Oct. 6, 2008
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IOWA CONCLUDES TWO-GAME ROAD TRIP
Iowa (3-3, 0-2) travels to Bloomington, IN, to face Indiana (2-3, 0-2) Saturday. Kickoff is slated for 11:03 a.m. (CDT) at Memorial Stadium (49,225). A crowd of 32,000 is expected. Tickets are $39 and can be purchased at the game.
ON THE TUBE
BTN (HD) will televise the game to a national cable audience. Wayne Larrivee, Chris Martin and Anthony Herron 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. Hawkeye fans can also listen to the game on XM Satellite Radio, channel 197.
Iowa has played 1,109 games since beginning football in 1889. Iowa’s overall record is 562-508-39 (.524). That includes a 356-197-16 (.640) record in home games, a 206-309-23 (.404) record in games away from Iowa City, a 276-342-25 (.449) mark in Big Ten games and a 239-162-15 (.593) record in Kinnick Stadium.
HAWKEYE HUDDLE IN BLOOMINGTON
The National I-Club and the UI Alumni Association invite all fans to the “Hawkeye Huddle” from 9-11 a.m. (EDT) Saturday. The “Hawkeye Huddle” will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn, located at 245 N. College Avenue in Bloomington. The free reception features refreshments, snacks, Hawk Shop door prizes, Herky, and the Iowa cheerleaders.
ON THIS DATE
Iowa is 3-4 in games played on Oct. 11. The Hawkeyes defeated Indiana 27-14 in 1947 and 34-13 in 1958, and Wisconsin 17-6 in 1986. Iowa lost to Purdue 41-14 in 1952, Wisconsin 23-17 in 1969, Ohio State 49-0 in 1975 and Illinois 20-14 in 1980.
Iowa holds a 38-27-4 advantage in the series that began with a 13-6 Iowa victory in 1912. The Hawkeyes have won 14 of the last 22 games in the series. The series is tied, 17-17-1, in games at Bloomington. The Hoosiers have won the last two meetings against the Hawkeyes (31-28 in 2006 at Bloomington and 38-20 in 2007 at Iowa City).
INDIANA FALLS AT MINNESOTA
Minnesota scored the only points of the second half to upend Indiana, 16-7, last Saturday in Minneapolis, MN, to hand the Hoosiers their third-straight defeat. RB Marcus Thigpen caught a 77-yard touchdown pass from QB Ben Chappell in the second quarter for Indiana’s only points. Thigpen became the first player in school history with over 1,000 yards rushing (1,269), receiving (1,003) and on kickoff returns (1,511) in the loss. Indiana lost two fumbles, punted four times and had its final drive end as time expired on its seven second-half possessions. Minnesota WR Eric Decker matched a school record with 13 receptions (190 yards). Indiana QB Kellen Lewis completed 15-21 passes for 167 yards and was sacked three times. Thigpen finished the contest with 165 all-purpose yards (88 receiving, 63 kickoff returns and 14 rushing). DE Jammie Kirlew posted a game-high 10 tackles, including 2.5 sacks, for the Hoosiers.
INDIANA COACH BILL LYNCH
Bill Lynch was named Indiana’s 27th head football coach on June 15, 2007. In his first season, he guided Indiana to a 7-6 record and its first bowl appearance (Insight Bowl) in 14 years. Lynch has 15 years of head coaching experience, compiling a 90-76-3 (.541) overall record with stops at Butler, Ball State and DePauw. He won or shared seven conference or divisional titles during those 14 seasons. Lynch has 31 overall years of coaching experience, spending 30 in the state of Indiana. Lynch, who is in his fourth season on the Indiana staff, served as interim head coach for two games in 2006 and led the Hoosiers during 2007 spring practice. In his first two campaigns in Bloomington, he served as the assistant coach, offensive coordinator and tight ends coach. This is Lynch’s second stint at Indiana, as he was the Hoosiers’ quarterbacks coach in 1993-94. Lynch began his head coaching career at Butler (1985-89), guiding the Bulldogs to four conference titles. He also served as Ball State’s head coach for eight seasons (1995-2002) and DePauw’s for one year (2004).
IOWA, INDIANA NOTES
? Iowa and Indiana are both looking to snap three-game losing streaks.
? Indiana is tied for third in the country, with two other schools, with the most players with at least one reception this season (16). Iowa is tied with five schools for sixth (15). Troy ranks first with 18, followed by Tulane (17).
? Iowa’s three losses have come by a combined nine points (21-20 at Pittsburgh, 22-17 vs. Northwestern and 16-13 at Michigan State).
? Iowa ranks second in the nation in scoring defense (11.2), 13th in pass efficiency defense (97.99) and fewest yards penalized (33.2), 19th in red zone defense (66.7%) and 21st in total defense (281.2).
? Iowa has recorded at least one takeaway in 26 of its last 28 games, dating back to the 2006 season.
? Saturday will be Coach Kirk Ferentz’ 150th career game as a head coach.
? Saturday will conclude Iowa’s only two-game road trip of the season.
? Saturday will be Iowa’s first of three conference road games played on field turf (Indiana, Illinois and Minnesota).
? Iowa RB Shonn Greene is one of only two running backs in the country to rush for 100 yards or more in the first six contests (Connecticut’s Donald Brown).
? Eight different Hawkeyes have intercepted at least one pass this season, while two Hawkeyes (LB Pat Angerer and DB Amari Spievey) have two.
