Oct. 11, 2008
With the 45-9 win at Indiana, Iowa improved to 4-3 on the season and 1-2 in Big Ten play. Iowa snapped a two-game losing streak against the Hoosiers and now leads the series 39-27-4, including an 18-17-1 margin in Bloomington.
Iowa had just one change in its starting line-up from last week at Michigan State, as fullback Brett Morse returned to the starting line-up.
Iowa’s 45 points is its second-highest point total in a single-game this year (46 vs. Maine). The 36-point win over Indiana, today, is its largest margin of victory over a conference opponent since a 62-10 win (52 points) over Northwestern on Nov. 9, 2002 in Iowa City. Indiana had scored at least 21 points in each of the last three meetings.
Iowa’s defense, which ranks second in the nation in scoring defense, allowed only nine points today. Four of Iowa’s seven opponents have scored single digits or less (FIU – 0, Maine – 3, Iowa State – 5, Indiana – 9).
Iowa failed to score on its first possession of the game, marking the fourth time in seven 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.
Indiana failed to score on its opening possession, as Iowa recorded a pass interception. All seven Iowa opponents (Maine, FIU, Iowa State, Pittsburgh, Northwestern, Michigan State and Indiana) failed to score on their opening drives this season.
Iowa’s final scoring drive of the game covered 13 plays and 68 yards in time of possession (6:33), the longest for Iowa this season in plays and time. For the game, Iowa had 38:07 in time of possession, the third-highest total for the Hawkeyes under Kirk Ferentz (41:53 vs. Kent State on Sept. 4, 2004 and 38:27 vs. Michigan on Oct. 26, 2002). Indiana only maintained possession for 21:53 today.
Iowa started the game on offense, as Indiana won the toss and elected to defer. Iowa has started on offense in 99 of its last 111 contests, including all seven games this season. The Hawkeyes have started the game on offense in 101-of-117 games under Kirk Ferentz.
Today was Coach Ferentz’s 150th career game as a head coach. His record improved to 77-73 with today’s win.
Sophomore DB Brett Greenwood had his fourth career interception in the first period, and his 31-yard return set up Iowa’s initial field goal. The return is the second-longest for Iowa this season (A.J. Edds, 38 yards vs. FIU) and the longest of Greenwood’s career. Greenwood had two interceptions a year ago and his first this season came in a home win over Iowa State. His theft came after the pass was deflected by DE Adrian Clayborn.
With the 10-3 first period advantage vs. Indiana, Iowa has outscored its opponents 54-17 in the first period, through seven games. Iowa’s 45 points vs. Indiana are the most for the Hawkeyes in a Big Ten game since a 47-17 home win over Purdue in 2006.
Through the first six games of the season, Iowa scored 13 points in the third period. Against Indiana, the Hawkeyes scored 14 points in the third quarter, finding the end zone on their first two drives of the period. Iowa’s 164 yards in the third period surpassed its output in the first half (142 yards in first two periods).
The Hawkeyes collected two takeaways (one interception, one fumble recovery) vs. Indiana. Iowa has recorded at least one takeaway in 27 of its last 29 games, dating back to the 2006 season. Iowa converted a 26-yard field goal after the theft and a touchdown after the fumble. Iowa has scored 37 points following 14 opponent turnovers in seven games.
Iowa did not have a turnover in the win at Indiana, its first game this season with no turnovers. Iowa had just one turnover vs. Maine and Pittsburgh.
Junior RB Shonn Greene topped 100 yards rushing for the seventh-straight game, rushing 23 times for 115 yards. He is the first Division I running back to eclipse 100 yards rushing, in a single-game, the first seven games of the season. This marks the eighth 100-yard rushing game of his career. In seven games this season he has 152 attempts for 937 yards. His career totals stand at 221 attempts for 1,315 yards. He ranks 24th in career rushing yards.
Greene’s 937 yards is the most for an Iowa running back in the first seven games of the season since Tavian Banks gained 1,125 yards in the first seven games of the 1997 season.
Freshman RB Jewel Hampton had career-bests in rushes, yards and touchdowns against Indiana. Hampton ended the game with 22 rushes for 114 yards and three scores (1, 1 and 10 yards), all career bests. His previous career bests (10 attempts for 68 yards and two TDs) came in the opening win over vs. Maine.
Hampton’s three touchdowns are the most by a Hawkeye since last season when TE Tony Moeaki had three receiving touchdowns in a win over Syracuse on Sept. 8, 2007.
The last time Iowa had a 100-yard rusher in seven-consecutive games was the last seven games of the 2005 campaign. RB Albert Young rushed for 102 yards vs. Illinois (Oct. 1), 165 yards 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).
Iowa had two running backs rush for at least 100 yards vs. Indiana. The last time Iowa had two running backs gain at least 100 yards in the same game was Sept. 1, 2007, when Albert Young (144 yards) and Damian Sims (113) carried for over 100 yards in a 16-3 win over Northern Illinois.
Sophomore QB Ricky Stanzi started for the third straight week and the fifth time in seven games. He completed 12-20 attempts for 184 yards and two touchdowns. Stanzi had at least two touchdown passes for the second time this season, as he had three scoring strikes vs. Florida International in the second game of the season, which was his first career start.
WR Andy Brodell caught four passes for 95 yards and a touchdown. He had a 34-yard TD reception in the third period, his third score in three weeks, all over 30 yards (45 yards vs. Northwestern and 31 vs. Michigan State. Brodell has 82 career catches for 1,209 yards, ranking 25th in career receiving yards.
Instant replay was used once in the first quarter, once in the third and once in the fourth. An Iowa pass that was ruled a completion on the field, was changed to an incomplete pass after review in the opening period. In the third, the call of an Indiana incompletion, was also upheld. In the fourth period, instant replay showed that Iowa RB Jewel Hampton stepped out of bounds before scoring a touchdown, reversing the call on the field.
Iowa’s kickers had a strong performance at Indiana. PK Brent Mossbrucker was 6-6 on PATs and had a 26-yard field goal. Danial Murray, who handles kickoffs, had three touchbacks and a saving tackle on one of his kicks that was returned. Punter Ryan Donahue averaged 44.0 yards on his four punts, with a long of 56 yards. Three of the four punts were inside the 20 and Indiana had just two returns for six yards.
PK Trent Mossbrucker has made at least one field goal in six of Iowa’s first seven contests. He converted from 26 yards in the first period vs. Indiana. Mossbrucker has made 9-of-10 field goal attempts, with the only miss being blocked vs. Florida International. The Indiana native added 6-6 PATs against the Hoosiers.
In the red zone, Iowa was 6-6 with four rushing touchdowns, one passing touchdown and a field goal. Indiana in the red zone was 1-2, with a TD pass in the first half and a failed QB sneak on fourth down in the third period.
Senior DL Matt Kroul started his 44th consecutive game today, a streak that ties for second-best in the Big Ten with Purdue’s OL Sean Sester. Kroul was credited with four tackles against the Hoosiers.
Sophomore DB Amari Spievey collected eight solo stops at Indiana, tying a career high. Senior DT Mitch King recorded six tackles, including three for negative 19 yards, and one QB sack. Sophomore DB Brett Greenwood had three tackles and an interception, and junior OLB A.J. Edds had four tackles (all solo) and a caused fumble. King now has 204 career tackles.
Iowa returns home next week after two straight road games. The Hawkeyes host Wisconsin, with kick-off slated for 11:05 a.m. (CT). The game will be televised on the Big Ten Network (HD).