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IOWA TO PLAY FINAL GAME AT METRODOME
Iowa (7-4, 4-3) will conclude the regular season at Minnesota (7-4, 3-4) Saturday. Game time is 6:03 p.m. in the HHH Metrodome (64,172). A limited number of tickets remain. Iowa enters Saturday’s contest winners of four of its last five, while Minnesota has lost three straight. Saturday will be the final Gopher football game at the Metrodome.
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.
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 9-4 in games played on Nov. 22. The Hawkeyes defeated Iowa State 10-0 in 1919, Michigan 9-2 in 1924, Nebraska 12-7 in 1930, Notre Dame 31-21 in 1958, Illinois 40-0 in 1969, Michigan State 41-0 in 1980, Minnesota 30-27 in 1986 and 31-0 in 1997 and Wisconsin 27-21 in 2003. Iowa lost to Nebraska 12-0 in 1913 and 14-13 in 1941, Notre Dame 27-0 in 1952 and Michigan State 27-23 in 1975.
FLOYD OF ROSEDALE
As a result of a bet between the governors of the two states in 1935, possession of Floyd of Rosedale is at stake Saturday. The bronze pig traveling trophy is currently in the hands of the Hawkeyes as a result of their 21-16 triumph in Iowa City last season. Minnesota holds a 39-32-2 advantage in the series with Floyd of Rosedale on the line. Iowa has won six of the last seven meetings.
GREENE TABBED BIG TEN OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
RB Shonn Greene earned his second Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week award of the year after his performance in Iowa’s 22-17 win vs. Purdue last Saturday. Greene collected 211 yards and two touchdowns on 30 rushes. He became only the third Hawkeye tailback to eclipse 200 yards rushing in a game twice in one season (Tavian Banks and Sedrick Shaw). The 211 yards is the ninth-most by an Iowa player in a single-game. Furthermore, the junior recorded a 75-yard touchdown, which is a career long and the 19th-longest rush in school annals. The two touchdowns raise his season total to 15, which ties Sedrick Shaw for second on Iowa’s single-season scoring chart. He has rushed for multiple touchdowns in three of the last four games (Wisconsin, Penn State and Purdue).
The National I-Club and the UI Alumni Association invite all fans to the “Hawkeye Huddle” from 7-9 p.m. prior to the Minnesota game Friday. The “Hawkeye Huddle” will be held at the Marriott City Center, located at 30 South Seventh Street in Minneapolis. The free reception features refreshments, snacks, Hawk Shop door prizes, Herky, and the Iowa cheerleaders.
Saturday will be the 102nd meeting between Iowa and Minnesota and the last Gopher football game in the Metrodome. Minnesota holds a 59-40-2 advantage in the series that began with a 42-4 Gopher victory in 1891. Iowa has won six of the last seven, in the series, and 11 of the last 15. The Hawkeyes defeated Minnesota 21-16 last year in Iowa City. Minnesota holds a 36-14-1 advantage in games played at Minneapolis. The Black and Gold hold a 7-6 edge in games played in the dome. The home team has won the last three meetings.
IOWA, MINNESOTA NOTES
? Iowa is already in possession of two traveling trophies and will gun for a third Saturday. 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.
? Four of Minnesota’s six largest home crowds have come against the Hawkeyes. The Gophers’ largest Metrodome crowd (65,184) was Nov. 23, 2002 when Iowa clinched a share of the Big Ten championship.
? Saturday will be Iowa’s first night game, played at Minnesota, since Nov. 23, 1996.
? In Big Ten play this season, Iowa has defeated every team it lost to last year (Penn State, Purdue, Wisconsin and Indiana) and lost to each team it defeated a year ago (Illinois, Michigan State and Northwestern).
? 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. Iowa has posted seven wins for the first time since 2005.
? DT Matt Kroul is tied with OL Bruce Nelson (1999-02) for the school record with 48-straight starts. It is the longest active streak in the Big Ten and third-longest by an FBS player.
? Iowa’s +69 fourth-quarter point differential is the best in the conference. The Hawkeyes’ +88 second-half point differential is second-best in the league behind Penn State (+140).
