Sept. 6, 2008
Today was the first-ever meeting between Iowa and FIU. The Hawkeyes have won 34 of their last 41 games (.829) in Kinnick Stadium, dating back to the 2002 season.
Today marked Iowa’s 32nd consecutive sellout (70,585) at Kinnick Stadium. Iowa’s last game not sold out was vs. Buffalo (9/6/03). Today is the third-largest crowd FIU has ever played in front of (107,678 at Penn State in 2007; 90,138 at Alabama in 2006).
Iowa’s defense did not allow a touchdown for the second-straight contest. The Hawkeye defense did not allow a touchdown until the fourth game last season (at Wisconsin). Today’s shutout marked Iowa’s first shutout since a 35-0 win vs. Syracuse last season (Sept. 8, 2007). The shutout is also Iowa’s fifth during Coach Ferentz’s 10-year tenure.
Iowa started the game on offense, as FIU won the toss and deferred to the second half. Iowa has started on offense in 94 of its last 106 contests. The Hawkeyes have started the game on offense in 96-of-112 games under Kirk Ferentz.
Iowa scored over 40 points in consecutive games to start the season. The last time Iowa scored 40 points or more in consecutive contests was the second and third games of the 2003 season (56 vs. Buffalo and 40 at Iowa State).
Sophomore Ricky Stanzi started the game at quarterback today; Jake Christensen started the previous 13 contests behind center, dating back to last season. Stanzi played only the first half, completing 8-10 passes for 130 yards and three scores. QB Marvin McNutt saw his first career action in the fourth period.
RB Shonn Greene rushed 13 times for 130 yards today. He had 22 attempts for 109 yards last week vs. Maine. It marked the first time the Hawkeyes had back-to-back games with a 100-yard rusher since the last two games of the 2005 campaign. Albert Young rushed 26 times for 127 yards at Wisconsin (Nov. 12, 2005) and 21 times for 103 yards vs. Minnesota (Nov. 19, 2005). Damian Sims also had eight carries for 104 yards against the Golden Gophers.
Iowa accumulated 512 yards total offense (271 passing and 241 rushing) today. The last time the Hawkeyes eclipsed 500 yards total offense was at Minnesota (Nov. 18, 2006) when they amassed 546 total yards (364 passing and 182 running).
Iowa scored a touchdown on its first possession on an 11-yard run by RB Shonn Greene. Greene rushed three times for 36 years on the 50-yard scoring drive. The touchdown was the fourth of his career. Greene also scored a touchdown on Iowa’s first offensive possession vs. Maine last week.
FIU failed to score on its opening possession. Both Iowa opponents (Maine and FIU) failed to score on their opening drives.
Iowa out-scored FIU 35-0 in the first half. The Hawkeyes have out-scored their first two opponents 57-3 in the first 30 minutes.
In the last seven years, Iowa is 42-6 when leading at the half and 48-4 when leading after three quarters.
The Hawkeyes collected three takeaways today vs. FIU. Iowa has recorded at least one takeaway in 22 of its last 24 games, dating back to the 2006 season.
Redshirt freshman Tyler Sash started his first career game today at strong safety. Sash finished the contest with four tackles.
WR Derrell Johnson-Koulianos caught a career-long 59-yard touchdown pass from QB Ricky Stanzi on Iowa’s second offensive drive. Johnson-Koulianos’ previous long was a 32-yard reception at Northwestern last season (Nov. 3, 2007). The 59-yard play was Iowa’s longest passing play since QB Jake Christensen connected with WR Trey Stross for 53 yards at Northwestern a year ago (Nov. 3, 2007). Johnson-Koulianos finished the contest with three catches for 90 yards and a score.
LB A.J. Edds returned his second career interception 38 yards in the first quarter. The 38-yard return is Iowa’s longest interception return since LB Mike Humpal returned a theft 28 yards vs. Northern Illinois last season (Sept. 1, 007). Edds also had two tackles in the contest.
RB Shonn Greene scampered a career-long 35 yards in the first period to help lead to another touchdown drive for Iowa. One play later, RB Paki O’Meara scored on a 17-yard run. Greene’s previous longest rushing attempt was 32 yards vs. Ball State (Sept. 3, 2005). Greene rushed 10 times for 118 yards in the first quarter.
TE Brandon Myers’ 23-yard touchdown reception from QB Ricky Stanzi is a career-long scoring catch. The scoring reception is the seventh of his career and second of the year; he had a four-yard touchdown last week vs. Maine. Myers later had a career-long 28-yard catch from QB Jake Christensen in the third quarter. Myers finished the contest with three catches for 60 yards and a score.
WR Colin Sandeman caught his first career touchdown of eight yards from QB Ricky Stanzi in the second period. Stanzi finished the first half throwing three touchdowns (8, 23 and 59 yards), completing 8-10 passes for 162 yards. Sandeman later caught his second touchdown of the game on a 23-yard scoring strike from QB Jake Christensen.
Iowa dominated the first half, recording 338 yards total offense (167 Rushing and 171 passing). FIU amassed only 73 yards total offense (18 rushing and 55 passing). The Hawkeyes accumulated 15 first downs to the Golden Panthers’ five in the first 30 minutes.
LB Pat Angerer recorded his second interception in as many weeks in the second period. Angerer returned the theft 12 yards.
Iowa was 3-4 in the red zone today. The Black and Gold have scored 21 touchdowns and three field goals on their last 27 red zone possessions over the last six games, dating back to last season.
DL Matt Kroul started his 39th consecutive game today, a streak that ties for second-best in the Big Ten with Purdue’s OL Sean Sester. Kroul had two tackles, including a sack, today.
Iowa remains home next week when it hosts Iowa State in the Hy-Vee Cy-Hawk Series. Kickoff is slated for 11:05 a.m. and will be televised on the Big Ten Network (HD). The contest will be Iowa’s annual “Blackout” event.