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IOWA HOSTS MICHIGAN FOR HOMECOMING
Iowa (5-0, 1-0) hosts Michigan (4-1, 1-1) Saturday, Oct. 10 as part of the annual Homecoming festivities. Game time is 7:12 p.m. at Kinnick Stadium (70,585). The game is sold out.
ON THE TUBE
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. The Compass Media Network will air the game to a national audience. Matt Money and Sammy Knight will make the call. The game can also be heard on Sirius channel 127 and XM channel 102.
IN THE RANKINGS
Iowa is ranked 12th by the Associated Press and 14th in the USA Today coaches poll. Michigan is listed among teams receiving votes in both polls. The Wolverines were ranked in both before the overtime loss at Michigan State. 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. The current ranking is the highest for the Hawkeyes since they were eighth in the AP rankings on Sept. 6, 2005. Iowa is ranked ninth in the latest Sagarin Ratings. Iowa’s strength of schedule is rated 35th toughest and Iowa is one of five teams that has registered two wins against top 30 opponents. Around the Big Ten, Ohio State is ranked No. 9/8, Penn State is 14/12 and Wisconsin is 25th in the coaches poll. Iowa opponents Arizona and Michigan are listed among teams receiving votes.
IOWA WIN STREAK
Iowa’s nine-game winning streak ranks second best in the nation. Florida holds the longest win streak at 14 games. The Hawkeyes are one of 13 unbeaten Division I teams and one of eight teams with a 5-0 record. 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, Arizona, Penn State and Arkansas State. Iowa has won its first five games for the first time under Kirk Ferentz and the first time since 1995. The nine-game winning streak is the third for Iowa under Ferentz. Iowa won nine straight in 2002 and the Hawkeyes won their final eight games in 2004 and their opening game in 2005. Iowa has not opened the season with six straight wins since opening the 1985 campaign with seven straight. Iowa has not gone undefeated in 10 straight games since 1956 and 1957. The Hawkeyes won their final four games in 1956 and the first five games of 1957 before a tie at Michigan. Iowa won the following week over Minnesota before losing at Ohio State. Iowa has not won 10 straight games since winning 20 straight from Nov. 6, 1920 to Oct. 20, 1923. That streak began with a home win over Northwestern and ended with a 9-6 loss to Illinois in the 1923 homecoming contest.
Iowa holds a 51-41-5 (.552) record in homecoming games. Iowa has lost its last two homecoming games after winning seven straight from 2000-06. Iowa will play Michigan for the fifth time on homecoming. The Hawkeyes are 1-3 against the Wolverines on homecoming, winning in 2003 and losing in 1951, 1956 and 1989. Iowa lost to Northwestern on homecoming a year ago, 22-17.
Iowa has played 1,121 games since beginning football in 1889. Iowa’s overall record is 573-509-39 (.529). That includes a 362-198-16 (.642) record in home games, a 211-311-23 (.410) record in games away from Iowa City, a 281-343-25 (.454) mark in Big Ten games and a 245-162-15 (.598) record in Kinnick Stadium.
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 will be recognized Saturday in pre-game ceremonies at Kinnick Stadium. 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. Members of the latest Hall of Fame class are also being recognized throughout the season at home games of their alma mater.
IOWA UNDER THE LIGHTS
This is the seventh night game at Kinnick Stadium, with Iowa holding a 3-3 record in the six previous games. Iowa lost the first night contest played in Kinnick Stadium to Miami, FL (24-7) on Sept. 5, 1992. The Hawkeyes defeated Northern Illinois (24-0) on Sept. 18, 1999, Arizona State (21-2) on Sept. 20, 2003 and Syracuse (35-0) on Sept. 8, 2007. Iowa also lost to Iowa State (36-31) on Sept. 14, 2002 and to Ohio State (38-17) on Sept. 30, 2006. Iowa has only played three true night games in Kinnick Stadium, as games vs. Northern Illinois, Iowa State and Arizona State began at 5 p.m. CT. The Miami, FL, Ohio State and Syracuse games were 7 p.m. starts. Iowa has three night games in 2009. Iowa won at Penn State (21-10 on ABC national) in its first night contest. The Hawkeyes play their final night game at Michigan State (6 p.m. CT, Oct. 24, BTN).
