Iowa Travels to Arizona for Top 25 Match Up

Sept. 13, 2010

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Iowa (2-0) travels to Arizona (2-0) Saturday, for its first road game of the season. Game time is 9:36 p.m. CT in Arizona Stadium (57,400). A crowd of over 57,000 is expected, but limited tickets remain.

ESPN (HD) will televise the contest to a national audience. Mark Jones and Bob Davie will call the action.

Iowa games are broadcast on the Hawkeye Radio Network. Gary Dolphin handles the play-by-play, with color commentator Ed Podolak and sideline reporter Rob Brooks. The Hawkeye Radio Network includes more than 40 stations throughout the state. The game can also be heard on Sirius channel 90 and XM channel 196. Westwood One Radio Sports will also carry the game, with John Tautges and Terry Donahue calling the action.

Iowa is ranked ninth by the Associated Press and 10th in the USA Today coaches poll. Arizona is ranked 18th in the coaches poll and 24th in the AP rankings. Around the Big Ten, Ohio State is ranked 2/2 (AP/Coaches), Wisconsin is 11/11, Penn State is 22/20 and Michigan is 20/22. Iowa opponents Michigan State and Northwestern are listed among teams receiving votes.

Iowa has won four straight games overall, dating back to last season. In those four games Iowa has allowed just 28 total points. Iowa has won 17 of its last 19 games and 19 of 22, dating back to the middle of the 2008 season. Iowa also had a 17-2 stretch from the 2001 Alamo Bowl through the first five games of the 2003 season. Iowa posted a 17-2-1 mark between 1956-58 and posted the school record of 20 straight wins between 1920-23.

Iowa is 2-5 when playing on Sept. 18. The Hawkeyes defeated Syracuse 41-3 in 1976 and Northern Illinois 24-0 in 1999. The win over Northern Illinois marked the first victory for Kirk Ferentz as Iowa’s head coach. Iowa lost to Washington State 7-0 in 1965, to Oregon State 33-19 in 1971, to Iowa State 19-7 in 1982, to Penn State 31-0 in 1993 and to Arizona State 44-7 in 2004.

Iowa has played 1,131 games since beginning football in 1889. Iowa’s overall record is 581-511-39 (.531). That includes a 367-199-16 (.644) record in home games, a 214-312-23 (.411) record in games away from Iowa City, a 285-344-25 (.455) mark in Big Ten games and a 250-163-15 (.602) record in Kinnick Stadium.

Iowa’s Leadership Group for the 2010 season includes seven seniors, four juniors, two 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 Adrian Clayborn, Brett Greenwood, Karl Klug, Brett Morse, Ricky Stanzi, Jeff Tarpinian and Julian Vandervelde; juniors Broderick Binns, Marvin McNutt, Tyler Nielsen and Tyler Sash; sophomores Greg Castillo and James Vandenberg; redshirt freshmen Shane DiBona and Brett Van Sloten; and first-year freshman James Morris.

Hawkeye fans not able to attend the Arizona game Sept. 18 can log on to 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 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. averaged over 1,000 unique readers per week throughout the 2009 season, featuring as many as 2,000 reader comments.

Three Iowa players received honorable mention recognition from the College Football Performance Awards for their play in the win over Iowa State. Those players include senior RB Adam Robinson, senior TE Allen Reisner and freshman PK Michael Meyer. Robinson rushed for a career-best 156 yards on 14 carries and scored on a 39-yard run in the win. Robinson also had a 75-yard run to set up another Hawkeye touchdown and he surpassed 1,000 career yards, as well. Reisner had three receptions for 66 yards and a touchdown. His two-yard scoring reception gave Iowa a 21-0 advantage in the second period and his 55-yard catch, the longest of his career, led to Iowa’s final score. Meyer, a true freshman walk-on, has handled Iowa’s kickoff duties in both games. Against Iowa State, he averaged 68.3 yards on six kicks, with three touchbacks.

Iowa Coach Kirk Ferentz was named the Dave McClain Big Ten Conference Coach of the Year for the third time in 2009. Ferentz was a finalist for the Liberty Mutual national Coach of the Year award and was one of 15 semi-finalists for the George Munger Award, presented by the Maxwell Football Club to the College Coach of the Year. The American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) named Ferentz its 2009 Region Three 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.

