Iowa Returns Home

Oct. 10, 2005

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Iowa (4-2, 2-1) returns home to host Indiana (4-1, 1-1) Saturday. Game time is 11:10 a.m. (CDT) in Kinnick Stadium (70,585). The game is expected to sell out. Saturday is Parent’s Weekend.

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 ESPN’s GamePlan pay-per-view and online services. Craig Coshun, Randy Wright and Quint Kessenich 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. The game can also be heard on XM Satellite Radio, Channel 198.

Iowa has played 1,070 games since beginning football in 1889. Iowa’s overall record is 545-487-39 (.527). That includes a 343-191-16 (.638) record in home games, a 201-296-23 (.409) record in games away from Iowa City, a 267-328-25 (.451) mark in Big Ten games and a 226-156-15 (.588) record in Kinnick Stadium.

Kickoff is set for 11 a.m. for Iowa’s game vs. Michigan on Oct. 22. The game will be televised either on ABC, ESPN or ESPN2. ABC has exercised its right to make a six-day pick to determine which game to televise.

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 broke 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 (27) ranks first and USC (23) 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 7-8-2 in games played on Oct. 15. The Hawkeyes defeated Cornell 76-0 in 1913, Illinois, 14-2 in 1921, Wabash College 38-0 in 1927, Chicago 27-14 in 1938, Indiana 35-9 in 1949, Wisconsin 28-21 in 1960 and Purdue 31-14 in 1983. Iowa lost to Denver Athletic Club 58-0 in 1893, Drake 18-5 in 1898, Chicago 39-0 in 1904, Missouri 5-0 in 1910, Indiana 12-0 in 1932, Minnesota 17-0 in 1966, Ohio State 27-6 in 1977 and Illinois 47-7 in 1994. The Hawkeyes tied Purdue 20-20 in 1955 and Michigan 17-17 in 1988.

Iowa holds a 37-25-4 advantage in the series that began with a 13-6 Iowa victory in 1912. Saturday will be the first meeting between the two teams since the Hawkeyes defeated the Hooisers 24-8, in Bloomington, in 2002. Iowa has won two consecutive games over Indiana and 13 of the last 19 in the series. The Hawkeyes boast a 20-9-3 series advantage in games in Iowa City, including winning seven of the last nine played in Kinnick Stadium dating back to 1981.


  • The Hawkeyes have outscored their three home opponents 56-0 in the first quarter.
  • Junior OL Mike Elgin will be celebrating his 22nd birthday Saturday, while true freshman OL Andy Kuempel will be celebrating his 20th.
  • Saturday will be the first time Indiana plays in Kinnick Stadium since a 42-28 loss on Oct. 20, 2001.
  • Both Indiana and Iowa have played one common opponent: Illinois. The Hawkeyes defeated the Fighting Illini 35-7 in Iowa City, while the Hoosiers downed Illinois 36-13 in Bloomington.
  • Iowa’s roster includes just one player from Indiana, sophomore DE Bryan Mattison (Mishawaka). Indiana’s roster does not include any Iowans.
  • Five Indiana assistant coaches came with Head Coach Terry Hoeppner from Miami (OH) – Defensive Line Coach and Co-Defensive Coordinator Brain George, Safeties Coach and Co-Defensive Coordinator Joe Palcic, Offensive Line Coach Bobby Johnson, Wide Receivers Coach Billy Lynch and Linebackers and Special Teams Coach George Ricumstrict.
  • Terry Hoeppner last visited Kinnick Stadium in 2003 when he was the head coach at Miami (OH). Iowa defeated the RedHawks 21-3 in the 2003 season-opener.
  • Indiana Quarterbacks Coach Matt Canada served as an assistant coach at Northern Illinois for six seasons (1998-2003). Canada coached the running backs when the Hawkeyes defeated the Huskies (24-0) in Iowa City in 1999 giving Coach Ferentz his first victory as Iowa’s head coach.
  • WR Ed Hinkel is the only current Iowa player that started in the last Indiana-Iowa game played in 2002. Hinkel will not play Saturday, as he is out indefinitely with a broken right arm.
  • The Hoosiers rank 12th nationally in kickoff returns (26.92), while the Hawkeyes rank 117th (13.5).
  • Both Iowa and Indiana have a turnover margin of -2.
  • Iowa plays two straight home games (Indiana and Michigan) and then receives its bye week (Oct. 29). The Hawkeyes won’t play a road contest until it travels to Northwestern (Nov. 5).

