Sept. 22, 2007
Iowa started the game on offense after winning the toss. Iowa has started on offense in 88 of its last 96 contests. The Hawkeyes have started the game on offense in 90 of 102 contests under Kirk Ferentz.
Iowa has not scored on its opening drive in any of its first four games. Wisconsin did not score on its first possession, as the Hawkeyes forced and recovered a fumble on third down. Only one of Iowa’s opponents (Iowa State, field goal) scored on their first possession.
With the win Wisconsin maintained possession of the Heartland Trophy. The series is even at 2-2 since the trophy was introduced in 2004. Wisconsin now holds a 41-40-2 advantage in the series. This marked the first time since Iowa’s win in 2004 that the home team won the game. Tonight was Iowa’s first game against a ranked opponent this season.
Senior LB Mike Klinkenborg had the first forced fumble of his career in the first period and the fumble was recovered and returned by senior DE Bryan Mattison. That is the second recovered fumble for Mattison.
Senior DE Ken Iwebema had a forced fumble in the first period, the third of his career. He had one in 2005 and one in 2006.
WR James Cleveland and WR Derrell Johnson-Koulianos posted career highs in receptions and yards. Cleveland caught four balls for 77 yards, while Johnson-Koulianos had four receptions for 45 yards and a one-handed touchdown grab (21 yards). Johnson-Koulianos also had two kickoff returns for 63 yards, including a 44-yarder.
Sophomore LB A.J. Edds came up with his first career interception in the second period.
Iowa’s defense in the first half allowed only 141 yards, while recording three QB sacks, one pass interception and three forced fumbles. Iowa recovered one of the four Badger fumbles. The Hawkeyes finished the game with a +3 turnover margin.
The Hawkeyes forced their fourth fumble of the game on the opening kickoff of the second half, as Jayme Murphy forced the fumble and Bradley Fletcher recovered for Iowa. The forced fumble is the first of Murphy’s career and the recovery is the first for Fletcher. Iowa’s defense has collected eight takeaways in 2007 (three fumbles and five interceptions).
Iowa did not score after recovering a Wisconsin fumble in the first and third periods, but the Hawkeyes did score a field goal after A.J. Edds collected an interception in the second period. The Hawkeyes have scored 17 points following eight opponent turnovers (five interceptions, three fumbles). Iowa scored a touchdown in the win over Syracuse after a Mike Humpal interception.
Iowa extended its streak of not allowing a touchdown to 13 quarters before the Badgers scored a touchdown with 43 seconds remaining in the second period. Iowa was the only team in the nation to start the season by not allowing a touchdown through three games. Wisconsin’s drive covered seven plays and 72 yards in 1:39. Prior to that drive, the Badgers had just 69 yards total offense on 28 plays.
Redshirt freshman Derrell Johnson-Koulianos recorded the first scoring reception of his career with a 21-yard reception with four seconds remaining in the first half. The score capped a 32-second scoring drive that covered 62 yards in five plays. He had three receptions for 32 yards on the scoring drive. Johnson-Koulianos added a 44-yard kickoff return in the fourth period to set up an Iowa field goal. He had a career-long 65-yard kickoff return on the final play of the Iowa State game. Prior to the 62-yard scoring drive, Iowa had been limited to 55 yards total offense on 35 plays.
Redshirt freshman Daniel Murray scored his first career points in the second period with a 41-yard field goal and one PAT. Those are the first attempts of Murray’s career, who replaced the injured Austin Signor today. Murray had one attempt in the third quarter blocked before adding a 37-yard field goal in the fourth quarter.
Redshirt freshman Paul Chaney, Jr. had the first reception of his career. He finished the game with four receptions for 22 yards. Chaney, Jr. did not play in the first two games of the season due to injury.
Five Hawkeyes registered seven tackles or more tonight. LB Mike Klinkenborg collected a game-high eight, while DB Adam Shada, LB Mike Humpal, DT Mitch King and LB A.J. Edds had seven stops. Edds also had an interception and had a pass break-up. Two of King’s seven tackles were for loss (seven yards). King had 3.5 tackles for loss in Iowa’s victory at Wisconsin in 2005.
For just the second time in four games, Instant Replay was used (in the second period). A Wisconsin fumble into the Iowa end zone that was initially ruled a Badger touchdown, was overruled. Due to an inadvertent whistle, the Badgers were given a first and goal at the three-yard line, where the fumble occurred.
Senior RB Damian Sims surpassed 2,000 all-purpose yards for his career, increasing his total to 2,013. Sims has 1,249 rushing yards, 203 receiving yards and 561 yards in KO returns.
There were a total of 18 punts combined tonight. Donohue punted nine times for 326 yards (36.2 avg.), including downing four inside the 20-yard line.
The attendance for the game at Wisconsin was 82,630, the fifth-largest in the history of Camp Randall Stadium.
Iowa’s first penalty of the game (false start) did not occur until the final two minutes of the third period. The Hawkeyes were flagged only three times for 23 yards tonight. Iowa had just two penalties for 20 yards in its game at Iowa State last week.
Iowa did not allow any third-quarter points tonight. The Hawkeyes have outscored their opposition 20-0 in the third period in 2007.
Tonight marked the eighth time in the last nine seasons that Iowa began Big Ten Conference action with a road game, the lone exception during that time coming vs. Penn State in 2001.
Iowa returns home to host Indiana next week in its annual Homecoming game. Game time is 11:05 a.m. on the Big Ten Network (HD).