Nov. 10, 2008
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IOWA TO PLAY HOME FINALE VS. PURDUE
Iowa (6-4, 3-3) remains home Saturday to entertain Purdue (3-7, 1-5). Game time is 11:03 a.m. (CST) in Kinnick Stadium (70,585). A limited number of tickets remain but a sellout is expected.
ON THE TUBE
BTN (HD) will televise the game to a national cable audience. Thom Brennaman, 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. Fans can also listen to the contest on satellite radio on XM, Channel 195 and Sirius, Channel 212.
Iowa has played 1,113 games since beginning football in 1889. Iowa’s overall record is 565-509-39 (.525). That includes a 358-197-16 (.641) record in home games, a 207-310-23 (.405) record in games away from Iowa City, a 279-343-25 (.451) mark in Big Ten games and a 241-162-15 (.594) record in Kinnick Stadium.
ON THIS DATE
Iowa is 8-7 in games played on Nov. 15. The Hawkeyes defeated Washington (MO) 61-0 in 1902, Iowa State 45-7 in 1913, Wisconsin 21-7 in 1924, Penn State 19-0 in 1920, Minnesota 13-7 in 1947 and 40-22 in 2003, Northwestern 39-14 in 1952 and Purdue 42-14 in 1986. Iowa lost to Chicago 9-6 in 1919, Minnesota 34-13 in 1941, Ohio State 38-28 in 1958 and 41-7 in 1980, Michigan 51-6 in 1969, Purdue 19-18 in 1975 and Northwestern 15-14 in 1997.
FINAL HOME GAME FOR SENIORS
Saturday will be the final home game for 16 seniors: OL Wesley Aeschliman, DL Tyler Blum, WR Andy Brodell, OL Rob Bruggeman, DB Bradley Fletcher, DB Drew Gardner, DT Mitch King, DT Matt Kroul, LB Gavin McGrath, FB Jordan McLaughlin, TE Brandon Myers, DL Anton Narinskiy, FB Jared Oberland, OL Seth Olsen, OL Austin Postler and TE Michael Sabers.
SASH EARNS BIG TEN WEEKLY HONOR
DB Tyler Sash was named the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week on Monday. He registered eight tackles and a crucial interception to set up Iowa’s final drive for a game-winning field goal to hand No. 3 Penn State its first loss. The freshman safety, who had four solo stops, was part of a Hawkeyes defense that held the Nittany Lions attack to only 23 points and 289 total yards. Penn State entered the game leading the Big Ten in both categories, ranking eighth in the country with 41.8 points per contest and 11th nationally with 459.8 yards per outing. Penn State drove inside Iowa’s 20-yard line on five occasions but was limited to field goals on three of those trips. After the hosts pulled within 23-21 in the fourth quarter, Penn State drove to the Hawkeyes’ 37-yard line before Sash picked off a pass at the 15-yard line and returned it 14 yards. Iowa then drove down the field to set up the game-winning field goal with only one second on the clock. Sash collects the first weekly award of his career.
Purdue holds a 45-32-3 advantage in the series that began with a 16-0 Iowa win in 1910, but the Hawkeyes have won 15 of the last 21 meetings, including the last five at Iowa City. Iowa owns a 19-18-2 advantage in games played at Iowa City. The Boilermakers beat the Hawkeyes 31-6 last year in West Lafayette. Iowa has averaged 32.4 points the last five home games against Purdue, all Hawkeye victories.
IOWA, PURDUE NOTES
? Iowa was named the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl National Team of the Week after knocking off previous No. 3 Penn State. Other nominees for the award included Texas Tech and Utah.
? Saturday will be Iowa’s last game against Purdue until Oct. 22, 2011 at West Lafayette, IN. The Boilermakers and Illinois come off the Hawkeyes’ conference schedule the next two seasons. Additionally, this is Purdue’s last visit to Kinnick Stadium until Oct. 20, 2012.
? The Hawkeyes have a consecutive home sellout streak of 36 games, dating back to the 2003 season. The last Iowa game not sold out was vs. Buffalo (9/6/03).
? Iowa’s upset win over Penn State made it bowl eligible for the eighth-straight year, participating in bowl games six of the previous seven seasons.
? DT Matt Kroul (47) is only one start from equaling the school record for consecutive starts. OL Bruce Nelson started 48-straight contests from 1999-02.
? Iowa’s +69 fourth-quarter point differential is the best in the conference. The Hawkeyes’ +85 second-half point differential is second-best in the league behind Penn State (+116).
? As a team, Iowa ranks third in the country in interceptions (17); North Carolina and California are tied for first with 18. The 17 thefts are the most by an Iowa team since the 2004 season (17). Nine different Hawkeyes have intercepted at least one pass this season. LB Pat Angerer leads the team with four thefts, while DB Amari Spievey has three, and FS Brett Greenwood, DB Bradley Fletcher and DB Tyler Sash each have two.
? Iowa QB Ricky Stanzi and WR Andy Brodell have connected for a touchdown in four of the last six games (45 yards vs. Northwestern, 31 yards at Michigan State, 34 yards at Indiana and 29 yards at Illinois).
? Iowa is tied with Illinois for 14th in the country with the most touchdown drives of five plays or less (17).
