Oct. 9, 2006
IOWA RETURNS TO THE ROAD
Iowa (5-1, 2-1) returns to the road to face Indiana (3-3, 1-1) Saturday. Game time is 11:03 a.m. (CDT) at Memorial Stadium (52,354). Plenty of tickets remain on sale.
ON THE TUBE
ESPN2 will televise Saturday’s game to a national cable audience. Pam Ward, Mike Gottfried and Jimmy Dykes 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 197 (Indiana broadcast).
Iowa has played 1,084 games since beginning football in 1889. Iowa’s overall record is 552-493-39 (.527). That includes a 348-193-16 (.639) record in home games, a 205-300-23 (.410) record in games away from Iowa City, a 273-331-25 (.454) mark in Big Ten games and a 231-158-15 (.590) record in Kinnick Stadium.
HAWKEYE HUDDLE AT INDIANA
The National I-Club and the UI Alumni Association invite all fans to the “Hawkeye Huddle” from 9-10:30 a.m. prior to the Indiana game Saturday. The “Hawkeye Huddle” will be held at the University Plaza, located at 1710 Kinser Pike in Bloomington. The free reception features refreshments, snacks, Hawk Shop door prizes, Herky, and the Iowa cheerleaders.
IN THE RANKINGS
Iowa is ranked 13th in the USA Today poll and 15th in the Associated Press poll after its 30-point victory over Purdue on homecoming. The Hawkeyes are also ranked 13th in the Harris Poll. Indiana is not ranked.
ON THIS DATE
Iowa is 7-8-2 in games played on Oct. 14. 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 the 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.
FERENTZ MOVES PAST EVASHEVSKI
Head Coach Kirk Ferentz is now the second all-time winningest coach in Iowa history. Ferentz has 54 overall wins and 34 conference victories. Ferentz, who is in his eighth season as head coach at Iowa, recently moved ahead of Forest Evashevski (1952-60) in both rankings. Evashevski collected 52 overall wins and 33 league victories. Hayden Fry (1979-98) is Iowa’s all-time winningest coach with 143 overall wins and 96 Big Ten victories.
Iowa holds a 38-25-4 advantage in the series that began with a 13-6 Iowa victory in 1912. The Hawkeyes have won three consecutive games over Indiana and 14 of the last 20. Iowa is 17-16-1 in games at Bloomington. Saturday will be Iowa’s first visit to Memorial Stadium since a 24-8 triumph on Oct. 19, 2002. Here are the results:
INDIANA RALLIES TO TOP ILLINOIS
PK Austin Starr kicked a game-winning 33-yard field goal as time expired to lift Indiana to a 34-32 victory at Illinois. The win snapped a 17-game road losing skid in the Big Ten. The victory was the Hoosiers’ first on the road in conference play since defeating Michigan State on Nov. 10, 2001. The Fighting Illini scored on each of their first five possessions to put the Hoosiers in a 25-7 hole. QB Kellen Lewis and RB Marcus Thigpen led the Hoosiers. Lewis completed 20-39 passes for 240 yards and had one rushing touchdown, while Thigpen racked-up 311 all-purpose yards (197 kickoff returns, 91 rushing, 23 receiving), the fourth-best single-game mark in Indiana history. Thigpen returned a kickoff 98 yards, his third of the season, at the start of the second half to trim Indiana’s deficit to four (25-21). The Hoosiers trailed 25-7 early in the second quarter, but scored 24 unanswered points to get back into the contest.
INDIANA COACH TERRY HOEPPNER
Terry Hoeppner (pronounced HEP-ner) is in his eighth season as a college head coach, his second at Indiana. Hoeppner’s overall record stands at 55-35 (.611) and 7-10 (.412) on the Indiana sidelines. Prior to being named Indiana’s 26th head football coach, he spent 19 seasons at Miami (OH), including 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 0-4 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. Iowa beat Indiana 38-21 last year.
IOWA, INDIANA NOTES
? Saturday will be the first time any current Hawkeyes will have played at Indiana. The last time Iowa played in Bloomington was Oct. 19, 2002.
