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Iowa has played 1,128 games since beginning football in 1889. Iowa’s overall record is 578-510-39 (.530). That includes a 365-199-16 (.643) record in home games, a 213-312-23 (.410) record in games away from Iowa City, a 285-344-25 (.455) mark in Big Ten games and a 248-163-15 (.600) record in Kinnick Stadium.
IOWA REACHES DOUBLE FIGURES
Iowa completed the regular season with a 12-0 win over Minnesota in Kinnick Stadium. Iowa posted a 10-2 overall record and a 6-2 mark in Big Ten Conference action. The Hawkeyes have won as many as 10 games in a season for just the seventh time in school history. Coach Kirk Ferentz has led the Hawkeyes to 10 or more victories in four of 11 seasons (2002, 2003, 2004, 2009). Iowa has won as many as 10 games in the regular season for just the fourth time. Iowa won 11 regular season games in 2002 and 10 in 1985 and 1991.
IOWA WAITS FOR BOWL DESTINATION
Iowa will play in its eighth bowl game in the past nine seasons after posting a 10-2 regular season record. Iowa has played in five January bowl games since the 2002 season, including the 2009 Outback Bowl. Iowa has been bowl eligible the past nine seasons.
IOWA PLACES SECOND IN BIG TEN
Iowa won six Big Ten conference games for the third time under Coach Kirk Ferentz. Iowa tied for second place in the final conference standings. Ohio State won the league with a 7-1 record while Penn State was also 6-2. Iowa lost at Ohio State, 27-24, in overtime. The Hawkeyes opened conference action with a 21-10 win at Penn State. Iowa did not play league opponents Illinois and Purdue. The second place finish is the best for the Hawkeyes since they shared the Big Ten title in 2004. Iowa was third in 2005 and has finished in the Big Ten’s first division eight of the past nine seasons.
FERENTZ NAMED COACH OF THE YEAR
Iowa Coach Kirk Ferentz has been named the Dave McClain Big Ten Conference Coach of the Year for the third time. He is also one of 15 semi-finalists for the George Munger Award, presented by the Maxwell Football Club to the College Coach of the Year. Ferentz was also the league Coach of the Year in 2002 and 2004. He was the Associated Press and Walter Camp National Coach of the Year in 2002. Ferentz has led nine straight Iowa teams to bowl eligibility and the Hawkeyes have finished in the Big Ten’s first division eight of the past nine seasons. Ferentz has an 80-55 (.593) record at Iowa, including a 69-31 (.690) record and a 42-22 (.656) conference record the last eight seasons.
BULAGA HONOR HEADS ALL-BIG TEN
Junior tackle Bryan Bulaga has been named Big Ten Conference Offensive Lineman of the Year. Bulaga’s award, voted on by league media, highlights Iowa’s selections on the all-conference teams. In addition, Iowa Coach Kirk Ferentz was tabbed, by Big Ten media, Dave McClain Coach of the Year. Bulaga (6-6, 312) is the first Hawkeye offensive lineman to earn the honor since Robert Gallery was recognized in 2003. Mitch King was the Defensive Lineman of the Year in 2008. Bulaga was named first team all-Big Ten by both the coaches and media. Other Hawkeyes named to the first team by both media and coaches include DE Adrian Clayborn, LB Pat Angerer and DB Tyler Sash. Senior Dace Richardson (offensive guard), tight end Tony Moeaki and DB Amari Spievey were also on the coaches first team. The coaches also named WR Derrell Johnson-Koulianos, center Rafael Eubanks and OLB A.J. Edds to their second team. The media second team included Eubanks, Moeaki, Richardson, Spievey, OT Kyle Calloway and DB Brett Greenwood. Hawkeye players earning honorable mention recognition include defensive tackles Christian Ballard and Karl Klug, P Ryan Donahue, RB Adam Robinson, DE Broderick Binns, PK Daniel Murray, and QB Ricky Stanzi. Edds was also honored with the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award.
IOWA IN BCS RANKINGS
Iowa is ranked 11th 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 10th in the computer rankings and 13th in both the coaches poll and 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 both the Associated Press and USA Today coaches’ rankings. The Hawkeyes are 11th in the BCS Standings and 13th 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 and Penn State is ranked No. 12/11. In addition, Iowa opponents listed among teams receiving votes include Arizona, Northwestern and Wisconsin. 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 18th in the latest Sagarin Ratings.