? Iowa’s four losses have come by a combined 12 points (21-20 at Pittsburgh, 22-17 vs. Northwestern, 16-13 at Michigan State and 27-24 at Illinois). Three of the four losses were on the road.
? RB Shonn Greene is the only FBS running back in the country to rush for over 100 yards or more in every game this season.
? Greene has 13 rushing touchdowns, which ranks third by an Iowa player in a single-season. As a team, Iowa had 11 rushing scores a year ago.
? Iowa’s average starting field position the last five games has been its 36-yard line.
? LB Pat Angerer ranks second in Big Ten tackles (10.7) through six league games. His 16 tackles vs. Wisconsin ties Illinois LB Brit Miller for the most in a Big Ten game this season.
? Iowa ranks third in the nation in interceptions (17), seventh in fewest yards penalized (36.0), eighth in scoring defense (14.2), ninth in pass efficiency defense (98.46), 22nd in rushing defense (108.6) and total defense (300.3), 23rd in punting (37.05) and 24th in red zone defense (75%).
? Purdue ranks 118th out of 119 FBS schools in punting (30.04). Individually, RB Kory Sheets ranks 21st nationally in all-purpose yards (149.8), 25th in rushing yards (101.7) and tied for 30th in scoring (8.4). LB Anthony Heygood ranks 12th in the country in tackles (10.2).
? Iowa has recorded at least one takeaway in 30 of its last 32 games, dating back to the 2006 season.
? Iowa is tied for 13th in the country, with the most players (16) with at least one reception this season. Troy ranks first with 21, followed by Tulane with 19, Miami with 18 and nine other teams with 17.
? Andy Brodell ranks third in the Big Ten and 32nd nationally in punt return average (10.9). He has returned 32 punts this year, the most in the nation. He is one of only four Big Ten punt returners who have returned a punt for a score (Ohio State’s Ray Small, Penn State’s Derrick Williams and Michigan’s Martavious Odoms).
? Iowa kept three of the nation’s top rushers under 100 yards (Pittsburgh’s LeSean McCoy was held to 78 yards on 18 carries, Michigan State’s Javon Ringer was limited to 91 yards on 25 attempts, while Penn State’s Evan Royster only ran for 90 yards on 26 attempts). The Hawkeyes have allowed only one 100-yard rusher this season – Maine’s Jhamal Fluellen (104 yards on 21 attempts) in the season-opener.
? Iowa punter Ryan Donahue, who is a finalist for the Ray Guy Award, has recorded at least one punt over 50 yards seven of the last eight contests (64 yards vs. Iowa State, 59 yards at Pittsburgh, 55 yards vs. Northwestern, 56 yards at Michigan State, 56 yards at Indiana, 51 yards at Illinois and 55 yards vs. Penn State). Iowa opponents have returned only 10 punts for 55 yards this season.
? DT Matt Kroul, DT Mitch King and OL Rob Bruggeman have served as captains in each of Iowa’s games.
? Iowa senior DL Anton Narinskiy (Friday) will celebrate his 24th birthday this week.
? Purdue, who had gone to a bowl in 10 of the last 11 seasons, was eliminated from bowl consideration after last Saturday’s loss at Michigan State.
IOWA NOMINEE FOR PONTIAC AWARD
In the biggest upset of the season, Iowa defeated No. 3 Penn State, 24-23. Late in the fourth quarter, DB Tyler Sash intercepted a pass from QB Darryl Clark to give Iowa possession of the ball and lead to the game-winning field goal, stunning the Nittany Lions and earning Iowa a Pontiac Game Changing Performance nomination. Now it’s up to the Iowa fans to determine if the Hawkeyes earned the “Pontiac Game Changing Performance” for week 11 of the 2008 NCAA Football Season. Iowa fans can go to pontiac.com/ncaa, where they can view video clips of the four finalists and vote for their favorite play. Voting ends at 11 p.m. (CST) on Wednesday. ESPN will announce this week’s “Pontiac Game Changing Performance” winner, on Thursday night, during the Pontiac Performance Halftime Report. The winning university earns a $5,000 contribution from Pontiac to their general scholarship fund. Additionally, the winning play will be nominated for the “Pontiac Game Changing Performance of the Year” in December.
GREENE NAMED MID-SEASON ALL-AMERICAN
RB Shonn Greene has been named to Sporting News Today’s inaugural Midseason All-America team. Greene, a 5-11, 235-pound junior from Sicklerville, NJ, has rushed for 1,374 yards and 13 touchdowns this season. He was one of six Big Ten players honored. Both all-America running backs were from the Big Ten conference; Michigan State’s Javon Ringer grabbed the other spot. Greene’s rushing total for 2008 already ranks third-best on Iowa’s seasonal rushing charts. He is the first Iowa running back to rush for over 100 yards in 10-straight games.
GREENE NAMED SEMIFINALIST FOR MAXWELL AWARD
RB Shonn Greene is one of 15 semifinalists for the 72nd Maxwell Award for the Collegiate Player of the Year. Greene is one of three Big Ten players named to the list (Penn State QB Daryll Clark and Michigan State RB Javon Ringer). The winner will be announced during the Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards Show that will be televised on ESPN, Dec. 11.
