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IOWA TRAVELS TO IOWA STATE
Iowa (1-0) hits the road Saturday when it travels to Ames to face in-state rival Iowa State (1-0). Game time is 11:10 a.m. at Jack Trice Stadium (55,000) in Ames. The game is sold out. Saturday’s game will be the second event in the sixth annual Hy-Vee Cy-Hawk Series. The Cyclones and Hawkeyes compete in volleyball, at Iowa City, in the first event Friday night. Iowa holds a 3-2 advantage in the series after winning the Hy-Vee Cy-Hawk series a year ago.
ON THE TUBE
Fox Sports Net will televise the game to a national cable audience. Mediacom will also televise the contest throughout the state of Iowa. In the Iowa City area, the game will be shown on Mediacom Connections, channel 22. Around the state of Iowa, if your cable operator carries Fox Sports Midwest, the game will air on the normal Family Cable channel. In systems that have Fox Sports North, the game will be carried on the Mediacom Connections channel in the area. In systems that have Comcast Sports-Chicago, the game can be seen on the Connections channel via the Comcast Sports Plus feed. Outside the state of Iowa, the game will air on Fox College Sports – Central. Joel Meyers, Dave Lapham and Jim Knox 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.
IN THE RANKINGS
In pre-season rankings, Iowa was ranked 21st in the USA Today poll and 22nd in the Associated Press poll. Iowa was also ranked 10th by College Football Insider, 15th by The Kickoff Magazine, 20th by Phil Steele’s College Football Preview, 23rd by Athlon Sports and 24th by Sports Illustrated.
IOWA WIN STREAK
Iowa’s five-game winning streak is currently tied for seventh best in the nation with Texas and Nebraska. Utah holds the longest win streak at 15 games, followed by Southern Cal, Florida, Mississippi, Rutgers and Southern Mississippi. Iowa won its final three regular season games a year ago (Penn State, Purdue, Minnesota) and defeated South Carolina in the 2009 Outback Bowl before opening last week with a win over Northern Iowa.
HUNTER SHARES BIG TEN HONOR
Junior LB Jeremiha Hunter was named co-special teams Player of the Week for his efforts in Iowa’s 17-16 season-opening win over Northern Iowa. Hunter (6-2, 235) is a native of York, PA. Hunter was credited with blocking UNI’s 41-yard field goal attempt with one second remaining as the Hawkeyes blocked field goal attempts on consecutive plays. The blocked kick is the first of Hunter’s career. Along with the blocked field goal, Hunter recorded four solo tackles, five assisted tackles and one pass break-up against Northern Iowa. The Iowa defense held the Panthers to just 84 net rushing yards. Hunter started all 13 games during the 2008 season, ranking second on the team with 80 tackles. In 2008, Iowa had six student-athletes earn seven Big Ten Player of the Week accolades. The seven weekly honors last season matched Iowa’s total in 2003. The Hawkeyes earned Player of the Week honors eight times in 2002.
IOWA RECORDS A DIVISION I FIRST
With the two blocked field goals in the win over Northern Iowa, the Hawkeyes tied a school and NCAA Div. I record. Iowa is however, the only Division I football team to block field goal attempts on consecutive plays. Iowa previously blocked two kicks during a game on five occasions. Most recently, DE Kenny Iwebema blocked two Syracuse field goal attempts in Iowa’s 35-0 win over the Orange on Sept. 8, 2007. On the national scene, Iowa tied the Division I record for blocked field goals in a quarter. Of the previous four occasions, none occurred on consecutive plays. Also with two blocked field goals in a single period are Southern Cal vs. California (10/22/94) and Arizona State (10/11/08); Wyoming vs. Fresno State (11/18/95) and Central Michigan vs. Kent State (10/2/04).
LIVE BLOGGING FROM IOWA STATE
Hawkeye fans not able to make it to Ames for the Hy-Vee Cy-Hawk battle with Iowa State Sept. 12 can log on to hawkeyesports.com and have a chance to be interactive. The Iowa Sports Information staff will be blogging live from the press box during the game. Hawkeye fans can log on to hawkeyesports.com and click on the blog story and follow along. Fans will have the opportunity to submit questions and comments, answer quick polls and get up-to-the-minute information about the game and Hawkeyes.
Iowa has played 1,117 games since beginning football in 1889. Iowa’s overall record is 569-509-39 (.527). That includes a 360-198-16 (.641) record in home games, a 209-311-23 (.406) record in games away from Iowa City, a 281-343-25 (.452) mark in Big Ten games and a 243-162-15 (.596) record in Kinnick Stadium.
When Iowa resumed its football series with Iowa State in 1977, the Des Moines Athletic Club donated a trophy to be awarded to the winner of the annual in-state battle. The Hawkeyes hold a 21-11 advantage since 1977 when the Cy-Hawk Trophy was first awarded. The Cy-Hawk Trophy currently resides in Iowa City as a result of Iowa’s 17-5 victory in Kinnick Stadium last season. Iowa has won four of the last six meetings. ISU has won the last two meetings in Ames and four of the last five in Jack Trice Stadium.
