Iowa Remains on the Road

Oct. 16, 2006

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Iowa (5-2, 2-2) remains on the road to face Michigan (7-0, 4-0) Saturday. Game time is 2:36 p.m. (CDT) at Michigan Stadium (107,501). The game is sold out.

ABC will televise the game to a regional audience. Brad Nessler, Bob Griese, Paul Maguire and Erin Andrews will call the action. The game is also available on ESPN’s GamePlan pay-per-view and online services.

Iowa games are broadcast on the Hawkeye Radio Network. Gary Dolphin handles the play-by-play, with color commentator Ed Podolak and sideline reporter Rob Brooks. The Hawkeye Radio Network includes more than 40 stations throughout the state. Fans can also listen to the game on XM Satellite Radio, Channel 198 (Michigan broadcast).

Iowa has played 1,085 games since beginning football in 1889. Iowa’s overall record is 552-494-39 (.527). That includes a 348-193-16 (.639) record in home games, a 205-301-23 (.409) record in games away from Iowa City, a 273-332-25 (.453) mark in Big Ten games and a 231-158-15 (.590) record in Kinnick Stadium.

The National I-Club and the UI Alumni Association invite all fans to the “Hawkeye Huddle” from 12:30-2:30 p.m. (EDT) prior to the Michigan game Saturday. The “Hawkeye Huddle” will be held at Kensington Court, located at 610 Hilton Boulevard in Ann Arbor. The free reception features refreshments, snacks, Hawk Shop door prizes, Herky, and the Iowa cheerleaders.

Iowa is ranked 23rd in the BCS, Harris and USA Today polls; it is receiving votes in the Associated Press poll. Michigan is ranked third in the BCS and USA Today polls and second in the Associated Press and Harris polls.

Iowa is 8-7 in games played on Oct. 21. The Hawkeyes defeated Luther 32-0 1893, Upper Iowa 23-5 in 1898, Northern Iowa 11-5 in 1904, Purdue 16-0 in 1910, 21-14 in 1960 and 31-7 in 1988, Northwestern 28-21 in 1949 and Michigan State 19-14 in 1994. Iowa lost to Chicago 23-6 in 1913, Minnesota 38-0 in 1927 and 21-6 in 1932, Colgate 14-0 in 1938, Northwestern 24-15 in 1966, Purdue 34-21 in 1977 and Michigan 16-13 in 1983.

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.

Michigan holds a 39-10-4 advantage in the series that began with a 28-5 Iowa win in 1900. Michigan snapped Iowa’s school-record 22-game home winning streak last year with a 23-20 overtime victory in Kinnick Stadium. Michigan holds a 23-6-3 advantage in games played in Ann Arbor.

