Nov. 16, 2009
IOWA HOSTS MINNESOTA
Iowa (9-2, 5-2) hosts Minnesota (6-5, 3-4) Saturday, closing the regular season with Senior Day. Kickoff is 11:02 a.m. at Kinnick Stadium (70,585). The game is sold out.
ON THE TUBE
ESPN (HD) will televise the game to a national cable audience. The game will also be available online at ESPN360.com. Dave Pasch, Bob Griese and Chris Spielman will call the action.
Iowa games are broadcast on the Hawkeye Radio Network. Gary Dolphin handles the play-by-play, with color commentator Ed Podolak and sideline reporter Rob Brooks. The Hawkeye Radio Network includes more than 40 stations throughout the state. The game can also be heard on Sirius channel 129 and XM channel 196.
Iowa has played 1,127 games since beginning football in 1889. Iowa’s overall record is 577-510-39 (.529). That includes a 364-199-16 (.642) record in home games, a 213-312-23 (.410) record in games away from Iowa City, a 284-344-25 (.453) mark in Big Ten games and a 247-163-15 (.599) record in Kinnick Stadium.
ON THE LINE
Iowa can clinch no worse than a tie for second place in the Big Ten with a win Saturday. An Iowa win and an Ohio State loss at Michigan would earn a title share for the Hawkeyes with as many as four teams. Wisconsin (at Northwestern) and Penn State (at Michigan State) also enter the final week of conference play with two losses. Ohio State has the tie-breaker advantage for the Big Ten’s spot in the Rose Bowl in all tie situations.
DOUBLE FIGURE VICTORIES
Iowa is seeking to win as many as 10 games in a season for the seventh time in school history. Iowa has won 10 or more regular season games in just three seasons (1985, 1991, 2002). Iowa has won at least 10 games in three previous seasons (2002, 2003, 2004) under Coach Kirk Ferentz, including a school-record 11 wins in 2002.
Senior members of the Iowa football program will be introduced Saturday during pre-game ceremonies. The Iowa seniors include LB Pat Angerer, OL Kyle Calloway, DB Joe Conklin, OL Dan Doering, OLB A.J. Edds, OL Rafael Eubanks, DL Chad Geary, FB Bryce Griswold, DB Taylor Herbst, OL Andy Kuempel, DL Travis Meade, TE Tony Moeaki, RB Jayme Murphy, OL Dace Richardson, DB Chris Rowell, TE Kyle Spading, and WR Trey Stross. Additional senior members of the program include senior manager Aaron Christner; senior trainers Angela Jonas, Josh Wheatley and Tony Pennuto; and senior video staff member Jordan O’Brion.
FLOYD OF ROSEDALE
As a result of a bet between the governors of the two states in 1935, possession of Floyd of Rosedale is at stake Saturday. The bronze pig traveling trophy is currently in the hands of the Hawkeyes as a result of their 55-0 triumph at Minneapolis last season. Minnesota holds a 39-33-2 advantage in the series with Floyd of Rosedale on the line. Iowa has won seven of the last eight meetings.
IOWA IN BCS RANKINGS
Iowa is ranked 13th 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 12th in the computer rankings, 15th in the coaches poll and 14th 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 15th in both the Associated Press and USA Today coaches’ rankings. The Hawkeyes are also 13th in the BCS Standings and 14th in the Harris Poll. 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. Around the Big Ten, Ohio State is 9/8, Penn State is ranked No. 13/12 and Wisconsin is 17/14. In addition, Arizona is listed among teams receiving votes in both rankings. Iowa is ranked 18th in the latest Sagarin Ratings. 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.
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.
BEST DECADE FOR IOWA FOOTBALL
Iowa’s football record in the 2000 decade stands at 78-45 (.634), a record that ranks among the best decades in Iowa football history. 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.
