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IOWA TRAVELS TO WISCONSIN
Iowa (6-0, 2-0) travels to Wisconsin (5-1, 2-1) Saturday, Oct. 17 in the first of two straight road games. Game time is 11:02 a.m. at Camp Randall Stadium (80,321). The game is sold out and it is Wisconsin’s homecoming.
ON THE TUBE
ESPN (HD) will televise the game to a national audience. The game will also be available online at ESPN360.com. Dave Pasch, Bob Griese and Chris Spielman 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 game can also be heard on Sirius channel 123 and XM channel 144.
IOWA OFF TO FAST START
- Iowa has opened the season with six straight wins for the first time since 1985. The Hawkeyes won their first seven games on the way to the 1985 Big Ten title.
- Iowa is 2-0 in Big Ten play for the first time since 2002 when the Hawkeyes won all eight conference games.
- Iowa has won 10 straight games, the second longest streak in the nation. Florida has 15 straight wins. The Iowa win streak is the longest for the Hawkeyes since a 20 game streak between 1920 and 1923.
- Iowa and Alabama are the only BCS teams with perfect 6-0 records. There are seven additional teams that are still undefeated.
- Iowa has won three of its six games by a total of six points, with wins by one, two and three points.
- Iowa has collected 19 turnovers in six games, including 12 pass interceptions. Iowa ranks second nationally in interceptions, is tied for second in total turnovers and tied for 16th in fumble recoveries. The Hawkeyes had 23 interceptions in 13 games last season.
- Iowa ranks seventh nationally in fewest fumbles lost (two), sixth in fewest penalty yards per game (35.0), tied for 11th in penalties per game (4.3) and tied for 17th in time of possession (32:26).
- Iowa has not lost a fumble since the opening game of the season, when it lost two. Iowa did not lose it’s only fumble at Iowa State in week two and has not fumbled in its last four games (knock on wood).
- Iowa did not allow a rushing touchdown for 33 consecutive quarters before Michigan had three. Iowa allowed seven rushing touchdowns in 2008.
- Iowa has scored 30 points or more in two of six wins, with a high of 35 at Iowa State.
- Four of Iowa’s six opponents scored 17 points or less. The two opponents who scored over 20 points were aided by a defensive touchdown.
- Iowa has won two prime time games on ABC national television, with victories at Penn State and at home over Michigan.
- Iowa has had at least one player earn Big Ten Player of the Week honors in five of six games.
IN THE RANKINGS
Iowa is ranked 11th by the Associated Press and 12th in the USA Today coaches poll. Wisconsin is listed among teams receiving votes in both polls. 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 30th toughest and Iowa is one of seven teams that has registered two wins against top 30 opponents. Around the Big Ten, Ohio State is ranked No. 7/7 and Penn State is 14/13. Iowa opponents Wisconsin, Arizona and Michigan are listed among teams receiving votes.
IOWA JOINS ANOTHER TOP 20
Iowa’s win over Michigan gave the Hawkeyes 65 wins since the start of the 2002 season, which ties as the 17th highest total in Division I football. The list includes the following: USC (87); Boise State (86); LSU (82); Oklahoma (81); Texas (79); Ohio State (79); Virginia Tech (75); Georgia (75); Utah (73); TCU (73); Florida (72); West Virginia (71); Auburn (69); Boston College (67); Wisconsin (67); Texas Tech (66); IOWA (65); Hawaii (64); California (62); and Missouri (59).
IOWA WIN STREAK
Iowa’s 10-game winning streak ranks second best in the nation. Florida holds the longest win streak at 15 games. The Hawkeyes are one of nine unbeaten Division I teams and join Alabama as the only teams with perfect 6-0 records. 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, Arkansas State and Michigan. Iowa has won its first six games for the first time under Kirk Ferentz and the first time since 1985. Iowa has had three nine-game win streaks under Ferentz. Iowa has won 10 straight games for the first time 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 is undefeated in 10 straight games for the first time since 1956 and 1957 (9-0-1). 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 holds a 3-2 advantage in the series with Wisconsin since the two teams began playing for the Heartland Trophy in 2004. The trophy was designed and crafted by artist and former Iowa football player Frank Strub. The trophy, which is a bull mounted on a walnut base (native to both Wisconsin and Iowa), has the scores of all previous games between the two schools inscribed on it. The Heartland Trophy became the 16th Big Ten football traveling trophy. The Iowa-Wisconsin series has been the closest and most competitive of all Big Ten series’. The teams have met 84 times and the series is currently a dead heat, 41-41-2. Iowa won the first two meetings in which the Heartland Trophy was on the line, before Wisconsin won in both 2006 and 2007. Iowa’s home win last year returned the trophy to Iowa City.
