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IOWA TRAVELS TO OHIO STATE
Iowa (9-1, 5-1) travels to Ohio State (8-2, 5-1) Saturday for its final road game of the regular season. Kickoff is 2:36 p.m. CT at Ohio Stadium (102,329). The game is sold out as the Buckeyes close their home season.
ON THE TUBE
ABC (HD) will televise the game to a regional audience. Fans not in the ABC regional footprint can watch the game on ESPN (HD). The game will also be available online at ESPN360.com. Sean McDonough, Matt Millen and Holly Rowe 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. Sports USA Radio Network will carry the game nationally, with Rich Cellini, Gary Barnett and Rich Herrera calling the action. The game can also be heard on Sirius channel 123 and XM channel 144.
Iowa has played 1,126 games since beginning football in 1889. Iowa’s overall record is 577-509-39 (.530). That includes a 364-199-16 (.642) record in home games, a 213-311-23 (.411) record in games away from Iowa City, a 284-344-25 (.454) mark in Big Ten games and a 247-163-15 (.599) record in Kinnick Stadium.
IOWA IN BCS RANKINGS
Iowa is ranked 10th in the BCS rankings. Iowa was ranked as high as fourth earlier this season, its highest BCS ever. The Hawkeyes were ranked 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 ninth in the computer rankings, 13th in the coaches poll and 12th in the Harris poll. Iowa was first in the computer poll in the Oct. 25 rankings. 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 13th in the USA Today coaches’ poll and 15th by the Associated Press. The Hawkeyes are also 12th in the Harris Poll and 10th in the BCS Standings. Ohio State is eighth in the coaches poll, 10th in the AP rankings and 11th in the BCS rankings. Iowa ranked as high as sixth in the coaches poll and eighth in the AP earlier this season, 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 16th in the latest Sagarin Ratings. Iowa is one of five teams to register three or more wins against Sagarin’s top 30 teams. Around the Big Ten, Ohio State is 8/10, Penn State is ranked No. 17/19 and Wisconsin is 20/21. In addition, Arizona is 18/19.
Former University of Iowa Football Coach and Athletic Director Forest Evashevski, died Oct. 30th at the age of 91. He is a member of college football’s Hall of Fame. He coached the Hawkeyes (1952-60) to three Big Ten titles and two Rose Bowl victories. He died at his long-time home in Petosky, MI. The Hawkeyes honor his memory with an EVY helmet sticker.
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 opened the season with nine straight wins for the first time ever. The Hawkeyes won their first seven games on the way to the 1985 Big Ten title. 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 has won at least five conference games for the sixth time in 11 seasons under Kirk Ferentz.
- Iowa won 13 straight games before a loss last week to Northwestern. The Iowa win streak was its longest since a 20-game streak between 1920 and 1923.
- Iowa’s strength of schedule is rated 13th strongest in the nation, based on all 2009 opponents. Iowa’s 10 opponents to date have compiled a 54-40 record.
- Iowa has won four games by a total of eight points, with wins by one, two, two and three points. The Hawkeyes have trailed in nine of 10 games, with the largest deficit being 14 points in the second half against Indiana. Iowa trailed by 10 points in wins over Northern Iowa, Penn State and Wisconsin. Iowa trailed Indiana by 10 points in the fourth period before winning 42-24.
- Iowa has collected 26 turnovers in 10 games, including 19 pass interceptions. Iowa is tied for the national lead in interceptions, is tied for second in total turnovers and 35th in turnover margin (+.5). The Hawkeyes had 23 interceptions in 13 games last season.
- Iowa is tied for 29th in fewest fumbles lost (six), third in penalty yards per game (34.3) and fewest penalties per game (4.4), and 25th in time of possession (31:35).
- Iowa has lost six fumbles, two of those in the opening game and two vs. Northwestern. 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 had two fumbles on punt returns vs. Indiana, losing one of the two. Iowa’s second fumble against Northwestern was just the second this season by an Iowa running back.
- Iowa has committed 21 turnovers in 10 games, with 15 of those taking place in the six Iowa home games. Iowa has just five turnovers in four road games.
- Iowa did not allow a rushing touchdown for 33 consecutive quarters before Michigan had three and Wisconsin and Indiana one each. Iowa allowed seven rushing touchdowns in 2008.
- Iowa has scored 30 points or more in three games, with a high of 42 vs. Indiana.
- Seven of Iowa’s opponents have scored 17 points or less. Two of three 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 nine games.