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 (91); USC (89); Texas (88); Ohio State (86); Oklahoma (84); LSU (80); Georgia (80); Virginia Tech (78); TCU (78); Florida (78); West Virginia (74); Utah (73); Boston College (72); Auburn (71); Wisconsin (70); IOWA (69); Texas Tech (69); Miami, FL (68), California (67) and Penn State (66).
JOHNSON EARNS BIG TEN HONOR
LB Troy Johnson was named Big Ten co-Defensive Player of the Week for his play in Iowa’s 12-0 victory over Minnesota. Johnson is a 6-2, 235-pound junior from Lakeland, FL. He was a starter for the first time in his career in the Minnesota game. He had 11 tackles and a sack for minus four yards. He also forced a fumble and fell on it for the recovery and was credited with breaking up a pass. It’s the third time Iowa has had eight Big Ten Players of the Week. It also occurred during the 1997 and 2002 seasons. The Hawkeyes had seven during the 2003 and 2008 campaigns.
BOWL TICKET APPLICATIONS
The Iowa Athletics Ticket Office is accepting orders for possible bowl games involving the Hawkeye football team. Tickets purchased through the UI Ticket Office guarantee seat locations in the stadium that are next to other Hawkeye fans. The ticket office began accepting orders via its online ticket window at hawkeyesports.com on Thursday, Nov. 17. No telephone orders will be accepted for bowl games until after the official announcement of Iowa’s bowl site is made. That will likely be Dec. 6. All general public and UI faculty/staff 2009 Iowa football season ticket holders and all members of the National I-Club will receive a bowl ticket application in the mail. UI students who purchased season tickets for the 2009 season will receive an e-mail from the UI Athletic Ticket Office with details specific to student tickets. Fans who do not have a current online account are invited to send an e-mail to email@example.com, requesting assistance in creating an online ticket account. The deadline to place an order for bowl game tickets and retain UI Athletics Department ticket priority is Friday, Dec. 4. Orders for bowl game tickets will be filled based on the customers’ current ticket priority. There will be limits placed on the number of tickets that can be ordered to some of the bowl games in which Iowa could be a participant. Additional information is available at hawkeyesports.com, the official World Wide Website of the Iowa Hawkeyes.
BEST DECADE FOR IOWA FOOTBALL
Iowa’s football record in the 2000 decade stands at 79-45 (.637), 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 OPENED 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 finished in the Big Ten’s first division eight of the past nine seasons. Iowa shared the league title in 2002 and 2004, placed second this season and third in 2005.
- 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 27th strongest in the nation. Iowa’s 12 opponents have compiled a 77-61 (.558) record. Iowa was 7-1 against eight opponents who are bowl eligible.
- Iowa posted a 4-1 road record while playing at Iowa State, Penn State, Wisconsin, Michigan State and Ohio State. Those five teams were a combined 26-9 (.743) at home this season. Outside of the home game against Iowa, those five teams were 25-5 (.833) at home.
- Iowa won four games by a total of eight points, with wins by one, two, two and three points. The Hawkeyes trailed in 10 of 12 games, with the largest deficit being 14 points in the second half against both Indiana and Ohio State. 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 were by seven and three points in overtime.
- Iowa collected 29 turnovers, including 20 pass interceptions. Iowa is tied for second in the nation in interceptions and tied for fifth in total turnovers. The Hawkeyes had 23 interceptions in 13 games last season.
- Iowa is tied for 22nd in fewest fumbles lost (seven), third in fewest penalties per game (4.4), fourth in penalty yards per game (35.2) and 35th in time of possession (30:52).
- Iowa has lost seven 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 lost its only fumble vs. Minnesota, which came on the quarterback-center exchange.
- Iowa has committed 26 turnovers, with 17 of those taking place in the seven home games. Iowa committed 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 scored 30 points or more in three games, with a high of 42 vs. Indiana.
- Eight of Iowa’s opponents scored 17 points or less, including a shutout win over Minnesota. Two of four opponents who scored over 20 points were aided by a defensive touchdown.
- Iowa 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 had eight players earn Big Ten Player of the Week honors in seven games.
DOMINANT AT HOME
Iowa has won 44 of its last 53 games (.830) 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 44-9 (.830) home record from 2002 thru 2009 is the 11th-best winning percentage in the nation and ranks second in the Big Ten to Ohio State. Iowa was 6-1 at home this season, with wins over Northern Iowa, Arizona, Arkansas State, Michigan, Indiana and Minnesota and a loss to Northwestern. Iowa is 12-2 at home the last two seasons.
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.