THREE HAWKEYES EARN ACADEMIC HONORS
Three University of Iowa players have been named to the ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA District Seven first all-academic team. All will have their names placed on the national ballot for academic all-America honors. The honored Hawkeyes include senior center Rob Bruggeman (3.37, Finance), senior defensive tackle Anton Narinskiy (4.0, Accounting) and sophomore offensive guard Julian Vandervelde (3.44, English and Secondary Education).
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 56-29 (.659) overall mark and a 34-20 (.630) Big Ten record the last seven seasons. Ferentz, at Iowa, holds an overall record of 67-53 (.558) and a 41-37 (.526) mark in Big Ten games. In 13 seasons as a college head coach his career mark is 79-74 (.516). Ferentz, who boasts the second-most victories by a Hawkeye head coach, coached his 150th career game as a head coach at Indiana (Oct. 11, 2008). Forty-two of Iowa’s 120 games under Ferentz have been decided by seven points or less (19-24) and 36 were played against opponents who were ranked in the top 25 at the time (14-22). 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.
PURDUE COACH JOE TILLER
Joe Tiller is in his 12th year as the head coach at Purdue and his 18th as a head coach. This will be his final season as head coach of the Boilermakers. Tiller’s career record stands at 125-91-1 (.578), including an 86-61 (.585) record at Purdue and a 39-30-1 record in six seasons at Wyoming. Tiller’s first Purdue team, in 1997, posted a 9-3 record. Purdue was 9-4 in 1998. The Boilermakers won a share of the 2000 Big Ten title, earning a spot in the Rose Bowl for the first time since 1967. Purdue has earned a bowl invitation 10 of the last 11 seasons under Tiller. The Boilermakers beat Central Michigan (51-48) in the Motor City Bowl last season.
PURDUE FALLS AT MICHIGAN STATE
RB Javon Ringer scored two touchdowns to lead No. 18 Michigan State to a 21-7 victory over Purdue last Saturday at Spartan Stadium. The loss eliminated the Boilermakers from bowl contention. Ringer had a game-high 121 yards on 32 carries. He gave the Spartans an early 7-0 lead on a one-yard scoring plunge on a fourth-down play in the first quarter. With just nine seconds left in the half, Michigan State DB Johnny Adams returned an interception 40 yards to give the Spartans a 14-0 halftime advantage. QB Justin Siller started his second-straight game for the injured Curtis Painter. He completed 13-30 passes for 83 yards. Purdue avoided a shutout by scoring with less than a minute to play on a one-yard touchdown run by Siller. Purdue RB Kory Sheets rushed 22 times for a team-high 93 yards. LB Anthony Heygood racked-up a game and career-high 14 tackles to lead the Boilermakers.
Purdue snapped a three-game losing streak to Iowa with a 31-6 victory over the Hawkeyes at Ross-Ade Stadium last year. The Boilermakers led 14-6 midway through the third period on touchdown passes from QB Curtis Painter to Dustin Keller (14 yards) and Dorien Bryant (22 yards). Iowa’s Daniel Murray converted on field goals from 31 and 35 yards. Leading by eight, Purdue scored the game’s last 17 points. Bryant caught his second scoring pass of the contest (33 yards), while RB Kory Sheets scored from one-yard and Chris Summers connected on a 30-yard field goal. Iowa QB Jake Christensen completed 17-40 passes for 177 yards. RB Albert Young rushed for a team-best 44 yards on only seven attempts before playing very little in the second half due to injury. WR James Cleveland posted career highs in catches (7) and yards (101) to lead the Hawkeye receiving corps. WR Derrell Johnson-Koulianos had a team-best 141 all-purpose yards (57 receiving and 84 kick returns). LB Mike Humpal led the Hawkeye defense, registering a game-high nine tackles, including a career-high eight solo stops. FS Brett Greenwood matched a personal best with seven tackles, all solo. LB Mike Klinkenborg, who missed the previous three games due to injury, returned to the starting lineup and collected seven tackles and intercepted his first career pass, which resulted in Iowa’s first quarter field goal. DE Bryan Mattison tallied four tackles, including 1.5 sacks for 11 yards loss.
MOSSBRUCKER IN THE RECORD BOOKS
True freshman PK Trent Mossbrucker has scored 63 points this season, converting 24-24 PATs and 13-15 FGs. The 63 points is a new Iowa single-season true freshman scoring record eclipsing PK Nate Kaeding’s previous record of 62 established in 2000. Mossbrucker is only one point from Iowa’s single-season freshman record of 64 set by redshirt freshman Jeff Skillett (1988). PK Rob Houghtlin scored 105 points in 1985 as a sophomore, his first year of competition at Iowa.
DOMINANT AT HOME
Iowa has won 37 of its last 45 games (.822) 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 31-7 (.816) home record from 2003 thru 2008 ties West Virginia for 16th nationally and third in the Big Ten.
