Iowa Football Has Break from Action this Weekend

Oct. 5, 2010

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Iowa has an open week after defeateing Penn State 24-3 in Kinnick Stadium to begin Big Ten Conference play. The Hawkeyes are 4-1, with home wins over Eastern Illinois, Iowa State, Ball State and Penn State and a loss at Arizona.

Iowa is ranked 15th by both the Associated Press and in the USA Today coaches poll. Michigan is 17th in the coaches’ poll and 18th in the AP rankings. Around the Big Ten, Ohio State is ranked 2/2 (AP/Coaches), Michigan State is 17/16, Wisconsin is 20/19 and Northwestern rv/25. Penn State is listed among teams receiving votes, while non-conference opponent Arizona is ranked 9/11.

Iowa has won 19 of its last 22 games and 21 of 25, dating back to the middle of the 2008 season. Iowa had an 18-4 stretch from the 2001 Alamo Bowl through the first eight games of the 2003 season. Iowa posted an 18-2-2 mark between 1956-58 and also won 21 of 25 games in that stretch. Iowa’s school record of 20 straight wins occurred between 1920-23.

Iowa has played 1,133 games since beginning football in 1889. Iowa’s overall record is 583-512-39 (.531). That includes a 369-199-16 (.646) record in home games, a 214-313-23 (.410) record in games away from Iowa City, a 286-344-25 (.456) mark in Big Ten games and a 252-163-15 (.603) record in Kinnick Stadium.

Iowa has sold all tickets for its seven home games. Iowa has issued over 59,000 season tickets, which includes more than 10,000 student tickets. The Iowa record for average home attendance is 70,585, set in 2005, 2006 and 2007. Iowa has sold out Kinnick Stadium 46 of the last 48 games. In addition, Iowa has sold its allotment of tickets to remaining road games at Michigan, Northwestern and Minnesota.

Iowa has won 48 of its last 57 games (.842) in Kinnick Stadium, dating back to the 2002 season, including a perfect 4-0 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 16-2 at home since the start of the 2008 season.

COACH Kirk Ferentz
Kirk Ferentz (pronounced FAIR-rintz, rhymes with parents) is in his 12th season as head football coach at the University of Iowa. His latest contract extension, signed in 2010, runs through the 2020 season. Ferentz was named the 2009 Dave McClain Big Ten Conference Coach of the Year. He was one of 15 semi-finalists for the 2009 George Munger Award, presented by the Maxwell Football Club to the College Coach of the Year. He was the 2009 AFCA Region Three Coach of the Year and was one of 10 finalists for the Liberty Mutual national 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 has guided Iowa to Big Ten titles twice in the last eight years. Iowa has made two BCS bowl appearances, including a 24-14 win in the 2010 FedEx Orange Bowl. Iowa has played in six January bowl games and has four January bowl victories (2004 Outback Bowl, 2005 Capital One Bowl, 2009 Outback Bowl and 2010 FedEx Orange Bowl). Iowa has posted a 74-32 (.698) overall mark and a 43-22 (.662) Big Ten record the last nine plus seasons. Ferentz has guided the Hawkeyes to eight first division finishes, including a second-place finish in 2009. Ferentz, at Iowa, holds an overall record of 85-56 (.603) and a 50-39 (.562) mark in Big Ten games. In 14 seasons as a college head coach his career mark is 97-77 (.557). Fifty-one of Iowa’s 141 games under Ferentz have been decided by seven points or less (24-27) and 39 were played against opponents who were ranked in the top 25 at the time (16-23). Ferentz joined the Iowa staff after serving as assistant head coach and offensive line coach of the NFL’s Baltimore Ravens. He was 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. 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.

