Oct. 2, 2006
IOWA REMAINS HOME
Iowa (4-1) remains home to host Purdue (4-1) Saturday in its annual homecoming game. Game time is 11:03 a.m. (CDT) in Kinnick Stadium (70,585). The game is sold out.
ON THE TUBE
ESPNU will televise Saturday’s game to a cable audience. Beth Mowins and Brian Kinchen 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 1,083 games since beginning football in 1889. Iowa’s overall record is 551-493-39 (.527). That includes a 347-193-16 (.638) record in home games, a 205-300-23 (.410) record in games away from Iowa City, a 272-331-25 (.453) mark in Big Ten games and a 230-158-15 (.589) record in Kinnick Stadium.
Iowa holds a 50-39-5 record in homecoming games. Iowa has won its last six homecoming games, including last year’s win over Illinois (35-7). Iowa will play Purdue for the 17th time on homecoming. The Hawkeyes are 5-10-1 against the Boilermakers on homecoming, with Iowa winning (31-28) the last homecoming meeting in 2002.
Members of two University of Iowa Big Ten championship football teams return to campus this weekend for anniversary reunions. The 1956 Hawkeye team is celebrating 50 years while the 1981 Iowa team is noting its 25th anniversary. Both groups represented the Big Ten in the Rose Bowl with the 1956 team winning over Oregon State. Coaches Forest Evashevski and Hayden Fry are both expected to be in attendance. The 1956 team will also be officially presenting the University the 1958 National Championship Trophy. That team won Iowa’s only national title in football.
IN THE RANKINGS
Iowa dropped six spots to 19th in both major polls after its loss to top-ranked Ohio State. The Hawkeyes are also ranked 18th in the Harris Poll. Purdue is not ranked.
ON THIS DATE
Iowa is 8-7-1 in games played on Oct. 7. The Hawkeyes defeated Coe 56-0 in 1893, Cornell 31-6 in 1916, Knox 61-0 in 1922, Bradley Tech 38-0 in 1933, Indiana 32-29 in 1939, USC 35-34 in 1961 and Michigan State 21-7 in 1995 and 21-16 in 2000. Iowa lost to Chicago 42-0 in 1905, Ohio State 34-0 in 1944, Indiana 20-7 in 1950, Notre Dame 56-6 in 1967, Purdue 24-0 in 1972, Utah 13-9 in 1978 and Michigan State 17-14 in 1989. The Hawkeyes tied Chicago 5-5 in 1899.
FERENTZ TIES EVASHEVSKI
Head Coach Kirk Ferentz collected his 53rd overall win at the University of Iowa at Illinois on Sept. 23. The victory moved Ferentz past Forest Evashevski (1952-60) for the second-most wins by a Hawkeye head coach. Also, the triumph over Illinois was Ferentz’s 33rd in Big Ten play, which matches Evashevski for second in conference wins at Iowa. Hayden Fry (1979-98) is Iowa’s all-time winningest coach with 143 overall wins and 96 league victories.
Purdue holds a 44-31-3 advantage in the series that began with a 16-0 Iowa win in 1910, but the the Hawkeyes have won 14 of the last 19 meetings. The series is tied 18-18-2 in games played in Iowa City. Iowa has won the last four meetings in Kinnick Stadium: 26-17 in 1993, 35-17 in 1997, 31-28 in 2002 and 23-21 in 2004. Here are the results:
IOWA, PURDUE NOTES
? Purdue senior defensive lineman Anthony Spencer is the reigning Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week after establishing career highs in tackles (15), and tackles for loss (4.5) in the loss at Notre Dame. In fact, he has earned the conference honor the last two weeks. Spencer ranks first nationally in tackles for loss (2.8) and third in sacks (1.4).
? Saturday will feature two of the Big Ten’s top passing quarterbacks. Purdue QB Curtis Painter ranks first in the league in yards (307.6) and completions (105), second in touchdowns (10) and third in pass efficiency (147.8). Iowa QB Drew Tate ranks second in yards (234.0), third in total offense (241.5) and fifth in touchdowns (8).
? Iowa’s Mike Klinkenborg ranks ninth in the nation in tackles (10.8), while Purdue’s Dan Bick (9.6) ranks 21st.
? Purdue ranks fifth nationally in passing offense (317.6) and sacks allowed (0.6), sixth in total offense (467.2) and 13th in scoring offense (36.8). Iowa ranks 23rd in pass efficiency defense (104.3).
? Iowa boasts the eighth-best home winning percentage in the nation, since the start of the 2003 season, with a 20-2 record (.909). USC ranks first (19-0, 1.000), followed by Ohio State (23-1, .958).