IOWA 24, PENN STATE 23
Iowa scored 10 fourth-quarter points, capped off by a PK Daniel Murray 31-yard field goal with one second left to lift the Hawkeyes to a 24-23 victory over third-ranked Penn State last Saturday at Kinnick Stadium. The win was Iowa’s first over a top-five ranked team since a 54-28 win over No. 5 Illinois in 1990. The Nittany Lions totaled 203 yards on 47 offensive plays, while the Hawkeyes had 70 yards on only 15 plays in the first stanza. Penn State closed the first half with three-straight scoring drives, all topping 11 plays, 70 yards and 5:00 possession time. Iowa jumped out to a quick 7-0 lead on a RB Shonn Greene 14-yard touchdown run at the 13:54 mark of the first period. PK Kevin Kelly kicked field goals of 24, 25 and 31 yards and RB Evan Royster ran for a two-yard touchdown to give the Nittany Lions a 16-7 cushion early in the third quarter. WR Derrell Johnson-Koulianos caught a 27-yard touchdown pass from QB Ricky Stanzi, on a third-and-13, to cut the deficit to two points at the 4:43 mark of the third period. Penn State answered with a WR Derrick Williams nine-yard scoring run to reclaim a nine-point advantage. Iowa made the big plays in the fourth quarter to come away with the victory. Greene scored his second touchdown of the game from six yards out with 9:20 left in the game to make the score 23-21. Iowa DB Tyler Sash thwarted a Penn State scoring drive, intercepting his second pass of the season in the red zone to set up Iowa’s game-winning drive. Stanzi engineered a 15-play, 57-yard drive, that included three third-down conversions (one via penalty), to put the Hawkeyes in position for the game-winning kick. Iowa was 7-8 on third-down conversions in the second half, opposed to 0-2 in the first half, and totaled 202 of its 272 yards in the final 30 minutes. The Hawkeye defense limited Penn State to only 86 yards and 0-5 on third-down conversions in the second half. Stanzi completed 15-25 passes for 171 yards and a score. Greene rushed a game-high 28 times for 117 yards and two touchdowns. He is the only FBS running back to top 100 rushing yards every game this season. Johnson-Koulianos caught a game-high seven passes for 89 yards and a score. QB Daryll Clark was held to 9-23 passes for 86 yards. Royster was held to 90 yards on 26 attempts. Defensively, three Hawkeyes posted double-digit tackles, LB Pat Angerer (12), LB Jeremiha Hunter (10) and LB A.J. Edds (10). In addition to his interception, Sash added eight tackles and was recognized as the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week.
? Iowa improved to 7-0 in games decided by seven points or less against Penn State since 1995.
? Saturday’s win was only Iowa’s third in 44 games when trailing after three quarters under Coach Ferentz.
? Iowa has won six of the last seven meetings against Penn State. The Hawkeyes are now 11-10 all-time against the Nittany Lions, including a 4-7 record in Kinnick Stadium. Saturday was Penn State’s first visit to Kinnick Stadium since 2003.
? Saturday was Iowa’s first game against a ranked opponent this season. Iowa’s last win over a ranked opponent was a 10-6 triumph over 18th-ranked Illinois (10-13-07). Iowa’s last victory over a top-ten ranked opponent was a 30-7 win over ninth-rated Wisconsin in Kinnick Stadium on Nov. 20, 2004. Iowa’s last win over a top-five rated team was 54-28 win over fifth-ranked Illinois in Champaign on Nov. 3, 1990.
? PK Daniel Murray made a 31-yard field goal with one second left to give Iowa the one-point victory (24-23). He is now 2-4 on the season in field goals. The field goal was his first field goal attempt since missing a 35-yard field goal at Pittsburgh (Sept. 20). His last make was a 44-yarder vs. Maine in the season opener. He also missed a 50-yarder into the wind vs. Iowa State.
? Saturday is believed to be the first time Iowa won a game with a field goal in the final minute since the 2001 Alamo Bowl when PK Nate Kaeding made a 47-yard field goal with 44 seconds remaining to give Iowa a 19-16 win. ? Saturday marked Iowa’s first one-point victory since a 21-20 win over Penn State on Oct. 19, 1996 at University Park, PA.
? Iowa won the toss and elected to defer. It marked only the second game this season the Hawkeyes started on defense. Iowa has started on offense in 100 of its last 114 contests. The Hawkeyes have started the game on offense in 102-of-120 games under Kirk Ferentz.
? Penn State failed to score on its opening possession. All 10 Iowa opponents (Maine, FIU, Iowa State, Pittsburgh, Northwestern, Michigan State, Indiana, Wisconsin, Illinois and Penn State) failed to score on their opening drives this season.
? Iowa scored on its first possession of the game on a RB Shonn Greene 14-yard touchdown. Iowa has scored on its opening possession in five of 10 games, collecting touchdowns against Maine, FIU, Wisconsin and Penn State and a field goal against Iowa State.
? RB Shonn Greene, who ranks third in the country in rushing, accounted for 59 of Iowa’s 70 first-half yards. The junior finished the contest with 117 yards on 28 attempts (4.2 avg.). Greene became only the second running back to top 100 yards against Penn State this season (Michigan’s Brandon Minor). Greene eclipsed 100 yards for the 10th time this season and 11th time in his career.