Tickets remain for all Iowa home games except the Homecoming contest vs. Michigan (Oct. 10). Tickets remain for Arizona, Arkansas State, Indiana, Northwestern and Minnesota. Fans may purchase tickets online at hawkeyesports.com, by calling 1-800-IA-HAWKS or in person at the UI athletic ticket office in Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The Iowa record for average home attendance is 70,585, set in 2005, 2006 and 2007.
IOWA LEADERSHIP GROUP
Iowa’s Leadership Group for the 2009 season includes three seniors, four juniors, four sophomores, two redshirt freshmen and one true freshman. Permanent team captains are named at the conclusion of each season. The Leadership Group for this season includes seniors Pat Angerer, A.J. Edds and Tony Moeaki; juniors Bryan Bulaga, Adrian Clayborn, Brett Greenwood and Ricky Stanzi, sophomores Broderick Binns, Marvin McNutt, Tyler Nielsen and Tyler Sash, redshirt freshmen Greg Castillo and James Vandenberg and true freshman Keenan Davis.
ON THIS DATE
Iowa is 3-1 when playing on Sept. 12. Iowa defeated Nebraska 10-7 in 1981, Arizona 15-14 in 1987 and Iowa State 21-7 in 1992. The Hawkeyes lost to Iowa State 27-9 in 1998.
Saturday’s game will mark the 57th game in the series. Iowa holds a 37-19 advantage in the series that began with a 16-8 ISU win in 1894. The Hawkeyes have won 19 of the last 26 meetings, including four of the last six. The Hawkeyes won 15 straight games in the series (1983-1997). Iowa holds a 15-7 advantage in games played in Ames, but ISU has won the last two meetings and four of the last five. Iowa’s last win in Ames came by a 40-21 margin in 2003. Iowa holds a 22-12 advantage in games played in Iowa City. The teams did not meet between 1935 and 1976. Iowa holds a 21-11 advantage since the series resumed in 1977. Iowa State won 15-13 in 2007 when the teams last met in Ames.
COACH Kirk Ferentz
Kirk Ferentz (pronounced FAIR-rintz, rhymes with parents) is in his 11th season as head football coach at the University of Iowa. His latest contract extension, signed this past summer, runs through the 2015 season. Ferentz was honored as the 2002 Associated Press and Walter Camp National Coach of the Year and was the AFCA Regional Coach of the Year that season as well. He was named Big Ten Conference Coach of the Year in both 2002 and 2004. Ferentz guided Iowa to Big Ten titles twice in the last seven years and five January bowl games, including three New Year’s Day bowl victories (2004 Outback Bowl, 2005 Capital One Bowl and 2009 Outback Bowl). Iowa has posted a 60-29 (.674) overall mark and a 36-20 (.643) Big Ten record the last seven-plus seasons. Ferentz has guided the Hawkeyes to seven first division finishes. Ferentz, at Iowa, holds an overall record of 71-53 (.573) and a 43-37 (.538) mark in Big Ten games. In 13 seasons as a college head coach his career mark is 83-74 (.529). 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-five of Iowa’s 124 games under Ferentz have been decided by seven points or less (21-24) 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. Kirk received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut in May, 2009. He was inducted into the Upper St. Clair High School Hall of Fame in September, 2002 and the Western Chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame in May, 2003.
IOWA STATE HEAD COACH PAUL RHODES
Paul Rhodes is in his first season as head coach at Iowa State. Rhodes is a Nevada, IA native who attended Ankeny HS. He re-joined the ISU staff after most recently serving as the defensive coordinator at Auburn in 2008. Rhodes served as the defensive coordinator at Pittsburgh for eight seasons (2000-07), helping the Panthers earn the 2004 Big East title. Rhodes previously served on the staff at Iowa State for five seasons, serving as inside linebacker coach (1995) and secondary coach (1996-99) under Dan McCarney. Rhodes has also served as an assistant coach at Pacific (1992-94) and he was a graduate assistant at Ohio State (1991), under John Cooper, and at Utah State (1989-90), under former Drake Coach Chuck Shelton. Rhodes played football at Missouri Western (1986-88), where he earned his bachelor’s degree before earning his master’s degree from Utah State.