? PK Kyle Schlicher has 217 career points and is one point from tying RB Tavian Banks and PK Zach Bromert for fourth in career scoring at Iowa. Additionally, Schlicher is only one field goal from matching Tom Nichol for third in career field goals with 45. Schlicher’s career field goal percentage of 81.5 percent (44-54) is tops in the Iowa record books. All-American Nate Kaeding converted 80.7 percent (67-83) of his kicks, attempting 29 more than Schlicher.
? QB Drew Tate (6,646) is only 209 yards from equaling Matt Rodgers (6,855) for second in career total yards at Iowa. Additionally, Tate (6,605) is only 120 yards from matching Rodgers (6,725) for third in career passing. Tate is also only 15 completions and 33 attempts from tying Rodgers for second in those career categories.
? Tate celebrated his 21st birthday in style last year at Purdue, throwing for a career-high 357 yards and matching a career high with three touchdown passes. The 357 yards rank 14th-best in a single game at Iowa.
? Iowa has collected just five takeaways in five games, while its opponents have collected 11. The Hawkeyes have played two games this season with a -4 turnover margin (Syracuse and Ohio State).
? Iowa has only lost consecutive games twice since the start of the 2002 season (Arizona State and Michigan in 2004 and Michigan and Northwestern in 2005).
? Purdue’s first four games were at home, as the Boilermakers played their first road contest last week at Notre Dame.
? Both Iowa and Purdue started the season 4-0, but lost their first game last week to ranked opponents. The Hawkeyes fell to top-ranked Ohio State (38-17), while the Boilermakers lost to 12th-ranked Notre Dame (35-21).
? 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 two players from Indiana, sophomore DE Bryan Mattison (Mishawaka) and true freshman OLB A.J. Edds (Greenwood). Purdue’s roster does not include any Iowans.
PURDUE FALLS AT NOTRE DAME
Notre Dame jumped out to a 28-7 advantage in the second quarter and ultimately defeated Purdue, 35-21 last Saturday in South Bend. The win snapped a seven-game winning streak for Purdue, dating back to last year. The 12th-ranked Fighting Irish scored touchdowns on five of their first six possessions. Notre Dame was able to withstand a big day from Boilermaker QB Curtis Painter and WR Selwyn Lymon. Painter completed 23-46 passes for 398 yards and two touchdowns while Lymon had eight catches for 238 yards, the second most by a Purdue receiver and the most by an Irish opponent. Purdue DL Anthony Spencer totaled 15 tackles, including 4.5 for loss for 20 yards. Notre Dame nearly doubled Purdue in time of possession, as the Fighting Irish held the ball for 38:01, while the Boilermakers maintained possession for 21:59.
PURDUE COACH JOE TILLER
Joe Tiller is in his 10th year as the head coach at Purdue and his 16th as a head coach. Tiller’s career record stands at 110-74-1 (.595), including a 71-44 (.617) 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 eight of the last nine seasons. The Boilermakers failed to qualify for a bowl last season with a 5-6 record.
Tiller is 3-4 vs. Iowa and 2-3 against Iowa Coach Kirk Ferentz.
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 while completing 19-33 passes in the game.
Tate connected with WR Clinton Solomon on Iowa’s opening possession for a season-long 78-yard scoring pass play. On Iowa’s next possession, TE Ryan Majerus hauled in a three-yard Tate pass 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).
With Iowa clinging to a 23-17 fourth-quarter lead, LB Edmond Miles intercepted his first career pass in the Iowa 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 reception 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 over the final two periods.
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.
COACH Kirk Ferentz
The 2002 Associated Press, Walter Camp and 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 eighth season as Iowa’s head football coach. Ferentz guided Iowa to Big Ten titles twice in the last four years (2002 and 2004) and four straight January bowl games, including back-to-back New Year’s Day bowl victories (2004 Outback Bowl and 2005 Capital One Bowl). Iowa has posted a 42-13 (.764) overall mark and a 26-8 (.765) Big Ten record the last five seasons.
Ferentz, at Iowa, holds an overall record of 53-37 (.589) and a 33-25 (.569) mark in Big Ten games. In 11 seasons as a college head coach his career mark is 65-58 (.528).
Twenty-nine of Iowa’s 90 games under Ferentz have been decided by seven points or less (14-15) and 30 were played against opponents who were ranked in the top 25 at the time (12-18).
Ferentz joined the Iowa staff after serving as assistant head coach and offensive line coach of the Baltimore Ravens of the National Football League. He had been part of the Baltimore (Cleveland Browns prior to the move) staff for six years.
