Iowa Plays Road Finale

Oct. 29, 2007

Iowa (4-5, 2-4) will play its road finale at Northwestern (5-4, 2-3) Saturday. Game time is 11:02 a.m. at Ryan Field (47,130). Plenty of tickets remain.

ESPN2 (HD) will televise the game to a national audience. Pam Ward, Ray Bentley and Rob Simmelkjaer 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 1,100 games since beginning football in 1889. Iowa’s overall record is 557-504-39 (.524). That includes a 352-195-16 (.639) record in home games, a 205-307-23 (.405) record in games away from Iowa City, a 274-340-25 (.448) mark in Big Ten games and a 235-160-15 (.591) record in Kinnick Stadium.

Iowa is 4-8-3 in games played on Nov. 3. The Hawkeyes defeated Kansas 14-12 in 1894, South Dakota 19-0 in 1928, Ohio State 28-14 in 1962 and Illinois 54-28 in 1990. Iowa lost to Wisconsin 18-4 in 1906, 27-7 in 1945 and 34-28 in 2001, Great Lakes 23-14 in 1917, Michigan 9-3 in 1923 and 17-14 in 1956 and Purdue 48-23 in 1973 and 20-14 in 1979. The Hawkeyes tied Indiana 0-0 in 1934, Minnesota 20-20 in 1951 and Wisconsin 10-10 in 1984.

The National I-Club and the UI Alumni Association invite all fans to the “Hawkeye Huddle” from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Friday. The “Hawkeye Huddle” will be held at Goose Island Wrigleyville located at 3535 North Clark Street in Chicago. The free reception features refreshments, snacks, Hawk Shop door prizes, Herky, and the Iowa cheerleaders.

Punter Ryan Donahue earned his first career Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week honor Monday for his outstanding performance in Iowa’s 34-27 double overtime victory over Michigan State.

Donahue played a pivotal role in giving Iowa valuable field position. The redshirt freshman averaged 51.6 yards on eight punts. Four of his eight punts eclipsed 50 yards, including an 82-yarder in the fourth quarter. The 82-yard punt is the second-longest in school history. Lonnie Rodgers had an 83-yard punt vs. Oregon State on Sept. 26, 1962. Donahue also had one of his punts downed inside the 20.

Donahue becomes the third Hawkeye to be honored this season by the conference. DE Ken Iwebema was named the league’s Special Teams Player of the Week Sept. 10, after blocking two field goals in Iowa’s 35-0 shutout of Syracuse. LB Mike Humpal was named Defensive Player of the Week Oct. 15, after notching a career-best 18 tackles, including his first career sack and recovering his first career fumble in Iowa’s 10-6 triumph over Illinois.

Iowa’s offense isn’t making any excuses, but… at least 11 players who appeared on the spring, or early fall, two-deep are either off the roster or are/or have been injured for a significant amount of time. The Iowa offense could look much different with some of the following names on the two-deep: WR Andy Brodell, OL Dace Richardson, OL Rob Bruggeman, OL Bryan Bulaga, OL Alex Kanellis, TE Tony Moeaki, WR Colin Sandeman, WR Dominique Douglas, WR Anthony Bowman, WR Trey Stross and RB Shonn Greene.

Iowa holds a 45-20-3 advantage in the series that began with a 12-6 Iowa victory in 1897. Iowa owns a 22-13-3 advantage in contests played in Evanston. Northwestern has won the last two meetings, including last season’s 21-7 triumph in Iowa City. Iowa won 21 consecutive games over Northwestern prior to a 31-20 Wildcat win in 1995 in Evanston.

COACH Kirk Ferentz
The 2002 Associated Press, Walter Camp National Coach of the Year 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 ninth season as Iowa’s head football coach. Ferentz guided Iowa to Big Ten titles twice in the last five years 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 48-23 (.676) overall mark and a 29-16 (.644) Big Ten record the last six seasons.

Ferentz, at Iowa, holds an overall record of 59-48 (.551) and a 36-34 (.514) mark in Big Ten games. In 12 seasons as a college head coach his career mark is 71-69 (.507). Ferentz, who boasts the second-most victories by a Hawkeye head coach, coached his 100th game as Iowa’s head coach vs. Syracuse in week two.

Thirty-six of Iowa’s 107 games under Ferentz have been decided by seven points or less (17-20) and 35 were played against opponents who were ranked in the top 25 at the time (13-22).

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 3-3 vs. Northwestern.

Pat Fitzgerald is 9-12 (.429) in his second season as a collegiate head coach. Fitzgerald, who was a two-time first team all-American linebacker with the Wildcats (1995-96), began his coaching career as a defensive graduate assistant at Maryland (1998) and Colorado (1999). In 2000, Fitzgerald coached linebackers and special teams at Idaho before returning to his alma mater in 2001. The native of Orland Park, IL, coached the Wildcats’ defensive backs in 2001 before coaching the linebackers four years (2002-05). Fitzgerald won the Bronco Nagurski and Chuck Bednarik awards, as the nation’s top defensive player, and was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year in 1995 and 1996. He became the first two-time winner of the Nagurski and Bednarik awards.

Fitzgerald is 1-0 vs. Iowa.

Despite four first-half turnovers, Northwestern carried a 17-14 lead into the fourth quarter of last Saturday’s game at Purdue. However, the Boilermakers scored the final 21 points to secure a 35-17 victory. The Wildcats were only able to generate four yards total offense in the final 15 minutes. The loss halted Northwestern’s three-game winning streak. Purdue’s Jaycen Taylor ran for a career-high 157 yards and two touchdowns. Northwestern quarterback C.J. Bacher passed for 208 yards and a touchdown, but had three passes intercepted and was sacked five times. Bacher had passed for at least 361 yards in his previous three games, all wins for the Wildcats. Amado Villarreal made an 18-yard field goal to give Northwestern a 17-14 advantage, its only lead of the game, with 6:56 left in the third quarter. RB Tyrell Sutton, who played in only his fourth game of the season, rushed 12 times for a team-high 72 yards. Kim Thompson (64 yards) and Ross Lane (60) each had five receptions to pace the Wildcat wide receivers.