Wisconsin holds a 52-44-5 record at homecoming, having won its homecoming game in each of the past five seasons. Wisconsin holds an 8-4 record against Iowa when the Hawkeyes visit for homecoming. Iowa has been Wisconsin’s homecoming opponent just once (1997) since 1979.
Iowa has played 1,122 games since beginning football in 1889. Iowa’s overall record is 574-509-39 (.529). That includes a 363-198-16 (.643) record in home games, a 211-311-23 (.410) record in games away from Iowa City, a 282-343-25 (.453) mark in Big Ten games and a 246-162-15 (.599) record in Kinnick Stadium.
MOEAKI EARNS BIG TEN HONOR
Iowa tight end Tony Moeaki has been named Big Ten Offensive Player of the week following his performance in Iowa’s 30-28 win over Michigan. He becomes the sixth Hawkeye to be named Big Ten Player of the Week this season. Moeaki, a 6-4, 250-pound senior, caught six passes for 105 yards and two touchdowns. He had scoring receptions of 34 and 42 yards. He returned to the lineup against Michigan after having been out of action for three games with an ankle injury. The Big Ten honor is his first. The Wheaton, IL native was also named national Tight End of the Week by the College Football Performance Award committee and Offensive Player of the Week in the Big Ten by ESPN.com.
HAWKEYES EARN WEEKLY RECOGNITION
- Several Iowa players have earned weekly honors during the first six weeks of the season.
- TE Tony Moeaki earned Offensive Player of the Week vs. Michigan. He had six receptions for 105 yards, including scoring grabs of 34 and 42 yards. Moeaki was also the ESPN.com offensive Player of the Week.
- PK Daniel Murray was named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week vs. Michigan by ESPN.com. Murray made a career-best three field goals against Michigan, connecting from 28, 40 and 41 yards.
- 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.
SUCCESS ON THE ROAD
Dating back to 2008, Iowa has won its last four games away from Iowa City. That includes wins at Minnesota, Iowa State and Penn State, along with a victory over South Carolina in the 2009 Outback Bowl. In those wins Iowa 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 six straight games away from home, including the 2001 Alamo Bowl. Iowa’s win at No. 4/5 ranked Penn State on Sept. 26 marked Iowa’s 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 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 WISCONSIN
Hawkeye fans not able to attend the Wisconsin game Oct. 17 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 three remaining home games as Iowa hosts Indiana (Oct. 31), Northwestern (Nov. 7) and Minnesota (Nov. 21). 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 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.
Saturday will be the 85th meeting between Iowa and Wisconsin. The series is tied, 41-41-2. Iowa has won 22 of the last 30 contests, including a 38-16 win in Iowa City a year ago. Wisconsin has won two of the last three games, including a 17-13 victory in 2007 on Iowa’s last visit to Madison. The Hawkeyes had won four straight in the series before the Badgers won 24-21 in Iowa City in 2006. Iowa holds a 3-2 advantage since the Heartland Trophy was introduced prior to the 2004 meeting. Wisconsin holds a 26-17-1 advantage in games played in Madison. The teams have split the last four meetings at Camp Randall Stadium, with Iowa winning in 2003 and 2005. The Hawkeyes defeated the Badgers 30-7 in the 2004 regular-season finale to win a share of the Big Ten championship.
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 65-29 (.691) overall mark and a 38-20 (.655) 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 76-53 (.589) and a 45-37 (.549) mark in Big Ten games. In 13 seasons as a college head coach his career mark is 88-74 (.543). 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-seven of Iowa’s 129 games under Ferentz have been decided by seven points or less (23-24) 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.