? Iowa ranks 15th in the nation in pass efficiency defense (100.34). Individually, PK Kyle Schlicher ranks fifth nationally in field goals (1.6), while LB Mike Klinkenborg ranks eighth in tackles (11.0).
? Indiana ranks fifth in the nation in kickoff returns (30.0) and 18th in punt returns (14.0).
? Indiana’s Marcus Thigpen is the reigning Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week. The Detroit native, who leads the country in kickoff returns (41.8) and ranks 16th in all-purpose yards (137.2), has equaled the Big Ten record of three kickoff return touchdowns in a single-season held by Purdue’s Stan Brown (1970) and Michigan State’s DeAndrea Cobb (2003).
? Iowa has scored in the red zone 68 of its last 73 (93.2%) trips, dating back to the start of the 2005 season.
? Iowa is one victory from becoming bowl eligible for the sixth-straight season. The Hawkeyes have played in four-consecutive January bowl games.
? Both Iowa and Indiana had 98-yard returns last week. Iowa DB Adam Shada returned an interception a school-record 98 yards, while Indiana RB Marcus Thigpen returned a kickoff 98 yards at Illinois.
? Iowa’s roster includes two players from Indiana, sophomore DE Bryan Mattison (Mishawaka) and true freshman OLB A.J. Edds (Greenwood) – both started last week and are expected to start at Indiana. Indiana’s roster does not include any Iowans.
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 21 overall victories under center, which ties Rodgers for third in Hawkeye annals behind Long (33) and Sherman (24). Tate has also amassed 14 conference wins directing the Hawkeye offense, which ties for third with Sherman and Rodgers. Long is the Iowa leader in Big Ten victories with 24. Tate is one win from claiming sole possession of second in conference wins and third in overall victories.
Iowa claimed its 22nd consecutive home victory with a 38-21 win over Indiana in Kinnick Stadium. The win was Iowa’s third straight over the Hoosiers.
The Hawkeyes jumped out to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter on a WR Matt Melloy eight-yard touchdown reception from QB Drew Tate and a 31-yard RB Albert Young scoring run. Indiana cut the deficit in half on a QB Blake Powers one-yard plunge, but the Hawkeyes responded with a PK Kyle Schlicher 35-yard field goal as the first half clock expired to take a 17-7 advantage.
After an Indiana three-and-out on its first second-half possession, Iowa got a quick strike when Tate connected with WR Clinton Solomon for a 42-yard touchdown pass. Indiana rallied and scored 14 straight points to trim the Hawkeye lead to 24-21 with 9:51 remaining in the game. Iowa scored the game’s final 14 points on touchdown runs of 26 and 30 yards by Young and RB Damian Sims, respectively.
The Hoosiers posted 101 plays and maintained possession for 40:09, compared to Iowa’s 19:51. Powers completed 37-57 passes for 360 yards and two touchdowns. The 37 pass completions established a new Kinnick Stadium record, besting Iowa’s Scott Mullen’s 36 pass completions vs. Indiana (10/23/99).
Tate completed 12-24 passes for 265 yards and two touchdowns, with no interceptions. Young rushed for over 100 yards for the third straight game, accumulating 125 yards on 25 attempts. TE Scott Chandler caught four passes for 87 yards, while Solomon caught three passes for 79 yards and one score.
Iowa had four defensive players record double-digit tackles. LB Abdul Hodge matched a career high with 18 stops (11 solo). DB Jovon Johnson collected a career-high 17 tackles (13 solo). LB Chad Greenway amassed 14 tackles (7 solo), including three for loss, while DB Adam Shada registered a career-high 13 tackles (all solo).
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 43-13 (.767) overall mark and a 27-8 (.771) Big Ten record the last five seasons.
Ferentz, at Iowa, holds an overall record of 54-37 (.593) and a 34-25 (.576) mark in Big Ten games. In 11 seasons as a college head coach his career mark is 66-58 (.532). Twenty-nine of Iowa’s 91 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. Indiana and 4-0 against first-year Hoosier Coach Terry Hoeppner (three of the wins came while Hoeppner coached at Miami, OH).