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 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 since 1990. That season the Hawkeyes scored a 54-28 win at fifth-ranked Illinois.
IOWA STREAK SNAPPED
Iowa won 13 straight games before a loss to Northwestern. 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, Michigan State and Indiana. Iowa has the longest road winning streak in Big Ten play with wins in its last four conference road games (Minnesota, Penn State, Wisconsin and Michigan State). Iowa won 13 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.
ON THIS DATE
Iowa has posted a 7-8 record while playing on Nov. 14, including a 2-1 mark vs. Ohio State.
OHIO STATE COACH JIM TRESSEL
Ohio State Coach Jim Tressel is in his ninth season as the Buckeye head coach and his 24th season overall as a college head coach. Tressel has posted a 91-21 record at Ohio State and his career mark is 226-78-2. He led Ohio State to the 2002 national title and the Buckeyes have won four straight Big Ten titles. OSU also played in the national title game in 2006 and 2007. Tressel was named national Coach of the Year in 2002. Prior to taking over at Ohio State, Tressel was the head coach at Youngstown State for 15 years (1986-2000). His teams there won four national titles as he compiled a 135-57-2 record. He was a four time selection as Division I-AA National Coach of the Year. His coaching career has included stops at Akron, Miami, OH and Syracuse. He also coached quarterbacks, receivers and running backs at Ohio State from 1983-85. Along with winning national titles in Division I and I-AA, Tressel’s father, Lee, coached Baldwin Wallace to the 1978 Division III national title. Lee and Jim Tressel are the only father-and-son combination ever to win national championships.
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 and he had 23 yards on two catches vs. Indiana. Moeaki battled through injuries, again, in 2008, finishing with 13 catches for 144 yards and one touchdown, in nine contests. He has accumulated 69 receptions for 840 yards and 11 touchdowns during his injury-plagued career.
STANZI IS O’BRIEN SEMI-FINALIST
Junior QB Ricky Stanzi is a semi-finalist for the Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award. Narrowed down from all 120 Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) quarterbacks, the list highlights 15 individuals who will vie for the oldest and most prestigious award honoring the nation’s best college quarterback. Stanzi (6-4, 218) is a native of Mentor, OH, who has quarterbacked the Hawkeyes to a 9-1 record. Stanzi has passed for 2,186 yards and 15 touchdowns this season. He has posted a 17-4 record as Iowa’s starting quarterback. He is one of two Big Ten quarterbacks among the semi-finalists. He was injured in the second period vs. Northwestern and did not return. Two Iowa quarterbacks have won the Davey O’Brien Award as the nation’s top quarterback. Chuck Long won the honor in 1985 and Brad Banks was recognized in 2002.
SASH IS JIM THORPE AWARD SEMI-FINALIST
Sophomore DB Tyler Sash is one of 12 semi-finalists for the 2009 Jim Thorpe Award, which goes each season to the top defensive back in the nation. Sash has established a new Iowa record for career interception return yards with 350 yards on 11 interceptions. The previous best of 202 yards (18 interceptions) was held by Devon Mitchell. He has six interceptions this season for 203 yards. He had an 86-yard touchdown return in the win over Indiana, the fifth longest return in school history. His six thefts in 2009 tie for sixth best in a season and his 203 return yards are a single season record. He is third on the team in tackles (70) and fourth in tackles for loss (5.5). 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. The Iowa single season record is eight interceptions and the career mark is 18.
ANGERER IS CHUCK BEDNARIK SEMI-FINALIST
Senior linebacker Pat Angerer is one of 16 semi-finalist for the 2009 Chuck Bednarik Award, which honors the top defensive player in the nation. After leading the team in tackles a year ago, Angerer has led Iowa in tackles in the last seven games. Angerer had 12 tackles in wins over Indiana and Michigan and nine at Michigan State. He collected a career-high 17 tackles in the loss to Northwestern Angerer recorded four solo stops and eight assists vs. Indiana, including 1.5 tackles for loss. He also had a forced fumble vs. the Hoosiers as he surpasses 200 career tackles. He is tied for 46th in career stops with 219. 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). 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 had 11 tackles against Arkansas State. 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 106 tackles this season.
