Iowa Back on the Road

Oct. 3, 2005

Iowa (3-2, 1-1) returns to the road when it travels to Purdue (2-2, 0-1) Saturday. Game time is 3:35 p.m. (CDT) in Ross-Ade Stadium (62,500). The game is sold out.

ESPN will televise the contest to a national cable audience. Mark Jones, Chris Spielman and Rob Stone 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 1,069 games since beginning football in 1889. Iowa’s overall record is 544-487-39 (.527). That includes a 343-191-16 (.638) record in home games, a 200-296-23 (.408) record in games away from Iowa City, a 266-328-25 (.450) mark in Big Ten games and a 226-156-15 (.588) record in Kinnick Stadium.

The National I-Club and the UI Alumni Association invite all fans to the “Hawkeye Huddle” from 1:30-2:30 p.m. (CDT) prior to the Purdue game Saturday. The “Hawkeye Huddle” will be held at the University Inn Conference Center & Suites, located at 3001 Northwestern Avenue in West Lafayette. The free reception features refreshments, snacks, Hawk Shop door prizes, Herky, and the Iowa cheerleaders.


Fans of the Iowa Hawkeye are encouraged to wear black on Saturday, Oct. 22, when the Hawkeyes entertain Michigan in the first-ever ‘Black Out Saturday” event at the UI.

Kickoff is set for 11:10 a.m. for Iowa’s game vs. Indiana on Oct. 15. 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.

LB Abdul Hodge racked up a game and career-high 18 tackles, including 11 solo stops and two tackles for loss, to lead Iowa to a 35-7 victory over Illinois. The two-time first team all-Big Ten selection helped the Hawkeye defense limit Illinois to a single touchdown while topping his previous best of 16 tackles recorded twice during the 2003 campaign. The senior linebacker ranks second in the Big Ten with 11.6 tackles per game, trailing only teammate Chad Greenway, who is averaging 13.8 stops per outing. Hodge picks up his first career weekly accolade and the second for an Iowa linebacker in three weeks after Greenway was honored on Sept. 19.

Iowa’s victory over Illinois extended its home winning streak to 21. The 21-game streak, dating back to 2002, is a school and Kinnick Stadium record. Iowa boasts a 24.3 winning margin during the streak. Iowa’s 35-7 win over Illinois breaks the previous school record set, Nov. 19, 1918 to Oct. 20, 1923.

The active streak ranks third nationally among Division I-A schools. Boise State (26) 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 14 straight home wins is also a school record. The current 14-game home win streak in league games began with a 42-24 win over Minnesota in 2001.

Moreover, Iowa has not trailed in nine straight home games, dating back to last year. 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 39 quarters in Kinnick Stadium.

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.

The University of Iowa football program has been ranked the 36th “Greatest College Football Program of All Time” according to Street & Smith.

The publication profiles its top 50 football programs. Each ranked football program received at least two pages in the book that features a history of the program and key figures, as well as photos of highlights and stars.

Iowa boasts 19 consensus all-Americans, including 1939 Heisman Trophy winner Nile Kinnick. The Hawkeyes have appeared in 20 bowl games and have won outright or shared 11 Big Ten titles, including two conference titles in the last three years.

Iowa is 8-8 in games played on Oct. 8. The Hawkeyes defeated Coe 56-0 in 1893, Northern Iowa 45-3 in 1913, Notre Dame 10-7 in 1921, Indiana 20-6 in 1955, Michigan State 27-15 in 1960, Minnesota 18-6 in 1977, Northwestern 61-21 in 1983 and Wisconsin 31-6 in 1988. Iowa lost to Chicago 36-0 in 1898, Northwestern 10-5 in 1910, Ohio State 13-6 in 1927, Wisconsin 34-0 in 1932 and 31-13 in 1938, Illinois 20-14 in 1949, Purdue 35-0 in 1966 and Indiana 27-20 in 1994.