? Saturday’s road finale at Northwestern (Nov. 3) will be the earliest Iowa has ever played its last true road game in school history. Previously, Iowa’s earliest road finale was Nov. 8 (1930, 1947 and 1958).
? Iowa is on pace to break the school record for fewest turnovers in a season. The Hawkeyes have currently turned the ball over only eight times (four interceptions and four fumbles). The school record is 15 (nine interceptions and six fumbles), established in 1963.
? Northwestern is one victory from becoming bowl eligible for the first time since playing in the 2005 Sun Bowl.
? Iowa’s 14-point comeback last week against the Spartans is the Hawkeyes’ largest halftime comeback under Coach Ferentz and biggest since erasing a 13-point deficit (23-10) in a 37-30 triumph over Michigan State on Oct. 5, 1996 in Kinnick Stadium.
? Iowa boasts a +9 turnover margin, tops in the league, while Northwestern ranks 10th with a -6 margin.
? Both Iowa and Northwestern won an overtime game against Michigan State this season. The Hawkeyes downed the Spartans 34-27 in double overtime in Iowa City last week. The Wildcats topped Michigan State 48-41 in one overtime at East Lansing (Oct. 6). Northwestern also won a double overtime thriller vs. Minnesota (49-48) Oct. 13 in Evanston.
? RB Albert Young had his best game, statistically, in Iowa’s last visit to Northwestern (Nov. 5, 2005). Young rushed 38 times for 202 yards, a total that ties Jim Jensen for ninth best in a single game at Iowa.
? Iowa ranks 11th in the country in turnover margin (+9), 18th in punt returns (13.2) and 19th in scoring defense (18.2). Individually, LB Mike Humpal ranks 11th nationally in tackles (11.1), DT Mitch King ranks 28th in tackles for loss (1.28) and WR Derrell Johnson-Koulianos ranks 34th in kickoff returns (26.1).
? Northwestern ranks eighth in the nation in passing offense (313.0), ninth in fewest penalties (4.78) and 28th in kickoff returns (23.3). Individually, QB C.J. Bacher ranks seventh in the country in total offense (316.1) and LB Adam Kadela ranks 28th in tackles (10.2).
? The Iowa roster includes 14 players from the state of Illinois, including OL Kyle Calloway (Belleville), QB Jake Christensen (Lockport), OL Dan Doering (Barrington), PK Ryan Donahue (Evergreen Park), LB Bryon Gattas (Mt. Prospect), TE Tony Moeaki (Wheaton), LB Brett Morse (Willowbrook), LS Daniel Olszta (New Lenox), OL Dace Richardson (Wheaton), OL Markus Zusevics (Arlington Heights), Andrew Schulze (Woodridge), OL Adam Gettis (Frankfort), OL Bryan Bulaga (Crystal Lake) and FB Eddie Williams (Rock Island). Zusevics and Gettis are redshirting this season. Moeaki and Richardson were teammates at Warrenville South High School.

Northwestern scored the game’s first 14 points and held on to defeat Iowa for the second straight year, 21-7 at Kinnick Stadium.

The Wildcats scored touchdowns on two of their first three possessions to grab a 14-0 advantage in the first half. Northwestern’s second touchdown came after recovering an Iowa QB Drew Tate fumble on Iowa’s six yard line. Iowa’s best chance to get on the scoreboard in the second half ended with a pass interception at the Wildcat goal line.

Trailing 14-0, Iowa trimmed the deficit to seven on a three-yard RB Damian Sims scoring run with 3:46 left in the third period. Iowa reached Northwestern territory midway through the final period before being forced to punt and Iowa’s final possession ended with a tipped pass being intercepted. Northwestern added its third touchdown late in the fourth quarter to seal the victory.

Tate completed 18-27 passes for 147 yards and had two interceptions and a lost fumble. RB Albert Young rushed 18 times for 72 yards, while WR Dominique Douglas caught seven passes for 78 yards to lead the Hawkeye offensive attack.

Northwestern QB C.J. Bacher completed 19-29 passes for 218 yards and a touchdown. RB Tyrell Sutton carried the ball 28 times for a game-high 168 yards and a touchdown.

Defensively, Iowa collected interceptions by DB Charles Godfrey and DB Miguel Merrick. Iowa had two players post double-figures tackles: linebackers Mike Klinkenborg and Edmond Miles. Klinkenborg collected a career-high 16 tackles, including a sack, while Miles was credited with 10 stops, including one for loss, and a pass break-up.

Iowa erased a 14-point third quarter deficit en route to a thrilling 34-27 double overtime victory over Michigan State at Kinnick Stadium. The win was Iowa’s sixth consecutive over the Spartans in Iowa City.

Michigan State built a 17-3 halftime advantage on two touchdown runs by Jehuu Caulcrick and a field goal by Brett Swenson. Iowa then scored 17 straight points to snag a 20-17 advantage by the fourth period.

RB Albert Young had touchdown runs of three and 26 yards in the third quarter to even the game (17-17). PK Daniel Murray converted his second field goal of the game from a career-best distance of 47 yards to give Iowa a three-point margin. The Spartans drove 67 yards on 14 plays in the final minutes of regulation to tie the game on a Swenson 29-yard field goal with four seconds left.