Former Iowa all-American Mike Stoops is in his seventh year as the head coach at Arizona. Stoops has posted a 35-39 (.473) record as a head coach, all at Arizona. Stoops began his coaching career as a graduate assistant (1986-87) and volunteer assistant (1988-91) at Iowa. He has also coached at Kansas State (1992-98) and Oklahoma (1999-2003) before moving to Tucson. Stoops earned all-America honors as a senior at Iowa (1984) and was a two-time first team all-Big Ten defensive back. Stoops was involved in eight Iowa bowl games as a Hawkeye player and coach. Stoops led the Wildcats to an 8-5 overall record a year ago and an invitation to the Holiday Bowl. Arizona also won eight games in 2008, its first eight-win season in 10 years. The Wildcats ended the 2008 campaign with a 31-21 win over Brigham Young in the Pioneer Las Vegas Bowl. Arizona has averaged over 50,000 fans per game in each of the past six seasons, the best streak in Arizona football over the past 30 years.


  • Iowa Coach Kirk Ferentz served as offensive line coach with the Hawkeyes from 1981-89. During that time, Arizona Coach Mike Stoops was a Hawkeye defensive back (1981-84), graduate assistant coach (1986-87) and volunteer assistant coach (1988-91).
  • Iowa Assistant Coach Phil Parker and Arizona Head Coach Mike Stoops were both named first team all-Big Ten defensive backs in 1983 and 1984. Parker was a junior at Michigan State in 1984 while Stoops was a senior at Iowa. Parker also was first team all-Big Ten in 1985 while Stoops played professional football before joining the Iowa coaching staff the following season.
  • Iowa football administrative assistant LeVar Woods was a sophomore and played for the Hawkeyes in 1998 when Arizona defeated Iowa 35-11 in Tucson.
  • Arizona assistant Bill Bedenbaugh was a graduate assistant at Central Michigan when Iowa defeated CMU 38-0 in 1998 and a graduate assistant at Texas Tech in 2001, as well. Bedenbaugh played four seasons at Iowa Wesleyan College.
  • Arizona assistant Jeff Hammerschmidt played for Arizona when Iowa defeated the Wildcats 15-14 in 1987. He was on the Indiana coaching staff when the Hoosiers defeated Iowa in 1998 and 1999.
  • Arizona assistant Tim Kish has coached at four Big Ten Conference schools, including Purdue (1979-81), Northwestern (1992-96), Illinois (1997-00) and Indiana (2002-03).
  • Arizona assistant Greg Brown, in his first year with the Wildcats, was an assistant (secondary) at Wyoming when Iowa defeated the Cowboys in the 1987 Holiday Bowl. He was also the secondary coach at Purdue in 1989-90.
  • Arizona assistant Dave Nichol was a student assistant coach at Texas Tech in 2001 when Iowa defeated the Red Raiders in the Alamo Bowl.
  • Corey Edmond, UA’s director of performance enhancement, played for North Carolina State when Iowa lost to the Wolfpack in the 1988 Peach Bowl.
  • Erick Harper, UA director of football operations, was a defensive back at Kansas State in 1987 and 1988 when Iowa defeated the Wildcats in back-to-back seasons.

The 12-game series is tied 6-6 following Iowa’s win in Iowa City a year ago. The series began with a 31-20 Iowa victory Sept. 17, 1966 in Iowa City. The series resumed last year for the first time since 1998. Iowa had won three straight in the series before the loss in 1998. The Wildcats have won three of the five meetings at Tucson, while Iowa holds a 4-3 advantage in games played at Iowa City. Seven of the previous 12 games have been decided by seven points or less. Three of Iowa’s last four wins in the series came by a combined five points.


  • The Arizona game marks the first of two Iowa will play in which the opposing head coach is a former Hawkeye player. Like UA Coach Mike Stoops, Wisconsin Coach Bret Bielema also played for Iowa, and like Stoops, helped the Hawkeyes earn a Rose Bowl berth. Iowa is the only Division I program in the nation that will play two regular season games in which the opposing head coach is coaching against his alma mater.
  • Iowa and Arizona were each an overtime loss away from meeting in the 2010 Rose Bowl. Iowa lost at Ohio State in overtime and the Buckeyes went on to win the Rose Bowl over Oregon. Arizona lost to Oregon in double overtime in Tucson late in the season.
  • Saturday will mark the 13th meeting between Arizona and Iowa, a total that makes Arizona the Pac-10 team Iowa has faced most often. Iowa and Oregon State have also met 12 times, but not since 1972.
  • Iowa holds a 29-33-1 all-time record against members of the Pac-10 Conference, having played all but Stanford.
  • Iowa’s most recent football game in the state of Arizona was a 44-7 loss at Arizona State, Sept. 18, 2004. The start of that contest was delayed for over an hour due to severe lightning and thunderstorms in the area. Arizona, hosting Wisconsin earlier that same day, had its game interrupted due to weather, as well. Despite the loss at ASU, Iowa went on to share the 2004 Big Ten title.
  • Arizona is 13-23 all-time against current members of the Big Ten, having played all 11 teams at least once. Iowa is also the team from the Big Ten that Arizona has played the most. The Wildcats have played Illinois, Indiana and Ohio State each four times.
  • The Iowa at Arizona contest is one of three on Sept. 18 that matches the Big Ten against the Pac-10. USC plays at Minnesota and Arizona State plays at Wisconsin.