? RB Shonn Greene’s season totals improved to 226 carries for 1,374 yards, which ranks third-best in single-season rushing at Iowa. He entered the game ranked seventh and passed Fred Russell (2002), Dennis Mosley (1979), Albert Young (2005) and Fred Russell (2003) with his 117 yards. His career totals stand at 295 attempts for 1,752 yards. He ranks 12th in Iowa career rushing yards.
? Greene rushed for two touchdowns Saturday (six yards and 14 yards). He now has 13 rushing touchdowns this season, which is the third-most by an Iowa player in a single-season. The record is held by Tavian Banks (1997) with 17 touchdowns, while Sedrick Shaw (1995) ranks second with 15 scores.
? P Ryan Donahue, who is a finalist for the Ray Guy Award, punted three times for a 44.3 average today, including a long of 55 yards in the fourth period. He has recorded at least one punt over 50 yards seven of the last eight games (64 yards vs. Iowa State, 59 yards at Pittsburgh, 55 yards vs. Northwestern, 56 at Michigan State, 56 at Indiana, 51 at Illinois, 55 vs. Penn State).
? Sophomore QB Ricky Stanzi completed 15-25 attempts for 171 yards and one touchdown. Stanzi has thrown at least one touchdown pass the last six games.
? PK Trent Mossbrucker made three PATs Saturday to increase his season scoring total to 63 points (24-24 PATs and 13-15 FGs). The 63 points is a new school single-season scoring true freshman record, besting PK Nate Kaeding’s (2000) previous record. The freshman record is held by redshirt freshman Jeff Skillett (1988) with 64 points.
? Senior DL Matt Kroul started his 47th consecutive game Saturday, which is the longest active streak in the Big Ten and third-longest among FBS players. He is only one start from equaling the school record of 48 set by OL Bruce Nelson (1999-02). Kroul was credited with five tackles, including 0.5 tackles for loss and two QB pressures against the Nittany Lions.
? WR Trey Stross had a 20-yard catch in the third quarter from QB Ricky Stanzi. The 20-yard reception is the longest of the season for Stross.
? Penn State took advantage of two Hawkeye turnovers (one fumble and one interception) today, scoring 10 points.
? Iowa collected two turnovers Saturday, an interception and a fumble. DB Tyler Sash returned an interception 14 yards in the fourth quarter, his second of the season. Iowa turned the theft into the game-winning three points. Iowa’s Bruce Davis also recovered a Penn State fumble on the last play of the game. Iowa has recorded at least one takeaway in every game this season.
? The interception by Sash was Iowa’s 17th of the season and just the third interception thrown by Penn State this season. Iowa entered the game ranked third in the nation in interceptions.
? WR Derrell Johnson-Koulianos caught a 27-yard touchdown pass from QB Ricky Stanzi in the third period. The score was the second of the season for Johnson-Koulianos (FIU, 59 yards). Additionally, it marked only the fifth touchdown pass Penn State’s defense has allowed this season.
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.
THE GREENE MONSTER
RB Shonn Greene, who ranks second in the Big Ten and third nationally in rushing, has rushed for over 100 yards in all 10 games this year. His rushing total of 159 yards against Northwestern (Sept. 27) pushed him over 1,000 career yards. For his career, Greene has rushed 295 times for 1,752 yards (5.9 avg.) and 14 scores. The 1,752 yards ranks 12th-best in Iowa’s career annals. He has amassed 1,374 yards, 605 after contact, on 226 attempts (6.1 avg.) and 13 scores in 2008. His 6.1 average per carry is second-best in the nation (min. 200 attempts) behind Oklahoma State’s Kendall Hunter (6.69). The 1,374 rushing yards rank third-best in a single-season at Iowa. Greene became the 12th Hawkeye, and second-fastest, to rush for over 1,000 yards in a season. His 13 rushing scores are the third-most by an Iowa player in a single-season. Greene’s 78 points marks the 23rd time an Iowa skill-position player scored at least 60 points in a season. Also, the 78 points equal the 16th-most in a single-season at Iowa. The 78 points tie Mike Saunders (1991) for the fifth-most in a single-season at Iowa by a skilled position player. His current 6.1 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. In Iowa’s six conference games, he averages a Big Ten-best 144.7 yards and nine touchdowns. Also, Greene ranks 34th nationally in all-purpose yards (142.3). Greene, who is a candidate for the Doak Walker and Maxwell Awards, is the first Iowa running back to ever rush for over 100 yards in 10-straight games. Additionally, he is the only FBS player to eclipse 100 yards rushing in every game this season. Greene has topped 100 yards rushing in a single-game 11 times in his career. He rushed 25 times for a career-high 217 yards and four touchdowns vs. Wisconsin. The 217 yards ties Nick Bell for the sixth-most rushing yards in a single-game in Iowa history. Bell rushed 31 times for 217 yards and three touchdowns vs. Wisconsin on Oct. 14, 1989. Greene’s 217 yards are the most by an Iowa running back since Albert Young totaled 202 yards on 38 carries at Northwestern on Nov. 5, 2005. Greene equaled a school record with four rushing touchdowns (12, 34, 34 and 52 yards) vs. Wisconsin. The last time the feat was accomplished was by RB Tavian Banks vs. Iowa State on Sept. 20, 1997. The four scores are the most by an Iowa player since Ed Hinkel caught four touchdowns in a 52-28 win vs. Minnesota on Nov. 19, 2005. The four touchdowns tie a Kinnick Stadium record, by an Iowa player. Additionally, Greene’s 24 points ties a school record held by eight others. 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).