Two fourth-quarter touchdowns lifted the Hawkeyes to a 17-5 victory over Iowa State last Sept. 13 in a rain-soaked Kinnick Stadium. Iowa PK Trent Mossbrucker scored the first half’s only points on a 26-yard field goal on Iowa’s first offensive possession. Iowa drove inside the ISU 20 in the second period before the drive was stopped. A majority of the third period was contested in Iowa’s territory. Iowa State ran 23 plays, to Iowa’s seven. The Cyclones opened the second half with a 12-play, 60-yard drive that consumed 7:22, but resulted in no points. Hawkeye SS Tyler Sash intercepted Iowa State QB Austen Arnaud on the goal line to thwart the scoring threat. Two possessions later, the Cyclones tied the game on a 43-yard field goal. QB Ricky Stanzi started his second-straight game for the Hawkeyes, completing 5-14 passes for 95 yards. QB Jake Christensen was inserted into the lineup late in the third quarter and provided a spark. He led the Hawkeyes to the game’s only offensive touchdown, as Iowa drove 65 yards, in six plays, in 2:29. The drive culminated with a RB Shonn Greene five-yard scoring run to give Iowa a 10-3 margin. Iowa’s Andy Brodell pushed the Hawkeye lead to 17-3, returning a punt a career-long 81 yards for a touchdown. It ranks as the 10th-longest punt return in school history. Brodell’s performance earned him Big Ten Conference Special Teams Player of the Week laurels. The Hawkeye defense stopped an Iowa State drive inside the five-yard line late in the contest as ISU turned the ball over on downs. It marked the third time in the game ISU failed to score inside the red zone, twice inside the five yard-line. Iowa took an intentional safety with seconds remaining to make the final score 17-5. Greene rushed 20 times for 120 yards and a touchdown. TE Allen Reisner caught a career-high three passes for 65 yards. Defensively, Iowa intercepted three passes, had eight pass break-ups and two tackles for loss. Sash collected a game and career-high 10 tackles, including a sack and an interception. LB A.J. Edds was credited with 10 tackles, the second time in his career he totaled double-digit stops. Other Hawkeyes collecting thefts were FS Brett Greenwood and CB Amari Spievey.
IOWA STOPS NORTHERN IOWA
Iowa blocked Northern Iowa field goal attempts on the final two plays of the game to take a 17-16 win over the fourth-ranked FCS Panthers in Kinnick Stadium. Northern Iowa had driven to the Iowa 23-yard line in the closing minutes and attempted a 40-yard field goal on first down with seven seconds to play. Hawkeye DE Broderick Binns blocked the attempt, but the Panthers recovered the loose ball behind the line of scrimmage with one second remaining. The final attempt of 41-yards was then blocked by LB Jeremiha Hunter. LB Pat Angerer recovered the loose ball to secure the Hawkeye victory. Iowa took an early lead on a 39-yard field goal by Daniel Murray in the first period as the Hawkeyes scored on their opening drive. The Panthers recovered an Iowa fumble at the Iowa 28 and tied the game with a 39-yard field goal later in the first period. Northern Iowa took a 10-3 advantage in the second period after driving 91 yards in 15 plays. That advantage held up through the remainder of the first half. The Panthers took advantage of a second Iowa fumble to increase the advantage to 13-3 as Billy Hallgren connected on his second field goal, this time from 34 yards with 12:27 remaining in the third period. Iowa scored its initial touchdown of the season on its next possession, driving 70 yards in just six plays. RB Adam Robinson scored his first career touchdown on an 11-yard run to cut the deficit to 13-10. The Hawkeyes regained the lead with 13:18 to play when QB Ricky Stanzi completed a six-yard scoring strike to TE Tony Moeaki. Murray added his second PAT of the day and Iowa led 17-13. Northern Iowa added a 36-yard Hallgren field goal with 4:26 remaining for the final points of the game. Iowa collected just one first down on its final possession before Northern Iowa took over for the final 2:14. The blocked field goals by Binns and Hunter helped Iowa improve to 9-2 in season opening games under Coach Kirk Ferentz. Stanzi led Iowa’s offense by completing 22-34 passes for 242 yards and a touchdown. He had no interceptions while reaching career-bests in both completions and attempts. Moeaki had a career-best 10 receptions for 83 yards and Marvin McNutt totaled 48 yards on five receptions. Robinson led Iowa’s rushing attack with 63 yards on 15 attempts. Angerer and DB Brett Greenwood led Iowa’s defense with 12 tackles each, while DB Tyler Sash added 10 stops. Angerer and Sash each had a tackle for loss and CB Amari Spievey added eight tackles and two pass break-ups. Along with the blocked field goal, Hunter added nine tackles and was named the Big Ten’s co-special teams Player of the Week. Iowa punter Ryan Donahue had an outstanding day as well, averaging 42.8 yards on five punts while allowing the Panthers just one punt return for a negative two yards.
- Iowa is 14-1 all-time against Northern Iowa. Iowa improved to 88-31-1 in season openers, including a 9-2 mark under Ferentz.
- Iowa scored a field goal (Daniel Murray, 39-yards) on its first possession. Iowa, last season, scored on its first possession in seven of 13 games, including six touchdowns. Iowa has scored points on its first possession in four straight games, dating back to Penn State a year ago.
- Iowa has recorded at least one takeaway in 34 of its last 36 games, dating back to the 2006 campaign. Last season, Iowa scored 99 points following 32 opponent turnovers. Iowa turned the ball over two times in the season opener, with UNI collecting a field goal after each turnover, one in the opening period and the second in the third period.
- Seeing the first action of their career against Northern Iowa were redshirt freshmen Greg Castillo, Jeff Brinson, Adam Robinson, Jason White and Jack Swanson and true freshmen Micah Hyde, Brandon Wegher and Keenan Davis.
- Starting for the first time in their career against Northern Iowa were RB Paki O’Meara, OL Adam Gettis and WR Marvin McNutt on offense and DL Karl Klug, DE Broderick Binns and DB Greg Castillo on defense.
