Iowa Opens Big Ten Play by Hosting Penn State

Sept. 27, 2010

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Iowa (3-1, 0-0) opens Big Ten Conference action by hosting Penn State (3-1, 0-0) Saturday in Iowa’s 99th homecoming contest. Game time is 7:06 p.m. CT in Kinnick Stadium (70,585). The game is sold out. Both teams lost non-conference road games to ranked teams; Iowa lost at Arizona and Penn State dropped a contest at Alabama.

ESPN (HD) will televise the contest to a national audience. Mark Jones, Bob Davie and Jeannine Edwards 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. Sports USA will also carry the game, with Rich Cellini and Gary Barnett calling the action. The game can also be heard on Sirius channel 91 and XM channel 197.

Iowa is ranked 17th by the Associated Press and 18th in the USA Today coaches poll. Penn State is 20th in the coaches poll and 22nd in the AP rankings. Around the Big Ten, Ohio State is ranked 2/2 (AP/Coaches), Wisconsin is 11/9, Michigan is 20/19 and Michigan State is 24/21. Northwestern is listed among teams receiving votes, while Arizona is ranked 14/14.

Saturday’s homecoming game vs. Penn State is Black and Gold Spirit Night in Kinnick Stadium. Fans are encouraged to wear black or gold in support of the Hawkeyes, depending on their seat location. Fans can find a map at (, the official world wide web site of the Iowa Hawkeyes, or by calling the UI Sport Marketing Office at 319-335-9431. Black and Gold Spirit Night is one of six events where a finalist to win a trip for two to the next Iowa bowl game will be randomly selected. The only requirement Saturday is that a fan has a game ticket with a section, row and seat, and that the fan is wearing the selected color for that section. The winning fan will be selected at the end of the first quarter.

Iowa has won 18 of its last 21 games and 20 of 24, dating back to the middle of the 2008 season. Iowa had a 17-3 stretch from the 2001 Alamo Bowl through the first six 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 7-8 when playing on Oct. 2. The Hawkeyes defeated Wilton 22-4 in 1897, Cornell 33-0 in 1915, Indiana 14-7 in 1920, Colorado Teachers 24-0 in 1926, Montana 48-6 in 1954, Northwestern 45-7 in 1982 and Michigan State 38-16 in 2004. Iowa lost to Minnesota 41-0 in 1909, Wisconsin 7-5 in 1943, Indiana 7-0 in 1948, Wisconsin 16-13 in 1965, Purdue 45-13 in 1971, Southern Cal 55-0 in 1976, Michigan 24-7 in 1993 and Michigan State 49-3 in 1999.

Iowa has played 1,133 games since beginning football in 1889. Iowa’s overall record is 582-512-39 (.531). That includes a 368-199-16 (.644) record in home games, a 214-313-23 (.410) record in games away from Iowa City, a 285-344-25 (.455) mark in Big Ten games and a 251-163-15 (.603) record in Kinnick Stadium.

Iowa holds a 52-41-5 (.556) record in homecoming games. Iowa defeated Michigan (30-28) in its 2009 homcoming contest to end a two-game homecoming losing streak. Iowa won seven straight from 2000-06. Iowa will play Penn State for the third time on homecoming. The Hawkeyes are 2-0 against the Nittany Lions on homecoming, winning in 1930 (19-0) and 2001 (24-18).

The Hawkeye Express, which shuttles Iowa fans to and from Kinnick Stadium from the west edge of Coralville, has hit record numbers for the initial three games of the football season. The Hawkeye Express is averaging 4,867 passengers through three games, with a season high of 4,931 passengers for the most recent Ball State game. The Hawkeye express averaged 3,939 passengers per game in 2008 and 4,297 passengers in 2009. The Hawkeye Express will begin service Saturday at 3 p.m. prior to Iowa’s homecoming contest with Penn State (7:06 p.m., ESPN). The Hawkeye Express begins post game service at the start of the fourth quarter. DANIELS EARNS BIG TEN HONOR
Junior DL Mike Daniels was named Big Ten Conference co-defensive Player of the Week for his play in Iowa’s 45-0 win over Ball State. The Blackwood, NJ (Highland Regional HS) native recorded career bests in tackles and tackles for loss in Iowa’s shutout victory over Ball State. Daniels had four solo tackles and two assists, including four tackles for loss (-20) and one QB sack (-7). Through four games, Daniels ranks second in the Big Ten and 13th nationally in tackles for loss with 7.5 tackles for negative 43 yards. The Hawkeye defense held Ball State to just 112 yards total offense (56 rushing, 56 passing) as nine of 12 Ball State possessions were five plays or less. The Big Ten Player of the Week honor is the first for Daniels, who shared the defensive honor with Michigan State LB Greg Jones. Iowa senior RB Paki O’Meara was recognized with the special teams honor following Iowa’s opening win over Eastern Illinois. Eight Hawkeyes were honored by the Big Ten Conference during the 2009 season.