Iowa and Arizona, through two games, rank among the top defensive teams in the nation. Arizona has allowed two field goals and a safety to rank second in scoring defense, while Iowa has allowed two passing touchdowns and ranks eighth in scoring defense. Arizona is third in total defense, Iowa is ninth. Arizona is fourth in pass defense and Iowa is 11th in rushing defense. Arizona is fourth in pass efficiency defense and Iowa is 17th. On offense, Iowa is 11th in pass efficiency, 25th in rushing offense and total offense and 33rd in scoring. Arizona ranks 10th in passing offense, 12th in total offense and scoring and 13th in pass efficiency. Iowa also ranks third in fewest penalty yards and is tied with Mississippi State for fourth in fewest penalties.

Iowa used a solid defensive effort in taking a 27-17 win over Arizona, Sept 19, 2009, in Kinnick Stadium. After building a 14-10 halftime advantage, Iowa turned to its defense to dominate the second half. The Wildcats had just 94 yards of total offense in the final two periods, and 63 of the 94 yards came on the final scoring drive in the last four minutes after Iowa held a 27-10 lead. For the day, Iowa allowed Arizona just 148 rushing yards and 253 yards total offense. The Iowa defense allowed only eight Arizona first downs as the Wildcats converted on just 2-12 third downs. LB Jeremiha Hunter led Iowa with seven tackles. DE Adrian Clayborn added six tackles, including one of Iowa’s two QB sacks and a forced fumble. DB Tyler Sash had his fourth interception of the season, which led to a Hawkeye field goal in the second half. Seven of the Arizona points came on a 38-yard interception return for a touchdown in the first period. Iowa’s offense did its part as well, controlling the ball for just under 38 minutes. The Hawkeyes drove 75 yards for a touchdown on their opening drive, with RB Adam Robinson getting the score from the two. Arizona tied the game on the interception return and took the lead on a 20-yard field goal. The field goal came after the Wildcats had a first and goal at the Iowa one. The Hawkeyes answered the Arizona field goal with a 70 yard touchdown drive. Robinson had the key play in the drive, gaining 43 yards on a draw play on third and 23. A 34-yard completion from Ricky Stanzi to WR Marvin McNutt put the ball at the one, where Robinson scored his second touchdown. Iowa added two PK Daniel Murray field goals in the second half to increase its advantage to 20-10 before consuming most of the fourth quarter with another touchdown drive. Iowa’s final drive covered 74 yards in 14 plays and took 8:30 off the clock. Stanzi ended the day completing 20-32 passes for 205 yards and one interception. Robinson (18-101) had the first 100-yard game of his career to go with the two touchdowns. WR Colin Sandeman led Iowa’s receivers with five catches for 47 yards. Punter Ryan Donahue averaged 51 yards on five punts, with four kicks of at least 50 yards. Donahue was named co-Special Teams Player of the Week in the Big Ten.