IOWA WINNING THE CLOSE ONES
Iowa won four games by three points or less for the first time ever in opening the season with nine straight wins. The two Iowa losses have been by seven and three points in overtime. 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 OPENS WITH NINE STRAIGHT WINS
- 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 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 12th strongest in the nation, based on opponents played to date. Iowa’s 11 opponents, to date, have compiled a 69-46 (.600) 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’s two losses have been by seven and three points in overtime.
- Iowa has collected 26 turnovers in 11 games, including 19 pass interceptions. Iowa is tied for second in the nation in interceptions and tied for eighth in total turnovers. The Hawkeyes had 23 interceptions in 13 games last season.
- Iowa is tied for 20th in fewest fumbles lost (six), fourth in penalty yards per game (35.8) and fifth in fewest penalties per game (4.5), and 33rd in time of possession (31:05).
- 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 24 turnovers in 11 games, with 15 of those taking place in the six Iowa home games. Iowa has nine turnovers in five road games.
- Iowa did not allow a rushing touchdown for 33 consecutive quarters before Michigan and Ohio State 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 four 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 games.
IOWA JOINS ANOTHER TOP 20
Iowa has earned 68 wins since the start of the 2002 season, which ties as the 16th highest total in Division I football. The list includes the following: Boise State (90); USC (89); Texas (87); Ohio State (85); Oklahoma (84); LSU (80); Georgia (80); Virginia Tech (78); TCU (77); Florida (77); West Virginia (74); Utah (72); Boston College (72); Auburn (71); Wisconsin (70); IOWA (68); Texas Tech (68); Miami, FL (67), California (66) and Penn State (65).
DOMINANT AT HOME
Iowa has won 43 of its last 52 games (.827) in Kinnick Stadium, dating back to the 2002 season. The nine 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, 22-17 in 2008 and 17-10 in 2009), 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 43-9 (.827) home record from 2002 thru 2008 is the 12th-best winning percentage in the nation and ranks second in the Big Ten to Ohio State. Iowa is 5-1 at home this season, with wins over Northern Iowa, Arizona, Arkansas State, Michigan and Indiana and a loss to Northwestern. Iowa is 11-2 at home the last two seasons.
FOURTH QUARTER RALLY
Iowa scored 28 points in the fourth period of the 42-24 win over Indiana. The 28 points mark the highest scoring quarter for Iowa this season (scored 16 in final period at Penn State). Iowa had not scored 28 points in any one period since scoring 28 in the first period of a 56-0 win over Ball State in the opening game of 2005. In Big Ten games, Iowa scored 24 points in the second period of a 55-0 win at Minnesota a year ago and 28 points in the third period of a 59-16 win over Northwestern in 2001. Iowa also rallied in the fourth period at Ohio State, after the teams were tied (10-10) after three periods. OSU took a 24-10 advantage with 11:11 remaining before Iowa tied the score on a 99-yard KO return and a 10-yard scoring strike. The last score came with 2:42 remaining. Ohio State eventually won with a field goal in overtime.
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 had the longest road winning streak in Big Ten play with wins at Minnesota, Penn State, Wisconsin and Michigan State over the past two years before the overtime loss at Ohio State.
ON THIS DATE
Iowa has posted a 6-8-1 record while playing on Nov. 21, including a 1-2 mark vs. Minnesota.
IOWA 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 is one of 15 semi-finalists for the 2009 George Munger Award, presented by the Maxwell Football Club to the College Coach of the Year. 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 68-31 (.687) overall mark and a 41-22 (.651) 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 79-55 (.590) and a 48-39 (.551) mark in Big Ten games. In 13 seasons as a college head coach his career mark is 91-76 (.545). Ferentz boasts the second-most victories by a Hawkeye head coach. Fifty of Iowa’s 134 games under Ferentz have been decided by seven points or less (24-26) and 38 were played against opponents who were ranked in the top 25 at the time (15-23). Ferentz joined the Iowa staff after serving as assistant head coach and offensive line coach of the NFL’s Baltimore Ravens. 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.