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 has been named the 2009 Dave McClain Big Ten Conference Coach of the year and 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 2002, 2004 and 2009. 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 69-31 (.690) overall mark and a 42-22 (.656) Big Ten record the last eight seasons. Ferentz has guided the Hawkeyes to eight first division finishes, including a second place finish this season. Ferentz, at Iowa, holds an overall record of 80-55 (.593) and a 49-39 (.557) mark in Big Ten games. In 13 seasons as a college head coach his career mark is 92-76 (.548). Ferentz boasts the second-most victories by a Hawkeye head coach. Fifty of Iowa’s 135 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.
ACADEMIC SUCCESS FOR FOOTBALL
The graduation rate for student-athletes who enrolled at the University of Iowa in the fall of the 2002-03 academic year was 70 percent, six percentage points better than the national average and two point better than a year ago. The Graduation Success Rate (GSR) for student-athletes at Iowa was 85 percent. The national GSR was 79 percent. The GSR calculation takes into consideration a number of factors, including, most importantly, student-athletes who left the UI in good academic standing. The graduation rate for Iowa’s nationally ranked football program was 67 percent for the second consecutive year. The national average was 55 percent.
HAWKEYES AMONG SINGLE SEASON LEADERS
- Several Hawkeyes rank among Iowa’s single-season leaders this season.
- Redshirt freshman Adam Robinson has 775 rushing yards, which ranks 28th best for a single 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 Derrell Johnson-Koulianos (687) and WR Marvin McNutt (653) rank 26th and 29th, respectively, in receiving yards. McNutt is tied for 10th with seven receiving touchdowns.
- PK Daniel Murray is tied for 15th in scoring with 83 points.
- DB Tyler Sash is tied for sixth with six interceptions. His 203 return yards are a single-season record.
- LB Pat Angerer ranks 12th with 135 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 248 career tackles and Edds 221. Angerer is tied for 27th and Edds is tied for 45th.
- Angerer has 87 solo stops and 161 assists. With 12 tackles in the win over Indiana, he became the 61st Hawkeye to surpass 200 career tackles. Edds has 72 solo tackles and 149 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 1,808 career receiving yards on 123 receptions. DJK ranks eighth in receptions and 11th 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 13th in career scoring with 152 points.
ANGERER IS NAGURSKI FINALIST
Senior linebacker Pat Angerer is one of five finalists for the 2009 Bronko Nagurski Award, which honors the top defensive player in the nation. The award is presented Dec. 7 in Charlotte, NC. He was named first team all-Big Ten by both league coaches and media. After leading the team in tackles a year ago, Angerer has led Iowa in tackles in the last nine 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 and he added 16 tackles in the shutout win over Minnesota. 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 27th in career stops with 248. 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 135 tackles this season, which ranks 12th best for a single season.
MOEAKI ON MACKEY SEMI-FINAL LIST
Senior TE Tony Moeaki is one of eight semi-finalists for the John Mackey Award. He was named first team all-Big Ten by both league coaches and media. 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 Iowa’s final two regular season games 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. He was named first team all-Big Ten by both league coaches and media. 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 second on the team in tackles (84) 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.
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 41.3 yards on 57 punts, with 24 punts inside the 20 and just five touchbacks. Iowa’s opponents have 21 punt returns for 122 net yards, as Iowa ranks 25th in the nation in punt return defense (5.8). He has at least one punt of at least 50 yards in 17 of Iowa’s last 23 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 missed Iowa’s last four games 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 23 straight games, Angerer leads Iowa with 135 tackles and also has four tackles for loss, one pass interception and two forced fumbles. He has led Iowa in tackles in 10 of 12 games. Sash has started every game this season and 23 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 second on the team with 84 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 11 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 EARN WEEKLY RECOGNITION
- Several Iowa players have earned weekly honors this season.
- Junior LB Troy Johnson was named co-Defensive Player of the Week for his play against Minnesota. Starting for the first time in his career, Johnson had three solo tackles and eight assists vs. the Gophers, including one tackle for loss and a pass break-up. He caused and recovered a Minnesota fumble in the second period.
- 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.
- WR Derrell Johnson-Koulianos was named national Kick Return Performer of the Week by the College Football Performance Award committee for his play at Ohio State. DJK had a 99-yard KO return for a touchdown as Iowa rallied in the fourth period. He had three KO returns for 154 yards and added three pass receptions for 71 yards.