? Iowa has kept two of the nation’s top rushers under 100 yards the last three weeks (Pittsburgh’s LeSean McCoy was held to 78 yards on 18 carries, while Michigan State’s Javon Ringer was limited to 91 yards on 25 attempts).
? Andy Brodell ranks first in the Big Ten and 24th nationally in punt return average (13.9). He is one of two Big Ten punt returners who have returned a punt for a score (Ohio State’s Ray Small). Additionally, Brodell has posted game-high receiving yards the last two Iowa games (126 vs. Northwestern and 79 at Michigan State).
? Iowa punter Ryan Donahue has recorded at least one punt over 50 yards in each of the last four contests (64 yards vs. Iowa State, 59 yards at Pittsburgh, 55 yards vs. Northwestern and 56 yards at Michigan State.
? Indiana RB Marcus Thigpen ranks 12th in the nation in all-purpose yards (168.8) and DE Jammie Kirlew is tied for fourth in tackles for loss (1.8) and fifth in sacks (1.0).
? DT Matt Kroul, DT Mitch King and OL Rob Bruggeman have served as captains in each of Iowa’s first six games.
? Indiana Head Coach Bill Lynch’s son, Billy, is the Hoosiers’ wide receivers coach.
? Iowa’s roster includes three players from Indiana, junior LB A.J. Edds (Greenwood), and true freshmen Jewel Hampton (Indianapolis) and PK Trent Mossbrucker (Mooresville) – Edds and Mossbrucker are starters.
? Bill Lynch was head coach at Butler in 1988 while current Iowa Men’s Basketball Coach Todd Lickliter was there as an assistant men’s basketball coach (1988-89).
Indiana scored the game’s first 21 points, spoiling Iowa’s homecoming with a 38-20 victory over the Hawkeyes at Kinnick Stadium a year ago. Hoosier QB Kellen Lewis completed touchdown passes of 4, 39 and 71 yards in the first half to jump out to a 21-0 advantage. Lewis’ 71-yard scoring pass was credited to himself as he recovered a fumble by his receiver and ran it 71 yards for the score. Iowa got on the scoreboard as time expired in the second quarter on a 33-yard touchdown pass from QB Jake Christensen to WR Trey Stross to cut the deficit to 21-7. Iowa closed the gap to eight points after a 10-yard touchdown reception by TE Brandon Myers (PAT failed) midway through the third period. The Hoosiers answered with an 11-play, 75-yard touchdown drive to re-establish a double-digit lead (28-13). Indiana added a field goal and another touchdown, while the Hawkeyes scored their third touchdown on an 18-yard scoring reception by WR Derrell Johnson-Koulianos. Christensen posted career highs in completions (24), attempts (42) and yards (308) to go along with his three touchdown passes. Johnson-Koulianos had six catches for 68 yards and a score to pace the Hawkeye receiving corp. RB Albert Young rushed 15 times for a game-high 94 yards. Lewis completed 19-26 passes for 322 yards and three touchdowns. WR James Hardy had four receptions for a game-high 113 yards and a touchdown. The Hoosier defense recorded nine sacks and collected two takeaways. Iowa’s defense was without the services of starters LB Mike Klinkenborg and DB Devan Moylan due to injuries they each suffered in the previous game. LB Mike Humpal registered a game and career-high 13 tackles to lead the Hawkeye defense. DL Matt Kroul tallied nine stops, while DB Charles Godfrey and DT Mitch King each had seven tackles.
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 10th season as Iowa’s head football coach. Ferentz guided Iowa to Big Ten titles twice in the last six 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 53-28 (.654) overall mark and a 31-19 (.620) Big Ten record the last seven seasons. Ferentz, at Iowa, holds an overall record of 64-52 (.552) and a 38-36 (.514) mark in Big Ten games. In 13 seasons as a college head coach his career mark is 76-73 (.510). Ferentz, who boasts the second-most victories by a Hawkeye head coach, coached his 100th game as Iowa’s head coach vs. Syracuse (Sept. 8, 2007). Forty of Iowa’s 116 games under Ferentz have been decided by seven points or less (18-23) 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.
IOWA COACHING STAFF
With the retirement of long-time assistant coach Carl Jackson, who coached the Hawkeye running backs, the Iowa coaching staff has some changes for the 2008 season. The addition to the staff is Erik Campbell, who is now Iowa’s wide receivers and tight ends coach. Campbell coached wide receivers at Michigan the previous 13 years and was the assistant head coach there the last five seasons. Campbell was named by CBS Sports.com as the top wide receivers coach in college football this past summer. Assignment changes on the Iowa staff include Lester Erb moving from wide receivers to running backs; Eric Johnson from tight ends to assistant linebacker coach; and Darrell Wilson coaching all linebacker positions after previously working with just the outside linebackers. Erb and Wilson will continue to work with the Hawkeye special teams.
