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IOWA TO HOST INDIANA
Iowa (8-0, 4-0) will host Indiana (4-4, 1-3) Saturday, Oct. 31 in the first of two straight home games. Game time is 11:02 a.m. at Kinnick Stadium (70,585). Approximately 3,000 tickets remain.
ON THE TUBE
ESPN (HD) will televise the game to a national cable audience. Mark Jones and Bob Davie 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 125 and XM channel 196.
Iowa has played 1,124 games since beginning football in 1889. Iowa’s overall record is 576-509-39 (.530). That includes a 363-198-16 (.643) record in home games, a 213-311-23 (.411) record in games away from Iowa City, a 283-343-25 (.454) mark in Big Ten games and a 246-162-15 (.599) record in Kinnick Stadium.
IOWA IN BCS RANKINGS
Iowa is ranked fourth in the BCS rankings this week. The Hawkeyes are the highest rated Big Ten team. The ranking is the highest ever for Iowa. The Hawkeyes were ranked sixth in the initial poll this season and fifth during the final three weeks of the 2002 season. The BCS rankings are a combination of the Harris Interactive poll, the USA Today coaches poll and computer rankings. Iowa is first in the computer rankings and eighth in the Harris poll and coaches poll. Prior to this season, Iowa appeared in the BCS top 25 on 24 occasions, including eight weeks in both 2002 and 2003, seven weeks in 2004 and one week in 2006. Iowa was ranked as high as 11th in 2003 and 2004 and 23rd in 2006.
IN THE RANKINGS
Iowa is ranked seventh by the Associated Press and eighth in the USA Today coaches poll. The Hawkeyes are also eighth in the Harris Poll and fourth in the BCS Standings. The current ranking is the highest for the Hawkeyes since they were third in both the AP ranking and the coaches poll in December, 2002. 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. Iowa is ranked fourth in the latest Sagarin Ratings. Iowa’s strength of schedule is rated 15th toughest and Iowa is one of 12 teams that has registered two or more wins against Sagarin’s top 30 teams. Iowa has five wins over top 50 teams. Around the Big Ten, Penn State is ranked No. 12/10 and Ohio State is 17/15. In addition, Arizona is 23/24 and Wisconsin is listed among teams receiving votes.
IOWA WINNING THE CLOSE ONES
Iowa has won four games by three points or less for the first time ever. Iowa won three games by three points or less in 2004, 1987 and 1986. In 2004, Iowa won by margins of 6-4, 23-21 and 29-27, all in conference play. In 1987 Iowa had one point wins over Arizona and Wyoming and a two point decision over Ohio State. In 1986 the Hawkeyes defeated Michigan State and Minnesota by three points before a 39-38 Holiday Bowl win over San Diego State. Iowa, in 1996, won two games by a single point and one game by seven. In 1993 Iowa had victories by one, three and four points. The 1985 championship season included wins by two, three and four points. Iowa’s 9-1 season in 1956 included two wins by a single point and two six point victories.
IOWA OFF TO FAST START
- Iowa has opened the season with eight straight wins for the first time ever. The Hawkeyes won their first seven games on the way to the 1985 Big Ten title. The loss, in the eighth game, was at Ohio State. Iowa also won its first seven games in 1900, 1921 and 1922. The Hawkeyes played just seven games in both 1921 and 1922 and posted a 7-0-1 record in 1900.
- Iowa is 4-0 in Big Ten play for the first time since 2002 when the Hawkeyes won all eight conference games.
- Iowa has won 12 straight games, the second longest streak in the nation. Florida has 17 straight wins. The Iowa win streak is the longest since a 20-game streak between 1920 and 1923.
- Iowa is ranked fourth in the BCS Rankings, its highest ranking ever in the BCS poll.
- Iowa and Alabama are the only BCS teams with perfect 8-0 records. There are five additional teams still undefeated.
- Iowa’s strength of schedule is rated as sixth strongest in the nation, based on past opposition. Iowa trails Virginia Tech, Washington, Arkansas, Louisville and Oklahoma. Iowa’s eight opponents have compiled a 38-22 record.
- Iowa has won four of its eight games by a total of eight points, with wins by one, two, two and three points. The Hawkeyes have trailed in seven of eight games, with the largest deficit being 10 points (Northern Iowa, Penn State and Wisconsin).
- Iowa has collected 22 turnovers in eight games, including 15 pass interceptions. Iowa leads the nation in interceptions, is fourth in total turnovers, sixth in turnover margin (+1.38) and tied for 39th in fumble recoveries. The Hawkeyes had 23 interceptions in 13 games last season.
- Iowa is tied for seventh in fewest fumbles lost (three), third in penalty yards per game (32.9), fourth in fewest penalties per game (4.4), and 10th in time of possession (32:33).
- Iowa has lost just three fumbles, two of those in the opening game. Iowa did not lose it’s only fumble at Iowa State in week two and lost its only fumble at Wisconsin in game seven.
