Oct. 18, 2010
- Bowl Championship Series
- Cast Your O’Brien Quarterback Award
- Vote for R. Stanzi as a Premier Player
- 24 Hawkeyes to Watch
HAWKEYES HOST WISCONSIN
Iowa (5-1, 2-0) returns home to host Wisconsin (6-1, 2-1) Saturday as part of Family Weekend. Game time is 2:36 p.m. CT in Kinnick Stadium (70,585). The game is sold out.
ON THE TUBE
ABC (HD) will televise the contest to a regional audience. Fans not in the ABC regional footprint can view the game on ESPN (HD). Sean McDonough, Matt Millen and Heather Cox 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. Compass Media Networks will broadcast the game, with Drew Bontadelli and Brian Baldinger calling the action.
IN THE RANKINGS
Iowa is ranked 12th in the USA Today coaches poll and 13th by the Associated Press. Wisconsin is ranked 10th in the AP and 11th in the coaches’ poll. The Hawkeyes are 15th in the initial BCS rankings, while Wisconsin is 13th. Around the Big Ten, Ohio State is ranked 11/10 (AP/Coaches), Michigan State is 8/8 and Northwestern and Michigan are receiving votes in both polls. Non-conference opponent Arizona is ranked 15/18.
IOWA IN THE BCS RANKINGS
Iowa is ranked 15th in the initial BCS rankings. Iowa was ranked in each of the eight BCS rankings in 2009, including an all-time high of fourth on Oct. 26 and Nov. 2. Iowa ended last season ranked 10th in the Dec. 6 final poll. Iowa was also ranked in the BCS top 25 seven weeks in 2004 and eight weeks in both 2002 and 2003. Iowa was ranked once during the 2006 season. Prior to this season, Iowa appeared in the BCS top 25 on 32 occasions. The BCS rankings are a combination of the Harris Interactive poll, the USA Today coaches’ poll and computer rankings. Iowa is 17th in the computer rankings and 12th in both the coaches’ poll and the Harris poll.
HAWKEYE WIN STREAK
Iowa has won 20 of its last 23 games and 22 of 26, dating back to the middle of the 2008 season. Iowa had a 19-4 stretch from the 2001 Alamo Bowl through the first nine games of the 2003 season. Iowa posted a 19-2-2 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 1,134 games since beginning football in 1889. Iowa’s overall record is 584-512-39 (.532). That includes a 369-199-16 (.646) record in home games, a 215-313-23 (.411) record in games away from Iowa City, a 287-344-25 (.457) mark in Big Ten games and a 252-163-15 (.603) record in Kinnick Stadium.
Iowa holds a 4-2 advantage in the series with Wisconsin since the two teams began playing for the Heartland Trophy in 2004. The trophy was designed and crafted by artist and former Iowa football player Frank Strub. The trophy, which is a bull mounted on a walnut base (native to both Wisconsin and Iowa), has the scores of all previous games between the two schools inscribed on it. The Heartland Trophy became the 16th Big Ten football traveling trophy. The Iowa-Wisconsin series has been the closest and most competitive of all Big Ten series’. The teams have met 85 times with Iowa holding a 42-41-2 advantage after winning the last two meetings.
STANZI EARNS BIG TEN HONOR
Senior QB Ricky Stanzi was named Big Ten Conference offensive Player of the Week for his play in Iowa’s 38-28 win at Michigan. Stanzi completed 17-24 passes for 248 yards and three touchdowns, with no interceptions. Stanzi directed an Iowa offense that had no turnovers. Stanzi was at his best on Iowa’s field goal drive late in the fourth period, hitting 3-4 passes for 53 yards as Iowa drove to the clinching score. For the season, Stanzi has completed 99-145 passes for 1,474 yards and 13 touchdowns, with just two interceptions. His pass efficiency rating of 180.49 leads the Big Ten and ranks third best in the nation. Iowa has posted a 23-5 record with Stanzi as its starting quarterback. The weekly Big Ten honor is the first for Stanzi and the fourth for an Iowa player this season.
DOMINANT AT HOME
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.
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 Northwestern and Minnesota.