? As a team, Iowa is tied with North Carolina, California and Boise State for second in the country in interceptions (18); Boston College is first with 21. The 18 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 five thefts, while DB Amari Spievey has three, and FS Brett Greenwood, CB Bradley Fletcher and SS Tyler Sash each have two.
? Iowa is tied with Houston for ninth in the country with the most touchdown drives of five plays or less (19).
? 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. The last Big Ten player to rush for over 100 yards in all eight Big Ten games was Penn State’s Curtis Enis in 1997.
? Greene has 15 rushing touchdowns, which ties Sedrick Shaw (1995) for second by an Iowa player in a single-season. Tavian Banks (1997) ranks first with 17. As a team, Iowa had 11 rushing scores a year ago.
? Iowa’s average starting field position the last six games has been its 35-yard line.
? LB Pat Angerer ranks third in Big Ten tackles (10.4) through seven league games. His 16 tackles vs. Wisconsin ties Illinois LB Brit Miller for the most in a Big Ten game this season.
? Iowa ranks second in the nation in interceptions (18), eighth in scoring defense (14.5), 10th in pass efficiency defense (101.44), 18th in rushing defense (106.55), 20th in red zone defense (75%) and 21st in total defense (303.64). Individually, RB Shonn Greene ranks second nationally in rushing (144.1), 25th in all-purpose yards (148.55) and tied for 35th in scoring (8.2), LB Pat Angerer is tied for 16th in interceptions (0.45), DT Mitch King ranks 26th in tackles for loss (1.32).
? Minnesota ranks first in the country with 30 takeaways (16 fumbles, 14 interceptions), fourth in turnover margin (+15), 18th in tackles for loss (7.0), tied for 27th in sacks (2.55) and 32nd in scoring defense (20.45). Individually, DL Willie VanDeSteeg ranks fifth in the country in in tackles for loss (1.64) and 15th in sacks (0.86), DB Marcus Sherels ranks 21st in punt returns (12.43), WR Eric Decker is tied for eighth in receptions (7.4) and ranks 22nd in receiving yards (22) and QB Adam Weber ranks 31st in total offense (241.6).
? Iowa has recorded at least one takeaway in 31 of its last 33 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.
? 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.
? Andy Brodell ranks third in the Big Ten and 29th nationally in punt return average (11.0). He has returned 33 punts this year, the second-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 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 nine 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.
? The Iowa-Minnesota game will be the last Big Ten regular-season contest of the year; all nine other teams play afternoon games.
DOWN TO THE WIRE
Five of Iowa’s seven Big Ten games have been decided in the final minutes of play, including wins over Penn State and Purdue and losses to Northwestern, Michigan State and Illinois. ? In the 22-17 loss to Northwestern, Iowa had a first and goal at the Wildcat eight-yard line but failed to convert and Northwestern took over with 1:08 remaining.
? In the 16-13 loss at Michigan State, Iowa failed to convert a fourth and one at the MSU 21-yardline and the Spartans took over with 2:10 remaining.
? In the 27-24 loss at Illinois, Iowa tied the game at 24 with 2:46 to play before Illinois kicked the game winning field goal with 24 seconds left in the game.
? In the 24-23 win over No. 3 Penn State, Iowa scored the game winning 31-yard field goal with one second remaining.
? In the 22-17 win over Purdue, the Boilermakers reached the Iowa 27-yardline in the final seconds before a pass into the end zone was incomplete at time expired.
? In non-conference play, Iowa lost by a single point (21-20) at Pittsburgh when the Panthers took the lead early in the fourth quarter.
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 1,585 yards and 15 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 ranks second-best on Iowa’s seasonal rushing charts. He is the first Iowa running back to rush for over 100 yards in 11-straight games.
GREENE NAMED SEMIFINALIST FOR TWO NATIONAL AWARDS
RB Shonn Greene is one of 15 semifinalists for the 72nd Maxwell Award for the Collegiate Player of the Year and 10 semifinalists for the Doak Walker Award, which is given to the nation’s top running back. Greene is one of three Big Ten players named to the Maxwell Award (Penn State QB Daryll Clark and Michigan State RB Javon Ringer). Greene outgained three of the other semifinalists in head-to-head meetings this season (Michigan State’s Javon Ringer, Penn State’s Evan Royster and Pittsburgh’s LeSean McCoy). The winners 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 57-29 (.663) overall mark and a 35-20 (.636) Big Ten record the last seven seasons. Ferentz, at Iowa, holds an overall record of 68-53 (.562) and a 42-37 (.532) mark in Big Ten games. In 13 seasons as a college head coach his career mark is 80-74 (.519). 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-three of Iowa’s 121 games under Ferentz have been decided by seven points or less (20-24) 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.