Iowa had two players score their first career touchdowns in overtime to help lift the Hawkeyes to victory. After Michigan State scored on its first overtime possession, Iowa QB Jake Christensen connected with WR Paul Chaney, Jr. for a 23-yard scoring strike. In the second overtime, RB Jevon Pugh scored a one-yard touchdown to give Iowa the 34-27 advantage. The Hawkeye defense prevailed on Michigan State’s second overtime possession, keeping the Spartans out of the end zone.

Young rushed a game-high 34 times for 179 yards and two touchdowns, marking the 12th time in his career that he topped the 100-yard plateau. The 179 yards rank as the 21st-highest total in Iowa single-game history. It was the second-highest rushing total of his career (202 at Northwestern in 2005). Ninety-nine of the 179 yards came in the third quarter.

Michigan State QB Brian Hoyer completed 25-42 passes for 308 yards. RB Javon Ringer rushed 23 times for a team-high 103 yards. WR Devin Thomas had a game-high 240 all-purpose yards (139 receiving and 85 yards in kickoff returns).

Defensively, Iowa sacked Hoyer four times, forced three fumbles and recovered one takeaway. Iowa had three players post double figures in tackles. LB Mike Humpal equaled a career high with 18 tackles. DB Bradley Fletcher had a career-high 13 tackles and forced a fumble. DB Charles Godfrey matched a career high with 12 stops.

Iowa punter Ryan Donahue had the best game of his career, punting eight times for a 51.6 average. His efforts earned him Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week honors. Four of his eight punts eclipsed 50 yards and one was downed inside the 20. Additionally, the redshirt freshman posted an 82-yard punt, which is the second-longest in school history. Lonnie Rodgers had an 83-yard punt vs. Oregon State on Sept. 26, 1962.

? Last Saturday’s game marked Iowa’s fifth overtime game and its first against Michigan State. Iowa’s thrilling 34-27 double overtime win improves its all-time overtime mark to 4-1. Additionally, it was only the second overtime contest in Kinnick Stadium. The Hawkeyes won in double overtime at Penn State (26-23) in 2000 and at Syracuse (20-13) in 2006. In single overtime games, Iowa won at Penn State (42-35) in 2002 and lost at home to Michigan (23-20) in 2005.
? The home team has won the last eight meetings. Iowa has now won seven of the last 10 games in the series.
? RB Albert Young’s 179 rushing yards moved the senior moved past Fred Russell into fourth place in Iowa career rushing. Young now has 2,927 yards on 606 carries.
? Young had a 26-yard touchdown run in the third quarter. The score was Young’s second of the year and 19th of his career. The 26-yard touchdown run is Iowa’s longest rushing score of the season. The previous long was an 11-yard touchdown run by QB Jake Christensen at Iowa State. On Iowa’s next possession, Young had a 29-yard run, which set up a three-yard scoring run by Young, his second rushing score of the game.
? Young posted his first multiple rushing touchdown game since scoring twice at Northwestern (11/5/05). He has rushed for two touchdowns in a contest four times in his career. The previous three games were during the 2005 campaign (Northwestern, Northern Iowa and Indiana). Young has now scored 132 career points, a total that ties Nick Bell and Owen Gill for 14th on Iowa’s career scoring chart.
? Sophomore Chad Geary started his first career game at defensive end, replacing the injured Ken Iwebema. Iwebema started nine straight games before missing the contest. Geary totaled two tackles and a sack, for eight yards loss. Also, true freshman Bryan Bulaga and sophomore Dan Doering both earned their second career start in as many weeks. Bulaga started at left guard, while Doering started at right guard.
? Iowa has not scored on its opening drive in any of its nine games. Michigan State failed to score on its first possession. Three of Iowa’s opponents (Purdue — TD, Iowa State and Illinois — field goals) have scored on their first possession.
? RB Damian Sims had a 30-yard run in the second quarter, Iowa’s longest run from scrimmage this season. The previous long was RB Albert Young’s 26-yarder at Purdue.
? PK Daniel Murray kicked a 43-yard field goal in the second period. He later kicked a career-long 47-yarder in the fourth quarter. His previous best, before Saturday’s contest, was 41 yards (at Wisconsin). It marked the third time this season Murray converted two field goals in a game (at Wisconsin and at Purdue). Murray finished the game 2-3, as he missed a 40-yard attempt (wide left) in the fourth quarter. The redshirt freshman finished the game with a single-game career-high 10 points.
? QB Jake Christensen has thrown at least one touchdown in all four home games this season. The sophomore improved to 4-1 as a starter in home games.
? Michigan State entered the game ranked fourth in the country in sacks. Iowa’s offensive line yielded only one sack against the Spartans.
? LB Mike Humpal had 10 of his game-high 18 tackles in the first half and also had a pass break-up. The 18 tackles equal a career high (vs. Illinois).
? Iowa entered Saturday’s game ranked 14th nationally in turnover margin. The Hawkeyes had one takeaway, recovering a fumble in the fourth period, to increase its turnover margin to +9 for the season. DB Bradley Fletcher forced his second career fumble, while LB A.J. Edds recovered his first career fumble. Iowa failed to turn the takeaway into points, as Daniel Murray missed a 40-yard field goal. As a unit, Iowa forced three fumbles.
? Iowa rushed for 230 yards, marking the second time this season the Hawkeyes rushed over 200 yards in a game (250 vs. Northern Illinois).
? Iowa scored 14 third-quarter points, the most it’s scored in the third period this season. The previous high was 10 at Iowa State. The Hawkeyes own a 50-24 scoring advantage over the opposition in the third quarter this season.
? DE Bryan Mattison forced his seventh career fumble. He also had six tackles and a sack for six yards loss.
? Instant Replay was not used in the contest.
? Iowa averaged 8.6 yards on 21 second down plays. All four Iowa plays that resulted in 20 yards or more were on second down.

