Hawkeyes Return to Action at Michigan Saturday

Oct. 11, 2010

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Iowa (4-1, 1-0) returns to action after a bye week traveling to Michigan (5-1, 1-1) Saturday for the Wolverine homecoming game. Game time is 2:36 p.m. CT in Michigan Stadium (109,901). The game is sold out.

ABC (HD) will televise the contest to a regional audience. Fans not in the ABC regional footprint can view the game on ESPN (HD). Ron Franklin and Ed Cunningham 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.

Iowa is ranked 14th in the USA Today coaches poll and 15th by the Associated Press. Michigan is 24th in the coaches’ poll and receiving votes in the AP rankings. Around the Big Ten, Ohio State is ranked 1/1 (AP/Coaches), Michigan State is 13/11, Wisconsin is 18/16 and Northwestern is receiving votes in both polls. Non-conference opponent Arizona is ranked 17/20.

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 is 3-11-1 when playing on Oct. 16. The Hawkeyes defeated Northwestern 12-6 in 1897 and 9-6 in 1915 and Ohio State 33-7 in 2004. Iowa lost to Illinois 20-3 in 1920, Illinois 13-6 in 1926, Wisconsin 13-6 in 1937, Purdue 20-13 in 1948, Ohio State 20-14 in 1954, Minnesota 14-3 in 1965 and 19-14 in 1971, Indiana 14-7 in 1976, Michigan 29-7 in 1982, Illinois 49-3 in 1993 and Northwestern 23-21 in 1999. Iowa and Indiana tied 7-7 in 1943.

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.

The National I-Club and the UI Alumni Association are sponsoring a “Hawkeye Huddle” Saturday, Oct. 16 prior to the Iowa at Michigan game. The Huddle will be held from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. (ET) at Kensington Court Ann Arbor, 610 Hilton Boulevard in Ann Arbor. Admission to the Hawkeye Huddle is free and includes cash refreshments, snacks, Hawk Shop door prizes, Hawkeye D.J., cheerleaders and Herky. Fans can visit www.hawkeyesports.com/iclub for additional information.

Several Iowa players have earned weekly honors during the first five weeks of the season:

  • Senior DE Adrian Clayborn was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week following Iowa’s 24-3 win over Penn State Oct. 2. Clayborn collected 10 tackles in the win, including a quarterback sack for minus 15 yards and three tackles for loss. Iowa held Penn State to 54 net rushing yards and just three points. The Big Ten honor is the third for Clayborn. He earned the recognition for special teams in Iowa’s 2009 win at Penn State and he was defensive Player of the Week in Iowa’s 2009 win at Michigan State. Clayborn earned honorable mention recognition for his position from the College Football Performance Awards for his play against Penn State as well.
  • 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. Daniels 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). 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 was also named national defensive Performer of the Week by the College Football Performance Awards.
  • Senior RB Paki O’Meara was named Big Ten Conference special teams Player of the Week for his play in Iowa’s 37-7 win over Eastern Illinois. O’Meara blocked an Eastern Illinois punt in the first period and returned the block for a 42-yard touchdown. His score gave Iowa a 21-0 advantage. He also had four rushing attempts for 34 yards in the second half in earning his first Big Ten Player of the Week honor.
  • Junior DB Shaun Prater earned honorable mention recognition from the College Football Performance Award for his defensive backfield play in Iowa’s win over Penn State. Prater collected Iowa’s only turnover vs. Penn State, returning his interception in the closing minutes 33 yards for his first career touchdown. He also collected four tackles and the interception is the second of his career against Penn State.
  • Senior QB Ricky Stanzi earned honorable mention recognition from the College Football Performance Award for his play in Iowa’s 45-0 win over Ball State. Stanzi completed 19-25 passes for 288 yards and three touchdowns, with no interceptions. Sophomore RB Adam Robinson earned honorable mention recognition from the College Football Performance Award for his play in Iowa’s 35-7 win over Iowa State. Robinson rushed for a career-best 156 yards on 14 carries and scored on a 39-yard run. Robinson also had a 75-yard run to set up another Hawkeye touchdown and surpassed 1,000 career rushing yards.
  • Senior TE Allen Reisner earned honorable mention recognition from the College Football Performance Award for his play in Iowa’s 35-7 win over Iowa State. 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.
  • Freshman PK Mike Meyer earned honorable mention recognition from the College Football Performance Award for his play in Iowa’s 35-7 win over Iowa State. A true freshman walk-on, Meyer has handled Iowa’s kickoff duties all season games. Against Iowa State, he averaged 68.3 yards on six kicks, with three touchbacks. Iowa had eight players named Big Ten Players of the Week in 2009 (four on defense, one offense and three special team winners).