? Iowa is one victory from becoming bowl eligible for the sixth-straight season. The Hawkeyes have played in four-consecutive January bowl games. Three Big Ten teams are already bowl eligible (Michigan, Ohio State and Wisconsin). Purdue can also become bowl eligible with a win this week over Wisconsin at home.
? 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).
? After playing in front of only 31,392 fans last week at Indiana, more than 110,000 fans are expected for Saturday’s contest at Michigan. Iowa played in front of its two largest crowds at Michigan; 111,496 in 2002 and 111,428 in 2004. The Hawkeyes won the game in 2002, but lost the 2004 contest.
? Five of the last seven games against Michigan have been decided by six points or less, including last year’s 23-20 overtime loss that snapped Iowa’s school-record 22-game home winning streak.
? Saturday will be Iowa’s last road game until its final regular season contest at Minnesota (Nov. 18).
? Saturday will be the last time Iowa and Michigan meet until Oct. 10, 2009 in Iowa City. Additionally, this year marks the last time the Hawkeyes play Ohio State until Nov. 14, 2009.
? Michigan will be Iowa’s second game against a ranked opponent (38-17 loss to top-ranked Ohio State). A win Saturday would be Iowa’s 10th overall victory over a top-five team and its 30th over a top-10 team. Iowa’s highest victory over a ranked opponent was second-ranked Michigan (12-10) on Oct. 19, 1985 in Kinnick Stadium. Iowa was ranked No. 1 at that time.
? Michigan’s 7-0 start is its best since winning all its games and winning the national championship in 1997.
? Michigan DE LaMarr Woodley is the reigning Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week. Woodley had a team-best five tackles, including three for loss, two sacks and one forced fumble. Woodley and the Michigan defense held Penn State to 186 total yards, including negative 14 yards rushing.
? Iowa ranks 19th nationally in sacks allowed (1.14), 21st in total offense (409.0) and 22nd in passing offense (244.3). Individually, LB Mike Klinkenborg ranks ninth in the country in tackles (10.43), QB Drew Tate ranks 16th in total offense (257.7) and DL Mitch King ranks 14th in sacks (.92).
? Michigan ranks first in the nation in rushing defense (32.6), sixth in turnover margin (+9), eighth in sacks (3.43) and 14th in scoring defense (13.6). Individually, Mike Hart ranks seventh in the country in rushing (129.4) and DE LaMarr Woodley ranks eighth in sacks (1.0).
? Saturday features two of the nation’s best field goal kickers, Iowa’s Kyle Schlicher and Michigan’s Garrett Rivas. Rivas ranks 12th nationally in field goals per game (1.43), while Schlicher ranks 19th (1.33).
? TE Scott Chandler’s next reception will be the 100th of his career. He has 99 career receptions for 1,186 yards and eight touchdowns, a total that ranks 25th in Hawkeye annals.
? Michigan WR Mario Manningham, who ranks 13th in the country in scoring (9.0) and receiving yards (87.8), did not play at Penn State and is questionable Saturday vs. Iowa.
? Junior WR Adrian Arrington is the only Michigan player from the state of Iowa (Cedar Rapids). Iowa has two true freshman wide receivers on its roster from the state of Michigan: Anthony Bowman and Dominique Douglas – both from Detroit.
? All five Iowa road games this year (Syracuse, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Minnesota) will be played on field turf.
? Saturday’s game will mark the fourth straight Iowa-Michigan game that will be televised by ABC.
? The Detroit Tigers will host the first game of the World Series Saturday night. Ann Arbor is about 30 minutes west of the Detroit.

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.

Michigan won its eighth straight game against Penn State and fourth consecutive at State College with a 17-10 victory before 110,007 fans at Beaver Stadium. The Wolverines led 17-3 before Penn State scored its only touchdown to trim the deficit to 17-10 with 3:18 left in the contest. Michigan QB Chad Henne completed 15-30 passes for 196 yards and a touchdown. WR Steve Breaston caught five passes for 79 yards, while Cedar Rapids native WR Adrian Arrington posted career highs in receptions (five) and receiving yards (83). Arrington added a 25-yard receiving touchdown, marking his third straight game with a score. RB Mike Hart rushed 26 times for 112 yards, surpassing the century mark for the sixth time this season and 15th time in his career. Defensively, the Wolverines collected a season-high seven sacks. Michigan held the Nittany Lions to negative 14 rushing yards on 25 carries, the lowest rushing output for an opponent since holding Oregon State to negative 19 yards in 1986.

Lloyd Carr is in his 11th season as a college head coach, all at Michigan, and his record stands at 109-34 (.762). Carr has led Michigan to a bowl game in each of his 11 seasons. He became the first Michigan coach to lead the Wolverines to four straight bowl victories (1998-2001), before losing to Tennessee in the Citrus Bowl (45-15) in 2002. Michigan has lost its last three bowl games. His Michigan teams have won or shared five (1997, 1998, 2000, 2003 and 2005) Big Ten titles. The 1997 Wolverines earned the national title with a perfect 12-0 record as Carr was named National Coach of the Year. Prior to becoming Michigan’s head coach, Carr was a Wolverine assistant for 15 seasons. He joined the staff as the defensive secondary coach, was the defensive coordinator for eight years and was the assistant head coach for five seasons. He was an assistant coach for two seasons at Eastern Michigan (1976-77) and two years at Illinois (1978-79) before joining the Michigan staff.

Carr is 6-2 vs. Iowa and 3-2 against Iowa Coach Kirk Ferentz.