MICHIGAN STATE 16, IOWA 13
Iowa mounted a second-half comeback but came up short in a 16-13 loss to Michigan State in Spartan Stadium. Trailing by three with just over two minutes remaining, Michigan State’s defense stopped the Hawkeyes on a fourth-and-one in Spartan territory to secure the victory. Michigan State scored the game’s first 13 points. TE Charlie Gantt caught a four-yard touchdown pass from QB Brian Hoyer in the first period to take a 7-0 advantage. The Spartans increased their lead to 13-0 on a pair of PK Brett Swenson field goals (29 and 32 yards) in the second quarter. With three seconds remaining in the half, Iowa PK Trent Mossbrucker converted a 25-yard field goal to cut the deficit to 13-3. Swenson, who was named Big Ten co-Special Teams Player of the Week, made his third field goal (25 yards) to regain a 13-point cushion. However, the Black and Gold continued to fight back, scoring a Mossbrucker 33-yard field goal and converting a Michigan State fourth-quarter interception into a touchdown to make the score 16-13. Iowa QB Ricky Stanzi connected with WR Andy Brodell for a 31-yard touchdown in the back of the end zone with 8:47 left in the fourth period. It was the second-straight week Stanzi hooked-up with Brodell for a touchdown pass. The game featured two of the nation’s top running backs. Iowa’s Shonn Greene finished the contest with a game-high 157 yards on a season-high 30 carries, while Iowa’s defense held Michigan State’s Javon Ringer to only 91 yards on 25 attempts, with 29 of the 91 yards coming on one play. Greene is one of only two running backs in the country to rush for 100 yards in all six games to start the season (Connecticut’s Donald Brown). Stanzi completed 15-22 passes for 158 yards and a touchdown in his second-straight start. Hoyer completed 13-24 passes for 184 yards and a score for the Spartans. Brodell paced the Hawkeye receivers for the second-consecutive week, catching five passes for a game-high 79 yards. WR B.J. Cunningham had a team-high four receptions and 76 yards for Michigan State. Iowa’s Jewel Hampton returned four kickoffs for 116 yards, which is the most kickoff return yardage in a single-game by a Hawkeye since C.J. Jones had 169 yards on four returns vs. USC in the 2003 Orange Bowl. Defensively, LB Pat Angerer collected a career-high 11 tackles for the second straight game. DT Matt Kroul had eight stops and LB Jeremiha Hunter was credited with seven tackles. Also, DT Mitch King recorded seven tackles, which raised his career tackle total to 200, becoming the 60th Hawkeye to accomplish the feat.
? With Michigan State’s win over Iowa, the home team has won the last nine meetings in the series. Iowa holds a 20-18-2 advantage in the series, with the Spartans holding a 10-8-1 advantage in East Lansing. Last Saturday was Iowa’s first visit to East Lansing in five years (2003).
? Iowa failed to score on its first possession of the game, marking the third time in six contests the Hawkeyes did not score on their initial drive. Iowa scored three points on its first possession against Iowa State. Iowa tallied touchdowns vs. Maine and FIU in its first two games. In each of its last two games, Iowa has driven inside the opponent 25-yardline on its opening drive, only to lose possession on a fumble.
? Michigan State failed to score on its opening possession. All six Iowa opponents (Maine, FIU, Iowa State, Pittsburgh, Northwestern and Michigan State) failed to score on their opening drives this season.
? Safety Tyler Sash returned to action after missing the Northwestern game. Sash had five tackles, including 1.5 for loss.
? Michigan State scored on its second drive of the game, marking the first time in six games Iowa has not scored first. Iowa led 7-0 in two games and 3-0 in three games over the first five games of the year. The Hawkeyes have outscored their opponents 44-14 in the first period.
? Iowa was guilty of three turnovers in the first half, two inside the MSU 20-yardline and the third inside the Iowa 20. Iowa lost a fumble on its initial drive of the game and lost possession on an interception early in the second period. The third turnover was a lost fumble on a QB sack.
? Instant Replay was used once in the first quarter, once in the second and once in the fourth. The call of an incomplete pass by Michigan State was upheld as called on the field in the first period. In the second period, the call on the field of an MSU pass completion was also upheld. In the fourth period, a play that was ruled an Iowa touchdown reception was also upheld.
? Michigan State scored six points following three Iowa turnovers, all in the first half. Iowa scored a touchdown following the Spartans’ only turnover, a fourth-period interception.
? PK Trent Mossbrucker has made at least one field goal in five of Iowa’s first six contests. He converted from 25 and 33 yards vs. Michigan State. Mossbrucker has made 8-of-9 field goal attempts, with the only miss being blocked vs. FIU.
THE GREENE MONSTER
RB Shonn Greene, who ranks second in the Big Ten and sixth nationally in rushing, has rushed for over 100 yards in Iowa’s first six games (Maine, FIU, Iowa State, Pittsburgh, Northwestern and Michigan State). His career-high rushing total of 159 yards against Northwestern pushed him over 1,000 career yards. For his career, Greene has rushed 198 times for 1,200 yards (6.1 avg.) and six scores. The 1,200 yards ranks 27th-best in Iowa’s career annals. He has amassed 822 yards on 129 attempts (6.4 avg.) and five scores in 2008. His current 6.4 average per carry is the highest rushing average by an Iowa running back, in a single-season, since Tavian Banks averaged 6.5 yards on 260 attempts in 1997. This season marks the first time the Hawkeyes had a 100-yard rusher in six-straight contests since the last six games of the 2005 campaign. RB Albert Young rushed for 165 at Purdue (Oct. 8), 125 yards vs. Indiana (Oct. 15), 153 yards vs. Michigan (Oct. 22), 202 yards at Northwestern (Nov. 5), 127 yards at Wisconsin (Nov. 12) and 103 yards vs. Minnesota (Nov. 19). Greene’s 822 yards this season, is the second-highest total by an Iowa running back, in the first six games, since 1997. Banks accumulated 894 yards and 11 touchdowns the first six games in 1997. Greene is one of only two running backs in the country to rush for 100 yards or more in the first six contests (Connecticut’s Donald Brown). He is believed to be the first Iowa running back to ever rush for 100 yards in the first six games of a season. Greene rushed nine times for 101 yards and a score in the first quarter vs. FIU (Sept. 6). It marked the first time an Iowa running back amassed over 100 yards rushing in a quarter since Fred Russell had 108 yards and a touchdown on eight carries in the first period at Minnesota (Nov. 16, 2002).