- Sophomore WR Marvin McNutt made the move to wide receiver after previously playing quarterback. He started his first career game and had five receptions for 48 yards. McNutt previously had one career reception for 11 yards.
- Redshirt freshman Adam Robinson scored the first touchdown of his career, in the third period, on an 11-yard run. Robinson ended the game with a team-high 15 carries for 63 yards.
- Junior QB Ricky Stanzi (22-34 for 242 yards and one TD) surpassed 2,000 career passing yards against Northern Iowa. Stanzi entered the game with 1,956 career passing yards. He now ranks 16th in career passing yards (2,198). His 22 completions and 34 attempts were career highs. Stanzi completed 16-21 passes for 179 yards and a touchdown in the second half.
- Senior TE Tony Moeaki, a pre-season candidate for the John Mackey Award, had a six-yard scoring reception in the fourth period to give Iowa a 17-13 advantage. Moeaki ended the day with a game and career-high 10 receptions for 83 yards.
- Brett Greenwood and Pat Angerer led the Hawkeyes with 12 tackles each. Angerer also was credited with a tackle for loss. The Black and Gold recorded a total of five TFLs, seven pass break-ups and four QB hurries.
- Iowa scored a rushing touchdown and a passing touchdown on its two drives inside the red zone. Iowa has scored on 33 of its last 34 red zone possessions (21 TDs and 12 FGs), dating back to the Michigan State game in 2008. Iowa is a perfect 14-14 combined inside the red zone its last three games.
- Junior punter Ryan Donahue had a 56-yard punt in the second period against Northern Iowa. He has at least one punt over 50 yards in 10 of Iowa’s last 12 games. Nineteen of his punts last season were downed inside the 20. He is on the Ray Guy Watch List this season. Donahue averaged 42.8 yards on five punts vs. Northern Iowa, allowing just one return for a minus two yards.
IOWA STATE TOPS NORTH DAKOTA STATE
Iowa State snapped a 10-game losing streak with a 34-17 win over North Dakota State Sept. 3 in Jack Trice Stadium. The Cyclones scored the last 10 points of the game to pull away after the visitors had pulled to within 24-17 last in the third period. Iowa State scored the first 14 points of the game before North Dakota State scored its first touchdown with 4:21 left in the half. The teams traded field goals in the final minutes of the half, leaving ISU with a 17-10 halftime advantage. Iowa State held a 442-388 advantage in total offense. ISU QB Austen Arnaud completed 16-28 passes for 227 yards and two scores, with no interceptions. The ISU running game was led by Alexander Robinson (16-83-1 TD), while Darius Reynolds (6-53-0) and Marquis Hamilton (4-97-2 TD) led Cyclone receivers. Jesse Smith led the Iowa State defense with 15 tackles and a forced fumble and David Sims totaled 111 yards on three KO returns, including a best of 60 yards.
IOWA VS. THE BIG 12
Iowa holds an all-time record of 67-65-3 (.507) against current members of the Big 12 Conference, having met all but Baylor at least once. Iowa State is the only Big 12 opponent on the Hawkeye schedule this season.
ISU VS. THE BIG TEN
Iowa State is 23-78-2 (.223) vs. the Big Ten. The Cyclones have not played Indiana, Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State or Purdue.
TRUE FRESHMEN IN 2009
Iowa had three true freshmen see action in the season opener: DB Micah Hyde and RB Brandon Wegher saw action on special teams and WR Keenan Davis played on offense. The Hawkeyes had seven true freshmen play a year ago. Iowa also had seven true freshmen play in 2003 and 2000.
DOMINANT AT HOME
Iowa has won 39 of its last 47 games (.830) 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 ties West Virginia for 15th-best nationally and ranks third in the Big Ten.
IOWA, ISU NOTES
- Neither team has scored a touchdown in the first half of the last two meetings. Iowa led last season 3-0 in Kinnick Stadium and Iowa State held a 12-0 halftime advantage in 2007 when the teams last met in Ames. Iowa has not allowed Iowa State to score a touchdown in the last 10 periods.
- Iowa currently has possession of all three traveling trophies. The Hawkeyes last season defeated Iowa State (Cy-Hawk) and Wisconsin (Heartland) in Iowa City and won at Minnesota (Floyd of Rosedale).
- Saturday marks the 12th time, since the renewal of the series in 1977, that both teams enter the game with undefeated records.
- Special teams have played a key role in the outcome of the last two meetings. Last season Iowa used an 81-yard punt return by WR Andy Brodell to take a 17-3 lead late in the game. Iowa State, in 2007, won 15-13 in Ames by scoring all 15 points on field goals, the last coming on the final play of the game.
- Both Iowa and Iowa State had two turnovers in first game victories. Iowa collected one turnover from Northern Iowa, while the Cyclones collected two turnovers in the win over North Dakota State.
- Both Iowa and Iowa State opened the season with home wins over teams from the Missouri Valley Football Conference. Iowa defeated Northern Iowa (17-16) Sept. 5 and Iowa State defeated North Dakota State (34-17) Sept. 3.
