Iowa 45, Ball State 0

Sept. 25, 2010

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Iowa improved to 3-1 with the win and the Hawkeyes are now 7-3 under Kirk Ferentz when playing in the rain. Iowa has won 47 of its last 56 home games, dating back to 2002, and the Hawkeyes are 15-2 since the start of the 2008 campaign. Iowa is 37-18 in non-conference games under Ferentz.

In three home games this season (Eastern Illinois, Iowa State and Ball State), Iowa has outscored its opponents 167-14.

Iowa amassed 562 yards of total offense, which ranks as the fourth-most by a Coach Kirk Ferentz coached Hawkeye team. Additionally, Iowa’s 28 first downs tie for the fourth most by an Iowa team under Ferentz.

Iowa’s defense allowed only 56 yards passing and collected two takeaways. The 56 yards passing rank as the second fewest passing yards allowed under Coach Ferentz. Ball State quarterbacks completed only eight pass attempts, which ranks as the fifth-fewest completions by an opponent under Coach Ferentz.

Iowa posted its first shutout since the final game of the 2009 season when it scored a 12-0 win over Minnesota. Ball State did not reach the Iowa red zone, and did not cross midfield until the third period. Iowa opponents are 5-9 in the red zone this season. Iowa held its first two opponents to seven points. Arizona is the only Iowa opponent to score in the first period, and Iowa has held two of four opponents to no points in the first half.

Iowa’s first touchdown came on a one-yard run by RB Adam Robinson, his fifth rushing touchdown of the season, and he added another in the third period. Robinson had five rushing touchdowns in 11 games as a freshman in 2009. Robinson ended the game with 22 rushes for 115 yards and two scores, along with three receptions for a career-high 75 yards. He has rushed for over 100 yards in three of four games in 2010 and has five career games over the century mark. He has scored two or more touchdowns in three of four games this season.

Robinson increased his career totals to 251 carries for 1,219 yards. He ranks 28th in career rushing yards.

Ball State won the toss and deferred to the second half. Iowa has started on offense in 117 of its last 134 contests. The Hawkeyes have started the game on offense in 119-of-140 games under Ferentz. Iowa games vs. Ohio State (11/14/07), Indiana (10/31/09), Purdue (11/15/08), Penn State (11/08/08), Wisconsin (10/10/08), Minnesota (11/10/07), at Northwestern (11/3/07), vs. Michigan State (10/27/07), at Penn State (10/6/07), vs. Iowa State (9/16/06), vs. Minnesota (11/19/05), vs. Michigan (10/22/05), at Purdue (10/8/05), at Minnesota (11/13/04), vs. Purdue (11/6/04), at Miami, OH (9/7/02) and at Michigan State (9/27/03) are the only contests that the Hawkeyes didn’t start on offense. Iowa won 13 of the 17 games.

Iowa did not score on its first possession for the second straight game after opening the first two games with touchdown drives. Iowa opened its first two games with touchdown drives on its first three possessions.

Ball State did not score on its first possession. Iowa has allowed just three opponents (Indiana, game nine, and Penn State, game four, both in 2009, and Arizona, 2010) to score on their opening drive in its last 30 games.

Iowa was 5-6 in the red zone, collecting two rushing touchdowns, two passing touchdowns and a field goal, while missing a field goal. Iowa has scored on 78 of the last 87 red zone possessions (53 TDs and 25 FGs), dating back to the Michigan State game in 2008. Iowa is 59-68 combined inside the red zone its last 20 games.

TE Allen Reisner had five receptions in the first period, surpassing his previous career-high (four vs. Eastern Illinois, 9/4/10). He ended the day with five receptions for 53 yards. His career high in yards is 66 yards vs. Iowa State earlier this season.

Sophomore WR Keenan Davis had career bests in catches and receiving yards (4-50). He had his second career touchdown with an eight-yard scoring reception in the second period.

True freshman PK Michael Meyer scored the first point of his career with a PAT in the first period. It was his first PAT attempt after he had handled just KO duties in Iowa’s first three games. Meyer was 7-7 on PAT kicks and added a 25-yard field goal, while also missing a 37-yard field goal from the left hash mark on his first career attempt in the second period.

Sophomore DB Micah Hyde had the first interception of his career in the second period. He also forced a fumble later in the period, with the recovery made by Iowa LB Jeremiha Hunter. Hunter also had a fumble recovery against Arizona and now has five career recoveries. The turnover led to Iowa’s third touchdown of the first half. Hyde ended the day with two solo tackles, as well.

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 47 of its last 52 games, dating back to 2006.

Junior DL Mike Daniels recorded four tackles for loss (20 yards) among his six tackles, including one QB sack for minus seven yards. For the game, Daniels had four solo tackles and two assists.

Senior LB Jeff Tarpinian led Iowa in tackles for the third straight game. He registered nine tackles, including 1.5 tackles for loss. Tarpinian had 11 tackles vs. Iowa State and a career-high 12 stops at Arizona.

Senior QB Ricky Stanzi completed 19-25 passes for 288 yards and three touchdowns. Stanzi improved his career totals to 387-661 for 5,372 yards and 40 touchdowns. Iowa is 21-5 with Stanzi as its starting quarterback. He has at least one touchdown pass in the last 12 games he has played. He is now fifth in career touchdown passes with 40. He has two or more scoring passes in three of four games this season and three in each of the last two games.

Senior WR Derrell Johnson-Koulianos had two scoring receptions for the first time in his career, scoring on catches of 22 and 45 yards. He ended the game with four receptions for 87 yards. Johnson-Koulianos improved his career totals to 144 catches for 2,141 yards and 10 touchdowns. He ranks third in receiving yards and is sixth in receptions. He is just the fourth Iowa receiver with over 2,000 career receiving yards.

RB Marcus Coker became the seventh true freshman to play this season as he saw his first career action. Iowa also played seven true freshmen in 2000, 2003 and 2008 but had just three first year players see action a year ago. Coker ended the day with 10 carries for 60 yards and one reception for 12 yards.

Freshman Brad Rogers also had his first career rushing attempts and ended the day with nine carries for 66 yards. As a team, the Hawkeyes amassed 256 yards on the ground.

Iowa dominated time of possession again today. The Hawkeyes maintained possession for 34:06, compared to 25:54 for Ball State.

Instant Replay was used in the second period, due to a challenge by Ball State. The call on the field, a Ball State fumble recovered by Iowa, call was upheld. A third period play was also reviewed, with the call on the field, a Ball State completion, also being upheld.

Iowa will entertain Penn State next Saturday in Kinnick Stadium (7:12 p.m. ABC/ESPN/ESPN2). It is Iowa’s homecoming.

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