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 senior 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 in three games. Richardson is currently sidelined due to an injury suffered at Michigan State. Angerer had led an Iowa defense that ranks among the national leaders in several categories. A starter in 21 straight games, Angerer leads Iowa with 106 tackles and also has four tackles for loss, one pass interception and two forced fumbles. He has led Iowa in tackles in eight of 10 games. Sash has started every game this season and 21 overall in his two seasons. He ranks among national leaders with six pass interceptions this season. He tied Iowa’s school record with three thefts in the win at Iowa State. Sash has 11 career interceptions (the career record is 18). He has already established a career record with 350 interception return yards and he ranks third on the team with 70 tackles. He had an 86-yard interception return for a touchdown in the win over Indiana.
VANDERVELDE NAMED ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT
Junior offensive lineman Julian Vandervelde has been selected to the ESPN The Magazine/COSIDA Academic all-District Seven second all-America team. Vandervelde is a religious studies and English major boasting a 3.47 GPA. This marks the second time the Davenport, IA, native has earned the honor; he was recognized on the academic all-district first team a year ago. He is also a two-time academic all-conference honoree. He has played in eight games this year at offensive guard for the Hawkeyes, playing both the left and right guard spots.
HAWKEYES EARN WEEKLY RECOGNITION
- Several Iowa players have earned weekly honors this 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.
- 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 and 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. Clayborn was also named Big Ten co-Defensive Player of the Week against Michigan State. In the 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.
- 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 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. Sash was also named national Defensive Performer of the Week for his play vs. Indiana, as he had an 86-yard interception return and seven tackles.
- 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 AMONG CAREER LEADERS
Two Iowa seniors, LB Pat Angerer and OLB A.J. Edds, rank among Iowa’s career tackle leaders, as Angerer has 219 career tackles and Edds 203. Angerer is tied for 46th and Edds ranks 56th. Angerer has 81 solo stops and 138 assists. With 12 tackles in the win over Indiana, he became the 61st Hawkeye to surpass 200 career tackles. Edds has 62 solo tackles and 141 assists, surpassing 200 career stops vs. Northwestern. Sophomore DB Tyler Sash is tied for sixth in career interceptions (11) and holds the career record for interception return yards (350). His total return yards rank fifth best all-time in the Big Ten Conference for all games. On offense, junior WR Derrell Johnson-Koulianos has 1,674 career receiving yards on 113 receptions. DJK ranks 11th in receiving yards and 13th in receptions. Junior QB Ricky Stanzi ranks seventh in career passing yards (4,142) and passing touchdowns (28).
LIVE BLOGGING FROM OHIO STADIUM
Hawkeye fans not able to attend the Ohio State game Nov. 14 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. Iowa 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 1,600 visitors during the football game day live blog of Iowa’s win at Michigan State and featured over 2,000 reader comments.
IOWA, OHIO STATE NOTES
- Iowa and Ohio State have both fared well at home over the last eight seasons. Iowa has the 12th-best home record (43-9, .827), while Ohio State ranks fifth-best (51-5, .911).
- Iowa has not played at Ohio State since 2005. Only two current Hawkeyes, OL Dace Richardson and TE Tony Moeaki played in the 2005 contest at Ohio Stadium. Only four current Hawkeyes saw action when Ohio State and Iowa last met in 2006 at Iowa City, including OL Dace Richardson, LB Pat Angerer, WR Trey Stross and TE Tony Moeaki. None of the four had statistics.
- The Iowa depth chart includes seven seniors who are listed as starters (four offense, three defense), the same number as Ohio State (five defense, two offense).
- Ohio State Coach Jim Tressel and Iowa quarterback Ricky Stanzi are from Mentor, OH.
- Iowa has 13 players on its roster from the state of Ohio, including regular starters in QB Ricky Stanzi (Mentor), WR Trey Stross (Avon Lake) and WR Derrell Johnson-Koulianos (Campbell). Others include Steve Bigach, Lebron Daniel, Bruce Davis and William Lowe from Cleveland, Tyler Harrell (Dublin), Micah Hyde (Fostoria), Joe Gaglione (Novelty), Brad Rogers (Toledo), Chris Rowell (Warrensville Heights) and Zach Furlong (Xenia).
- There are no Iowans on the Ohio State roster.
- The Indiana at Iowa game (Oct. 31) was the second-most watched Big Ten/ESPN telecast of the year. The only game with higher viewership was the Southern Cal-Ohio State contest in prime time.
- 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 DB Jason White, who turns 20 on Nov. 12, is the only Hawkeye with a birthday this week.