MINNESOTA COACH TIM BREWSTER
Tim Brewster is about to conclude his second season as head coach at Minnesota. His overall record stands at 8-15 and 3-12 in Big Ten play. Brewster became Minnesota’s 26th head football coach Jan. 17, 2007 after spending five seasons in the National Football League, including the last two as tight ends coach for the Denver Broncos. Brewster was a two-time all-Big Ten honoree at Illinois. He led the nation’s tight ends in receiving in 1983 and captained the Illini to the 1984 Rose Bowl. He began his coaching career in 1986 at Purdue, coaching tight ends and offensive tackles as a graduate assistant. The next two years (1987-88), he was the head coach at Central Catholic High School in Lafayette, IN. Brewster then moved on to North Carolina, where he coached nine seasons (1989-97) and mentored four tight ends to all-ACC accolades and helped the school advance to six consecutive bowl games (1992-97). The native of Phillipsburg, NJ, also was the tight ends coach at Texas from 1998-2001.
WISCONSIN BEATS MINNESOTA TO CLAIM PAUL BUNYON AXE
Wisconsin outscored Minnesota 18-8 in the fourth quarter to come away with a 35-32 win last Saturday in Madison. The Badgers claimed Paul Bunyan’s Axe for the fifth-straight season. The Gophers took a 21-7 lead into halftime on two QB Adam Weber touchdown passes (4 and 43 yards) and a six-yard scoring run by Weber. The Badgers closed to within 21-17 after a field goal and a RB P.J. Hill one-yard touchdown run. Minnesota PK Joel Monroe tacked-on a 30-yard field goal, but Wisconsin answered with another Hill one-yard scoring plunge to tie the game 24-24. Wisconsin’s special teams and defense registered back-to-back safeties to give Wisconsin a 28-24 advantage. The two teams exchanged touchdowns in the final minutes of the game. Wisconsin maintained possession for 36:46, compared to 23:14 for Minnesota. Weber finished the game completing 15-30 passes for 202 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. He was also the team’s leading rusher, collecting 43 yards on 11 attempts. Freshman WR Brandon Green caught five passes for 80 yards and his first career touchdown. The Gophers’ defense recorded eight tackles for loss, including four sacks, and forcing and recovering three fumbles in defeat.
Iowa sprinted to an early 14-point advantage and didn’t look back as it reclaimed possession of Floyd of Rosedale with a 21-16 triumph over Minnesota at Kinnick Stadium a year ago. In addition to recapturing the traveling trophy, Iowa became bowl eligible for the seventh consecutive season under Coach Kirk Ferentz. The Hawkeyes scored touchdowns on three of their five first half offensive possessions. RB Albert Young had scoring runs of one and 12 yards, while TE Brandon Myers had an eight-yard touchdown reception from QB Jake Christensen on a deflection off the hands of teammate WR James Cleveland. Iowa took a 21-10 advantage into half. Neither team scored in the third period. Minnesota scored a late touchdown when QB Adam Weber found WR Eric Decker in the back of the end zone from 22 yards out to cut the Hawkeye margin to five. The Gophers’ two-point and onsides kick attempts failed and Iowa ran out the clock to secure the win. Young topped 3,000 career rushing yards after a 22-yard scamper on Iowa’s second offensive possession. He finished with a game-high 92 yards and two touchdowns on 21 attempts. Christensen completed 14-25 passes for 157 yards and a score. WR Derrell Johnson-Koulianos (46 yards) and Cleveland (30 yards) each had four receptions. Weber completed 24-41 passes for 190 yards and a touchdown. He also led the team in rushing, collecting 70 yards on 11 carries. Defensively, LB Mike Klinkenborg amassed a game and season-high 13 tackles. LB A.J. Edds accumulated a career-high 11 tackles, while DE Bryan Mattison had eight stops, one shy of a career high. CB Charles Godfrey had a personal-best four pass break-ups to go along with four tackles. CB Bradley Fletcher intercepted his second career pass in the third quarter.