Not only does the Iowa defense rank second in the nation in rushing yards allowed (63.2), the Hawkeyes are the only Division I team that has not allowed a rushing touchdown in 2010. Dating back to the third period of the 2010 Orange Bowl win over Georgia Tech, Iowa has not allowed a rushing touchdown in 21 consecutive quarters. Three teams, Colorado, West Virginia, and Wisconsin, have allowed just one rushing touchdown. Last season, Iowa entered the Michigan game with a streak of 33 straight quarters without allowing a rushing touchdown. The Wolverines ended that streak with a rushing touchdown in the second period and added two rushing touchdowns in the second half.

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

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 guided Iowa to Big Ten titles in 2002 and 2004. 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. 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.

Rich Rodriguez is in his third season as Michigan’s head coach. He has posted a 13-17 record with the Wolverines. He became Michigan’s 18th head coach after serving as the head coach at West Virginia for seven seasons (2001-07). Rodriguez posted a 60-26 mark at West Virginia, taking his team to six straight bowl games and winning four Big East titles. He is in his 10th season as a Division I coach with a 73-42 mark. Rodriquez was the head coach at Glenville State for seven seasons (1990-96) after beginning his head coaching career at Salem (1988). In 1989, he served as a volunteer coach at West Virginia. He has an eight-year record of 45-36-2 on the NAIA/Division II level, leaving his career mark at 118-79-2. He was offensive coordinator and associate head coach at Clemson in 1999 and 2000 and offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Tulane in 1997 and 1998.

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.

The Iowa defense forced five turnovers and QB Ricky Stanzi passed for 284 yards and two touchdowns as Iowa defeated Michigan 30-28 Oct. 10, 2009 in Iowa City to celebrate Homecoming. Michigan took an early 7-0 lead after returning an interception for a touchdown on the second play of the game. Iowa came back with a touchdown drive to tie the game on its next possession, with Stanzi hitting TE Tony Moeaki for the 34-yard score. A pass interception by LB Jeremiha Hunter led to an Iowa field goal before Michigan answered with a short rushing touchdown and a 14-10 lead at the end of one period. A 41-yard field goal by Daniel Murray allowed Iowa to cut the margin to 14-13. A one-yard run by RB Brandon Wegher gave Iowa a 20-14 advantage late in the second period. Murray added a 40-yard field goal in the third period before Brandon Minor scored his second rushing touchdown to leave Iowa leading 23-21 after three periods. Iowa’s defense held Michigan inside its own five-yard line early in the fourth quarter and took over at the 42. Stanzi connected with Moeaki for a second scoring strike to stretch the advantage to 30-21. Michigan’s final points came on a three-yard run with 3:16 to play. Michigan’s attempt at an onside kick went out of bounds, but Iowa was unable to get a first down and Michigan regained possession at its 17-yardline with 1:30 to play. Iowa’s Brett Greenwood sealed the win with an interception of Michigan QB Denard Robinson in its third play. Along with the two interceptions, Iowa had fumble recoveries by Hunter, DE Adrian Clayborn and DB William Lowe. Hunter and LB Pat Angerer each recorded 12 tackles to lead the Iowa defense. Stanzi ended the contest with 284 passing yards, completing 20-38 attempts, with one interception. Moeaki had six receptions for 105 yards and was named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week.

