Hawkeyes Travel to Face Penn State Saturday

Sept. 21, 2009

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Iowa (3-0, 0-0) travels to No. 4/5 Penn State (3-0) Saturday, Sept. 26 to open the Big Ten season. Game time is 7:12 p.m. CDT at Beaver Stadium (107,282). The game is sold out, with a crowd in excess of 108,000 expected.

ABC (HD) will televise the game to a national audience. Brent Musburger, Kirk Herbstreit and Lisa Salters 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. Westwood One Radio Sports will also broadcast the game to a national audience. Chuck Cooperstein, Eddie George and Jason Horowitz will call the action.

ESPN’s College GameDay Show will originate from University Park this Saturday. The show airs from 9 to 11 a.m. CT each Saturday morning during the college football season. Show hosts include Chris Fowler, Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit and Desmond Howard. College GameDay originated from Iowa City during the 2006 season when the Hawkeyes hosted a prime time game against Ohio State.

Iowa is listed among teams receiving votes in both the USA Today and Associated Press polls. Penn State is ranked fourth in the coaches poll and fifth by the Associated Press. In pre-season rankings, Iowa was ranked 10th by College Football Insider, 15th by The Kickoff Magazine, 20th by Phil Steele’s College Football Preview, 21st in USA Today coaches poll, 22nd by the Associated Press, 23rd by Athlon Sports and 24th by Sports Illustrated. Around the Big Ten, Ohio State is No. 11/13 and Michigan is 22/23. Iowa opponents Minnesota and Wisconsin are listed among teams receiving votes in the coaches poll.

Iowa’s seven-game winning streak is currently tied for fourth best in the nation with Texas. Florida holds the longest win streak at 13 games, followed by Mississippi (8) and Southern Mississippi (8). 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 2009 with wins over Northern Iowa, Iowa State and Arizona. Iowa has won its first three games for the fifth time in 11 seasons under Kirk Ferentz. Previously, Iowa won its first four games of the year in 2003 and 2006 and its first three games in 2001 and 2008.

Iowa punter Ryan Donahue has been named co-Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week following his performance in Saturday’s 27-17 win over Arizona. It’s the third straight week the Hawkeyes have had a Big Ten Player of the Week. Linebacker Jerimiha Hunter won co-Special Team honors following Iowa’s season opening win over Northern Iowa and defensive back Tyler Sash won co-defensive honors after Iowa’s win at Iowa State. Donahue is a 6-3, 180-pound junior from Evergreen Park, IL. It’s the third time Donahue has won the league honor. He initially won in 2007 following Iowa’s double-overtime win over Michigan State. He was recognized last season after Iowa’s regular season ending 55-0 win over Minnesota. He shares this week’s honor with Wisconsin linebacker Chris Borland. Donahue averaged 51 yards on five punts against Arizona. He had four kicks of 50 yards or more with a long of 62 yards. He has had at least one punt over 50 yards in 13 of Iowa’s last 15 games. Two of his punts against the Wildcats were downed inside the 20 and only one punt was returned (four yards). He is averaging 44.6 yards a punt on the season. Iowa opponents have returned four punts for a total of only five yards. The Hawkeyes are ranked fourth nationally in net punting with a 42.9 yard average. Iowa had seven Big Ten Player of the Week honorees last season.

With two blocked field goals in the opening win over Northern Iowa, Iowa tied a school and NCAA Div. I record. Iowa became 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).

Hawkeye fans not able to attend the Penn State game Sept. 26 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. hawkeyesports.com received over 2,700 unique readers and registered over 3,000 reader comments during the football game day live blog of Iowa’s opening game of the season.

Iowa has played 1,119 games since beginning football in 1889. Iowa’s overall record is 571-509-39 (.528). That includes a 361-198-16 (.642) record in home games, a 210-311-23 (.407) record in games away from Iowa City, a 281-343-25 (.452) mark in Big Ten games and a 244-162-15 (.597) record in Kinnick Stadium.

Tickets remain for all Iowa home games except the Homecoming contest vs. Michigan (Oct. 10). Tickets remain for 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. Iowa has sold over 10,000 student season tickets for the 2009 season. The Iowa record for average home attendance is 70,585, set in 2005, 2006 and 2007.