Michigan out-scored Iowa 10-3 in the second half as the Wolverines outlasted the Hawkeyes 23-20 in overtime to snap Iowa’s 22-game home winning streak.

Iowa scored touchdowns on two of its first three possessions to grab a 14-7 advantage in the first half. However, Michigan’s defense clamped down and allowed only 107 combined yards on Iowa’s next eight possessions.

Trailing 14-7, Michigan scored the game’s only third-quarter points on a 26-yard field goal to trim the Hawkeye lead to 14-10. On Michigan’s second fourth-quarter possession, WR Steve Breaston scored a 52-yard touchdown on a screen pass to claim a 17-14 advantage.

Trailing by three points with 2:42 left, Iowa QB Drew Tate engineered a nine-play, 74-yard drive that culminated with a PK Kyle Schlicher 32-yard field goal as time expired to send the game into overtime, the first in Kinnick Stadium history.

Schlicher converted a 28-yard field goal on Iowa’s overtime possession. Michigan followed with a touchdown on a one-yard plunge on third down to win the game and hand the Hawkeyes their first home conference setback since Michigan defeated Iowa (32-26) in 2001.

Tate completed 27-39 passes for 288 yards and two touchdowns. RB Albert Young rushed 30 times for 153 yards. TE Scott Chandler caught eight passes for 90 yards and WR Clinton Solomon caught eight passes for 76 yards. WR Herb Grigsby caught five passes for 66 yards and scored Iowa’s two touchdowns.

Linebackers Abdul Hodge and Chad Greenway led the Hawkeye defense. Hodge collected a career-high 20 tackles (14 solo) and also forced a fumble, while Greenway registered 16 stops (10 solo). DB Miguel Merrick accumulated five tackles and returned an interception 20 yards.

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 43-14 (.754) overall mark and a 27-9 (.750) Big Ten record the last five seasons.

Ferentz, at Iowa, holds an overall record of 54-38 (.587) and a 34-26 (.567) mark in Big Ten games. In 11 seasons as a college head coach his career mark is 66-59 (.528). Thirty of Iowa’s 92 games under Ferentz have been decided by seven points or less (14-16) 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 2-3 vs. Michigan and Wolverine Coach Lloyd Carr.

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

Home:    30-7 over ninth-ranked Wisconsin, 11/20/04    33-7 over 23rd-ranked Ohio State, 10/6/04Road:    20-10 over 19th-ranked Wisconsin, 11/12/05    34-9 over eighth-ranked Michigan, 10/26/02Neutral: 30-25 over 11th-ranked LSU, Capital One Bowl, 1/1/05    37-17 over 17th-ranked Florida, Outback Bowl, 1/1/04

Indiana outscored Iowa 24-7 in the final 34 minutes en route to a 31-28 upset of 13th-ranked Iowa at Memorial Stadium.

The Hawkeyes sprinted out to a 21-7 advantage early in the second quarter on touchdown runs by RB Damian Sims (1 yard) and WR Herb Grigsby (25 yards) and a scoring reception by TE Scott Chandler (19 yards). Two of the touchdowns came after Indiana fumbles.

Indiana trimmed Iowa’s lead to 21-17 at the half on a 46-yard field goal as time expired.

Following an Iowa fumble in the red zone, Indiana drove 88 yards and took a 24-21 advantage on a WR James Hardy 23-yard touchdown reception late in the third period. Iowa reclaimed the lead on Sims’ second one-yard touchdown run to make the score 28-24 at the 12:36 mark of the fourth quarter.

Hardy, who had eight receptions for 104 yards, caught his third touchdown when he caught a 20-yard pass from QB Kellen Lewis to put Indiana on top by three points (31-28) with 9:51 left to play. Iowa had an opportunity to tie or take the lead late in the contest, but a QB Drew Tate pass deflected off WR Andy Brodell’s hands and was intercepted by Indiana at the 15-yard line.

Tate completed 23-40 passes for a season-high 292 yards and a touchdown. Sims rushed 22 times for 94 yards and two touchdowns. WR Trey Stross caught six balls for a career-high 67 yards.