MINNESOTA COACH TIM BREWSTER
Tim Brewster is in his third season as head coach at Minnesota. His overall record stands at 14-22 and 6-17 in Big Ten play. Brewster became Minnesota’s 26th head football coach Jan. 17, 2007 after spending five seasons in the National Football League, including the last two as tight ends coach for the Denver Broncos. Brewster was a two-time all-Big Ten honoree at Illinois. He led the nation’s tight ends in receiving in 1983 and captained the Illini to the 1984 Rose Bowl. He began his coaching career in 1986 at Purdue, coaching tight ends and offensive tackles as a graduate assistant. The next two years (1987-88), he was the head coach at Central Catholic High School in Lafayette, IN. Brewster then moved on to North Carolina, where he coached nine seasons (1989-97) and mentored four tight ends to all-ACC accolades and helped the school advance to six consecutive bowl games (1992-97). The native of Phillipsburg, NJ, also was tight ends coach at Texas from 1998-2001.
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. 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 72 receptions for 868 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 quarterbacked the Hawkeyes to a 9-1 record before missing the Ohio State game due to injury. 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 was injured in the second period vs. Northwestern and did not return. He is one of two Big Ten quarterbacks among the semi-finalists. 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 (76) and fifth 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 eight 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. He had five solo stops among his 13 tackles at Ohio State. 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 36th in career stops with 232. 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 119 tackles this season.
DONAHUE IS GUY SEMI-FINALIST
Junior punter Ryan Donahue has been named one of 10 semi-finalists for the Ray Guy Award, which goes to the top punter in the nation. He is averaging 41.9 yards on 48 punts, with 23 punts inside the 20 and just five touchbacks. Iowa’s opponents have 18 punt returns for 84 net yards, as Iowa ranks 13th in the nation in punt return defense (4.7). He has at least one punt of at least 50 yards in 16 of Iowa’s last 22 games. Donahue holds three of the 10 longest punts (82, 76 and 73 yards) in school history. Donahue averaged 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. 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 boot. Three of his kicks were inside the 20 and Northwestern had just one return for five yards.
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 22 straight games, Angerer leads Iowa with 119 tackles and also has four tackles for loss, one pass interception and two forced fumbles. He has led Iowa in tackles in nine of 11 games. Sash has started every game this season and 22 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 76 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 10 games this year at offensive guard for the Hawkeyes, playing both the left and right guard spots. He did not play in the opening game due to injury.
HAWKEYES AMONG SINGLE SEASON LEADERS
Several Hawkeyes rank among Iowa’s single-season leaders this season. Redshirt freshman Adam Robinson has 703 rushing yards, becoming the 32nd player to surpass 700 yards in a season. His total is the most ever for an Iowa freshman. QB Ricky Stanzi ranks 15th in passing yards (2,186) and 16th in total offense (2,145). WR Marvin McNutt (625) and WR Derrell Johnson-Koulianos rank 31st and 32nd, respectively in receiving yards. McNutt is tied for 10th with seven receiving touchdowns. PK Daniel Murray ranks 18th in scoring with 77 points. DB Tyler Sash is tied for sixth with six interceptions. His 203 return yards are a single-season record. LB Pat Angerer is tied for 28th with 119 tackles.
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 232 career tackles and Edds 213. Angerer is tied for 36th and Edds is tied for 49th. Angerer has 86 solo stops and 146 assists. With 12 tackles in the win over Indiana, he became the 61st Hawkeye to surpass 200 career tackles. Edds has 69 solo tackles and 144 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 1,745 career receiving yards on 116 receptions. DJK ranks ninth in receptions and 12th in receiving yards. Junior QB Ricky Stanzi ranks seventh in career passing yards (4,142) and passing touchdowns (28) and junior PK Daniel Murray ranks 14th in career scoring with 146 points.
LIVE BLOGGING FROM KINNICK STADIUM
Hawkeye fans not able to attend the Minnesota game Nov. 21 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.