WISCONSIN COACH Bret Bielema
Wisconsin’s Bret Bielema is in his fourth season as a collegiate head coach, boasting a 33-12 (.733) overall record and a 17-10 (.630) conference mark. In his first season as Badger head coach, he guided Wisconsin to a share of second place in the Big Ten. Bielema has led the Badgers to three straight bowl games, including a 17-14 victory over Arkansas in the 2007 Capital One Bowl. The Badgers finished 9-4 in 2007 and lost to Tennessee 21-17 in the 2008 Outback Bowl. A year ago Wisconsin participated in the Champs Bowl, falling to Florida State. Bielema was the 2006 Big Ten Coach of the Year. Bielema, 39, is the nation’s sixth youngest head coach behind Lane Kiffin (Tennessee), Pat Fitzgerald (Northwestern), Steve Sarkisian (Washington), David Elson (Western Kentucky) and Mario Cristobal (Florida International). Bielema is a graduate of the University of Iowa, where he earned four letters (1989-92) as a nose guard after joining the Hawkeye program as a walk-on. He was a member of Iowa’s 1990 Big Ten championship team. He became a starter his junior year (1991) and was a team co-captain his senior campaign. Bielema began his coaching career as a graduate assistant (1994-95) at Iowa. In 1996, he was promoted to linebackers coach for six seasons (1996-2001). While at Iowa, he coached under head coaches Hayden Fry and Kirk Ferentz. He served as co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at Kansas State for two seasons (2002-03) under Bill Snyder before joining the Wisconsin coaching staff in 2004. Bielema served as defensive coordinator and linebackers coach for two years (2004-05) under Barry Alvarez before becoming the Badgers’ head coach.
IOWA TO FACE SECOND FORMER PLAYER
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. Former Hawkeye Bret Bielema (1989-92) is the head coach at Wisconsin and former Hawkeye Mike Stoops (1981, 1983-84) is the head coach at Wisconsin. Iowa defeated Arizona 27-17 Sept. 19 in Iowa City.
IOWA, WISCONSIN NOTES
- Iowa is tied for second nationally in turnovers, collecting 19 (12 interceptions, 7 fumbles). Wisconsin is tied for seventh with 16 turnovers. Iowa has scored 60 points off turnovers in six games. In wins over Michigan State and Minnesota, Wisconsin scored a combined 35 points off opponent turnovers. The Badgers added seven points following an interception last week at Ohio State.
- Wisconsin scored at least 31 points in four straight games prior to scoring 13 at Ohio State. Iowa ranks as one of the top defensive teams by allowing just 15.8 points per game. Twenty-one of the 95 points allowed by Iowa have come on interception returns.
- Wisconsin (33:20) and Iowa (32:26) rank first and second, respectively, in the Big Ten in time of possession. The Badgers rank eighth in the nation and Iowa is 17th.
- Wisconsin is 34-3 at Camp Randall Stadium since the 2004 season. One of the losses was a 20-10 decision to Iowa in 2005.
- Both Iowa and Wisconsin list 51 players on their depth chart, including punter and kicker. Those lists, for both teams, include just 10 seniors.
- Wisconsin ranks third in the Big Ten and 29th nationally in total offense (422.3). Iowa is third in the Big Ten and 31st in the nation in total defense (305.3).
- Wisconsin ranks 37th in scoring offense (31.3) and Iowa is 20th in scoring defense (15.8).
- Iowa will be gunning for possession of its second traveling trophy. The Hawkeyes are already in possession of the Cy-Hawk Trophy with their 35-3 win over Iowa State. Iowa and Minnesota will fight for Floyd of Rosedale in the season finale (Nov. 21) at Iowa City. Iowa has won four straight trophy games, beginning with a home win over Minnesota near the end of the 2007 season.
- Iowa has allowed only one 100-yard rusher this season, as Iowa State’s Alexander Robinson rushed 19 times for 100 yards in Iowa’s 35-3 win. Last season Maine’s Jhamal Fluellen (21-104) was the only opponent to rush for 100 yards.
- The Iowa roster includes two players from the state of Wisconsin, WR JoJo Pregont from Janesville and OL Charlie Knipper from Whitefish Bay. Both are true freshmen. The Badgers have one Iowan on their roster, redshirt freshman TE Zach Davison (Waukee).
- Four Hawkeye players celebrate their birthdays this week, including P Eric Guthrie (Monday, 21) OL Andy Kuempel (Thursday, 23), LB Jeff Tarpinian (Friday, 22) and RB Brad Rogers (Sunday, 19).