Saturday marks the 62nd meeting in the series that began with a 12-9 Iowa victory in 1922. Ohio State holds a 44-14-3 advantage and has won the last two meetings. Ohio State won the most recent meeting, 38-17, at Iowa City in 2006. The Hawkeyes snapped an eight-game losing streak to the Buckeyes with a 33-7 victory in Iowa City in 2004. The teams did not meet the last two seasons. The Buckeyes hold a 28-8-1 edge in games played at Columbus and have won the last five meetings there. Iowa’s last win at Columbus came by a 16-9 margin in 1991. The Buckeyes won 31-6 in 2005 on Iowa’s last visit to Ohio State. Saturday’s game will mark the 19th time the teams have met when both have been in the national rankings. Ohio State is ranked 10th by the Associated Press this week and eighth in the coaches poll. Iowa, after its first loss last Saturday, dropped to 15th in the AP rankings and 13th in the coaches poll. In the BCS rankings, Iowa is 10th and Ohio State 11th. Ohio State has won 14 of the 18 games in which both teams were ranked. Of those games, Ohio State was the higher ranked team 14 times, while Iowa was ranked higher than the Buckeyes in 1957, 1958, 1985 and 1986. Ohio State won three of those meetings before the Hawkeyes scored a 31-10 win in 1986. Iowa was ranked 11th at the time, Ohio State 17th. The teams have met four times when one was ranked as the top team in the nation. Iowa held the top spot in the rankings in 1985 when it suffered a 22-13 loss at Ohio Stadium. Iowa did win the 1985 Big Ten title and represented the conference in the Rose Bowl. Ohio State has been the top ranked team in the nation in four games against Iowa. The Buckeyes won 21-19 at Iowa City in 1964 over an unranked Iowa team. Ohio State was also the top team when it defeated Iowa 55-13 at Columbus in 1973. Top-ranked Ohio State won 49-0 in 1975 as well and the Buckeyes were the top team in the nation when they defeated 13th-ranked Iowa at Iowa City in 2006.
THE LAST MEETING
Top-ranked Ohio State scored on five of its first eight possessions to upend 13th-ranked Iowa 38-17 in Kinnick Stadium on Sept. 30, 2006. The prime time contest was broadcast to a national audience. The loss was only Iowa’s second at home over a stretch of 27 games, dating back to 2002. The Buckeyes jumped out to a 14-3 advantage, but a 15-yard RB Albert Young touchdown run in the second quarter trimmed the deficit to 14-10. Young’s score was the first rushing touchdown Ohio State yielded in five games. Ohio State answered with 17 straight points to stretch its lead to 31-10 in the fourth quarter. The Hawkeyes closed the gap to 31-17 on WR Andy Brodell’s four-yard touchdown reception from QB Drew Tate early in the fourth quarter. Iowa would get no closer as its final three drives resulted in turnovers (two interceptions and a fumble). Tate completed 19-41 passes for 249 yards, with one touchdown and three interceptions. WR Scott Chandler had six catches for a team-best 87 yards. Young led Iowa’s rushing attack with 48 yards on 11 attempts. Iowa was not penalized in the game, while Ohio State was only flagged three times for 18 yards. Ohio State QB Troy Smith completed 16-25 passes for 186 yards and four touchdowns. RB Antonio Pittman rushed 25 times for a game-high 117 yards, while WR Anthony Gonzalez caught five passes for 77 yards and two touchdowns. LB Mike Klinkenborg recorded double figures in tackles for the fourth time in five games, as the junior was credited with a game and career-high 13 tackles. DB Charles Godfrey had a career-high 12 stops, while LB Mike Humpal accumulated nine tackles, including one for loss.