Ferentz was named head coach of the Maine Bears in 1990 and held that position for three years. Ferentz was a member of Hayden Fry’s Iowa staff for nine years as offensive line coach (1981-89). He coordinated Iowa’s running game during his first coaching stint with the Hawkeyes. Iowa appeared in eight bowl games during the time Ferentz was an Iowa assistant, posting a 4-4 record. A pair of Rose Bowls (1982 & 1986), two Holiday Bowl appearances (1986 & 1987) and a pair of Peach Bowl visits (1982 & 1988), along with appearances in the Gator (1983) and Freedom Bowls (1984) highlighted his previous Iowa stay. Iowa’s record in those nine years was 73-33-4 and included two 10-win and two nine-win seasons.
Ferentz was born in Royal Oak, MI, and attended high school in Pittsburgh, PA. Kirk earned his bachelor’s degree in English Education from the University of Connecticut in 1978, where he was a football captain.
Ferentz is 3-2 vs. Purdue and Boilermaker Coach Joe Tiller.
OHIO STATE 38, IOWA 17
Top-ranked Ohio State scored on five of its first eight possessions to upend 13th-ranked Iowa 38-17 in Kinnick Stadium. The loss was only Iowa’s second at home in the last 27 games, dating back to 2002.
The Buckeyes jumped out to a 14-3 advantage, but a 15-yard RB Albert Young touchdown run in the second quarter trimmed the deficit to 14-10. Young’s score was the first rushing touchdown Ohio State yielded in five games.
Ohio State answered with 17-straight points to stretch its lead to 31-10 in the fourth quarter. The Hawkeyes closed the gap to 31-17 on WR Andy Brodell’s four-yard touchdown pass from QB Drew Tate early in the fourth quarter. Iowa would get no closer as its final three drives resulted in turnovers (2 interceptions and a fumble).
Tate completed 19-41 passes for 249 yards. He threw one touchdown and three interceptions. WR Scott Chandler had six catches for a team-best 87 yards.
Iowa was not penalized once in the game, while Ohio State was only flagged three times for 18 yards.
Ohio State QB Troy Smith completed 16-25 passes for 186 yards and four touchdowns. RB Antonio Pittman rushed 25 times for a game-high 117 yards, while WR Anthony Gonzalez caught five passes for 77 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Buckeyes.
LB Mike Klinkenborg record double figures in tackles for the fourth time this season, as the junior was credited with a game and career-high 13 tackles. DB Charles Godfrey amassed a career-high 12 stops, while LB Mike Humpal accumulated nine tackles, including one for loss.
FINAL GAME NOTES
? Iowa failed to score on its opening possession, while Ohio State tallied a touchdown on its first drive. Iowa has not scored on its first drive this season. Three of Iowa’s opponents (Syracuse, Iowa State and Ohio State) opened the game with touchdown drives.
? Center Rafael Eubanks did not play vs. Ohio State due to injury. Eubanks was injured in the previous week’s game at Illinois. Mike Elgin started at center and Seth Olsen started at right guard.
? Defensive lineman Alex Kanellis saw action vs. Ohio State a week after appendectomy surgery. He recorded one solo tackle for a loss of three yards.
? RB Damian Sims’ 21-yard run in the second quarter matched his and the team’s longest run of the season. He had a 21-yard scamper in the opener vs. Montana.
? QB Drew Tate moved up in two career statistical categories at Iowa. The senior signal caller now ranks third in total offense (6,646), passing Chuck Hartlieb (6,570), and fourth in passing yards (6,605), passing Matt Sherman (6,399).
? RB Albert Young moved up two spots in career rushing at Iowa. His 48 yards against the Buckeyes moved him past Ed Podolak and Nick Bell and into 11th with 1,754 yards. He is 173 yards from matching Levi Mitchell (1,927) and cracking the top 10.
? Last week was the last time Iowa will face Ohio State until Nov. 19, 2009 in Columbus.
? Iowa has now played five night games in Kinnick Stadium history with a 2-3 record in those contests.
? After Ohio State had allowed seven points or less in its last three contests, Iowa tallied 17 points, including 10 in the first half. The 17 points are the most the Buckeyes have allowed all season, with the previous high being 12 to Northern Illinois in week one.
? The Hawkeyes fell to 0-10-1 against top-ranked opponents.
? Andy Fenstermaker punted five times, averaging 33.4 yards per kick. Three of his five punts were downed inside the 20.
? TE Scott Chandler had six catches for a game-high 87 yards. Five of his six receptions moved the chains, including three of the receptions coming on third or fourth down.
? Ohio State’s 38 points are the most Iowa has allowed since yielding 44 at Arizona State on Sept. 18, 2004. The 38 points are the most the Hawkeyes allowed in a game at Kinnick Stadium since allowing 38 to Ohio State on Oct. 21, 2000 – – a span of 47 games. Iowa’s 17 points are the fewest it has scored in Kinnick Stadium since a 17-10 win over Iowa State on Sept. 11, 2004 – – a span of 14 games.