- Iowa won three of five games against Iowa State during the time that ISU Coach Paul Rhodes was a Cyclone assistant coach.
- Iowa DB Chris Rowell celebrates his 22nd birthday on Thursday, Sept. 10.
- ISU assistant Bill Bleil was the offensive line coach at Northwestern in 1990 and 1991. Iowa defeated the Wildcats in each of those seasons. Bleil is a native of Remsen and ISU assistant Courtney Messingham is a Waterloo native.
- Iowa’s roster of 117 players includes 56 from the state of Iowa. Iowa State lists 42 players from Iowa among its roster of 112.
HAWKEYES BY THE NUMBERS
Iowa returns 48 lettermen from 2008, including 22 on offense, 22 on defense and four specialists. The 48 lettermen are four less than the 52 that returned a year ago. The Hawkeyes return six starters on offense, eight on defense and their place kicker and punter. The lettermen breakdown includes five three-year lettermen, 22 two-year lettermen and 21 one-year lettermen. The total roster has 117 players, and includes 15 seniors, 30 juniors, 25 sophomores, 23 redshirt freshmen and 24 true freshmen. The depth chart includes 10 seniors, 20 juniors, 14 sophomores and five redshirt freshmen.
Iowa returns six starters on offense, eight on defense and three specialists. The returning starters on offense include: tackles Bryan Bulaga and Kyle Calloway, guard Julian Vandervelde, receiver Derrell Johnson-Koulianos, quarterback Ricky Stanzi and fullback Brett Morse (plus part-time starters, guards Rafael Eubanks and Andy Kuempel, fullback Wade Leppert and receiver Trey Stross). The defensive starters returning include: ends Adrian Clayborn and Christian Ballard, linebackers Pat Angerer, A.J. Edds and Jeremiha Hunter and backs Brett Greenwood, Tyler Sash and Amari Spievey. Punter Ryan Donahue and place kicker Daniel Murray also return (plus part-time starting place kicker Trent Mossbrucker).
RETURNING WITH HONORS
Iowa returns seven players who earned all-Big Ten honors a year ago. That list includes LB Pat Angerer, OL Bryan Bulaga, OL Kyle Calloway, P Ryan Donahue and CB Amari Spievey, who were second team honorees by either the coaches or media. LB A.J. Edds and FS Brett Greenwood earned honorable mention accolades.
HAWKEYES TO WATCH
Seven Hawkeye players are listed on 10 different pre-season “Watch Lists” for individual national awards. Those players include senior LB Pat Angerer (Butkus Award, Chuck Bednarik Award and Lott Trophy), junior OL Bryan Bulaga (Outland Trophy and Rotary Lombardi Award), junior P Ryan Donahue (Ray Guy Award), senior OLB A.J. Edds (Butkus Award), senior TE Tony Moeaki (John Mackey Award), junior DB Amari Spievey (Jim Thorpe Award) and junior QB Ricky Stanzi (Manning Award). Iowa is one of three football programs (joining Oklahoma and Texas) to have five different individual players earn national Player of the Year honors at their position since 2002.
DEPTH CHART INCLUDES 10 WALK-ONS
Iowa’s depth chart includes 10 walk-ons, four on offense, three on defense and three on special teams. That list includes OL Kyle Haganman, OL Josh Koeppel, RB Paki O’Meara, FB Wade Leppert, DL Travis Meade, DB Brett Greenwood, DB Joe Conklin, PK Daniel Murray, P Eric Guthrie and long snapper Andrew Schulze.
THREE HAWKEYES WILL MISS SEASON
Senior RB Jayme Murphy, sophomore RB Jewel Hampton and Junior DB Jordan Bernstine will miss the 2009 season due to injuries. Bernstine (5-11, 205) was listed as a first team cornerback following spring practice before suffering an ankle injury at the start of fall drills. He saw action in seven games a year ago, recording 12 tackles. He had a pass interception against Michigan State. Bernstine did not use a redshirt at Iowa in 2007, recording nine tackles as a true freshman. Hampton (5-9, 210), who will miss the season with a knee injury, was listed as the first team running back following spring practice. He rushed 91 times for 463 yards and seven touchdowns in 2008 as a true freshman. The seven rushing touchdowns are an Iowa freshman record. Murphy (5-11, 210) will miss this season due to a back injury. Murphy had just seven rushing attempts a year ago but made his mark throughout his career with his outstanding play on Iowa’s special teams.
BIG PLAY HAWKEYES
Iowa posted four offensive plays (three pass, one run) that resulted in 20 yards or more against Northern Iowa, plus one kickoff return of 20 yards. Iowa’s defense allowed just one offensive play (50-yard pass completion) of 20 yards or more to Northern Iowa.
IOWA BY QUARTERS
Iowa and Northern Iowa were tied 3-3 after one period, Iowa was outscored 7-0 in the second period and the Hawkeyes held a 7-3 scoring advantage in both the third and fourth periods.
ON THE AVERAGE
Iowa averaged 6.7 yards on 31 first down plays, 3.6 yards on 20 second down plays and 4.1 yards on 12 third down plays. Iowa did not gain any yards on its two fourth down attempts.