- Iowa did not allow a rushing touchdown for 33 consecutive quarters before Michigan had three and Wisconsin one. Iowa allowed seven rushing touchdowns in 2008.
- Iowa has scored 30 points or more in two of seven wins, with a high of 35 at Iowa State.
- Six of Iowa’s opponents have scored 17 points or less. The two opponents who scored over 20 points were aided by a defensive touchdown.
- Iowa has won three prime time games on national television. The Hawkeyes defeated Penn State and Michigan on ABC national television and won at Michigan State in a game televised by the Big Ten Network.
- Iowa has had at least one player earn Big Ten Player of the Week honors in six of eight games.
FINAL FOUR TEAM HOLDS REUNION
The 1979-80 Iowa men’s basketball team, which reached the Final Four, is holding its 30-year reunion this weekend. Most of the squad, along with Head Coach Lute Olson, will be introduced in pre-game ceremonies. Olson and the Hawkeyes finished that season with a 23-10 record. Guard Ronnie Lester was an all-American, despite missing much of the season with a knee injury. He re-injured the same knee in the NCAA semi-finals against Louisville, a game the Hawkeyes eventually lost. The 1979-80 Hawkeyes are expected to attend Iowa’s basketball scrimmage Saturday. The scrimmage will take place at Carver-Hawkeye Arena 30 minutes following the football game.
Tickets remain for all three remaining home games as Iowa hosts Indiana this week, Northwestern (Nov. 7) and Minnesota (Nov. 21). An estimated 1,400 tickets remain for Indiana, 700 for Northwestern and 1,000 for 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 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 WIN STREAK
- Iowa’s 12-game winning streak ranks second best in the nation. Florida holds the longest win streak at 17 games. The Hawkeyes are one of seven unbeaten Division I teams and join Alabama as the only teams with perfect 8-0 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, Michigan, Wisconsin and Michigan State.
- Iowa has the longest road winning streak in Big Ten play with wins in its last four conference road games (Minnesota, Penn State, Wisconsin, Michigan State).
- Iowa has won 12 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 posted perfect 7-0 records in both 1921 and 1922. Iowa has had three streaks of nine or more consecutive wins under Ferentz.
MOEAKI ON MACKEY MID-SEASON LIST
Senior TE Tony Moeaki is one of 22 players named to the John Mackey Award Mid-Season Watch List, which was announced Oct. 20. Moeaki collected a career-best 10 receptions in a 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. 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. He had three catches for 55 yards, including a 24-yard touchdown, in the win at Wisconsin. Moeaki battled through injuries, again, in 2008, finishing with 13 catches for 144 yards and one touchdown, in nine contests. He has accumulated 67 receptions for 817 yards and 11 touchdowns during his injury-plagued collegiate career.
THREE NAMED TO MID-SEASON TEAM
Three Iowa players were named to the CBSSports.com Midseason all-America team released Oct. 22. That trio includes offensive lineman Dace Richardson, senior linebacker Pat Angerer and sophomore safety Tyler Sash. Richardson started Iowa’s first eight games in the offensive line after missing nearly two seasons due to injury. He started at right tackle in Iowa’s opening game. He then moved to left guard in Iowa’s next four games before starting at right guard the last three games. Angerer had led an Iowa defense that ranks among the national leaders in several categories. A starter in 19 straight games, Angerer leads Iowa with 77 tackles and also has two tackles for loss, one pass interception and a forced fumble. He has led Iowa in tackles in six of eight games. Sash has started every game this season and 18 overall in his two seasons. He ranks among national leaders with five pass interceptions this season. He tied Iowa’s school record with three thefts in the win at Iowa State. Sash has 10 career interceptions (the career record is 18). He has already established a career record with 264 interception return yards and he ranks third on the team with 57 tackles.
BIG TEN HONORS CLAYBORN
Junior DE Adrian Clayborn has been named Big Ten co-Defensive Player of the Week. He is the seventh Hawkeye to be named Big Ten Player of the Week this season. Clayborn is a 6-3, 282-pound junior from St. Louis. MO. It’s the second time this season he has won league honors. He was also named Special Teams Player of the Week after he blocked a punt and took it in for a touchdown against Penn State on Sept. 26th. In Iowa’s most recent 15-13 win at Michigan State, Clayborn had four tackles, two sacks for a minus 19 yards and three tackles for losses totaling 21 yards. He also forced a fumble. Iowa had eight Big Ten Players of the Week during the 1997 and 2002 seasons. The Hawkeyes have had seven this season and also during the 2003 and 2008 campaigns.
HAWKEYES EARN WEEKLY RECOGNITION
- Several Iowa players have earned weekly honors during the first eight weeks of the season.