STANZI DIRECTS HAWKEYE OFFENSE
After splitting time with Jake Christensen under center the first four games, Ricky Stanzi emerged as Iowa’s starting quarterback. Stanzi has completed 114-192 (.594) passes for 1,482 yards and 10 touchdowns this season. He ranks fourth in Big Ten passing efficiency and 37th in the country (134.11). The 1,482 yards passing ranks 23rd-best in Iowa’s single-season record chart. Stanzi started and played the entire game vs. Northwestern (Sept. 27), Iowa’s fifth contest of the season. The sophomore completed 21-30 passes for 238 yards and also completed a career-long 45-yard touchdown pass to WR Andy Brodell against the Wildcats. At Michigan State, Stanzi completed 15-22 passes for 158 yards and a score. At Indiana, Stanzi completed 12-20 passes for 184 yards and two touchdowns in leading the Hawkeyes to their first Big Ten win in 2008. Against Wisconsin, he completed 11-18 passes for 114 yards and a score. He completed 11-29 passes for 191 yards and a score at Illinois. The native of Mentor, OH, completed 15-25 passes for 171 yards and a touchdown, including engineering Iowa’s 15-play, 57-yard game-winning drive in the final minutes vs. No. 2 Penn State. Stanzi has thrown at least one touchdown pass the last six contests. Stanzi’s first start was vs. FIU (Sept. 6). He was 8-10 for 162 yards (20.3 avg.) and tossed three touchdowns (8, 23 and 59 yards) in seeing half the snaps. He started and played the first three quarters vs. Iowa State, completing 5-14 for 95 yards. He was 7-10 for 79 yards, including completing his first six pass attempts, at Pittsburgh. Stanzi was an efficient 9-14 for 90 yards vs. Maine in the season opener. 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. King and Kroul are Iowa’s two most experienced defensive starters. Kroul has started 47 consecutive games, the longest active streak in the Big Ten and third-longest by an FBS player. The 47 starts is one shy of the Iowa record of 48, which was established by OL Bruce Nelson (1999-02). King has started 42 career contests, including the last 27. King, who has been named to the 2008 Lott Trophy and Lombardi and Chuck Bednarik Award Watch Lists, has 219 career tackles, 501 tackles for loss and 16.5 sacks. The 219 tackles tie for 45th-best on Iowa’s career tackle charts. His six tackles at Indiana increased the senior’s tackle total over 200 for his career. 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 then-season-high eight tackles and a QB-Hurry vs. Northwestern. King was credited with seven tackles, including 1.5 for loss and a sack at Michigan State. He had three stops vs. Wisconsin. He amassed a game and season-high 10 tackles, including two for loss, and caused his third career fumble at Illinois. King had two tackles and two QB-Hurries vs. Penn State. 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 230 tackles, 17 tackles for loss and seven sacks. The 230 career tackles tie for the 38th-best in Iowa career annals. Kroul’s tackle totals vs. Northwestern pushed him over 200 career tackles. He had three tackles at Illinois and five vs. Penn State. He tallied four stops at Indiana and seven vs. Wisconsin. 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 was 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.
IOWA LIKES STARTING ON OFFENSE
Iowa has started on offense in 100 of its last 114 games, including 8-10 games this season. Iowa games vs. Penn State (11/8/08), vs. Wisconsin (10/18/08), 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 11 of those 14 games. Iowa has started the game on offense in 102 of 120 games under Kirk Ferentz.
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 third in the nation in interceptions (17), seventh in fewest yards penalized (36.0), eighth in scoring defense (14.2), ninth in pass efficiency defense (98.46), 22nd in rushing defense (108.6) and total defense (300.3) and 24th in red zone defense (75%). Iowa’s defense has forced 59 punts, 39 three-and-outs (31.7%), blocked a field goal (Northwestern) and a punt (Wisconsin) and collected a safety (Maine).
DJK AND BRODELL LEAD HAWKEYE RECEIVERS
Sophomore Derrell Johnson-Koulianos (DJK) and senior Andy Brodell lead the Hawkeye receiving corps this year. Brodell ranks first in receiving yards (460) and touchdowns (4) and second in receptions (28). DJK ranks first in catches (33) and second in receiving yards (414). Brodell averages 16.4 yards per catch and has caught four touchdowns (45-yarder vs. Northwestern, a 31-yarder at Michigan State, a 34-yarder at Indiana and a 29-yarder at Illinois, all from QB Ricky Stanzi). The native of Ankeny, IA, is also Iowa’s primary punt returner; he ranks 32nd in the country, averaging 10.9 yards on 32 returns. His 32 returns are the most in the nation. 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’s numbers have risen since the beginning of conference play, with 387 of his 460 yards coming during conference play. His 64.5 average in league play ranks fourth-best. Brodell cracked 1,000 career receiving yards with his totals from the Northwestern game (Sept. 27). The senior has now caught 86 career passes for 1,296 yards and nine touchdowns. The 86 receptions and 1,296 yards rank 19th and 21st-best, respectively, 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 in Iowa’s fourth game. 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 12.5 yards per reception and also has two touchdowns (59-yard pass from Ricky Stanzi vs. FIU and a 27-yard pass from Stanzi vs. Penn State). DJK caught a game-high seven passes for 89 yards and a touchdown vs. Penn State. DJK has also returned eight kickoffs for 165 yards. Last season, he led the Hawkeyes, catching 38 passes for 482 yards and two scores.