HAWKEYES EARN WEEKLY RECOGNITION
- Several Iowa players have earned weekly honors during the first five weeks of the season.
- LB Pat Angerer was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week for his efforts in the win at Penn State. Angerer was also named the national Defensive Player of the Week by the National Football Writers Association, the Lott Trophy IMPACT Player of the Week and was named Linebacker Performer of the Week by the College Football Performance Award committee. The IMPACT Player Award comes with a $1,000 check for the University’s general scholarship fund. Angerer had a team high 14 tackles, an interception (returned for 38 yards) that set up a touchdown and forced a fumble that helped seal Iowa’s 21-10 win.
- DE Adrian Clayborn was named Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week for his play against Penn State. Clayborn also earned the AT&T All-America Player of the Week award vs. Penn State. Clayborn was announced as the weekly winner during last Thursday’s ESPN College Football Primetime Presented by Applebee’s. The winner is selected each week on fan voting. Clayborn also was named ESPN.com’s Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week. He had two tackles and a blocked punt returned for a touchdown against fifth-ranked Penn State. His 53-yard touchdown return gave Iowa an 11-10 lead in the fourth quarter. Clayborn played a solid game in Iowa’s win over Arizona, being recognized on ESPN.com’s website as the defensive player of the week in the Big Ten.
- DE Broderick Binns, was named ESPN.com’s Defensive Player of the Week following Iowa’s win at Penn State. Binns forced Penn State quarterback Darryl Clark to fumble in the endzone and that led to a second quarter safety. He had eight tackles, including 2.5 tackles for loss and 1.5 quarterback sacks.
- Punter Ryan Donahue was the Big Ten’s co-Special Teams Player of the Week following the win over Arizona. Donahue averaged 51 yards on five punts, with a long of 62 yards and four kicks of at least 50 yards. Two punts were inside the 20 and Arizona had just one return for four yards.
- DB Tyler Sash was the Big Ten’s co-Defensive Player of the Week for his play in Iowa’s win at Iowa State. Sash was also named the national Defensive Performer of the Week by the College Football Performance Award committee. He tied Iowa’s school record with three interceptions (63 return yards) at Iowa State. He also caused a fumble and recorded eight solo tackles and two assists, including two tackles for loss.
- LB Jeremiha Hunter was the Big Ten’s co-Special Team Player of the Week following Iowa’s season-opening win over Northern Iowa. Hunter came up big at the end of the game, blocking Northern Iowa’s second field goal attempt on the last play after Broderick Binns had blocked the previous attempt. Hunter added nine tackles against the Panthers.
DOMINANT AT HOME
Iowa has won 41 of its last 49 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, which ended in the overtime loss to Michigan. 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 is 3-0 at home this season, with wins over Northern Iowa, Arizona and Arkansas State.
SUCCESS ON THE ROAD
Iowa’s win at No. 4/5 ranked Penn State marks the first road win over a team ranked in the top five in the nation since 1990. That season the Hawkeyes scored a 54-28 win at fifth-ranked Illinois. Iowa, last season, defeated third-ranked Penn State in Iowa City. Dating back to the 2008 season, Iowa has won its last four games away from Iowa City. That includes wins at Minnesota, Iowa State and Penn State and a victory over South Carolina in the 2009 Outback Bowl. In those wins Iowa has allowed just 23 total points. The road winning streak is the longest for Iowa since the Hawkeyes won all five of their road games during the 2002 regular season. That streak is actually six straight games away from home, including the 2001 Alamo Bowl.
IOWA RECORDS A DIVISION I FIRST
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).
LIVE BLOGGING FROM KINNICK
Hawkeye fans not able to attend the Michigan game Oct. 10 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 has averaged over 1,000 unique readers per week. The site registered over 3,000 reader comments during the football game day live blog of Iowa’s opening game of the season.
Tickets remain for all Iowa home games except Saturday’s Homecoming contest vs. Michigan. Tickets remain for 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 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.