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.
IOWA 22, PURDUE 17
Iowa running back Shonn Greene rushed for 211 yards and two touchdowns to propel the Hawkeyes to a 22-17 victory over Purdue at Kinnick Stadium on “Senior Day”. Greene, who was named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week and The Sporting News’ Player of the Day, became only the third Hawkeye tailback to eclipse 200 yards rushing in a game twice in one season (Tavian Banks and Sedrick Shaw). The 211 yards is the ninth-most by an Iowa player in a single-game. Furthermore, the junior tallied scoring runs of 14 and 75 yards, with the 75-yarder being a career long and the 19th-longest rush in school annals. Greene is the only running back in the country to top 100 rushing yards in every game this season. The Hawkeyes scored first on a RB Jewel Hampton 22-yard scoring run. The rush equaled Hampton’s career long. PK Trent Mossbrucker missed the first of two PAT attempts after the scoring run. Purdue PK Carson Wiggs capped a 17-play, 45-yard drive that consumed 8:46 with a 27-yard field goal. Greene then scampered 75 yards to give Iowa a 12-3 cushion. The Boilermakers cut the deficit to 12-10 with 34 seconds left in the half on a WR Desmond Tardy 12-yard touchdown reception from QB Curtis Painter. Iowa led 15-10 after a PK Daniel Murray season-long 45-yard field goal, which was the only third-period scoring. Greene posted his second scoring run of the game from 14 yards out to give the Hawkeyes a 22-10 advantage with 12:48 left in the game. Painter connected with WR Greg Orton for an eight-yard touchdown completion to close within five points (22-17). Painter later drove the Boilermakers into Iowa territory, but his final pass attempt fell incomplete, out of the end zone, on the last play of the game. Iowa QB Ricky Stanzi completed 8-15 passes for 72 yards. Painter completed 24-30 passes for 190 yards and two touchdowns. Tardy had a game-high 13 receptions for 131 yards and a score, while Orton had 10 catches for 76 yards and a touchdown to pace the Boilermakers. Defensively, Hawkeye FS Brett Greenwood collected a game and career-high 14 tackles. DT Mitch King had five tackles, including three for loss and a sack, and also forced a fumble. LB Pat Angerer accumulated nine tackles and intercepted his team-leading fifth pass of the year on Iowa’s five-yard line to silence a Purdue scoring threat. DT Matt Kroul, who tied a school record with his 48th-consecutive start, had two tackles. Additionally, the Hawkeye defense held the Boilermakers to only 86 yards rushing.
? Iowa won its second-straight game decided by five points or less. Also, Saturday was the second-consecutive contest decided on the final play of the game.
? Iowa has now won the last six meetings against Purdue in Iowa City. Iowa now owns a 20-18-2 advantage in games played vs. Purdue in Iowa City. Overall, the Hawkeyes have won 16 of the last 22 games against the Boilermakers.
? Saturday was the final home game for 16 Iowa 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.
? Purdue failed to score on its opening possession. All 11 Iowa opponents (Maine, FIU, Iowa State, Pittsburgh, Northwestern, Michigan State, Indiana, Wisconsin, Illinois, Penn State and Purdue) failed to score on their opening drives this season.
? Iowa scored on its first possession of the game on a RB Jewel Hampton 22-yard touchdown. The 22-yard run equals Hampton’s longest rush of the season, a 22-yard scoring run vs. Maine in the season opener. Iowa has scored on its opening possession in six of 11 games, collecting touchdowns against Maine, FIU, Wisconsin, Penn State and Purdue and a field goal against Iowa State.
? Iowa drove 68 yards in eight plays on its opening touchdown drive. The Hawkeyes ran the ball every play; RB Shonn Greene had 43 yards (six attempts), while RB Jewel Hampton totaled 25 yards (two carries). The Hawkeyes also had a three-play, 36-yard touchdown drive in the third period, with all three plays runs by Greene.
? RB Shonn Greene’s 75-yard rush is the longest by an Iowa player since RB Tavian Banks scampered 82 yards vs. Iowa State on Sept. 20, 1997.