Saturday’s game will mark the 47th 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 35-9 (.795) overall mark and a 22-5 (.815) Big Ten record the last four seasons.

Ferentz, at Iowa, holds an overall record of 46-33 (.582) and a 29-22 (.569) mark in Big Ten games. In 10 seasons as a college head coach his career mark is 58-54 (.518).

Twenty-six of Iowa’s 79 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. Indiana and 3-0 against first-year Hoosier Coach Terry Hoeppner (all three wins came while Hoeppner coached at Miami, OH).

Terry Hoeppner (pronounced HEP-ner) is in his seventh season as a college head coach, his first at Indiana. Hoeppner’s overall record stands at 52-25 (.675) and 4-1 (.800) on the Indiana sidelines. Prior to being named Indiana’s 26th head football coach, he spent 19 seasons at Miami (OH), including the past six as head coach. No other football coach has spent that amount of time at Miami (OH). Hoeppner guided the RedHawks to top three finishes in the MAC East all six years as head coach, including first place finishes in 2003 and 2004. Hoeppner is the third former Miami (OH) coach to eventually stroll the Hoosier sidelines (John Pont – 1965-72 and Bill Mallory – 1984-96).

He is 0-3 against Iowa and Hawkeye Coach Kirk Ferentz. The Hawkeyes defeated the RedHawks 44-19 in 2001, 29-24 in 2002 and 21-3 in 2003.

Indiana QB Blake Powers tossed four touchdown passes, while WR James Hardy and RB Chris Taylor each eclipsed 100 yards to lead the Hoosiers past Illinois 36-13 in Bloomington. Powers finished the game completing 22-35 passes for 198 yards and broke Antwaan Randle El’s single-season school record of 17 touchdown passes. Powers has thrown for 18 scores in five games and also extended his school record to four straight games with at least three touchdown passes. Hardy caught 10 passes for 118 yards and two touchdowns, including the record-breaker, while Taylor ran 18 times for 132 yards and one score.

Iowa jumped out to a quick 17-0 first quarter lead and would go on to win 24-8 at Indiana. The victory was Iowa’s second consecutive over the Hoosiers.

Iowa scored on its first three possessions of the game. RB Fred Russell culminated a 10-play, 80-yard opening drive with a three-yard scoring run. PK Nate Kaeding connected on a 43-yard field goal midway through the first quarter and Russell scored his second touchdown of the game from two yards out to give the Hawkeyes and early 17-point cushion. Kaeding’s field goal was set up by a 38-yard punt return by Ed Hinkel.

Indiana marched deep inside Iowa territory twice in the final five minutes of the second quarter, but came away with no points after two interceptions by LB Grant Steen inside the Iowa five-yard line.

The Hoosiers closed the Iowa lead to 17-6 after field goals of 45 and 23 yards in the second half, but Indiana would come no closer. Iowa put the game away when QB Brad Banks connected with WR Maurice Brown for a 65-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter to put the Hawkeyes up 24-6. Indiana added two points late in the game on an Iowa team safety, as the Hawkeyes elected not to punt out of the end zone in the final minutes.

Indiana penetrated the red zone six times, but came away with just three points. Iowa recorded three interceptions, all by Steen, and Indiana turned the ball over on downs the other two times. Banks led the Hawkeye offense, completing 11-16 passes for 190 yards and one touchdown. Russell recorded 19 carries for 100 yards and two touchdowns, while TE Dallas Clark caught five passes for 82 yards.

Defensively, Steen collected a team-record three interceptions, all in the red zone, and recorded three tackles. Steen earned Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week honors after tying an NCAA record for interceptions by a linebacker in a game. DB Bob Sanders led Iowa with 16 tackles, while LB Fred Barr collected 13 tackles. Iowa’s defense sacked Indiana quarterback Gibran Hamdan a season-high six times, with six players collecting one sack each.

Iowa snapped a four-game winless streak at Purdue with a 34-17 victory. The win was the Hawkeyes’ first under Head Coach Kirk Ferentz at Ross-Ade Stadium.

Iowa QB Drew Tate celebrated his 21st birthday in style, throwing for a career-high 357 yards and matching a career high with three touchdown passes. Tate engineered three straight scoring drives to start the game.

Tate connected with WR Clinton Solomon on Iowa’s opening possession for a season-long 78-yard scoring pass play. The 78-yard reception ties as the 10th-longest passing play in Iowa history. On the next possession, he completed a three-yard pass to TE Ryan Majerus for his first career score. PK Kyle Schlicher completed Iowa’s third offensive possession with a 33-yard field goal. Schlicher finished the game with a season-high 14 points (4 field goals and 2 PATs).