Iowa ranks first in the Big Ten and 11th in the country in turnover margin (+9). The Hawkeyes had no turnovers in five games this season (Northern Illinois, Iowa State, Wisconsin, Penn State and Michigan State). Iowa has lost only eight turnovers (four interceptions and four fumbles), which is tops in the conference and tied for second in the country; only Georgia has fewer turnovers (six). The Hawkeyes’ four lost fumbles this season ties for seventh nationally in fewest lost. The Hawkeyes finished the 2006 campaign with a -11 turnover margin.

The Hawkeyes have forced seven opponent turnovers the last four contests.

The Hawkeye defensive unit has collected 17 turnovers (10 interceptions and seven fumbles), 21 sacks, blocked two field goal attempts, registered 50 tackles for loss and has yielded only 17 touchdowns through nine games. Iowa ranks 14th in the country in fewest touchdowns allowed (17), 19th in scoring defense (18.2) and 35th in total defense (335.2).

As a unit, Iowa did not allow a touchdown until late in the second quarter at Wisconsin in game four – a streak of 13 quarters. The Hawkeyes have not allowed a touchdown in four games this season. The last time the Hawkeyes accomplished that feat was in 1984 when they shutout Michigan, allowed three points to Northwestern and Purdue and six to Hawai’i.

TE Tony Moeaki will sit out the remainder of the 2007 season due to medical reasons. The announcement came Oct. 26, from Head Coach Kirk Ferentz.

Moeaki, a 6-4, 255-pound junior from Wheaton, IL, was injured in the Wisconsin game earlier this year and has been out of action since that time. He suffered an elbow and hand injury. Moeaki will apply for a medical hardship for the 2007 season and is expected to have two years of eligibility remaining.

Moeaki had been having a breakout season, prior to his injuries. In Iowa’s 35-0 win over Syracuse, the receiver had eight receptions for 112 yards and three touchdowns, which earned him Big Ten Player of the Week and John Mackey Tight End of the Week accolades. All were career highs. He hauled in 14 passes for 170 yards this season. He was on the John Mackey Watch List, an award which goes to the top tight end in college football.

LB Mike Klinkenborg has been selected as a 2007 National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete. He will be the recipient of an $18,000 post-graduate scholarship and, as a National Scholar-Athlete, becomes a finalist for the prestigious Draddy Trophy. If he is selected winner of the Draddy Trophy, the scholarship increases to $25,000. He is one of 15 finalists.

Klinkenborg will attend the Football Foundation’s Annual Awards Dinner at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City on Dec. 4.

Klinkenborg, a 6-2, 240-pounder from Rock Rapids, IA, was a second team all-Big Ten selection last year when he had 129 tackles. That total was the 17th highest in the Iowa record books. The senior is a member of Iowa’s leadership council and was a first-team Academic all-American in 2006. He is majoring in elementary education and has a 3.95 grade-point average.

Klinkenborg becomes the fifth Iowa player to win this prestigious scholarship. Other recipients are John Hendricks (1968), Bobby Elliott (1975), Mike Flagg (1987) and Derek Rose (1998).

Iowa has won 30 of its last 35 games (.857) in Kinnick Stadium, dating back to the 2002 season. The Hawkeyes’ five losses came to Indiana (38-20 in 2007), Michigan (23-20 in overtime in 2005), Ohio State (38-17 in 2006), Northwestern (21-7 in 2006) and Wisconsin (24-21 in 2006). Iowa recorded a school-record 22-game home winning streak between 2002-05.

The Hawkeyes (.833, 25-5) boast the 12th-best home winning percentage in the nation over the last five years (2003-07).

Iowa has had 11 true freshmen play this season: DT Cody Hundertmark, DB Cedric Everson, DE Christian Ballard, LB Jacody Coleman, DB Diauntae Morrow, LB Dezman Moses, WR Colin Sandeman, DB Jordan Bernstine, RB Jevon Pugh, TE Allen Reisner and OL Bryan Bulaga.

The 11 true freshmen are the most that have seen action under Kirk Ferentz in a single season. Iowa had seven true freshmen play in 2003 and 2000.

Iowa has had 29 first-year student-athletes see game action either on offense, defense or special teams through six games. In addition to the 11 true freshmen, 18 redshirt freshmen have seen the field in 2007.

Iowa’s first five home games of 2007 reached sellout status in late July. The Hawkeyes have sold out 28 consecutive games, dating back to 2003. Kinnick Stadium’s capacity is 70,585. Approximately 1,500 tickets remain for Iowa’s Nov. 17 game against Western Michigan.

The Hawkeyes’ season opener drew a sellout crowd of 61,500 in Chicago’s Soldier Field, including approximately 45,000 Hawkeye fans.

Iowa’s Leadership Council for the 2007 season includes five seniors, three juniors, three sophomores, one redshirt freshman and one true freshman. Permanent team captains are named at the conclusion of each season. The Leadership Council for this season includes seniors Tom Busch, Mike Humpal, Mike Klinkenborg, Bryan Mattison and Albert Young; juniors Rob Bruggeman, Matt Kroul and Seth Olsen; sophomores Jake Christensen, A.J. Edds and Rafael Eubanks, redshirt freshman Brett Greenwood and true freshman Marvin McNutt.

Iowa returns 31 lettermen from 2006, including 16 on offense, 14 on defense and one kicker. The Hawkeyes return five starters on offense and eight on defense. The lettermen breakdown includes eight three-year lettermen, 12 two-year lettermen and 11 one-year lettermen.