Junior DL Mike Daniels and senior QB Ricky Stanzi earned recognition from the College Football Performance Awards for their play in Iowa’s 45-0 win over Ball State. Daniels was named both the national Defensive Performer of the Week and the national Defensive Lineman of the Week. Daniels had four tackles for loss (-20 yards) and a quarterback sack (-7) as Iowa held Ball State to just 112 yards total offense. Stanzi received honorable mention recognition after directing the Hawkeye offense against the Cardinals. Stanzi completed 19-25 passes for 288 yards and three touchdowns, with no interceptions. He has thrown at least one scoring pass in 12 straight games and he has three touchdown passes in each of Iowa’s last two games. In four games, he has nine touchdown passes and one interception, while completing 66.7% of his attempts and compiling an efficiency rating of 179.41. Stanzi is second in the Big Ten and fifth nationally in pass efficiency.

Iowa has won 47 of its last 56 games (.839) in Kinnick Stadium, dating back to the 2002 season, including a 3-0 mark this 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 15-2 at home since the start of the 2008 season.

Hawkeye fans not able to attend the Penn State game Oct. 2 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.

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.

Iowa Coach 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 Iowa’s Hayden Fry (three) and Penn State’s Joe Paterno (three) as the only coaches to be honored in more than two seasons.

Penn State’s Joe Paterno and Iowa’s Kirk Ferentz rank one-two in Big Ten Conference seniority. This is Ferentz’s 12th year with the Hawkeyes. Paterno is in his 45th season as Penn State’s head coach. The Nittany Lions joined the Big Ten in 1993. Ohio State Coach Jim Tressel is in his 10th year as Buckeye head coach to rank third. While Penn State is in its 45th season under Paterno, Iowa has had just two head coaches in the past 32 seasons. Hall of Fame Coach Hayden Fry directed the Hawkeye program from 1979-98.

The Penn State game is the second of two night games for Iowa in 2010. Iowa’s contest at Arizona was also a night game. 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, in the most recent night game in Kinnick Stadium. 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. Following a 2006 home loss to Ohio State, Iowa won six straight night games before the Sept. 18 loss at Arizona. Penn State is playing the second of three night games, as the loss at Alabama was also a night game. This is the eighth night game at Kinnick Stadium, with Iowa holding a 4-3 record in the seven previous games. Iowa lost the first night contest played in Kinnick Stadium to Miami, FL (24-7) on Sept. 5, 1992. The Hawkeyes defeated Northern Illinois (24-0) on Sept. 18, 1999, Arizona State (21-2) on Sept. 20, 2003, Syracuse (35-0) on Sept. 8, 2007 and Michigan (30-28) on Oct. 10, 2009. Iowa also lost to Iowa State (36-31) on Sept. 14, 2002 and to Ohio State (38-17) on Sept. 30, 2006. Iowa has only played four true night games in Kinnick Stadium, as games vs. Northern Illinois, Iowa State and Arizona State began at 5 p.m. CT. The Miami, FL, Ohio State, Syracuse and Michigan games were 7 p.m. starts.

The 22-game series is tied 11-11. The teams first met Nov. 15, 1930, with Iowa winning 19-0 in Iowa City. The series is even for the first time since Penn State’s 44-14 win in 1971 left the series at one win apiece. Iowa has won the last two meetings and eight of the last 10. Iowa claimed a thrilling 24-23 win in 2008, converting a 31-yard field goal with one second to play the last time the teams met at Iowa City. Both teams have had a five-game winning streak in the series. Penn State won each game played between 1971 and 1975. Iowa’s longest streak in the series began with a double-overtime win in 2000 and included wins from 2000-04. The teams did not meet in 2005 and 2006. Iowa holds an 8-5 advantage since 1993 when the Nittany Lions joined the Big Ten Conference. The Hawkeyes are 4-7 in games played at Iowa City, but have won the last three games in Kinnick Stadium since PSU’s 31-7 win in 1999. The teams have played two overtime games, both at Penn State. Iowa won in two overtimes in 2000 (26-23) and in single overtime in 2002 (42-35).