? PK Kyle Schlicher made his 44th career field goal on a 32-yarder in the first quarter. He has converted 6-7 field goals and 10-10 PATs for 28 points this season.
? Ohio State converted two QB Drew Tate interceptions into touchdowns. Opponents have scored 21 points off 11 Hawkeye turnovers this season.
? Iowa ran only seven offensive plays in the third quarter, compared to Ohio State’s 23.
COACHING STAFF STABILITY
Iowa has only lost four assistant coaches during Coach Ferentz’s tenure. After three years, Bret Bielema left and is currently the head coach at Wisconsin. After one season, Chuck Long departed and is now the head coach at San Diego State. Joe Philbin exited after four years and is now on the Green Bay Packers’ coaching staff. Pat Flaherty left after one season and is currently on the New York Giants’ coaching staff.
HAWKEYES ON THE TUBE
Saturday will mark the 57th consecutive game the Hawkeyes have been selected for television. The last Iowa contest not televised was against Minnesota on Nov. 17, 2001.
IOWA AMONG THE BIG TEN’S ELITE
Michigan and Ohio State are tied with the most conference victories the last five years with 27. Iowa is a close third with 26 during that time span. Michigan (21) has won the most league contests the last four years, followed by Ohio State (19) and Iowa (18).
TATE DOMINANT AT HOME
QB Drew Tate has compiled a 13-2 record in home games as a starter. The senior has completed 278-440 passes (.632) for 3,654 yards in 15 career starts in Kinnick Stadium, dating back to the 2004 season. Tate has thrown 33 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. He has thrown two of more scores in 12 of the 15 contests, including three or more in two of the three home games this season.
TATE CLIMBS CAREER CHARTS
QB Drew Tate, who is on the Maxwell, Davey O’Brien and Manning Award Watch Lists, ranks high in all the Iowa career passing charts. The senior ranks second in touchdown passes (51), third in completion percentage (.614), attempts (872) and total offense (6,646) and fourth in completions (535) and yards (6,605). Tate is within reach to climb into second in completions, attempts, yards and total offense. The all-Big Ten performer is only 329 yards behind second place Chuck Hartlieb for yards and 209 yards behind second place Matt Rodgers for total offense. He is 15 completions and 33 attempts from tying Matt Rodgers for second in those categories. Chuck Long is Iowa’s all-time leader in touchdowns (74), completions (782), attempts (1,203), yards (10,461) and total offense (10,254).
Tate has completed 77-134 passes for 936 yards and eight touchdowns this year. He ranks second in Big Ten passing (234.0), third in total offense (241.5) and seventh in pass efficiency (128.4).
Tate completed 15-28 passes for 223 yards and three touchdowns vs. Montana. He did not play at Syracuse due to injury, but returned vs. Iowa State. The senior signal caller completed 26-38 passes for 274 yards and three touchdowns in his return against the Cyclones. He completed 17-27 passes for 190 yards and a score at Illinois. Tate completed 19-41 passes for 249 yards and one touchdown and three interceptions vs. top-ranked Ohio State.
Tate has thrown two touchdown passes or more in 19 career games, including 16 of his last 21 dating back to 2004. He has tossed three or more touchdowns in six career contests.
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 2004 Big Ten Player of the Year by collegefootballnews.com.
TATE AMONG HAWKEYE ELITE
Drew Tate joins Chuck Long, Matt Rodgers and Matt Sherman as the only three-year starters at quarterback in Iowa history. Tate has collected 20 overall victories under center, which ranks fourth in Hawkeye annals behind Long (33), Sherman (24) and Rodgers (21). Tate has also amassed 13 conference wins directing the Hawkeye offense, which ranks fourth behind Long (24) and Sherman (14) and Rodgers (14).
YOUNG LEADS IOWA’S RUSHING ATTACK
All-Big Ten RB Albert Young, who is on the Maxwell and Doak Walker Award Watch Lists, returns after carrying the ball 249 times for 1,334 yards (111.2 avg.) and a team-best eight touchdowns in 2005. He ranked 17th nationally and fourth in the Big Ten for all games.
In the season opener vs. Montana, Young rushed for 93 yards and a score and caught four passes for 55 yards and a score. He carried the ball 18 times for 73 yards and a score and caught three passes for 29 yards at Syracuse. Young gained 57 yards on 18 carries and also caught five passes for 28 yards vs. Iowa State. He collected 97 all-purpose yards at Illinois, 57 rushing and a touchdown and 40 receiving. The junior rushed 11 times for 48 yards and a touchdown vs. Ohio State. Young ranks first in team rushing yards (328), second in receptions (19) and fourth in receiving yards (158).