The total roster has 111 players, and includes 13 seniors, 23 juniors, 18 sophomores, 29 redshirt freshmen and 28 true freshmen. Saturday’s depth chart includes eight seniors, 12 juniors, nine sophomores, 14 redshirt freshmen and eight true freshmen. Only three seniors (two running backs and one fullback) are listed on the offensive depth chart.

Iowa opened the season with a new quarterback for the first time since the 2004 season. The Hawkeyes needed to replace three-year (2004-06) starter Drew Tate. Tate concluded his career ranked second in passing yards (8,292), touchdown passes (61), completions (665), attempts (1,090) and total offense (8,427) and third in completion percentage (.610) at Iowa.

Jake Christensen has been Iowa’s starting quarterback this season. The 6-1 sophomore saw action in five games, including one start, a year ago. Christensen completed 23-35 passes for 285 yards and two touchdowns in 2006, including 19-30 for 256 yards and two scores in his first start in the Hawkeyes’ 24-14 victory over Northern Illinois.

In his first start of the 2007 campaign, he completed 12-29 passes for 133 yards and a score. In fact, it is believed that he became the first quarterback in NCAA Bowl Subdivision history to start his first two games against the same team. In his third career start, Christensen completed 23-32 passes for 278 yards and a career-high four touchdowns. He also posted a career-long pass of 52 yards to TE Tony Moeaki that resulted in a touchdown in Iowa’s 35-0 win over Syracuse. Christensen lost his first contest as a starter at Iowa State, completing 12-23 passes for 118 yards. In the Big Ten opener at Wisconsin, he completed 17-37 passes for 169 yards and one touchdown. The native of Lockport, IL, posted personal bests in completions (24), attempts (42) and yards (308) in Iowa’s loss to Indiana. He also threw for three touchdowns. At Penn State, he completed 16-29 passes for 146 yards and a touchdown with no interceptions. He helped lead Iowa past ranked-Illinois, completing 19-25 passes for 182 yards and a touchdown and no interceptions. At Purdue, he completed 17-40 passes for 177 yards at Purdue. Last week, Christensen was 5-15 for 53 yards and a score vs. Michigan State. Twenty-three of his passing yards against the Spartans came on a touchdown pass to WR Paul Chaney, Jr. in the first overtime.

For the season, Christensen has completed 143-272 passes for 1,564 yards and 12 touchdowns. He is 4-1 as a starter in home games and nine of his 12 touchdown passes have come in Kinnick Stadium.

Iowa has two experienced senior running backs leading its rushing attack in 2007, Albert Young and Damian Sims. Young ranks fourth in Iowa career rushing with 2,927 yards. He needs only 50 yards to tie Tavian Banks for third (2,977). Young rushed for a game-high 144 yards on 23 carries in the season opener vs. Northern Illinois. Against Syracuse he rushed only 11 times for 25 yards, but did have three receptions for 48 yards and a score. Young rushed for a team-best 60 yards on 14 attempts at Iowa State. Wisconsin limited Young to 33 yards on 10 carries. Young rushed for a game-high 94 yards on 15 carries (6.3 avg.) and had three catches for 44 yards vs. Indiana. The senior had a team-best 44 yards on 13 attempts at Penn State. Young carried the ball 25 times for a game-best 99 yards in Iowa’s win over Illinois. The native of Moorestown, NJ, rushed for a team-best 44 yards on only seven attempts at Purdue. Young posted season bests in carries (34) and rushing yards (179) in Iowa’s double overtime triumph over Michigan State last week. The 179 yards is his second-highest rushing total and rank 21st-best for a single game in Iowa annals. It also marked the 12th time in his career that he surpassed the 100-yard plateau. He has posted 22 career touchdowns and is tied with Nick Bell and Owen Gill for 14th in career scoring (132) at Iowa.

For the season, Young has carried the ball 152 times for a team-best 722 yards and three touchdowns. He ranks seventh in Big Ten rushing yardage (80.2).

Young ranked first in team rushing attempts (178), rushing yards (779), touchdowns (7) and all-purpose yards (1,004), fourth in receptions (30) and fifth in receiving yards (225) in 2006. He ranked eighth in Big Ten rushing (59.6). Young carried the ball 249 times for 1,334 yards (111.2 avg.) and a team-best eight touchdowns in 2005. The native of Moorestown, NJ, was a 2005 second team all-Big Ten selection by the media and honorable mention pick by the coaches. He averaged 125.2 yards in conference games to lead the league. Young also ranked second in all-purpose yards in league games, only 0.9 yards behind the leader. Young became the first Hawkeye to lead the conference in rushing (league games only) since Dennis Mosley in 1979.

Like Young, Sims also topped 100 yards in the season opener against the Huskies. The senior collected 110 yards on only 16 attempts, eclipsing 100 yards for the third time in his career. Against Syracuse, he rushed for a game-high 62 yards on 12 carries and one touchdown and also had a catch for 20 yards. Sims topped 2,000 career all-purpose yards (2,013) with his totals at Wisconsin. He carried the ball only seven times for 27 yards and had two receptions for eight yards against the Badgers. Sims only had seven rushing attempts for 38 yards and two receptions for 11 yards vs. the Hoosiers. In Iowa’s victory over ranked-Illinois, Sims had 45 rushing yards on 11 attempts. At Purdue, he carried the ball 11 times for 39 yards. For the season, Sims has rushed 80 times for 403 yards and a touchdown.