Michigan holds a 40-10-4 advantage in the series that began with a 28-5 Iowa win in 1900. The first meeting between the two teams was played in Detroit and the second in Chicago. The teams have not met since No. 2/3 Michigan defeated No. 23 Iowa 20-6 on Oct. 26, 2006 in Ann Arbor. Michigan has won three straight since the Hawkeyes won in 2002 (Ann Arbor) and 2003 (Iowa City). Michigan snapped Iowa’s school-record 22-game home winning streak with a 23-20 overtime victory in Kinnick Stadium on Oct. 22, 2005. Michigan holds a 16-4-1 record in Iowa City, where it has won six of the last seven meetings.
IOWA, MICHIGAN NOTES
- Saturday’s game will mark the fifth straight Iowa-Michigan game that will be televised by ABC.
- This season marks the first time since 1985 that Iowa is ranked higher than Michigan the week of the game. In 1985, top-ranked Iowa defeated second-ranked Michigan 12-10 in Kinnick Stadium. In the 17 meetings since 1985, Michigan has been ranked 15 times and Iowa has been ranked seven times.
- Five of the last eight games in the series have been decided by six points or less.
- Iowa is 4-1 all-time in overtime games, with the lone loss being a 23-20 decision to Michigan in 2005 when the Wolverines last played in Iowa City. That loss ended a 22-game home winning streak for the Hawkeyes. In other overtime games, Iowa owns two wins over Penn State and single wins over Syracuse and Michigan State.
- Six current Iowa players saw action when the teams last met in 2006, with senior center Rafael Eubanks the only current Hawkeye to start the contest. Others who saw action were LB Pat Angerer, OLB A.J. Edds, WR Trey Stross, TE Tony Moeaki and DB Chris Rowell. Moeaki had one reception for four yards and Edds and Stross each recorded one solo tackle.
- Iowa’s highest victory over a ranked opponent was second-ranked Michigan (12-10) on Oct. 19, 1985 in Kinnick Stadium. Iowa was ranked No. 1 at that time.
- Erik Campbell, in his second year as Iowa’s wide receiver coach, is a Michigan graduate and a four-year letterman (1984-87). Campbell was on the Michigan coaching staff from 1995-07 after serving as a student assistant coach in 1988.
- Greg Robinson is in his first season as Michigan’s defensive coordinator. Robinson was the head coach at Syracuse when Iowa defeated the Orange in 2006 (20-13, 2 OT) and 2007 (35-0). The 2007 contest marked Iowa’s most recent night game in Kinnick Stadium.
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 64-29 (.688) overall mark and a 37-20 (.649) 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 75-53 (.586) and a 44-37 (.543) mark in Big Ten games. In 13 seasons as a college head coach his career mark is 87-74 (.540). 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-six of Iowa’s 128 games under Ferentz have been decided by seven points or less (22-24) and 37 were played against opponents who were ranked in the top 25 at the time (15-22). 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.
MICHIGAN COACH RICH RODRIGUEZ
Rich Rodriguez is in his second season as Michigan’s head coach. He became Michigan’s 18th head coach after serving as the head coach at West Virginia for seven seasons (2001-07). Rodriguez posted a 60-26 mark at West Virginia, taking his team to six straight bowl games and winning four Big East titles. He is in his ninth season as a Division I coach with a 67-36 mark. Rodriquez was the head coach at Glenville State for seven seasons (1990-96) after beginning his head coaching career at Salem (1988). In 1989 he served as a volunteer coach at West Virginia. He has an eight-year record of 45-36-2 on the NAIA/Division II level, leaving his career mark at 112-72-2. He was offensive coordinator and associate head coach at Clemson in 1999 and 2000 and offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Tulane in 1997 and 1998. Rodriguez has coached his teams to five wins in the last seven meetings against ranked opponents.