AVERAGE SCORING DRIVES
Iowa averaged nine plays, 65 yards and 3:55 elapsed time on three scoring drives in the opening win. Two of the three scoring drives resulted in touchdowns. The touchdown drives covered 70 and 73 yards. Iowa’s opponent had four scoring drives, averaging 12 plays, 48.3 yards and 4:17 elapsed time.
IOWA IN THE RED ZONE
Iowa is 2-2 in the red zone (2 TD) through one game. The Hawkeyes have scored on 33 of the last 34 red zone possessions (21 TDs and 12 FGs) dating back to the Michigan State game in 2008. Iowa is a perfect 14-14 combined inside the red zone in its last four games. Northern Iowa was a perfect 4-4 in the red zone, collecting three field goals and one touchdown.
POINTS OFF TURNOVERS
Iowa failed to score after collecting one turnover in the win over Northern Iowa. The Hawkeyes recovered a fumble on the Northern Iowa KO return to start the second half. The Hawkeyes turned the ball over twice in the opening game (two fumbles), with Northern Iowa collecting a field goal after each of the turnovers.
IOWA UNDER THE LIGHTS
Iowa will play three games under the lights in 2009. Those include the Homecoming contest vs. Michigan (7 p.m. CT, Oct. 10) and road games at Penn State (7 p.m. CT. Sept. 26) and Michigan State (6 p.m. CT, Oct. 24). Iowa’s non-conference home game against Arizona will start at 2:30 p.m. and contests at Iowa State (Sept. 12) and Wisconsin (Oct. 17) will start at 11 a.m.
IOWA TO FACE TWO FORMER PLAYERS
The 2009 college football season will feature 14 Division I games in which a head coach is facing his alma mater. Iowa is the only team that will face two opponents that are being coached by former players. Arizona is coached by former Hawkeye Mike Stoops (1981, 1983-84) and former Hawkeye Bret Bielema (1989-92) is the head coach at Wisconsin.
Iowa Head Coach Kirk Ferentz and his son, James, are believed to be one of only seven father-son duos in Division I in 2009. They join Bobby Petrino and sons Nick and Bobby from Arkansas, Dan Hawkins and his son Cody from Colorado, Pat Hill and his son Zak from Fresno State, Tommy West and his son Turner from Memphis, Scott Downing and his son Andrew from Northern Colorado, and Steve Spurrier and son Scott from South Carolina. In addition, Akron defensive coordinator Jim Fleming has a son, Will, playing at Akron, Oregon State assistant Joe Seumalo has a son, Andrew, playing at Oregon State, Rice assistant Darrell Patterson has a son, Michael, who plays for the Owls, Western Illinois def. coordinator Mark Hendrickson, a former Iowa assistant coach, has a son, Myers, who plays for WIU, Fresno State defensive coordinator Randy Steward has a son, Taylor, on the Fresno State team and San Jose State defensive coordinator Keith Burns has a son, Tanner, on the San Jose State team. Arizona State head Coach Dennis Erickson has a son, Bryce, who is the ASU running backs coach and Northern Colorado offensive coordinator Dennis Darnell has a son, Pete, who is the Northern Colorado quarterbacks coach. Tennessee Coach Lane Kiffin’s father, Monte, is the Tennessee defensive coordinator.
THEY STARTED THEM ALL
Iowa returns seven players who started all 13 games last season. That list includes the following, with the number of consecutive starts in parenthesis: OL Kyle Calloway (25), OLB A.J. Edds (25), DB Brett Greenwood (20), OL Bryan Bulaga (18), DE Christian Ballard (13), LB Jeremiha Hunter (13) and DB Amari Spievey (13). In addition, punter Ryan Donahue has handled all punting duties over the past 25 games. Only Calloway, who did not play, did not start against Northern Iowa. Additional Iowa players who started every game a year ago, but are not returning this season, included WR Andy Brodell, TE Brandon Myers, OL Rob Bruggeman, RB Shonn Greene, DL Matt Kroul, DL Mitch King and DB Bradley Fletcher.
EXPERIENCE IN OFFENSIVE LINE
Iowa’s returning offensive linemen have combined to start 104 games throughout their careers. Seniors Rafael Eubanks has started 26 games and senior Kyle Calloway has 25 games. Others with starting experience include Bryan Bulaga (19), Julian Vandervelde (15), Dace Richardson (10), Dan Doering (6), Andy Kuempel (2) and Adam Gettis (1). In addition, senior Travis Meade started five games as an offensive lineman before moving to defense for his final season.
DOWN TO THE WIRE FOR HAWKEYES
- Five of Iowa’s eight 2008 Big Ten games were decided in the final minutes of play, including wins over Penn State and Purdue and losses to Northwestern, Michigan State and Illinois. Iowa’s opening win over Northern Iowa was not decided until the final play of the game.
- In the win over Northern Iowa, the Hawkeyes blocked field goal attempts on UNI’s final two plays of the game, the second with one second remaining.
- In a 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 a 16-13 loss at Michigan State, Iowa failed to convert a fourth and one at the MSU 21-yard line and the Spartans took over with 2:10 remaining.