Iowa scored touchdowns on its first three offensive possessions for the second straight week as the Hawkeyes defeated Iowa State 35-7 in Kinnick Stadium to retain possession of the Cy-Hawk Trophy. The win for Iowa was the third straight in the series and fourth straight overall. Iowa scored on drives of 71, 71 and 75 yards on its first three possessions, running 26 plays in the first period, compared to three for Iowa State. Iowa’s first score came on a nine-yard pass from QB Ricky Stanzi to WR Marvin McNutt, Jr. and the second came on a two-yard run by Jewel Hampton. A 66-yard completion to McNutt, Jr. set up Iowa’s third score, a two-yard pass from Stanzi to TE Allen Reisner. Stanzi scored on a one-yard sneak to increase the advantage to 28-0. That score was set up by a 75-yard run by RB Adam Robinson. Iowa’s complete domination of the first half included 288 yards total offense and 20:35 in time of possession, compared to 85 yards and 9:25 possession time for Iowa State. The Iowa defense came up with the first of three interceptions to stop ISU’s second drive of the third period and the Hawkeyes quickly drove 97 yards in three plays to take a 35-0 advantage. Stanzi completed a 55-yard pass to Reisner and Robinson followed with a 39-yard scoring run. Robinson had a career-best 156 yards on 14 carries and surpassed 1,000 career rushing yards on his 75-yard run. Hampton added 20 carries for 84 yards in his first game since the 2009 Outback Bowl. Stanzi completed 11-18 passes for 204 yards and two scores. Iowa did not have a turnover. Senior LB Jeff Tarpinian, in his first career start, led the Iowa defense. Tarpinian had a career-best 11 tackles, while LB Jeremiha Hunter added nine and DB Tyler Sash had six. DB Shaun Prater, FS Brett Greenwood and OLB Tyler Nielsen had interceptions. Punter Ryan Donahue averaged 48.4 yards on five punts, allowing just two returns for 13 yards.


  • With the win over Iowa State, Iowa has won 10 straight games with a trophy on the line. The current streak began with a win over Minnesota in 2007 and includes two January bowl wins.
  • Sophomore RB Adam Robinson, against Iowa State, rushed 14 times for 156 yards and one touchdown, surpassing 100 yards for the second consecutive week and the fourth time in his career. The 156 yards are a career best (109 yards, twice). Robinson surpassed 1,000 career yards in his 13th game and on the 216th rushing attempt of his career.
  • Iowa’s defense collected three interceptions (LB Tyler Nielsen, FS Brett Greenwood and CB Shaun Prater). Iowa collected at least one turnover in 11 of 13 games last season, with no turnovers vs. Michigan State and Ohio State. The Hawkeye defense has collected at least one takeaway in 45 of its last 50 games, dating back to 2006. The Hawkeye defense collected a combined 10 takeaways (eight interceptions, two fumbles) against the Cyclones the last two meetings.
  • Iowa has outscored its two opponents 28-0 in the first period. Against Iowa State, the Iowa offense ran 26 plays for 129 yards in the first period and allowed ISU to run just three plays for three yards. Iowa had 13:34 in time of possession in the opening period.
  • Senior WR Derrell Johnson-Koulianos moved up Iowa’s career receiving charts. He finished the day with five receptions for 65 yards. Johnson-Koulianos improved his career totals to 133 catches for 1,940 yards. He moved to fifth in receiving yards and is sixth in receptions.
  • RB Jewel Hampton returned to action for Iowa for the first time since the 2009 Outback Bowl, missing all of last season due to injury. Hampton rushed for 20 yards on 84 attempts, including a two-yard scoring run in the second period.
  • Senior TE Allen Reisner had the longest catch of his career with a 55-yard reception in the third period that led to Iowa’s third period touchdown. Reisner had three receptions for 66 yards against Iowa State, including a two-yard scoring catch, the third of his career. He also had a seven-yard scoring reception at Iowa State a year ago.
  • Senior LB Jeff Tarpinian started for the first time in his career. Tarpinian missed the opening game due to injury. Also playing for the first time this season, due to injury, were DB Shaun Prater and DE Broderick Binns. Senior DB Brett Greenwood had an interception in the third period to stop an ISU scoring drive inside the Iowa 20. Greenwood now has four picks in the last three games played vs. ISU. He also had two interceptions last season and one in Iowa’s 2008 triumph over Iowa State.
  • Junior Tyler Nielsen started for the second time in his career and had his first career interception in the third period.
  • P Ryan Donahue punted five times, averaging 48.4 yards per kick and had two kicks downed inside the 20. Donahue had a long punt of 61 yards.
  • Iowa is 14-25 (56%) in third down conversions, including 10-11 when the distance is three yards or less. Iowa opponents are just 9-30 (30%) in third down conversions.
  • Iowa has held two opponents to three plays and out on 10 of 22 possessions, including five possessions by both Eastern Illinois and Iowa State. The opponents had 18 scoreless possessions between the Eastern Illinois and Iowa State scoring drives.