HAWKEYE SIGNAL CALLERS
Iowa’s game vs. Northwestern (Sept. 27) was the first contest, in 2008, where one Iowa quarterback played the entire game. Jake Christensen and Ricky Stanzi saw about the same amount of playing time in Iowa’s first two contests. However, Stanzi took a majority of the snaps vs. Iowa State, while Christensen saw more time under center at Pittsburgh. Stanzi started his third game of the season, and his career, against the Wildcats. The sophomore completed 21-30 passes for 238 yards and also completed a career-long 45-yard touchdown pass to WR Andy Brodell. Last week at Michigan State, Stanzi completed 15-22 passes for 158 yards and a score. Stanzi has completed 65-100 (.650) passes for 822 yards and five touchdowns this season. Christensen has completed 33-56 passes for 372 yards and two scores. Stanzi ranks fourth in Big Ten passing efficiency and 36th in the country (142.55). Stanzi, who started and played the first three quarters, was 5-14 for 95 yards vs. Iowa State. He was 7-10 for 79 yards, including completing his first six pass attempts, at Pittsburgh. Christensen, who played the final quarter against the Cyclones, was an efficient 4-5 for 27 yards and engineered Iowa’s lone touchdown drive. Christensen completed 12-24 passes for 124 yards and had a rushing touchdown at Pittsburgh. Against FIU, Stanzi was 8-10 for 162 yards (20.3 avg.) and three touchdowns (8, 23 and 59 yards). Christensen was also effective, completing 8-12 passes for 99 yards and a touchdown. Against Maine, Christensen completed 9-15 passes for 122 yards and a touchdown, while Stanzi completed 9-14 passes for 90 yards and also rushed for 22 yards on two attempts. Christensen started all 12 games a year ago, completing 198-370 passes for 2,269 yards. The 2007 sophomore threw 17 touchdowns and only six interceptions. Christensen threw three touchdowns or more in three games last year (Syracuse, Indiana and Western Michigan). He was 4-2 as a starter in home games and 13 of his 17 touchdown passes came in Kinnick Stadium. His passing yardage total (2,269) ranks 12th-best in a single-season at Iowa. For his career, he has completed 254-461 passes for 2,926 yards and 21 scores. The 2,926 yards rank 11th-best in a career at Iowa, only 17 yards behind 10th-place Paul Burmeister (2,943). Stanzi saw limited time in two games last season (Syracuse and Purdue) as a redshirt freshman.
KING AND KROUL ANCHOR DEFENSIVE LINE
A pair of seniors, Matt Kroul and Mitch King, anchor Iowa’s defensive line. Last season, the duo combined for 132 tackles, including 16.5 for loss. King and Kroul are Iowa’s two most experienced defensive starters. Kroul has started 43 consecutive games, while King has started 38 career contests, including the last 23. King, who has been named to the 2008 Lott Trophy and Lombardi and Chuck Bednarik Award Watch Lists, has 200 career tackles, 45.5 tackles for loss and 15.5 sacks. His seven tackles at Michigan State gave the senior exactly 200 career tackles. He also was credited with 1.5 tackles for loss, including a sack against the Spartans. He had two tackles, including one for loss vs. Maine. King totaled three stops, including a sack and 1.5 for loss vs. FIU and two assists vs. Iowa State. King had four tackles, including 1.5 for loss at Pittsburgh. He amassed a season-high eight tackles and a QB-Hurry vs. Northwestern. Last year, the Burlington, IA, native ranked seventh in team tackles (58), first in tackles for loss (14.5) and QB hurries (5) and second in pass break-ups (7). King, who was tabbed first team all-conference as a junior, registered a career-high 10 stops at Iowa State in 2007. Kroul, an honorable mention all-league honoree last season, has 211 tackles, 17 tackles for loss and seven sacks. Kroul’s tackle totals vs. Northwestern pushed him over 200 career tackles. He collected a season-best nine tackles, one shy of a career high, vs. Northwestern. He had five tackles, including 1.5 for loss and a sack vs. Maine. Kroul, who is a 2008 Draddy Trophy semifinalist, was credited with two tackles, including a sack vs. FIU, and five assists vs. Iowa State. Kroul had two tackles and a fumble recovery at Pittsburgh and collected eight stops, including 0.5 for loss at Michigan State. The native of Mount Vernon, IA, ranked fourth in team tackles (74) a year ago. Kroul was credited with seven stops in four contests last season, including equaling a career single-game best with 10 tackles at Penn State.
KROUL NAMED DRADDY SEMIFINALIST
Senior Matt Kroul is one of 57 Football Bowl Subdivision student-athletes to be named a semifinalist for the 2008 National Football Foundation (NFF) Draddy Trophy. One of college football’s most sought after and competitive awards, the Draddy Trophy recognizes an individual for his combined academic excellence, football performance and exemplary community leadership. A total of 164 student-athletes from both subdivisions vie for the honor. Kroul is a health and sports studies major. The NFF Awards Committee will select and announce up to 15 finalists on Oct. 29. Last year, Iowa LB Mike Klinkenborg was a finalist for the award.