Young, who was a 2005 second team all-Big Ten selection by the media and honorable mention pick by the coaches, averaged 125.2 yards in conference games to lead the league by 0.3 yards per game over Minnesota’s Laurence Maroney (124.9). Young also ranked second in all-purpose yards in league games, only 0.9 yards behind leader Brandon Williams (177.9) of Wisconsin. Young rallied to become the first Hawkeye to lead the conference in rushing (league games only) since Dennis Mosley in 1979. He ranked fifth among all rushers after five Big Ten games and climbed to No. 1 following big games against Northwestern, Wisconsin and Minnesota.
He rushed for over 100 yards in seven straight games (an Iowa record) and eight times in 2005 (Iowa State, Illinois, Purdue, Indiana, Michigan, Northwestern, Wisconsin and Minnesota). He averaged 139.6 yards rushing per game during the streak. Iowa has had a 1,000-yard rusher in five of the last six years. Ladell Betts (2000-01), Fred Russell (2002-03) and Albert Young (2005). Young also surpassed 200 all-purpose yards in four of the last seven games. He ranked fifth in the Big Ten and 18th nationally in all-purpose yards (146.7).
Young ranks 11th in Iowa career rushing with 1,754 yards. The junior needs only 173 yards to tie Levi Mitchell for 10th (1,927).
SCHLICHER THE KICKER
Senior PK Kyle Schlicher earned second team all-conference accolades last season. Schlicher did not play in the season opener due to injury, but handled PATs and field goals the last four contests. Schlicher scored eight points (2-2 PAT and 2-3 FG) at Syracuse, nine points (3-3 PAT, 2-2 FG) vs. Iowa State, six at Illinois (3-3 PAT, 1-1 FG) and five vs. Ohio State (1-1 FG, 2-2 PAT). He has scored 28 points this season (6 FG, 10 PAT) and ranks 10th in Big Ten scoring (7.0). Schlicher ranks third in Big Ten field goals (1.5) and 12th nationally.
Schlicher, who is on the Lou Groza Collegiate Place Kicker Watch List, ranked first in team scoring his junior year (17-21 FGs, 43-44 PATs – 94 points), sixth in Big Ten scoring and third in league kicking points. He ranked 26th in the nation in field goals per game (1.42) and 39th in overall scoring per game (7.8). Additionally, the 94 points rank seventh-most in a single season at Iowa. His .810 field goal percentage was tops in the Big Ten last year. He was a Groza semifinalist in 2005.
The Ankeny native has 217 career points, which ranks eighth in Iowa career scoring. He is only one point from equaling Tavian Banks and Zach Bromert (218) for fourth place.
Schlicher is 44-54 (.815) in career field goal attempts, including 8-16 from beyond 40 yards, and 85-89 on PATs. He has only missed two field goals under 39 yards (32-34). Schlicher is only one field goal from matching Tom Nichol (1981-84) for third in career field goals made at Iowa with 45. He has made two field goals or more in 13 contests.
SCHLICHER AMONG NATION’S ELITE
Kyle Schlicher ranks among the nation’s best place kickers in active career field goal percentage and field goals made per game (min. 30 FG made).
Schlicher ranks first in field goals made (1.57) and third in percentage (.815). Schlicher (.815) trails Virginia Tech’s Brandon Pace (.833) and Southern Mississippi’s Darren McCaleb (.819) in field goal percentage.
CHANDLER AND DOUGLAS LEAD HAWKEYE RECEIVERS
TE Scott Chandler, a candidate for the John Mackey Award, given to the nations’ top tight end, has had a solid start to the 2006 campaign. The senior ranks first in team in receptions (22) and second in yards (254). He ranks sixth in Big Ten receptions (4.4). Chandler had touchdown receptions in each of Iowa’s first two games – a six-yard reception vs. Montana and a one-yard catch at Syracuse.
Fourteen of his 22 receptions have moved the chains. Chandler caught four passes for 44 yards and one touchdown vs. Montana, with all four receptions moving the sticks. The native of Southlake, TX, caught six passes for 65 yards and a score at Syracuse – all in the first half. Four of his six catches gave Iowa first downs. He caught five balls for 52 yards vs. Iowa State, two of which were for first downs. Chandler caught one pass for six yards at Illinois. Five of his six catches for a game-high 87 yards vs. Ohio State moved the chains.
Chandler, who is the younger brother of former Hawkeye quarterback Nathan Chandler (2002-03), has 93 career receptions for 1,130 yards and six touchdowns, a total that ranks 26th in Hawkeye annals. He is only 40 yards from equaling Devon Harberts (1,170) for 25th.