Indiana’s Lewis finished the game completing 19-25 passes for 255 yards and three scores.

Iowa converted a season-best 70.5 percent of its third downs (12-17).

LB Edmond Miles registered a career and game-high 11 tackles (8 solo), including four for loss. DL Matt Kroul tallied a season-high eight stops, DB Adam Shada was credited with seven solo tackles, while LB Mike Klinkenborg amassed seven stops, including one for loss, and also recovered a fumble.

? Iowa and Indiana both failed to score on their opening possession. Iowa has not scored on its first drive in seven games. Three of Iowa’s opponents (Syracuse, Iowa State and Ohio State) opened the contest with touchdown drives.
? Iowa posted season highs in yards passing (292), total plays (77) and first downs (27).
? Iowa’s 14 points in the first quarter match its highest scoring first quarter of the season. The Hawkeyes also scored 14 points in the first period of the 47-17 win over Purdue. The 21 points in the first half also matches Iowa’s most productive first half, as the Hawkeyes led Illinois 21-0 at intermission.
? WR Trey Stross, a redshirt freshman, had his second catch of the season, with a seven-yard reception resulting in a first down in the second quarter. Stross previously had one catch for six yards in the win over Montana in Iowa’s opening contest. He ended the game as Iowa’s leading receiver with six receptions for 67 yards, with all five of his second-half catches resulting in first downs for the Hawkeyes.
? QB Drew Tate threw for 292 yards and passed Chuck Hartlieb for second in career passing at Iowa. The senior signal caller also ranks second in career total offense and pass completions and attempts at Iowa.
? Tate completed a perfect 6-6 for 52 yards in the third quarter.
? The fumble recovery by Iowa’s Marcus Wilson in the first quarter marked the first recovered fumble by Iowa this season. Iowa opponents fumbled six times in the first six games, but each time recovered their own fumble. Iowa turned the turnover into seven points on a one-yard run by Damian Sims. Later in the first quarter, Iowa recovered a second Hoosier fumble and also turned that error into seven points.
? The missed field goal by Kyle Schlicher (51 yards) at the conclusion of Iowa’s opening drive ended a streak of seven consecutive treys by the Lou Groza Award candidate. Schlicher has made 8-11 field goals on the season and had not missed since being wide left on a 43-yard attempt at Syracuse in the second game of the season.
? DE Bryan Mattison forced a fumble in the first quarter. Mattison has a team-best three forced fumbles this season.
? WR Herb Grigsby caught a career-long 45-yard reception in the first period from QB Drew Tate, besting a 44-yard catch he had at Syracuse from QB Jason Manson. Grigsby also scored a 25-yard touchdown on a reverse in the second quarter.
? LB Mike Humpal returned to action after missing the Purdue game. DB Marcus Paschal also returned to action in the fourth quarter after missing the win over Purdue. Paschal also missed most of the previous game against Ohio State.
? Key players who did not play vs. Indiana included RB Albert Young, OL Rafael Eubanks and DT Mitch King. WR Dominique Douglas left the game in the second period and did not return. OL Dace Richardson did not play in the second half after leaving due to injury.
? PK Kyle Schlicher missed two field goals (34 and 51 yards), marking only the second time in his career that he has missed at least two field goals in a game. Schlicher missed a 42 and 47-yarder and had a 31-yard attempt blocked vs. Purdue on Nov. 6, 2004.
? The announced attendance of 31,392 is the smallest crowd to see Iowa play a Big Ten Conference game since Sept. 23, 2000, when the crowd was 31,225 for Iowa’s contest at Indiana.

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 451 yards (5.4 avg.) and five touchdowns.

Sophomore DL Ryan Bain received his first start at Indiana, replacing the injured Mitch King. Bain had six solo tackles in his first career start.

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.

Saturday will mark the 59th consecutive game the Hawkeyes have been selected for television. The last Iowa contest not televised was against Minnesota on Nov. 17, 2001.

Michigan has the most conference victories the last five years with 29. Ohio State (28) ranks second, followed by Iowa (27) during that time span. Michigan (23) has won the most league contests the last four years, followed by Ohio State (20) and Iowa (19).