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.

Iowa is 8-4 when playing on Sept. 26. The Hawkeyes defeated Coe 27-0 in 1905, Carleton 14-0 in 1936, Nebraska 27-0 in 1942, California 42-12 in 1959, Idaho 34-24 in 1964, UCLA 20-7 in 1981, Kansas State 38-13 in 1987 and Illinois 37-14 in 1998. Iowa lost to UCLA 22-7 in 1947, Michigan State 21-7 in 1953, Southern Cal 48-0 in 1970 and Colorado 28-12 in 1992.

Penn State holds an 11-10 advantage in the series that began with a 19-0 Iowa win Nov. 15, 1930 in Iowa City. Iowa has won seven of the last nine meetings, including a 24-23 win last season in Iowa City when the Hawkeyes converted a 31-yard field goal with one second to play. Penn State won 27-7 in 2007 when the teams last met at University Park. Both teams have had a five-game winning streak in the series. Penn State won each game played between 1971 and 1975. Iowa’s longest streak in the series began with a double-overtime win in 2000 and included wins from 2000-04. The teams did not meet in 2005 and 2006. Iowa holds a 7-5 advantage since 1993 when the Nittany Lions joined the Big Ten Conference. The Hawkeyes are 6-4 in games played at Penn State, with wins in four of the last five played in Beaver Stadium. The teams have played two overtime games, both at Penn State. Iowa won in two overtimes in 2000 (26-23) and in single overtime in 2002 (42-35).

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 62-29 (.681) 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 73-53 (.579) and a 43-37 (.538) mark in Big Ten games. In 13 seasons as a college head coach his career mark is 85-74 (.535). 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 126 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.

Joe Paterno is in his 60th season on the Penn State football coaching staff, including 43 years as head coach. Paterno’s career record is 386-127-3 (.751) since taking over in 1966. He ranks first in all-time NCAA FBS career victories (Bobby Bowden 384). Paterno’s teams have appeared in 35 bowl games, winning 23, won national titles in 1982 and 1986 and posted undefeated records in 1968, 1969, 1973, 1986 and 1994. Last year, he guided the Nittany Lions to an 11-2 record and a share of the Big Ten title. His teams have won as many as 11 games in 14 seasons and he has been National Coach of the Year on four occasions. Paterno has been the Penn State coach for 20 of the 21 meetings between the Hawkeyes and Nittany Lions.

Iowa will play three games under the lights in 2009, beginning with the contest at Penn State (7:12 p.m. CT, ABC). Additional night games include the Homecoming contest vs. Michigan (7:12 p.m. CT, Oct. 10) and the road game at Michigan State (6 p.m. CT, Oct. 24). Iowa’s most recent night game was a 35-0 home win over Syracuse on Sept. 8, 2007.

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. Iowa defeated Arizona 27-17 last weekend. The Wildcats are coached by former Hawkeye Mike Stoops (1981, 1983-84). Former Hawkeye Bret Bielema (1989-92) is the head coach at Wisconsin (Oct. 17, at Madison).