HAWKEYES EARN WEEKLY HONORS
Several Iowa players have earned weekly honors during the first six weeks of the season:
- Senior QB Ricky Stanzi was named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week following Iowa’s 38-28 win at Michigan. Stanzi completed 17-24 passes for 248 yards and three touchdowns, with no interceptions. The Big Ten honor is the first for Stanzi.
- 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.
- Senior QB Ricky Stanzi and senior WR Derrell Johnson-Koulianos earned honorable mention recognition for their respective positions from the College Football Performance Awards in Iowa’s win over Michigan. Stanzi completed 17-24 passes for 248 yards and three scores, with no interceptions. Johnson-Koulianos had four receptions for 70 yards and three touchdowns. Johnson-Koulianos became Iowa’s career leader in receiving yards in the Iowa win.
- Junior DB Shaun Prater earned honorable mention recognition from the College Football Performance Awards 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).
TOUGH AGAINST THE RUN
Iowa ranks sixth nationally in scoring defense (13.2) and seventh in rushing defense (83.8). The two rushing touchdowns by Michigan were the first allowed by Iowa this season. The Iowa defense was the last unit in the nation to allow a rushing touchdown this season. Iowa had not allowed a rushing score for 24 straight quarters, dating back to the 2010 FedEx Orange Bowl. The Hawkeyes are 13th nationally in total defense (288.8). Iowa is joined by Arizona and Texas Christian with two rushing touchdowns allowed, while West Virginia is the national leader with just one. Wisconsin has allowed three rushing touchdowns.
LIVE BLOGGING FROM KINNICK STADIUM
Hawkeye fans not able to attend the Wisconsin 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 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 75-32 (.701) overall mark and a 44-22 (.667) 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 86-56 (.606) and a 51-39 (.567) mark in Big Ten games. In 14 seasons as a college head coach his career mark is 98-77 (.560). Fifty-one of Iowa’s 142 games under Ferentz have been decided by seven points or less (24-27) and 40 were played against opponents who were ranked in the top 25 at the time (17-23). 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. 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 missed Iowa’s opening game and the most recent outing at Michigan. He did not start vs. Penn State and was limited to just a few plays on defense. Tarpinian led Iowa in tackles (32) through five games. Senior FB Brett Morse did not play at Michigan, ending his starting streak at 18 consecutive games. 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 five games.
FERENTZ NAMED COACH OF THE YEAR
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.
WISCONSIN COACH Bret Bielema
Wisconsin’s Bret Bielema is in his fifth season as a collegiate head coach, boasting a 44-15 (.746) overall record and a 22-13 (.629) conference mark. In his first season as Badger head coach, he guided Wisconsin to a share of second place in the Big Ten. Bielema has led the Badgers to four straight bowl games. The Badgers posted a 10-3 record in 2009, concluding with a Champs Bowl win over Miami, FL. Bielema was the 2006 Big Ten Coach of the Year. Bielema is a graduate of the University of Iowa, where he earned four letters (1989-92) as a nose guard after joining the Hawkeye program as a walk-on. He was a member of Iowa’s 1990 Big Ten championship team. He became a starter his junior year (1991) and was a team co-captain his senior campaign. Bielema began his coaching career as a graduate assistant (1994-95) at Iowa. In 1996, he was promoted to linebackers coach for six seasons (1996-2001). While at Iowa, he coached under head Hayden Fry and Kirk Ferentz. He served as co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at Kansas State for two seasons (2002-03) under Bill Snyder before joining the Wisconsin coaching staff in 2004. Bielema served as defensive coordinator and linebackers coach for two years (2004-05) under Barry Alvarez before becoming the Badgers’ head coach.
IOWA, WISCONSIN NOTES
- Iowa is seventh nationally in rushing defense (83.8) and Wisconsin is 12th in rushing offense (232.7).
- Iowa is sixth in scoring defense (13.2) and Wisconsin ranks 16th in scoring offense (36.3).
- Iowa is 13th in the nation in total defense (288.8) and Wisconsin ranks 23rd (308.7).
- Iowa senior QB Ricky Stanzi ranks third in the nation in pass efficiency (180.5), while Wisconsin senior QB Scott Tolzien ranks 15th (159.29).
- Wisconsin junior RB John Clay ranks 13th nationally in rushing yards (113.7), while Iowa sophomore RB Adam Robinson ranks 20th (103.8). Robinson is also 31st in all-purpose yards (137.8).