Purdue holds a 44-30-3 advantage in the series that began with a 16-0 Iowa win in 1910. The Boilermakers hold a 26-13-1 advantage in West Lafayette. Iowa has not won at Purdue since a 31-21 victory on Sept. 25, 1991. The Boilermakers are 3-0-1 in the last four meetings in Ross-Ade Stadium. The Hawkeyes have won 13 of the last 18 overall contests. Here are the results:


  • Iowa QB Drew Tate will be celebrating his 21st birthday Saturday.
  • Mark Hagen, Purdue’s defensive tackles coach, was an assistant coach at Northern Illinois when Iowa defeated the Huskies (24-0) in 1999. Hagen previously was on the staff at Indiana.
  • Iowa’s roster includes just one player from Indiana, sophomore DE Bryan Mattison (Mishawaka). Purdue’s roster does not include any Iowans.
  • Iowa will be looking to win its second consecutive game for the first time this season.
  • Purdue LB Kyle Williams, who originally committed to Iowa, is seeing extensive action. He ranks third on the team in tackles (23).
  • Saturday will be Purdue’s second of three consecutive home games.
  • Iowa’s passing attack ranks 88th nationally (192.0), while Purdue’s passing defense ranks 116th (346.0).
  • Purdue WR Dorein Bryant ranks first in the Big Ten and third in the nation in receptions per game (8.0). He also ranks 13th nationally and fourth in the conference in all-purpose yards (154.75).

Saturday’s game will mark the 46th 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 34-9 (.791) overall mark and a 21-5 (.808) Big Ten record the last four seasons.

Ferentz, at Iowa, holds an overall record of 45-33 (.577) and a 28-22 (.560) mark in Big Ten games. In 10 seasons as a college head coach his career mark is 57-54 (.514).

Twenty-six of Iowa’s 78 games over the last seven seasons have been decided by seven points or less (14-12) and 27 were played against opponents who were ranked in the top 25 at the time (11-16).

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 2-2 vs. Purdue and Boilermaker Coach Joe Tiller.

Joe Tiller is in his ninth year as the head coach at Purdue and his 15th season as a head coach. Tiller’s career record stands at 103-69-1 (.598), including a 64-39 (.621) record at Purdue and a 39-30-1 record in six seasons at Wyoming. Tiller’s first Purdue team, in 1997, posted a 9-3 record. Purdue was 9-4 in 1998. The Boilermakers won a share of the 2000 Big Ten title, earning a spot in the Rose Bowl for the first time since 1967. Purdue has earned a bowl invitation the last eight seasons. Last season, the Boilermakers lost a 27-23 thriller to Arizona State in the Sun Bowl.

Tiller is 3-3 vs. Iowa and 2-2 against Iowa Coach Kirk Ferentz.

Notre Dame racked up 621 yards total offense and scored the game’s first 28 points en route to a 49-28 victory over Purdue. Notre Dame QB Brady Quinn completed 20-33 passes for 283 yards in the first half to lead the Fighting Irish to a 28-0 intermission lead. He finished the contest 29-36 – a career-high 80.5 percent – and threw a touchdown pass for the 10th straight game, tying a school record set by Heisman Trophy winner John Huarte in 1964. The loss was the biggest by the Boilermakers since falling 31-3 at Michigan in 2003. Purdue QB Brandon Kirsch completed 29-44 passes for 274 yards and two touchdowns. WR Dorien Bryant caught a game and career-high 14 passes for 127 yards and two scores for the Boilermakers.

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 their 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. He 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 touchdown by the Boilermakers in the final minute 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 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. 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 an interception.

Iowa won its school record 21st consecutive home game with a 35-7 victory over Illinois on homecoming in Kinnick Stadium. The win was also the Hawkeyes’ sixth straight homecoming victory.

The Hawkeyes jumped on the Fighting Illini early, scoring touchdowns on their first two possessions. RB Marcus Schnoor scored his second touchdown of the season on a three-yard run, while WR Ed Hinkel scored on a 20-yard reverse to put the Hawkeyes up 14-0.

Illinois threatened to score three times in the first half, all resulting in missed field goals on consecutive possessions. PK Jason Reda had two field goals blocked (44 and 31 yards) by Iowa DE Kenny Iwebema and missed a 21-yarder wide left. The two blocked field goals tie a school record for blocked kicks by an individual in a single game.

After a scoreless second quarter, Iowa scored on its first three second-half possessions. Hinkel scored his second touchdown of the game on a 10-yard pass from QB Drew Tate, followed by a TE Scott Chandler seven-yard touchdown reception and a RB Damian Sims 66-yard scoring run.

Iowa posted season highs in first downs (25) and rushing yards (301).

Tate completed 17-22 passes for 175 yards and two touchdowns. It marked the 11th time in his career that he has thrown two touchdowns or more in a game, including eight of his last 10 games dating back to last season.

RB Albert Young led the Hawkeyes in rushing and receiving. Young carried the ball 13 times for 102 yards and caught four passes for 51 yards.

Defensively, Iowa had four players record double digit tackles. LB Abdul Hodge collected a game and career-high 18 tackles (11 solo), including two for loss. LB Chad Greenway registered 15 stops (10 solo) and two sacks. DB Miguel Merrick posted 13 tackles (7 solo), while LB Edmond Miles tallied a career-high 10 stops (6 solo), including one for loss. Additionally, DB Jovon Johnson intercepted his second pass of the season and 16th of his career.