  • Iowa begins Big Ten conference play on the road for the ninth time in 11 seasons under Coach Kirk Ferentz. Iowa is 3-7 under Ferentz in the opening conference game of the season, including 2-6 when opening on the road. Under Ferentz, Iowa has opened conference play against Penn State on two occasions. The Hawkeyes won 24-18 at Iowa City in 2001 and 42-35 (OT) at University Park in 2002. The overtime win in 2002 marked the start of Iowa’s perfect (8-0) Big Ten season.
  • Iowa has played five overtime games in its history and two have come vs. Penn State at University Park (the other three were at home vs. Michigan in 2005, at Syracuse in 2006 and at home vs. Michigan State in 2007). The Hawkeyes are 4-1 in overtime games, with the lone defeat coming to Michigan in 2005. Iowa won both overtime contests at Penn State. Iowa’s 26-23 double overtime victory at Penn State in 2000 was Iowa’s first-ever overtime game. In 2002, the Nittany Lions rallied from a 35-13 fourth quarter deficit to send the game into overtime, only to see the Hawkeyes prevail (42-35).
  • Penn State is playing its fourth straight home game and plays six of its first seven in Beaver Stadium. Iowa has played two of its three games at home and the other was at in-state rival Iowa State. Iowa returns home for its next two games, while Penn State plays on the road for the first time next week (at Illinois).
  • Iowa’s 42 points at Penn State in 2002 matches the highest scored by Iowa in the series (Iowa won 42-34 in 1983). Iowa’s lowest point total in a win over Penn State came by a 6-4 margin in 2004.
  • Penn State ranks second in the nation in scoring defense (6.7) and Iowa is 15th (12.0). Iowa is 25th in pass defense (162.7) and Penn State is 29th (166.0).
  • Iowa’s win at Penn State in 2002 featured the only occasion in which the Hawkeyes have scored two points after blocking an opponent PAT. D.J. Johnson recovered the blocked kick and returned it for two critical points.
  • Iowa has two players from Pennsylvania on its roster, including starting linebacker Jeremiha Hunter from York and DL Thomas Nardo from Lancaster. Coach Kirk Ferentz attended high school in Pittsburgh, Defensive Line Coach Rick Kaczenski hails from Erie and Director of Football Operations Paul Federici earned his bachelor’s degree at Penn State.

Since joining the Big Ten Conference in 1993, Penn State has a winning record against seven of its Big Ten opponents. The Nittany Lions are 4-10 vs. Michigan, 6-10 vs. Ohio State and 5-7 vs. Iowa. Only Iowa (4-2) and Michigan (5-2) hold a winning record in Beaver Stadium during that time.

Iowa scored 10 fourth-quarter points, capped off by a PK Daniel Murray 31-yard field goal with one second remaining, to lift the Hawkeyes to a 24-23 victory over third-ranked Penn State at Kinnick Stadium last Nov. 8. Iowa jumped out to a quick 7-0 lead on a RB Shonn Greene 14-yard touchdown run at the 13:54 mark of the first period. The initial score was set up by a sack and caused fumble by DE Adrian Clayborn. Although Penn State recovered the fumble, the Hawkeyes were able to establish very good field position for their first possession. Following Iowa’s score, Penn State controlled the majority of the first half. The Nittany Lions totaled 203 yards on 47 offensive plays, while the Hawkeyes had 70 yards on only 15 plays, in the first stanza. Penn State closed the half with three-straight scoring drives, all topping 11 plays, 70 yards and 5:00 possession time. PSU PK Kevin Kelly kicked field goals of 24, 25 and 31 yards and RB Evan Royster ran for a two-yard touchdown to give the Nittany Lions a 16-7 cushion early in the third quarter. WR Derrell Johnson-Koulianos caught a 27-yard touchdown pass from QB Ricky Stanzi, on a third-and-13, to cut the deficit to two points at the 4:43 mark of the third period. Penn State answered with a WR Derrick Williams nine-yard scoring run to reclaim a nine-point advantage. Stanzi engineered a 15-play, 57-yard TD drive, that included three third-down conversions (one via penalty), to put the Hawkeyes in position for the game-winning kick. Iowa was 7-8 on third-down conversions in the second half, opposed to 0-2 in the first half, and totaled 202 of its 272 yards in the final 30 minutes. The Hawkeye defense limited Penn State to just 86 yards and 0-5 on third-down conversions in the second half. Stanzi completed 15-25 passes for 171 yards and a score. Greene rushed a game-high 28 times for 117 yards and two touchdowns. Johnson-Koulianos caught a game-high seven passes for 89 yards and a score. Defensively, four Hawkeyes posted double-digit tackles, LB Pat Angerer (12), LB Jeremiha Hunter (12), DB Brett Greenwood (12) and LB A.J. Edds (11). In addition to an interception in the fourth quarter, DB Tyler Sash added eight tackles and was recognized as the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week.