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 2-4 on field goal attempts. After not attempting a field goal since the Pittsburgh game (Sept. 20), he converted a 31-yard game-winning field goal with one second left to knock off No. 2 Penn State last Saturday in a windy Kinnick Stadium. 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 24-24 on PATs and 13-15 on field goals. He averages 1.3 field goals per game, which ties for 31st-best in the nation. Mossbrucker made seven-straight field goals before missing a 30-yarder, on an angle, at Illinois in the second period. 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. He made a 26-yard field goal at Indiana and a 35-yarder vs. Wisconsin. He converted kicks of 19, 26 and 27 yards at Illinois. His 32-yard attempt vs. FIU was blocked. Punter Ryan Donahue, a finalist for the Ray Guy Award, has punted 40 times this season. He is averaging 41.6 yards per punt, which ranks seventh in the Big Ten and 37th nationally. He averages 42.8 yards per kick in six conference games, which ranks third. Donahue has recorded at least one punt over 50 yards in seven of the last eight contests (64 yards vs. Iowa State, 59 yards at Pittsburgh, 55 yards vs. Northwestern, 56 yards at Michigan State, 56 yards at Indiana, 51 yards at Illinois and 55 yards vs. Pen State). Additionally, 17 of his punts have been downed inside the 20. 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. Donahue punted four times for a 44.0 average, with a long of 56 yards and downing three punts inside the Indiana 15-yard line. Against Wisconsin, he kicked a season-high eight punts for a 36.8 average, placing three inside the 20. He averaged 44.6 yards on five punts, including placing two inside the 20-yard line and booming a 51-yarder at Illinois. Donahue averaged 44.3 yards on three punts and downed two of his three punts inside Penn State’s 15-yard line. Iowa opponents have just 10 returns for 55 yards this season. Last year, Donahue punted 73 times for 3,005 yards (41.2 avg.) through 10 games. This season, Donahue has only punted 40 times for 1,664 yards (41.6 avg.) through 10 contests. 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.
CONFERENCE ONLY RANKINGS
Iowa ranks first in field goal percentage (.900) and kickoff coverage (47.0), second in rushing defense (115.0) and punting (40.8), third in scoring defense (18.8), fourth in rushing offense (173.3) and fewest penalty yards (38.0), scoring offense (26.8), total defense (330.2) and pass efficiency (128.6) and fifth in pass efficiency defense (109.3), in conference games only. Individually, RB Shonn Greene ranks first in rushing (144.7), second in scoring (9.0) and tied for third in all-purpose yards (150.0), in league games only. WR Andy Brodell ranks fourth in receiving yards (64.5), QB Ricky Stanzi ranks third in pass efficiency (129.7) and seventh in total offense (168.2), P Ryan Donahue ranks third in punting (42.8), LB Pat Angerer ranks second in tackles (10.7) and is tied for second in interceptions (0.33), and PK Trent Mossbrucker ranks seventh in field goals (1.33) and tied for ninth in scoring (7.0).
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 10 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 nine tackles and a forced fumble, and Prater eight tackles and two pass break-ups. Hampton has rushed 66 times for 344 yards and five touchdowns and has also returned 19 kickoffs for 410 yards (21.6). He rushed 22 times for a career-high 114 yards and three scores at Indiana. Hampton returned four kickoffs for 116 yards at Michigan State, 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 24 PATs and 13-15 FGs. Mossbrucker ranks second in team scoring with 63 points. The 63 points is an Iowa true freshman single-season record and ranks 30th in a single-season in the Iowa record books.
BIG PLAY HAWKEYES
Iowa has posted 43 offensive plays (16 run, 27 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. RB Shonn Greene had touchdown runs of 34, 34 and 52 yards vs. Wisconsin. Iowa only had two big passing plays (20 and 27 yards) vs. Penn State last week. Greene has Iowa’s longest rush (52 yards — touchdown vs. Wisconsin). RB Jewel 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 28 offensive plays (5 run, 23 pass) of 20 yards or more this season. Iowa’s defense allowed only one big passing play (23 yards) vs. Penn State last week.
IOWA BY QUARTERS
Iowa has outscored its opponents 68-27 in the first quarter, 66-48 in the second, 51-35 in the third and 101-32 in the fourth period.
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.
? Iowa is in possession of two traveling trophies and will play for a third at Minnesota in the regular season finale (Nov. 22). The Hawkeyes defeated Iowa State 17-5 (Sept. 13) to gain possession of the Cy-Hawk Trophy and beat Wisconsin 38-16 (Oct. 18) to claim the Heartland Trophy.
? Iowa, who ranks eighth in the nation in scoring defense, has allowed single-digit points or less four times this season (Maine – 3, FIU – 0, Iowa State – 5, Indiana – 9).