IOWA LEADERSHIP GROUP
Iowa’s Leadership Group for the 2009 season includes three seniors, four juniors, four sophomores, two redshirt freshmen and one true freshman. Permanent team captains are named at the conclusion of each season. The Leadership Group for this season includes seniors Pat Angerer, A.J. Edds and Tony Moeaki; juniors Bryan Bulaga, Adrian Clayborn, Brett Greenwood and Ricky Stanzi, sophomores Broderick Binns, Marvin McNutt, Tyler Nielsen and Tyler Sash, redshirt freshmen Greg Castillo and James Vandenberg and true freshman Keenan Davis.
IOWA RECORDS A DIVISION I FIRST
With two blocked field goals in the opening win over Northern Iowa, Iowa tied a school and NCAA Div. I record. Iowa became the only Division I football team to block field goal attempts on consecutive plays. Iowa previously blocked two kicks during a game on five occasions. Most recently, DE Kenny Iwebema blocked two Syracuse field goal attempts in Iowa’s 35-0 win over the Orange on Sept. 8, 2007. On the national scene, Iowa tied the Division I record for blocked field goals in a quarter. Of the previous four occasions, none occurred on consecutive plays. Also with two blocked field goals in a single period are Southern Cal vs. California (10/22/94) and Arizona State (10/11/08); Wyoming vs. Fresno State (11/18/95) and Central Michigan vs. Kent State (10/2/04).
IOWA BEATS MINNESOTA
Iowa used a superior defensive effort to close the regular season with a 12-0 win over Minnesota. Iowa retained Floyd of Rosedale for the third straight season, winning for the eighth time in the last nine meetings against the Golden Gophers. Iowa has posted shutouts in back-to-back games against Minnesota for the first time since 1955 and 1956. The Hawkeyes started the game on offense and drove 68 yards on their first possession, which ended with a 30-yard Daniel Murray field goal. Minnesota moved the ball on its third drive of the game, reaching the Iowa 12. After a one-yard loss on first down the Gophers fumbled the snap on second down and Iowa’s Bruce Davis recovered the loose ball. Minnesota reached the Iowa 42 on its next drive, but LB Troy Johnson forced and recovered a fumble to stop the threat. Senior OLB A.J. Edds intercepted his fourth pass of the season later in the period to set up Iowa’s only touchdown drive. Taking over at the Minnesota 39, Iowa drove to the one, where Brandon Wegher scored his seventh rushing touchdown of the season. The PAT was blocked and Iowa led 9-0 at halftime. The only points of the second half came in the third period. Iowa began a drive at its own 40 and reached the Minnesota 28 before Murray added a 45-yard field goal. The key play on the drive was a 28-yard pass from James Vandenberg to Marvin McNutt. Minnesota had its best chance to score in the fourth period when a pass interference penalty gave the Gophers a first down at the Iowa two. Two rushing plays gained nothing before an incomplete pass on third down. On fourth down QB Adam Weber was sacked for a five-yard loss as the Hawkeyes preserved their first shutout of the season. LB Pat Angerer led the Iowa defense once again, recording 16 tackles. Johnson, starting in place of the injured Jeremiha Hunter, added 11 tackles. He had a QB sack to go with his fumble recovery and added a pass break-up. Johnson was named co-Defensive Player of the Week in the Big Ten. DT Christian Ballard added nine tackles, including 2.5 tackles for loss and 1.5 QB sacks. Edds and Tyler Sash each added eight stops. RB Adam Robinson led Iowa’s ground game with 12 carries for 72 yards, but he was injured in the second period and did not return. Vandenberg completed 11-24 passes for 117 yards, with one interception. WR Derrell Johnson-Koulianos led all receivers with seven catches for 63 yards. Murray made his only two field goal attempts and Ryan Donahue averaged 37.7 yards on nine punts.
- Iowa has posted consecutive shutouts over Minnesota for the first time since 1955 (26-0) and 1956 (7-0). It was Iowa’s first shutout since blanking the Golden Gophers 55-0 last season.
- Minnesota now leads the all-time series 59-42-2. Iowa has won eight of the last nine games against the Gophers. With Floyd on the line, Minnesota leads 39-34-2. Iowa has won the Floyd of Rosedale trophy for the third straight season. Iowa has won seven straight trophy games. The Hawkeyes are in possession of all three traveling trophies this season (Iowa State – Cy-Hawk; Wisconsin – Heartland; Minnesota – Floyd of Rosedale).
- Iowa entered the game as one of the least penalized teams in the nation. Iowa had just three penalties for 28 yards against the Gophers.
- Iowa’s defense held Minnesota scoreless, 201 yards total offense, including 48 yards on the ground. The 201 total yards and 48 yards rushing are season lows for an Iowa opponent this season.
