Iowa Opens Big Ten Play

Sept. 19, 2005

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Iowa (2-1) opens Big Ten Conference action Saturday at Ohio State (2-1). Game time is 11:05 a.m. (CDT) in Ohio Stadium (101,568). The game is sold out. Saturday marks the fourth consecutive season that Iowa opens conference play on the road.

ABC will televise the game to a split-national audience. Click HERE to view the coverage map. Mike Tirico Tim Brant and Suzy Shuster will call the action. The game is also available on ESPN’s GamePlan pay-per-view and online services.

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 1,067 games since beginning football in 1889. Iowa’s overall record is 543-486-39 (.527). That includes a 342-191-16 (.638) 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 225-156-15 (.587) record in Kinnick Stadium.

The National I-Club and the UI Alumni Association invite all fans to the “Hawkeye Huddle” from 9-11 a.m. (EDT) prior to the Ohio State game Saturday. The “Hawkeye Huddle” will be held at Holiday Inn on the Lane, located at 328 W. Lane Avenue in Columbus. The free reception features refreshments, snacks, Hawk Shop door prizes, Herky, and the Iowa cheerleaders.

Kickoff is set for 11:10 a.m. for Iowa’s game vs. Illinois on Oct. 1. The game will be televised to a regional audience on ESPN Plus and will also be available on ESPN’s GamePlan pay-per-view and online services.

Iowa is ranked 21st in both the USA Today poll and Associated Press poll.

Four of its eight conference foes are in the top 25. Ohio State is ranked No. 9/8 (ESPN-USA Today/AP) followed by No. 10/11 Purdue, No. 13/14 Michigan and No. 22/17 Michigan State.

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 5-4 in games played on Sept. 24. The Hawkeyes defeated Coe 17-0 in 1904, Kansas State 28-7 in 1955, Oregon State 22-12 in 1960, Ohio State 20-14 in 1983 and Iowa State 10-3 in 1988. Iowa lost to UCLA 41-25 in 1949, Oregon State 17-3 in 1966, Arizona 41-7 in 1977 and Oregon 40-18 in 1994.

Senior linebacker Chad Greenway was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week after last week’s outstanding performance vs. Northern Iowa. The conference honor was the third of his career after being honored in each of the last two seasons on Sept. 6, 2004 and Sept. 22, 2003.

Greenway led the Hawkeye defense, collecting a career-high 20 tackles in Iowa’s 45-21 triumph over Northern Iowa, including 12 solo stops. He added a tackle for loss and a pass break-up on his way to his 17th career game with double-digit tackles. The 20 defensive stops shattered his previous career best of 17 stops set against Iowa State in 2003.

These are Iowa’s most recent wins vs. nationally ranked opponents:

At Home:       30-7 over ninth-ranked Wisconsin, 11/20/04               33-7 over 23rd-ranked Ohio State, 10/6/04On the Road:   27-21 over 21st-ranked Wisconsin, 11/22/03          34-9 over eighth-ranked Michigan, 10/26/02Neutral:       30-25 over 11th-ranked LSU, Capital One Bowl, 1/1/05          37-17 over 17th-ranked Florida, Outback Bowl, 1/1/04

Saturday marks the 60th meeting between the two schools with Ohio State holding a 42-14-3 advantage in the series that began with a 12-9 Iowa win in 1922. The Hawkeyes snapped an eight-game losing streak to the Buckeyes with a 33-7 victory in Iowa City last season. Ohio State boasts a 29-4-1 record in the last 34 games of the series. The Buckeyes hold a 27-8-1 edge in games played in Columbus, having won the last four contests. Iowa’s last victory over Ohio State in Columbus was a 16-9 win on Nov. 2, 1991.

Iowa’s win over Northern Iowa extended its home winning streak to 20. The 20-game streak, dating back to 2002, ties a school record and is a Kinnick Stadium record. Iowa’s win over Northern Iowa tied the school record that was previously set, Nov. 19, 1918 to Oct. 20, 1923.

The active streak ranks third nationally among Division I-A schools. Boise State (25) ranks first and USC (22) second. The Hawkeyes’ last loss in Kinnick Stadium came against Iowa State (36-31) on Sept. 14, 2002. 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. The Hawkeyes have maintained a lead or been tied in their last 35 quarters in Kinnick Stadium.