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.

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 passing yards (7,150), touchdown passes (54), completions (575), attempts (935) and total offense (6,916) and third in completion percentage (.615). The all-Big Ten performer moved into second in career pass attempts and yards last week at Indiana. 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 117-197 passes for 1,481 yards and 11 touchdowns this year. He ranks second in Big Ten passing (246.8) and total offense (257.7) and sixth in pass efficiency (134.9). Tate’s total offense numbers rank him 16th in the country.

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 completed 23-40 passes for a season-high 292 yards and one touchdown at Indiana.

Tate has thrown two touchdown passes or more in 20 career games, including 17 of his last 23 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

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 last two games (Purdue and Indiana) and hopes to return at Michigan. Young ranks second in team all-purpose yards (486), rushing yards (328), third in receptions (19) and fifth 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).

PK Kyle Schlicher made his 45th and 46th career field goals vs. Purdue on Oct. 7. 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. Schlicher (232) is 45 points from tying Nichol (277) for third.

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 six contests. Schlicher scored eight points (2-2 PAT, 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), a season-high 11 vs. Purdue (2-2 FG, 5-6 PAT) and four at Indiana (0-2 FG, 4-4 PAT). He has scored 43 points this season (8 FG, 19 PAT) and ranks eighth in Big Ten scoring (7.2). Schlicher ranks third in Big Ten field goals (1.33) and 19th 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 232 career points, which ranks fourth in Iowa career scoring. He is 45 points from equaling Tom Nichol (277) for third place.

Schlicher is 46-58 (.793) in career field goal attempts, including 8-17 from beyond 40 yards, and 94-99 on PATs. He has only missed three field goals under 39 yards (34-37). Schlicher has made two field goals or more in 14 contests.

Kyle Schlicher ranks among the nation’s best place kickers in active career field goal percentage and field goals made per game (min. 35 FG made).

Schlicher ranks first in field goals made (1.53) and fourth in percentage (.793). Schlicher (.793) trails only Virginia Tech’s Brandon Pace (.836), Southern Mississippi’s Darren McCaleb (.816) and Eastern Michigan’s Andrew Wellock (.800) in field goal percentage.

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 (28) and second in yards (310). He ranks 10th in Big Ten receptions (4.0). Chandler has had touchdown receptions in four games – a six-yard reception vs. Montana, a one-yard grab at Syracuse, a four-yarder vs. Purdue and a 19-yard score at Indiana.

Eighteen of his 28 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 caught four passes for 47 yards and one touchdown at Indiana, with three of his receptions resulting in first downs.

Chandler, who is the younger brother of former Hawkeye quarterback Nathan Chandler (2002-03), has 99 career receptions for 1,186 yards and eight touchdowns, a total that ranks 25th in Hawkeye annals. He is only one yard from equaling Mike Flagg (1,187) for 24th.

WR Dominique Douglas leads the Hawkeye receiving corps with 373 yards and ranks second in receptions (23). 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 caught one pass for 25 yards at Indiana before leaving the game due to injury. He 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.

WR Dominique Douglas has caught 23 passes for 373 yards and one touchdown, both tops in Iowa’s record books for a true freshman wide receiver. He trails only Danan Hughes (28 receptions, 471 yards, 2 touchdowns) and Kahlil Hill (35 receptions, 432 yards and 2 touchdowns) for the freshman records, both established as redshirt freshman. Hughes posted his numbers in 1989 and Hill in 1998.

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 (10.4). He leads Iowa with 73 tackles, 25 more than second-ranked LB Edmond Miles (48). Klinkenborg has recorded double-digit tackles in five of seven 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. Klinkenborg tallied seven tackles, including one for loss, and recovered a fumble at Indiana.

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 DB Adam Shada returned an interception a school-record 98 yards in the fourth quarter vs. Purdue on Oct. 7. 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.
? 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.
? Iowa played more than six quarters without being penalized from the start of the Ohio State game (Sept. 30), until late in the second quarter vs. Purdue (Oct. 7) the following week.
? DL Mitch King ranks 14th nationally in sacks per game (0.92).
? 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 redshirts. 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 50 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 36-4 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.