- Iowa and Wisconsin both concluded the 2009 season with a bowl victory in Florida. Iowa defeated Georgia Tech 24-14 in the FedEx Orange Bowl in Miami, just days after Wisconsin had scored a 20-14 win over Miami, FL in the Champs Bowl in Orlando.
- Iowa will be gunning for possession of its second traveling trophy. The Hawkeyes are already in possession of the Cy-Hawk Trophy with their 35-7 win over Iowa State. Iowa and Minnesota will fight for Floyd of Rosedale in the season finale (Nov. 27) at Minneapolis. Iowa has won 10 straight trophy games (including two bowl games), beginning with a home win over Minnesota near the end of the 2007 season.
- Saturday will mark Wisconsin’s last visit to Kinnick Stadium until at least 2013. The Badgers and Hawkeyes will not play each other the next two seasons.
- The Iowa roster includes three players from the state of Wisconsin. They are true freshman DL Mike Hardy from Appleton, and true freshman DB Brian Kroll and redshirt freshman OL Charlie Knipper, both from Whitefish Bay. The Badgers have one Iowan on their roster, sophomore TE Zach Davison (Waukee).
- Three Hawkeye players celebrate their birthdays this week, including FB/RB Brad Rogers (Monday, 18th), TE C.J. Fiedorowicz (Friday, 22nd) and WR Kevonte Martin-Manley (Friday, 22nd).
IOWA WON IN MADISON IN `09
Iowa scored the final 20 points of the game for a 20-10 win at Wisconsin Oct. 17, 2009. The Hawkeyes trailed 10-3 at halftime before dominating play in the second half. Iowa forced three second-half turnovers and held the Badgers to 58 yards total offense in the final two quarters. Iowa used a 34-yard pass completion to get its offense going in the second period, collecting a 37-yard Daniel Murray field goal to cut Wisconsin’s advantage to 10-3 at halftime. Wisconsin had the first possession of the second half, but Iowa’s Amari Spievey came up with the game’s first turnover on an interception. That led to a 24-yard pass from Ricky Stanzi to TE Tony Moeaki that tied the score. Iowa took the lead early in the fourth period when Adam Robinson scored on a 10-yard run. That concluded a 79-yard Iowa drive that came after Wisconsin missed a field goal. Murray added a 48-yard field goal with 5:17 remaining to conclude the scoring. OLB A.J. Edds had an interception in the fourth period and Spievey had his second theft of the day in the closing minutes to secure the win. Wisconsin had success running the ball early in the contest, jumping out to a 10-0 advantage by scoring on two of its first three drives. The Hawkeyes allowed Wisconsin just 58 yards total offense in the second half, including a negative two rushing yards, along with the three interceptions. Wisconsin converted just three of 12 third downs. Spievey had six tackles to go with his interceptions and LB Pat Angerer led the team with nine tackles. DE Adrian Clayborn had two of Iowa’s seven tackles for loss. Stanzi completed 17-23 passes for 218 yards and a touchdown. He completed 11-13 attempts in the second half. Robinson gained 91 rushing yards on 20 attempts and WR Derrell Johnson-Koulianos led all receivers with eight catches for 113 yards. Moeaki added 55 yards on three receptions.
Saturday will be the 86th meeting between Iowa and Wisconsin. Iowa holds a 42-41-2 advantage. Iowa has won the last two meetings, six of the last eight and 23 of the last 31. The Hawkeyes had won four straight in the series before the Badgers won 24-21 in Iowa City in 2006. Iowa holds a 4-2 advantage since the Heartland Trophy was introduced prior to the 2004 meeting. Iowa is 24-15-1 against Wisconsin at Iowa City, including a 38-16 victory in 2008 when the teams last met in Kinnick Stadium. The teams have split the last two games at Iowa City, with Wisconsin’s last win being a 24-21 decision in 2006. The Hawkeyes defeated the Badgers 30-7 in the 2004, in Kinnick Stadium, in the regular-season finale to win a share of the Big Ten championship.