THE LAST MEETING
Iowa failed to score a touchdown for the only time all season in a 20-6 loss at Michigan Stadium on Oct. 21, 2006. Iowa trailed the third ranked team in the country by only three points at the half, as Michigan’s Garrett Rivas connected on a 20-yard field goal in the second period for the only scoring of the half. The Hawkeyes tied the game at 3-3 on a Kyle Schlicher 34-yard field goal after an Iowa interception early in the third quarter. Michigan answered on its next possession, which began with a 64-yard kickoff return by Steve Breaston. Michigan completed an eight-play, 35-yard drive that culminated with a RB Mike Hart nine-yard scoring run to make the score 10-3. Iowa trimmed the deficit to four (10-6) on a Schlicher 22-yard field goal late in the third period, driving 75 yards to reach the Michigan three. The Wolverines added 10 points and held the Hawkeyes scoreless in the fourth quarter to remain undefeated. QB Drew Tate completed 21-36 passes for 197 yards. WR Dominique Douglas caught six passes for 63 yards, while TE Scott Chandler caught four passes for 63 yards. RB Damian Sims rushed seven times for a team-best 22 yards. Michigan QB Chad Henne completed 23-33 passes for 203 yards and an interception. Hart carried the ball 31 times for a game-high 126 yards. WR Adrian Arrington had a game-high eight catches for 79 yards. Defensively, Iowa had three players post nine tackles, DB Miguel Merrick, DB Charles Godfrey and LB Edmond Miles. DE Bryan Mattison collected five tackles, including two sacks that resulted in 26 yards lost, and a forced fumble. Iowa concluded the 2006 season with a 6-7 record, falling to Texas in the Alamo Bowl. Michigan posted an 11-2 mark that season, ending the year with a loss to Southern Cal in the Rose Bowl.
IOWA DEFEATS ARKANSAS STATE
QB Ricky Stanzi passed for three touchdowns and the Hawkeye defense turned in another stellar performance as Iowa defeated Arkansas State 24-21 for its fifth straight victory to start the season and ninth straight win overall. Stanzi and the Iowa offense started fast, scoring touchdowns on the first two possessions. Stanzi connected with Trey Stross for a 33-yard score to start the game. WR Marvin McNutt then grabbed a Stanzi pass for a 41-yard touchdown and Iowa led 14-0 less than 10 minutes into the game. Iowa’s offense struggled during the second period and Arkansas State pulled to within 14-7 on a 12-yard touchdown pass with 44 seconds left in the half. DB Tyler Sash came up with his fifth interception of the season to start the third period and Iowa responded with a 43-yard scoring strike from Stanzi to McNutt. The pass theft was the 10th for Sash in 18 career games. Arkansas State closed the gap on defense, as linebacker Demario Davis returned an interception 75 yards to bring his team back within seven points. Iowa answered with a 20-yard field goal by Daniel Murray, giving the Hawkeyes a 24-14 lead with 10 minutes to play. Arkansas State fought back, scoring with 2:01 to play by completing a 17-play drive with a short touchdown pass. The drive lasted nearly eight minutes. Iowa recovered the onside kick and kept the ball until the final 10 seconds, as ASU had time for just two incomplete passes before the final gun. Stanzi completed 18-26 passes for 296 yards, surpassing 3,000 career yards while raising his career touchdown total to 22. McNutt led Iowa receivers with four catches for 121 yards and Stross added 64 yards on four catches. LB Pat Angerer led the Iowa defense with 11 tackles. Sash added eight tackles to go with his interception and he also forced his second fumble of the season. LB Jeremiha Hunter added eight tackles and DE Adrian Clayborn had two QB sacks and a forced fumble. Iowa has not allowed a rushing touchdown in 33 consecutive quarters as ASU rushed 25 times for just 80 yards.
- Iowa has started on offense in 107 of its last 122 contests. The Hawkeyes have started the game on offense in 109-of-128 games under Kirk Ferentz.
- Iowa scored a passing touchdown on its opening possession vs. Arkansas State. Iowa scored a touchdown on its opening drive vs. Arizona and a field goal on its opening drive vs. Northern Iowa. Iowa did not score on its opening drives at Iowa State and at Penn State.
- Arkansas State did not score on its opening possession, going three and out. Iowa has allowed just one opponent (Penn State) to score on its opening drive in its last 18 games.
- Senior WR Trey Stross had his first touchdown reception of the season; a 33-yard catch on Iowa’s opening possession. Stross had four receptions for 64 yards.
- Sophomore WR Marvin McNutt had his first career touchdown reception with a 41-yard catch in the first period. He added a 43-yard scoring reception in the third period. McNutt’s career long reception previously was 34 yards vs. Arizona. He ended the game against Arkansas State with four catches for 121 yards and two scores.
- Iowa scored touchdowns on its opening two drives, leading 14-0, for the first time since the 2009 Outback Bowl. Iowa had scored 17 total points in the first period of its first four games. Iowa has now outscored its five opponents 31-23 in the opening period.