  • Iowa also extended its home conference winning streak to 14 games, which is also a school record.
  • Iowa rushed 39 times for 301 yards (7.7 avg.), marking the first time the Hawkeyes rushed for over 300 yards in a game since Iowa rushed 56 times for 365 yards (6.5 avg.) at Minnesota in 2002.
  • DE Kenny Iwebema’s two blocked field goals tie Sean Considine, Maurea Crain and Merton Hanks for most blocked kicks by an individual in a single game.
  • Iowa scored on its opening possession for the third time this season – all home games and all resulting in touchdowns. The Hawkeyes failed to score any points on their opening possession in road games at Iowa State (fumble) and Ohio State (punt).
  • Illinois failed to score on its opening possession, becoming the fourth Hawkeye opponent not to score on its first drive. Ohio State is the only Iowa opponent to score on its opening possession. Iowa has not allowed any first-quarter points in three home games this season. The Hawkeyes have out-scored their opponents 56-0 in the first quarter in their three home contests.
  • RB Albert Young rushed for 102 yards, marking the third game this season an Iowa running back has rushed for over 100 yards. Young also netted 140 yards at Iowa State, while Shonn Greene accumulated 116 vs. Ball State.
  • WR Ed Hinkel’s 20-yard touchdown run was his first career rush. He also caught a 10-yard touchdown pass from QB Drew Tate, which are his only touchdowns of the season. Hinkel has 11 career touchdowns (9 receiving, 1 rushing and 1 punt return).
  • Iowa won its 50th homecoming game, improving to 50-39-5 overall. The Hawkeyes improve to 6-2 against the Fighting Illini on homecoming. Additionally, Iowa has won six of the last eight overall meetings vs. Illinois.
  • Illinois recorded a 20-play, 90-yard drive that consumed 7:59 in the second quarter that resulted in a missed field goal attempt (21 yards). Iowa had only one offensive possession during the second quarter.
  • Iowa has forced three turnovers inside the five-yard line the last two games. Jovon Johnson intercepted an Illinois pass on the two-yard line, while the Hawkeyes forced and recovered two fumbles inside the five-yard line at Ohio State.

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 and once at Ohio State. The officials upheld the call on the field for an Iowa fumble and used replay for a clock adjustment at Iowa State. The officials changed an Iowa fumble to an incomplete pass in the fourth period at Ohio State. Replay was used once on a deflected Illinois pass that was nearly intercepted by LB Abdul Hodge – the call on the field was upheld.

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 returned 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, who will be celebrating his 21st birthday Saturday, 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 completed 22-39 passes for 146 yards at Ohio State. Tate completed 17-22 passes for 175 yards and two scores vs. Illinois.

He completed a combined 41-50 (.820) passes for 521 yards, six touchdowns and one interception in Iowa’s three victories, while he completed 27-50 (.540) passes for 203 yards, no touchdowns and two interceptions in the two defeats. Tate has thrown for two touchdowns in all three home contests in 2005.

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 307-486 passes for 3,565 yards and 27 touchdowns in his career, which ranks seventh in school history. Tate is 174 yards from passing Gary Snook for sixth (3,737) on the career chart. He has tossed two touchdowns or more in 11 career games, including eight of his last 10 games dating back to last season. Tate has recorded 3,547 yards total offense in his career and is only eight yards from surpassing Larry Lawrence (3,554) for 10th in career total offense at Iowa.

Sophomore Albert Young leads the Iowa rushing attack carrying the ball 59 times for 425 yards (85.0 avg.) this season. He ranks 44th nationally and sixth in the Big Ten. He has rushed for over 100 yards twice this season (at Iowa State and vs. Illinois).

He 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. Young totaled 25 yards on 10 carries at Ohio State. The native of Moorestown, NJ, rushed 13 times for 102 yards vs. Illinois. He also caught a team-high four passes for 51 yards.

Young netted 61 yards and one touchdown on only five attempts before getting injured in 2004.

Iowa’s current depth chart includes five walk-ons: one on offense and defense and three on special teams. The one on offense is RB Marcus Schnoor, while the one on defense is SS Devan Moylan. Both punters, Andy Fenstermaker and John Gallery, and long snapper Daniel Olszta, are walk-ons.