NORTHWESTERN RALLIES PAST IOWA
Northwestern took advantage of four turnovers in the second period and held Iowa scoreless after the first quarter in taking a 17-10 win in Iowa City, handing Iowa its first loss of the season and winning for the third straight time in Kinnick Stadium. Iowa started fast, using a 74-yard pass from Ricky Stanzi to Marvin McNutt to take a 7-0 advantage just one minute into the game. After the Iowa defense forced a three and out, the Hawkeyes increased their advantage to 10-0 on a 39-yard field goal by Daniel Murray on the following possession. The game changed in the second period when Iowa forced a Wildcat punt and took possession at the Iowa six-yardline. QB Ricky Stanzi fumbled when sacked in the endzone, and Northwestern recovered for a touchdown. Stanzi suffered an ankle injury on the play and did not return to action. Northwestern collected its second pass interception on Iowa’s next possession and drove 46 yards for the go-ahead touchdown with 5:20 left in the half. It appeared for a moment that Iowa regained the lead just two plays later when Brandon Wegher appeared to score on a 64-yard run. That play was nullified by a holding call and the half ended with Northwestern leading 14-10. Iowa drove to the Northwestern 29 midway through the third period, but a 46-yard Murray field goal attempt was just left. The Wildcats added a field goal with 13:29 to play to end the scoring. Iowa’s offense did not pass midfield in the fourth period. The Iowa defense played a solid game, allowing Northwestern just 239 yards total offense. Northwestern reached the Iowa redzone just once in the contest, but the Wildcats held almost a nine minute advantage in time of possession. LB Pat Angerer led the Hawkeye defense with a career-high 17 tackles. Jeremiha Hunter added 10 tackles and Joe Conklin collected his first career interception. Stanzi completed 4-9 passes for 134 yards and a touchdown before his injury. James Vandenberg completed 9-27 attempts for 82 yards and Derrell Johnson-Koulianos had six receptions for 63 yards. Wegher led Iowa’s ground game with 63 yards on 19 carries and Ryan Donahue averaged 47 yards on five punts.
- Northwestern maintained possession for 34:20, while Iowa had the ball for 25:40. The Wildcats were 9-of-18 on third downs, while the Hawkeyes were 4-of-14.
- LB Pat Angerer recorded a game and career-high 17 tackles. LB Jeremiha Hunter was also credited with double-digit tackles (10). DT Broderick Binns equaled a personal best with nine tackles. As a unit, Iowa collected six tackles for loss, including three sacks. Angerer ranks 46th in career tackles with 219.
- Redshirt freshman QB James Vandenberg saw his most extensive action of the season, replacing the injured Ricky Stanzi. The redshirt freshman completed 9-27 passes for 82 yards.
- Iowa punter Ryan Donahue punted five times for 235 yards and a 47.0 average. Three of his punts were downed inside the 20 and he boomed a 73-yard punt.
- Iowa WR Marvin McNutt had a 74-yard reception for a touchdown on Iowa’s opening drive, his third scoring reception in three weeks. McNutt ended the game with two receptions for 91 yards. He had a 92-yard scoring reception vs. Indiana and a seven-yard touchdown grab on the final play at Michigan State. WR Derrell Johnson-Koulianos added six receptions for 63 yards vs. Northwestern.
- Iowa scored a touchdown on its first possession, opening the game with a scoring drive for the fourth time in 10 games. Iowa scored a touchdown on its opening drive vs. Arizona and Arkansas State, and a field goal on its opening drive vs. Northern Iowa. Iowa did not score on its opening drives at Iowa State, at Penn State, vs. Michigan, at Wisconsin, at Michigan State and vs. Indiana.
- Northwestern did not score on its opening possession. Iowa has allowed just two opponents (Indiana, game nine, and Penn State, game four) to score on their opening drive in its last 23 games.
- Iowa has scored the first points in five of 10 games. The opponent has scored first in all four road games, as Iowa State, Wisconsin and Michigan State opened with a field goal and Penn State opened with a touchdown. Iowa scored 35 straight points at Iowa State, 21 at Penn State and 20 at Wisconsin.
- Senior DB Joe Conklin had the first interception of his career in the second period, with the theft coming in the endzone to stop a Northwestern drive. Conklin started for the first time in his career in place of the injured Brett Greenwood. Greenwood had started 29 consecutive games before missing the Northwestern game due to injury. OL Dace Richardson, RB Adam Robinson and WR Colin Sandeman all missed their second straight game, while QB Ricky Stanzi did not return following a second period injury. Stanzi completed 4-9 passes for 134 yards and a touchdown before being injured.
- Iowa’s second lost fumble in the second period marked the first fumble by an Iowa running back since the opening game of the season. As a team, Iowa has lost six of eight fumbles in 10 games, with two of the fumbles (one lost) occurring on punt returns.
- Iowa had turnovers on four straight possessions in the second quarter, two interceptions and two lost fumbles. Northwestern recovered a fumble for a touchdown and scored a touchdown following one of the interceptions. In a win over Indiana, Iowa was guilty of turnovers on five straight possessions in the second half.
- Iowa has outscored its opponents 148-57 in the second half in 10 games, including 107-44 in the fourth period. The 10 points scored against Northwestern marks Iowa’s season low (15 at Michigan State). Iowa did not score in the second half for the first time this season.