IOWA 47, PURDUE 17
QB Drew Tate threw for two scores and RB Damian Sims ran for two, as Iowa cruised to a 47-17 victory over Purdue on homecoming in Kinnick Stadium. The 30-point loss was the worst under a Joe Tiller-coached Purdue team.
Iowa sprinted out to a quick 20-0 advantage on a Sims one-yard run, a FB Tom Busch two-yard reception and a pair of PK Kyle Schlicher field goals (27 and 39 yards). Purdue, who entered the game ranked eighth in scoring offense, was nearly shutout in the first half, but finally got on the board with a 44-yard field goal as time expired in the first half.
The Hawkeyes scored on three of their first four second-half possessions to help secure the victory. Sims scored his second touchdown of the day from eight yards in the third quarter to extend the Iowa lead to 27-3. TE Scott Chandler and RB Shonn Greene each scored four-yard touchdowns.
Iowa DB Adam Shada returned an interception a school-record 98 yards in the fourth quarter to finish the scoring. The return was Iowa’s first interception returned for a touchdown since Jovon Johnson returned a Northern Iowa pick 18 yards on Sept. 17, 2005.
Sims, who replaced the injured Albert Young, started his first career contest and rushed for a game and career-high 155 yards and two touchdowns. Tate completed 17-23 passes for 253 yards and two touchdowns. Tate distributed the ball to eight different receivers. WR Dominique Douglas had four catches for a team-high 90 yards.
LB Mike Klinkenborg and DB Miguel Merrick each posted a game and career-high 14 tackles. LB Edmond Miles added eight stops, while Shada collected five tackles, two pass break-ups and returned an interception 98 yards for his first career touchdown. The interception was his third of the year and sixth of his career.
FINAL GAME NOTES
? Iowa posted season highs in points (47), rushing yards (286), passing yards (253), total offense (539) and first downs (25). The 539 yards total offense is the fifth-most by an Iowa team under Coach Ferentz.
? The Hawkeyes were flagged for their first penalty in more than six quarters, when Iowa was penalized for an incidental face mask in the third quarter. For the game, Iowa was penalized three times for 25 yards.
? Iowa improved its homecoming record to 51-39-5 and 6-10-1 against Purdue. The Hawkeyes have won their last seven homecoming games. Additionally, Iowa has won the last three meetings against Purdue and four of the last five.
? The 30-point win is Iowa’s largest over Purdue since a 29-point triumph (38-9) in 1990. The 47 points are the most scored by Iowa against the Boilermakers since a 42-14 win in 1986 and the second-most ever, behind a 56-0 victory in 1922.
? Iowa had its first 100-yard rusher of the season, with Sims rushing for a career-high 155 yards. The previous high was 93 yards by Albert Young vs. Montana.
? QB Drew Tate moved past Matt Rodgers in three career statistical categories: completions, yards and total offense. Tate now ranks second in completions (552) and total offense (6,916) and third in yards (6,858) at Iowa. The senior is only 76 yards from matching Chuck Hartlieb (6,934) for second in yards. Tate (895) is also only 10 attempts from equaling Rodgers (905) for second.
? Tate connected with WR Andy Brodell on a 52-yard pass play on the Hawkeyes’ opening drive. The pass play is Iowa’s longest play from scrimmage this season. RB Damian Sims had a 44-yard run in the second quarter, Iowa’s longest run this year.
? FB Tom Busch caught a two-yard touchdown pass from QB Drew Tate in the first quarter. The touchdown is his second of the year and third of his career.
? Iowa’s 14 first-quarter points are the most in the opening quarter in six games. The previous high was seven in the opener vs. Montana.
? P Andy Fenstermaker kicked a season-long 53-yarder in the second quarter. He punted twice, averaging 47.5 yards.
? Iowa used three centers in the first half because of injuries: Mike Elgin, Rafael Eubanks and Rob Bruggeman. Elgin returned to play the majority of the second half.
? Iowa collected three interceptions (Adam Shada, Charles Godfrey, Marcus Wilson). Wilson and Godfrey registered their first career thefts.