Iowa used another solid defensive effort in taking a 27-17 win over Arizona in a battle of undefeated teams. After building a 14-10 halftime advantage, Iowa turned to its defense to dominate the second half. The Wildcats had just 94 yards of total offense in the final two periods, and 63 of the 94 yards came on the final scoring drive in the last four minutes after Iowa held a 27-10 lead. For the day, Iowa allowed Arizona just 148 rushing yards and 253 yards total offense. Of the 253 yards, 92 yards came on running plays of 58 and 34 yards, respectively. The Iowa defense allowed just eight Arizona first downs as the Wildcats converted on just 2-12 third down conversions. Arizona entered the game averaging over 300 rushing yards and 500 total yards per game. LB Jeremiha Hunter led Iowa with seven tackles. DE Adrian Clayborn added six tackles, including one of Iowa’s two QB sacks and a forced fumble. DB Tyler Sash had his fourth interception of the season, which led to a Hawkeye field goal in the second half. Seven of the Arizona points came on a 38-yard interception return for a touchdown in the first period. Iowa’s offense did its part as well, controlling the ball for just under 38 minutes. The Hawkeyes drove 75 yards for a touchdown on their opening drive, with Adam Robinson getting the score from the two. Arizona tied the game on the interception return and took the lead on a 20-yard field goal. The field goal came after the Wildcats had a first and goal at the Iowa one. The Hawkeyes answered the Arizona field goal with a 70 yard touchdown drive. Robinson had the key play in the drive, gaining 43 yards on a draw play on third and 23. A 34-yard completion from Ricky Stanzi to WR Marvin McNutt put the ball at the one, where Robinson scored his second touchdown of the day. Iowa added two Daniel Murray field goals in the second half to increase its advantage to 20-10 before consuming most of the fourth quarter with another touchdown drive. Iowa’s final drive covered 74 yards in 14 plays and took 8:30 off the clock. RB Brandon Wegher completed the drive with a one-yard touchdown. Stanzi ended the day by completing 20-32 passes for 205 yards and one interception. Robinson (18-101) had the first 100-yard game of his career to go with the two touchdowns and Wegher added 46 yards on 17 carries. WR Colin Sandeman led Iowa’s receivers with five catches for 47 yards, both career bests. Punter Ryan Donahue averaged 51 yards on five punts, with four kicks of at least 50 yards. Donahue was named co-Special Teams Player of the Week in the Big Ten.