Sims ranked second on the Hawkeyes in rushing yards (686), rushing attempts (132), all-purpose yards (981) and touchdowns (6) in 2006. His totals from a year ago helped him eclipse 1,000 yards rushing in his career. He now has 1,408 yards, ranks 21st in career rushing and is the 37th Hawkeye to top the 1,000-yard plateau. The native of Boynton Beach, FL, started two games in 2006 (Purdue and Indiana) for injured starter Albert Young. Sims carried the ball 20 times for 155 yards and two scores against the Boilermakers. The 155 yards is a career-high, besting his 104 yards vs. Minnesota in 2005.

Linebacker Mike Humpal registered a career-high 18 tackles vs. Illinois on Oct. 13, besting his previous high by five stops. The senior equaled his personal best last week vs. Michigan State, collecting 10 of his game-high 18 tackles in the first half.

Humpal has tallied double-digit tackles in six games this season, including four of the last five. The native of New Hampton, IA, has led the Hawkeyes in tackles the past five contests. He collected his first career sack in the third period and finished the contest with a career-high 2.5 tackles for four yards lost in Iowa’s win over the Illini. He also recovered his first career fumble in the fourth quarter against Illinois. The senior forced a fumble in each of the previous two games.

Humpal ranks first on the Hawkeyes in tackles (100). He also is tied with Illinois’ J Leman with the most tackles (11.11) in the league, which also ranks 11th nationally. The senior also ranks third on the team in tackles for loss (5.5), tied for second in interceptions (2) and tied for second in forced fumbles (2).

His performance against the Illini won him Bronko Nagurski and Master Football Coaches National Defensive Player of the Week laurels. He was also tabbed the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week for the first time in his career.

Linebacker Mike Klinkenborg is in his final season after a stellar junior campaign. Klinkenborg, who was not able to play three games due to an injury suffered in the Wisconsin game, returned two weeks ago at Purdue and started. In his first action since Sept. 22, Klinkenborg amassed seven tackles (six solo) and intercepted his first career pass. Last week vs. Michigan State, he totaled five assists before another injury. Klinkenborg is doubtful for Saturday’s game at Northwestern after suffering another injury against the Spartans. He collected a team-best nine tackles in the season opener vs. Northern Illinois. Klinkenborg was credited with a team-best 11 stops at Iowa State. The senior recorded a game-high eight tackles, including a sack and a forced fumble at Wisconsin. He ranks seventh in team tackles (44).

Klinkenborg, who is a 2007 National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete, has registered double-digit tackles 10 times in his career, including nine times in 2006.

Klinkenborg ranked second in the Big Ten and eighth in the country in tackles per game (10.75). He led Iowa with 129 tackles, 29 more than second-ranked LB Edmond Miles (100). The native of Rock Rapids, IA, earned second team all-Big Ten accolades by the media. He was credited with a career-high 16 stops vs. Northwestern. Klinkenborg was unable to play in the bowl game vs. Texas due to injury.

Despite losing his father Sept. 10, 2006, 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. Klinkenborg was one of three Hawkeyes (Adam Shada and Mike Elgin) to earn first team academic all-America honors; Iowa was the only school to accomplish that feat in 2006.

DB Devan Moylan, a senior in 2006, was granted a medical hardship after playing in just four games a year ago. Moylan was injured in Iowa’s win at Illinois and missed the final nine games of the season. Moylan, a three-year letterman, adds experience and depth to Iowa’s safety positions. He started in the secondary in Iowa’s 2006 win over Iowa State and played a key role on special teams prior to his season-ending injury.

In his second career start, Moylan was credited with seven stops and a forced fumble vs. Northern Illinois. He collected his first career sack for a six-yard loss in his third career start vs. Syracuse. Against Wisconsin, he was credited with five tackles. He has not played in Iowa’s last five contests due to injury. He is questionable for Saturday’s game against the Wildcats.

Three Hawkeyes have already earned their bachelor’s degree and are currently working on advanced degrees. Anton Narinskiy earned a BBA in Accounting in May, 2007 and Mike Humpal and Devan Moylan earned a BA in Health and Sport Studies in May, 2007.

? DE Bryan Mattison was added to the mid-season watch list for the Ted Hendricks Award. Mattison ranks first in team sacks (6.5), second in tackles for loss (7.5) and eighth in tackles (39). His career high in sacks is seven, established a year ago.
? FS Brett Greenwood intercepted an Illinois pass at the goal line to seal Iowa’s 10-6 victory over the then-18th-ranked Illini on Oct. 13. The play was nominated for the NCAAs weekly Pontiac Game Changing Performance Award.
? The Hawkeyes have not turned the ball over in five of nine contests (Northern Illinois, Iowa State, Wisconsin, Penn State and Michigan State).
? Iowa started the season with three of its first four games away from Iowa City. The Hawkeyes conclude the season with four of six in Kinnick Stadium, including three of the last four.
? In the last six years, Iowa is 39-6 when leading at the half and 45-4 when leading after three quarters.
? Iowa has been bowl eligible the last six seasons, the school’s longest string of success since playing in eight straight bowl games (1981-88).
? Iowa has a consecutive home sellout streak of 28 games, dating back to the 2003 season. The last Hawkeye game not sold out was vs. Buffalo (9/6/03). All six home contests this season are expected to be sellouts, with the first five already reaching sellout status.
? Iowa tied for third in the Big Ten in 2005 and 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 five years.
? Iowa opened its conference schedule on the road (at Wisconsin) for the eighth time in nine years under Coach Ferentz. Iowa’s lone conference home opener, under Coach Ferentz, came in 2001 when it defeated Penn State. Next season, the Hawkeyes open the Big Ten schedule at home for the first time since 2001, vs. Northwestern.
? Iowa is one of only three institutions (Iowa, Florida and Tennessee) to have a former football and men’s basketball National Coach of the Year currently coaching their respective team.
? Iowa’s regular season finale will come against a non-conference opponent, Western Michigan. The Broncos have been picked to win the west division and also capture the MAC Championship Game in the MAC News Media Association pre-season poll.
? The last time Iowa finished the season with a non-conference game was Iowa State (2001), a contest that was rescheduled due to the 9/11 attacks. Prior to 2001, the Hawkeyes’ last scheduled regular season non-league game came at Hawai’i (1984).