Clinging to a 23-17 fourth-quarter lead, Iowa LB Edmond Miles intercepted his first career pass in the end zone to thwart Purdue’s attempt to reclaim the lead. The Hawkeyes converted the game’s only turnover into a touchdown when Solomon scored on a 36-yard passing play from Tate to stretch Iowa’s lead to 29-17. Iowa added a team safety and a field goal late in the fourth quarter.

RB Albert Young posted career highs in rushing yards (165), all-purpose yards (217) and rushing attempts (36). Solomon caught five passes for a career-high 166 yards and two touchdowns.

Iowa outscored Purdue 17-3 in the second half and maintained possession 21:31 to Purdue’s 8:29.

LB Chad Greenway accumulated 10 tackles (9 solo) and one pass break-up and DB Jovon Johnson collected a career-high nine stops (8 solo) to lead the Hawkeye defense. The Hawkeye defense posted a season-high eight pass break-ups en route to victory.


  • Purdue won the toss and elected to receive, marking the first time the Hawkeyes started the game on defense since last year’s home contest vs. Purdue, a string of eight straight starts on offense.
  • Iowa recorded its first safety since the Illinois game last year on Oct. 30, 2004.
  • Forty-nine of Purdue’s 92 rushing yards came on its opening scoring drive.
  • Iowa scored on its opening possession for the fourth time this season -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). The Hawkeyes scored on their first three possessions for the first time this season.
  • Purdue scored a touchdown on its opening possession, becoming only the second Hawkeye opponent to score on its first drive (Ohio State also scored a touchdown).
  • QB Drew Tate has thrown for two touchdowns or more in four of six games this season. He has thrown two touchdown passes or more in 12 career games, including nine of his last 11 games dating back to last year. He surpassed 300 passing yards for the fourth time in his career and the first time this season, reaching a career-high 357 yards. That total ranks 14th-best in a single game in Iowa history and marks the 33rd time an Iowa QB has thrown for 300 yards or more in a game.
  • Junior PK Kyle Schlicher converted four field goals and two PAT attempts. He was perfect for the season (21-21 PATs and 7-7 field goals) until missing a 47-yard field goal attempt and a PAT in the fourth period. The missed PAT snapped a consecutive streak of 34. He had a PAT blocked vs. Ohio State on Oct. 16, 2004 and he missed two PAT attempts vs. Kent State on Sept. 4, 2004, which were not blocked. The four field goals are the most Schlicher has made in a game this season. He made two at Ohio State.
  • WR Ed Hinkel’s 43-yard reception in the first period matched a career long, as he also had a 43-yarder in a home win vs. Michigan State in 2004. Hinkel left the game after that reception with a broken right arm and is out indefinitely.
  • Purdue PK Ben Jones missed a 44-yard field goal in the first quarter. Iowa opponents are 3-9 on field goal attempts this season after Jones converted a 46-yarder in the third quarter.
  • RB Albert Young has rushed for 100 yards or more in three of six games (two straight) this season and three times in his career. He also surpassed 100 yards at Iowa State and vs. Illinois.
  • Iowa, which leads the nation in fewest penalties and yards, was only penalized twice for 10 yards.
  • LB Edmond Miles’ interception in the end zone was the fourth turnover the last three games forced by the Iowa defense inside the opponent five-yard line. The Hawkeyes recovered two fumbles inside the Ohio State five-yard line and DB Jovon Johnson intercepted an Illinois pass on the two-yard line.
  • Iowa’s time of possession of 35:54 shatters its previous season high of 30:35 set vs. Ball State.
  • Seven of Iowa’s 15 third-down plays were 10 yards or more (3-7), while five of Purdue’s 12 third-down plays were three plays or less (1-5).
  • Jovon Johnson returned two punts for 19 yards, replacing the injured Ed Hinkel.
  • Iowa scored on seven of its 13 offensive possessions and did not have any three-and-outs for the first time this season.

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 in games against Illinois, Purdue and 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. Replay upheld a fourth-quarter Iowa interception by LB Edmond Miles in the end zone against Purdue.

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.

Iowa has only been penalized 17 times for 117 yards through six games. The Hawkeyes’ average of 19.5 yards penalized per game and 2.83 penalties per game are both tops in the nation by a large margin. Clemson and Kentucky rank second in fewest penalties per game (3.4), while Virginia Tech ranks second in fewest penalty yards per game (27.5). The Hawkeyes have been penalized two times or fewer in four games this season.