DEFENSE MAKES A STAND
Iowa’s defense did not yield a touchdown the first three contests. The first touchdown scored against Iowa’s defense was at the 6:06 mark of the first quarter in game four at Pittsburgh on Sept. 20. Iowa was the last FBS school to allow a touchdown this season. Like this year, the Hawkeye defense did not allow a touchdown until the fourth game in 2007 (at Wisconsin). Iowa did not allow a touchdown in its first three games. It is believed to be the first time since the 1923 and 1924 seasons that the Hawkeyes started consecutive seasons not allowing a touchdown in their first three contests. In 1923, Iowa topped Oklahoma A&M 20-0, Knox 44-3 and Purdue 7-0, all at home. In 1924, Iowa beat SE Oklahoma 43-0, Ohio State 0-0 and Lawrence 13-5, all at home. Iowa ranks second in the nation in scoring defense (11.2), 13th in pass efficiency defense (97.99), 19th in red zone defense (66.7%) and 21st in total defense (281.2). Iowa’s defense has forced 37 punts, blocked a field goal (Northwestern) and collected a safety (Maine).
DJK AND BRODELL LEAD HAWKEYE RECEIVERS
Sophomore Derrell Johnson-Koulianos (DJK) and senior Andy Brodell have almost identical receiving statistics through six games to lead the Hawkeye receiving corps. DJK has a team-best 21 catches and ranks second in receiving yards (274). Brodell ranks first in receiving yards (278) and second in receptions (20). Brodell averages 13.9 yards per catch and has caught two touchdowns, one in each of the last two games (45-yarder vs. Northwestern and a 31-yarder at Michigan State, both from QB Ricky Stanzi). The native of Ankeny, IA, is also Iowa’s primary punt returner; he ranks 24th in the country, averaging 13.9 yards on 17 returns. Brodell returned an Iowa season-best 81-yard punt for a touchdown vs. Iowa State. The return was the 10th-longest punt return in school history. Brodell cracked 1,000 career receiving yards with his totals from the Northwestern game (Sept. 27). The senior has caught 78 career passes for 1,114 yards and seven touchdowns. The 1,114 yards rank 29st-best in school history. Last year he had 13 catches for 96 yards and averaged 14.4 yards on 14 punt returns before suffering a season-ending injury at Wisconsin. Brodell had a break-out season his sophomore year in 2006, ranking first on the team in yards (724) and yards per catch (18.6) and third in receptions (39). His 724 yards rank 21st-best in Iowa single-season history. The native of Ankeny, IA, caught seven passes for 159 yards and a touchdown in the 2006 regular season finale and six passes for 159 yards and two touchdowns vs. Texas in the 2006 Alamo Bowl. The 159 yards against the Longhorns was an Alamo Bowl record. He also had a career-long 63-yard touchdown reception vs. Texas, which was the longest touchdown reception in Iowa bowl history and the fifth-longest reception in Alamo Bowl history. His two Alamo Bowl touchdown receptions (63 and 23 yards) tied an Iowa bowl record with four others. DJK averages 13.0 yards per reception and also has one touchdown (59-yard pass from Ricky Stanzi vs. FIU). DJK has also returned seven kickoffs for 139 yards. Last season, he led the Hawkeyes, catching 38 passes for 482 yards and two scores.
SUPER DEFENSIVE SOPHS
Three sophomores are pacing the Hawkeyes in tackles through six games. LB Jeremiha Hunter ranks first with 43 tackles, DL Adrian Clayborn ranks third with 34 stops and CB Amari Spievey ranks fourth with 33 tackles. Spievey is also tied for the team lead in interceptions with two, collecting a theft in back-to-back games (Iowa State and Pittsburgh).
DOMINANT AT HOME
Iowa has won 35 of its last 43 games (.814) in Kinnick Stadium, dating back to the 2002 season. The eight Hawkeye losses came to Western Michigan (28-19 in 2007), Indiana (38-20 in 2007), Michigan (23-20 in overtime in 2005), Ohio State (38-17 in 2006), Northwestern (21-7 in 2006 and 22-17 in 2008), Wisconsin (24-21 in 2006) and Iowa State (36-31 in 2002). Iowa recorded a school-record 22-game home winning streak between 2002-05. Iowa’s 29-7 (.806) home record from 2003 thru 2008 ranks 18th nationally and third in the Big Ten.