? Iowa and Purdue failed to score on its opening possessions. 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.
? For the first time in an Iowa game this year, instant replay was not used.
? Iowa was a perfect 7-7 in the red zone (5 TDs), while Purdue was 2-4 (2 TDs).
Iowa had three players get their first career starts vs. Purdue: RB Damian Sims, OLB A.J. Edds and DB Marcus Wilson. Edds replaced the injured Mike Humpal. He is the second true freshman to start this season for Iowa (WR Dominique Douglas). Edds finished the game with six tackles. Wilson, who replaced the injured Marcus Paschal, registered six tackles and intercepted his first career pass. Sims replaced the injured Albert Young, who had started the last 16 games at tailback. Sims carried the ball 20 times for 155 yards and two scores. The 155 yards is a career-high, besting his 104 yards in last year’s contest vs. Minnesota. Sims leads Iowa in rushing with 357 yards and a 5.9 average.
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 58th 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 has the most conference victories the last five years with 28. Iowa and Ohio State rank second with 27 during that time span. Michigan (22) has won the most league contests the last four years, followed by Iowa (19) and Ohio State (19).
TATE DOMINANT AT HOME
QB Drew Tate has compiled a 14-2 record in home games as a starter. The senior has completed 295-463 passes (.637) for 3,907 yards in 16 career starts in Kinnick Stadium, dating back to the 2004 season. Tate has thrown 35 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. He has thrown two or more scores in 13 of the 16 contests.
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 (53), completions (552) and total offense (6,916) and third in completion percentage (.617), attempts (895) and yards (6,858). Tate is within reach to climb into second in attempts and yards. The all-Big Ten performer is only 76 yards behind second place Chuck Hartlieb for yards. He is only 10 attempts from tying Matt Rodgers for second. 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 94-157 passes for 1,189 yards and 10 touchdowns this year. He ranks second in Big Ten passing (237.8), third in total offense (247.2) and fifth in pass efficiency (138.1).
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. The senior completed 17-23 passes for 253 yards and two scores in leading Iowa to a 30-point triumph over Purdue.
Tate has thrown two touchdown passes or more in 20 career games, including 17 of his last 22 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.
YOUNG LEADS IOWA’S OFFENSIVE ATTACK
All-Big Ten RB Albert Young, who is on the Maxwell and Doak Walker Award Watch Lists, carried 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. He missed Iowa’s homecoming contest vs. Purdue with an injury, and his return Saturday at Indiana is questionable. Young ranks first in team all-purpose yards (486), second in rushing yards (328), third 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 MOVES UP THE CHARTS
PK Kyle Schlicher made his 45th and 46th career field goals vs. Purdue last week. He passed Tom Nichol and now ranks third in career field goals made at Iowa. Schlicher needs eight more field goals to match Rob Houghtlin (54) for second.
The senior scored 11 points vs. Purdue and moved passed Tavian Banks and Zach Bromert for fourth in Iowa career scoring with 228 points. Schlicher is 49 points from tying Nichol (277) for third.
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 five 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), five vs. Ohio State (1-1 FG, 2-2 PAT) and a season-high 11 vs. Purdue (2-2 FG, 5-6 PAT). He has scored 39 points this season (8 FG, 15 PAT) and ranks seventh in Big Ten scoring (7.8). Schlicher ranks second in Big Ten field goals (1.6) and fifth 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 228 career points, which ranks fourth in Iowa career scoring. He is 49 points from equaling Tom Nichol (277) for third place.
Schlicher is 46-56 (.821) in career field goal attempts, including 8-16 from beyond 40 yards, and 90-95 on PATs. He has only missed two field goals under 39 yards (34-36). Schlicher has made two field goals or more in 14 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 (1.59) and third in percentage (.821). Schlicher (.821) trails only Virginia Tech’s Brandon Pace (.833) and Southern Mississippi’s Darren McCaleb (.824) 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 (24) and second in yards (263). He ranks 10th in Big Ten receptions (4.0). Chandler has had touchdown receptions in three games – a six-yard reception vs. Montana, a one-yard grab at Syracuse and a four-yarder vs. Purdue.