Michigan holds a 40-11-4 advantage in the series that began with a 28-5 Iowa win in 1900. The first meeting between the two teams was played in Detroit and the second in Chicago. Iowa won 30-28 in Iowa City a year ago to stop a three-game losing streak in the series. Three of the last five games have been decided by three points or less. Iowa and Michigan did not play in 2007 and 2008. The Wolverines hold a 24-6-3 advantage in games played in Michigan Stadium. Michigan won 20-6 in 2006 and 30-17 in 2004 after Iowa won 34-9 in 2002 for its most recent win in Ann Arbor. Iowa’s win in 2002 also marks the last time Iowa was the Wolverine homecoming opponent. Michigan snapped Iowa’s school-record 22-game home winning streak with a 23-20 overtime victory in Kinnick Stadium on Oct. 22, 2005.


  • Iowa is 5-3 when visiting for Michigan’s homecoming game, but has won just six of 33 games overall in Ann Arbor. Iowa’s last appearance at Michigan’s homecoming came in 2002 when the Hawkeyes won 34-9. Iowa posted a perfect 8-0 Big Ten mark that season while earning a share of the Big Ten title.
  • Saturday’s game will mark the sixth straight Iowa-Michigan game that will be televised by ABC.
  • This season marks just the second time since 1985 that Iowa (15/14) is ranked higher than Michigan (24/rv) the week of the game. In 1985, top-ranked Iowa defeated second-ranked Michigan 12-10 in Kinnick Stadium. In the 19 meetings since 1985, Michigan has been ranked 16 times and Iowa has been ranked eight times. Iowa was ranked 12/14 last year, while Michigan was receiving votes in both polls.
  • Six of the last 10 games in the series have been decided by six points or less, with Iowa winning two of those six games.
  • Iowa is 4-1 all-time in overtime games, with the lone loss being a 23-20 decision to Michigan in 2005 in Iowa City. That loss ended a 22-game home winning streak for the Hawkeyes. In other overtime games, Iowa owns two wins over Penn State and single wins over Syracuse and Michigan State.
  • No current Iowa players saw action when the teams last met in Michigan Stadium in 2006.
  • Iowa’s highest victory over a ranked opponent was second-ranked Michigan (12-10) on Oct. 19, 1985 in Kinnick Stadium. Iowa was ranked No. 1 at that time.
  • Erik Campbell, in his third year as Iowa’s wide receiver coach, is a Michigan graduate and a four-year letterman (1984-87). Campbell was on the Michigan coaching staff from 1995-07 after serving as a student assistant coach in 1988.
  • Greg Robinson is in his second season as Michigan’s defensive coordinator. Robinson was the head coach at Syracuse when Iowa defeated the Orange in 2006 (20-13, 2 OT) and 2007 (35-0). Iowa’s roster includes two players from Michigan, and both are true freshmen who are possible redshirt candidates. Those players are WR Kevonte Martin-Manley from Bloomfield and DL Carl Davis from Sterling Heights.

Iowa and Michigan have started the season with success, for different reasons. Iowa ranks among the national leaders in several defensive categories, while Michigan features a high-powered offense. Iowa leads the nation in scoring defense (10.2) and ranks second in rushing defense (63.2), fourth in total defense (242.2), and 10th in pass efficiency defense (102.1). Michigan ranks third in total offense (533.7), sixth in rushing offense (297.3), eighth in pass efficiency (167.7) and 14th in scoring offense (37.3).

Iowa failed to score a touchdown for the only time all season in a 20-6 loss at Michigan Stadium on Oct. 21, 2006, the last time Iowa played in Michigan Stadium. Iowa is making its first visit to renovated Michigan Stadium. Iowa trailed the third ranked team in the country by only three points at the half, as Michigan’s Garrett Rivas connected on a 20-yard field goal in the second period for the only scoring of the half. Iowa concluded the 2006 season with a 6-7 record, falling to Texas in the Alamo Bowl. Michigan posted an 11-2 mark that season, ending the year with a loss to Southern Cal in the Rose Bowl.


  • 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 score 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.

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.