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 has started on offense in 78 of its last 86 games, including six of its seven 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 80-of-92 games under Kirk Ferentz.

Iowa has posted 30 offensive plays that went for 20 yards or more, 22 via the pass and eight on the ground. WR Andy Brodell caught a game and career-high 52-yard pass vs. Purdue, while WR Herb Grigsby caught a career-high 45-yard pass at Indiana. RB Damian Sims posted runs of 36 and 44 yards vs. the Boilermakers and 41 yards at Indiana. Iowa had a season-best seven offensive plays cover 20-yard or more in its 30-point win vs. Purdue.

Hawkeye opponents have collected 17 plays of 20 yards or more, 14 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. Indiana had four passing plays and one rushing play over 20 yards.

Iowa has outscored its opponents 41-28 in the first quarter, 65-34 in the second quarter, 57-27 in the fourth and 10-3 in overtime. Opponents have outscored the Hawkeyes 38-31 in the third quarter.

Iowa averages 6.4 yards on 229 first down plays, 5.4 yards on 158 second down plays, 5.8 yards on 89 third down plays and 6.0 yards on four fourth down plays.

Iowa’s 32 scoring drives average 8.0 plays, 52.1 yards and 2:52 elapsed time. Seventeen of the 32 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 21 scoring drives that average 7.6 plays, 58.6 yards and 3:16 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, who ranked second nationally in red zone proficiency in 2005, is 29-33 (87.9%) in the red zone (22 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). Iowa was 3-5 at Indiana; scoring three touchdowns, missing a field goal and losing a fumble. 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.

Hawkeye opponents have marched inside the red zone 21 times, scoring on 16 (76.2%) of their possessions (13 TD, 3 FG); two of the eight possessions were overtime possessions. Indiana was 3-3, scoring three touchdowns. Ohio State was 5-6 (4 TD, 1 FG) inside the red zone. Purdue was only 2-4. 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.

Iowa has scored 37 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. Iowa scored two touchdowns after Indiana fumbles in the first half. The Hawkeyes did not collect any turnovers in games against Syracuse, Iowa State and Ohio State.

Hawkeye opponents have scored 28 points following Iowa turnovers. Montana converted an Iowa fumble into a touchdown. Ohio State scored two touchdowns following Iowa interceptions, but failed to score any points after obtaining two additional turnovers. Indiana drove 88 yards for a touchdown after Iowa fumbled in the red zone. 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 used twice in the first half at Indiana. The first replay was used to get the correct spot of the ball on Iowa’s first scoring drive. The second review came on an Indiana fumble in the second period. The ruling on the field, an Iowa recovery, was reversed to no fumble before the runner was down. Iowa used a coach’s challenge in the fourth quarter when Indiana intercepted a tipped pass. The call on the field, an interception, was upheld.

Replay was not used 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. 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 coach’s 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 are expected to 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. Iowa’s game at Indiana aired on ESPN2. Saturday’s contest at Michigan will be televised regionally on ABC at 2:36 p.m. (CDT). Iowa’s last non-conference game vs. Northern Illinois on Oct. 28 will be televised on ESPNU at 11:03 a.m.

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 109 players, and includes 18 seniors, 15 juniors, 30 sophomores, 21 redshirt freshmen and 25 true freshmen.

Iowa’s roster of 109 players includes 44 players from Iowa. The roster includes 12 players from Illinois; eight from Florida and Ohio; seven from New Jersey and Texas; three from Minnesota, Nebraska and Pennsylvania; two from Connecticut, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri and Wisconsin and one from Arkansas, Georgia, South Dakota and Utah.

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.

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), Marcus’ (Paschal, Wilson) and Tyler’s (Blum, Gerstandt).

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.

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.

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.

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 and then clicking on the Gametracker link. This feature is available for all games during the 2006 season.

Iowa returns home for three consecutive games vs. Northern Illinois(Oct. 28), Northwestern (Nov. 4) and Wisconsin (Nov. 11).