- Junior QB Ricky Stanzi completed 18-26 passes for a season-high 296 yards and three touchdowns, covering 33, 41 and 43 yards. Stanzi threw a career-best four touchdown passes earlier this season in a win at Iowa State. He had six pass completions over 20 yards. Stanzi ranks ninth in career passing yards (3,071) after passing Paul Burmeister, Jake Christensen and Larry Lawrence against Arkansas State. His 22 career touchdown passes rank eighth best at Iowa.
- Iowa’s defense allowed two touchdowns. Iowa collected two turnovers against Arkansas State. A third period interception by Tyler Sash was Iowa’s 10th of the season and the first thrown this season by ASU QB Corey Leonard.
- Iowa was 1-2 in the red zone, missing a field goal. Iowa has scored on 45 of the last 47 red zone possessions (30 TDs and 15 FGs), dating back to the Michigan State game in 2008. Iowa is 26-28 combined inside the red zone its last eight games.
- Arkansas State scored 14 points on three drives inside the Iowa red zone. ASU scored on two passing touchdowns and missed a 26-yard field goal. Iowa opponents are 9-10 in the red zone this season, with five FGs and four passing touchdowns.
- LB Pat Angerer led all defenders with 11 tackles (six solo). Tyler Sash finished the game with eight stops, including 1.5 for loss, and an interception and forced fumble. Both of Adrian Clayborn’s tackles were sacks and he also was credited with two QB Hurries. As a unit, Iowa collected six tackles for loss today and limited Arkansas State to 80 yards rushing.
- Iowa failed to score after recovering an Arkansas State fumble in the second period, but scored a touchdown in the third period following an interception. Iowa has scored 54 points (seven TDs, two FGs) following 15 opponent turnovers (10 interceptions, four fumbles, one blocked punt). Iowa has recorded at least one takeaway in 38 of its last 40 games, dating back to the 2006 campaign. Iowa has collected at least one turnover in 18 consecutive games, dating back to the final contest of the 2007 season.
- Arkansas State scored seven points following two Iowa turnovers, including an interception return for a score. Iowa opponents have scored 23 points following nine Iowa turnovers (seven interceptions, two fumbles). Arkansas State and Arizona returned interceptions for touchdowns, Northern Iowa scored field goals following two Iowa fumbles and Penn State scored three points following an interception.
- Sophomore DB Tyler Sash caused an Arkansas State fumble in the second period that was recovered by sophomore DE Broderick Binns at the Iowa 20. Sash forced his second fumble of the season. He had three interceptions and a forced fumble in the win at Iowa State. Sash had his fifth interception of the season in the third period against ASU and a 13-yard return that led to an Iowa touchdown. Sash tied for the team lead last season with five thefts. He has 10 in 18 career games and holds the Iowa career record for interception return yards with 264.
MICHIGAN FALLS IN OVERTIME
Michigan rallied in the fourth quarter to force overtime before falling to Michigan State 26-20 in East Lansing. Michigan trailed 20-6 midway through the final period before scoring touchdowns on two straight possessions to force overtime. The first Wolverine touchdown came on a 60-yard pass from Tate Forcier to Darryl Stonum. The final Michigan score came on a nine-yard pass from Forcier to Roy Roundtree with just two seconds remaining. Michigan started the overtime on offense, but failed to score after a Forcier pass was tipped in the air and intercepted. Michigan State scored the winning points on a 23-yard run. The Michigan offense relied on the arm of Forcier, who completed 17-32 passes for 223 yards. The Wolverines rushed for just 28 yards. Jordan Kovacs led the Michigan defense with 17 tackles and a forced fumble. Obi Ezeh added 14 tackles and a fumble recovery, while Stevie Brown and Donovan Warren had pass interceptions.
IOWA DEFENSE SOLID
- Iowa’s defense has been solid through five 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. Penn State scored a touchdown on its first offensive play, but was only able to add a field goal later in the first period before being shutout over the final three quarters.
- Arkansas State scored 21 points, but seven of those were scored by the defense. ASU had just 80 rushing yards after entering the game averaging over 190 yards per game.