Saturday will be the 103rd meeting between Iowa and Minnesota. Minnesota holds a 59-41-2 advantage in the series that began with a 42-4 Gopher victory in 1891. The Gophers won the first 12games in the series before Iowa earned a 6-0 win in 1918. Iowa has won the last two meetings and seven of the last eight. The Hawkeyes defeated Minnesota 55-0 last year at Minneapolis in the last Minnesota game played in the HHH Metrodome. Iowa won eight of 14 meetings played in the dome. Iowa will visit Minnesota’s new TCF Bank Stadium for the first time Nov. 20, 2010. Iowa has won the last four meetings in Kinnick Stadium, including a 21-16 decision on Minnesota’s last visit in 2007. The Hawkeyes hold a 26-23-1 advantage in games played at Iowa City.
IOWA, MINNESOTA NOTES
- Iowa has won two traveling trophies and will gun for a third Saturday. The Hawkeyes defeated Iowa State 35-3 (Sept. 12) at Ames to maintain possession of the Cy-Hawk Trophy and defeated Wisconsin 20-10 (Oct. 18) at Madison to keep the Heartland Trophy for a second straight year. Floyd of Rosedale currently resides in Iowa City, as Iowa has won the last two meetings with Minnesota. Iowa has won six straight trophy games, dating back to a win over Minnesota in 2007.
- The Iowa depth chart includes six seniors who are listed as starters (four offense, two defense) and just 10 seniors overall.
- Minnesota is ninth in net punting (39.26) and Iowa is 18th (38.1). Minnesota is 38th in KO returns (23.41) and Iowa is 41st (23.11).
- Iowa has three players on its roster from the state of Minnesota, including regular starters in OL Rafael Eubanks (St. Paul), DE Broderick Binns (St. Paul) and DT Karl Klug from Caledonia.
- There are no Iowans on the Minnesota 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. The Northwestern at Iowa game (Nov. 7) was the highest rated college football game on the ESPN family of stations that weekend.
- Iowa has allowed just two 100-yard rushers this season. Iowa State’s Alexander Robinson rushed 19 times for 100 yards in Iowa’s 35-3 win and OSU’s Brandon Saine had 103 yards on 11 carries. Iowa allowed just one 100-yard rusher in 13 games in 2008.
- No current Hawkeye players were born during the week of Nov. 15-21.
THE LAST MEETING
Iowa closed the regular season with a 55-0 win at Minnesota, keeping Floyd of Rosedale in Iowa City. The win was Iowa’s largest margin of victory ever over the Gophers. The Hawkeyes dominated play on both sides of the ball. Iowa maintained possession for 37:37 and totaled 483 yards of offense, compared to 134 for Minnesota. The Gophers rushed for only seven yards on 21 attempts. Iowa’s defense forced three turnovers, while its offense turned those miscues into 21 points. Sparking the Hawkeyes, offensively, were RB Shonn Greene, QB Ricky Stanzi and WR Derrell Johnson-Koulianos. Greene amassed a game-high 144 yards and two touchdowns on 22 carries, becoming Iowa’s single-season rushing leader in the process. Additionally, he topped 100 rushing yards for the 12th-straight contest, the only FBS tailback to accomplish that feat in 2008. Johnson-Koulianos caught seven passes for a career-high 181 yards and a score. He recorded long catches of 29, 30, 48 and 50 yards. The 181 receiving yards are the eighth-most by an Iowa receiver in a single-game. Stanzi completed 15-28 passes for 255 yards and three scores and rushed six times for 17 yards. Six different Hawkeyes scored touchdowns: Greene (2), Johnson-Koulianos, RB Jewel Hampton, TE Brandon Myers, TE Tony Moeaki and DB Amari Spievey. Spievey returned an interception 57 yards for a score in the final minute of the second quarter. The 57-yard interception return ties as the 12th-longest in school history. SS Tyler Sash returned a theft 58 yards in the fourth quarter. LB Pat Angerer had a team-best nine tackles, including 1.5 for loss, to lead the Hawkeye tacklers. DT Matt Kroul, who had two tackles, started for the 49th-straight game to establish a new school record. Hawkeye defenders recorded six tackles for loss, collected three turnovers and forced nine punts. Iowa punter Ryan Donahue averaged 48.5 yards on four punts, earning Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week honors.