Iowa and Penn State, through four games, rank among the top defensive teams in the nation. Iowa leads the nation in total defense (227.5), ranks third in rushing defense (65.5) and fifth in scoring defense (12.0). Penn State is eighth in scoring defense (12.8), 17th in pass defense (158.5) and 18th in total defense (275.8).


  • Iowa begins Big Ten conference play at home for just the third time in 12 seasons under Coach Kirk Ferentz. Iowa is 4-7 under Ferentz in the opening conference game of the season, including 1-1 when opening at home. Under Ferentz, Iowa has opened conference play against Penn State on three occasions, winning all three. The Hawkeyes won 24-18 at Iowa City in 2001, 42-35 (OT) at University Park in 2002 and 21-10 at University Park last season. The overtime win in 2002 marked the start of Iowa’s perfect (8-0) Big Ten season. Iowa opened Big Ten play at home in 2001 (def. Penn State) and 2008 (lost to Northwestern).
  • Iowa has played five overtime games in its history and two have come at Penn State (the other three were vs. Michigan in 2005, at Syracuse in 2006 and vs. Michigan State in 2007). The Hawkeyes are 4-1 in overtime games, with the lone defeat coming to Michigan in 2005. Iowa won both overtime contests at Penn State. Iowa’s 26-23 double overtime victory at Penn State in 2000 was Iowa’s first-ever overtime game. In 2002, the Nittany Lions rallied from a 35-13 fourth quarter deficit to send the game into overtime, only to see the Hawkeyes prevail (42-35).
  • Both Iowa and Penn State have dropped non-conference road games to ranked opponents. Iowa lost 34-27 at #18/24 Arizona on Sept. 18 when the Wildcats scored the winning points with 3:57 remaining. Penn State dropped a 24-7 contest at top-ranked Alabama on Sept. 11.
  • Iowa and Penn State both posted 11-2 overall records a year ago and both were 6-2 in Big Ten play. Iowa lost at home to Northwestern and at Ohio State. Penn State lost at home to both Iowa and Ohio State. Both the Hawkeyes and Nittany Lions won January bowl games, with Iowa defeating Georgia Tech in the FedEx Orange Bowl and Penn State defeating LSU in the Capital One Bowl.
  • Iowa’s win at Penn State in 2002 featured the only occasion in which the Hawkeyes have scored two points after blocking an opponent PAT. D.J. Johnson recovered the blocked kick and returned it for two critical points. Iowa has two players from Pennsylvania on its roster, including starting linebacker Jeremiha Hunter from York and DL Thomas Nardo from Lancaster. Coach Kirk Ferentz attended high school in Pittsburgh, Defensive Line Coach Rick Kaczenski hails from Erie and Director of Football Operations Paul Federici earned his bachelor’s degree at Penn State.
  • Penn State is 35-4 in home games since the start of the 2005 season. Iowa, last season, became the only non-ranked opponent to win in Beaver Stadium in those 39 games.

Since joining the Big Ten Conference in 1993, Penn State has a winning record against seven of its Big Ten opponents. The Nittany Lions are 5-10 vs. Michigan, 6-11 vs. Ohio State and 5-8 vs. Iowa. Only Iowa (5-2) and Michigan (5-2) hold a winning record in Beaver Stadium during that time.

Iowa scored the final 21 points of the game after trailing 10-0 in the first period in taking a 21-10 win at No. 4/5 Penn State last Sept. 26. A steady rain began early in the day and continued throughout the prime time contest. Penn State scored on a 79-yard pass play on its first offensive play. Following an interception, the Nittany Lions used a 20-play drive to move into field goal position for a 10-0 advantage in the final minute of the opening period. PSU held the ball for 10:28 of the first quarter. Iowa’s defense began to take control early in the second period. With Penn State in poor field position, Iowa DE Broderick Binns forced a fumble in the end zone, which resulted in a safety. Daniel Murray added a 41-yard field goal later in the period and Iowa trailed 10-5 at halftime. Neither team was able to gain an advantage in the third period before Iowa’s defense dominated the final 15 minutes. Iowa forced a PSU punt with 12:21 remaining and DE Adrian Clayborn blocked the kick. Clayborn recovered the loose ball and scored on a 53-yard return to give Iowa its first advantage of the night at 11-10. From there, Penn State’s next three drives ended with an interception, a lost fumble and another interception. Iowa turned those mistakes into an additional 10 points. RB Adam Robinson scored on a 13-yard run with 8:32 remaining to give Iowa an 18-10 advantage. Murray added a 31-yard field goal with eight seconds left to seal Iowa’s second straight win over the Nittany Lions. Penn State held a narrow 307-298 advantage in total offense, but Iowa rushed for 163 yards and held the ball for over 30 minutes. Robinson rushed for 88 yards and had three receptions for 46 yards. The Iowa defense forced three turnovers in addition to the blocked punt. LB Pat Angerer led the Iowa defense with 14 tackles. He added one of the pass interceptions and caused a Penn State fumble. OLB A.J. Edds and DE Shaun Prater also had interceptions. Binns had eight tackles to go with his forced fumble and LB Jeremiha Hunter added 12 tackles.