Saturday’s game will mark the 44th 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 33-8 (.805) overall mark and a 20-4 (.833) Big Ten record the last four seasons.

Ferentz, at Iowa, holds an overall record of 44-32 (.579) and a 27-21 (.563) mark in Big Ten games. In ten seasons as a college head coach his career mark is 56-53 (.514).

Twenty-six of Iowa’s 76 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 is 1-3 against Ohio State and 1-2 vs. Buckeye Coach Jim Tressel (1-1 Iowa vs. OSU and 0-1 Maine vs. YSU).

Jim Tressel is in his fifth year as the head coach at Ohio State and his 20th season overall as a head coach. Tressel’s overall record stands at 177-69-2 (.718) and 42-12 (.778) with the Buckeyes. He has guided the Buckeyes to three consecutive bowl victories, including their thrilling 31-24 overtime win over Miami for the 2003 national championship. Ohio State also defeated Kansas State (35-28) in the 2004 Fiesta Bowl and Oklahoma State (33-7) in the Alamo Bowl last season. The Buckeyes finished with a 7-5 mark in his first season as mentor, including a third place conference finish and an invitation to the 2002 Outback Bowl.

Prior to coaching the Buckeyes, Tressel coached 15 seasons at Youngstown State. Tressel guided the Penguins to four national titles and also appeared in two other championship games. He was named National Coach of the Year four times (1991, ’93, ’94 and ’97).

Tressel was a four-year letterwinner at quarterback (1971-74) and earned all-conference honors as a senior at Baldwin Wallace College.

Tressel is 1-1 vs. Iowa and 2-1 against Hawkeye Coach Kirk Ferentz (1-1 OSU vs. Iowa and 1-0 YSU vs. Maine).

Ohio State rebounded from its loss to second-ranked Texas with a 27-6 victory over San Diego State in front of 104,533 fans at Ohio Stadium. The Aztecs scored their only points on the first play from scrimmage on an 80-yard sideline pass (PAT attempt failed). The Buckeye defense clamped down and allowed only three first downs and 179 total yards for the game. Ohio State dominated time of possession, holding the ball for 38:14 while San Diego State maintained possession for only 21:46.

The Buckeyes rushed for three touchdowns, including two by QB Troy Smith. Smith led the team in rushing with 14 carries for 87 yards. He also threw for 149 yards, completing 14-26 passes. WR Roy Hall and Santonio Holmes each had four catches, going for 44 and 42 yards, respectively. PK Josh Huston was 2-2 on field goal attempts.


  • Iowa enters Saturday’s game with a seven-game conference winning streak. The Hawkeyes lost last season’s Big Ten-opener at Michigan (30-17) before winning the final seven league contests. The last time Iowa won eight straight league games was in 2002 when both the Hawkeyes and Buckeyes won all eight Big Ten contests.
  • The Hawkeyes are 2-4 in Big Ten Conference openers under Coach Ferentz, including losing the last two (at Michigan State, 20-10, in 2003 and at Michigan, 30-17, in 2004).
  • Saturday will be Iowa’s first game of 2005 against a ranked opponent. The Hawkeyes were 3-1 against ranked foes last season, collecting victories over Ohio State, Wisconsin and LSU and losing to Michigan.
  • Iowa senior offensive lineman Ben Cronin will be celebrating his 23rd birthday Saturday.
  • Ohio State opens its season with four consecutive home games. The Buckeyes play their first road game at Penn State on Oct. 8.
  • Jim Tressel and Kirk Ferentz first coached against each other in 1990 when Tressel was head coach at Youngstown State and Ferentz at Maine. Youngstown State defeated Maine 38-17 in the final game of the year for the Black Bears.
  • Iowa has five players from the state of Ohio on its roster: redshirt freshmen DB Bradley Fletcher (Youngstown) and LB Anton Narinskiy (Chagrin Falls) and true freshmen DB Chris Rowell (Warrensville Heights), LB B.J. Travers (Westlake) and WR Trey Stross (Avon Lake) – all three of whom are redshirting. Ohio State does not have any Iowans on its roster.
  • Ohio State’s PK Josh Huston ranks third nationally in field goals per game (3.0). The Buckeyes rank ninth in the nation in rushing defense (57.7). Iowa ranks 10th in the nation in punt returns (18.9).
  • Iowa’s field hockey team plays at Ohio State Sunday. The Hawkeyes enter the week ranked 10th, while the Buckeyes are 17th.