  • Iowa’s win makes the Hawkeyes 3-0 for the second straight season. Iowa defeated a Pac-10 team for the first time since a 21-2 win over 16th-ranked Arizona State in 2003 at Kinnick Stadium.
  • Iowa has started the season with at least three straight wins for the fifth time in 11 seasons under Coach Kirk Ferentz. Iowa was 4-0 in 2003 and 2008 and 3-0 in 2001 and 2008.
  • Iowa held the ball for 12:43 of the first period, as Arizona had no first downs in the opening period. The Wildcats tied the score in the first period on an interception return. Iowa had a season best 37:56 in time of possession, including a touchdown drive of over eight minutes in the fourth quarter. The 37:56 is Iowa’s fourth-longest time of possession under Ferentz. Iowa had the ball for 41:53 vs. Kent State (2004) and 38:27 vs. Michigan (2002). All three of Iowa’s touchdown drives covered at least 70 yards.
  • Iowa’s defense held Arizona to 148 rushing yards, with 58 yards coming on one play and 34 yards on another. Arizona entered the game averaging 305.5 rushing yards per game, fifth best in the NCAA through two games. Wildcat RB Nic Grigsby (11 carries for 75 yards) entered the contest averaging 162.5 rushing yards per game. The Hawkeye defense held Arizona to only 105 yards passing on 25 attempts and just eight first downs.
  • Iowa was 4-4 in the red zone against Arizona. Iowa has scored on 42 of its last 44 red zone possessions (29 TDs and 13 FGs), dating back to the Michigan State game in 2008. Iowa is 23-24 combined inside the red zone its last five games, taking a knee late in the win at Iowa State.
  • Redshirt freshman RB Adam Robinson had a 43-yard run in the second period, Iowa’s longest run from scrimmage in three games. Robinson ended the day with 18 rushes for 101 yards, the first 100-yard game of his career.
  • WR Paul Chaney had Iowa’s longest punt return of the season, a 24-yard return in the third period that led to an Iowa field goal. Chaney also had three rushing attempts for 16 yards and three pass receptions for 22 yards.
  • DB Tyler Sash had his fourth interception of the season in the third period, along with a 41-yard return. Sash tied Iowa’s school record with three interceptions in the win at Iowa State. He tied for the team lead last season with five interceptions and 147 return yards. He also had two interceptions in Iowa’s win over South Carolina in the 2009 Outback Bowl. Sash has collected seven interceptions in Iowa’s last five games (Minnesota – – 1; South Carolina – – 2; UNI – – 0; ISU – – 3; Arizona – – 1).
  • Iowa has recorded at least one takeaway in 36 of its last 38 games, dating back to the 2006 campaign. Iowa scored three points following the lone Arizona turnover. Iowa did not score in game one after collecting one Northern Iowa turnover and scored 28 points following six Iowa State turnovers. Last season, Iowa scored 99 points following 32 opponent turnovers.
  • Junior punter Ryan Donahue had punts of 50 and 51 yards in the second period and added punts of 62 and 58 yard in the third period. He has at least one punt over 50 yards in 12 of Iowa’s last 14 games. He is on the Ray Guy Watch List this season. Donahue averaged 51 yards on five punts, including downing two of the punts inside the 20-yard line today. Arizona had one punt return for four yards.
  • Junior QB Ricky Stanzi completed 20-32 for 205 yards vs. Arizona. He ranks 14th in career passing yards (2,600).
  • DL Adrian Clayborn had six tackles, including a sack, forcing his first career fumble and collecting a career-high three QB Hurries. LB Jeremiha Hunter recorded a team-best seven tackles. LB Pat Angerer had six tackles and matched a personal best with two pass break-ups.
  • Junior PK Daniel Murray connected on field goals of 20 and 40 yards vs. Arizona. Murray made two field goals in a game for the fifth time in his career and the first time since Iowa’s win at Minnesota last season. Murray is 3-4 on field goals this season after making one of two in the win over Northern Iowa. He was also 3-3 on PATs against Arizona to remain perfect on the season.
  • Three Iowa players started for the first time in their career. Those players were junior TE Allen Reisner, junior WR Colin Sandeman and sophomore DB Shaun Prater. Sandeman had career-bests in both receptions and yards (five catches for 47 yards).

Penn State improved to 3-0 with a 31-6 home win over Temple. The Nittany Lions used a balanced offense and a strong defense in claiming the win. PSU held Temple to 46 rushing yards on 29 attempts and just 251 yards total offense. The Owls scored on field goals in the first and third periods. The Nittany Lions took a 7-0 advantage in the first period and then added two touchdowns in the second quarter to take a 21-3 halftime advantage. Penn State rushed for 186 yards and had 173 passing yards in gaining 359 yards total offense. RB Evan Royster led PSU with 134 rushing yards on 19 carries, including a seven-yard touchdown run. QB Daryll Clark completed 16-26 passes for 167 yards, including scoring strikes of one and four yards. Linebacker Josh Hull and Sean Lee led the Penn State defense. Hull had 13 tackcles, including 1.5 tackles for loss. Lee collected 12 tackles, including 2.5 tackles for loss and a QB sack. Lee was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week.

Iowa’s defense has been solid through three games. After allowing one touchdown in the opening win (second period), the Hawkeye defense did not allow a touchdown for nine straight quarters. That streak ended late in the win over Arizona when the Wildcats scored with 1:53 to play. Iowa ranks 11th nationally in pass efficiency defense (85.7), 15th in scoring defense (12.0) and 25th in pass defense (162.7). The Hawkeyes are also fourth in net punting (42.9). Arizona rushed for over 300 yards and averaged over 500 yards total offense in its first two games. The Iowa defense held Arizona to eight first downs, 148 net rushing yards, 253 yards total offense and 2-12 on third down conversions. Iowa is plus three in turnover margin through three games, with six interceptions. Linebackers Pat Angerer and A.J. Edds are the only senior starters on the Iowa defense. Dating back to 2008, Iowa’s defense has not allowed a rushing touchdown in 25 consecutive quarters, including the final 13 quarters last season and 12 quarters this season. Penn State, with a touchdown in the third period of the game last Nov. 8, is the last team to score a rushing touchdown against the Iowa defense.

