5.3 yards on 65 first down plays, 6.0 yards on 46 second down plays, 3.9 yards on 25 third down plays and 17.0 yards on three fourth down plays.

Iowa’s eight scoring drives have averaged 6.9 plays, 52.0 yards and 3:03 elapsed time. Five of Iowa’s eight scoring drives covered 50 yards or more.

Iowa opponents have recorded three scoring drives, averaging 7.3 plays, 44.7 yards and 3:24 elapsed time. All have followed Iowa turnovers.

The Hawkeyes have marched inside the red zone six times and scored six of those times (100.0%). Iowa scored touchdowns on all six trips inside the red zone vs. Ball State. Five of the six touchdowns were scored on the ground. The Hawkeyes failed to reach the red zone at Iowa State, marking the first time Iowa did not reach the red zone at least once since a loss at Nebraska in 1999 – Coach Ferentz’s first game as Iowa’s head coach.

Ball State did not advance inside the red zone. The farthest the Cardinals advanced was the Hawkeyes’ 24-yard line, but their 11-play, 61-yard drive stalled on downs late in the fourth quarter. Iowa State was 3-4 (75%) inside the red zone. The Cyclones scored two touchdowns and a field goal and had a missed field goal attempt.

Iowa scored seven points off one turnover (one fumble) vs. Ball State. The Hawkeyes capitalized on the fumble recovery, scoring a touchdown on a four play, 20-yard drive late in the first quarter.

Iowa State scored all 23 of its points off five Hawkeye turnovers (3 fumbles, 2 interceptions). Iowa turned the ball over twice (two fumbles) vs. Ball State, but the Cardinals were unable to score following the Hawkeye miscues.

Iowa’s game captains are selected each week. Following is a game-by-game list of Hawkeye captains:

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The Hawkeyes will play six home games in Kinnick Stadium this year, where they have posted a 20-1 record the last four seasons, including a perfect 14-0 mark the last three years. Seven of Iowa’s 2005 opponents posted seven wins or more a year ago, with six of the seven competing in bowl games. Iowa adds four new opponents to its slate this season: Ball State from the Mid-American Conference, Northern Iowa from the Gateway Conference (Division I-AA) and Indiana and Northwestern from the Big Ten Conference. Iowa opened its season against Ball State, marking the fifth consecutive year the Hawkeyes opened their season at home against a school from the MAC. Other home games include Northern Iowa and Big Ten foes Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Minnesota. Four of Iowa’s five road opponents earned bowl bids last season. The Hawkeyes’ only non-conference road contest was at intrastate rival Iowa State, while they travel to play intra-conference foes Ohio State, Purdue, Northwestern and Wisconsin. The Hawkeyes will not face Michigan State or Penn State the next two years.

Iowa’s Leadership Council for the 2005 season includes 13 players, including five seniors, three juniors, two sophomores, two redshirt freshmen and one true freshman. Permanent team captains are named at the conclusion of each season. The Leadership Council for this season includes seniors Brian Ferentz, Chad Greenway, Ed Hinkel, Abdul Hodge and Jovon Johnson; juniors Mike Elgin, Jason Manson and Drew Tate; sophomores Bryan Mattison and Mike Klinkenborg; redshirt freshmen Matt Kroul and Seth Olsen and true freshman Tony Moeaki.

Iowa had 15 players, six on offense and nine on defense, start all 12 games last year. That list included OL Mike Jones, OL Pete McMahon, QB Drew Tate, WR Ed Hinkel, WR Warren Holloway, TE Tony Jackson, LB Abdul Hodge, LB Chad Greenway, DE Derreck Robinson, DE Matt Roth, DT Tyler Luebke, DT Jonathan Babineaux, DB Jovon Johnson, DB Antwan Allen and SS Marcus Paschal.

Eight of those players (Jones, Tate, Hinkel, Hodge, Greenway, Johnson, Allen, Paschal) are on the 2005 roster.

Iowa’s roster of 124 players includes 58 players from Iowa. The roster includes 11 players from Texas and Florida, nine from Illinois, eight from New Jersey, five from Ohio, four from Pennsylvania, three from Minnesota, two from Arkansas, Nebraska, South Carolina, South Dakota and Wisconsin and one from California, Connecticut, Indiana, Georgia and Kansas.

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. Armwood (Tampa, FL) has three, while 12 schools have two players on the roster.

Iowa has two players named Davis (Calvin and Champ, no relation) and Wilson (Paul and Marcus, no relation).