- Iowa TE Tony Moeaki was named the John Mackey Tight End of the Week by the Nassau County (NY) Sports Commission for his play in Iowa’s 30-28 win over Michigan. He was also selected as Big Ten Offensive Player of the week. Moeaki caught six passes for 105 yards and two touchdowns. He had scoring receptions of 34 and 42 yards. He 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.
- 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 play 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 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. He was also co-defensive Player of the Week vs. Michigan State.
- 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). 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.
HAWKEYES NEAR MILESTONES
Two Iowa senior defensive players, LB Pat Angerer and OLB A.J. Edds are close to joining Iowa’s group of players who have amassed 200 career tackles. Edds heads into the game this week with 195 career tackles, including 60 solo tackles and 135 assists. Angerer currently stands at 190 tackles, with 73 solo stops and 117 assists. Angerer has six career interceptions and Edds four. Previously, 60 Hawkeye players have 200 career tackles or more. On offense, junior WR Derrell Johnson-Koulianos has 1,494 career receiving yards on 104 receptions. DJK ranks 16th in both career receptions and yards and needs just six yards to become the 16th Hawkeye player to total over 1,500 yards.
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 STADIUM
Hawkeye fans not able to attend the Indiana game Oct. 31 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.
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.
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. Both Indiana (2007) and Northwestern (2006 and 2008) have won on their last visit to Kinnick Stadium.
ON THIS DATE
Iowa has posted a 5-8-1 record while playing on Oct. 31, including a 1-1 mark vs. Indiana.
Iowa holds a 39-27-4 advantage in the series that began with a 13-6 Iowa victory in 1912. The Hawkeyes have won 15 of the last 23 games in the series, but Indiana has won two of the last three, including a 38-20 decision in Kinnick Stadium to spoil Iowa’s 2007 homecoming. Iowa won 45-9 a year ago at Bloomington. The recent meetings have included some high scoring affairs, as the winning team has scored 30 or more points in seven of the last eight contests and the losing team has scored at least 20 points in three of the last four. Iowa holds a 21-10-3 advantage at Iowa City but Indiana has won on two of its last four visits.
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 67-29 (.698) overall mark and a 40-20 (.667) 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 78-53 (.595) and a 47-37 (.560) mark in Big Ten games. In 13 seasons as a college head coach his career mark is 90-74 (.549). 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-eight of Iowa’s 131 games under Ferentz have been decided by seven points or less (24-24) 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.
INDIANA COACH BILL LYNCH
Bill Lynch is in his third season as the Indiana head coach. Lynch was named Indiana’s 27th head football coach on June 15, 2007. In his first season, he guided Indiana to a 7-6 record and its first bowl appearance (Insight Bowl) in 14 years. Lynch has posted a 14-19 mark with the Hoosiers. He is in his 17th season as a college head coach with a career mark of 95-86-3 (.527). He previously was the head coach at Butler (36-12-3, 1985-89), Ball State (37-53, 1995-02) and DePauw (8-2, 2004). Hiss teams have won or shared seven conference or divisional titles. Lynch, who is in his fifth season on the Indiana staff, served as interim head coach for two games in 2006 and led the Hoosiers during 2007 spring practice. He served as the assistant coach, offensive coordinator and tight ends coach with the Hoosiers in 2005-06. This is Lynch’s second stint at Indiana, as he was the Hoosiers’ quarterbacks coach in 1993-94.
IOWA, INDIANA NOTES
- Indiana won on its last visit to Kinnick Stadium, posting a 38-20 win in 2007 to spoil Iowa’s homecoming.
- Iowa ranks sixth in the nation in turnover margin and Indiana is 23rd. The Hoosiers also rank 20th in QB sacks allowed and 26th in tackles for loss. Iowa ranks 51st in QB sacks, collecting four last week in a win at Michigan State.
- Indiana’s Ray Fisher ranks fourth in the nation in KO returns (38.1) and DE Jammie Kirlew ranks seventh in tackles for loss (1.7 per game).
- Iowa and Indiana both average 23.6 points per game.
- While Iowa rallied to win on the last play of the game last weekend at Michigan State, Indiana lost at Northwestern when the Wildcats converted a 19-yard field goal with 21 seconds remaining.
- Iowa has won four games by a combined eight points. Indiana has a three point loss and a one point loss among its four defeats.
- Two Hawkeye players celebrate birthdays this week. Shaun Prater turns 20 on Oct. 27 and James Hurt celebrates his 20th birthday on Oct. 28.
- 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.
- Iowa’s roster includes three players from Indiana, senior LB A.J. Edds (Greenwood), sophomore Jewel Hampton (Indianapolis) and sophomore PK Trent Mossbrucker (Mooresville). Hampton will not play this season due to injury and Mossbrucker is a redshirt candidate. There are no Iowans on the Indiana roster.
- Indiana Head Coach Bill Lynch’s son, Billy, is the Hoosiers’ wide receivers coach. Coach Lynch coached two of his sons, Billy and Joey, as the head coach at Ball State. Iowa Coach Kirk Ferentz previously coached his son, Brian, at Iowa. His second oldest son, James, is currently a redshirt freshman offensive lineman at Iowa.