WR Dominique Douglas leads the Hawkeye receiving corps with 258 yards and ranks third in receptions (18). Douglas is Iowa’s only true freshman who starts. He got his first start at wide receiver in week three vs. Iowa State. He became the first true freshman to start at Iowa since Mike Jones started on the offensive line in 2003 at Ohio State. Furthermore, Douglas is the first Hawkeye freshman to start at a skill position since Champ Davis started at fullback vs. Miami (OH) in 2003.
Douglas had four receptions for 63 yards vs. top-ranked Ohio State. He had five catches for a team-best 64 yards at Illinois. Douglas caught six balls for 88 yards vs. Iowa State. Douglas caught his first touchdown pass on a nine-yard pass from QB Drew Tate in the second quarter in the opener vs. Montana.
KLINKENBORG EARNED NATIONAL HONOR
Despite losing his father Sept. 10, junior linebacker Mike Klinkenborg started vs. Iowa State and amassed eight tackles and helped lead the Hawkeye defense. His performance just days after his father’s death, earned Klinkenborg, Walter Camp Football Foundation Defensive Player of the Week honors.
The native of Rock Rapids, IA, ranks second in the Big Ten and ninth in the nation in tackles per game (10.8). Klinkenborg has recorded double-digit tackles in four of five games this season. He was credited with a career-high 13 tackles vs. Ohio State. He also amassed 10 tackles at Illinois, 12 at Syracuse, 11 vs. Montana.
SYRACUSE RUNS INTO WEB
Syracuse had eight tries inside the Iowa five-yard line in double overtime, but the Hawkeye defense was like a brick wall and turned away the Orange to propel the Hawkeyes to victory. Four of the eight plays were stopped by DE Kenny Iwebema. The junior collected four of his nine solo stops on the goal line stand.
Hawkeye historians are calling it one of, if not the best, goal line stand in Iowa football history. The goal line stand earned Iowa ESPNs Pontiac Game Changing Performance of the Week. The victory netted the general scholarship fund at the University of Iowa $5,000. The UI is also now eligible to win $100,000 in December when the nation votes on the Pontiac Game Changing Performance of the Year.
? Iowa has won 25 of its last 27 games in Kinnick Stadium, dating back to the 2002 season. The Hawkeyes’ two losses came to Michigan (23-20 in overtime in 2005) and Ohio State (38-17 in 2006).
? DL Mitch King ranks 12th nationally in sacks per game (1.0) and is tied for 35th in tackles for loss (1.4).
? RB Albert Young has 19 receptions through five games. He is only five catches from equaling a season career high, besting his previous high of 24 receptions in 12 games last season.
? Senior OL Mike Elgin is a strong candidate for a National Football Foundation post-graduate scholarship.
? Senior Andy Fenstermaker is on the watch list for the Ray Guy Award, given to the nation’s top punter.
? OL Mike Jones has been named first team pre-season all-America by Sports Illustrated. Jones missed the Illinois game, but returned vs. Ohio State.
? Both LB Chris Brevi (foot) and DB Ma’Quan Dawkins (knee) will miss the 2006 season and will receive medical reshirts. Brevi is a junior, while Dawkins is a senior. WR Calvin Davis will likely miss the remainder of the season after suffering a torn Achilles. Davis played in Iowa’s first two contests and suffered the injury in practice.
? Iowa has won 38 of its last 48 regular season contests.
? Iowa is one of only four teams (USC, Georgia and Florida State) to appear in four straight January bowl games.
? In the last five years, Iowa is 35-3 when leading at the half and 40-2 when leading after three quarters.
? Iowa has a consecutive home sellout streak of 20, dating back to the 2003 season. The last Hawkeye game not sold out was vs. Buffalo (9/6/03). All seven home contests this season are sold out.
? Iowa tied for third in the Big Ten in 2005 and now has 47 first-division finishes in the conference, including 11 championships and eight additional finishes among the top three in the league. The Hawkeyes have finished among the top three in the Big Ten standings three of the last four years.
IOWA LEADERSHIP COUNCIL
Iowa’s Leadership Council for the 2006 season includes six seniors, three juniors, four sophomores, one 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 Mike Elgin, Jason Manson, Miguel Merrick, Marcus Paschal, Drew Tate and Marshal Yanda; juniors Mike Humpal, Bryan Mattison and Albert Young; sophomores Mitch King, Matt Kroul, Tony Moeaki and Seth Olsen; redshirt freshman Jake Christensen and true freshman A.J. Edds.
IOWA LIKES STARTING ON OFFENSE
Iowa has started on offense in 76 of its last 84 games. Iowa’s games vs. Iowa State (9/16/06), vs. Minnesota (11/19/05), vs. Michigan (10/22/05), at Purdue (10/8/05), 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 won six of those eight games. Iowa has started the game on offense in 78-of-90 games under Kirk Ferentz.