Michigan State came up with three pass interceptions on defense and used a solid rushing game in taking a 34-17 win at Michigan Saturday. Michigan led 3-0 after one period before the Spartans scored 17 points in the second quarter to take a 17-10 advantage at the break. Michigan State then used long touchdown drives on its first two possessions of the third period to increase the advantage to 34-10 before Michigan added a touchdown early in the fourth period. Michigan gained 162 rushing yards and 215 passing yards, but had two scoring chances stopped by interceptions. Quarterback Denard Robinson rushed for 86 yards and completed 17-29 passes to lead the Michigan offense. He had a 12-yard touchdown pass in the second period and a four-yard touchdown run in the fourth period. Eight Wolverines had at least one reception, with Roy Roundtree leading the way with 48 yards on six catches. The Michigan defense was led by J.T. Floyd, who had 10 solo tackles among his game-high 13 stops. Jonan Mouton and Obi Ezeh each added nine tackles.

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.
  • Ranks first in the Big Ten and third in the nation in passing efficiency (176.85).
  • 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 ranks eighth 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 first nationally in scoring defense (10.2), second in rushing defense (63.2) and fourth in total defense (227.5).
  • Completed junior season as one of the 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 first in the nation in scoring defense (10.2), second in 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 third in the Big Ten and T-18th 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). 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 ranks eighth among FBS signal callers in victories. Stanzi trails the following: Andy Dalton, TCU (35), Kellen Moore, Boise State (31), Tyrod Taylor, Virginia Tech (27), Case Keenum, Houston (24), Terrell Pryor, Ohio State (25), Colin Kaerpernick, Nevada (25) and Josh Nesbitt of Georgia Tech (23).

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. 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 third in the Big Ten and 18th 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 Mike 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. Prater is tied for first in the Big Ten with his two interceptions.

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 second in the Big Ten and 28th 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 40th 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 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.

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 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 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 Iowa’s Hayden Fry (three) 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 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 (99); USC (95); Ohio State (93); Texas (93); Oklahoma (91); LSU (87); TCU (85); Florida (84); Georgia (84); Virginia Tech (84); West Virginia (80); Utah (79); Auburn (78); Wisconsin (77); Boston College (75); IOWA (74); Alabama (74); Texas Tech (74); 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, espn.com 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 had three passing plays of at least 20 yards against Penn State, plus one interception return of 33 yards and a 20-yard field goal. Iowa has had 17 pass plays, four rushing plays, six KO returns, one punt return, a blocked punt return, two interception returns and two field goals of at least 20 yards. Penn State had two rushing plays and three pass plays over 20 yards. Iowa’s opponents have had 10 passing plays, six rushing plays and eight KO returns of 20 yards or more.

Iowa holds scoring advantages in the first (45-14), second (56-23), third (30-0) and fourth (37-14) quarters through five games. Iowa has posted one shutout, allowed Penn State just three points and Eastern Illinois and Iowa State seven points.

Iowa averaged 6.6 yards on first down, 5.4 yards on second down and 5.7 yards on third down against Penn State, and had no fourth down attempts. In five games, Iowa is averaging 7.5 yards on 158 first down plays, 5.7 yards on 105 second down plays, 5.8 yards on 60 third down plays and -1.7 yards while converting 1-3 fourth down attempts.

Iowa’s three scoring drives vs. Penn State averaged 8.3 plays, 65.3 yards and 4:49 in elapsed time. Iowa’s 22 scoring drives in five games have averaged 7.3 plays, 62.3 yards and 3:53 in elapsed time. Iowa’s opponents have seven scoring drives, averaging 7.6 plays, 62.9 yards and 2:45 in elapsed time.

Iowa was 3-3 in the red zone vs. Penn State, collecting one rushing touchdown, one passing touchdown and a field goal. For the season, Iowa is 18-21 in the red zone, scoring eight rushing touchdowns, eight passing touchdowns and two field goals. Iowa lost a fumble in the red zone and ended the game in the red zone against Eastern Illinois and had a missed field goal vs. Ball State. Iowa opponents are 6-12 in the red zone, with four passing touchdowns and two field goals. 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 scored seven points following one Penn State turnover. For the season, Iowa has scored 35 points following nine opponent turnovers, plus scoring seven points on a blocked punt. Iowa has five turnovers (three fumbles, two interceptions) in five games, allowing only seven points following those turnovers. Iowa has recorded at least one takeaway in 48 of its last 53 games, dating back to the 2006 campaign.

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.

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.

Iowa returns home to host Wisconsin Oct. 23 (2:36 p.m., ABC) and Michigan State Oct. 30 (time and TV, TBA).