- Dating back to 2008, Iowa’s defense has not allowed a rushing touchdown in 33 consecutive quarters, including the final 13 quarters last season and 20 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.
- Iowa ranks fourth nationally in pass efficiency defense (91.17), 10th in scoring defense (13.4), tied for 17th in turnover margin (1.0), 31st in net punting (38.0) and pass defense (180.4) and 32nd in total defense (302.6). Iowa also ranks sixth in fewest penalty yards (33.0) and ninth in penalties per game (4.2).
- Arkansas State was held to 80 rushing yards after averaging over 190 yards per game. The Iowa defense collected six tackles for loss, two QB sacks, four QB hurries and six pass break-ups.
- Penn State had no first downs in the second period. In the fourth period, four consecutive PSU drives ended with a blocked punt (returned for an Iowa touchdown), interception, lost fumble and interception.
- 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 five in turnover margin, with 10 interceptions. Iowa had five interceptions at Iowa State and three at Penn State.
- Linebackers Pat Angerer and A.J. Edds are the only senior starters on the Iowa defense. Both had pass interceptions at Penn State, with Angerer also causing a fumble and leading the team with 14 tackles.
SPREADING THE OFFENSE
- Iowa started the same 11 players on offense in wins over Arizona and Penn State before having two changes against Arkansas State. The starting offensive line has included senior center Rafael Eubanks, senior guard Dace Richardson, junior guard Julian Vandervelde and senior tackle Kyle Calloway in three games, with redshirt freshman tackle Riley Reiff starting three games for junior left tackle Bryan Bulaga, who returned to action vs. Arkansas State.
- The offensive line led the way for the Hawkeyes to rush for 163 net yards in the win at Penn State, against a PSU defense that ranked among the national leaders and had not allowed a rushing touchdown in the first three games.
- Iowa’s running back tandem of Adam Robinson and Brandon Wegher gives the team a balanced attack. Robinson leads the team by averaging 71.8 yards per game, while Wegher averages 53.8. Robinson has scored four touchdowns and Wegher two. Both have proven to be capable receivers.
- 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 had a different player lead the team in receiving in each of its five games. Those players include TE Tony Moeaki vs. Northern Iowa (10-83-1 TD); WR Trey Stross at Iowa State (4-69); WR Colin Sandeman vs. Arizona (5-47); WR Derrell Johnson-Koulianos at Penn State (3-50); and WR Marvin McNutt vs. Arkansas State (4-121-2 TDs).
- Iowa did not have a fumble in wins over Arizona, Penn State and Arkansas State. The Hawkeyes lost both of their fumbles in the opening win over Northern Iowa and did not lose possession of their only fumble in the win at Iowa State.
FOOL ME ONCE . . .
Iowa has not been fooled in the kicking game this season, as two opponent fakes have failed to gain a first down. Arkansas State failed to convert a fake punt in the third period of its 24-21 loss at Iowa. Arizona attempted a fake field goal in a 27-17 loss at Iowa. In addition, three opponents have tried an onside kick, with Iowa recovering in wins over Iowa State, Arizona and Arkansas State. Iowa has blocked three kicks. That included back-to-back field goal attempts by Northern Iowa in the closing seconds of a 17-16 win. Iowa blocked a punt in the win at Penn State, with DE Adrian Clayborn blocking the kick and scoring on a 53-yard return.
TRUE FRESHMEN IN 2009
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.
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.
STANZI LEADS IOWA OFFENSE
- Ricky Stanzi emerged as Iowa’s starting quarterback after four games in 2008, completing 150-254 (.591) passes for 1,956 yards and 14 touchdowns during his sophomore season. Iowa has posted a 13-3 record in games he has started.
- 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 11 of Iowa’s last 14 games. He completed 20-32 passes for 205 yards vs. Arizona, but did not have a touchdown pass.
- Stanzi completed 18-26 passes for a career-high 296 yards and three touchdowns vs. Arkansas State, throwing as many as three touchdowns for the fourth time in his career.
- Stanzi ranks ninth in career passing with 3,031 yards. He has completed 239-410 career passes, with 22 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.