Iowa concluded non-conference action with a dominating 45-0 win over Ball State on a chilly and rainy afternoon in Kinnick Stadium. Iowa outgained the visitors 562-112 in total offense. The Hawkeyes did not allow Ball State to cross midfield until the third period and nine of 12 Ball State possessions were five plays or less. Iowa took a 7-0 advantage on a one-yard run by RB Adam Robinson. The margin increased to 21-0 by halftime as Iowa QB Ricky Stanzi had scoring strikes of eight yards (to WR Keenan Davis) and 22 yards (to WR Derrell Johnson-Koulianos) in the second period. Robinson added his second score on another one-yard run in the third period and Johnson-Koulianos had a 45-yard reception from Stanzi to stretch the advantage to 35-0 after three quarters. WR Colin Sandeman had a six-yard touchdown reception from QB James Vandenberg for Iowa’s final touchdown and PK Michael Meyer added a 25-yard field goal for Iowa’s final points. Robinson ended the contest with 22 carries for 115 yards and three receptions for 75 yards. Stanzi had three touchdown passes for the second straight game, completing 19-25 passes for 288 yards, with no interceptions. TE Allen Reisner had a career-best five receptions for 53 yards and Johnson-Koulianos had 87 yards on his four receptions. Davis (4-50) also had career best in catches and yards while scoring his second career touchdown. Meyer made one of two field goals and all six PATs in his first game as Iowa’s PAT and field goal kicker. The Hawkeye defense collected six tackles for loss while holding Ball State to 56 yards on 31 rushing attempts. DT Mike Daniels led the defensive line with six tackles, including four of the tackles for loss. He shared Big Ten defensive Player of the Week honors for his efforts. LB Jeff Tarpinian led the Iowa defense in tackles (nine) for the third straight game. DE Adrian Clayborn added five tackles, DB Micah Hyde had an interception and a forced fumble and LB Jeremiha Hunter recovered a fumble for the second straight game.


  • 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 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.
  • The Hawkeye defense has collected at least one takeaway in 47 of its last 52 games, dating back to 2006. Iowa had one interception and a recovered fumble in the win over Ball State.
  • Freshmen running backs Brad Rogers (2009 redshirt) and Marcus Coker (true freshman) led Iowa’s ground game in the fourth quarter. Rogers had his first career rushing attempts and ended the day with nine carries for 66 yards. Coker ended the day with 10 carries for 60 yards and one reception for 12 yards.
  • Iowa dominated time of possession. The Hawkeyes maintained possession for 34:06, compared to 25:54 for Ball State. Iowa is averaging 32:28 in time of possession through four games.

Penn State rallied from a first quarter deficit to take a 22-13 win over visiting Temple. The Nittany Lions held Temple scoreless over the final three periods. Penn State collected field goals of 45 and 32 yards from Collin Wagner in the first period, but Temple answered each with a touchdown drive to build a 13-6 advantage. Wagner added a 42-yard field goal in the second period and kicks from 32 and 21 yards in the third as Penn State led 15-13 heading into the final period. A one-yard run by Michael Zordich with 5:59 remaining provided the final margin. Penn State held Temple to just 202 yards total offense, including 91 net yards over the final three periods. Michael Mauti, Nate Stupar and Chris Colasanti each had seven tackles to lead Penn State’s defense, while Nick Sukay added two interceptions. Penn State’s offense was led by RB Evan Royster, who gained 187 yards on 26 carries. QB Rob Bolden completed 18-28 passes for 223 yards and Brett Brackett had five receptions for 62 yards. The Nittany Lions gained 439 yards total offense.

