Iowa Post-Game Notes

Nov. 14, 2009

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No. 11 Ohio State beat No. 10 Iowa today, 27-24 in overtime in Columbus, OH. The win clinches the Buckeyes a spot in the 2010 Rose Bowl. Iowa trailed by 14 points in the fourth quarter, rallied to tie the game, but ultimately fall in the overtime on an Ohio State 39-yard field goal.

Iowa is now tied with Wisconsin and Penn State in a three-way tie for second place in the Big Ten standings with 5-2 league marks. Iowa will host Minnesota Nov. 21 to close the regular season (ESPN or ESPN2), while Penn State travels to Michigan State and Wisconsin travels to Northwestern. Ohio State concludes the regular season at Michigan.

Iowa played its sixth overtime game. The Hawkeyes are now 4-2 all-time in overtime contests. Iowa won at Penn State in two overtimes in 2000 and in one overtime in 2002. Iowa won at Syracuse in three overtimes in 2006 and defeated Michigan State in two overtimes in 2007 in Iowa City. Iowa lost in single overtime to Michigan in 2005, also in Iowa City.

Iowa amassed 233 yards passing to only 93 for Ohio State. The Buckeyes (229 yards) did out-rush the Hawkeyes (67 yards). Ohio State collected three Hawkeye interceptions, while Iowa was unable to record a takeaway. Iowa’s third interception was on a “hail-marry” 4th and 26 play in overtime. Ohio State maintained possession for 33:52, while Iowa held the ball for 26:06 today.

Iowa won the toss and elected to defer, with Ohio State electing to receive. Iowa has started on offense in 111 of its last 128 contests. The Hawkeyes have started the game on offense in 113-of-134 games under Ferentz.

Iowa games vs. Ohio State (11/14/07), Indiana (10/31/09), Purdue (11/15/08), Penn State (11/08/08), Wisconsin (10/10/08), Minnesota (11/10/07), at Northwestern (11/3/07), vs. Michigan State (10/27/07), at Penn State (10/6/07), vs. Iowa State (9/16/06), vs. Minnesota (11/19/05), vs. Michigan (10/22/05), at Purdue (10/8/05), at Minnesota (11/13/04), vs. Purdue (11/6/04), at Miami, OH (9/7/02) and at Michigan State (9/27/03) are the only contests that the Hawkeyes didn’t start on offense. Iowa won 13 of the 17 games.

Redshirt freshman QB James Vandenberg started for the first time in his career. He completed 20-33 passes for 233 yards. His nine-yard scoring strike to Marvin McNutt in the third period marked his first career TD pass. He had a 58-yard completion to Derrell Johnson-Koulianos in the third period and a 33-yard completion to McNutt on the third period touchdown drive to tie the game. His second scoring pass covered 10 yards to McNutt with 2:42 remaining in the game.

Robinson led Iowa’s rushing game with 20 carries for 74 yards and he had 13 yards on two receptions. Robinson leads Iowa’s rushing attack for the season with (155-703 before OSU). His yardage is the most ever for an Iowa freshman. The previous mark of 679 yards was held by Ladell Betts (1998).

WR Derrell Johnson-Koulianos had a 99-yard KO return for a touchdown in the fourth period. The KO return for a score is the first for Iowa since C.J. Jones had a 100-yard return vs. Southern Cal on the opening play of the 2003 Orange Bowl. DJK had three KO returns for 154 yards vs. OSU. The 99-yard return ties as the fourth longest in school history. DJK also had three catches for 71 yards, including a long of 58 yards. He now ranks ninth in career receptions (116) and 12th in receiving yards (1,735).

LB Pat Angerer recorded a game-high 13 tackles, including 10 in the first half. DE Adrian Clayborn added a career-high 12 stops and OLB A.J. Edds had 10. Clayborn had a game-high three tackles for loss, including a sack. As a unit, Iowa collected seven tackles for loss, including two sacks.

Iowa did not score on its first possession, opening. 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, vs. Indiana and at Ohio State

Ohio State 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 24 games.

The attendance of 105,455 is the 14th largest crowd for an Iowa football game. Earlier this season Iowa won at Penn State in front of 109,316, which is the fourth largest crowd for an Iowa football game.

Iowa has scored the first points in six of 11 games. The opponent had scored first in all four road games before Iowa opened the scoring at Ohio State with a field goal. 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.

Iowa was 3-4 in the red zone against Ohio State, collecting a field goal in the first period before missing a field goal and scoring a passing touchdown in the third. Iowa added a second passing score in the fourth period. Iowa has scored on 59 of the last 64 red zone possessions (37 TDs and 22 FGs), dating back to the Michigan State game in 2008. Iowa is 40-45 combined inside the red zone its last 14 games.

Ohio State was 2-2 in the red zone (field goal in second quarter, rushing TD in the fourth). Iowa opponents are 23-26 in the red zone this season, with 10 FGs and 13 touchdowns.

Ohio State is the second Iowa opponent to not have a turnover. Iowa has at least one turnover in nine of 11 games, with no turnovers vs. Michigan State. Iowa entered the Ohio State game leading the nation in interceptions (19). Iowa has scored 81 points (10 TDs, four FGs) following 28 opponent turnovers (19 interceptions, seven fumbles, one blocked punt).

Ohio State scored seven points following two pass interceptions. Iowa opponents have scored 54 points following 22 Iowa turnovers (16 interceptions, six fumbles). Michigan, Arkansas State and Arizona returned interceptions for touchdowns and Northern Iowa scored field goals following two Iowa fumbles. Penn State scored three points following an interception. Indiana scored a touchdown after recovering a fumble on an Iowa punt return and added a field goal following a third period interception. Northwestern recovered a fumble in the end zone for a touchdown and OSU scored a rushing touchdown after a fourth period interception.

Today’s game marked the seventh time in 11 games Iowa has been tied or trailed after three periods. Iowa and Wisconsin were also tied. Iowa trailed after three periods in wins over Northern Iowa, Penn State, Michigan State and Indiana and in the loss to Northwestern.

Three Hawkeye players returned to action after missing games. RB Adam Robinson returned to the starting line-up after not playing in Iowa’s last two games. WR Colin Sandeman also played at OSU after missing two games. Safety Brett Greenwood returned to the starting line-up after missing the Northwestern game. Greenwood played only the opening series two games ago against Indiana.

Hawkeyes who did not play included OL Dace Richardson (third game), QB Ricky Stanzi (injured last week) and RB Brandon Wegher (first game missed).

Iowa WR Marvin McNutt had a nine-yard reception for a touchdown in the third period and a 10-yard score in the fourth. He has five scoring reception in Iowa’s last four games. He had a 74-yard scoring reception in the third play of the Northwestern game, a 92-yard scoring reception vs. Indiana and a seven-yard touchdown grab on the final play at Michigan State.

Instant replay was not used in the game.

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