Iowa has started on offense in 91 of its last 101 games. Iowa’s games vs. Michigan State (10/27/07), at Penn State (10/6/07), 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 seven of those 10 games. Iowa has started the game on offense in 93 of 107 games under Kirk Ferentz.

Iowa has posted 27 offensive plays (20 pass, seven run) that have resulted in 20 yards or more. Entering last week’s game vs. Michigan State, Iowa had four rushing plays over 20 yards. The Hawkeyes registered three rushing plays over 20 yards (26, 29 and 30 yards). RB Damian Sims’ 30-yard run against the Spartans in week nine is Iowa’s longest rush of the year. The Hawkeyes collected four passing plays that went for 20 yards or more vs. Syracuse. Iowa had two big offensive plays vs. Northern Illinois, at Penn State and vs. Illinois. The Hawkeyes posted three passing plays and one run over 20 yards at Wisconsin. Iowa amassed a season-high five offensive plays that resulted in 20 yards or more vs. Indiana. Iowa had four plays result in 20 yards or more against Purdue and Michigan State. WR Andy Brodell recorded a career-long 56-yard punt return vs. Northern Illinois in week one. The following week he had a 49-yard punt return against the Orange. WR Derrell Johnson-Koulianos had a career-long 65-yard kickoff return on the final play at Iowa State and a 51-yard return against the Boilermakers.

Hawkeye opponents have also registered 28 offensive plays (25 pass, three run) of 20 yards or more. Northern Illinois and Illinois collected two big passing plays. Syracuse and Iowa State registered only one each. Wisconsin registered passing plays of 29 and 22 yards and a run of 30 yards, which is the first big run Iowa’s defense has yielded all season. Indiana had four big passing plays and a 71-yard offensive fumble return for a touchdown. Penn State posted five offensive plays that resulted in 20 yards or more, including two for touchdowns. The Boilermakers amassed five passing plays over 20 yards, including touchdown passes for 22 and 33 yards. Michigan State had four passes and one rush over 20 yards last week.

Iowa has outscored its opponents 50-24 in the third quarter. Hawkeye opponents own a 30-17 scoring advantage in the first period, 60-50 edge in the second and 43-23 advantage in the fourth quarter. Iowa outscored Michigan State 14-7 in its only overtime contest of the season (Oct. 27).

Iowa averages 4.7 yards on 248 first down plays, 5.4 yards on 200 second down plays, 3.7 yards on 142 third down plays and 5.0 yards on 15 fourth down plays. The Hawkeyes averaged 8.6 yards per play on 21 second down plays vs. Michigan State last week.

Iowa averages 7.3 plays, 48.7 yards and 2:45 elapsed time on 26 scoring drives (does not include overtime possessions). Iowa posted an eight-play, 95-yard drive that consumed 3:31 and resulted in a touchdown against Northern Illinois. The Hawkeyes posted two touchdown scoring drives that consumed over five minutes vs. Syracuse. Iowa had two 10-play touchdown scoring drives (65 and 75 yards) vs. Indiana.

Hawkeye opponents have recorded 31 scoring drives, averaging 8.6 plays, 56.0 yards and 3:31 elapsed time. Last week, all four of Michigan State’s scoring drives, during regulation, resulted in eight plays or more.

Iowa is 18-25 (72.0%) in the red zone (11 TD, seven FG). Iowa scored touchdowns on all three red zone possessions vs. Syracuse. The Hawkeyes failed to score on two red zone possessions, due to the clock expiring in a double-digit win and missing a field goal attempt, against Northern Illinois. Iowa was 2-3 in the red zone at Iowa State, scoring a touchdown and a field goal and having a 33-yard field goal blocked in the fourth quarter. The Hawkeyes were 1-2 inside the 20-yard line at Wisconsin, making a field goal and having another one blocked. Iowa scored two passing touchdowns and missed a field goal attempt inside the red zone vs. Indiana. The Hawkeyes scored a touchdown on its only trip inside the 20-yard line at Penn State. Iowa posted a touchdown and a field goal in three red zone trips vs. Illinois. The Hawkeyes’ third red zone possession against the Illini resulted in a lost fumble. Iowa was 2-3 at Purdue collecting two field goals and having its third red zone possession stall with an interception on the two-yard line. The Hawkeyes were a perfect 2-2 last week vs. Michigan State, scoring a touchdown and a field goal.

Hawkeye opponents are 18-27 (66.7%) in the red zone. Iowa’s red zone defense ranks second in the Big Ten behind Ohio State (63.6%). Both the Boilermakers and Spartans were 3-4 inside the red zone. Illinois converted a field goal and had a pass intercepted at the goal line in its loss at Iowa. Penn State tallied a touchdown and a field goal on two red zone possessions. Indiana tallied three touchdowns and had a pass intercepted in the end zone on its four red zone possessions. The Hawkeyes held the Badgers to 2-4 inside the 20-yard line. Iowa’s defense limited the Cyclones to three field goals on three red zone possessions. Syracuse failed to come away with any points after marching inside the red zone and missing a field goal (blocked). Northern Illinois was inside the red zone three times, scoring only once on a field goal. The Huskies missed a field goal and had a pass intercepted on the three yard-line.