QB Ricky Stanzi

  • Ranks ninth in single-season touchdown passes (17 in 2009) and ranks fifth in career scoring passes (40).
  • Completed 19-25 passes for 288 yards and three touchdowns in win over Ball State, with no interceptions.
  • Has completed 66-99 passes (.667) for 999 yards and nine touchdowns in 2010, with one interception, that on a tipped pass. Has at least one touchdown pass in last 12 games he has played and three scoring passes in each of last two games.
  • Completed 171-304 attempts for 2,417 yards in 2009. Season yardage total ranks 11th best in school history.
  • Career total of 5,372 passing yards ranks sixth. He is also sixth in career completions (387), attempts (661) and total offense (5,355).
  • Has led Iowa to a 21-5 record as a starter, including a 12-2 record in Kinnick Stadium and a 10-4 record in Big Ten games.
  • His 21 wins as Iowa’s starting quarterback ties as seventh best among active FBS quarterbacks.


  • Has led Iowa in receiving in each of the past three seasons, becoming just the third receiver to accomplish that feat. Had 45 receptions for 750 yards in 2009.
  • Leads team in receiving in 2010 with 17 receptions for 270 yards and three touchdowns. Had four receptions for 87 yards and two touchdowns in most recent win over Ball State.
  • Career totals include 144 receptions for 2,141 yards and 10 touchdowns. Ranks third in career yards, fifth in receptions and tied for 15th in touchdowns.
  • Needs just 75 yard to move into second place on career receiving list and is 130 yards from Tim Dwight’s school record of 2,271 yards.
  • Averaged 31.5 yards on 12 KO returns in 2009, including a 99-yard return for a touchdown at Ohio State. In four games this season is averaging 26 yards on seven KO returns. Has totaled over 1,000 all-purpose yards in each of his three seasons, including a career-best 1,128 yards in 2009.
  • 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.

DL Adrian Clayborn

  • Named to numerous preseason all-America teams after being named Most Valuable Player in Iowa’s win over Georgia Tech in the 2010 FedEx Orange Bowl.
  • Has started 21 consecutive games and has 28 career starts.
  • Has recorded 15 tackles in 2010, with 1.5 tackles for loss and two QB pressures. Key member of Iowa defensive unit that leads the nation in total defense (227.5) and ranks third in rushing defense (65.5).
  • Completed junior season as one of Big Ten leaders in tackles for loss, quarterback sacks and forced fumbles

DB Tyler Sash

  • Led Iowa with six interceptions in 2009, a total that ties as sixth best in a single season. 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.
  • 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.
  • Ranks fourth on the team with 19 tackles in 2010 and has 167 career tackles. Has helped Iowa defense rank first in the nation in total defense (227.5) and rushing defense (65.5)

WR Marvin McNutt, JR.

  • Has 10 receptions for 182 yards and two touchdowns in 2010, averaging 18.2 yards per catch.
  • Had 34 receptions for 674 yards in 2009, his first year as a wide receiver. Caught game-winning pass on the final play of Iowa’s win at Michigan State.
  • Had eight touchdown receptions in 2009, which ties for the fourth best total in school history. His 10 career scoring receptions ties for 15th-best all-time at Iowa.
  • In 2009, McNutt (674) and Derrell Johnson-Koulianos (750) combined to give Iowa two receivers with over 600 yards for just the ninth time in school history.

DB Brett Greenwood

  • Tied for 17th in career interceptions, collecting the eighth theft of his career against Iowa State this season. Four of his career interceptions have come against Iowa State.
  • Has 36 career starts and 187 career tackles.

RB Adam Robinson

  • Became the 40th Iowa player to rush for over 1,000 career yards with his play against Iowa State.
  • Career totals include 251 carries for 1,219 yards and 11 touchdowns, to rank 28th in career rushing.
  • 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.
  • Had 952 all-purpose yards in 2009, which ranks fifth best for an Iowa freshman.
  • His 156 rushing yards vs. Iowa State this season are a career high.
  • Rushed 22 times for 115 yards and two touchdowns in win over Ball State, his fifth time over 100 yards in 15 career games.
  • Has scored two touchdowns or more in three of four games in 2010.

DT Mike Daniels
Leads Iowa in both tackles for loss (7.5-43) and QB sacks (3-25). Ranks second in the Big Ten and 13th in the nation in tackles for loss. Named co-defensive Player of the Week in the Big Ten for his play vs. Ball State. Also named national defensive Player of the Week by College Football Performance Awards. Has recorded 18 tackles while starting two of four games.