IOWA WINS AT MICHIGAN
Iowa took advantage of Michigan turnovers in building a 28-7 advantage and held on during a wild fourth quarter to defeat the Wolverines 38-28 in Ann Arbor on their homecoming. Michigan drove 75 yards for a touchdown on its first possession to take a 7-0 advantage. Iowa answered later in the first period with a 14-yard scoring pass from QB Ricky Stanzi to WR Derrell Johnson-Koulianos to tie the score after one period. Iowa took the lead for good early in the second period on a 31-yard scoring strike from Stanzi to Johnson-Koulianos. Iowa’s scoring opportunity followed an interception and 36 yard return by junior DB Tyler Sash. Michigan seemed poised to cut into the Iowa advantage later in the second period, but a field goal attempt was blocked by DE Adrian Clayborn and Sash returned the kick to the Michigan 48. Iowa RB Adam Robinson would later score on a four-yard run to give Iowa a 21-7 advantage and that was the score at the break. Michigan had the first scoring threat of the third period, driving inside the Iowa 20. DL Karl Klug forced a Michigan fumble and DE Lebron Daniel made the recovery. Iowa took advantage of the turnover, driving to the Michigan 11-yard line, where Robinson rushed for his second touchdown. Michigan closed the gap to 28-14 early in the fourth period, but Iowa responded with a four play, 60-yard scoring drive to restore the 21-point advantage. The score came on a 19-yard pass from Stanzi to Johnson-Koulianos. That reception made Johnson-Koulianos Iowa’s career leader in receiving yards (2,275), surpassing Tim Dwight (2,271). Michigan closed the gap again, scoring consecutive touchdowns in a four minute stretch to trail 35-28 with 6:55 remaining. Iowa took over and controlled the ball for just over four minutes, concluding the drive with a Mike Meyer 30-yard field goal that ended the scoring. Michigan’s final possession ended with a pass interception by senior LB Troy Johnson, as Iowa claimed its fourth turnover of the day. Sophomore DB Micah Hyde joined Sash and Johnson with an interception. Stanzi had another very efficient day in leading the Iowa offense, completing 17-24 passes for 248 yards and three scores, with no interceptions. Robinson added 143 rushing yards on a career-high 31 carries and he had 61 yards on four receptions. Stanzi was named offensive Player of the Week in the Big Ten. Johnson and LB Jeremiha Hunter led the Hawkeye defense with 13 tackles each, a career high for both seniors. DB Shaun Prater added nine stops and Klug and Hyde each had eight.
MICHIGAN EXTRA POINTS
- The attendance of 112,784 is the largest crowd ever for an Iowa football game. The previous best was 111,496 at Michigan Stadium in 2002.
- The 38 points scored are the most for Iowa in the series against Michigan. Iowa scored 37 points in 1958. Saturday’s victory is Iowa’s first over a ranked opponent on the road in 2010. The last time the Hawkeyes defeated a ranked opponent on the road was a 21-10 triumph at Penn State on Sept. 26, 2009.
- Iowa scored 21 points following Michigan turnovers, including the blocked field goal. Iowa collected five turnovers in the 30-28 win over Michigan last season in Iowa City. Iowa has scored 55 points following 12 opponent turnovers, plus 14 points following a blocked punt and a blocked field goal.
- Senior WR Derrell Johnson-Koulianos scored Iowa’s first touchdown on a 14-yard reception in the first period. He added a 31-yard scoring reception in the second period and a 19-yard touchdown in the fourth. He ended the game with four receptions for 70 yards and a career-high three scores. Johnson-Koulianos improved his career totals to 152 catches for 2,275 yards and 14 touchdowns. He became Iowa’s career leader in receiving yards (surpassing Tim Dwight, 2,271). He is tied with Kahlil Hill for second in receptions, five behind Kevin Kasper.
- Junior DB Tyler Sash had the 12th interception of his career in the second quarter to move into fifth place on Iowa’s career list. The 36-yard return gives Sash 386 career return yards, which is an Iowa record and ranks fourth all-time in the Big Ten Conference. He ranks behind Jamar Fletcher (Wisconsin, 459), Tom Curtis (Michigan, 431) and Tracy Porter (Indiana, 413).
- Senior LB Troy Johnson started for the second straight game this season and third time in his career. He started last season vs. Minnesota. Johnson collected his first career interception Saturday and a career-best 13 tackles. Senior DE Adrian Clayborn had the third blocked kick of his career when he blocked a Michigan field goal attempt in the second period. He had a blocked punt (and TD return) at Penn State last season and blocked a field goal at Northwestern in 2007.