THE LAST MEETING
Iowa RB Shonn Greene rushed for 217 yards and tied three single-game records with his four rushing touchdowns as Iowa posted a 38-16 triumph over Wisconsin last Oct. 18 in Kinnick Stadium. With the victory, Iowa reclaimed possession of the Heartland Trophy. Greene equaled a school-record with four rushing touchdowns (12, 34, 52 and 34 yards). His four scores also matched the Kinnick Stadium record, by an Iowa player, and his 24 points tied the school record held by eight others. His 217 rushing yards tie Nick Bell for the sixth-most in a single-game in Iowa history. Greene’s performance garnered him Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week accolades. Greene gave Iowa an early 14-0 advantage on scoring runs of 12 and 34 yards in the first and second period, respectively. The 34-yard run was selected as ESPNs top Play of the Day. Wisconsin closed within 14-9 with 6:15 remaining in the third quarter after Badger PK Philip Welch converted three-consecutive field goals (42, 40 and 35 yards). The Hawkeyes responded by scoring on four of their next five possessions. Greene scampered 52 yards for his third score of the game to increase Iowa’s lead to 21-9. QB Ricky Stanzi, who completed 11-18 passes for 114 yards and a touchdown, then connected with TE Allen Reisner for a 16-yard score. In the fourth quarter, Iowa added 10 more points on a 34-yard touchdown run by Greene and a PK Trent Mossbrucker 35-yard field goal. Wisconsin RB Zach Brown tallied a 21-yard touchdown run late in the game for the only Badger touchdown. Badger QB Dustin Sherer completed 17-34 passes for 161 yards and two interceptions. RB John Clay rushed 16 times for a team-high 89 yards to lead the Badgers and TE Garrett Graham had six receptions for 74 yards. Greene became the 12th Iowa player, and second-fastest, to reach 1,000 rushing yards in a single-season. Iowa’s defense collected three interceptions and two sacks and forced seven punts, blocking one. LB Pat Angerer posted career bests in tackles (16) and interceptions (2). Twelve of his game-high 16 stops came in the first half. His efforts earned him Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week laurels. RB Paki O’Meara recorded Iowa’s first blocked punt in over three years.
IOWA DEFEATS MICHIGAN
The Iowa defense forced five turnovers and QB Ricky Stanzi passed for 284 yards and two touchdowns as Iowa defeated Michigan 30-28 in Iowa City to celebrate Hawkeye Homecoming. Michigan took an early 7-0 lead after returning an interception for a touchdown on the second play of the game. Iowa came back with a touchdown drive to tie the game on its next possession, with Stanzi hitting TE Tony Moeaki for the 34-yard score. A pass interception by LB Jeremiha Hunter led to an Iowa field goal before Michigan answered with a short rushing touchdown and a 14-10 lead at the end of one period. A 41-yard field goal by Daniel Murray allowed Iowa to cut the margin to 14-13. A one-yard run by RB Brandon Wegher gave Iowa a 20-14 advantage late in the second period and that was the halftime score. Murray added a 40-yard field goal in the third period before Brandon Minor scored his second rushing touchdown to leave Iowa leading 23-21 after three periods. Iowa’s defense held Michigan inside its own five-yardline early in the fourth quarter and Iowa took over at the 42. Stanzi connected with Moeaki for a second scoring strike to stretch the advantage to 30-21. Michigan’s final points came on a three-yard run with 3:16 to play. Michigan’s attempt at an onside kick went out of bounds, but Iowa was unable to get a first down and Michigan regained possession at its 17-yardline with 1:30 to play. Iowa’s Brett Greenwood sealed the win with a pass interception on Michigan’s third play. Along with the two interceptions, Iowa had fumble recoveries by Hunter, DE Adrian Clayborn and DB William Lowe. Hunter and LB Pat Angerer each recorded 12 tackles to lead the Iowa defense. Stanzi ended the contest with 284 passing yards, completing 20-38 attempts, with just one interception. Moeaki had six receptions for 105 yards and was named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week. RB Adam Robinson led the rushing attack with 70 yards on 10 carries. Wegher added 57 yards on two kick returns and Colin Sandeman had 41 yards on four punt returns.
- The 30 points against Michigan are the second-most Iowa has scored this season (35 in victory at Iowa State). The Hawkeyes have won three games by a combined six points this year (Northern Iowa 17-16, Michigan 30-28 and Arkansas State 24-21).
- Iowa is bowl eligible for the ninth straight year, going to bowls seven of the previous eight seasons. Iowa has won 42 of its last 50 contests in Kinnick Stadium.
- Iowa has started 6-0 for the first time under Coach Kirk Ferentz and for the first time since 1985 (7-0). Also, Iowa boasts a 10-game winning streak for the first time under Ferentz. Iowa has won 10 straight games for the first time since winning 20 straight games between Nov. 6, 1920 and Oct. 20, 1923. Iowa had a 9-0-1 unbeaten streak in 1956 &1957.
- Iowa improved to 52-41-5 in Homecoming games, ending a two-game losing streak. The Hawkeyes are now 2-3 vs. Michigan on Homecoming.