? Greene topped 100 rushing yards for the 11th-straight contest this season and 12th time in his career. The junior went over 100 rushing yards in the second quarter. Greene’s 75-yard run moved him past Sedrick Shaw and into second place on Iowa’s single-season rushing chart. He finished Saturday’s contest with 211 yards on 30 carries (7.0 avg.). It marked the 12th time an Iowa running back eclipsed 200 yards rushing in a single-game.
? Greene is only the third Iowa running back to rush for over 200 yards in a game twice in one season (217 vs. Wisconsin). Tavian Banks rushed 29 times for 314 yards and four TDs vs. Tulsa (9-13-97) and 18 carries for 202 yards and two scores vs. Northern Iowa (9-6-97). Sedrick Shaw had 42 attempts for 250 yards and one TD vs. Michigan State (10-7-95) and 214 yards and three scores on 41 carries vs. Wisconsin (11-18-95).
? Greene has amassed 1,585 yards on 256 carries this season. Greene is only 106 yards from matching Tavian Banks’ single-season school record of 1,691 yards, which he set in 1997. Greene’s career totals stand at 325 attempts for 1,963 yards. He now ranks 11th in Iowa career rushing yards.
? Greene also rushed for a 14-yard touchdown in the third quarter to give Iowa a 22-10 cushion. The score was his 15th of the season, which ties Sedrick Shaw (1995) for second-place. Tavian Banks is Iowa’s single-season leader with 17, which he set in 1997. Greene has rushed for multiple touchdowns in three of the last four contests.
? Iowa rushed for three touchdowns Saturday, marking the fourth game this season it collected three rushing scores or more (Maine – 4, Indiana – 4 and Wisconsin – 4).
? Iowa’s defense held another Big Ten top running back under 100 yards. Purdue RB Kory Sheets rushed for only 53 yards on 16 attempts (3.3 avg.). The Hawkeyes have allowed only one 100-yard rusher in 11 games this season (Maine’s Jhamal Fluellen rushed for 104 yards on 21 carries in the season opener).
? RB Jewel Hampton had a season-long 52-yard kickoff return late in the fourth quarter. His previous long was a 40-yard return at Michigan State. Hampton finished Saturday’s game with two returns for 76 yards.
? Iowa collected two turnovers Saturday, a fumble in the third quarter and an interception in the fourth period. The Hawkeyes have recorded at least one takeaway in 31 of their last 33 games, dating back to the 2006 season.
? PK Daniel Murray converted a season-long 45-yard field goal in the third quarter. His career-long is a 47-yarder at Wisconsin last season. Murray is 3-5 on field goals this season, including making the game-winner from 31 yards the previous game against No. 3 Penn State.
? WR Andy Brodell had four receptions for a team-high 42 yards. He now has 90 career receptions for 1,338 yards.
? Saturday’s attendance was 67,676 at Kinnick Stadium, snapping a sellout streak of 36 games that dated back to the 2003 season.
? PK Trent Mossbrucker missed two PAT attempts in the first half. The two misses are the first missed PAT attempts by an Iowa place kicker this season. Iowa had made the previous 33 PAT kick attempts this season.
? One play was reviewed by Instant Replay Saturday. A WR Derrell Johnson-Koulianos fumble was upheld by replay.