OHIO STATE WINS AT PENN STATE
Ohio State QB Terrelle Pryor threw two touchdown passes and ran for another score as the Buckeyes won 24-7 at Penn State. OSU is the first team, other than Iowa, to defeat Penn State during the regular season since Nov. 17, 2007 (Michigan State, 35-31). The teams were tied 7-7 in the second period before an OSU field goal gave the Buckeyes a 10-7 advantage at the break. OSU scored the only points in the second half on touchdown passes of 62 and six yards by Pryor. The final score was set up by a 45-yard punt return. Pryor completed 8-17 passes for 125 yards and added 50 rushing yards. He scored on a seven-yard run for the first points of the game in the opening period. Brandon Saine led OSU’s rushing game with 68 yards, while DeVier Posey had 77 yards on two pass receptions and added two rushing attempts for 19 yards. Ohio State had a 228-76 advantage in net rushing yards and both teams had 125 passing yards. The Buckeyes had no turnovers and averaged 18.6 yards on seven punt returns. Cameron Heyward led the Buckeye defense with 11 tackles, including three tackles for loss and two QB sacks. He has named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week. Brian Rolle and Ross Homan each added 10 tackles.
IOWA DEFENSE SOLID
- Iowa’s defense has been solid through 10 games. Iowa is tied for first in the nation with 19 pass interceptions. The Hawkeyes rank fourth in pass efficiency defense (94.3), 13th in scoring defense (15.9), 14th in total defense (291.7), 16th in pass defense (173.0), 19th in net punting (38.4) and 35th in turnover margin (+.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.
- 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.
- Iowa held Indiana to just 79 rushing yards. The Hoosiers scored just 10 points following six Iowa turnovers. Similar to Wisconsin, Iowa allowed minus two rushing yards and 55 yards total offense in the fourth period, while collecting two pass interceptions.
- Northwestern had just 130 net rushing yards and 109 passing yards. Its scoring drives were a 46-yard touchdown drive and a 52-yard field goal drive. The Wildcats scored one touchdown on a fumble recovery in the endzone.
- 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 five in turnover margin, with 19 interceptions and seven fumble recoveries. Iowa had five interceptions at Iowa State and three in wins over Penn State, Wisconsin and Indiana. There were no turnovers in the win at Michigan State.
- Linebackers Pat Angerer and A.J. Edds and safety Joe Conklin 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 three wins. Richardson was injured at Michigan State, with Vandervelde returning to the starting line-up at right guard the last two games in place of Richardson.
- 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 just under nine 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 50.2. Wegher has scored six touchdowns and Robinson five. Both have proven to be capable receivers, combining for 21 receptions. Robinson rushed for over 100 yards vs. Arizona and Michigan State, but was injured late in the win at MSU. Wegher started for the first time vs. Indiana and responded with 25 carries for 118 yards and three scores. He also had over 100 rushing 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, 14 Hawkeyes have at least one pass reception this season. Iowa established a school-record with 19 players having at least one reception in 2004.
- Earlier this season the 12 players included seven wide receivers, three tight ends, one running back and one fullback. In 1986 the 13 receivers included seven wide receivers, three running backs, two tight ends and one fullback.
- Iowa has had five different players lead the team in receiving in its 10 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), at Michigan State (3-59) and vs. Northwestern (6-63); and WR Marvin McNutt vs. Arkansas State (4-121-2 TDs) and Indiana (4-155-1 TD). 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 and lost one of two fumbles on punt returns vs. Indiana. Iowa lost both of its fumbles against Northwestern.
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 three touchdowns vs. Indiana in his first career start and rushed for over 100 yards for the second time this season. Wegher (15-101 at ISU) became the second Iowa running back 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.
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.
FOUR HAWKEYES INJURED AT MSU
Four additional Iowa players were injured in the win at Michigan State and will miss some playing time over the final month of the season. Senior OL Dace Richardson and redshirt freshman RB Adam Robinson both suffered injuries against the Spartans. Neither Richardson or Robinson played in Iowa’s last two games and Iowa Coach Kirk Ferentz acknowledged both will likely miss the remainder of the regular season as Iowa closes with games against Ohio State and Minnesota. In addition, WR Colin Sandeman did not play in Iowa’s last two games as well. Safety Brett Greenwood played the opening series vs. Indiana but missed the remainder of the game and did not play vs. Northwestern. Both Sandeman and Greenwood were also injured in the win at Michigan State. QB Ricky Stanzi suffered an injury in the second period of the Northwestern game and did not return. His status is doubtful for this week at Ohio State.