- Senior QB Ricky Stanzi has at least one touchdown pass the last 15 games he has played and has two or more scoring passes in four of six games in 2010. He is now third in career touchdown passes with 44 (Matt Sherman). Sophomore RB Adam Robinson led Iowa’s ground game with 31 attempts for 143 yards. Robinson had five rushing touchdowns in 11 games as a freshman in 2009 and he has eight this season. He has rushed for over 100 yards in four of six games in 2010 and has six career games over the century mark.
- Senior DL Karl Klug forced a fumble in the third period after Michigan had reached the Iowa red zone, and the fumble was recovered by junior DE Lebron Daniel. The forced fumble is the fourth for Klug in his career and Daniel now has three fumble recoveries.
- Freshman PK Mike Meyer converted on a 30-yard field goal in the fourth quarter. Meyer is now 3-4 on field goals this year. The 30-yarder vs. Michigan is a career long.
- Instant Replay was used twice in the second period and once in the third. The call on the field, an Iowa touchdown reception, was upheld. Later in the period, a Michigan reception was challenged, and the call was upheld. In the third period, a Michigan reception was reviewed, and the catch and spot of the ball were confirmed.
WISCONSIN TOPS OHIO STATE
Wisconsin improved to 6-1 on the season last weekend with a 31-18 win over top-ranked Ohio State in Madison. The Badgers opened the game with a 97-yard KO return for a touchdown and added two John Clay touchdown runs to take a 21-0 advantage. Ohio State scored on a 21-yard field goal midway through the second period to trail 21-3 at halftime. Ohio State drove 77 and 94 yards for touchdowns in the second half to cut Wisconsin’s advantage to 21-18. The Badgers responded, scoring on a 12-yard run by James White with 6:57 remaining and a 41-yard field goal by Philip Welch with 4:14 remaining to clinch the home victory. Wisconsin held a 336-311 advantage in total offense, rushing for 184 yards against the Buckeye defense. Clay (21-104) and White (17-75) did most of the rushing damage, while QB Scott Tolzien completed 13-16 passes for 152 yards. Blake Sorensen led the Wisconsin defense with 10 tackles and a pass interception.
QB Ricky Stanzi
- Has completed 99-145 passes (.683) for 1,474 yards and 13 touchdowns in 2010, with two interceptions. Stanzi has at least one touchdown pass in last 15 games he has played.
- Ranks first in the Big Ten and third in the nation in passing efficiency (180.49).
- Ranks ninth in single-season touchdown passes (17 in 2009) and ranks third in career scoring passes (44) behind Chuck Long (74) and Drew Tate (61).
- Completed 17-24 passes for 248 yards and three touchdowns at Michigan to earn Big Ten Conference offensive Player of the Week honors.
- 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.
- Completed 171-304 attempts for 2,417 yards in 2009. Season yardage total ranks 11th best in school history.
- Career total of 5,847 passing yards ranks sixth. He is also sixth in career completions (420), attempts (707) and total offense (5,836).
- Has led Iowa to a 23-5 record as a starter, including a 13-2 record in Kinnick Stadium and a 12-4 record in Big Ten games.
- His 23 wins as Iowa’s starting quarterback ranks eighth best among active FBS quarterbacks.
- Ranks first in Iowa career receiving yards (2,275), tied for second in receptions (152) and tied for seventh in touchdowns (14).
- 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 25 receptions for 404 yards and seven touchdowns.
- Has at least one pass reception in 24 straight games in which he has played.
- Four receptions for 70 yards and personal-best three touchdowns in win at Michigan.
- Four receptions for 64 yards and a touchdown in win over Penn State.
- Averaged 31.5 yards on 12 KO returns in 2009, including a 99-yard return for a touchdown at Ohio State. In six games this season is averaging 27.1 yards on nine 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.
- 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 23 consecutive games and has 30 career starts.
- Blocked third kick of his career with blocked field goal in win at Michigan.
- 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 28 tackles in 2010, with five tackles for loss, 1.5 QB sacks and two QB pressures.
- Key member of Iowa defensive unit that ranks sixth nationally in scoring defense (13.2), seventh in rushing defense (83.8) and fourth in total defense (288.8).