IOWA FALLS IN OVERTIME AT OSU
Iowa rallied from a 14-point deficit in the final 11 minutes, but Ohio State scored on a 39-yard field goal in overtime to take a 27-24 win at Columbus in a Big Ten championship game that determined the Big Ten’s BCS representative. Iowa scored the first points of the game, driving 42 yards in eight plays for a Daniel Murray 32-yard field goal late in the first period. Ohio State responded with a 22-yard field goal and a 22-yard touchdown run late in the second period to take a 10-3 advantage at halftime. Iowa used a 58-yard pass completion on its first drive of the second half to get in scoring position, but a 22-yard field goal attempt was no good. The Iowa defense forced a second straight three and out, and the Hawkeye offense tied the score on a nine-yard strike from QB James Vandenberg to Marvin McNutt. Ohio State responded with an 11-yard touchdown run on its next possession to take a 17-10 advantage with 13 minutes remaining and increased the advantage to 14 points less than two minutes later. The Buckeyes scored their final points in regulation on a 49-yard run on the first play following an interception. Iowa responded immediately, as Derrell Johnson-Koulianos returned the kickoff 99-yards for a touchdown. The KO return is the first for an Iowa touchdown since the 2003 Orange Bowl and ties as the fourth longest in school history. Iowa allowed just one first down on OSU’s next drive and stayed alive when the Buckeyes missed a 47-yard field goal attempt. The Hawkeyes drove 70 yards in eight plays, getting a 10-yard touchdown pass from Vandenberg to McNutt with 2:42 left to play to tie the score at 24. Ohio State was forced to punt with one minute remaining and the teams headed to overtime. Iowa started the extra session on offense and failed to score, as Vandenberg’s pass on fourth and 26 was intercepted in the endzone. Ohio State gained three yards on three running plays before the field goal ended the contest. Vandenberg, in his first career start, completed 20-33 passes for 233 yards and two scores, with three interceptions. RB Adam Robinson returned after missing two games and led Iowa’s ground game with 74 yards on 20 carries. McNutt led Iowa receivers with six catches for 78 yards and two touchdowns. DJK had 154 yards on three KO returns and added three receptions for 71 yards. LB Pat Angerer led the Iowa defense with 13 tackles. DE Adrian Clayborn added 12 stops, including three tackles for loss and one QB sack. OLB A.J. Edds added 10 tackles and DT Christian Ballard had two tackles for loss among his four tackles.
MINNESOTA STOPS SOUTH DAKOTA STATE
Minnesota became bowl eligible with a 16-13 non-conference win over South Dakota State at Minneapolis. Eric Ellestad booted a 25-yard field goal with 2:22 remaining to lift the Golden Gophers. Ellestad made three of four kicks in the game. He gave Minnesota a 6-0 advantage in the first period with kicks of 23 and 26 yards. South Dakota state took a 10-6 lead on an interception return, but Minnesota responded with a three-yard fumble recovery for a score, taking a 13-10 halftime advantage. South Dakota State tied the score on a 34-yard field goal with 8:27 remaining. Minnesota recovered a fumble at the SDSU 11-yardline with 4:20 to play to set up the game winning field goal. Minnesota QB Adam Weber completed 10-21 passes for 94 yards, but was sacked four times. Kevin Whaley rushed 16 times for 56 yards to lead the Gopher ground game. The Minnesota defense held South Dakota State to 46 net rushing yards and 229 yards total offense. Lee Campbell and Kim Royston each had six tackles and a pass break-up to lead the Minnesota defense.