LB Jeremiha Hunter

  • Has 200 career tackles (62 solo, 138 assists) to become the 62nd Hawkeye player to reach 200 career stops. He has 29 career starts.
  • Ranks second in tackles through three games in 2010, recording four solo stops and 17 assists. Recovered fumble vs. Arizona to stop scoring opportunity and turnover led to first Iowa touchdown.
  • Had fumble recovery that led to an Iowa touchdown in win over Ball State, the fifth recovery of his career.

With 21 wins as Iowa’s starting quarterback, senior Ricky Stanzi is tied for seventh among FBS signal callers in victories with Josh Nesbitt of Georgia Tech (21). Stanzi trails the following: Andy Dalton, TCU (33), Kellen Moore, Boise State (29), Tyrod Taylor, Virginia Tech (25), Case Keenum, Houston (24), Terrell Pryor, Ohio State (23) and Colin Kaerpernick, Nevada (23).


  • Senior TE Allen Reisner has 14 receptions for 185 yards and a touchdown. Reisner had four receptions in the opening game, three catches (66 yards) in the win over Iowa State and five catches for 53 yards against Ball State.
  • Reisner had five receptions in the first period against Ball State, surpassing his previous career high (four vs. Eastern Illinois, 9/4/10). His career high in yards is 66 yards vs. Iowa State earlier this season. Last season, Reisner had 14 catches for 143 yards in 13 games.
  • Senior punter Ryan Donahue is averaging 46.3 yards on 15 punts through four games to rank ninth in the nation. He has a long of 61 yards, eight of his 15 punts have been downed inside the 20 and opponents have just seven returns for 35 yards.
  • Senior LB Jeff Tarpinian has 32 stops in three games, including 12 at Arizona and 11 in the win over Iowa State. Tarpinian missed Iowa’s opening game due to injury before starting for the first time against Iowa State. He added a team-best nine tackles in the win over Ball State.
  • Senior DT Karl Klug has 3.5 tackles for loss and one QB sack. Klug has registered 14 tackles and two quarterback hurries through four games.
  • Junior DE Broderick Binns had his first career interception in the loss at Arizona. He returned the theft 20 yards for a touchdown that tied the score at 27-27 in the fourth period. Binns has recorded 12 tackles in three games after missing Iowa’s season-opening win.
  • True freshman PK Michael Meyer scored the first point of his career with a PAT in the first period against Ball State. It was his first PAT attempt after he had handled just KO duties in Iowa’s first three games. Meyer was 6-6 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 win over Ball State. He also forced a fumble later in the second period, with the recovery made by Iowa LB Jeremiha Hunter. The turnover led to Iowa’s third touchdown of the first half. Hyde ended the day with two solo tackles, as well.

Through four games, Iowa leads the Big Ten Conference in punt returns (14.3) and ranks fourth in kickoff returns (23.8). Senior WR Colin Sandeman is averaging 10.9 yards on eight punt returns to rank second in the Big Ten and 34th in the nation. He was also second in the Big Ten in punt returns in 2009. Sandeman also has eight pass receptions for 97 yards and a touchdown. Senior WR Derrell Johnson-Koulianos is averaging 26 yards on seven KO returns, which is the best in the Big Ten and ranks 34th nationally. He was second in the Big Ten in kick returns a year ago. Johnson-Koulianos leads Iowa with 17 catches for 270 yards and three touchdowns.

Iowa players who have started for the first time this season include 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 eight true freshmen, including TE C.J. Fiedorowicz, LB James Morris, LB Christian Kirksey, DB B.J. Lowery, DB Tanner Miller, PK Michael Meyer, RB Marcus Coker and DB Anthony Hitchens. Iowa played just three true freshmen in 2009. The Hawkeyes played seven true freshmen in 2000, 2003 and 2008. 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, TE Zach Derby, WR Joe Audlehelm and OL Drew Clark.


  • 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 nine games away from Iowa City. A six-game streak was snapped in the overtime loss at eighth-ranked Ohio State last November and Iowa lost at 18th-ranked Arizona earlier this season. 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’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 lost at Arizona 34-27 Sept. 18 and hosts Wisconsin Oct. 16. 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’s depth chart includes nine players who originally joined the program as a walk-on. That includes four players on defense, two on offense and three specialists. The list includes OL Kyle Haganman, OL Josh Koeppel, DL Thomas Nardo, DB Brett Greenwood, DB Tom Donatell, P Eric Guthrie, PK Michael Meyer and LS Andrew Schulze.

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.

Iowa is idle Oct. 9. The Hawkeyes play at Michigan Oct. 16 (2:36 p.m. CT, ABC) and host Wisconsin Oct. 23 (time and TV, TBA).