Iowa sophomore running back Jewel Hampton and junior linebacker Bruce Davis suffered season-ending knee injuries during Iowa’s 34-27 loss at Arizona. Both have had surgery to repair the damage. In addition, LB Jeff Tarpinian did not start vs. Penn State and was limited to just a few plays on defense. Hampton rushed 91 times for 463 yards and seven touchdowns as a freshman in 2008 before missing 2009 due to injury. He rushed 20 times for 84 yards and a touchdown against Iowa State and had a four-yard touchdown reception at Arizona prior to his season-ending injury. Iowa defensive coordinator Norm Parker underwent a medical procedure in late September and has missed Iowa’s last four games.

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.

Iowa used a solid defensive performance and a fast start on offense to take a 24-3 Homecoming win over Penn State Oct. 2 in Kinnick Stadium. Iowa has won three straight over the Nittany Lions and eight of the last nine meetings to take a 12-11 series advantage. Iowa drove 77 yards in 10 plays on its first possession and led 3-0 following a 20-yard Michael Meyer field goal. After Penn State failed to gain a first down on its first two possessions, Iowa struck again for a 10-0 advantage. QB Ricky Stanzi completed the scoring drive with a nine-yard scoring strike to Derrell Johnson-Koulianos. Iowa’s defense was at its best in the first period, allowing Penn State no first downs and just one yard total offense. Iowa increased its advantage late in the second period on a one-yard sneak by Stanzi. The 68-yard drive was highlighted by two 18-yard receptions by Marvin McNutt, Jr. and an 11-yard run by RB Adam Robinson that put the ball at the one. Penn State scored its only points of the first half on a 25-yard field goal by Collin Wagner on the final play of the half. The Nittany Lions threatened on their first drive of the third period, reaching a first and goal at the Iowa 10. But QB Rob Bolden was stopped inches short of a touchdown on fourth down and Iowa held Penn State out of scoring range the rest of the night. The Hawkeyes were not in good field position for the majority of the second half, but twice collected key first downs after gaining possession inside their own 10-yard line and punter Ryan Donahue averaged 40.3 yards on seven punts. Iowa’s final points game on a 33-yard interception return by junior DB Shaun Prater. The Iowa defense did not allow a touchdown for the second straight week, holding Penn State to 54 net rushing yards. The Hawkeyes collected a pair of sacks and recorded eight tackles for loss. DE Adrian Clayborn led Iowa with a game-high 10 tackles, including three for loss, and a QB sack. His efforts garnered Clayborn Big Ten defensive Player of the Week honors. DT Christian Ballard added six stops, including a QB sack and the key tackle at the goal line early in the third period. LB Jeremiha Hunter added eight stops and true freshman LB James Morris, forced into action due to injuries to Jeff Tarpinian and Troy Johnson, added a career-best seven stops. Prater added four tackles to go with his interception and touchdown return. Stanzi led Iowa’s balanced offense by completing 16-22 passes for 227 yards, with one touchdown and an interception. Robinson rushed 28 times for 95 yards and McNutt, Jr. (5-93) and Johnson-Koulianos (4-64) led Iowa’s receivers.


  • Iowa has won 48 of its last 57 home games, dating back to 2002, and the Hawkeyes are 16-2 since the start of the 2008 campaign.
  • The Hawkeyes are 4-0 in home games this season (Eastern Illinois, Iowa State, Ball State, Penn State), and have outscored their opponents 141-17.
  • The win is Iowa’s first over a ranked opponent in 2010. The last time the Hawkeyes defeated a ranked opponent at home was a 24-23 triumph over Penn State on Nov. 8, 2008.
  • The three points allowed to Penn State mark the second lowest point total scored by the Nittany Lions in the 23-game series. Iowa won the first meeting 19-0 in 1930 and won by a 6-4 margin in 2004.
  • DB Shaun Prater intercepted his fourth career pass late in the fourth quarter and returned the theft 33 yards for a touchdown. It marked the second time this season an Iowa defender returned an interception for a touchdown (Broderick Binns, 20-yard touchdown at Arizona on Sept. 18). 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 48 of its last 54 games, dating back to 2006.
  • Iowa was 3-3 in the red zone, collecting a rushing touchdown, a passing play and a field goal. Iowa has scored on 81 of the last 90 red zone possessions (55 TDs and 26 FGs), dating back to the Michigan State game in 2008. Iowa is 62-71 combined inside the red zone its last 21 games.
  • Iowa held its first two opponents to seven points and Ball State did not score. Arizona is the only Iowa opponent to score in the first period, and Iowa has held two opponents to no points in the first half.
  • Iowa opponents are 6-12 in the red zone, with four passing touchdowns and two field goals. Penn State failed to score on fourth down from the one on its first possession of the third quarter, leaving Iowa opponents just 1-5 on fourth down this season. The Nittany Lions marched to the Iowa 12 yard-line before the clock expired to end the game.
  • True freshman LB James Morris saw his most extensive action of the season on defense. Morris was credited with seven tackles and one pass break-up.