IOWA IN CONFERENCE ONLY STATS
Individually, in Big Ten games only, LB Pat Angerer leads the league in tackles per game (12.3) and Jeremiha Hunter is tied for ninth (7.9). WR Derrell Johnson-Koulianos ranks second in Kickoff returns (32.2), third in receiving yards per game (76.6) and fourth in all-purpose yards (127.1). PK Daniel Murray is second in field goals per game (1.7) and third in kick scoring (7.4). DE Adrian Clayborn is tied for second in tackles for loss (1.86) and tied for third in QB sacks (.79). DB Shaun Prater ranks first in pass break-ups (1.29) and DE Broderick Binns is sixth in QB sacks (.71). As a team, Iowa is first in pass defense (159.9) and pass efficiency defense (97.7), second in KO returns (25.3) and total defense (290.4), third in scoring defense (18.4) and fourth in punt returns (9.5).
IOWA DEFENSE SOLID
- Iowa’s defense has been solid through 11 games. Iowa is tied for second in the nation with 19 pass interceptions. The Hawkeyes rank sixth in pass efficiency defense (96.0), 10th in pass defense (165.7), 11th in total defense (294.5), 14th in first downs allowed (15.7), 17th in scoring defense (16.9) and 18th in net punting (38.1).
- 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. Iowa has allowed eight this season.
- 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 two 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 against Michigan State and Ohio 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 three wins. Richardson was injured at Michigan State, with Vandervelde returning to the starting line-up at right guard the last three 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 78.1 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 23 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. Robinson missed two games (Indiana and Northwestern) and Wegher did not play at Ohio 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.
- Iowa has had five different players lead the team in receiving in its 11 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), Indiana (4-155-1 TD) and Ohio State (6-78-2 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 and the loss at Ohio State. The Hawkeyes lost both of their fumbles in the opening win over Northern Iowa and did not lose possession of their only fumble in the win at Iowa State. 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.
DEPTH CHART INCLUDES TEN WALK-ONS
Iowa’s depth chart includes 10 walk-ons, three on offense, four on defense and three on special teams. That list includes RB Paki O’Meara, OL Josh Koeppel, FB Wade Leppert, DL Travis Meade, DB Joe Conklin, DB Brett Greenwood, DE Chad Geary, 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 48 players listed (not including special teams). PK Daniel Murray and P Ryan Donahue are both juniors.
A TALE OF TWIN BROTHERS
Iowa junior DT Karl Klug has a twin brother, Kevin, who is a senior linebacker at Minnesota State (Karl redshirted his first season). Karl is eight minutes older, but it is safe to say the two have suffered many of the same emotions over the last two weekends. Iowa was undefeated and ranked fourth in the nation on Nov. 7 when the Hawkeyes suffered a 17-10 loss to Northwestern. Minnesota State was undefeated and ranked fourth nationally in Division II when it lost for the first time this season, also on Nov. 7. The following week, Iowa scored 14 straight points in the fourth quarter, only to fall in overtime at Ohio State, 27-24. Minnesota State, playing in the first round of the Div. II playoffs, also lost on Nov. 14, by a score of 27-24. In overtime.
IOWA STRENGTH SCHEDULE
The Hawkeyes won road games at Iowa State (Sept. 12), Penn State (Sept. 26), Wisconsin (Oct. 17) and Michigan State (Oct. 24). 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. Eight of Iowa’s 11 opponents are bowl eligible heading into games this week. In addition, Northern Iowa is expected to qualify for the FSC playoffs.
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 and he did not play at Ohio State. He is not expected to play this week.
- In 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 his 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 his 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). Five players, Angerer, Bednarik; Moeaki, Mackey; Tyler Sash, Thorpe; Stanzi, O’Brien; and Donahue, Guy; 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 LEADS IN SCORING
Junior PK Daniel Murray has made 10 of 14 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 and Ohio State. Murray has made 16-23 FG attempts this season and all 29 PAT kicks. His career numbers include 29-42 field goals. He had made 59-61 PAT kicks, including 43 straight over the last two seasons. His 77 points in 2009 rank 18th best for a season. He ranks 14th in career scoring with 146 points.