In the 35-3 win at Iowa State, Iowa quarterbacks Ricky Stanzi and James Vandenberg completed passes to 12 different receivers. That is the highest number of Iowa players to have at least one reception in a game since 13 different Hawkeyes had at least one reception in a 43-7 win over Iowa State Sept. 13, 1986 in Kinnick Stadium. Earlier this season the 12 players included seven wide receivers, three tight ends, one running back and one fullback. In 1986 the 13 receivers included seven wide receivers, three running backs, two tight ends and one fullback.

Iowa has used three true freshmen this season. They are DB Micah Hyde, RB Brandon Wegher and WR Keenan Davis. Wegher and Davis both scored touchdowns in Iowa’s win at Iowa State and Wegher added a touchdown vs. Arizona. Wegher (15-101 at ISU) became the second Iowa RB in two seasons to rush for over 100 yards in a game as a true freshman. Jewel Hampton had 114 rushing yards a year ago in a win at Indiana. The Hawkeyes had seven true freshmen play a year ago. Iowa also had seven true freshmen play in 2003 and 2000.

Sophomore DB Tyler Sash had an interception and 41 yard return to set up a field goal in the win over Arizona. With the return, Sash established a new Iowa record for career interception return yards with 251. The previous best of 202 yards (18 interceptions) was held by Devon Mitchell. Sash tied Iowa’s single game record with three interceptions in the win at Iowa State (63 return yards). Sash has four interceptions for 104 yards (104 yards) through three games. He tied for the team lead last season with five interceptions for 147 yards. He has seven interceptions in Iowa’s last five games. The Iowa single season record is eight interceptions and the career mark is 18 interceptions. Sash was named co-Defensive Player of the Week in the Big Ten for his play in the win at Iowa State.

Junior punter Ryan Donahue started the season on a high note, averaging 42.8 yards on five punts in Iowa’s opening win. He averaged 39 yards on four punts at Iowa State and had a 51-yard average on five punts vs. Arizona. Donahue had a long of 56 yards against Northern Iowa and a 57-yard boot at Iowa State. He had a 62-yard punt vs. Arizona as four of his five punts covered at least 50 yards. Iowa’s three opponents have four punt returns for five net yards. He has at least one punt of over 50 yards in 12 of Iowa’s last 14 games. He is on the Ray Guy Watch List this season. Donahue was named co-Special Teams Player of the Week in the Big Ten for his play in the win over Arizona.

Junior DE Adrian Clayborn played a solid game in Iowa’s win over Arizona and was recognized on espn.com’s website on the Big Ten Conference. Clayborn was tabbed the defensive player of the week by the site. Against Arizona he collected six tackles, including one QB sack, and he also had a forced fumble and three QB pressures. With Clayborn leading the way, Iowa held Arizona to 94 yards total offense in the second half of the 27-17 win.

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.

Iowa has won 40 of its last 48 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’s depth chart includes nine walk-ons, two on offense, three on defense and four on special teams. That list includes OL Josh Koeppel, FB Wade Leppert, DL Travis Meade, DB Brett Greenwood, DB Joe Conklin, KR Paki O’Meara, PK Daniel Murray, P Eric Guthrie and long snapper Andrew Schulze.

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.

Iowa plays four of its first six games in Kinnick Stadium. The Hawkeyes opened at home Sept. 5 and played at Iowa State Sept. 12 before hosting Arizona Sept. 19. Iowa returns home to host Arkansas State (Oct. 3) and Michigan (Oct. 10) following the trip to Penn State. The Hawkeyes conclude the season with road contests at Wisconsin (Oct. 17), Michigan State (Oct. 24) and Ohio State (Nov. 14), and home dates with Indiana (Oct. 31), Northwestern (Nov. 7) and Minnesota (Nov. 21). Seven of Iowa’s 2009 opponents competed in bowl games at the conclusion of the 2008 season, along with Northern Iowa advancing to the semi-finals of the FCS playoffs. Of the seven bowl participants, Michigan State, Ohio State and Penn State played in January bowl events.