Place kickers Daniel Murray and Trent Mossbrucker have shared kicking duties this season. Murray, a sophomore, has handled all kickoffs and is 9-9 on PATs and 1-3 on field goal attempts. He made a 44-yarder vs. Maine, which was only three yards from his career long, but missed a 50-yarder into the wind vs. Iowa State and a 35-yarder at Pittsburgh. Mossbrucker, a true freshman, is Iowa’s primary field goal kicker and is 9-9 on PATs and 8-9 on field goals. He averages 1.33 field goals per game, which ranks 32nd-best in the nation. Mossbrucker has made his last four field goal attempts. He split the uprights from 33 and 35 yards vs. Maine, connected on a 26-yarder against Iowa State and converted from 26 and a career-long 39 yards at Pittsburgh. The native of Mooresville, IN, also made a 30-yarder vs. Northwestern and kicks of 25 and 33 at Michigan State. His 32-yard attempt vs. FIU was blocked. Punter Ryan Donahue has punted 20 times this season. He is averaging 41.9 yards per punt. Donahue has recorded at least one punt over 50 yards in each of the last four contests (64 yards vs. Iowa State, 59 yards at Pittsburgh, 55 yards vs. Northwestern and 56 yards at Michigan State. Additionally, seven of his punts were downed inside the 20 this season. His 36-yard directional kick was downed on the three-yard line, which ultimately resulted in Iowa’s defense collecting a safety two plays later vs. Maine. He punted twice vs. FIU, with both punts downed inside the 20-yard line. He punted four times for a 37.5 average, including booming a 64-yarder, vs. Iowa State. Donahue had a 41.6 average, boosted by a 59-yard punt, on seven punts at Pittsburgh. Donahue averaged 43.0 yards on three punts vs. Northwestern. He had a career-best average, 53.0, on three punts at Michigan State. Iowa opponents have just four returns for 14 yards this season. The sophomore punted 46 times for a 38.6 average through Iowa’s first seven games last year. The last five games of 2007, he punted 40 times for a 44.0 average and downed eight inside the 20. Donahue had long kicks of 82 (Michigan State), 76 (Northwestern), 68 (Purdue) and 54 (Minnesota and Western Michigan) the last five contests. Donahue broke two school punting records in 2007. The native of Evergreen Park, IL, established school records for punts in a single-season (86) and punt yardage (3,533). The previous records were held by Dave Holsclaw in 1978, 85 punts for 3,107 yards. Furthermore, the 86 punts is a Big Ten single-season record. The redshirt freshman was named Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week Oct. 29, after averaging 51.6 yards on eight punts vs. Michigan State. Four of his eight punts eclipsed 50 yards, including an 82-yarder that is the second longest in school history. Donahue also earned freshman honorable mention all-American accolades by The Sporting News.
TRUE FRESHMEN IN 2008
Iowa has had seven true freshmen see action this season: DB Shaun Prater, TE Brad Herman, DB William Lowe, WR DeMarco Paine, PK Trent Mossbrucker, RB Jewel Hampton and DB David Cato. All saw action in the season opener. Prater, Mossbrucker, Hampton and Cato have competed in all six contests. The Hawkeyes had 11 true freshmen play a year ago. Iowa also had seven true freshmen play in 2003 and 2000. Cato has been credited with eight tackles and Prater seven tackles and two pass break-ups. Hampton has rushed 30 times for 154 yards and has returned eight kickoffs for 207 yards. His 25.9 return average ranks 31st-best in the country. Hampton returned four kickoffs for 116 yards at Michigan State last week, which is the most kickoff return yardage in a single-game by a Hawkeye since C.J. Jones had 169 yards on four returns vs. USC in the 2003 Orange Bowl. Mossbrucker has connected on all nine PATs and 8-9 FGs. Mossbrucker ranks first in team scoring with 33 points.
Iowa has the sixth-fewest total number of seniors (13) on its roster in the nation. Alabama and Middle Tennessee have nine. Central Michigan and Toledo each have 10 seniors, North Carolina, Minnesota and Arizona have 11, while Central Florida, Fresno State, Illinois and UTEP have 12. Also with 13 seniors are Indiana, Kent State, Virginia Tech and LSU. Iowa has only four senior starters on offense and two on defense. Additionally, the Hawkeyes start four sophomores and one redshirt freshman on offense and five sophomores and one redshirt freshman on defense.
? Defensive tackles Matt Kroul and Mitch King reached 200 career tackles one game apart from each other. Kroul became the 59th Iowa defensive player to reach the 200-tackle plateau vs. Northwestern (Sept. 27), while King accomplished the feat one game later at Michigan State (Oct. 4).
? Iowa QB Ricky Stanzi and WR Andy Brodell have connected for a touchdown in consecutive weeks (45 yards vs. Northwestern and 31 yards at Michigan State).
? WR Andy Brodell cracked 1,000 career receiving yards with his totals from the Northwestern game (Sept. 27). The senior has caught 78 career passes for 1,114 yards and seven touchdowns. The 1,114 yards rank 29st-best in school history.
? Iowa ranks first in the Big Ten and 13th in the country in fewest yards penalized per game (33.2). Iowa was whistled for only two penalties for 30 yards at Michigan State last week.
? Iowa has only allowed four punt returns for a total of 14 yards through six games.
? DL Matt Kroul has 43 consecutive starts, a streak that ties for second-best in the Big Ten (Wisconsin OL Kraig Urbik, 44; Purdue OL Sean Sester, 43).
? OL Wes Aeschliman, who stands 6-foot-8, is among a group that is the third tallest college football players in the nation. OL Alejandro Villanueva of Army is the tallest at 6-foot-10, followed by 6-foot-9 OL Derek Hoke, OT from Utah State.
? Iowa will play teams that have three of the four youngest head coaches in the country in Kinnick Stadium this season (FIU – Mario Cristobal; Northwestern — Pat Fitzgerald; Wisconsin – Bret Bielema).
? The Hawkeyes have a consecutive home sellout streak of 34 games, dating back to the 2003 season. The last Iowa game not sold out was vs. Buffalo (9/6/03).
? In the last seven years, Iowa is 43-7 when leading at the half and 48-6 when leading after three quarters.
? Maine’s nine pass completions and 83 passing yards, week one, both rank as the fourth-fewest by an opponent under Coach Ferentz.
? Iowa has been bowl eligible the last seven seasons, with the Hawkeyes participating in bowl games six of the seven seasons.
? Iowa has held Iowa State without a touchdown the last 10 quarters, dating back to the second quarter of Iowa’s win in 2006. Iowa defeated the Cyclones 17-5 on Sept. 13.