- Iowa scored six points following five Michigan turnovers, with the last interception coming in the final minute to secure the victory. Iowa, in six games, has scored 60 points (seven TDs, four FGs) following 20 opponent turnovers (12 interceptions, seven fumbles, one blocked punt). Iowa has recorded at least one takeaway in 39 of its last 41 games, dating back to the 2006 campaign. Iowa has collected at least one turnover in 19 consecutive games, dating back to the final contest of the 2007 season. Last season, Iowa scored 99 points following 32 opponent turnovers.
- Iowa’s defense has collected four or more takeaways in three games (four at Penn State, five vs. Michigan and six at Iowa State). For the season, Iowa has amassed 19 takeaways in six games.
- Iowa has started on offense in 108 of its last 123 contests. The Hawkeyes have started the game on offense in 110-of-129 games under Kirk Ferentz. Iowa has started on offense in eight straight games. Iowa deferred after winning the toss last year in a win over Purdue and the Boilermakers elected to receive on a very windy day in Kinnick Stadium.
- Junior QB Ricky Stanzi completed 20-38 passes for 284 yards and two touchdowns, both to TE Tony Moeaki. Stanzi had completions to nine receivers. Stanzi threw a career-best four touchdown passes earlier this season in a win at Iowa State. Stanzi ranks eighth in career passing yards (3,315) after passing Brad Banks against Michigan. His 24 career touchdown passes rank seventh best at Iowa.
- Iowa had two changes in its starting line-up on offense. TE Tony Moeaki returned to start after missing Iowa’s last three games. Riley Reiff started at left guard, with Dace Richardson moving to right guard. Richardson had started four straight games at left guard after starting the opening game of the year at right tackle. On defense, CB Shaun Prater returned to the starting line-up after missing the win over Arkansas State.
- Iowa was 2-3 in the red zone, scoring a field goal and a rushing touchdown. Iowa failed to convert on fourth down on a third trip inside the red zone. Iowa has scored on 45 of the last 49 red zone possessions (30 TDs and 15 FGs), dating back to the Michigan State game in 2008. Iowa is 28-31 combined inside the red zone its last nine games.
- Michigan scored 21 points on three drives inside the Iowa red zone. Michigan scored on three rushing touchdowns. Iowa opponents are 12-13 in the red zone this season, with five FGs and seven touchdowns. Michigan scored a rushing touchdown late in the first period, the first allowed by Iowa this season. The Iowa defense had not allowed a rushing touchdown for 33 consecutive periods, dating back to the third quarter of a win over Penn State on Nov. 8, 2008. Michigan added two rushing touchdowns in the second half.
- Michigan scored seven points following one Iowa turnover, returning an interception for a score on the second play of the game. Iowa opponents have scored 30 points following 10 Iowa turnovers (eight interceptions, two fumbles). Michigan, 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.
- TE Tony Moeaki returned to action after missing Iowa’s last three games. Against Michigan, Moeaki had six catches for 105 yards, including scoring receptions of 34 and 42 yards. He was named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week. Moeaki had 10 receptions for 83 yards and one score vs. Northern Iowa. Moeaki had three touchdown receptions in a 2007 win over Syracuse. He also had a career-high 112 receiving yards in that win over Syracuse.
- Iowa PK Daniel Murray had a 28-yard field goal in the first period and a 41-yarder in the second. He added a 40-yard kick in the third period. The three made field goals and four attempts are career-bests for Murray. He made 2-3 field goals in a win at Penn State earlier this season. The 41-yard kick matches his longest of the season. His career best is 47 yards. Murray missed a 53-yard attempt on the final play of the first half. Iowa made three field goals in a game for the first time since Trent Mossbrucker made 3-4 at Illinois last season.
- Iowa LB Jeremiha Hunter had a pass interception in the first period and a fumble recovery in the second period. The theft is the second of Hunter’s career (Northwestern, 2008). The fumble recovery is the third of his career and second this season (at Iowa State). Hunter tied his career high with 12 tackles. He also collected 12 tackles three previous times. LB Pat Angerer shared top tackle honors with Hunter, with 12 stops. SS Tyler Sash and LB A.J. Edds contributed nine tackles each.
- Iowa DE Adrian Clayborn recovered a Michigan fumble late in the second period that was caused by DT Karl Klug. The recovery is the first of Clayborn’s career. Klug caused the third fumble of his career, second this season. Klug caused a fumble in the win at Iowa State and recovered a fumble in the win at Penn State.