QB Ricky Stanzi

  • Ranks ninth in single-season touchdown passes (17 in 2009) and is tied for fourth in career scoring passes (41).
  • Completed 16-22 passes for 227 yards and a touchdown vs. Penn State
  • Completed 19-25 passes for 288 yards and three touchdowns in win over Ball State, with no interceptions.
  • Has completed 82-121 passes (.678) for 1,226 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2010, with two interceptions. Has at least one touchdown pass in last 13 games he has played.
  • Completed 171-304 attempts for 2,417 yards in 2009. Season yardage total ranks 11th best in school history.
  • Career total of 5,599 passing yards ranks sixth. He is also sixth in career completions (403), attempts (683) and total offense (5,591).
  • Has led Iowa to a 22-5 record as a starter, including a 13-2 record in Kinnick Stadium and an 11-4 record in Big Ten games.
  • His 22 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 21 receptions for 334 yards and four touchdowns. Had four receptions for 64 yards and a touchdown in most recent win over Penn State.
  • Career totals include 148 receptions for 2,205 yards and 11 touchdowns. Ranks third in career yards and receptions and is tied for 11th in touchdowns.
  • Needs just 11 yards to move into second place on career receiving list and is 66 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.

DE 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 22 consecutive games and has 29 career starts.
  • Named Big Ten defensive Player of the Week after recording 10 tackles in 24-3 win over Penn State, including three tackles for loss and a QB sack.
  • Has recorded 25 tackles in 2010, with 4.5 tackles for loss, one QB sack and two QB pressures.
  • Key member of Iowa defensive unit that ranks second nationally in scoring defense (10.2) and rushing defense (63.2) and fourth in total defense (227.5).
  • 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.
  • Tied for third on the team with 25 tackles in 2010 and has 173 career tackles. Has helped Iowa defense rank second in the nation in scoring defense (10.2) and rushing defense (63.2) and fourth in total defense (242.2).

WR Marvin McNutt, JR.

  • Has 15 receptions for 275 yards and two touchdowns in 2010, averaging 18.3 yards per catch.
  • Had four receptions for 93 yards in 24-3 win over Penn State.
  • 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 16th-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 37 career starts and 192 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 279 carries for 1,314 yards and 11 touchdowns, to rank 25th 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 five games in 2010.

DT Mike Daniels
Leads Iowa in both tackles for loss (8-44) and QB sacks (3-25). Ranks second in the Big Ten and 24th 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 19 tackles while starting three of five games.

LB Jeremiha Hunter

  • Has 208 career tackles (63 solo, 145 assists) to become the 62nd Hawkeye player to reach 200 career stops (ranks 55th). He has 30 career starts.
  • Ranks second in tackles through five games in 2010, recording five solo stops and 24 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 22 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 (22). Stanzi trails the following: Andy Dalton, TCU (34), Kellen Moore, Boise State (30), Tyrod Taylor, Virginia Tech (26), Case Keenum, Houston (24), Terrell Pryor, Ohio State (24) and Colin Kaerpernick, Nevada (24).