DJK AMONG CAREER LEADERS
WR Derrell Johnson-Koulianos ranks among Iowa’s career leaders in receptions (ninth) and receiving yards (12th) with 116 receptions for 1,735 yards and seven touchdowns. He leads Iowa in 2009 with 34 receptions for 624 yards and two scores. He is averaging 32.2 yards on 11 KO returns, including a 99-yard touchdown return at Ohio State, which ties as the fourth longest in school history. 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. DJK led Iowa in the Northwestern game with 63 yards on six receptions. He led Iowa in receptions (44) and receiving yards (639) and was second in kickoff returns (9-178-19.8) in 2008. He totaled 1,022 all-purpose yards in 2007 and has 978 all-purpose yards this season.
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. After missing the Indiana and Northwestern games, Robinson returned at Ohio State and had 20 carries for 74 yards. For the season he has rushed 155 times for 703 yards and five touchdowns (4.5 per carry). He also has 80 yards on 10 pass receptions and has two KO returns for 38 yards. His 703 rushing yards are the most ever for an Iowa freshman. The previous mark of 679 yards was help by Ladell Betts (1998). Robinson’s 821 all-purpose yards ranks sixth best among Iowa freshmen all-time.
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. He did not play at Ohio State due to injury. 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 116 catches for 1,735 yards and seven touchdowns. Senior WR Trey Stross has 69 catches for 949 yards and seven touchdowns. Senior TE Tony Moeaki has 868 yards on 72 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 50 tackles, despite playing just one series vs. Indiana and missing the Northwestern game completely. He returned to the starting line-up at Ohio State.
- Junior DE Adrian Clayborn has been a solid performer each week for the Iowa defense. He recorded a career-high 12 tackles at Ohio State, including three tackles for loss (-18) and a QB sack. 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. 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. He has 16.5 tackles for loss and 8.5 QB sacks in 11 games.
- Senior WR Trey Stross has improved on his season totals from last season. He has 27 receptions for 379 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. He was on the pre-season Watch List for the Jim Thorpe Award. Spievey, who has started 25 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 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 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.
- 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. 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 83 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 added 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 10 of its 11 games this season, winning eight of the 10. Iowa has trailed at halftime in four games and was tied at Michigan State. Iowa trailed after three quarters in wins over Northern Iowa, Penn State, Michigan State and Indiana, and the loss to Northwestern. Games at Wisconsin (win) and Ohio State (loss) were tied after three periods.
- Iowa sold out six of its seven home games in both 2008 and 2009, including this week vs. Minnesota. The Hawkeyes have sold out 42 of their last 44 games, dating back to 2003 (including Saturday vs. Minnesota). Iowa had a 36-game consecutive sellout streak from Sept. 6, 2003 until the final home game in 2008. The Hawkeyes, after the Minnesota sellout, will average 70,214 this season (fifth best in Iowa history). Road attendance at Penn State (109,316, fourth) and Ohio State (105,455, 14th) rank among the highest ever to watch Iowa football.
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 12 players start all 11 games, plus punter Ryan Donahue and PK Daniel Murray. On offense, that list includes WR Trey Stross, OL Rafael Eubanks 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 started 29 straight games before missing the Northwestern game.
EXPERIENCE IN OFFENSIVE LINE
Iowa’s current offensive linemen have combined to start 154 games throughout their careers. Seniors Rafael Eubanks has started 36 games and senior Kyle Calloway has 35 starts. Others with starting experience include Bryan Bulaga (26), Julian Vandervelde (22), Dace Richardson (17), Riley Reiff (9), 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.
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.
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.
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.
The Hawkeyes are bowl eligible for the ninth consecutive season and will wait until the conclusion of the season to learn of their bowl destination.