Mike is the most popular first name. There are five Mike’s (Elgin, Follett, Humpal, Jones, Klinkenborg). There are four Chris’ (Aldrich, Brevi, Kuehl, Rowell). There are three players named Andy (Brodell, Fenstermaker, Kuempel), Kyle (Kesselring, Riffel, Schlicher) and Ryan (Bain, Majerus, Van Engel). There are two players named Andrew (Becker, Payton), Ben (Cronin, Gates), Bryan (Mattison, Ryther), Matt (Kroul, Melloy), Alex (Kanellis, Willcox), Justin (Collins, Edwards), Marcus (Paschal, Wilson) and Tyler (Bergan, Blum). Two Hawkeye players go by initials, C.J. Barkema and B.J. Travers.

Junior DB Ma’Quan Dawkins is the lightest Hawkeye player at 166 pounds, while the shortest player, at 5-8, is RB Marques Simmons. OL Lee Gray is the heaviest Hawkeye at 310 pounds. Four Hawkeye players are listed over 300 pounds. Gray will miss the 2005 season due to off-season surgery. The tallest players are 6-8 senior tight end C.J. Barkema, senior offensive lineman Greg Dollmeyer and redshirt freshman offensive lineman Wesley Aeschliman.

The average Hawkeye player is 6-2 and weighs 233 pounds. That is the exact height and two pounds heavier than the average Iowa player in 2004.

Iowa’s depth chart includes 13 seniors, 17 juniors, 12 sophomores, seven redshirt freshmen and two true freshmen. These numbers do not include return specialists. The two true freshmen listed on the depth chart are OL Dace Richardson and RB Shonn Greene.

Iowa returns 43 lettermen from 2004, including 23 on offense, 19 on defense and one specialist. The Hawkeyes return six starters on offense and five on defense, plus placekicker Kyle Schlicher. The lettermen breakdown includes six three-year lettermen, 17 two-year lettermen and 20 one-year lettermen.

The total roster has 124 players, and includes 25 seniors, 23 juniors, 23 sophomores, 29 redshirt freshmen and 24 true freshmen.

Iowa’s coaches in the press box during the season are Lester Erb (receivers and special teams), along with quality control assistant Jon McLaughlin and graduate assistant coaches Michael Ketchum and Rick Kaczenski. That leaves Norm Parker (defensive coordinator), 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.

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.

A majority, if not all, of Iowa’s games this season will be selected for television. The Big Ten Conference announces game times and television stations that will carry the games no later than 13 days prior to game days. Iowa road games at Purdue and Iowa State and home contests against Ball State and Northern Iowa were either on or have already been selected for television. The contest at Iowa State will be televised regionally on ABC at 2:35 p.m., while the Purdue game will be televised to a national cable audience on ESPN at 3:35 p.m. Iowa’s non-conference games vs. Ball State and Northern Iowa will be televised regionally on ESPN Plus. The Northern Iowa contest will kickoff at 2:35 p.m. All times are central daylight time.

Iowa State leads the second annual Hy-Vee Cy-Hawk Series 5-0. Iowa State recorded a 2-1 victory in women’s soccer and a 23-3 win in football. The next event in the Series is wrestling on Dec. 2 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 eight different times during the 2005-06 academic year. The competition this season is in men’s basketball, women’s basketball, wrestling, women’s gymnastics (2), women’s soccer and softball. Additional points will be available for each school based on successful performance in the classroom by its student-athletes.
Dec. 2 , Wrestling — 2 points
Dec. 8, W. Basketball — 2 points
Dec. 9, M. Basketball — 2 points
Jan. 28, W. Gymnastics — 2 points
Mar. 17, W. Gymnastics — 2 points
TBA, Softball — 2 points
Two points for an institution if the student-athlete graduation rate for all student-athletes is greater than the national average for all student-athletes.

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 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 begins its conference schedule Sept. 24 at Ohio State at 11:05 a.m. CDT (ABC). The Hawkeyes return home to host Illinois Oct. 1 (kickoff time TBA) for homecoming.

September 17
Eastern Michigan at Michigan, 11 a.m. (ESPN Plus/ESPNU)
Michigan State at Notre Dame, 2:30 p.m. (NBC)
San Diego State at Ohio State, 2:30 p.m. (ABC)
Northern Iowa at Iowa, 2:30 p.m. (ESPN Plus)
Central Michigan at Penn State, 2:30 p.m. (ESPN Plus)
Illinois at California, 4 p.m. (No TV)
Kentucky at Indiana, 5:45 p.m. (ESPN Classic)
Wisconsin at North Carolina, 6 p.m. (ESPN2)
Florida Atlantic at Minnesota, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN Plus)
Purdue at Arizona, 6 p.m. (No TV)
Northwestern at Arizona State, 9 p.m. (No TV)