Arizona totaled 489 yards of offense and kept The Citadel out of the end zone in taking a 52-6 win Saturday night in Tucson. Arizona led 7-0 after one period before scoring 17 points in the second period. The Wildcats added a 62-yard touchdown scamper by Nic Grigsby to open the third period. Grigsby also had a one-yard touchdown in the first half and ended the game with 107 yards on 11 carries. Arizona QB Nick Foles completed 17-22 passes for 214 yards, with one touchdown and one interception. Keola Antolin led Arizona receivers with four receptions for 53 yards. Eleven Wildcats had at least one reception. The Arizona defense allowed The Citadel just 21 passing yards, as The Citadel completed just 3-14 pass attempts. DB Joe Perkins led the Wildcat defense with eight tackles, while DT Justin Washington had two QB sacks among his six tackles. The Citadel also lost three of six fumbles.

Iowa returns several players who have already entered their name in the Iowa record books:

  • Senior QB Ricky Stanzi ranks ninth in single-season touchdown passes (17 in 2009) and sixth in career scoring passes (34). A year ago, he completed 171-304 attempts for 2,417 yards. His season yardage total ranks 11th best and his career total of 4,602 passing yards ranks sixth. He is seventh in career completions (350), eighth in attempts (603) and sixth in total offense (4,795). Stanzi has led Iowa to a 20-4 record as a starter, including an 11-2 record in Kinnick Stadium and a 10-4 record in Big Ten games. His 20 wins as Iowa’s starting quarterback ties for seventh best among active FBS quarterbacks.
  • Senior WR Derrell Johnson-Koulianos has led Iowa in receiving in each of the past three seasons, becoming just the third receiver to accomplish that feat. He had 45 receptions for 750 yards a year ago. His career totals include 133 receptions for 1,940 yards and seven touchdowns. He ranks fifth in career yards and seventh in receptions. He also averaged 31.5 yards on 12 KO returns a year ago, including a 99-yard return for a touchdown at Ohio State. In two games this season he is averaging 26.8 yards on four KO returns. He has totaled over 1,000 all-purpose yards in each of his three seasons, including a career-best 1,128 yards in 2009. He has matched Jim Gibbons (1955-57) and Tim Dwight (1995-97) as a receiving leader in three seasons. No Hawkeye has led the team in receiving four years. He has six receptions for 69 yards this season.
  • Junior DB Tyler Sash led Iowa with six interceptions in 2009, a total that ties as sixth best in a single season. He tied Iowa’s single-game record with three interceptions in a win at Iowa State. His 203 return yards in 2009 are a single-season record and his career total of 350 returns yards is a school record. He has 11 career interceptions, which ties for sixth best. His total return yards rank fifth best all-time, in the Big Ten Conference, for all games.
  • Junior WR Marvin McNutt, Jr. had eight touchdown receptions in 2009, which ties for the fourth best total in school history. In his first season as a wide receiver, McNutt had 34 receptions for 674 yards, including the game-winner on the final play of Iowa’s win at Michigan State. McNutt (674) and Johnson-Koulianos (750) combined to give Iowa two receivers with over 600 yards for just the ninth time in school history. McNutt, Jr., in two games this season, has four receptions for 93 yards and a touchdown.
  • Senior PK Daniel Murray led Iowa in scoring with 89 points in 2009, making 19-26 field goal attempts and 32-33 PATs. His career totals include 32-45 field goals and 62-65 PATs. His 89 points last season tie as 11th best for a single season and he is 13th in career scoring (158 points). He has missed Iowa’s first two games due to injury.
  • Senior defensive back Brett Greenwood is tied for 17th in career interceptions, collecting the eighth theft of his career against Iowa State. Greenwood has 34 career starts and 174 career tackles. Four of his career interceptions have come against Iowa State.
  • Sophomore RB Adam Robinson became the 40th Iowa player to rush for over 1,000 career yards with his play against Iowa State. Robinson’s career totals include 219 carries for 1,099 yards and nine touchdowns, as he is tied for 31st in career rushing. He led Iowa’s rushing attack with 834 yards in 2009, despite missing all of two games and portions of others. The yardage is the most ever for an Iowa freshman. He had 952 all-purpose yards in 2009, which ranks fifth best for an Iowa freshman. His 156 rushing yards vs. Iowa State are a career high and he has rushed for over 100 yards in four of 13 career games.
  • Sophomore RB Jewel Hampton rushed 91 times for 463 yards and seven touchdowns as a freshman in 2008 before missing 2009 due to injury. His rushing total ranks fifth best for an Iowa freshman and his seven touchdowns tied a freshman record that was eclipsed last season by Brandon Wegher. Hampton totaled 1,000 all-purpose yards in 2008, third best among Iowa rookies. He rushed 20 times for 84 yards and a touchdown against Iowa State.
  • Senior LB Jeremiha Hunter has 193 career tackles (61 solo, 132 assists) and can become the 62nd Hawkeye player to surpass 200 career stops. Hunter leads Iowa in tackles through two games in 2010, recording three solo stops and 11 assists. He has 27 career starts.