- Completed junior season as one of the Big Ten leaders in tackles for loss, quarterback sacks and forced fumbles.
DB Tyler Sash
- Tied for fifth in career interceptions with 12.
- Interception and 36-yard return led to touchdown in win at Michigan. Also had 37-yard return of blocked field goal and seven tackles against the Wolverines.
- Holds Iowa career record and ranks fourth all-time in Big Ten history with 386 interception return yards.
- 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 interception return yards in 2009 established a single-season record.
- Tied for third on the team with 25 tackles in 2010 and has 180 career tackles. Has helped Iowa defense rank sixth in the nation in scoring defense (13.2), seventh in rushing defense (83.8) and 13th in total defense (288.8).
WR Marvin McNutt, JR.
- Has 19 receptions for 353 yards and two touchdowns in 2010, averaging 18.6 yards per catch.
- Four receptions for 78 yards in 38-28 win at Michigan, with a long of 34 yards.
- 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.
- 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 38 career starts and 196 career tackles.
- Became the 40th Iowa player to rush for over 1,000 career yards with his play against Iowa State.
- Season totals include 623 yards and eight touchdowns on 129 carries, rushing for over 100 yards in four of six games. Six career games with over 100 rushing yards.
- Career totals include 310 carries for 1,457 yards and 13 touchdowns, to rank 22nd in career rushing.
- Ranks fourth in the Big Ten and 20th in the nation in rushing yards per game (103.8).
- Ranks third in the Big Ten in all-purpose yards (137.3) and fourth in scoring (8.0).
- Career-high 31 carries for 143 yards in 38-28 win at Michigan, along with 61 yards on four pass receptions.
- 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.
- Has scored two touchdowns or more in four of six games in 2010.
DT Mike Daniels
- Leads Iowa in both tackles for loss (8-44) and QB sacks (3-25). Tied for third in the Big Ten and T-37th 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 24 tackles while starting three of six games.
- Has 221 career tackles (72 solo, 149 assists) to become the 62nd Hawkeye player to reach 200 career stops (ranks T-46th). Has 31 career starts.
- Recorded career-best 13 tackles in 38-28 win at Michigan.
- Leads team in tackles through six games in 2010, recording 14 solo stops and 28 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.
- Tied for first in the Big Ten with two fumble recoveries and is 11th in tackles per game.
STANZI AMONG VETERAN RETURNING QBS
With 23 wins as Iowa’s starting quarterback, senior Ricky Stanzi ranks eighth among FBS signal callers in victories. Stanzi trails the following: Andy Dalton, TCU (36), Kellen Moore, Boise State (32), Tyrod Taylor, Virginia Tech (28), Terrell Pryor, Ohio State (25), Colin Kaerpernick, Nevada (25), Case Keenum, Houston (24), and Josh Nesbitt, Georgia Tech (24).
STANZI IN A CLUB OF HIS OWN
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. Stanzi has led Iowa to a 23-5 record as the starting quarterback, which ranks third all-time among Iowa signal callers in career victories. He trails Chuck Long (33-13-1) and Matt Sherman (24-10-0).
TOP HAWKEYE PERFORMERS
- Senior TE Allen Reisner has 19 receptions for 229 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 and two receptions for 15 yards at Michigan. 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 44.7 yards on 27 punts through six games to rank third in the Big Ten and 18th in the nation. He has a long of 61 yards, 12 of his punts have been downed inside the 20 and opponents are averaging just 3.9 yards on 15 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. He did not play at Michigan.
- Senior DT Karl Klug has six tackles for loss and 1.5 QB sacks. Klug has registered 29 tackles, two quarterback hurries and a forced fumble through six games. He forced a fumble and had eight tackles at Michigan.
- 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 19 tackles in five 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. He connected from 30 yards in the closing minutes of the win at Michigan. He is third on the team in scoring with 23 points.
- Sophomore DB Micah Hyde had the first interception of his career in the win over Ball State and he added his second in Iowa’s win at Michigan. He also forced a fumble later in the second period vs. Ball State, with the recovery made by Iowa LB Jeremiha Hunter.
- 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 25 tackles. He also had an interception in Iowa’s win at Penn State in 2009. Prater is tied for sixth in the Big Ten with his two interceptions.