- Indiana assistant Matt Canada was the running backs coach at Northern Illinois when Iowa defeated the Huskies 24-0 in 1999.
- Indiana assistant Brian George was the defensive line coach at Miami, OH when Iowa defeated the RedHawks in 2001, 2002 and 2003.
- Indiana assistant Billy Lynch was a graduate assistant at Miami, OH when Iowa defeated the RedHawks in 2003.
- Indiana assistant Joe Palcic was the defensive backs coach at Miami, OH when Iowa defeated the RedHawks in 2001, 2002 and 2003.
- Indiana assistant George Ricumstrict was a graduate assistant at Michigan State when Iowa defeated the Spartans in 1996.
- Bill Lynch was head coach at Butler in 1988 while current Iowa Men’s Basketball Coach Todd Lickliter was there as an assistant men’s basketball coach (1988-89).
THE LAST MEETING
Iowa scored the final 28 points, scoring touchdowns on four of its five second-half possessions, to earn a convincing 45-9 victory at Indiana a year ago. The Hawkeyes had two running backs eclipse 100 yards rushing for the first time since their 2007 season-opener vs. Northern Illinois in Chicago (Albert Young and Damian Sims). Shonn Greene and Jewel Hampton combined for 229 yards and four touchdowns. Greene had 23 attempts for a game-high 115 yards, including a 12-yard scoring run. Hampton, an Indianapolis native, had 22 carries for 114 yards and touchdown runs of one, one and 10 yards. Iowa took a 17-9 lead into the break. Iowa PK Trent Mossbrucker converted a 26-yard field goal and Greene (12 yards) and Hampton (one yard) each ran for a score in the first half. Indiana PK Austin Starr made a 46-yard field goal and QB Kellen Lewis found WR Ray Fisher in the end zone from 17 yards out to close the first-half scoring. It was all Iowa the final 30 minutes. Iowa QB Ricky Stanzi connected with WR Andy Brodell for a 34-yard scoring strike to push its lead to 24-9. On Iowa’s next possession, Stanzi threw a 20-yard touchdown pass to TE Brandon Myers to make the score 31-9 after three periods. Hampton posted scoring runs of one and 10 yards in the fourth quarter. Stanzi completed 12-20 passes for 184 yards and two touchdowns. Lewis completed 13-18 passes for 108 yards and a score in the first half, but did not play the second half due to injury. Brodell caught four passes for a game-high 95 yards and a score, while Myers had four receptions for a career-high 64 yards. Defensively, DB Amari Spievey collected a career-high eight tackles, all solo stops. DT Mitch King had six stops, including three for a minus 19 yards and a QB sack. Iowa’s defense held the Hoosiers without a first down on six of their first eight possessions.
IOWA RALLIES AT MICHIGAN STATE
Iowa scored on a seven-yard touchdown pass from Ricky Stanzi to Marvin McNutt on the final play of the game to take a 15-13 win at Michigan State. The win is the first for Iowa in East Lansing since 1995 and marks Iowa’s fourth straight road victory of the season. Iowa controlled the action in the fourth quarter, collecting a 20-yard field goal by Daniel Murray to tie the game at 6-6 with 11:43 remaining. Michigan State gained just one first down on its next possession and Iowa began an 11-play drive that covered 72 yards and took over six minutes off the clock. Murray added another 20-yard field goal, his third three-pointer of the night, to give Iowa a 9-6 advantage with 2:56 to play. MSU took over at its own 40 after a long kick return, but faced a third and 18 after consecutive QB sacks. A pass and lateral play gained 38 yards and the Spartans would later score their only touchdown on a 30-yard pass from Kirk Cousins to Blair White with 1:37 to play. Iowa’s game-winning drive began with a 16 yard Stanzi to McNutt completion to the Iowa 46. After a short run by Stanzi and an incomplete pass, Stanzi connected with Trey Stross for a 21-yard gain. A 16-yard pass to Derrell Johnson-Koulianos moved the ball to the MSU 15 and a holding penalty gave Iowa a first and goal at the seven. After three straight incomplete passes, Stanzi found McNutt on a slant pattern for the winning score. The completion marked Iowa’s first fourth down conversion of the season. Iowa’s offense was led by RB Adam Robinson, who rushed 27 times for 109 yards, both career bests. Stanzi completed 11-27 passes for 138 yards and a touchdown. Johnson-Koulianos led Iowa receivers with 59 yards on three receptions and he added 48 yards on two KO returns. Iowa’s defense allowed MSU just 85 net rushing yards while collecting four QB sacks. LB Pat Angerer led Iowa’s defense with nine tackles. DE Adrian Clayborn registered three tackles for loss, including two QB sacks, and was named co-Defensive Player of the Week in the Big Ten. Murray made all three of his field goal attempts, including a 37-yard kick in the second period to force a 3-3 halftime tie. Punter Ryan Donahue averaged 44.7 yards on six punts, with three kicks inside the MSU 20.