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 17-4 record in games he has started, including a 10-4 Big Ten record and a 10-2 mark in Kinnick Stadium. Iowa led the Northwestern game when he left due to injury.
- Through 10 games Stanzi has completed 154-275 attempts for 2,186 yards, with 15 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. The passing yards rank 15th best for a single season and the 15 touchdowns ties as 12th best. He has thrown at least one touchdown pass in 16 of Iowa’s last 19 games.
- 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.
- While struggling with five interceptions in the win over Indiana, Stanzi completed all three of his pass attempts in the fourth period for 177 yards and two touchdowns. He had scoring strikes of 92 and 66 yards. Stanzi has nine scoring passes over 20 yards in Iowa’s last six 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. 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 seventh in career passing with 4,142 yards and seventh in passing touchdowns (29). He has completed 304-533 (.570) career passes.
HAWKEYES TO WATCH
Seven Hawkeye players were named to 11 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 (Davey O’Brien Award and Manning Award). Four players, Angerer, Bednarik; Moeaki, Mackey; Tyler Sash, Thorpe; and Stanzi, O’Brien, have been named to semi-final lists for different awards, along with Coach Kirk Ferentz, who is a semi-finalist for the George Munger Coach of the Year award. Iowa is one of three programs (joining Oklahoma and Texas) to have five different individual players earn national Player of the Year honors at their position since 2002.
MURRAY ON A ROLE
Junior PK Daniel Murray has made 10 of his last 13 field goal attempts in Iowa’s last six games. Murray made 3-4 kicks against Michigan to establish career-bests in both categories. Murray connected from 28, 41 and 40 yards against Michigan. He made both of his attempts at Wisconsin, a 37-yard kick in the first half and a career-long 48-yard kick late in the fourth period to extend Iowa’s advantage to 20-10. Murray tied his career-best by making all three attempts at Michigan State. He made a 37-yarder in the first half and added two 20-yard field goals in the fourth period. His final kick gave Iowa a 9-6 advantage with 2:56 left in the game. He connected on one of two attempts vs. Northwestern. Murray has made 15-21 FG attempts this season and all 26 PAT kicks. His career numbers include 28-40 field goals. He had made 56-58 PAT kicks, including 40 straight over the last two seasons. His 71 points in 2009 tie for 20th best for a season. He ranks 15th in scoring with 140 points.
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. He averaged 47 yards on five punts vs. Northwestern, with a season-long 73 yard kick. Three of his kicks were inside the 20 and Northwestern had just one return for five yards. Iowa’s opponents have 17 punt returns for 75 net yards, as Iowa ranks 12th in the nation in punt return defense (4.4). He has at least one punt of at least 50 yards in 16 of Iowa’s last 21 games. He is on the Ray Guy Watch List this season. He is averaging 42.2 yards on 45 punts, with 22 punts inside the 20 and just five touchbacks.
DJK AMONG CAREER LEADERS
WR Derrell Johnson-Koulianos ranks among Iowa’s career leaders in receptions (11th) and receiving yards (13th) with 113 receptions for 1,674 yards and seven touchdowns. He leads Iowa in 2009 with 31 receptions for 553 yards and two scores and he is averaging 25 yards on eight KO returns. He matched a career-high with eight receptions for 113 yards at Wisconsin in his first start of the season. He added 117 yards on three receptions against Indiana. His 66-yard scoring reception, a career-long, gave Iowa a 28-24 advantage in the fourth quarter. All three of his catches vs. the Hoosiers gave the Hawkeyes a first down. DJK led Iowa in the Northwestern game with 63 yards on six receptions. In wins over Penn State in 2008 and 2009 DJK had 10 receptions, all giving Iowa a first down. He led Iowa in receptions (44) and receiving yards (639) and was second in kickoff returns (9-178-19.8) in 2008.
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. Robinson is currently sidelined with an injury, sustained in the win at Michigan State. He did not play against Indiana and Northwestern the last two weeks.