- Minnesota was 2-6 on fourth down attempts, including failing to score after having a first and goal at the Iowa two-yard line in the fourth period. Iowa’s first 11 opponents were 6-9 on fourth down conversions.
- Iowa won the toss and elected to receive. Iowa has started on offense in 112 of its last 129 contests. The Hawkeyes have started the game on offense in 114-of-135 games under Ferentz.
- Iowa scored a field goal on its first possession, scoring on its initial drive for the fourth time in 12 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.
- Minnesota 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 25 games.
- Senior LB Pat Angerer recorded 10 or more tackles for the fourth straight game and for the eighth time in 12 games. He led Iowa vs. Minnesota with 16 tackles, one shy of a career high. Angerer ranks first in the Big Ten in tackles per game, in league games only. He is one of five finalists for the Nagurski Award as the top defensive player in the nation. He is tied with Merton Hanks for 27th in career tackles at Iowa with 248.
- Iowa has scored the first points in seven of 12 games. The opponent 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 2-2 in the red zone against Minnesota, collecting a field goal in the first period and a rushing touchdown in the second. Iowa has scored on 61 of the last 66 red zone possessions (38 TDs and 23 FGs), dating back to the Michigan State game in 2008. Iowa is 42-47 combined inside the red zone its last 15 games. Minnesota was 0-2 in the red zone. Iowa opponents are 23-28 in the red zone this season, with 10 FGs and 13 touchdowns.
- Iowa scored six points after collecting three turnovers (two fumbles, one interception) in the second period. Iowa has at least one turnover in 10-of-12 games this year, with no turnovers vs. Michigan State and Ohio State. The Hawkeye defense has collected at least one takeaway in 43 of its last 47 games, dating back to 2006. Iowa entered the Minnesota game tied for second in the nation with 19 interceptions. Iowa has scored 87 points (11 TDs, four FGs) following 30 opponent turnovers (20 interceptions, nine fumbles, one blocked punt).
- Minnesota did not score following a second period interception and a fourth period fumble recovery. Iowa opponents have scored 54 points following 26 Iowa turnovers (19 interceptions, seven 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.
- Junior LB Troy Johnson started for the first time in his career, as linebackers Jeremiha Hunter and Jeff Tarpinian did not play. OL Dace Richardson missed his fourth straight game and QB Ricky Stanzi missed his second straight game.
- Johnson forced a Minnesota fumble and recovered the loose ball in the second period. Johnson had a forced fumble as a freshman in a loss at Indiana. Johnson finished the contest with a career-high 10 tackles. His previous personal-high of three tackles came earlier this season in a win over Michigan.
- Sophomore LB Bruce Davis had the second fumble recovery of his career to stop a Minnesota drive in the red zone in the second period. Davis had a forced fumble earlier this season in a win over Northern Iowa and recovered a fumble in the win over Penn State last season. Davis finished the contest with one tackle and a fumble recovery. Senior OLB A.J. Edds had his fourth interception of the season in the second period. Edds now has six career interceptions and his theft today led to an Iowa touchdown drive of 39 yards in the second period. His theft marked the third turnover of the game collected by Iowa’s linebackers, as Bruce Davis and Troy Johnson each had a fumble recovery.
- Adam Robinson led Iowa’s rushing game with 12 carries for 72 yards before leaving the game late in the second period. Robinson leads Iowa’s rushing attack for the season with (167-775 yards). His yardage is the most ever for an Iowa freshman. The previous mark of 679 yards was held by Ladell Betts (1998).
- Iowa freshman RB Brandon Wegher scored his seventh rushing touchdown of the season in the second period. The seven touchdowns ties Iowa’s record for a freshman, which was set last season by Jewel Hampton.
IN THE RECORD BOOKS
- Both as a team and individually, the Hawkeyes etched their names in the record books for accomplishments during the 2009 season. Below are some of the achievements by the Black and Gold:
- Tyler Sash tied the single-game record for interceptions with three in the win at Iowa State.
- Tyler Sash set a single-season record with 203 yards in interception returns.
- Adam Robinson set a single-season record for rushing yards by a freshman with 775 yards.
- Brandon Wegher tied Iowa’s freshman record for rushing touchdowns with seven.
- For just the ninth time in school history, Iowa has two players with over 600 receiving yards in a season, as Derrell Johnson-Koulianos (687) and Marvin McNutt (653) both did it.