  • 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 had a career-best four TD passes against Iowa State. He previously had three scoring strikes in two games last season. He completed 18-34 passes for 197 yards at Iowa State and has thrown at least one touchdown pass in 10 of Iowa’s last 12 games. He completed 20-32 passes for 205 yards vs. Arizona, but did not have a touchdown pass.
  • Stanzi ranks 14th in career passing with 2,600 yards. He has completed 210-358 career passes, with 19 touchdowns.
  • 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.
  • Stanzi completed 150-254 (.591) passes for 1,956 yards and 14 touchdowns in 2008.


  • Redshirt freshman RB Adam Robinson had the first 100-yard game of his career against Arizona, rushing 18 times for 101 yards and two scores. He had a career-best 43 yard run vs. Arizona to set up an Iowa touchdown in the second period. Robinson leads Iowa’s rushing attack through three games, rushing 45 times for 233 yards and three scores.
  • True freshman Brandon Wegher scored the first touchdown of his career in the third period on a one-yard run at Iowa State. Wegher ended the game with 15 carries for 101 yards and had two pass receptions for 17 yards. Iowa has had a true freshman rush for over 100 yards for the second straight season. Jewel Hampton had 114 yards at Indiana last season.
  • 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 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 57 receptions for 653 yards and eight touchdowns during his injury-plagued collegiate career. He also did not play vs. Arizona due to injury.
  • 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 86 receptions for 1,182 yards and six touchdowns, including an 18-yard scoring reception at Iowa State. He is tied for 20th in career receptions and ranks 27th in career receiving yards.
  • Senior WR Trey Stross had three receptions for 61 yards against Northern Iowa. He led Iowa with four receptions for 69 yards at Iowa State and added four receptions for 37 yards against Arizona. Stross ranked fifth in team receiving in 2008, collecting 13 receptions for 109 yards and a touchdown, in 11 games. He has 53 career receptions for 737 yards and six scores.
  • 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. Greenwood collected two of Iowa’s five pass interceptions in the win at Iowa State and added two pass break-ups. He ranks second on the team with 23 tackles in three games.
  • After leading the team in tackles a year ago, senior LB Pat Angerer recorded 12 tackles vs. Northern Iowa and four stops against Iowa State. Angerer also had a tackle for loss against Northern Iowa. Angerer led Iowa with 107 tackles while playing in all 13 games in 2008.
  • 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. Spievey added four solo tackles and one KO return at Iowa State. He is on the pre-season Watch List for the Jim Thorpe Award. He added four tackles in the win over Arizona, including a tackle that saved a touchdown on a 58-yard run. Spievey made the tackle at the one and Arizona was forced to kick a field goal when the game was tied 7-7 in the second period.
  • Sophomore LM Bruce Davis is making a name for himself on Iowa’s special teams. Davis is on the front line on Iowa’s kickoff and kick return teams. He recovered an onside kick by Iowa State early in that game, which led to Iowa’s first touchdown of the day. Last season Davis recovered the mishandled kickoff at the end of the game, sealing Iowa’s upset win over Penn State.

Iowa posted four offensive plays (three pass completions, one run) that resulted in 20 yards or more against Arizona, plus a 41-yard interception return, a 24-yard punt return and a 20-yard KO return. Iowa has nine pass plays and two rushing attempts over 20 yards in its three games. Iowa’s defense has allowed five offensive plays (two passing, three rushing) of 20 yards or more.

Iowa has outscored its opponents 17-13 in the first period, 14-10 in the second period, 24-3 in the third period and 24-10 in the fourth period.

Iowa averaged 4.4 yards on 30 first down plays, 2.5 yards on 24 second down plays, 7.6 yards on 19 third down plays and three yards on one fourth down play against Arizona. For the season, Iowa is averaging 4.9 yards on first down, 4.4 yards on second down, 7.3 on third down and one yard on fourth down.