- With the win, Iowa leads the series against Michigan State by a 21-18-2 margin. Iowa’s victory is the first for the Hawkeyes in East Lansing since a 21-7 win in 1995. The home team had won the previous nine games in the series.
- Iowa wins with a touchdown on the last play of the game for the first time since the 2005 Capital One Bowl. In that contest the Hawkeyes scored on a 56-yard pass from Drew Tate to Warren Holloway for a 30-25 win.
- Dating back to 2008, Iowa has won its last six games away from Iowa City, including wins at Minnesota, Iowa State, Penn State, Wisconsin and Michigan State, and over South Carolina in the 2009 Outback Bowl. Iowa has allowed just 46 points in those games.
- Iowa becomes the second Big Ten team ever to win road games at Penn State, Wisconsin and Michigan State in the same season. Michigan completed the trifecta in 1977.
- With the win at Michigan State, Iowa improves to 4-0 on the road this season, with a Nov. 14 contest at Ohio State remaining. Iowa has won at Iowa State, Penn State, Wisconsin and Michigan State. Iowa won all five road games in 2002 before a neutral site loss to Southern Cal in the 2003 Orange Bowl.
- Iowa RB Adam Robinson had career bests in rushing attempts and yards (27-109). He had 20 attempts at Wisconsin and 101 rushing yards vs. Arizona. This becomes his second game this season with over 100 rushing yards (Arizona).
- Iowa’s opponents have scored the first points of the game in all four Hawkeye road games this season. Iowa State, Wisconsin and Michigan State opened with a field goal, while Penn State started with a touchdown. Iowa scored 35 straight points at Iowa State, 21 at Penn State and 20 at Wisconsin.
- Iowa PK Daniel Murray had a 37-yard field goal in the second period and two 20-yard kicks in the fourth. He tied his career-high of three field goals, which came earlier this season in a win over Michigan (in four attempts). He made field goals of 37 and 48 yards at Wisconsin. He made 2-3 field goals in a win at Penn State. The 48-yarder at Wisconsin is a career best. Murray has made 14-18 field goal attempts this season and all 19 PAT kicks.
- DE Adrian Clayborn had another solid game for Iowa, collecting four tackles, including three tackles for loss and two QB sacks. He forced a fumble in the third period as well and was named co-Defensive Player of the Week in the Big Ten.
NORTHWESTERN RALLIES PAST INDIANA
Northwestern rallied for a 29-28 win over Indiana, connecting on a 19-yard field goal with 21 seconds remaining for a 29-28 win in Evanston. Indiana had a chance to win on the final play of the game, but a 59-yard field goal attempt was short as time expired. Indiana got off to a fast start, leading 21-0 just minutes into the second period. Darius Willis scored on a 70-yard run on the first play from scrimmage. After an exchange of punts the Hoosiers made it 14-0 on a one-yard run by QB Ben Chappell. That score was set up by a 35-yard Ray Fisher punt return. Willis added a three-yard run for a 21-0 Indiana advantage. After Northwestern scored its first points on a field goal, Fisher added a 93-yard KO return to make the score 28-3. Northwestern closed the gap to 28-17 at halftime. Indiana was unable to score in the second half as Northwestern rallied. The Wildcats scored on a 51-yard pass early in the fourth period to pull within 28-26. Indiana failed to convert a fourth and three at the Northwestern 33 with 7:04 remaining and the Wildcats began their game winning drive. Willis led Indiana with 103 rushing yards on 14 carries, while Chappell completed 16-27 passes for 163 yards. Matt Mayberry led the Hoosier defense with 13 tackles, including two for loss. Mayberry, Austin Thomas and Nick Polk each had pass interceptions.
SUCCESS ON THE ROAD
Dating back to 2008, Iowa has won its last six games away from Iowa City. That includes wins at Minnesota, Iowa State, Penn State, Wisconsin and Michigan State, along with a victory over South Carolina in the 2009 Outback Bowl. In those wins Iowa allowed just 46 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 was 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 DEFENSE SOLID
- Iowa’s defense has been solid through eight games. Iowa leads the nation with 15 pass interceptions. The Hawkeyes rank sixth in turnover margin (+1.38), fifth in pass efficiency defense (92.7) and 14th in scoring defense (14.8) and 17th in pass defense (174.2). Iowa is also 18th in total defense (296.5) and 12th in net punting (40.6).
- 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.
- Wisconsin scored just 10 points (all in the second quarter), rushed for just 87 net yards and gained 230 yards total offense. The Badgers entered the game averaging 31.3 points, 200.7 rushing yards and 422.3 yards total offense. Wisconsin had negative two rushing yards and 58 yards total offense in the second half.