In leading Iowa to a 24-3 win over Penn State, Iowa senior QB Ricky Stanzi improved to 3-0 as a starting quarterback against the Nittany Lions. Stanzi is the only opposing quarterback to ever start three games against Penn State and lead his team to wins in all three games. Iowa won 24-23 in 2008 on a last second field and won 21-10 a year ago at Penn State and Stanzi played every offensive down in all three wins.


  • Senior TE Allen Reisner has 17 receptions for 214 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. He added three receptions for 29 yards vs. Penn 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 44.4 yards on 22 punts through five games to rank 20th in the nation. He has a long of 61 yards, 11 of his punts have been downed inside the 20 and opponents are averaging just 4.5 yards on 12 returns.
  • Senior LB Jeff Tarpinian has 32 stops in four 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 before playing just a few plays in the win over Penn State due to injury.
  • Senior DT Karl Klug has 5.5 tackles for loss and one QB sack. Klug has registered 21 tackles and two quarterback hurries through five 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 15 tackles in four 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. He made his only field goal attempt and two PAT kicks in the win over Penn State and is third in the team in scoring with 15 points.
  • 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.
  • Junior DB Shaun Prater had his second interception of the season in the win over Penn State, returning the theft 33 yards for Iowa’s final touchdown. Prater also has a recovered fumble and has collected 16 tackles. He also had an interception in Iowa’s win at Penn State in 2009.

Iowa’s defense has recorded at least one pass interception return for a touchdown in each of the last three seasons and in six of the last seven years. DE Broderick Binns had a 20-yard touchdown return in the fourth quarter of the loss at Arizona. DB Shaun Prater had a 33-yard return for a touchdown in the most recent win over Penn State. Last season, safety Tyler Sash had an 86-yard return for a touchdown in a home win over Indiana. In 2008, DB Amari Spievey returned an interception 57 yards for a touchdown in a win at Minnesota.

Through five games, Iowa is second in the Big Ten Conference in punt returns (14.3) and fourth in kickoff returns (23.8). Iowa had no kick or punt returns in the win over Penn State. Senior WR Colin Sandeman is averaging 10.9 yards on eight punt returns to rank third in the Big Ten and 35th in the nation. He was also second in the Big Ten in punt returns in 2009. Sandeman also has nine pass receptions for 105 yards and a touchdown. Senior WR Derrell Johnson-Koulianos is averaging 26 yards on seven KO returns, which is fourth best in the Big Ten and ranks 43rd nationally. He was second in the Big Ten in kick returns a year ago. Johnson-Koulianos leads Iowa with 21 catches for 334 yards and four touchdowns.

Iowa has played four of its first five games in Kinnick Stadium. Iowa hosted two games to start the season before traveling to Arizona for its only non-conference road game. Iowa has hosted Ball State and Penn State in its last two games. Iowa travels to Michigan Oct. 16 before home games against Wisconsin and Michigan State. Iowa’s next three Big Ten opponents are currently in the top 25 rankings, as was Penn State before Iowa’s 24-3 win. The Hawkeyes play at Indiana and Northwestern before hosting Ohio State in the home finale. The final game of the regular season is at Minnesota the Saturday after Thanksgiving. For the second straight season, Iowa does not play Illinois or Purdue. Eight of Iowa’s 2010 opponents competed in bowl games at the conclusion of last season, posting a 4-4 record. Of the eight bowl participants, Ohio State, Penn State and Northwestern played in January bowl events.

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 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 has 74 wins since the start of the 2002 season, which ranks as the 16th highest total in Division I football. The list includes the following: Boise State (98); USC (95); Texas (93); Ohio State (92); Oklahoma (91); LSU (86); Florida (84); TCU (84); Georgia (83); Virginia Tech (83); West Virginia (79); Utah (78); Auburn (77); Wisconsin (76); Boston College (75); IOWA (74); Alabama (74); Texas Tech (73); Miami, FL (72); and Penn State (70).

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.

All Iowa football games this season will be televised on either ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU or the Big Ten Network. The last Iowa contest not televised was vs. Minnesota on Nov. 17, 2001. Iowa has appeared on television in its last 108 games.

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.

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).