With 20 wins as Iowa’s starting quarterback, senior Ricky Stanzi is tied for seven among FBS signal callers in victories. Stanzi is tied with Georgia Tech’s Josh Nesbitt and trails the following: Andy Dalton, TCU (31), Kellen Moore, Boise State (27), Tyrod Taylor, Virginia Tech (23), Case Keenum, Houston (24), Terrell Pryor, Ohio State (21)and Colin Kaerpernick, Nevada (21).


  • Senior TE Allen Reisner leads Iowa receivers through two games with seven receptions for 105 yards and a touchdown. Reisner had four receptions in the opening game and three catches for 66 yards in the win over Iowa State.
  • Senior QB Ricky Stanzi has a quarterback rating of 183.59 after two games. Stanzi has completed 29-41 passes for 433 yards and three touchdowns, with no interceptions. Stanzi scored the first rushing touchdown of his career in the win over Iowa State. He completed his first nine passes of the season in Iowa’s opening win over Eastern Illinois and has led the Iowa offense to three consecutive touchdown drives to start each of the first two games.
  • Sophomore RB Adam Robinson has surpassed 100 rushing yards in Iowa’s two games. He had a career-best 156 yards on 14 carries against Iowa State after rushing for 109 yards vs. Eastern Illinois. Robinson had a 75-yard run against Iowa State, the longest of his career. He has four career games with over 100 rushing yards.
  • Senior punter Ryan Donahue is averaging 47.5 yards on six punts through two games. He has a long of 61 yards, three of his six punts have been inside the 20 and opponents have just two returns for 13 yards.
  • Senior LB Jeremiha Hunter leads Iowa with 14 tackles, including three solo stops and eight assists. Senior LB Jeff Tarpinian has 11 stops, with all 11 coming in the win over Iowa State. Tarpinian missed Iowa’s opening game due to injury before starting for the first time against Iowa State.
  • Senior DT Karl Klug leads Iowa with 2.5 tackles for loss and he has one of Iowa’s four QB sacks. Klug has registered 10 tackles and two quarterback hurries through two games.

Iowa has won 46 of its last 55 games (.836) 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 ranked as the 11th-best home winning percentage in the nation and second in the Big Ten to Ohio State. Iowa was 6-1 at home in 2009, with wins over Northern Iowa, Arizona, Arkansas State, Michigan, Indiana and Minnesota and a loss to Northwestern. Iowa is 14-2 at home since the start of the 2008 season.

Iowa players who have started for the first time this season have been OL James Ferentz, OL Nolan MacMillan, OL Markus Zusevics, DL Mike Daniels, DB Micah Hyde, LB Bruce Davis, LB Tyler Nielsen and LB Jeff Tarpinian. Returning players who started every game last season include P Ryan Donahue K Daniel Murray, FB Brett Morse, DE Adrian Clayborn, DT Karl Klug, DT Christian Ballard, DE Broderick Binns, and SS Tyler Sash. Iowa had 12 players start all 13 games in 2009.

Iowa has played six true freshmen, including TE C.J. Fiedorowicz, LB James Morris, LB Christian Kirksey, DB B.J. Lowery, DB Tanner Miller and K Michael Meyer. Iowa played just three true freshmen in 2009. The Hawkeyes played seven true freshmen in 2008. Iowa also had seven true freshmen play in 2003 and 2000. In addition to the true freshmen, others who have seen the first action of their career this season include P Eric Guthrie, DL Joe Forgy, QB John Wienke, FB Jacob Reisen, TE Zach Furlong, DL Joe Gaglione, DL Thomas Nardo, DB Tom Donatell, LB Shane DiBona, FB Brad Rogers, DL Steve Bigach, OL Conor Boffeli, OL Matt Tobin, OL Casey McMillan, OL Brett Van Sloten, OL Woody Orne, DE Dominic Alvis and TE Zach Derby.