- Iowa held Michigan State to 85 net rushing yards and 13 points. MSU averaged 29.3 points and over 400 yards total offense in its first seven games.
- 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. Michigan broke the string with a first period rushing touchdown.
- 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 11 in turnover margin, with 15 interceptions and seven fumble recoveries. Iowa had five interceptions at Iowa State and three at Penn State and Wisconsin. There were no turnovers in the win at Michigan State.
- Linebackers Pat Angerer and A.J. Edds are the only senior starters on the Iowa defense.
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 most recent three wins.
- 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 is averaging 9:01 minutes of possession time in the fourth period. Iowa has had over 10 minutes of possession in the fourth period of three games, with a season best 11:33 at Michigan State. Iowa also had 10:55 in fourth quarter possession at Wisconsin and 10:29 possession time vs. Arizona in the final period.
- Iowa’s running back tandem of Adam Robinson and Brandon Wegher gives the team a balanced attack. Robinson leads the team by averaging 78.6 yards per game, while Wegher averages 40.1. Robinson has scored five touchdowns and Wegher three. Both have proven to be capable receivers, combining for 19 receptions. Robinson rushed for over 100 yards vs. Arizona and Michigan State and Wegher had over 100 yards at Iowa State.
- 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 matched a career-high with eight receptions for 113 yards at Wisconsin in his first start of the season. DJK now has 104 career receptions for 1,494 yards. He ranks 16th in career receptions and yardage. In Iowa wins over Penn State in 2008 and 2009 DJK had 10 receptions, all giving Iowa a first down.
- Iowa has had five different players lead the team in receiving in its eight 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), at Wisconsin (8-113-1 TD) and at Michigan State (3-59); and WR Marvin McNutt vs. Arkansas State (4-121-2 TDs). Moeaki, McNutt and Johnson-Koulianos have all had over 100 receiving yards in a game.
- 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. Iowa lost its only fumble in the win at Wisconsin.
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.
DEPTH CHART INCLUDES NINE WALK-ONS
Iowa’s depth chart includes nine walk-ons, three on offense and three on defense and three on special teams. That list includes RB Paki O’Meara, OL Josh Koeppel, FB Wade Leppert, DL Travis Meade, DB Brett Greenwood, DB Joe Conklin, PK Daniel Murray, P Eric Guthrie and long snapper Andrew Schulze. The Iowa depth chart has just 10 seniors (six offense, four defense) among the 47 players listed (not including special teams). PK Daniel Murray and P Ryan Donahue are both juniors.
HAWKEYES OUT WITH INJURIES
Senior RB Jayme Murphy, sophomore RB Jewel Hampton and Junior DB Jordan Bernstine will miss the 2009 season due to injuries. In addition, wide receiver/return specialist Paul Chaney, Jr. was injured in the Oct. 10 win over Michigan and will also miss the remainder of the season. Bernstine (5-11, 205) was listed as a first team cornerback following spring practice before suffering an ankle injury at the start of fall drills. He saw action in seven games a year ago, recording 12 tackles. He had a pass interception against Michigan State. Bernstine did not use a redshirt at Iowa in 2007, recording nine tackles as a true freshman. Hampton (5-9, 210), who will miss the season with a knee injury, was listed as the first team running back following spring practice. He rushed 91 times for 463 yards and seven touchdowns in 2008 as a true freshman. The seven rushing touchdowns are an Iowa freshman record. Murphy (5-11, 210) will miss this season due to a back injury. Murphy had just seven rushing attempts a year ago but made his mark throughout his career with his outstanding play on Iowa’s special teams.
IOWA DEFEATS TWO FORMER PLAYERS
The 2009 college football season will feature 14 Division I games in which a head coach is facing his alma mater. Iowa is the only team to face two opponents that are 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 Arizona. Iowa defeated Arizona 27-17 Sept. 19 in Iowa City. Iowa defeated Wisconsin 20-10 Oct. 17 in Madison.
A GLANCE AT THE SCHEDULE
Iowa closes the season with three of four remaining games in Kinnick Stadium. The Hawkeyes opened at home Sept. 5 and also had home games Sept. 19, Oct. 3 and Oct. 10. The Hawkeyes have won road games at Iowa State (Sept. 12), Penn State (Sept. 26), Wisconsin (Oct. 17) and Michigan State (Oct. 24). After hosting Indiana this week, the Hawkeyes host Northwestern (Nov. 7) and close the season at home vs. Minnesota (Nov. 21). The remaining road game is at Ohio State (Nov. 14). Seven of Iowa’s 2009 opponents competed in bowl games at the conclusion of the 2008 season, along with Northern Iowa advancing to the semi-finals of the FCS playoffs. Of the seven bowl participants, Michigan State, Ohio State and Penn State played in January bowl events.
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 16-3 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 14 of Iowa’s last 17 games.