- Sophomore DB William Lowe had the first fumble recovery of his career in the third period, collecting a fumbled punt return. Lowe had a forced fumble in Iowa’s win over Arkansas State.
- Michigan failed to convert an on-side kick in the fourth period, as the kick went out of bounds. Iowa has recovered all four on-side kick attempts by its opponents this season. Also, both Arizona and Arkansas State failed to convert fake punt attempts.
- Iowa improves to 66-9 when leading after three periods under Coach Ferentz.
WISCONSIN FALLS AT OHIO STATE
Ohio State used big plays on defense and a 96-yard kick return to take a 31-13 win over Wisconsin in Columbus. The Badgers controlled much of the contest on both offense and defense, but OSU took advantage of Wisconsin mistakes. The Buckeyes scored their first touchdown on an 89-yard interception return by Kurt Coleman. Wisconsin tied the score on a touchdown run by Chris Maragos, who converted a fake field goal into seven points. OSU scored later on a 32-yard interception return by Jermale Hines. After a Wisconsin field goal cut the deficit to 21-13, Ray Small returned the kickoff 96 yards for another Buckeye touchdown. Wisconsin held a 368-184 advantage in total offense and held the ball for 42:47 of the 60 minutes. Wisconsin QB Scott Tolzien completed 27-45 passes for 250 yards, as 10 Badgers had at least once reception. RB John Clay led the ground game with 20 carries for 59 yards and Philip Welch had field goals of 50 and 46 yards. Mike Taylor led Wisconsin on defense with eight tackles. O’Brien Schofield added seven tackles, including 3.5 tackles for loss.
DOMINANT AT HOME
Iowa has won 42 of its last 50 games (.840) 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 4-0 at home this season, with wins over Northern Iowa, Arizona, Arkansas State and Michigan. Iowa has home games remaining vs. Indiana, Northwestern and Minnesota.
IOWA DEFENSE SOLID
- Iowa’s defense has been solid through six games. Iowa ranks fifth in the nation in turnover margin (+1.5), seventh in pass efficiency defense (89.3), 20th in scoring defense (15.8) and 21st in pass defense (171.0). Iowa is also 31st in total defense (305.3) and 34th in net punting (37.5).
- 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 did not allow a rushing touchdown in 33 consecutive quarters, including the final 13 quarters last season and 20 quarters this season.
- 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 nine in turnover margin, with 12 interceptions and seven fumble recoveries. 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. Angerer led Iowa with 12 tackles vs. Michigan and Edds had nine stops.
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. Reiff, Richardson and Vandervelde alternated at the guard spots in the win over Michigan.
- 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 71.5 yards per game, while Wegher averages 48.3. Robinson has scored four touchdowns and Wegher three. Both have proven to be capable receivers, combining for 15 receptions.
- 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. Nine players had at least once reception against Michigan. Overall, seven Hawkeyes have at least one pass reception.
- 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.
- WR Derrell Johnson-Koulianos has 11 catches this season, with 10 resulting in an Iowa first down. In Iowa wins over Penn State in 2008 and 2009 DJK had 10 receptions, all giving Iowa a first down.
- Iowa has had a different player lead the team in receiving in five of six games. Those players include TE Tony Moeaki vs. Northern Iowa (10-83-1 TD) and Michigan (6-105-2 TDs); 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, Arkansas State and Michigan. 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, four opponents have tried an onside kick, with Iowa recovering in wins over Iowa State, Arizona and Arkansas State. Michigan’s onside attempt went out of bounds, giving Iowa possession.
- 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.
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 14-3 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 12 of Iowa’s last 15 games.
- Stanzi completed 20-38 passes for 284 yards against Michigan, with scoring tosses of 34 and 42 yards. Stanzi has five scoring passes of over 30 yards in Iowa’s last two games.
- He completed 20-32 passes for 205 yards vs. Arizona, but did not have a touchdown pass.
- Stanzi completed 18-26 passes for 296 yards and three touchdowns vs. Arkansas State, throwing as many as three touchdowns for the fourth time in his career.
- Stanzi ranks eighth in career passing with 3,315 yards. He has completed 259-448 career passes, with 24 touchdowns. He ranks seven in scoring passes.
- 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 have 12 punt returns for 46 net yards. He has at least one punt of over 50 yards in 13 of Iowa’s last 17 games. He is on the Ray Guy Watch List this season. He is averaging 41.1 yards on 29 punts, with 15 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. He collected five tackles and recovered a fumble in the win over Michigan.