WEGHER STEPS UP
True freshman Brandon Wegher started at running back for the first time vs. Indiana and responded with 25 carries for 118 yards and three touchdowns, all career-bests. He scored on a four-yard run in the second period, but saved the best for last. He scored on a six-yard run to give Iowa a 35-24 advantage in the fourth period. He added a 27-yard scoring run for Iowa’s last points in the closing minutes. He added 63 yards on 19 carries vs. Northwestern and had a 66-yard scoring run negated by a penalty. For the season he has rushed 131 times for 502 yards and six scores. He also had 101 yards on 15 carries in the win at Iowa State, where he scored his first career touchdown. 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 50.2 rushing yards per game and 3.8 yards per carry. He also has 13 receptions for 112 yards and is averaging 25 yards on seven KO returns.
HAWKEYE PLAYER NOTES
- Three Hawkeyes have surpassed 800 career receiving yards. Junior Derrell Johnson-Koulianos leads the way with 113 catches for 1,674 yards and seven touchdowns. Senior WR Trey Stross has 67 catches for 938 yards and seven touchdowns. Senior TE Tony Moeaki has 840 yards on 69 receptions, with 11 touchdowns.
- 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 eighth on the team with 47 tackles, despite playing just one series vs. Indiana and missing the Northwestern game completely.
- 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. He recorded seven tackles in the win over Indiana. His five tackles vs. Northwestern included 2.5 tackles for loss, raising his season total to 13.5 for 63 yards.
- Senior WR Trey Stross has improved on his season totals from last season through Iowa’s 10 games. He has 25 receptions for 368 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. Stross had three catches for 45 yards vs. Northwestern.
- Junior CB Amari Spievey has been a steady performer throughout the season. Spievey, who has started 24 straight games, recorded eight tackles and two pass break-ups in Iowa’s opening win. Spievey has also been used on punt returns and KO returns. Spievey added four solo tackles and one KO return at Iowa State. He was 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 47 tackles and six pass break-ups after collecting seven tackles vs. Northwestern. Spievey had two interceptions in the win at Wisconsin, his first two thefts of the season. He added four tackles and a pass break-up, along with eight yards on three punt returns, vs. Indiana.
- 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 eight pass break-ups and he has 50 tackles. He collected nine tackles vs. Northwestern.
- Junior LB Jeremiha Hunter has been a steady performer throughout the season. He ranks second on the team with 80 tackles and recovered a fumble in wins over Iowa State and Michigan. He came up with one of the biggest plays of the season 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 has recorded six tackles in three games, wins over Wisconsin, Michigan State and Indiana, before adding 10 tackles vs. Northwestern.
- 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 eight of its nine 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, Michigan State and Indiana. The Wisconsin game was tied after three periods.
- Iowa sold out six of its seven home games in both 2008 and 2009, including the Nov. 21 contest vs. Minnesota. The Hawkeyes have sold out 42 of their last 44 games, dating back to the 2003 (including the home finale vs. Minnesota). 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.
THEY STARTED THEM ALL
Iowa has had 13 players start all 10 games, plus punter Ryan Donahue and PK Daniel Murray. On offense, that list includes WR Trey Stross, 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 and SS Tyler Sash. Free safety Brett Greenwood had started 29 straight games before missing the Northwestern game.
EXPERIENCE IN OFFENSIVE LINE
Iowa’s current offensive linemen have combined to start 149 games throughout their careers. Seniors Rafael Eubanks has started 35 games and senior Kyle Calloway has 34 starts. Others with starting experience include Bryan Bulaga (25), Julian Vandervelde (21), Dace Richardson (17), Riley Reiff (8), Dan Doering (6), Andy Kuempel (2) and Adam Gettis (1). In addition, senior Travis Meade started five games as an offensive lineman before moving to defense for his final season.
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).
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.
HAWKEYES ON THE TUBE
All Iowa football games this season will be televised on either ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, Big Ten Network or Fox Sports Net. The last Iowa contest not televised was vs. Minnesota on Nov. 17, 2001. Iowa has played 100 straight games on television.
HOME GROWN HAWKEYES
Iowa’s roster of 117 players includes 56 players from Iowa. The roster includes 17 players from Illinois; 13 from Ohio; four from Florida; three from Indiana, Minnesota, Missouri and New Jersey; two from Pennsylvania, Nebraska, Texas and Wisconsin, one from Connecticut, Georgia, Kansas, Massachusetts, Montana, South Dakota and Canada.
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 will close the regular Nov. 21, hosting Minnesota (11 a.m., ESPN/ESPN2) in the annual battle for Floyd of Rosedale. The Hawkeyes are bowl eligible for the ninth consecutive season.