BIG PLAY HAWKEYES
Iowa has posted 18 offensive plays that went for 20 yards or more, 15 via the pass and three on the ground. WR Andy Brodell caught a game and career-high 44-yard pass vs. Montana, while Herb Grigsby also caught a career-high 44-yard pass at Syracuse. RB Albert Young and RB Damian Sims have each posted a 21-yard run. Iowa had a season-best six offensive plays cover 20-yard or more in its loss to top-ranked Ohio State.
Hawkeye opponents have collected just eight plays of 20 yards or more, seven via the pass. Montana and Iowa State registered just one offensive play over 20 yards; Montana a 21-yard pass and Iowa State a 20-yard pass. Ohio State RB Antonio Pittman recorded a 23-yard run in week five, the first running play for over 20 yards Iowa’s defense has allowed this season.
IOWA BY QUARTERS
Iowa has outscored its opponents 52-21 in the second quarter, 37-20 in the fourth and 10-3 in overtime. Hawkeye opponents own a 21-13 advantage in the first quarter, while both have totaled 17 in the third quarter.
ON THE AVERAGE
Iowa averages 5.8 yards on 157 first down plays, 5.0 yards on 113 second down plays, 5.3 yards on 66 third down plays and 6.0 yards on four fourth down plays.
AVERAGE SCORING DRIVES
Iowa’s 21 scoring drives average 8.3 plays, 56.7 yards and 3:00 elapsed time. Eleven of the 21 scoring drives covered 65 yards or more. Iowa’s longest scoring drive is a 15-play, 67-yard drive that consumed 5:41 vs. Montana in week one. The Hawkeyes’ first scoring drive vs. Ohio State took 6:15 off the clock on a drive that covered 66 yards on 14 plays.
Hawkeye opponents have posted 13 scoring drives that average 8.2 plays, 56.1 yards and 3:44 elapsed time. Ohio State registered a 14-play, 68-yard drive that consumed 7:43 in week five.
Both average scoring drives do not include overtime possessions.
IOWA IN THE RED ZONE
Iowa, who ranked second nationally in red zone proficiency in 2005, is 19-21 (90.5%) in the red zone (14 TD, 5 FG); two of the 21 possessions were overtime possessions. Iowa was a perfect 3-3 last week vs. Ohio State (2 TD, 1 FG). The Hawkeyes failed to convert a field goal (43 yards) after it reached the red zone at Syracuse and QB Drew Tate was intercepted on the one-yard line on a windy day at Illinois. The Hawkeyes rank second in Big Ten red zone proficiency.
Hawkeye opponents have marched inside the red zone 14 times, scoring on 11 (78.6%) of their possessions (8 TD, 3 FG); two of the eight possessions were overtime possessions. Ohio State was 5-6 (4 TD, 1 FG) inside the red zone last week. Syracuse turned the ball over on downs after Iowa’s defense stopped the Orange on eight plays inside the five-yard line, including four-straight inside the two, to win in double overtime in week two. Illinois drove to the Iowa 15-yard line late in the fourth quarter, but failed to score before the game ended.
POINTS OFF TURNOVERS
Iowa has scored 13 points following opponent turnovers. The Hawkeyes scored three points following an interception vs. Montana. Iowa tallied 10 points after four Illinois miscues (4 interceptions). The Hawkeyes did not collect any turnovers in games against Syracuse, Iowa State and Ohio State.
Hawkeye opponents have scored 21 points following Iowa turnovers. Montana converted a RB Albert Young fumble into seven points. Ohio State scored two touchdowns following Iowa interceptions, but failed to score any points after obtaining two additional turnovers. Syracuse picked off Iowa QB Jason Manson four times in week two, but did not convert the interceptions into any points. Iowa State and Illinois were unable to convert an interception into points.
Instant replay was used only in Iowa’s game vs. Ohio State. A Buckeye pass ruled complete on the field was overturned and ruled incomplete on the last play of the third period.
Coach Ferentz challenged an Illinois fumble in the first quarter, but the call on the field was upheld and Illinois maintained possession. Ferentz has challenged two plays in four games, with the call on the field being upheld each time. Illinois Coach Ron Zook challenged a play in the second period in which Iowa DB Marcus Paschal was ruled to have intercepted a pass. The call on the field was overruled, allowing Illinois to maintain possession.
Instant replay was used once in the fourth quarter vs. Iowa State, a coaches challenge by the Cyclones. The challenge by Iowa State was the first by a Hawkeye opponent this season. The original spotting of the ball on a crucial fourth down play in the fourth quarter was upheld.