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 is one of only six place kickers in the nation who hasn’t missed a PAT or field goal attempt (min. four attempts) this season. Schlicher is a perfect 4-4 on field goals and 19-19 on PATs. He 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. He booted a 37-yard field goal and a career-long 52-yarder at Ohio State. His previous best was a 49-yarder at Minnesota last season. Schlicher’s 31 points this season rank first on the team and eighth in the Big Ten. Schlicher has 126 career points, which ranks 16th in Iowa career scoring. He is three points from passing Danan Hughes (128) for 15th.

Schlicher is 25-30 in career field goal attempts, including 5-9 from beyond 40 yards, and 46-49 on PATs.

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.

After splitting the punting duties with senior John Gallery the first three games, junior Andy Fenstermaker punted all seven times at Ohio State and three times vs. Illinois. The seven punts at Ohio State resulted in a 43.4 average, including a long of 48 yards, and downed three inside the 20. His three punts vs. Illinois resulted in a 44.0 average, including a long of 50 yards. Fenstermaker punted three times, resulting in a 44.3 average, including a career-long 51-yarder at Iowa State. Against Northern Iowa, he punted twice, averaging 39.5 yards, and both punts were downed inside the 20.

Fenstermaker ranks third in Big Ten punting (43.4).

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.

Greenway and Hodge have earned Big Ten Player of the Week honors once this season and rank one-two, respectively, in Big Ten tackles. Greenway ranks third in the nation with 69 tackles, while Hodge ranks 11th with 58.

The duo 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 tallied a game and career-high 18 tackles (11), including two for loss vs. Illinois and vaulted five spots from 12th to seventh on Iowa’s career tackle list (353). He is only two tackles from surpassing Matt Hughes (1995-98) for sixth. His 18-tackle performance earned him co-Big Ten Player of the Week accolades for the first time in his career. Hodge posted 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. Hodge posted nine tackles (4 solo) and forced a fumble at Ohio State. He is tied for first in Big Ten fumbles recovered (2).

The native of Fort Lauderdale, FL, 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 17 times in his career, including three times in 2005. 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.

Greenway posted double figure tackles 19 times in his career, including four times in 2005. His 329 career tackles rank 14th at Iowa. Greenway is only two tackles from surpassing George Davis (1983-86) for 13th on the career tackles chart. Greenway posted a game and career-high 20 stops (12 solo) vs. Northern Iowa. The 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 and a game-high 14 stops (8 solo) at Ohio State. Greenway totaled 15 tackles (10 solo) and two sacks vs. Illinois.

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.

Iowa Career Tackle Leaders         Name   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.   Abdul Hodge 353 226 127 2002-05=""http:"="">Bob Sanders 348 235 113 2000-039.  Dave Haight 346 213 133 1985-8810. Aaron Kampman 342 209 133 1998-0111. Melvin Foster   337 155 182 1987-9012. Bobby Diaco 334 175 159 1992-9513. George Davis    330 216 114 1983-8614.  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Senior WR Ed Hinkel has touched the ball 20 times (19 receptions, 1 rush) through five games and 12 of his 20 touches have gone for first downs. Two of his three receptions vs. Ball State moved the chains. He was a perfect 2-2 at Iowa State and 4-4 vs. Illinois. Two of Hinkel's five receptions vs. Northern Iowa went for first downs, while two of his six catches at Ohio State moved the chains.

Iowa has started on offense in 68 of its last 72 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 70-of-78 games under Kirk Ferentz.

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

Bain was the only freshmen to record any statistics at Ohio State, collecting one tackle.

Against Illinois, Moeaki caught one pass for 12 yards, Greene rushed once for three yards, Kanellis and Bain each recorded a tackle, while Richardson saw action on the offensive line.


  • Iowa opened Big Ten play at Ohio State, marking the sixth time in seven years under Coach Ferentz the Hawkeyes opened conference play on the road. Iowa hosted Penn State in 2001.
  • The Hawkeyes sold out their last home game against Illinois, marking the 14th 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 13-12 in October games during Kirk Ferentz’s tenure, including 11-1 since the 2002 season.
  • Iowa ranks sixth nationally in net punting (39.78) and 15th in punt returns (15.67).
  • Twenty five of Iowa’s opponents’ 65 offensive drives have started inside the 20-yard line (38.5 percent).
  • Iowa’s home contest vs. Minnesota on Nov. 22 will be the 400th Hawkeye game played in Kinnick Stadium.
  • The Hawkeyes won their last six games decided by four points or less dating back to 2001.
  • Iowa has won 30 of its last 37 regular season contests.
  • In the last four years, Iowa is 30-1 when leading at the half and 33-0 when leading after three quarters.
  • The Hawkeyes have won 28 of their last 30 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.
  • Sixteen players have caught at least one pass, while 13 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 (94.1%) ranks first in Big Ten red zone proficiency.
  • Iowa has lost six fumbles through five 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 posted 17 offensive plays of 20 yards or more, 11 of which came on the ground. RB Damian Sims has produced Iowa’s two-longest running plays this season. He ran for a 66-yard touchdown vs. Illinois and a 39-yard touchdown 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 18 offensive plays of 20 yards or more. Illinois recorded two rushing and two passing plays of 20 yards or more. Ohio State posted four long rushing and three passing plays. Northern Iowa recorded five big passing plays, while Ball State and Iowa State each completed one pass play of 20 yards or more.