Iowa averaged five plays, 53.8 yards and 4:06 elapsed time on five scoring drives in the win over Arizona. Iowa’s three touchdown drives in that win averaged 10 plays, 73 yards and 4:38 in elapsed time. In three games, Iowa’s 13 scoring drives have averaged seven plays, 55.3 yards and 3:46 in elapsed time. Iowa’s opponents have had seven scoring drives, averaging nine plays, 51.7 yards and 3:46 elapsed time.

Iowa is 11-12 in the red zone (10 TDs) through three games, not scoring in the red zone at the end of the 35-3 win at Iowa State. The Hawkeyes have scored on 42 of its last 44 red zone possessions (29 TDs and 13 FGs) dating back to the Michigan State game in 2008. Iowa is 23-24 combined inside the red zone in its last six games. Northern Iowa was a perfect 4-4 in the red zone, collecting three field goals and one touchdown, while Iowa State did not reach the red zone in game two. Arizona was 2-2 in the red zone, with one passing touchdown and a field goal.

Iowa scored three points after collecting one turnover (interception) in the win over Arizona. For the season, Iowa has scored 31 points (four TDs, one FG) following eight opponent turnovers (six interceptions, two fumbles). Iowa has been guilty of five turnovers (three interceptions, two fumbles). The Iowa opponents have scored 13 points (one touchdown on interception return, two field goals) following those turnovers.

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).

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.

Iowa returns seven players who started all 13 games last season. That list includes OL Kyle Calloway, OLB A.J. Edds, DB Brett Greenwood, OL Bryan Bulaga, DE Christian Ballard, LB Jeremiha Hunter and DB Amari Spievey. In addition, punter Ryan Donahue has handled all punting duties over the past 28 games. Calloway did not play in the opening game and Bulaga missed Iowa’s last two games. 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. With the exception of Brodell, all are currently with NFL teams.

Iowa’s returning offensive linemen have combined to start 114 games throughout their careers. Seniors Rafael Eubanks has started 28 games and senior Kyle Calloway has 27 starts. Others with starting experience include Bryan Bulaga (19), Julian Vandervelde (17), Dace Richardson (12), Dan Doering (6), Andy Kuempel (2) Adam Gettis (1) and Riley Reiff (2). In addition, senior Travis Meade started five games as an offensive lineman before moving to defense for his final season.


  • 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 2009 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.


  • 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 has recorded at least one takeaway in 36 of its last 38 games, dating back to the 2006 campaign. Against Iowa State, Iowa scored 28 points after collecting six turnovers. Iowa scored three points following an interception against Arizona, but did not score in game one after collecting one Northern Iowa turnover. Last season, Iowa scored 99 points following 32 opponent turnovers.
  • Over the past eight plus years, Iowa is 50-7 when leading at the half and 55-6 when leading after three quarters.
  • Iowa sold out six of its seven home games in 2008 and the 2009 opening game vs. Northern Iowa. The Hawkeyes have sold out 38 of their last 39 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’s 35-3 win at Iowa State on Sept. 12 keeps the Cy-Hawk Trophy in Iowa City.

The Sporting News ranked Iowa’s Kinnick Stadium as the best college football stadium in the Big Ten Conference in its pre-season publication. Kinnick Stadium was also selected as the best stadium in the Big Ten by the Sporting News in 2007.

All Iowa football games this season will be televised on either ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, Big Ten Network or Fox Sports Net. The last Iowa contest not televised was vs. Minnesota on Nov. 17, 2001. Iowa has appeared on television in its last 93 games.

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.

Iowa football Coach Kirk Ferentz (2002) and men’s basketball Coach Todd Lickliter (2007) have each been recognized as national Coach of the Year in their respective sports. Only six other Division I programs currently have coaches in those sports that have earned that distinction. The schools include Florida (Urban Meyer and Billy Donovan); Florida State (Bobby Bowden and Leonard Hamilton); Illinois (Ron Zook and Bruce Weber); Kansas (Mark Mangino and Bill Self): Maryland (Ralph Friedgen and Gary Williams) and Southern Methodist (June Jones and Matt Doherty).

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.

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.

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.

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 Oct. 3 for its final non-conference game against Arkansas State (11 a.m., TBA). The Hawkeyes are also home the following week, hosting Michigan (7:12 p.m., ABC/ESPN).