Iowa has scored 30 points following 17 turnovers. The Hawkeyes collected three turnovers vs. Northern Illinois, two vs. Illinois and one vs. Michigan State, but failed to score off those turnovers. Against Syracuse, Iowa converted one interception into seven points. The Hawkeyes turned three Badger turnovers (two fumbles and one interception) into three points. Iowa scored a touchdown after recovering an Iowa State fumble. The Hawkeyes scored three points following two Indiana miscues. Iowa turned three takeaways at Penn State into seven points. The Hawkeyes converted a Purdue interception into three points.

Hawkeye opponents have scored only six points following only eight Iowa turnovers. Indiana and Purdue both converted field goals after collecting a Hawkeye turnover in Iowa territory. Syracuse intercepted Iowa quarterbacks twice and recovered a fumble, but failed to score. Illinois was unable to score after recovering an Iowa fumble. Northern Illinois, Iowa State, Wisconsin, Penn State and Michigan State did not record a takeaway.

Iowa has appeared on television in its last 74 games. The last Iowa contest not televised was vs. Minnesota on Nov. 17, 2001.

All Iowa 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’s first five games have been selected for television. The Hawkeyes’ season opener vs. Northern Illinois at Chicago’s Soldier Field was aired on ESPNU. Iowa made its Big Ten Network debut in hi-definition vs. Syracuse, marking the second straight year, and sixth time ever, Kinnick Stadium hosted a night game. The Hawkeyes made their first-ever appearance on the Versus Network when they visited in-state rival Iowa State. Iowa’s conference opener at Wisconsin aired on ABC to a split-national audience. The Black and Gold’s homecoming game vs. Indiana was televised on the Big Ten Network (HD). Iowa’s contest at Penn State was televised nationally on ABC/ESPN2. The Hawkeyes’ last three contests (Illinois, Purdue and Michigan State) were broadcast to a national cable audience by ESPN2. Saturday’s game at Northwestern will also be televised to a national cable audience on ESPN2 at 11:02 a.m. Iowa will make its third appearance on the Big Ten Network (HD) on Nov. 10 vs. Minnesota at 11:05 a.m.

The 2007 Hawkeyes will play six home games in Kinnick Stadium, where they have posted a 30-6 (.830) record the last seven seasons. Iowa opened its season vs. Northern Illinois at Soldier Field. The opener was the first NCAA Bowl Subdivision contest in renovated Soldier Field and first since Northwestern defeated Oklahoma on August 23, 1997, in the Pigskin Classic. Additionally, the game marked the first time Iowa opened the season at a neutral site since playing Kansas State on August 26, 2000, at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City.

The Hawkeyes defeated Syracuse in their home opener, but fell to Indiana. Iowa rebounded from four straight losses and defeated Illinois on Oct. 13 in Kinnick Stadium. Remaining Iowa home games include Minnesota and Western Michigan. The Hawkeyes’ only true road non-conference contest was at intra-state rival Iowa State. The Hawkeyes travel to play conference foes Wisconsin, Penn State, Purdue and Northwestern in 2007. Six of Iowa’s 12 opponents played in bowl games in 2006 (Northern Illinois, Western Michigan, Wisconsin, Penn State, Purdue and Minnesota).

Iowa has a new Big Ten slate, as this season marks the first time in three years it played Michigan State and Penn State. While the Spartans and Nittany Lions rejoined the Hawkeye schedule, leaving are Michigan and Ohio State for the next two seasons.

Iowa’s roster of 111 players includes 49 players from Iowa. The roster includes 14 players from Illinois; 12 from Ohio; six from New Jersey; five from Texas and Minnesota; four from Florida; three from Missouri, Nebraska and Pennsylvania; two from Indiana and one from Georgia, Kansas, Michigan, Utah and Wisconsin.

Thirteen high schools have contributed more than one player to the current Iowa football roster. The leader is Glenville (Ohio) with four. Iowa City High (Iowa), Iowa City West (Iowa), Cretin-Derham Hall (Minnesota), Glenville (Ohio), C.R. Washington (Iowa), Millard North (Nebraska) and Humboldt (Iowa) high schools have three, while six other schools have two players on the roster.

Iowa has two players named Murphy (Jayme and Nick, no relation).

Mike and Tyler are the most popular first names. There are four Mike’s (Daniels, Humpal, Klinkenborg and Morio) and four Tyler’s (Blum, Gerstandt, Nielsen and Sash). There are three players named Adam (Farnsworth, Gettis and Shada), Daniel (Doering, Murray and Olzsta), Kyle (Calloway, Haganman and Spading) and Nick (Brayton, Kuchel and Murphy). There are two Andy’s (Brodell and Kuempel), Austin’s (Postler and Signor), Ben’s (Evans and Thilges), Brett’s (Greenwood and Morse), Jordan’s (Bernstine and McLaughlin) and Tom’s (Busch and Nardo).

Redshirt Freshman WR Paul Chaney, Jr. is the lightest Hawkeye player at 165 pounds. Junior OL Wesley Aeschliman is the heaviest at 318 pounds. A total of six Hawkeye players are listed over 300 pounds.

The tallest player, at 6-8, is Aeschliman, while the shortest player, at 5-9, is Chaney, Jr.

The average Hawkeye player is 6-1 and weighs 233 pounds. That is one inch shorter and three pounds heavier than the average Iowa player in 2006.

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 Dan Clark. 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), Rick Kaczenski (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 home games and most road contests during the 2007 season.

“Iowa Football with Kirk Ferentz” will air on the Big Ten Network Mondays at 4 p.m., with a repeat on Tuesdays at 3:30 p.m. Both times listed are central.

Iowa closes the season with home contests against Minnesota Nov. 10 (11:05 a.m., BTN) and Western Michigan Nov. 17 (TBA).

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