Iowa snapped an eight-game losing streak to Ohio State with a 33-7 triumph in Kinnick Stadium. The 26-point victory is Iowa’s largest margin over Ohio State.

QB Drew Tate put up big numbers to help lead the Hawkeyes to victory. Tate completed 26-39 passes for 331 yards and three touchdowns. He also rushed nine times for 24 yards and scored on a one-yard plunge. Tate’s efforts earned him a share of Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week honors. Iowa tallied its first points on an 11-yard touchdown pass from Tate to WR Clinton Solomon in the first quarter. PK Kyle Schlicher booted a 45-yard field goal in the second quarter to give Iowa a 10-0 halftime advantage.

Ohio State fumbled on its second play from scrimmage in the third quarter. Five plays later, Tate connected with TE Scott Chandler for an eight-yard touchdown. The Hawkeyes added their second third quarter touchdown on a Solomon 36-yard touchdown reception – his second of the game. Solomon posted career highs in receptions (seven) and receiving yards (131).

Tate scored on a one-yard rush on the first play of the fourth quarter and Iowa scored its final points on a 41-yard field goal by Schlicher. Schlicher finished with nine points and was named Big Ten co-Special Teams Player of the Week.

After Iowa scored 33 unanswered points, Ohio State scored its only touchdown with 2:19 left in the game.

Iowa’s defense recorded eight tackles for loss, collected three turnovers (one interception, two fumbles) and allowed Ohio State’s offense to cross midfield only twice. LB Abdul Hodge collected a team-high 12 tackles (nine solo), including one for loss. DE Derreck Robinson registered a career-high nine tackles (six solo), including one for loss. He also forced and recovered a fumble. DE Matt Roth recorded five tackles (three solo) and two sacks.

Iowa scored on five of its six first half possessions en route to a 45-21 victory over Northern Iowa in Kinnick Stadium. The win was the Hawkeyes’ 20th straight home win, which ties the school record.

The Hawkeyes scored the first 21 points on two RB Albert Young touchdown runs and a DB Jovon Johnson interception return for a score. Young posted scoring runs of 10 and one yard in the first quarter, while Johnson returned his 15th career pick 18 yards for the touchdown.

Northern Iowa scored a touchdown to trim Iowa’s lead to 21-7, but the Hawkeyes scored the next 17 points. PK Kyle Schlicher connected on a 23-yard field goal and WR Clinton Solomon caught touchdowns passes of 11 and 71 yards from QB Drew Tate to stretch Iowa’s lead to 38-7.

The Panthers added two fourth quarter touchdowns, before Iowa RB Damian Sims scampered for a 39-yard touchdown with 30 seconds left to give the Hawkeyes a 45-21 victory. The touchdown was the first of Sims’ career.

Tate completed 15-18 passes for 247 yards and two touchdowns. The 247 yards moved him over 3,000 career yards passing and into seventh on Iowa’s career passing chart. He also rushed three times for 33 yards. Young led the Hawkeye ground attack, recording 13 carries for 97 yards and two scores. Solomon posted four catches 114 yards and two touchdowns, while WR Ed Hinkel contributed five receptions for 42 yards.

Iowa’s linebacking duo of Chad Greenway and Abdul Hodge spearheaded the Hawkeye defense. Greenway collected a game and career-high 20 tackles (12 solo), including one for loss and one pass break-up. Hodge recorded 12 stops (6 solo) and recovered his sixth career fumble.