Iowa returns 46 lettermen from 2009, including 20 on offense, 22 on defense and four specialists. The 46 lettermen are two less than the number from 2009. The Hawkeyes return six starters on offense, eight on defense and their kicker and punter. The lettermen breakdown includes 15 three-year lettermen, 12 two-year lettermen and 19 one-year lettermen. The total roster has 121 players, and includes 26 seniors, 21 juniors, 25 sophomores, 16 redshirt freshmen and 33 true freshmen. The first game depth chart included 19 seniors, 14 juniors, 12 sophomores, five redshirt freshmen and two true freshmen. Just two Division I programs, Hawaii (31) and Louisville (27), have more returning seniors than Iowa, while Texas-El Paso also returns 26 seniors and Ohio State returns 25.

Iowa returns 11 players who earned all-Big Ten honors a year ago. Among those returning, DE Adrian Clayborn and DB Tyler Sash were first team selections by both league coaches and media. WR Derrell Johnson-Koulianos and DB Brett Greenwood were second team selections. Those earning honorable recognition included DT Christian Ballard, DT Karl Klug, P Ryan Donahue, RB Adam Robinson, DE Broderick Binns, QB Ricky Stanzi and PK Daniel Murray. In addition, Clayborn was the MVP of Iowa’s FedEx Orange Bowl win over Georgia Tech and was named national Defensive Performer of the Year by College Football Performance Awards. Clayborn and Sash are two of four returning defensive players who earned first team all-Big Ten honors a year ago.

Eight Hawkeye players have been named to 19 different preseason “Watch Lists” for individual national awards. Those players include junior DE Broderick Binns (Ted Hendricks, Rotary Lombardi), senior DE Adrian Clayborn (Walter Camp, Ted Hendricks, Chuck Bednarik, Rotary Lombardi, Bronko Nagurski), senior punter Ryan Donahue (Ray Guy), senior WR Johnson-Koulianos (Paul Hornung, Fred Biletnikoff), senior DT Karl Klug (Outland Trophy), senior PK Daniel Murray (Lou Groza), junior DB Tyler Sash (Jim Thorpe, Chuck Bednarik, Lott Trophy, Bronko Nagurski) and senior QB Ricky Stanzi (Maxwell, Davey O’Brien, Manning). 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.


  • Iowa has won 10 straight games over the last four seasons with a trophy on the line. The current streak began with a win over Minnesota in 2007 for possession of Floyd of Rosedale. Iowa also won the battle for Floyd in both 2008 and 2009 and the Cy-Hawk (Iowa State) the last three years. Iowa has won the Heartland Trophy (Wisconsin) the last two seasons. The streak includes wins in the 2009 Outback and 2010 FedEx Orange bowls.
  • Dating back to 2008, Iowa has won seven of its last eight games away from Iowa City. A six-game streak was snapped in the overtime loss at eighth-ranked Ohio State last November. 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. 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 five road opponents last season were a combined 26-9 (.743) at home. Outside of the game against Iowa, those five teams were 25-5 (.833) at home.
  • Iowa played four games under the lights in 2009 and won all four. Iowa won at Penn State (21-10 on ABC national) in its first night contest. The Hawkeyes defeated Michigan 30-28 in Kinnick Stadium on Oct. 10, also on ABC national television. The 15-13 win at Michigan State (Oct. 24) was televised by the Big Ten Network. Iowa defeated Georgia Tech 24-14 in the Orange Bowl, with FOX televising to a national audience. Iowa has won six straight night games since a 2006 home loss to Ohio State.
  • Iowa’s 2009 win at No. 4/5 ranked Penn State 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 concluded the 2009 season with a neutral site win over ninth-ranked Georgia Tech in the Orange Bowl.
  • For the second straight year, Iowa will face two teams that have former Hawkeye players as their head coach. Bret Bielema (1989-92) is the head coach at Wisconsin and Mike Stoops (1981, 1983-84) is the head coach at Arizona. Iowa defeated Arizona 27-17 last Sept. 19 in Iowa City and defeated Wisconsin 20-10 Oct. 17 in Madison. Both Stoops and Bielema led their teams to bowl games in 2009.
  • Iowa, in 2009, won four games by three points or less for the first time ever in a single season. Iowa was 4-1 in 2009 when trailing after three periods and 1-1 when tied after three quarters. Iowa blocked two field goal attempts in the final seconds of a win over Northern Iowa and scored on the final play in a win at Michigan State. The Hawkeyes lost at Ohio State in overtime.