IOWA GETS DEFENSIVE POINTS
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 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.
NEW FACES ON THE FIELD
Iowa has played nine true freshmen, including TE C.J. Fiedorowicz, LB James Morris, LB Christian Kirksey, DB B.J. Lowery, DB Tanner Miller, PK Mike Meyer, RB Marcus Coker, DB Anthony Hitchens and WR Don Shumpert. Iowa played just three true freshmen in 2009. The Hawkeyes played seven true freshmen in 2000, 2003 and 2008. Nine true freshmen are the most to see action at Iowa in 12 seasons under Coach Kirk Ferentz. 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.
HAWKEYES TO WATCH
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 eight of its last 10 games away from Iowa City, with both losses to ranked teams. A six-game win 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.
- 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 JOINS ANOTHER TOP 20
Iowa has 75 wins since the start of the 2002 season, which ties as the 15th highest total in Division I football. The list includes the following: Boise State (100); USC (96); Texas (94); Ohio State (93); Oklahoma (92); LSU (88); TCU (86); Georgia (85); Virginia Tech (85); Florida (84); West Virginia (81); Utah (80); Auburn (79); Wisconsin (78); IOWA (75); Boston College (75); Alabama (75); Texas Tech (74); Miami, FL (73); and Penn State (70).
BIG PLAY HAWKEYES
Iowa had three passing plays and one rushing play of at least 20 yards against Michigan, plus two KO returns, an interception return of 36 yards, a blocked field goal return of 37 yards and a 30-yard field goal. Iowa has had 20 pass plays, five rushing plays, eight KO returns, one punt return, a blocked punt return, a blocked field goal return, three interception returns and three field goals of at least 20 yards. Michigan had three pass plays of at least 20 yards, but no rushing plays. Iowa’s opponents have had 13 passing plays, only three rushing plays and 11 KO returns of 20 yards or more.
IOWA BY QUARTERS
Iowa holds scoring advantages in the first (52-21), second (70-23), third (37-0) and fourth (47-35) quarters through six games. Iowa has posted one shutout (Ball State), allowed Penn State just three points and Eastern Illinois and Iowa State seven points.
ON THE AVERAGE
Iowa averaged six yards on first down, five yards on second down and 9.3 yards on third down against Michigan, and had no fourth down attempts. In six games, Iowa is averaging 7.3 yards on 186 first down plays, 5.6 yards on 124 second down plays, 6.4 yards on 73 third down plays and -1.7 yards while converting 1-3 fourth down attempts.
AVERAGE SCORING DRIVES
Iowa’s six scoring drives at Michigan averaged 6.8 plays, 58.8 yards and 3:33 in elapsed time. Iowa’s 28 scoring drives in six games have averaged 7.2 plays, 62 yards and 3:40 in elapsed time. Iowa’s opponents have 11 scoring drives, averaging eight plays, 67.6 yards and 2:42 in elapsed time.
IOWA IN THE RED ZONE
Iowa was a perfect 5-5 in the red zone vs. Michigan, collecting two rushing touchdowns, two passing touchdowns and a field goal. For the season, Iowa is 23-26 in the red zone, scoring 10 rushing touchdowns, 10 passing touchdowns and three 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 9-17 in the red zone, with five passing touchdowns, two rushing touchdowns and two field goals. Iowa has scored on 86 of the last 95 red zone possessions (59 TDs and 27 FGs), dating back to the Michigan State game in 2008. Iowa is 67-76 (.882) combined inside the red zone its last 22 games.
POINTS OFF TURNOVERS
Iowa scored 21 points following five Michigan turnovers, which includes a blocked field goal. For the season, Iowa has scored 69 points following 15 opponent turnovers, which includes 14 points following two blocked kicks. Iowa has five turnovers (three fumbles, two interceptions) in six games, allowing only seven points following those turnovers. Iowa has recorded at least one takeaway in 49 of its last 54 games, dating back to the 2006 campaign.
HAWKEYES ON THE TUBE
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 109 games.
IOWA FOOTBALL WITH Kirk Ferentz
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 is home Oct. 30, hosting Michigan State (2:36 p.m., ABC/ESPN). The Hawkeyes play at Indiana Nov. 6 (time and TV, TBA).