Replay was used once in the first period, once in the third and once in the fourth at Syracuse, the most in any game Iowa has played since replay’s inception. In the first quarter, a Syracuse pass that was ruled incomplete was changed to a completion for a three-yard touchdown. In the third quarter, a play that was ruled a Syracuse fumble (recovered by Iowa) was changed to an incomplete pass. In the fourth period, the call on the field of a Syracuse completion was upheld.
Instant replay was used once in Iowa’s opening contest, when a call on the field (an Iowa fumble recovered by Montana), was upheld.
All of Iowa’s games this season will likely be selected for television. The Big Ten Conference announces game times and television stations no later than 12 days prior to game days. Iowa made its ESPNU debut in the season opener vs. Montana. The Hawkeyes’ road contest at Syracuse was televised regionally on ABC. Iowa’s game vs. intra-state rival Iowa State was televised nationally on ESPN. The Hawkeyes’ Big Ten opener at Illinois was aired regionally on ESPN Plus. Iowa’s home conference opener vs. Ohio State was televised nationally on ABC. Iowa makes a return appearance on ESPNU at 11 a.m. for its homecoming game vs. Purdue Saturday. The Hawkeyes’ game at Indiana next week will air on ESPN2 at 11:03 a.m. (CDT).
HAWKEYES BY THE NUMBERS
Iowa returned 41 lettermen from 2005, including 23 on offense, 16 on defense and two specialists. The Hawkeyes returned seven starters on offense and seven on defense, plus place kicker Kyle Schlicher and punter Andy Fenstermaker. The lettermen breakdown includes 10 three-year lettermen, 12 two-year lettermen and 19 one-year lettermen.
The total roster has 111 players, and includes 18 seniors, 15 juniors, 30 sophomores, 23 redshirt freshmen and 25 true freshmen.
HOME GROWN HAWKEYES
Iowa’s roster of 111 players includes 44 players from Iowa. The roster includes 12 players from Illinois; nine from Ohio; eight from Florida and Texas; seven from New Jersey; three from Minnesota, Nebraska and Pennsylvania; two from Connecticut, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri and Wisconsin and one from Arkansas, Georgia, South Dakota and Utah.
MORE THAN ONE
Ten high schools have contributed more than one player to the current Iowa football roster. The leaders are Iowa City West and City High with four. Robert E. Lee (Texas) and Ankeny (Iowa) high schools have three, while six schools have two players on the roster.
THE NAME GAME
Iowa has two players named Davis (Calvin and Champ, no relation). Mike is the most popular first name. There are four Mike’s (Elgin, Humpal, Jones, Klinkenborg). There are three players named Andy (Brodell, Fenstermaker, Kuempel), Dan (Doering, Murray, Olszta) and Ryan (Bain, Donahue, Majerus). There are two Adam’s (Farnsworth, Shada), Austin’s (Postler, Signor), Bryan’s (Mattison, Ryther), Kyle’s (Calloway, Schlicher), Drew’s (Gardner, Tate), Jordan’s (Den Hartog, McLaughlin), Justin’s (Collins, Edwards), Marcus’ (Paschal, Wilson) and Tyler’s (Blum, Gerstandt). Two Hawkeye players go by initials, A.J. Edds and B.J. Travers.
THE HAWKEYES, SIZE WISE
Freshman WR Paul Chaney, Jr. is the lightest Hawkeye player at 160 pounds. Sophomore OL Wesley Aeschliman is the heaviest at 315 pounds. A total of five Hawkeye players are listed over 300 pounds. The tallest player is 6-8 Aeschliman, while the shortest players, at 5-9, are PK Kyle Schlicher, RB Damian Sims and Chaney, Jr.
The average Hawkeye player is 6-2 and weighs 230 pounds. That is the exact height and three pounds lighter than the average Iowa player in 2005.
WATCHING FROM ABOVE
Iowa’s coaches in the press box are Lester Erb (receivers and special teams), along with quality control assistant Scott Southmayd and graduate assistant coaches Seth Wallace 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.
ROSE BOWL EXPERIENCE
Four members of the Iowa coaching staff have coached or played in the Rose Bowl. Kirk Ferentz coached in two Rose Bowl games while on the Iowa staff and Carl Jackson coached in three Rose Bowl games as an Iowa assistant coach. Norm Parker and Phil Parker both coached in the Rose Bowl while on the staff at Michigan State.
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 STATS ON THE INTERNET
Statistics and play-by-play accounts of 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 hawkeyesports.com and then clicking on the Gametracker link. This feature is available for all games during the 2006 season.
Iowa hits the road for a two-game road swing at Indiana Oct. 14 (11:03 a.m., CDT, ESPN2) and Michigan Oct. 21 (TBA).