  • Iowa is one of eight college football programs in the nation to compete in six January bowl games over the last eight seasons. Iowa’s 24-14 win in the 2010 FedEx Orange Bowl marked the second BCS bowl appearance since 2002 and fifth win in a January bowl game since 2003.
  • Iowa has been bowl eligible in each of the last nine seasons. The Hawkeyes have played in eight bowl games since 2001. Iowa played in the 2001 Alamo Bowl, 2003 Orange Bowl, 2004 Outback Bowl, 2005 Capital One Bowl, 2006 Outback Bowl, 2006 Alamo Bowl, 2009 Outback Bowl and 2010 Orange Bowl.
  • Iowa earned Big Ten Conference championships in 2002 and 2004 and placed second in 2009.
  • Iowa has ranked in the top 10 in the final Associated Press and CNN/USA Today coaches polls in four of the past eight seasons, including a ranking of seventh in both polls at the conclusion of the 2009 season. Iowa ranked eighth in 2002, 2003 and 2004 and the Hawkeyes were also 20th in 2008.
  • Iowa established a school record with 11 wins in 2002 (11-2) and matched that record in 2009. Iowa, in 2009, won 10 regular season games for just the fourth time in school history.
  • Iowa won 10 or more games in three consecutive years (2002-04) for first time in school history.
  • Iowa has compiled an eight-year record of 70-31 (.693), 2002-09, second best in the Big Ten. The 70 victories tie as the 16th best total in the nation.
  • Iowa has posted a 42-22 Big Ten record from 2002-09, which ranks second among league teams over the last eight seasons.
  • Kirk Ferentz has been named Big Ten Coach of the Year three times (2002, 2004 & 2009) and he was named National Coach of the Year in 2002. Ferentz joins Michigan’s Bo Schembechler (four) and Penn State’s Joe Paterno (three) as the only coaches to be honored in more than two seasons.
  • With five bowl victories, Kirk Ferentz ranks fifth all-time among Big Ten Conference coaches in bowl wins.
  • Four of Iowa’s five bowl wins under Coach Kirk Ferentz have been in January. Under Ferentz, the Hawkeyes have bowl wins over teams from the Southeastern (three), Big 12 and Atlantic Coast conferences.
  • Iowa is one of 11 Division I programs to have the same full-time coaching staff for a third straight year or more in 2010. The others include Baylor, Indiana, Navy, Nebraska, North Carolina State, Penn State, Alabama-Birmingham, Vanderbilt, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest.
  • Iowa has had national award winners in: 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 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 has 72 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 (94); USC (93); Texas (91); Ohio State (89); Oklahoma (88); Georgia (83); LSU (83); Florida (82); TCU (81); Virginia Tech (80); West Virginia (77); Utah (76); Boston College (74); Auburn (74); Wisconsin (73); IOWA (72); Texas Tech (72); Miami, FL (70), Penn State (68) and California (69).

Iowa’s football record in the 2000 decade was 80-45 (.640), a record that ranks as the best decade in Iowa football history, based on total wins. 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, leading the program for the last 11 seasons. Ferentz also served as Iowa’s offensive line coach from 1981-89 under Fry. In a January, 2010 release, ranked Big Ten programs over the last decade in the following order: Ohio State, Iowa, Michigan, Penn State, Wisconsin, Purdue, Northwestern, Minnesota, Michigan State, Illinois and Indiana. Factors such as Big Ten titles, BCS bowl appearances, bowl record and number of losing seasons played a role in the rankings.

Iowa’s depth chart includes 10 players who originally joined the program as a walk-on. That includes four players on offense, three on defense and three specialists. The list includes OL Kyle Haganman, OL Josh Koeppel, RB Paki O’Meara, WR Don Nordman, DL Thomas Nardo, DB Brett Greenwood, DB Nick Nielsen, P Eric Guthrie, PK Michael Meyer and LS Andrew Schulze.

Iowa’s roster of 121 players includes 54 players from Iowa. The roster includes 14 players from Illinois; 13 from Ohio; five from Minnesota and Missouri; four from Florida; three from Maryland and Wisconsin; two from Indiana, Michigan, Nebraska, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, South Dakota and Texas; one from Georgia, Kansas, Massachusetts and Montana and one from Australia and Canada.

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.

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 and then clicking on the GT link. This feature is available for all home games and most road contests during the 2009 campaign.

Iowa will host Ball State Sept. 25 (11 a.m. CT, BTN) and opens Big Ten Conference play against Penn State Oct. 2 (7:12 p.m., ABC/ESPN).