  • Iowa improved to 13-1 against Northern Iowa, winning the last 13 in Iowa City. The Hawkeyes scored 34 points or more the last seven games against the Panthers.
  • TE Scott Chandler started his first career game. He caught two passes for 23 yards.
  • Iowa posted season highs in total yards (496), passing yards (265) and first downs (24).
  • DB Jovon Johnson intercepted his first pass of the season and 15th of his career. The interception return for a touchdown is the first of his career and first by a Hawkeye since LB Chad Greenway returned a pick 30 yards vs. Kent State in last year’s season opener.
  • WR Clinton Solomon surpassed 100 yards receiving in a game for the fifth time in his career and it marks his third game with two scoring receptions (vs. Ohio State and Wisconsin in 2004).
  • PK Kyle Schlicher converted all six PATs and one field goal (23 yards) to increase his career total to 115 points, which ranks 18th in career scoring at Iowa. He leads the team with 20 points this season (14-14 PAT, 2-2 FG).
  • QB Drew Tate recorded a career-long 26-yard scamper on Iowa’s opening drive that resulted in a touchdown. Seventy-three of the 80 yards covered on the scoring drive came on the ground.
  • QB Drew Tate tossed two touchdowns, marking the 10th time in his career he has thrown two touchdowns or more in a game.
  • Iowa has scored a touchdown on its opening possession in two-of-three games. Conversely, all three Hawkeye opponents have failed to score on their first possession.
  • Iowa had five true freshmen see action for the third straight game: RB Shonn Greene, TE Tony Moeaki, DL Alex Kanellis, DT Ryan Bain and OL Dace Richardson.
  • Iowa boasted a home record of 37-15 (.712) on the Kinnick Stadium turf since 1997. The turf is in the process of being replaced and will be ready in time for the Hawkeyes’ next home game vs. Illinois on Oct. 1.

All 11 Iowa games this season will feature the instant replay system. The replay system was not utilized in Iowa’s home games vs. Ball State and Northern Iowa, 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 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 the Ball State and Iowa State games and three quarters in the Northern Iowa contest. 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. He returned, against Northern Iowa, completing 15-18 passes for 247 yards and two touchdowns. He also rushed three times for 33 yards.

Tate ranks second in Big Ten passing efficiency (189.9). He completed a combined 24-28 (.857) passes for 346 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions in Iowa’s two victories, while he completed 5-11 (.455) passes for 57 yards and one interception in the Hawkeyes’ loss.

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 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 268-425 passes for 3,244 yards and 25 touchdowns in his career, which ranks seventh in school history. Tate is 495 yards from passing Gary Snook for sixth (3,737) on the career chart. He has tossed two touchdowns or more in 10 career games, including seven of his last eight games played dating back to last season.

Sophomore Albert Young started his first career game at Iowa State and collected a career-high 140 yards on 18 carries. Against Northern Iowa, he registered 97 yards and two touchdowns on 13 carries. He leads the team and ranks fifth in Big Ten rushing (99.3). Young netted 61 yards and one touchdown on only five attempts before getting injured in 2004.

Other running backs with game experience include Marcus Schnoor, 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. He recorded 45 yards on 15 attempts vs. Northern Iowa. Simmons saw his first action of 2005 vs. Northern Iowa but did not have any stats. 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) in the first two games 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 2003 season. Young was three yards from reaching 100 yards vs. Northern Iowa and giving Iowa a 100-yard rusher three straight games.

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 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 Watch List. He was also named preseason second team all-America by 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. Schlicher made all six PAT attempts and a 23-yard field goal vs. Northern Iowa. His 20 points this season rank first on the team and 16th in the Big Ten. Schlicher has 115 career points, which ranks 18th in Iowa career scoring. He is six points from passing Eddie Phillips (120) for 17th.

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 has made two field goals or more in five career contests.

Junior Andy Fenstermaker and senior John Gallery have been splitting the punting duties the first three games. Together, the duo has punted 13 times for a 42.8 average, which ranks 28th nationally. At Iowa State, 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. Against Northern Iowa, both Fenstermaker and Gallery punted twice. Fenstermaker averaged 39.5 and both punts were downed inside the 20, while Gallery averaged 35.0 and had one punt downed inside the 20.

Fenstermaker ranks fourth in the Big Ten (43.2), while Gallery ranks fiftfh (42.6).

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 all-America, first team all-America by The Sporting News,, 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 and third team laurels by and

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

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 16 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 13th in career tackles at Iowa (322) and is nine tackles from passing George Davis (1983-86) for 12th. 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. He registered 12 tackles (6 solo) and recovered his sixth career fumble and second of the season vs. Northern Iowa.