- Iowa’s long plays included a 99-yard kickoff return (ties fourth longest) by Derrell Johnson-Koulianos at Ohio State, a 92-yard pass completion (fourth longest) from Ricky Stanzi to Marvin McNutt vs. Indiana, an 86-yard interception return (fifth longest) by Tyler Sash vs. Indiana and a 73-yard punt (10th longest) by Ryan Donahue vs. Northwestern.
IOWA IN CONFERENCE ONLY STATS
Individually, in Big Ten games only, LB Pat Angerer led the league in tackles per game (12.8). WR Derrell Johnson-Koulianos ranked second in kickoff returns (32.2), third in receiving yards per game (74.9) and tied for fourth in all-purpose yards (119.1). PK Daniel Murray tied for first in field goals per game (1.75) and fifth in kick scoring (7.0). DE Adrian Clayborn ranked second in tackles for loss (1.8) and tied with DE Broderick Binns for third in QB sacks (.81). DB Shaun Prater tied for second in pass break-ups (1.25) and WR Colin Sandeman ranked second in punt returns (8.7). RB Adam Robinson ranked third in rushing yards (74.0) and OLB A.J. Edds tied fir second in interceptions (.5). As a team, Iowa ranked first in pass defense (159.0) and pass efficiency defense (90.94), second in KO returns (25.3), total defense (290.4), fewest penalties (4.5), first downs allowed (16.0) and KO returns (25.3). Iowa was third in scoring defense (16.1) and fewest penalty yards (36.5), tied for third in QB sacks (2.8) and fourth in rushing defense (120.2) and punt returns (8.7).
IOWA LIKES STARTING ON OFFENSE
Iowa has started on offense in 112 of its last 129 games. Iowa had started on offense in 10 straight games before winning the toss and deferring against Indiana. Iowa games vs. Ohio State (11/14/09), 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 those 17 games. Iowa has started the game on offense in 114 of 135 games under Kirk Ferentz and 10 of 12 in 2009.
IOWA DEFENSE SOLID
- Iowa’s defense has been solid through the season. Iowa is tied for second in the nation with 20 pass interceptions. The Hawkeyes rank fourth in pass efficiency defense (91.9), eighth in pass defense (164.7), 10th in total defense (286.7) and first downs allowed (15.5) and 11th in scoring defense (15.5) and KO coverage (18.6).
- After allowing one touchdown in the opening win (second period), the Hawkeye defense did not allow a touchdown for nine straight quarters. That streak ended late in the win over Arizona when the Wildcats scored with 1:53 to play.
- The Iowa defense held Arizona to eight first downs, 148 net rushing yards, 253 yards total offense and 2-12 on third down conversions.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Iowa posted a shutout win over Minnesota (12-0) for the second straight season, allowing the Golden Gophers just 201 yards total offense.
- 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.
- Iowa is plus three in turnover margin, with 20 interceptions and nine 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 four games in his place.
- The offensive line led the way for the Hawkeyes to rush for 163 net yards in the win at Penn State, against a PSU defense that ranked among the national leaders and had not allowed a rushing touchdown in the first three games.
- Iowa’s running back tandem of Adam Robinson and Brandon Wegher gives the team a balanced attack. Robinson leads the team by averaging 77.5 yards per game, while Wegher averages 48. Wegher has scored seven 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 12 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), vs. Northwestern (6-63) and Minnesota (7-63); 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 and its only fumble vs. Minnesota.
TRUE FRESHMEN IN 2009
Iowa 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. Wegher also tied Hampton’s freshman record of seven rushing touchdowns. The Hawkeyes had seven true freshmen play a year ago. Iowa also had seven true freshmen play in 2003 and 2000.
DEPTH CHART INCLUDES TEN WALK-ONS
Iowa’s final depth chart of the regular season included 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.
HAWKEYES OUT WITH INJURIES
Senior RB Jayme Murphy, sophomore RB Jewel Hampton and Junior DB Jordan Bernstine missed 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 missed the final six games. 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 in 2008, 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), missed the season with a knee injury. He 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) missed the season due to a back injury. Murphy had seven rushing attempts in 2008, but made his mark throughout his career with his outstanding play on Iowa’s special teams.
OTHER HAWKEYE INJURIES
Four additional Iowa players were injured in the win at Michigan State and missed significant 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. Richardson missed the final four games and Robinson missed games vs. Indiana and Northwestern. WR Colin Sandeman missed two games (Indiana and Northwestern) 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 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. He missed season-ending games vs. Ohio State and Minnesota. All could be back for a bowl game.