ROBINSON LEADS RUSHING ATTACK
Redshirt freshman Adam Robinson continues to lead Iowa’s rushing attack. Robinson gained 70 yards on 10 carries against Michigan and had a seven-yard reception. 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 88 times for 429 yards and four touchdowns (4.9 per carry). He also has 66 yards on seven 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. He returned to action against Michigan after missing three games and led Iowa with six receptions for 105 yards and two scores. He was named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week. Moeaki battled through injuries, again, in 2008, finishing with 13 catches for 144 yards and one touchdown, in nine contests. He has accumulated 63 receptions for 758 yards and 10 touchdowns during his injury-plagued collegiate career.
- 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 93 receptions for 1,322 yards and six touchdowns, including an 18-yard scoring reception at Iowa State. He ranks 20th in career receptions and ranks 22nd in career receiving yards.
- Senior WR Trey Stross has improved on his season totals from last season through Iowa’s six games. He leads the team with 17 receptions for 268 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. His 33-yard catch against Michigan kept alive a touchdown drive. Stross ranked fifth in team receiving in 2008, collecting 13 receptions for 109 yards and a touchdown, in 11 games. He has 59 career receptions for 838 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 added his third theft of the season in the final minute of the win over Michigan and had seven tackles against the Wolverines. He ranks fourth on the team with 38 tackles.
- After leading the team in tackles a year ago, senior LB Pat Angerer has led the team in tackles in wins over Penn State, Arkansas State and Michigan. Angerer had 12 tackles in the win over Michigan. At Penn State he recorded 14 tackles (four solo) to lead the team. 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 59 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 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 48.3 rushing yards per game and 4.1 yards per carry. He also has eight receptions for 48 yards and is averaging 27.3 yards on three KO returns.
- 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. He collected four tackles and two pass break-ups in the win over Michigan.
- 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 six games. He ranks second on the team with 52 tackles and recovered a fumble in wins over Iowa State and Michigan. He 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 a win over Arkansas State. Along with a fumble recovery against Michigan Hunter again had 12 tackles and his pass interception in the first period led to an Iowa field goal.
BIG PLAY HAWKEYES
Iowa posted five offensive plays (five pass completions) that resulted in 20 yards or more against Michigan, plus three KO returns and one punt return of at least 20 yards or more. Iowa has 22 pass plays and four rushing attempts over 20 yards in its six games. Iowa’s defense has allowed 14 offensive plays (11 passing, three rushing) of 20 yards or more.
IOWA BY QUARTERS
Iowa has outscored its opponents in all four quarters, including 41-37 in the first period, 29-17 in the second period, 34-10 in the third period and 50-31 in the fourth period.
ON THE AVERAGE
Iowa averaged 5.7 yards on 30 first down plays, 2.0 yards on 23 second down plays and 8.2 yards on 18 third down plays against Michigan, while throwing an incomplete pass on its only fourth down attempt. For the season, Iowa is averaging 5.7 yards on first down, 4.1 yards on second down, 6.8 on third down and one yard on fourth down.
AVERAGE SCORING DRIVES
Iowa averaged 6.0 plays, 45 yards and 2:54 elapsed time on six scoring drives in the win over Michigan. Iowa’s three touchdown drives in that win averaged six plays, 59 yards and 3:13 in elapsed time. In six games, Iowa’s 26 scoring drives have averaged 6.8 plays, 50.4 yards and 3:07 in elapsed time. Iowa’s opponents have had 14 scoring drives, averaging 10.2 plays, 61 yards and 4:27 in elapsed time. In six games, just two opponent possessions have started on Iowa’s side of the field. Northern Iowa scored a field goal after recovering an Iowa fumble at the Hawkeye 28. Arkansas State missed a field goal after an interception gave ASU possession at the Iowa 27.
IOWA IN THE RED ZONE
Iowa is 16-19 in the red zone (12 TDs) through six games. Iowa failed to score from the red zone at the end of the 35-3 win at Iowa State, missed a field goal vs. Arkansas State and turned the ball over on downs vs. Michigan. The Hawkeyes have scored on 47 of their last 50 red zone possessions (31 TDs and 16 FGs) dating back to the Michigan State game in 2008. Iowa is 28-31 combined inside the red zone in its last nine games. Iowa’s six opponents are 12-13 in the red zone, with seven touchdowns and five field goals. 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. Michigan scored a rushing touchdown on all three trips inside the Iowa red zone.