Iowa has outscored its opponents 56-13 in the first quarter, 38-27 in the second and 27-14 in the third. Hawkeye opponents own a 28-24 fourth quarter advantage.

Iowa is averaging 7.0 yards on 151 first down plays, 6.4 yards on 86 second down plays, 3.4 yards on 59 third down plays and 10.8 yards on five fourth down plays.

Iowa’s 21 scoring drives have averaged 6.5 plays, 54.0 yards and 2:44 elapsed time. Fourteen of Iowa’s 21 scoring drives covered 50 yards or more. All five of the Hawkeyes’ scoring drives vs. Illinois covered 65 yards or more. Iowa has posted five 80-yard drives (three vs. Northern Iowa and two vs. Illinois – all resulting in touchdowns) this season.

Iowa opponents have recorded 12 scoring drives, averaging 8.8 plays, 63.8 yards and 3:56 elapsed time. Four of the 12 scoring drives followed Iowa turnovers. Ohio State posted three touchdown drives that totaled 78 yards or more.

The Hawkeyes have marched inside the red zone 17 times and scored 16 of those times (94.1%). 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. Nine of the 12 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. Iowa made two field goals on its only two red zone possessions at Ohio State. The Hawkeyes were a perfect 4-4 in the red zone vs. Illinois, scoring all touchdowns.

Hawkeye opponents have advanced inside the red zone 15 times and have scored only nine times (60.0%). Ball State did not advance inside the red zone. 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. Ohio State scored three touchdowns on five trips inside the red zone. The Hawkeye defense forced and recovered two fumbles inside the five-yard line. Illinois, who was a perfect 12-12 in the red zone entering the Iowa game, failed to score on two of its three red zone possessions. The Fighting Illini scored a touchdown and had two missed field goals (one blocked).

Iowa’s red zone offense (94.1%) and defense (60.0%) both rank first in the conference.

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).

Hawkeye opponents have scored a total of 30 points off Iowa turnovers. 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. Ohio State capitalized on a QB Drew Tate interception, converting the mistake into a touchdown. Iowa turned the ball over twice (fumble, interception) vs. Illinois, but the Fighting Illini failed to convert the Hawkeye miscues into any points.

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

Ball State:  OL Brian Ferentz, WR Ed Hinkel        LB Chad Greenway, LB Abdul HodgeIowa State:  OL Brian Ferentz, WR Ed Hinkel        DB Jovon Johnson, LB Mike FollettNorthern Iowa:   OL Brian Ferentz, WR Ed Hinkel        LB Abdul Hodge, DB Marcus PaschalOhio State:  LB Abdul Hodge, LB Chad Greenway        RB Marcus Schnoor, OL Brian FerentzIllinois:         OL Brian Ferentz, WR Ed Hinkel        LB Chad Greenway, DB Antwan Allen=""http:>=""http:>=""http:>=""http:>=""http:>

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 123 players includes 57 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, 18 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, 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.

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 contests at Iowa State and Ohio State were televised regionally on ABC, while the Purdue game will be televised to a national cable audience on ESPN at 3:35 p.m. (CDT). Iowa games vs. Ball State, Northern Iowa and Illinois were televised regionally on ESPN Plus. The Hawkeyes’ game vs. Indiana will also be carried on ESPN Plus.

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 for a two-game home stand against Indiana Oct. 15 (11:10 a.m., ESPN Plus) and Michigan Oct. 22 (kickoff time TBA).

October 8

Wisconsin at Northwestern, 11:05 a.m. (ESPN or ESPN2)
Illinois at Indiana, 11:10 a.m. (ESPN Plus)
Minnesota at Michigan, 12:10 p.m. (ABC)
Iowa at Purdue, 3:35 p.m. (ESPN)
Ohio State at Penn State, 6:45 p.m. (ESPN)
Idle: Michigan State