Iowa ranked 10th in the Big Ten last season in penalty yardage per game (56.2).

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 celebrated his 21st birthday in style last Saturday, leading the Hawkeyes to a 34-17 win at Purdue. The junior gunslinger completed 19-33 passes for a career-high 357 yards and matched a career high with three touchdown passes. He has thrown two or more touchdown passes in four of six games this season. Tate surpassed 300 passing yards for the fourth time in his career and the first time this season. The 357 yards rank 14th-best in a single game in Iowa history.

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 completed 22-39 passes for 146 yards at Ohio State. Tate completed 17-22 passes for 175 yards and two scores vs. Illinois.

He has completed 87-133 passes for 1,081 yards and nine touchdowns this season. His 151.5 passing efficiency ranks second in the Big Ten and 17th nationally.

He completed a combined 60-83 (.723) passes for 878 yards, nine touchdowns and one interception in Iowa’s four 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 326-519 passes for 3,922 yards and 30 touchdowns in his career, which ranks sixth in school history for passing yards. Tate is only 78 yards from reaching 4,000 yards passing and 427 yards from tying Kyle McCann for fifth (4,349) on the career chart. His 30 touchdown passes ties Brad Banks for fifth on Iowa’s all-time quarterback list. He has tossed two touchdowns or more in 12 career games, including nine of his last 11 games dating back to last season. Tate has recorded 3,916 yards total offense in his career and ranks seventh on the Iowa career list. He is only 110 yards from tying Ed Podolak for sixth (4,026) in career total offense.

Sophomore Albert Young leads the Iowa rushing attack carrying the ball 95 times for 590 yards (98.3 avg.) this season. He ranks 22nd nationally and fourth in the Big Ten. He has rushed for over 100 yards three times this season (at Iowa State, vs. Illinois, at Purdue).

He started his first career game at Iowa State and collected 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 had his best game statistically at Purdue, posting career highs in rushing yards (165), all-purpose yards (217) and rushing attempts (36). The 36 rushing attempts by Young marks the most rushing attempts by an Iowa running back since Fred Russell carried the ball 35 times for 142 yards at Penn State on Sept. 28, 2002.

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

PK Kyle Schlicher 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. 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. He scored a season-high 14 points at Purdue, converting 4-5 field goals and 2-3 PATs. He made his first 21 PATs and seven field goals this season before missing a 47-yard field goal and a PAT in the fourth period at Purdue. The missed PAT snapped a consecutive streak of 34. He had a PAT blocked vs. Ohio State on Oct. 16, 2004 and he missed two PAT attempts vs. Kent State on Sept. 4, 2004, which were not blocked.

Schlicher’s 45 points this season rank first on the team and seventh in Big Ten kicking points. Schlicher has 140 career points, which ranks 13th in Iowa career scoring. He is five points from passing Mike Saunders (144) for 12th. He ranks 40th in the nation in field goals per game (1.33) and 74th in overall scoring per game (7.5).

The native of Ankeny, IA, is 29-35 in career field goal attempts, including 5-10 from beyond 40 yards, and 48-52 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 and at Purdue. 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. His three punts at Purdue resulted in a 35.3 average, including downing two kicks inside the 20. 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 fifth in Big Ten punting (42.2). Eight of his 19 punts have been downed inside the 20, while 11 have been fair-caught.

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 each earned Big Ten Player of the Week honors once this season and rank second and fourth, respectively, in Big Ten tackles. Greenway has accumulated 79 tackles, while Hodge has recorded 62 stops.

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 now ranks sixth in career tackles after registering four tackles at Purdue. Hodge is only five tackles from surpassing Tom Rusk for fifth (361). His 18-tackle performance vs. the Fighting Illini 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 second in Big Ten fumbles recovered per game (0.33).

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 has posted double figure tackles 20 times in his career, including five times in 2005. His 339 career tackles rank 11th at Iowa. Greenway is only four tackles from surpassing Aaron Kampman for 10th (342) 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. He amassed a team-high 10 tackles (9 solo) at Purdue.

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.   Abdul Hodge   357 228 129 2002-05=""http:"="">Bob Sanders   348 235 113 2000-039.  Dave Haight 346 213 133 1985-8810. Aaron Kampman   342 209 133 1998-0111.  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TE Tony Moeaki, DL Alex Kanellis, DL Ryan Bain and OL Dace Richardson have seen action in all six games, while RB Shonn Greene has played in every game except the contest at Purdue.