- Stanzi completed 17-23 passes for 218 yards and a touchdown at Wisconsin, with no interceptions. He completed 11-13 passes in the second half. Stanzi has six scoring passes of over 20 yards in Iowa’s last four games. His completions percentage (.739) at Wisconsin is the best of his career in games in which he had 15 or more pass attempts.
- While his completion percentage was not as high at Michigan State (11-27), Stanzi led Iowa on a 10 play, 70-yard scoring drive in the final 1:32, capping the drive with a seven-yard scoring toss on the final play of the game in Iowa’s 15-13 win.
- Stanzi completed 20-38 passes for 284 yards against Michigan, with scoring tosses of 34 and 42 yards. 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 3,671 yards. He has completed 287-498 career passes, with 26 touchdowns. He ranks seventh in scoring passes.
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 him 10 career thefts in 20 games. The Iowa single season record is eight interceptions and the career mark is 18.
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. Donahue averaged 50 yards on his three punts at Wisconsin, with a long of 58 yards. Donahue averaged 44.7 yards on six punts at Michigan State, with three kicks inside the 20. Iowa’s opponents have 16 punt returns for 70 net yards. He has at least one punt of at least 50 yards in 15 of Iowa’s last 19 games. He is on the Ray Guy Watch List this season. He is averaging 42.4 yards on 38 punts, with 19 punts inside the 20 and just three touchbacks.
ROBINSON LEADS RUSHING ATTACK
Redshirt freshman Adam Robinson continues to lead Iowa’s rushing attack. He had career-bests in attempts (27) and yards (109) at Michigan State, surpassing 100 yards for the second time this season (Arizona). Robinson gained 91 yards on 20 carries at Wisconsin and had 70 yards on 10 carries against Michigan. His 10-yard TD run in the third period at Wisconsin gave Iowa a 17-10 advantage as he had 71 yards in the second half. 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 135 times for 629 yards and five touchdowns (4.7 per carry). He also has 67 yards on eight pass receptions and has two KO returns for 38 yards.
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
- Three Hawkeyes have surpassed 800 career receiving yards. Junior Derrell Johnson-Koulianos leads the way with 104 catches for 1,494 yards and six touchdowns. Senior WR Trey Stross has 62 catches for 873 yards and seven touchdowns. Senior TE Tony Moeaki has 817 yards on 67 receptions, with 11 touchdowns.
- Junior WR Derrell 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 ranks 16th in career receptions and career receiving yards. He matched his career-high with eight receptions (113 yards) in a win at Wisconsin. He has 22 catches for 373 yards through eight games, with a touchdown against Iowa State.
- 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. Clayborn had six tackles in the win at Wisconsin, including two of Iowa’s six tackles for loss. Clayborn led Iowa’s defense at Michigan State, recording three tackles for loss and two QB sacks. He was named co-Defensive Player of the Week by the Big Ten as Iowa held MSU to 85 net rushing yards.
- Senior WR Trey Stross has improved on his season totals from last season through Iowa’s eight games. He has 20 receptions for 303 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 and his 21-yard catch at Michigan State led to Iowa’s winning touchdown.
- 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 is fifth on the team with 46 tackles.
- After leading the team in tackles a year ago, senior LB Pat Angerer has led the team in tackles in Iowa’s last five games. Angerer had 12 tackles in the win over Michigan and nine at Michigan State. He led the team with nine tackles at Wisconsin, including one tackle for loss and a pass break-up. 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. Angerer 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 77 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 36 tackles and six pass break-ups. Spievey had two interceptions in the win at Wisconsin, his first two thefts of the season.
- 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 40.1 rushing yards per game and 3.7 yards per carry. He also has 11 receptions for 90 yards and is averaging 25 yards on seven 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. Binns had eight tackles in the win at Michigan State, including one QB sack, and two pass break-ups. Binns leads Iowa with seven pass break-ups and he had 39 tackles in eight games.
- 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 throughout the season. He ranks second on the team with 64 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. He added six tackles at Wisconsin and six stops at Michigan State.
BIG PLAY HAWKEYES
Iowa posted three offensive plays (all pass completions) that resulted in 20 yards or more against Michigan State, plus two kickoff returns over 20 yards. Iowa has 30 pass plays and five rushing attempts over 20 yards in its eight games. Iowa’s defense has allowed 22 offensive plays (17 passing, five rushing) of 20 yards or more.
IOWA BY QUARTERS
Iowa has outscored its opponents in all four quarters, including 41-40 in the first period, 35-27 in the second period, 41-13 in the third period and 72-38 in the fourth period. Iowa has a 113-51 advantage in second half scoring, including 55-24 in four league games.