Fifteen of his 24 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. One of his two catches vs. Purdue was for a first down. He had two catches for nine yards against the Boilermakers.
Chandler, who is the younger brother of former Hawkeye quarterback Nathan Chandler (2002-03), has 95 career receptions for 1,139 yards and seven touchdowns, a total that ranks 26th in Hawkeye annals. He is only 31 yards from equaling Devon Harberts (1,170) for 25th.
WR Dominique Douglas leads the Hawkeye receiving corps with 348 yards and ranks second in receptions (22). Douglas is Iowa’s only true freshman who starts on a regular basis. 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 catches for a team and season-best 90 yards vs. Purdue. He caught four passes 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 first in the Big Ten and eighth in the nation in tackles per game (11.0). Klinkenborg has recorded double-digit tackles in five of six games this season. He was credited with a career-high 14 stops vs. Purdue. He also amassed 13 tackles vs. top-ranked Ohio State, 10 tackles at Illinois, 12 at Syracuse and 11 vs. Montana.
? Iowa has won 26 of its last 28 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).
? Iowa has converted all four fourth-down plays this season.
? DL Mitch King ranks 14th nationally in sacks per game (0.83).
? RB Albert Young has 19 receptions in five games in 2006. 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.
? 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 39 of its last 49 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 36-3 when leading at the half and 41-2 when leading after three quarters.
? Iowa has a consecutive home sellout streak of 21, 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.
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 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 77 of its last 85 games, including five of its six games in 2006. 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 79-of-91 games under Kirk Ferentz.
BIG PLAY HAWKEYES
Iowa has posted 25 offensive plays that went for 20 yards or more, 19 via the pass and six on the ground. WR Andy Brodell caught a game and career-high 52-yard pass vs. Purdue, while Herb Grigsby also caught a career-high 44-yard pass at Syracuse. RB Damian Sims posted runs of 36 and 44 yards vs. the Boilermakers. Iowa had a season-best seven offensive plays cover 20-yard or more in its 30-point win vs. Purdue.
Hawkeye opponents have collected just 12 plays of 20 yards or more, 10 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 27-21 in the first quarter, 58-24 in the second quarter, 50-20 in the fourth and 10-3 in overtime. Both Iowa and its opponents have totaled 31 points 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 28 scoring drives average 8.0 plays, 58.4 yards and 2:51 elapsed time. Sixteen of the 28 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 16 scoring drives that average 7.8 plays, 57.0 yards and 3:26 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 26-28 (92.9%) in the red zone (19 TD, 7 FG); two of the 21 possessions were overtime possessions. Iowa was a perfect 7-7 vs. Purdue (5 TD, 2 FG) and 3-3 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 first in Big Ten red zone proficiency.
Hawkeye opponents have marched inside the red zone 18 times, scoring on 13 (72.2%) of their possessions (10 TD, 3 FG); two of the eight possessions were overtime possessions. Ohio State was 5-6 (4 TD, 1 FG) inside the red zone. Purdue was only 2-4 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 23 points following opponent turnovers. The Hawkeyes scored three points following an interception vs. Montana. Iowa tallied 10 points after four Illinois miscues (4 interceptions) and 10 points following three Purdue 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. Purdue recovered three Iowa fumbles, but failed to score on those possessions. Iowa State and Illinois were unable to convert an interception into points.
Instant replay was not used in last week’s contest vs. Purdue. It was used only once 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 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 made a return appearance on ESPNU for its homecoming game vs. Purdue. Saturday’s game at Indiana will air on ESPN2 at 11:03 a.m. (CDT). The Hawkeyes’ contest at Michigan will be televised regionally on ABC at 2:35 p.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 is on the road again for a contest at Michigan Oct. 21 (2:35 p.m., CDT, ABC). The Hawkeyes then return home for three consecutive games vs. Northern Illinois (Oct. 28), Northwestern (Nov. 4) and Wisconsin (Nov. 11).