Greenway posted double figure tackles seven times in 2004 and 17 times in his career. His 295 career tackles rank 15th at Iowa. Greenway is only five tackles from reaching 300 for his career after he posted a game and career-high 20 stops (12 solo) vs. Northern Iowa. His 20-tackle performance earned him Big Ten Player of the Week honors for the third time in his career. He collected two tackles, including one for loss in limited action vs. Ball State. He recorded 13 tackles (5 solo) at Iowa State. 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.

Greenway ranks second in Big Ten tackles (35), while Hodge ranks sixth (20). Hodge is also tied for first in the league in fumbles recovered.

Iowa Career Tackle LeadersName                      Total    Solo Assists Years1.  Larry Station 492 308 184 1982-852.  Andre Jackson   465 275 190 1972-753.  Brad Quast  435 234 201 1986-894.  Fred Barr          376    217 159 1999-025.  Tom Rusk             361    247 114 1975-786.  Matt Hughes 354 206 148 1995-987.  Bob Sanders 348 235 113 2000-038.  Dave Haight 346 213 133 1985-889.  Aaron Kampman 342 209 133 1998-0110. Melvin Foster   337 155 182 1987-9011. Bobby Diaco 334 175 159 1992-9512. George Davis    330 216 114 1983-8613.  Abdul Hodge 322 208 114 2002-05=""http:"="">Mike Wells   313 185 128 1990-9315.  Chad Greenway 295 176 119 2002-05=""http:>=""http:>=""http:>

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 133 career tackles and four interceptions. DB Jovon Johnson has started every game the last three years (28) and has 30 career starts. Johnson’s 15 career interceptions ranks third at Iowa, trailing only Devon Mitchell (18) and Nile Kinnick (18) for first. He returned his 15th career interception 18 yards for a touchdown vs. Northern Iowa. The duo of Allen and Johnson had 95 tackles between them last season. Each had four interceptions in 2004 to lead the team in that category. They have 306 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 recorded only one tackle before leaving the Northern Iowa game due to injury. It is hopeful he will return to action at Ohio State. 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, two at Iowa State and five total tackles vs. Northern Iowa. DB Adam Shada has recorded one of Iowa’s two interceptions 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 ranked second on the team in touchdowns (6) and receptions (58) and first in yards (905) in 2004. 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.

Solomon caught two passes for 22 yards and one touchdown in limited action vs. Ball State and two passes for 18 yards at Iowa State. He had his best game of 2005 vs. Northern Iowa, catching four passes for 114 yards and two touchdowns. He has posted five career 100-yard receiving games and has tallied two scoring receptions in three games. His career totals include 80 receptions for 1,218 yards and 10 touchdowns. The 1,218 receiving yards rank 22nd in school history. Solomon became just the 14th Hawkeye receiver to score 10 career touchdowns when he scored twice vs. Northern Iowa.

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 and five for 42 yards vs. Northern Iowa. His career totals include 105 receptions for 1,174 yards and eight touchdowns. The 1,174 receiving yards rank 23rd in school history. 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.

Melloy played in nine games last year; missing three due to injury. He did not play the first three 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 31 career receptions for 452 yards and one touchdown. Davis caught three passes for 24 yards vs. Ball State and three passes for 32 yards vs. Northern Iowa.

Iowa has started on offense in 66 of its last 70 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 68-of-76 games under Kirk Ferentz.

Iowa had five true freshmen see action in the first three 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.

Green rushed 15 times for 45 yards, Moeaki caught one pass for 36 yards, Bain collected three tackles, including his first career sack, Kanellis registered one tackle and Richardson saw time on the offensive line vs. Northern Iowa.


  • Iowa opens Big Ten play at Ohio State Saturday, 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.
  • The Hawkeyes sold out their last home game against Northern Iowa, marking the 13th 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 14-11 in September games during Kirk Ferentz’s tenure.
  • Iowa and Purdue are the only schools to have made all their field goal and PAT attempts this season. Iowa’s Kyle Schlicher has converted 14-14 PATs and 2-2 FGs, while Purdue’s Ben Jones has converted 11-11 PATs and 1-1 FG.
  • 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 29 of its last 35 regular season contests.
  • In the last four years, Iowa is 29-1 when leading at the half and 32-0 when leading after three quarters.
  • The Hawkeyes have won 27 of their last 29 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 the 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, Herb Grigsby and Damian Sims.
  • Thirteen players have caught at least one pass, while 11 different Hawkeyes have recorded at least one rushing attempt.
  • Iowa scored on its first 10 possessions inside the red zone – eight of which were touchdowns. Iowa (90.9%) ranks second in the Big Ten behind Illinois (100.0%) in red zone proficiency.
  • Iowa has lost five fumbles through three games. The Hawkeyes lost a school-record low five fumbles in 12 games last season.