THE GREENE MONSTER
RB Shonn Greene, who ranks first nationally in rushing, has rushed for over 100 yards in all 11 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 325 times for 1,963 yards (6.0 avg.) and 16 scores. The 1,963 yards ranks 11th-best in Iowa’s career annals. He has amassed 1,585 yards, 749 after contact, on 256 attempts (6.2 avg.) and 15 scores in 2008. His 6.2 average per carry is tops in the nation (min. 225 attempts). He has 37 more total rushing yards this season than second-place Javon Ringer (1,548) of Michigan State. The 1,585 rushing yards rank second-best in a single-season at Iowa, only 106 yards from equaling Tavian Banks’ single-season record of 1,691 set in 1997. Greene became the 12th Hawkeye, and second-fastest, to rush for over 1,000 yards in a season. His 15 rushing scores tie Sedrick Shaw (1995) for the second-most by an Iowa player in a single-season. Greene’s 90 points marks the 23rd time an Iowa skill-position player scored at least 60 points in a season. Also, the 90 points rank 10th most in a single-season at Iowa. The 90 points rank as the the fourth-most in a single-season at Iowa by a skilled position player. His current 6.2 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 seven conference games, he averages a Big Ten-best 154.1 yards and 11 touchdowns. Also, Greene ranks 25th nationally in all-purpose yards (148.55). 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 11-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 game 12 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. In addition to his career-high 217 yards vs. Wisconsin, he collected 211 yards and two touchdowns on 30 rushes vs. Purdue. Greene is only the third Hawkeye tailback to eclipse 200 yards rushing in a game twice in one season (Tavian Banks and Sedrick Shaw). The 211 yards rank as the ninth-most by an Iowa player in a single-game. Furthermore, the junior recorded a 75-yard touchdown, which is a career long and the 19th-longest rush in school annals. The 75-yard rush is the longest by an Iowa player since RB Tavian Banks scampered 82 yards vs. Iowa State on Sept. 20, 1997. He has rushed for multiple touchdowns in three of the last four games (Wisconsin, Penn State and Purdue). 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 122-207 (.589) passes for 1,554 yards and 10 touchdowns this season. He ranks fifth in Big Ten passing efficiency and 44th in the country (131.2). The 1,554 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. He completed 8-15 passes for 72 yards vs. Purdue. Stanzi has thrown at least one touchdown pass six of the last seven 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 48-consecutive games, the longest active streak in the Big Ten and third-longest by an FBS player. The 48 starts ties OL Bruce Nelson (1999-02) for the school record for consecutive starts. King has started 43 career contests, including the last 28. King, who has been named to the 2008 Lott Trophy and Lombardi and Chuck Bednarik Award Watch Lists, has 224 career tackles, 54 tackles for loss and 17.5 sacks. The 224 tackles tie Mike Klinkenborg for 41st-best on Iowa’s career tackle charts. His six tackles at Indiana increased the senior’s tackle total over 200 for his career. King posted five tackles, including three for loss and a sack, and forced a fumble vs. Purdue. 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 232 tackles, 17 tackles for loss and seven sacks. The 232 career tackles tie John Harty and Dave Brooks for the 35th-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. He had two stops vs. Purdue.
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 interceptions (18), eighth in scoring defense (14.5), 10th in pass efficiency defense (101.44), 18th in rushing defense (106.55), 20th in red zone defense (75%) and 21st in total defense (303.64). Iowa’s defense has forced 65 punts, 41 three-and-outs (30.4%), 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 (502) and touchdowns (4) and second in receptions (32). DJK ranks first in catches (36) and second in receiving yards (440). Brodell averages 15.7 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 29th in the country, averaging 11.0 yards on 33 returns. His 33 returns are the second-most in the nation (Alabama’s Javier Arenas has 36). 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 receiving numbers have risen since the beginning of conference play, with 429 of his 502 yards coming during conference play. His 61.3 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 90 career passes for 1,338 yards and nine touchdowns. The 90 receptions and 1,338 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 12.2 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. He had three receptions for 26 yards vs. Purdue. DJK has also returned eight kickoffs for 165 yards. Last season, he led the Hawkeyes, catching 38 passes for 482 yards and two scores.
MOSSBRUCKER IN THE RECORD BOOKS
True freshman PK Trent Mossbrucker has scored 63 points this season, converting 24-26 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.
Place kickers Daniel Murray and Trent Mossbrucker have shared kicking duties this season. Murray, a sophomore, has handled all kickoffs and is 10-10 on PATs and 3-5 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 (Nov. 8) in a windy Kinnick Stadium. Last week, he made a season-long 45-yard field goal and converted a PAT. 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 24-26 on PATs and 13-15 on field goals. He averages 1.14 field goals per game, which ties for 43rd-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. Mossbrucker missed his first two PAT attempts of the season last week vs. Purdue. Punter Ryan Donahue, a finalist for the Ray Guy Award, has punted 44 times this season. He is averaging 40.8 yards per punt, which ranks seventh in the Big Ten and 47th nationally. He averages 41.5 yards per kick in seven conference games, which ranks fifth. Donahue has recorded at least one punt over 50 yards in seven of the last nine 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. 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 (.909) and rushing defense (110.9), kickoff coverage (45.7) and fewest penalty yardage (35.6), second in punting (39.8), third in scoring defense (18.6), fourth in rushing offense (184.0), scoring offense (26.1) and total defense (331.1) and fifth in pass efficiency (125.4) and pass efficiency defense (111.6), in conference games only. Individually, RB Shonn Greene ranks first in rushing (154.1) and all-purpose yards (158.7), second in scoring (9.4) and eighth in total offense (154.1), in league games only. WR Andy Brodell ranks fourth in receiving yards (61.3), QB Ricky Stanzi ranks third in pass efficiency (126.3) and seventh in total offense (155.0), P Ryan Donahue ranks fifth in punting (41.5), LB Pat Angerer is tied for first in interceptions (0.43) and third in tackles (10.4), and PK Trent Mossbrucker ranks eighth in field goals (1.14).
