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Sept. 16, 2008

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IOWA CITY, Iowa — The University of Iowa’s Kirk Ferentz will be three games into his 10th season as head coach of the Iowa Hawkeyes when the final gun sounds on this year’s battle for college football braggin’ rights at historic Kinnick Stadium. As fans of the Hawkeyes undoubtedly know, Iowa and Iowa State square off tomorrow at 11:03 a.m. in front of the 33rd consecutive sellout crowd at Kinnick and before a national television audience tuning in on the Big Ten Network.

To celebrate Kirk’s 10th season as the Hawkeyes’ head coach, — with Kirk’s assistance — has identified a baker’s dozen (that’s 13 for those fans who don’t really know what a “baker’s dozen” means) plus one of the biggest victories over the previous nine seasons. We’ll reveal a handful each Saturday for the next five Saturdays. On the following Tuesday, fans are invited to return to to vote for their favorite of the group that was revealed.

Fans will then have the next 10 days to select what they think is the greatest victory during the first nine seasons of the “Kirk Ferentz Era” with one very lucky voter winning four tickets to their choice of any game on the Hawkeyes’ 2009 schedule.

We hope you enjoy reliving the past as we march our way to what promises to be an exciting end to the Hawkeyes’ 2008 nonconference season and the first few games of the 2008 Big Ten Conference slate.

Go Hawks!

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Nate Kaeding booted four field goals — the final one from 47 yards with 44 seconds remaining — as Iowa defeated Texas Tech 19-16 in the Alamo Bowl. It was Iowa’s first bowl victory since defeating Texas Tech 27-0 in the 1996 Alamo Bowl. The Hawkeyes dominated time of possession (35:03 to 24:57). Running back Aaron Greving, who replaced Ladell Betts after three plays, rushed for 115 yards on 25 carries and scored Iowa’s lone touchdown. Quarterback Kyle McCann completed his first 12 passes. Greving, who was named the game’s offensive MVP, rode Iowa’s offensive line to a big first half, when he gained 82 yards on 13 carries. Iowa’s winning drive included a 21-yard completion to Hill, who led Iowa with six catches for 49 yards, and 16-yard scramble by McCann, who completed 19 of 26 for 161 yards.

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Coach Ferentz’s father, John, passed away in Pennsylvania six days before this low-scoring game. A day after the funeral, No. 25 Iowa defeated Penn State 6-4 in State College for its fifth consecutive victory over the Nittany Lions and fourth in a row at Beaver Stadium. Kyle Schlicher kicked two 27-yard field goals and the Hawkeye defense forced five turnovers. Tyler Luebke stripped the ball from Penn State’s Michael Robinson and Chad Greenway recovered with 2:30 left in the game.

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Iowa opened a 23-0 lead, then rallied in overtime to defeat No. 12 Penn State 42-35 for its second of nine consecutive victories. The Hawkeyes won against a ranked team on the road for the first time since a 21-20 victory over No. 6 Penn State in 1996. It was also Iowa’s first victory over a ranked team since it knocked off No. 12 Northwestern in 2000. Quarterback Brad Banks threw a 22-yard touchdown pass to Ed Hinkel to give the Hawkeyes a 23-0 lead with 6:04 left in the second quarter. The Hawkeyes led 26-7 at halftime. Kicker Nate Kaeding converted a 55-yard field goal. Iowa took a 35-13 lead into the fourth quarter. In overtime, Banks connected with wide receiver C.J. Jones for a 6-yard touchdown on third-and-goal. Penn State failed to convert on a fourth-down screen pass because of quarterback pressure from Jonathan Babineaux.

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