SASH SETS RETURN RECORD
Sophomore DB Tyler Sash has established a new Iowa record for career interception return yards with 264. The previous best of 202 yards (18 interceptions) was held by Devon Mitchell. Sash has five interceptions this season for 117 yards. He tied Iowa’s single game record with three interceptions in the win at Iowa State (63 return yards). He tied for the team lead last season with five interceptions for 147 yards, giving his 10 career thefts in 18 games. The Iowa single season record is eight interceptions and the career mark is 18. Sash was named co-Defensive Player of the Week in the Big Ten for his play in the win at Iowa State. Along with his interceptions, Sash has caused two fumbles.
DONAHUE IS TOP PUNTER
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 opponents in five games have seven punt returns for 21 net yards. He has at least one punt of over 50 yards in 13 of Iowa’s last 16 games. He is on the Ray Guy Watch List this season. He is averaging 41.5 yards on 23 punts, with 13 punts inside the 20 and just three touchbacks. Donahue was named co-Special Teams Player of the Week in the Big Ten for his play in the win over Arizona.
CLAYBORN EARNS RECOGNITION
Junior DE Adrian Clayborn had a second straight solid week of play in Iowa’s win at Penn State. He blocked a Penn State punt and had a 53-yard return for the touchdown that gave Iowa an 11-10 advantage in the fourth period. Clayborn was named Big Ten and espn.com’s Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week. 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. In a win over Arkansas State Clayborn recorded two QB sacks and a forced fumble as Iowa allowed just 80 net rushing yards.
ROBINSON LEADS RUSHING ATTACK
Redshirt freshman Adam Robinson continues to lead Iowa’s rushing attack. Robinson rushed 19 times for 88 yards in the win at Penn State. He had a 13-yard touchdown run in the fourth period to give Iowa an 18-10 advantage, which marked the first rushing touchdown allowed by Penn State this season. Robinson had all 24 yards in the scoring drive that gave Iowa an eight point advantage. 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. For the season he has rushed 78 times for 359 yards and four touchdowns (4.6 per carry). He also has 59 yards on six pass receptions.
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.
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 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 in Iowa’s most recent three games 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 90 receptions for 1,259 yards and six touchdowns, including an 18-yard scoring reception at Iowa State. He ranks 20th in career receptions and ranks 26th in career receiving yards.
- Senior WR Trey Stross has improved on his season totals from last season through Iowa’s five games. He leads the team with 15 receptions for 231 yards and one touchdown. He 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. He scored his first touchdown of the season against Arkansas State (33 yards) and ended the game with 64 yards on four receptions. Stross ranked fifth in team receiving in 2008, collecting 13 receptions for 109 yards and a touchdown, in 11 games. He has 57 career receptions for 801 yards and seven 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 fourth on the team with 31 tackles in five games.
- After leading the team in tackles a year ago, senior LB Pat Angerer led the defense in Iowa’s win over Penn State and Arkansas State. Angerer recorded 14 tackles (four solo) to lead the team at Penn State. His interception and 38-yard return in the fourth quarter led to an Iowa touchdown and he also caused a fumble to stop another potential Penn State scoring drive. Angered led Iowa with 11 tackles against Arkansas State, including six solo stops. He recorded 12 tackles vs. Northern Iowa and four stops against Iowa State. Angerer led Iowa with 107 tackles while playing in all 13 games in 2008. He leads the team with 47 tackles this season.
- 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. He added six tackles and a pass break-up in the win at Penn State and he had four tackles vs. Arkansas State. He has 26 tackles through five games and leads the team with five break-ups.
- True freshman RB 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. Wegher is averaging 53.8 rushing yards per game and 4.7 yards per carry. He also has six receptions for 36 yards and a 25-yard KO return.
- Sophomore DE Broderick Binns had a solid game in Iowa’s win at Penn State. His QB sack in the second period forced a PSU fumble in the endzone, which resulted in a safety for Iowa’s first points of the game. Binns collected eight tackles in the game, including 2.5 tackles for loss and 1.5 QB sacks, to go with his caused fumble. Binns had nine tackles in Iowa’s win at Iowa State and recovered a fumble in the win over Arkansas State.
- Sophomore LB 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.