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 11 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 69 times for 359 yards and six touchdowns and has also returned 21 kickoffs for 486 yards (23.1). He rushed 22 times for a career-high 114 yards and three scores at Indiana. He rushed for 30 yards, including a 22-yard touchdown run, on only three carries and had two kickoff returns for 76 yards, including a career-long return of 52 yards, vs. Purdue. 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 24-26 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.
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 three on defense. Additionally, the Hawkeyes start four sophomores and one redshirt freshman on offense and five sophomores and one redshirt freshman on defense.
? Iowa has sold out 36 of its last 37 games, dating back to the 2003 season. The last Iowa game not sold out was vs. Purdue (11/15/08).
? RB Shonn Greene has amassed 749 yards after contact on his 256 rushing attempts.
? 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 90 career passes for 1,338 yards and nine touchdowns. The 90 receptions and 1,338 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 48 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 46-7 when leading at the half and 51-6 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.
IOWA LIKES STARTING ON OFFENSE
Iowa has started on offense in 100 of its last 115 games, including 8-11 games this season. Iowa games vs. Purdue (11/15/08), 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 12 of those 15 games. Iowa has started the game on offense in 102 of 121 games under Kirk Ferentz.
BIG PLAY HAWKEYES
Iowa has posted 45 offensive plays (18 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 running plays (22 and 75 yards) vs. Purdue last week. Greene has Iowa’s longest rush (75 yards — touchdown vs. Purdue). RB Jewel Hampton has the Hawkeyes’ longest kickoff return (52 yards vs. Purdue), 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 29 offensive plays (5 run, 24 pass) of 20 yards or more this season. Iowa’s defense allowed only one big passing play (20 yards) vs. Purdue last week.
IOWA BY QUARTERS
Iowa has outscored its opponents 74-27 in the first quarter, 72-58 in the second, 54-35 in the third and 108-39 in the fourth period.
ON THE AVERAGE
Iowa averages 6.3 yards on 323 first down plays, 5.9 yards on 222 second down plays, 4.9 yards on 129 third down plays and 3.9 yards on 13 fourth down plays. The Hawkeyes averaged 10.9 yards on 19 second-down plays vs. Purdue last week.
AVERAGE SCORING DRIVES
Iowa averages 6.7 plays, 53.1 yards and 3:01 elapsed time on 52 scoring drives. Thirty-four of the 52 scoring drives resulted in touchdowns. Iowa had six touchdowns scoring drives vs. FIU and Indiana and five touchdown drives vs. Wisconsin. Iowa had a season-high 15-play drive at Illinois and vs. Penn State. Hawkeye opponents average 9.3 plays, 54.1 yards and 3:39 elapsed time on 30 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 36-45 (80%) in the red zone (23 TD, 13 FG) this season. The Hawkeyes have scored points on 19 of the last 21 (90.5%) red zone trips (10 touchdowns, nine field goals), dating back to the Michigan State game. The Hawkeye defense has limited the opposition to 21-28 (75.0%) in the red zone, which ranks second in the conference and 20th-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, 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 24 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, and two Purdue turnovers. The Hawkeyes have turned the ball over 20 times, allowing their opponents to score 46 points. The Black and Gold had one turnover vs. Maine and Pittsburgh, two vs. FIU, Iowa State, Penn State and Purdue, five vs. Northwestern, and three in road games at Michigan State and Illinois. The Cyclones and Boilermakers each posted 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 turnovers in Iowa territory.