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 13 offensive plays of 20 yards or more, eight of which came on the ground. Iowa’s longest run from scrimmage is a 39-yard touchdown run by RB Damian Sims vs. Northern Iowa. The Hawkeyes’ longest pass is a 71-yard touchdown pass from QB Drew Tate to WR Clinton Solomon against Northern Iowa. Iowa also recorded a 90-yard punt return for a touchdown and a 36-yard kickoff return vs. Ball State.

Iowa’s defense has allowed only seven offensive plays of 20 yards or more – all via the pass. Ball State posted a 31-yard pass play, while Iowa State recorded a 40-yard pass play. Northern Iowa recorded five big passing plays. The longest rushing play Iowa’s defense has yielded in three contests is a 17-yard QB scramble by Northern Iowa.

Iowa has outscored its opponents 42-6 in the first quarter, 38-17 in the second and 10-0 in the third. Hawkeye opponents own a 21-14 advantage in the fourth quarter.

Iowa is averaging 7.5 yards on 96 first down plays, 7.2 yards on 45 second down plays, 4.4 yards on 36 third down plays and 13.0 yards on four fourth down plays. Eleven of Iowa’s first 12 first-down plays netted eight yards or more, including the first nine vs. Northern Iowa. For the game, the Hawkeyes averaged 9.0 yards on 31 first down plays against the Panthers.

Iowa’s 14 scoring drives have averaged 6.3 plays, 58.0 yards and 2:40 elapsed time. Nine of Iowa’s 14 scoring drives covered 50 yards or more. The Hawkeyes posted three 80-yard drives vs. Northern Iowa, with all three resulting in touchdowns.

Iowa opponents have recorded six scoring drives, averaging 9.0 plays, 62.7 yards and 4:13 elapsed time. Three of the six scoring drives followed Iowa turnovers. Northern Iowa posted two 85-yard scoring drives in the fourth quarter, eating 11:31 off the clock on the two drives.

The Hawkeyes have marched inside the red zone 11 times and scored 10 of those times (90.9%). Iowa scored on its first four red zone possessions vs. Northern Iowa and its first 10 of the season before turning the ball over on downs late in the third quarter with a large lead. Eight of the 10 scores have been touchdowns. 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 inside the red zone. The Cyclones scored two touchdowns and a field goal and missed field goal. Northern Iowa was 2-3, with the red zone trips resulting in two touchdowns and a missed field goal.

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 scored 14 points on two Northern Iowa turnovers (one fumble and one interception).

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. The Hawkeyes did not record a turnover vs. Northern Iowa.

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 21-1 record the last four seasons, including a perfect 15-0 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 MAC school, and Northern Iowa. Other home games include 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, 19 juniors, 10 sophomores, six redshirt freshmen and five true freshmen. These numbers do not include return specialists. The five true freshmen listed on the depth chart are OL Dace Richardson, RB Shonn Greene, TE Tony Moeaki, DT Alex Kanellis and DT Ryan Bain.

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 was televised regionally on ABC, 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 were televised regionally on ESPN Plus. 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 and then clicking on the Gametracker link.

The weekly television replay show, featuring Iowa Football Coach Kirk Ferentz, is a 30-minute program, which includes Iowa football highlights and weekly features about the University of Iowa football program. Gary Dolphin, the radio play-by-play voice of the Iowa Hawkeyes, hosts the show.

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 returns home to host Illinois Oct. 1 (11:10 a.m., ESPN Plus) for homecoming before traveling to Purdue Oct. 8 (3:35 p.m. CDT, ESPN).

September 24
Purdue at Minnesota, 11:05 a.m. (ESPN)
Penn State at Northwestern, 11:05 a.m. (ESPN2)
Iowa at Ohio State, 11:05 a.m. (ABC)
Michigan State at Illinois, 11:10 a.m. (ESPN Plus/ESPNU)
Michigan at Wisconsin, 5:05 p.m. (ESPN2)
Idle: Indiana