? RB Shonn Greene has amassed 605 yards after contact on his 226 rushing attempts.
? WR Andy Brodell has returned 32 punts for 348 yards. He is approaching Iowa’s single-season record in punt returns (40) and yardage (495), both established by Ramon Ochoa in 2003.
? Iowa had four rushing touchdowns in back-to-back games (Indiana and Wisconsin) this season. RB Jewel Hampton posted scoring runs of one, one and 10 yards and RB Shonn Greene had a 12-yard touchdown run at Indiana. Greene had all four rushing touchdowns vs. Wisconsin, scoring from 12, 34, 34 and 52 yards.
? Defensive tackles Matt Kroul and Mitch King reached 200 career tackles two games 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 two games later at Indiana (Oct. 11).
? WR Andy Brodell cracked 1,000 career receiving yards with his totals from the Northwestern game (Sept. 27). The senior has caught 86 career passes for 1,296 yards and nine touchdowns. The 86 receptions and 1,296 yards rank 19th and 21st-best, respectively, in school history.
? Iowa has only allowed 10 punt returns for a total of 55 yards.
? DL Matt Kroul has 47 consecutive starts, the longest active streak in the Big Ten and third-longest by an FBS player.
? RB Shonn Greene became the first Iowa player to rush for four touchdowns (vs. Wisconsin) in a single-game since Tavian Banks scored four vs. Iowa State on Sept. 20, 1997.
? In the last seven years, Iowa is 45-7 when leading at the half and 50-6 when leading after three quarters.
? Iowa’s time of possession of 38:07 at Indiana (Oct. 11) is the third highest, in a single-game, during Coach Ferentz’s head coaching tenure at Iowa. Additionally, Iowa’s 28 first downs and 51 rushing attempts against the Hoosiers rank fourth and fifth, respectively, in a single-game under Coach Ferentz.
? 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 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 seven institutions (Iowa, Florida, Florida State, Kansas, Maryland, SMU, Tennessee) to have a former football and men’s basketball National Coach of the Year currently coaching their respective team.
ON THE AVERAGE
Iowa averages 6.5 yards on 300 first down plays, 5.4 yards on 203 second down plays, 4.9 yards on 119 third down plays and 3.9 yards on 13 fourth down plays. The Hawkeyes averaged 8.6 yards on 10 third-down plays vs. Penn State last week.
AVERAGE SCORING DRIVES
Iowa averages 6.8 plays, 53.1 yards and 3:01 elapsed time on 48 scoring drives. Thirty-one of the 48 scoring drives resulted in touchdowns. Iowa had six touchdowns scoring drives vs. FIU and Indiana and five touchdown drives vs. Wisconsin. Iowa has had a season-high 15-play drive each of its last two games (at Illinois and vs. Penn State). Hawkeye opponents average 9.0 plays, 54.8 yards and 3:37 elapsed time on only 27 offensive scoring drives. Penn State had three scoring drives cover over 70 yards in 11 plays or more and all over five minutes. The Nittany Lions maintained possession for 8:18 and 9:43 during two first-half scoring drives that both resulted in field goals.
IOWA IN THE RED ZONE
Iowa is 35-43 (81.4%) in the red zone (22 TD, 13 FG) this season. The Hawkeyes have scored points on 18 of the last 19 (94.7%) red zone trips (nine touchdowns, nine field goals), dating back to the Michigan State game. The Hawkeye defense has limited the opposition to 18-24 (75.0%) in the red zone, which ranks second in the conference and 24th-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. Wisconsin and Illinois, each only reached the red zone once; the Badgers scored a field goal and the Fighting Illini scored a touchdown. Penn State scored on all five trips inside the red zone last week, but the Iowa defense held the Nittany Lions to field goals in three of the five red zone possessions.
POINTS OFF TURNOVERS
Iowa has scored 61 points following 22 opponent turnovers. The Black and Gold scored 14 points following two interceptions vs. Maine, three points after two Pittsburgh and Penn State miscues, three points after a Northwestern interception, a touchdown after a Michigan State interception, 10 points after an Indiana interception and fumble and 10 more points against Wisconsin after three turnovers. The Black and Gold scored 11 points after three Illinois miscues on a field goal, a touchdown and a two-point conversion. The Hawkeyes failed to score after collecting three FIU and Iowa State miscues. The Hawkeyes have turned the ball over 18 times, allowing their opponents to score 43 points. The Black and Gold had one turnover vs. Maine and Pittsburgh, two vs. FIU, Iowa State and Penn State, five vs. Northwestern, and three in road games at Michigan State and Illinois. The Cyclones tallied a field goal; the Wildcats turned Iowa miscues into 14 points, while the Spartans kicked two field goals. Illinois tallied 10 points after three Iowa miscues, scoring a field goal following an interception and returning an Iowa fumble seven yards for a score. Penn State scored 10 points after two Hawkeye turnovers in their own territory.
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 87 games. The last Iowa contest not televised was vs. Minnesota on Nov. 17, 2001.
2008 BIG TEN SCHEDULE
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.
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.
ON THE HORIZON
Iowa concludes the regular season next week with a road game at Minnesota (6:05 p.m., BTN). It will be the first night game of the season for the Hawkeyes.