SUCCESS ON THE ROAD
Dating back to 2008, Iowa has won six of its last seven games away from Iowa City, with the six-game streak snapped in an overtime loss at eighth-ranked Ohio State. The streak included 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 was 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 SCHEDULE STRENGTH
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 2009 opponents are bowl eligible, with Iowa posting a 7-1 record in those games.
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 vs. Ohio State and Minnesota.
- In 10 games Stanzi 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). Angerer is one of five finalists for the Bronko Nagurski Award. Four others have been named to semi-final lists, including: Moeaki, Mackey; Tyler Sash, Thorpe; Stanzi, O’Brien; and Donahue, Guy. Coach Kirk Ferentz 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 12 of 16 field goal attempts in Iowa’s last seven 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. He was 2-2 vs. Minnesota, connecting from 30 and 45 yards. 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 18-25 FG attempts this season and 29-30 PAT kicks (blocked). His career numbers include 31-44 field goals. He had made 59-62 PAT kicks. His 83 points in 2009 rank 15th best for a season. He ranks 13th in career scoring with 152 points.
DJK AMONG CAREER LEADERS
WR Derrell Johnson-Koulianos ranks among Iowa’s career leaders in receptions (eighth) and receiving yards (11th) with 123 receptions for 1,808 yards and seven touchdowns. He leads Iowa in 2009 with 41 receptions for 687 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 and he had seven catches for 63 yards vs. Minnesota. 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 1,041 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. He added 72 yards on 12 carries in the first half against Minnesota before being injured and missing the second half. For the season he has rushed 167 times for 775 yards and five touchdowns (4.6 per carry). He also has 80 yards on 10 pass receptions and has two KO returns for 38 yards. His 775 rushing yards are the most ever for an Iowa freshman. The previous mark of 679 yards was help by Ladell Betts (1998). Robinson’s 893 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 146 times for 528 yards and seven scores. He also had 101 yards on 15 carries in the win at Iowa State, where he scored his first career touchdown. The seven rushing touchdowns ties Iowa’s season record for a freshman. Iowa has had a true freshman rush for over 100 yards for the second straight season. Jewel Hampton had 114 yards at Indiana last season. Wegher is averaging 48 rushing yards per game and 3.6 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 123 catches for 1,808 yards and seven touchdowns. Senior WR Trey Stross has 72 catches for 975 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 ninth on the team with 53 tackles, despite playing just one series vs. Indiana and missing the Northwestern game completely. He returned to the starting line-up the final two games.
- Junior DE Adrian Clayborn has been a solid performer each week for the Iowa defense. He was named first team all-Big Ten by both league coaches and media. 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 and he had 1.5 tackles for loss vs. Minnesota. He has 18 tackles for loss and 9.5 QB sacks.
- Senior WR Trey Stross has improved on his season totals from last season. He has 30 receptions for 405 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 26 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 53 tackles and seven pass break-ups. He had seven tackles vs. Northwestern and six vs. Minnesota. 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 nine pass break-ups and he has 58 tackles. He collected nine tackles vs. Northwestern.
- Junior LB Jeremiha Hunter has been a steady performer throughout the season. He did not play against Minnesota and left the Ohio State game in the first half. He ranks third 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.
BIG PLAY HAWKEYES
Iowa posted one pass completion and one rushing attempt that resulted in 20 yards or more against Minnesota. Iowa has 40 pass plays and eight rushing attempts over 20 yards in its 12 games. Iowa’s defense has allowed 26 offensive plays (19 passing, seven rushing) of 20 yards or more.
IOWA BY QUARTERS
Iowa has outscored its opponents 57-47 in the first period, but has been outscored 65-48 in the second period. Iowa holds a 58-16 margin in the third period and a 114-55 margin in the fourth period. Iowa was outscored 3-0 in its only overtime game. Iowa has a 172-71 advantage in second half scoring, including 114-44 in Big Ten play. Iowa failed to score points in the second half for the only time this season vs. Northwestern.
ON THE AVERAGE
Iowa averaged 3.4 yards on 27 first down plays, 5.2 yards on 20 second down plays and minus two yards on 13 third down plays vs. Minnesota. For the season, Iowa is averaging 5.4 yards on first down, 4.4 yards on second down, 5.8 yards on third down and 1.4 yards on fourth down. The fourth down conversion for the touchdown on the final play at Michigan State was Iowa’s first fourth down conversion of the season.