- In a 27-24 loss at Illinois, Iowa tied the game at 24 with 2:46 to play before Illinois kicked the winning field goal with 24 seconds left in the game.
- In a 24-23 win over No. 3 Penn State, Iowa scored the game winning 31-yard field goal with one second remaining. In a 22-17 win over Purdue, the Boilermakers reached the Iowa 27-yard line in the final seconds before a pass into the end zone was incomplete as 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.
STANZI LEADS IOWA OFFENSE
- Ricky Stanzi emerged as Iowa’s starting quarterback after four games in 2008.
- Stanzi began his junior season by completing 22-34 passes for 242 yards and a touchdown in an opening win over Northern Iowa.
- Stanzi reached career bests in both attempts and completions and did not throw an interception.
- Stanzi completed 150-254 (.591) passes for 1,956 yards and 14 touchdowns in 2008.
- In the opening win over Northern Iowa, Stanzi become the 19th Iowa quarterback to reach 2,000 career passing yards. He ranks 16th in career passing with 2,198 yards.
- Stanzi ranked fourth in Big Ten passing efficiency and 40th nationally (134.8) in 2008. The 1,956 yards passing ranks 19th-best in Iowa’s single-season record chart. The 14 scores matches the 13th-most in a single-season at Iowa.
- Stanzi has thrown at least one touchdown pass in nine of Iowa’s last 10 games.
- Stanzi 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. then-No. 3 Penn State last year.
- Stanzi completed 15-28 passes for a career-high 255 yards and three touchdowns in the regular season finale at Minnesota.
- Stanzi completed 13-19 passes for 147 yards and a touchdown in his first bowl game, a 31-10 win over South Carolina in the 2009 Outback Bowl.
HAWKEYE PLAYER NOTES
- Senior TE Tony Moeaki collected a career-best 10 receptions in the win over Northern Iowa. Moeaki gained 83 receiving yards and scored on a six-yard reception early in the fourth period to give the Hawkeyes a 17-13 advantage. Moeaki leads the Big Ten and ranks fourth nationally in catches and 57th in receiving yards. Moeaki is among the pre-season candidates for the John Mackey Award. Moeaki battled through injuries, again, in 2008, finishing with 13 catches for 144 yards and one touchdown, in nine contests. He has accumulated 56 receptions for 649 yards and eight touchdowns during his injury-plagued collegiate career.
- Sophomore WR Marvin McNutt earned the first start of his career after moving from quarterback to wide receiver during the course of the 2008 season. McNutt had five receptions for 48 yards in the opening win. He had just one reception for 11 yards as a freshman.
- Junior WR Johnson-Koulianos led Iowa in receptions (44) and receiving yards (639) and was second in kickoff returns (9-178-19.8) in 2008. DJK’s career numbers include 83 receptions for 1,143 yards and five touchdowns. He ranks 24th in career receptions and 30th in career receiving yards.
- Senior WR Trey Stross added three receptions for 61 yards against Northern Iowa. Stross ranked fifth in team receiving in 2008, collecting 13 receptions for 109 yards and a touchdown, in 11 games. He has 45 career receptions for 631 yards and six scores.
- Redshirt freshman Adam Robinson led Iowa’s rushing attack with 63 yards on 15 carries in the win over Northern Iowa. Robinson scored the first touchdown of his career on an 11-yard run in the third period, his longest rush of the game. Junior RB Paki O’Meara had a career-high nine rushing attempts against Northern Iowa.
- DB Brett Greenwood collected 12 tackles against Northern Iowa, just two shy of his career high. Greenwood had five solo tackles and added one pass break-up.
- After leading the team in tackles a year ago, senior LB Pat Angerer recorded 12 tackles vs. Northern Iowa. Angerer also had a tackle for loss against the Panthers. Angerer, in 2008, led Iowa with 107 tackles while playing in all 13 games.
- Junior CB Amari Spievey was a busy man for the Hawkeyes in the season opener. While starting his 14th straight game, Spievey recorded eight tackles and two pass break-ups. Spievey also was used on punt returns and KO returns. He is on the pre-season Watch List for the Jim Thorpe Award.
- Junior punter Ryan Donahue started the season on a high note, averaging 42.8 yards on five punts. Donahue had a long of 56 yards against Northern Iowa and allowed the Panthers just one return for a minus two yards. He has at least one punt of over 50 yards in 10 of Iowa’s last 12 games.
DEFENSE MADE A STAND IN `08
Iowa, in 2008, ranked fourth in the country in interceptions (23), fifth in scoring defense (13.0) and pass efficiency defense (98.32), ninth in rushing defense (94.0), 12th in total defense (291.3) and 19th in red zone defense (76%). Iowa’s defense forced 67 punts, 42 three-and-outs (31.4%), blocked a field goal (Northwestern) and a punt (Wisconsin) and collected a safety (Maine). Iowa’s defense allowed only seven rushing touchdowns in 2008, which ties the Iowa record for fewest in a single-season (1981 and 1984). Iowa recorded 23 interceptions to tie a school single-season record (23 in 1986). Nine different Hawkeyes intercepted at least one pass in 2008 and Iowa had 439 return yards (and one touchdown).