ON THE AVERAGE
Iowa averaged 2.5 yards on 27 first down plays, 5.6 yards on 23 second down plays and 4.9 yards on 15 third down plays against Michigan State. Iowa scored on a seven-yard touchdown pass to convert its only fourth down attempt. For the season, Iowa is averaging 5.1 yards on first down, 4.3 yards on second down, 6.5 on third down and 0.7 yards on fourth down. The fourth down conversion for the touchdown at Michigan State marks Iowa’s only fourth down conversion in seven attempts this season.
AVERAGE SCORING DRIVES
Iowa averaged 7.4 plays, 51.5 yards and 3:35 in elapsed time on four scoring drives in the win at Michigan State. Iowa’s only touchdown drive covered 70 yards in 10 plays and took 1:32 in elapsed time. In eight games, Iowa’s 34 scoring drives have averaged 7.4 plays, 51.5 yards and 3:35 in elapsed time. Iowa’s opponents have had 19 scoring drives, averaging 9.9 plays, 62.3 yards and 4:24 in elapsed time. In eight games, just three 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. Wisconsin missed a field goal after recovering an Iowa fumble at the Iowa 25.
IOWA IN THE RED ZONE
Iowa is 22-26 in the red zone (14 TDs). 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 and Wisconsin. The Hawkeyes have scored on 53 of their last 57 red zone possessions (33 TDs and 20 FGs) dating back to the Michigan State game in 2008. Iowa is 34-38 combined inside the red zone in its last 11 games. Iowa’s six opponents are 16-17 in the red zone, with eight touchdowns and eight 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 and Wisconsin collected a field goal and a rushing touchdown from within the red zone. Michigan State collected two field goals on its only two drives inside the Iowa 20.
POINTS OFF TURNOVERS
There were no turnovers in Iowa’s win at Michigan State. For the season, Iowa has scored 67 points (eight TDs, four FGs) following 23 opponent turnovers (15 interceptions, seven fumbles, one blocked punt). Iowa has recorded at least one takeaway in 40 of its last 43 games, dating back to the 2006 campaign. Iowa had collected at least one turnover in 20 consecutive games, dating back to the final contest of the 2007 season, before the win at MSU. Iowa has been guilty of 11 turnovers (eight interceptions, three fumbles). Iowa opponents have scored 30 points (three 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. That trend has continued in 2009, as Iowa has won four games by three points or less for the first time ever in a single season.
- 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 Michigan scored a touchdown with 3:16 to play to cut the final deficit to two points.
- Iowa’s winning touchdown at Michigan State came on fourth down on the final play of the game as Iowa prevailed 15-13. MSU scored with 1:37 to play before Iowa rallied, moving 70 yards in 10 plays. The Hawkeyes won the game on a seven yard pass from Ricky Stanzi to Marvin McNutt.
- 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 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 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 nine seasons, including 2009. 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 52-7 when leading at the half and 57-6 when leading after three quarters. Iowa has trailed in seven of its eight wins this season. Iowa has trailed at halftime in three games and was tied at Michigan State. Iowa trailed after three quarters in wins over Northern Iowa, Penn State and Michigan State and was tied at Wisconsin.
- Iowa sold out six of its seven home games in 2008 and three of four games in 2009. 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 won all three traveling trophy games in 2008 and the Hawkeyes have won both trophy games to date in 2009. 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 kept the Cy-Hawk Trophy in Iowa City and a 20-10 win at Wisconsin keeps the Heartland Trophy in Iowa’s possession.
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 at halftime of Iowa’s Oct. 10 win over Michigan 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 77-43 (.642), 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.
HAWKEYES BY THE NUMBERS
Iowa returns 48 lettermen from 2008, including 22 on offense, 22 on defense and four specialists. The 48 lettermen are four less than the 52 that returned in 2008. The Hawkeyes return six starters on offense, eight on defense and their place kicker and punter. The lettermen breakdown includes five three-year lettermen, 22 two-year lettermen and 21 one-year lettermen. The total roster has 117 players, and includes 15 seniors, 30 juniors, 25 sophomores, 23 redshirt freshmen and 24 true freshmen. The depth chart includes 10 seniors, 20 juniors, 14 sophomores and five redshirt freshmen.
THEY STARTED THEM ALL
Iowa has had 15 players start all eight games, plus punter Ryan Donahue and PK Daniel Murray. On offense, that list includes WR Trey Stross, OL Dace Richardson (at three different positions), OL Rafael Eubanks, QB Ricky Stanzi and FB Brett Morse. On defense, the list includes DE Adrian Clayborn, DT Karl Klug, DT Christian Ballard, DE Broderick Binns, OLB A.J. Edds, LB Pat Angerer, LB Jeremiha Hunter, CB Amari Spievey, SS Tyler Sash and FS Brett Greenwood.
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. Indiana Coach Bill Lynch has a son, Billy, who coaches the Hoosier wide receivers. 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 is home for the second straight week, hosting Northwestern Nov. 7 (11 a.m., TBD). The Hawkeyes close the season with games at Ohio State (Nov. 14) and at home vs. Minnesota (Nov. 21).