? 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 played four of its first five games, including three straight, at home in Kinnick Stadium. The Hawkeyes opened with home contests against Maine (W, 46-3), Florida International (W, 42-0) and Iowa State (W, 17-5). After playing its final non-conference game at Pittsburgh (L, 21-20), the Hawkeyes returned to Iowa City Sept. 27 to open league play against Northwestern (L, 22-17). Conversely, Iowa played three of its first four games away from Iowa City last season.
IOWA LIKES STARTING ON OFFENSE
Iowa has started on offense in 98 of its last 110 games, including all six games this season. Iowa games vs. Minnesota (11/10/07), at Northwestern (11/3/07), 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 nine of those 12 games. Iowa has started the game on offense in 100 of 116 games under Kirk Ferentz.
BIG PLAY HAWKEYES
Iowa has posted 30 offensive plays (13 run, 17 pass) that resulted in 20 yards or more. The Hawkeyes had a season-best seven plays (5 rush, 2 pass) result over 20 yards against Northwestern. Last week, Iowa had three passing plays over 20 yards at Michigan State. RB Shonn Greene has Iowa’s longest rush (35 yards vs. FIU), while RB Jewel Hampton has Iowa’s longest rushing score (22 yards vs. Maine). Hampton has the Hawkeyes’ longest kickoff return (40 yards at Michigan State), while WR Derrell Johnson-Koulianos has the longest catch (59 yards – touchdown vs. FIU). Also, WR Andy Brodell returned a punt a career-long and team season-best 81 yards vs. Iowa State. Iowa’s defense has allowed only 18 offensive plays (3 run, 15 pass) of 20 yards or more this season. Michigan State had one rushing play (29 yards) and three passing plays (20, 33 and 52 yards) last week.
IOWA BY QUARTERS
Iowa has outscored its opponents 44-14 in the first quarter, 46-26 in the second, 13-12 in the third and 52-15 in the fourth period.
ON THE AVERAGE
Iowa averages 7.2 yards on 181 first down plays, 5.0 yards on 119 second down plays, 4.9 yards on 74 third down plays and 3.4 yards on 11 fourth down plays.
AVERAGE SCORING DRIVES
Iowa averages 6.8 plays, 56.5 yards and 2:57 elapsed time on 26 scoring drives. Seventeen of the 26 scoring drives resulted in touchdowns. Hawkeye opponents average 8.7 plays, 56.2 yards and 3:19 elapsed time on 13 offensive scoring drives. Last week, Michigan State had a 16-play, 84-yard scoring drive that consumed 7:32 and resulted in a field goal.
IOWA IN THE RED ZONE
Iowa is 19-26 (73.1%) in the red zone (12 TD, 7 FG) this season. The Hawkeyes were 2-4 (50%) inside the red zone at Michigan State; Iowa kicked two field goals, while the Spartans forced two Hawkeye turnovers (1 interception, 1 fumble) on the other two possessions. The Hawkeye defense has limited the opposition to 10-15 (66.7%) in the red zone, which ranks 19th-best in the country. Iowa State, the Hawkeyes’ third opponent, was the first team to reach the red zone against Iowa and was 0-3, including two failed attempts inside the five-yard line.
POINTS OFF TURNOVERS
Iowa has scored 27 points following 12 opponent turnovers. The Black and Gold scored 14 points following two interceptions vs. Maine, three points after two Pittsburgh miscues, three points after a Northwestern interception and a touchdown after a Michigan State interception. The Hawkeyes failed to score after collecting three FIU and Iowa State miscues. The Hawkeyes have turned the ball over 13 times, allowing their opponents to score 23 points. Iowa record one turnover vs. Maine and Pittsburgh, two vs. FIU and Iowa State, five vs. Northwestern and three at Michigan State. The Cyclones tallied a field goal, the Wildcats turned the Iowa miscues into 14 points, while the Spartans kicked two field goals.
HAWKEYES EARN BIG TEN WEEKLY HONOR
Iowa has had two student-athletes earn Big Ten Player of the Week accolades this season: Andy Brodell and Karl Klug. Brodell was named Special Teams Player of the Week (Sept. 15) after returning a fourth-quarter punt 81 yards for a touchdown to give the Hawkeyes a 14-point cushion (17-3) over Iowa State. The punt return for a score was the first of his career. The 81-yard return is the longest of his career, besting a 78-yard return vs. Syracuse (Sept. 9, 2007). Brodell’s return marked Iowa’s first punt return for a touchdown since Jovon Johnson returned one 90 yards vs. Ball State (Sept. 3, 2005). Furthermore, the 81-yard return is the 10th-longest in school history. The Big Ten honor is the first of Brodell’s career. Klug earned Defensive Player of the Week laurels (Sept. 8) after posting career highs with nine tackles and two sacks while also forcing a fumble to help the Iowa defense post a shutout against Florida International. The sophomore defensive tackle’s second sack forced a fumble that was recovered by Iowa on FIU’s final drive. The Hawkeyes limited the Golden Panthers to 56 rushing yards and 4-15 on third downs. Iowa posted its fifth shutout in Kirk Ferentz’s 10 seasons as head coach and its second straight dominant defensive outing, after holding Maine to a field goal on Aug. 30. Klug earned his first weekly honor.
FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH
The University of Iowa is one of only three Division I institutions (Oklahoma State and Alabama) with four football alumni as head coaches (Bret Bielema – Wisconsin; Bob Stoops; Oklahoma; Mike Stoops – Arizona; Chuck Long – San Diego State). Iowa is the only school with all four coaches among the 40 youngest Division I coaching fraternity.