AVERAGE SCORING DRIVES
Iowa averaged 7.7 plays, 46.3 yards and 3:27 in elapsed time on three scoring drives vs. Minnesota, including one touchdown drive that included six, 39 yards and 2:52 in elapsed time. In 12 games, Iowa’s 47 scoring drives have averaged 6.8 plays, 53.7 yards and 3:15 in elapsed time. Iowa’s opponents have had 26 scoring drives, averaging 9.6 plays, 57.5 yards and 4:33 in elapsed time. In 12 games, 14 opponent possessions have started on Iowa’s side of the field, with 11 of those 14 taking place in the last four games. Northern Iowa scored a field goal after recovering an Iowa fumble at the Hawkeye 28. Arkansas State missed a field goal after an interception gave ASU possession at the Iowa 27. Wisconsin missed a field goal after recovering an Iowa fumble at the Iowa 25. Indiana scored 10 points after four drives began in Iowa territory following Hawkeye turnovers. Northwestern scored seven points after starting four drives on the Iowa side of the field. Northwestern also scored a touchdown on a fumble recovery in the endzone. Ohio State scored seven points on its only possession that began in Iowa territory. Minnesota failed to score after starting two drives in Iowa territory.
IOWA IN THE RED ZONE
Iowa is 30-35 in the red zone (19 touchdowns). Iowa failed to score from the red zone at the end of the 35-3 win at Iowa State, missed a field goal vs. Arkansas State and Ohio State and turned the ball over on downs vs. Michigan and Wisconsin. The Hawkeyes have scored on 61 of their last 66 red zone possessions (38 TDs and 23 FGs) dating back to the Michigan State game in 2008. Iowa is 42-46 combined inside the red zone in its last 15 games. Iowa’s opponents are 23-28 in the red zone, with 13 touchdowns and 10 field goals. Northern Iowa was a perfect 4-4 in the red zone, collecting three field goals and one touchdown, while Iowa State did not reach the red zone in game two. Arizona was 2-2 in the red zone, with one passing touchdown and a field goal. Penn State scored a field goal on its only trip inside the red zone and Arkansas State was 2-3, with two touchdowns. Michigan scored a rushing touchdown on all three trips inside the Iowa red zone and Wisconsin collected a field goal and a rushing touchdown from within the red zone. Michigan State collected two field goals on its only two drives inside the Iowa 20. Indiana was 4-6 in the red zone, with three touchdowns and a field goal, along with throwing an interception and missing a field goal. Northwestern scored a touchdown on its only drive that advanced inside the Iowa red zone. Ohio State was 2-2 in the redzone with a field goal and a rushing touchdown. Minnesota failed to score on two drives inside the Iowa 20, losing a fumble and failing to convert on a fourth down attempt.
POINTS OFF TURNOVERS
Iowa scored six points following one of Minnesota’s three turnovers. For the season, Iowa has scored 87 points (11 TDs, four FGs) following 30 opponent turnovers (20 interceptions, nine fumbles, one blocked punt). Iowa has recorded at least one takeaway in 43 of its last 47 games, dating back to the 2006 campaign. Iowa had collected at least one turnover in 20 consecutive games, dating back to the final contest of the 2007 season, before the win at Michigan State. Iowa has been guilty of 26 turnovers (19 interceptions, seven fumbles). Iowa opponents have scored 54 points (six touchdowns, four field goals) following those turnovers. Three interceptions have been returned for touchdowns and Northwestern recovered a fumble for a touchdown.
- 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. The Hawkeyes have played in seven bowl games since 2001 and will make an eighth bowl trip this season. Iowa played in 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 eight of the past nine seasons, winning the league title in 2002 and 2004.
- Over the past nine plus years, Iowa is 53-7 when leading at the half and 58-6 when leading after three quarters.
- Iowa has trailed in 10 of its 12 games, winning eight of the 10. Iowa 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. The Hawkeyes have sold out 42 of their last 44 games, dating back to 2003. Iowa had a 36-game consecutive sellout streak from Sept. 6, 2003 until the final home game in 2008. The Hawkeyes averaged 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.
THEY STARTED THEM ALL
Iowa had 11 players start all 12 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, 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 159 games throughout their careers. Seniors Rafael Eubanks has started 37 games and senior Kyle Calloway has 36 starts. Others with starting experience include Bryan Bulaga (27), Julian Vandervelde (23), Dace Richardson (17), Riley Reiff (10), 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 have been 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 102 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.
HAWKEYES IN POST SEASON
The Hawkeyes are bowl eligible for the ninth consecutive season and will wait until the conclusion of the regular season to learn of their bowl destination.