- Junior LB Jeremiha Hunter has been a steady performer through Iowa’s first five games. He ranks second on the team with 41 tackles, recovered a fumble in the win at Iowa State and may have come up with the biggest play of the season so far when he blocked a second field goal attempt by Northern Iowa on the final play of a 17-16 Iowa win. The native of York, PA matched his career-best with 12 tackles in the win at Penn State, including 1.5 tackles for loss. Hunter also had 12 tackles in Iowa’s 2008 upset of the Nittany Lions in Iowa City. He added eight tackles and two pass break-ups in the most recent win over Arkansas State.
BIG PLAY HAWKEYES
Iowa posted six offensive plays (five pass completions, one run) that resulted in 20 yards or more against Arkansas State, plus a two KO returns of 20 yards or more. Iowa has 16 pass plays and four rushing attempts over 20 yards in its five games. Iowa’s defense has allowed 12 offensive plays (nine passing, three rushing) of 20 yards or more.
IOWA BY QUARTERS
Iowa has outscored its opponents in all four quarters, including 31-23 in the first period, 19-17 in the second period, 31-3 in the third period and 40-10 in the fourth period.
ON THE AVERAGE
Iowa averaged 8.6 yards on 28 first down plays, 5.5 yards on 18 second down plays and 5.6 yards on 14 third down plays against Arkansas State. For the season, Iowa is averaging 5.7 yards on first down, 4.5 yards on second down, 6.5 on third down and one yard on fourth down.
AVERAGE SCORING DRIVES
Iowa averaged 6.0 plays, 58.8 yards and 3:38 elapsed time on four scoring drives in the win at Penn State. Iowa’s three touchdown drives in that win averaged five plays, 59.7 yards and 2:42 in elapsed time. In five games, Iowa’s 20 scoring drives have averaged 7.2 plays, 52 yards and 3:08 in elapsed time. Iowa’s opponents have had 11 scoring drives, averaging 10 plays, 60.5 yards and 4:24 in elapsed time.
IOWA IN THE RED ZONE
Iowa is 14-16 in the red zone (11 TDs), not scoring in the red zone at the end of the 35-3 win at Iowa State and missing a field goal vs. Arkansas State. The Hawkeyes have scored on 45 of their last 47 red zone possessions (30 TDs and 15 FGs) dating back to the Michigan State game in 2008. Iowa is 26-28 combined inside the red zone in its last eight 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. Penn State scored a field goal on its only trip inside the red zone and Arkansas State was 2-3, with two touchdowns. Iowa’s five opponents are 9-10 in the red zone, with four touchdowns and five field goals.
POINTS OFF TURNOVERS
Iowa scored seven points after collecting two turnovers (one interception, one fumble) in the win over Arkansas State. For the season, Iowa has scored 54 points (seven TDs, two FGs) following 15 opponent turnovers (10 interceptions, four fumbles, one blocked punt). Iowa has been guilty of nine turnovers (seven interceptions, two fumbles). Iowa opponents have scored 23 points (two touchdowns on interception returns, three field goals) following those turnovers.
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 2009 opening win over Northern Iowa was not decided until the final play of the game and the win at Penn State was an eight point difference until eight seconds remained. Last week, Arkansas State pulled within the final three point margin with two minutes remaining.
- Arkansas State scored a touchdown with 2:01 to play to cut its deficit to 24-21. Iowa recovered the onside kick and ran all but 10 seconds off the clock. ASU regained possession on its 18-yardline and threw two incomplete passes.
- At Penn State, Iowa held an 18-10 advantage late in the fourth period before a late interception and a field goal with eight seconds remaining sealed the win.
- 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.
- Over the past eight plus years, Iowa is 51-7 when leading at the half and 56-6 when leading after three quarters. Iowa trailed at halftime and after three quarters in two of its five wins this season.
- Iowa sold out six of its seven home games in 2008 and the 2009 opening game vs. Northern Iowa. The Hawkeyes have sold out 39 of their last 41 games, dating back to the 2003 season. Iowa had a 36-game consecutive sellout streak from Sept. 6, 2003 until the final home game in 2008.
- 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.
HAWKEYES ON THE TUBE
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 95 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.
BEST IN THE BUSINESS
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).
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 travels to Wisconsin (11 a.m., TBA) Oct. 17 for the Badger homecoming. The Hawkeyes are at Michigan State Oct. 24 (6 p.m., BTN) before returning home to host Indiana on Oct. 31 (11 a.m., TBA).