HAWKEYES ON THE TUBE
All Iowa football games this season will be televised on either, ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN Classic or the Big Ten Network. Iowa has appeared on television in its last 83 games. The last Iowa contest not televised was vs. Minnesota on Nov. 17, 2001.
Iowa opened the 2008 season with four of its first five games at Kinnick Stadium, including the first three. The Hawkeyes opened vs. Maine (W, 46-3), followed by Florida International (W, 42-0) and Iowa State (W, 17-5). Iowa’s lone non-conference road game was at Pittsburgh (L, 21-20). The Hawkeyes opened their Big Ten schedule at home, for the first time since 2001, against Northwestern (L, 22-17). Remaining Iowa home dates include: Wisconsin (Oct. 18), Penn State (Nov. 8) and Purdue (Nov. 15). The Hawkeyes will also travel to Michigan State (L, 16-13), Indiana (Saturday), Illinois (Nov. 1) and Minnesota (Nov. 22). Iowa will have a “bye” Oct. 25. Iowa will not play Michigan or Ohio State for the second consecutive season in 2008, but those two teams will re-join the Hawkeye schedule in 2009. Illinois and Purdue come off Iowa’s schedule in 2009 and 2010.
IOWA LEADERSHIP COUNCIL
Iowa’s Leadership Council for the 2008 season includes four seniors, four juniors, three sophomores, two 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 Rob Bruggeman, Mitch King, Matt Kroul and Seth Olsen; juniors Pat Angerer, Jake Christensen, A.J. Edds and Tony Moeaki; sophomores Adrian Clayborn, Jacody Coleman and Brett Greenwood; redshirt freshmen Marvin McNutt and Tyler Nielsen and true freshman James Ferentz.
HAWKEYES BY THE NUMBERS
Iowa returns 50 lettermen from 2007, including 25 on offense, 22 on defense and three specialists. The 50 lettermen are 16 more than the 34 of a year ago. The Hawkeyes return seven starters on offense, five on defense and their place kicker and punter. The lettermen breakdown includes seven three-year lettermen, nine two-year lettermen and 34 one-year lettermen. The total roster has 127 players, and includes 16 seniors, 19 juniors, 38 sophomores, 18 redshirt freshmen and 36 true freshmen.
HOME GROWN HAWKEYES
Iowa’s roster of 127 players includes 59 players from Iowa. The roster includes 15 players from Illinois; 13 from Ohio; seven from New Jersey; four from Texas and Florida; four from Missouri, Minnesota and Nebraska; three from Indiana; two from Pennsylvania and one from Connecticut, Georgia, Kansas, Michigan, Montana, New York, South Dakota and Wisconsin.
MORE THAN ONE
Thirteen high schools have contributed more than one player to the current Iowa football roster. The leaders are Iowa City West (Iowa) with four and Cretin-Derham Hall (Minnesota) and Cedar Rapids Washington (Iowa) with three. Ten other schools have two players on the roster, including five from the state of Iowa.
THE NAME GAME
Iowa has two players named Murphy (Jayme and Nick, no relation) and Prater (Shane and Shaun, Iowa’s first set of twins since Aaron and Evan Kooiker in the mid-1990’s). Kyle and Tyler are the most popular first names. There are four Kyle’s (Calloway, Haganman, Spading and Steinbrecher) and four Tyler’s (Blum, Gerstandt, Nielsen and Sash). There are three players named Andrew (Schulze, Brodell and Kuempel) and Michael (Daniels, Morio and Sabers). There are two named Adam (Gettis and Robinson), Austin (Postler and Signor), Bradley (Fletcher and Herman), Brett’s (Greenwood and Morse), Daniel (Doering and Murray), James (Ferentz and Vandenberg), Joe (Conklin and Gaglione), Jeff (Brinson and Tarpinian), John (Wienke and Gimm), Jordan (Bernstine and McLaughlin), Nick (Kuchel and Murphy) and Shaun/Shonn (Prater and Greene).
THE HAWKEYES, SIZE WISE
Sophomore WR Paul Chaney, Jr. and true freshman WR Shane Prater are the lightest Hawkeye players at 170 pounds. Senior OL Wesley Aeschliman is the heaviest at 318 pounds. A total of nine Hawkeye players are listed over 300 pounds. The tallest player, at 6-8, is Aeschliman, while the shortest players, at 5-9, are Chaney, Jr. and sophomore WR Brian Mungongo. The average Hawkeye player is 6-2 and weighs 233 pounds. That is one inch taller and the exact same weight as the average Iowa player in 2007.
WATCHING FROM ABOVE
Iowa’s coaches in the press box are Lester Erb (running back 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), Erik Campbell (receivers and tight ends), Phil Parker (defensive backs), Reese Morgan (offensive line), Darrell Wilson (linebackers and special teams), Rick Kaczenski (defensive line) and Eric Johnson (assistant linebackers) on the sidelines.
ROSE BOWL EXPERIENCE
Three 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. 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.
IOWA STATS ON THE INTERNET
Statistics and play-by-play accounts of every Iowa football game 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 hawkeyesports.com and then clicking on the Gametracker link. This feature is available for all home games and most road contests during the 2008 campaign.
ON THE HORIZON
The Hawkeyes return to Iowa City to face Wisconsin Oct. 18 (11 a.m., BTN). Iowa will be idle the following week (Oct. 25).