Moeaki led all Hawkeye receivers against Ball State, hauling in three passes for 28 yards. Greene 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.

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.

Greene 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.

Moeaki, Bain, Kanellis and Richardson played in the Purdue game, but none recorded any statistics.


  • 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 14-12 in October games during Kirk Ferentz’s tenure, including 12-1 since the 2002 season.
  • Iowa ranks 10th nationally in net punting (39.27) and 15th in punt returns (14.79).
  • Twenty nine of Iowa’s opponents’ 76 offensive drives have started inside the 20-yard line (37.7 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 31 of its last 38 regular season contests.
  • In the last four years, Iowa is 31-1 when leading at the half and 34-0 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, Damian Sims and Ryan Majerus.
  • Seventeen 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 (95.5%) ranks first in Big Ten red zone proficiency (21-22).
  • Iowa has lost six fumbles through six games, including five in the first two 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 23 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 78-yard touchdown pass from QB Drew Tate to WR Clinton Solomon at Purdue. Tate also connected with Solomon for a 71-yard score vs. Northern Iowa. The Hawkeyes recorded a season-high six passing plays of 20 yards or more at Purdue. 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 20 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. Purdue registered passing plays of 24 and 25 yards.

Iowa has outscored its opponents 70-20 in the first quarter, 41-34 in the second, 33-17 and 35-28 in the fourth quarter.

Iowa is averaging 6.7 yards on 190 first down plays, 6.1 yards on 115 second down plays, 5.0 yards on 74 third down plays and 10.8 yards on five fourth down plays.

Iowa’s 28 scoring drives have averaged 6.7 plays, 58.1 yards and 2:47 elapsed time. Nineteen of Iowa’s 28 scoring drives covered 50 yards or more. All five of the Hawkeyes’ scoring drives vs. Illinois covered 65 yards or more. Iowa has posted seven 80-yard drives (three vs. Northern Iowa, two vs. Illinois and one against Ball State and Purdue – all resulting in touchdowns) this season.

Iowa opponents have recorded 15 scoring drives, averaging 8.6 plays, 64.5 yards and 3:39 elapsed time. Four of the 15 scoring drives followed Iowa turnovers. Ohio State posted three touchdown drives that totaled 78 yards or more. All three Purdue scoring drives were eight plays long.

The Hawkeyes have marched inside the red zone 22 times and scored 21 of those times (95.5%). 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. Fourteen of the 21 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. Iowa tallied four field goals and one touchdown on its five red zone possessions at Purdue.

Hawkeye opponents have advanced inside the red zone 17 times and have scored only 10 times (58.8%). 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). Purdue scored one touchdown and had an interception in the end zone on its two red zone trips.

Iowa’s red zone offense (95.5%) and defense (58.8%) 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). The Hawkeyes stopped a Purdue scoring threat in the end zone with an interception in the fourth quarter and drove 80 yards for a touchdown following the game’s only turnover.

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. The Hawkeyes did not have any turnovers vs. Northern Iowa or at Purdue.

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 AllenPurdue:           WR Ed Hinkel, LB Zach Gabelmann        LB Abdul Hodge, DB Jovon Johnson=""http:>=""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 has 16 players, eight on offense and eight on defense, start all six games this year. That list included OL Mike Jones, OL Brian Ferentz, OL Mike Elgin, OL Marshal Yanda, QB Drew Tate, WR Ed Hinkel, WR Clinton Solomon, FB Tom Busch, LB Abdul Hodge, LB Chad Greenway, LB Edmond Miles, DE Kenny Iwebema, DT Matt Kroul, DE Bryan Mattison, DB Jovon Johnson and DB Antwan Allen.

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 12 seniors, 18 juniors, nine sophomores, seven 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 was broadcast to a national cable audience on ESPN. 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
Apr. 4, 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 remains home when it entertains Michigan Oct. 22 (kickoff time TBA). The Hawkeyes then hit the road for a two-game road trip at Northwestern Nov. 5 (kickoff time TBA) and Wisconsin (kickoff time TBA).

October 15

Wisconsin at Minnesota, 11:00 a.m. (ESPN)
Michigan State at Ohio State, 11:10 a.m. (ABC)
Indiana at Iowa, 11:10 a.m. (ESPN Plus)
Northwestern at Purdue, 12:05 p.m. (ESPN2)
Penn State at Michigan, 2:35 p.m. (ABC)
Idle: Illinois