- Iowa is one of 10 college football programs in the nation to compete in at least five January bowl games over the last seven seasons. Iowa has been bowl eligible in each of the last eight seasons. The Hawkeyes have played in seven bowl games since 2001, including the 2001 Alamo Bowl, 2003 Orange bowl, 2004 Outback Bowl, 2005 Capital One Bowl, 2006 Outback Bowl, 2006 Alamo Bowl and 2009 Outback Bowl.
- Iowa is one of three football programs (joining Oklahoma and Texas) to have five different individual players earn national Player of the Year honors at their position since 2002. Iowa’s national award winners have been: Robert Gallery (2003 Outland, Top Lineman); Brad Banks (2002 Davey O’Brien, Top Quarterback; 2002 Associated Press National Player of the Year); Dallas Clark (2002 Mackey, Top Tight End); Nate Kaeding (2002 Groza, Top Kicker); Shonn Greene (2008 Doak Walker, Top Running Back).
- Iowa has placed in the Big Ten Conference first division in seven of the past eight seasons, winning the league title in 2002 and 2004.
- Iowa sold out six of its seven home games in 2008 and the opening contest last week vs. Northern Iowa. The Hawkeyes have sold out 37 of their last 38 games, dating back to the 2003 season. The last Iowa game not sold out was vs. Purdue (Nov. 15, 2008). That ended a 36-game consecutive sellout streak that began vs. Buffalo (Sept. 6, 2003).
- Iowa’s four losses in 2008 came 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.
- Iowa won all three traveling trophy games in 2008. The Hawkeyes defeated Iowa State 17-5 to gain possession of the Cy-Hawk Trophy, Wisconsin 38-16 to claim the Heartland Trophy and Minnesota 55-0 to keep Floyd of Rosedale.
- Iowa has recorded at least one takeaway in 34 of its last 36 games, dating back to the 2006 season.
STATION NAMED TO HALL OF FAME
Larry Station, the former University of Iowa linebacker who compiled nearly 500 career tackles and twice was named consensus All-American, has been elected to the College Football Hall of Fame. Station is the 14th former Hawkeye player or coach to earn the honor and the first since Hayden Fry in 2003. Fry was Station’s coach at Iowa from 1982-85. The Hall of Fame class will be inducted at the National Football Foundation’s Annual Awards Dinner on Dec. 8, 2009, in New York City. The recipients will be officially enshrined at the Hall of Fame in South Bend, IN, in the summer of 2010. Station will be recognized at Kinnick Stadium Oct. 10 as Iowa hosts Michigan for Homecoming.
HOME GROWN HAWKEYES
Iowa’s roster of 117 players includes 56 players from Iowa. The roster includes 17 players from Illinois; 13 from Ohio; four from Florida; three from Indiana, Minnesota, Missouri and New Jersey; two from Pennsylvania, Nebraska, Texas and Wisconsin, one from Connecticut, Georgia, Kansas, Massachusetts, Montana, South Dakota and Canada.
THE HAWKEYES, SIZE WISE
Junior WR Paul Chaney, Jr. is the lightest Hawkeye player at 167 pounds. Senior OL Kyle Calloway and junior OL Bryan Bulaga are the heaviest at 315 pounds. A total of eight Hawkeye players are listed over 300 pounds. The tallest players, at 6-7, are Calloway and OL Andy Kuempel, while the shortest players, at 5-9, are Chaney, Jr., sophomore RB Jewel Hampton and redshirt freshman RB Adam Robinson. The average Hawkeye player is 6-2 and weighs 231 pounds. That is the exact same height and two pounds lighter than the average Iowa player in 2008.
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.
IOWA STATS ON THE INTERNET
Statistics and play-by-play accounts of every Iowa football game are available live on the Internet. The statistical program allows viewers to read the play-by-play action just moments after it takes place, and to view all individual and team statistics while the game is in progress. The program can be accessed through hawkeyesports.com and then clicking on the GT link. This feature is available for all home games and most road contests during the 2009 campaign.
IOWA FOOTBALL WITH Kirk Ferentz
The weekly television replay show, featuring Iowa Football Coach Kirk Ferentz, is a 30-minute program, which includes Iowa football highlights and weekly features about the University of Iowa football program. Gary Dolphin, the radio play-by-play voice of the Iowa Hawkeyes, hosts the show. Consult local listings for day and time.
Kirk Ferentz RADIO SHOW
Iowa Coach Kirk Ferentz is featured on “Hawk Talk with Kirk Ferentz” each week. The 90-minute radio call-in show is hosted by Gary Dolphin, the play-by-play voice of the Iowa Hawkeyes. The show airs each Wednesday evening at 7 p.m. from Carlos O’Kelly’s in Iowa City.
Iowa returns home next week to host Arizona (2:36 p.m., ABC/ESPN). The Hawkeyes open the Big Ten Conference season Sept. 26 at Penn State (7:12 p.m. CT, ABC/ESPN).