POINTS OFF TURNOVERS
Iowa scored six points after collecting five turnovers (two interceptions, three fumbles) in the win over Michigan. For the season, Iowa has scored 60 points (seven TDs, four FGs) following 20 opponent turnovers (10 interceptions, four fumbles, one blocked punt). Iowa has recorded at least one takeaway in 39 of its last 41, dating back to the 2006 campaign. Iowa has collected at least one turnover in 19 consecutive games, dating back to the final contest of the 2007 season. Iowa has been guilty of 10 turnovers (eight interceptions, two fumbles). Iowa opponents have scored 30 points (three touchdowns on interception returns, three field goals) following those turnovers.
RETURNING WITH HONORS
Iowa returns seven players who earned all-Big Ten honors a year ago. That list includes LB Pat Angerer, OL Bryan Bulaga, OL Kyle Calloway, P Ryan Donahue and CB Amari Spievey, who were second team honorees by either the coaches or media. LB A.J. Edds and FS Brett Greenwood earned honorable mention accolades.
EXPERIENCE IN OFFENSIVE LINE
Iowa’s returning offensive linemen have combined to start 129 games throughout their careers. Seniors Rafael Eubanks has started 31 games and senior Kyle Calloway has 30 starts. Others with starting experience include Bryan Bulaga (21), Julian Vandervelde (19), Dace Richardson (15), Dan Doering (6), Riley Reiff (4), Andy Kuempel (2) and Adam Gettis (1). In addition, senior Travis Meade started five games as an offensive lineman before moving to defense for his final season.
DOWN TO THE WIRE FOR HAWKEYES
- Five of Iowa’s eight 2008 Big Ten games were decided in the final minutes of play, including wins over Penn State and Purdue and losses to Northwestern, Michigan State and Illinois. Iowa’s 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. Arkansas State pulled within the final three point margin with two minutes remaining and last week Michigan scored a touchdown with 3:16 to play to cut the final deficit to two points.
- Michigan scored with just over three minutes remaining. The Wolverines attempted an onside kick, but Iowa gained possession when the kick went out of bounds. Michigan regained possession with 1:30 to play before an interception by DB Brett Greenwood secured the win.
- 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 has started on offense in 108 of its last 123 contests. The Hawkeyes have started the game on offense in 110-of-129 games under Kirk Ferentz. Iowa has started on offense in eight straight games. Iowa deferred after winning the toss last year in a win over Purdue and the Boilermakers elected to receive on a very windy day in Kinnick Stadium.
- 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 52-7 when leading at the half and 57-6 when leading after three quarters. Iowa has trailed in five of its six wins and trailed at halftime and after three quarters in two of the six victories 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 40 of their last 42 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 had lost 10 of 11 games that were decided by five points or less before a 24-23 win over Penn State last season.
- 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.
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 was recognized last Saturday in halftime 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.
BEST DECADE FOR IOWA FOOTBALL
Iowa’s football record in the 2000 decade stands at 75-43 (.636), a record that ranks among the best decades in the history of Iowa football. Iowa posted a record of 77-40-4 (.652) during the 1980’s and the Hawkeyes were 62-53-2 (.538) in the 1990’s. Part of the Hawkeye success is due to the stability in the program, as Iowa has had just two head coaches since 1979. Hayden Fry took over prior to the 1979 season and coached through the 1998 season, posting a record of 143-89-6. Current Coach Kirk Ferentz replaced Fry and is now in his 11th season. Ferentz also served as Iowa’s offensive line coach from 1981-89 under Fry.
KINNICK STADIUM TOPS BIG TEN
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.
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).
BIG TEN MEDIA CENTER
The conference office has a Big Ten football media center on bigten.org, providing a single site for media to access information on every Big Ten football program. The media center includes downloadable PDFs of media guides for the conference and every school, weekly releases, statistics, player of the week selections, information on the weekly coaches teleconference (along with links to the live and archived audio) and more. In addition, it features schedules broken down by school and week, which will include game notes for each team, final stats and game recaps. Every Big Ten school also has an individual page containing information on the football contact, media guides and schedules. The media center can be accessed by going to the primary football page on bigten.org and clicking on the “Football Media Center” link on the right-hand side of the page. This website is meant for media use only and is password-protected. Contact the conference office for more information.
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 Michigan State (6 p.m. CT, BTN) Oct. 24 for its second straight road game and third and final night contest of the season. The Hawkeyes return home to host Indiana Oct. 31 (11 a.m., TBA).