DOMINANT AT HOME
Iowa has won 38 of its last 46 games (.826) 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 32-7 (.821) home record from 2003 thru 2008 ranks 16th nationally and third in the Big Ten.
IOWA ON A ROLL ON THE FIELD AND IN THE CLASSROOM
Previously, the NCAA issued its annual report on the academic achievement of the 322 NCAA Division I intercollegiate athletics programs, and the UI and its student-athletes are on a nice roll in this competition as well. The report gives graduation information about students and student-athletes entering in 2001. This is the most recent graduating class for which the required six years of information is available. The “Graduation Success Rate” (GSR) for UI student-athletes was 86 percent – a mark that is eight points higher than the national average, two points better than Iowa’s number a year ago (84 percent) and five points better than its 2006 number (81 percent). The upward trend in the GSR for the UI is mirrored in the numbers for the Iowa football program. The NCAA reported a GSR of 75 percent for student-athletes in the sport of football – a mark that is eight points better than the national average (67 percent), two points better than last year (73 percent) and 10 points better than the UI’s 2006 number (65 percent). GSR measures graduation rates at Division I institutions and includes students transferring into the institutions. The GSR also allows institutions to subtract student-athletes who leave their institutions prior to graduation as long as they would have been academically eligible to compete had they remained. Iowa ranked third in the Big Ten Conference among its football peers behind only Northwestern (92 percent) and Penn State (78 percent). Iowa also ranked third among its peers in the Big Ten when comparing the GSR for all student-athletes – 86 percent and behind only Northwestern (97 percent) and Penn State (89 percent).
HAWKEYES EARN BIG TEN WEEKLY HONOR
Iowa has had five student-athletes earn Big Ten Player of the Week accolades this season: Andy Brodell, Karl Klug, Shonn Greene (twice), Pat Angerer and Tyler Sash. Iowa’s six weekly honors are the most since 2004 (six). 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. Greene was named Offensive Player of the Week Oct. 20. The junior from Sicklerville, NJ, outscored the Badgers by himself, scoring 24 points with four rushing touchdowns while rushing for 217 yards on 25 carries. His four rushing scores (12, 34, 34 and 52) and 24 points equaled school records and matched the Kinnick Stadium records, by an Iowa player. Greene’s 34-yard touchdown in the second quarter pushed him over 1,000 rushing yards for the season. He became the 12th Hawkeye, and second-fastest, to reach 1,000 yards. Greene’s 217 yards ties Nick Bell for the sixth-most rushing yards in a single-game in school history. The junior has topped the century mark eight-straight games and nine times in his career. He is the first Hawkeye to ever eclipse 100 yards in eight-straight contests. Furthermore, he is the only Football Bowl Subdivision running back to rush for over 100 yards the first eight games this season. This marks the first weekly Big Ten honor of Greene’s career. Greene earned his second Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week award of the year after his performance in Iowa’s 22-17 win vs. Purdue on Nov. 15. Greene collected 211 yards and two touchdowns on 30 rushes vs. Purdue. He became only the third Hawkeye tailback to eclipse 200 yards rushing in a game twice in one season (Tavian Banks and Sedrick Shaw). The 211 yards is the ninth-most by an Iowa player in a single-game. Furthermore, the junior recorded a 75-yard touchdown, which is a career long and the 19th-longest rush in school annals. The two touchdowns raise his season total to 15, which tie Sedrick Shaw for second on Iowa’s single-season scoring chart. He has rushed for multiple touchdowns in three of the last four games (Wisconsin, Penn State and Purdue). Angerer was named Defensive Player of the Week Oct. 20. The native of Bettendorf, posted career highs in tackles (16) and interceptions (2) against the Badgers. Twelve of his game-high 16 tackles came in the first half. The junior helped secure the victory with a pair of four-quarter thefts, returning them 19 yards. Both interceptions led to 10 Hawkeye points. The 16 tackles are the most by an Iowa player since Mike Humpal registered 18 vs. Michigan State in a double-overtime contest Oct. 27, 2007. This marks the first weekly conference honor of Angerer’s career. Sash was named the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week on Nov. 10. 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.
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 88 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.
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), Bradley (Fletcher and Herman), Brett (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
Four 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. Erik Campbell played in one Rose Bowl during his Michigan career and coached in four others while on the Wolverine coaching staff.
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.