Oct. 23, 2010
Wisconsin won its third consecutive game today with a narrow 31-30 win over the Iowa Hawkeyes in Kinnick Stadium. The loss is the first for the Hawkeyes in Kinnick Stadium this season. The all-time series against the Badgers is now tied, 42-42-1. Wisconsin regains possession of the Heartland Trophy, which will reside in Madison until at least 2013. The Badgers and Hawkeyes will not play each other the next two years.
Iowa scored on its first possession for the fourth time in seven games, with Adam Robinson rushing one yard for the score. Iowa collected a 20-yard field goal on its first drive vs. Penn State and began games vs. Eastern Illinois and Iowa State with touchdown drives.
Wisconsin scored a field goal on its first possession. Iowa has allowed just five opponents (Indiana, game nine, and Penn State, game four, both in 2009, and Arizona, Michigan and Wisconsin, 2010) to score on their opening drive in its last 33 games.
Both teams were successful on third and fourth downs today. Iowa was 11-16 on third downs today and 1-2 on fourth downs, while Wisconsin was 6-12, but 3-3 on fourth down, including two key conversions on fourth down on Wisconsin’s 15-play, 80-yard game-winning touchdown drive.
Senior WR Derrell Johnson-Koulianos had five receptions to move into a tie for first place on Iowa’s career receptions list. He ended the game with five receptions for 93 yards and a touchdown, his fifth score in the last three games. Johnson-Koulianos improved his career totals to 157 catches for 2,367 yards and 15 touchdowns. He became Iowa’s career leader in receiving yards (surpassing Tim Dwight, 2,271) in the win at Michigan. Johnson-Koulianos is tied for fourth on the career list with 15 touchdown receptions.
Senior QB Ricky Stanzi completed 25-37 passes for 258 yards and three touchdowns. Stanzi improved his career totals to 445-744 for 6,105 yards and 47 touchdowns. Iowa is 23-6 with Stanzi as its starting quarterback. He has at least one touchdown pass in the last 16 games he has played and has two or more scoring passes in five of seven games in 2010. He is third in career touchdown passes with 47.
Sophomore RB Adam Robinson led Iowa’s ground game with 23 attempts for 114 yards. Robinson had five rushing touchdowns in 11 games as a freshman in 2009 and he has nine this season. He has rushed for over 100 yards in five of seven games in 2010 and has seven career games over the century mark. He has scored two or more touchdowns in four games this season. Robinson increased his career totals to 333 carries for 1,571 yards. He ranks 19th in career rushing yards at Iowa.
Iowa was 3-4 in the red zone, scoring a rushing touchdown and two passing touchdown, but failing to score when the snap on a potential field goal attempt was mishandled. Iowa has scored on 88 of the last 98 red zone possessions (61 TDs and 27 FGs), dating back to the Michigan State game in 2008. Iowa is 69-79 inside the red zone its last 23 games.
Wisconsin was a perfect 5-5 in the red zone, with a field goal, a passing touchdown and three rushing touchdowns. Iowa opponents are 14-22 in the red zone, with six passing touchdowns, five rushing touchdowns and two field goals. Iowa has allowed five rushing touchdowns this season, all in the last two games. Iowa was the last Division I team to allow a rushing touchdown in 2010.
The Badgers only had four second-half offensive possessions, scoring three touchdowns and having a drive stop on an interception.
Iowa scored three points following one Wisconsin turnover. Iowa has scored 58 points following 13 opponent turnovers, plus 14 points following a blocked punt and a blocked field goal. 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 50 of its last 56 games, dating back to 2006.
Senior punter Ryan Donahue had a 71-yard punt in the third period. The kick is the fourth longest of Donahue’s career and the 13th longest in school history. He also had a 50-yard punt in the first half and for the day averaged 60.5 yards on two punts.
Freshman PK Mike Meyer had a 40-yard field goal in the fourth period, the longest of his career. Meyer has made four of five field goals this season, including four straight.
Senior DE Adrian Clayborn had a caused fumble on a QB sack in the second period. The forced fumble is the first for Clayborn this season and seventh of his career. He finished with five tackles, including a sack and a QB Hurry.
Tight end Allen Reisner matched his career high with four receptions for 26 yards. He had a three-yard touchdown reception in the second period. He also had four receptions vs. Eastern Illinois.
Junior WR Marvin McNutt, Jr. had a touchdown reception in the fourth period and for the day had a game-high seven receptions for 70 yards. He has surpassed 1,158 career receiving yards and he has 11 career touchdowns.
Iowa’s rushing touchdown in first period is just the fourth rushing touchdown allowed by Wisconsin this season.
Senior DB Brett Greenwood had the ninth interception of his career in the fourth quarter. Greenwood is tied for 13th in career thefts. Greenwood also registered six tackles.
Safety Tyler Sash amassed a game and personal-high 13 tackles, including one for loss.
Senior FB Brett Morse returned to the starting line-up after missing the Michigan game. Junior OG Adam Gettis started for the first time this season and second time in his career (Northern Iowa, 2009). Senior PK Daniel Murray (kickoff) saw his first action of the season. Senior LB Jeff Tarpinian missed his second straight game.
Wisconsin won the toss and elected to receive, stopping Iowa’s streak of 10 straight games starting on offense (Indiana, 2009). Iowa has started on offense in 119 of its last 137 contests. The Hawkeyes have started the game on offense in 121-of-143 games under Ferentz. Iowa games vs. Wisconsin (10/23/10), Ohio State (11/14/07), Indiana (10/31/09), Purdue (11/15/08), Penn State (11/08/08), Wisconsin (10/10/08), Minnesota (11/10/07), at Northwestern (11/3/07), vs. Michigan State (10/27/07), at Penn State (10/6/07), vs. Iowa State (9/16/06), vs. Minnesota (11/19/05), vs. Michigan (10/22/05), at Purdue (10/8/05), at Minnesota (11/13/04), vs. Purdue (11/6/04), at Miami, OH (9/7/02) and at Michigan State (9/27/03) are the only contests that the Hawkeyes didn’t start on offense. Iowa won 13 of the 18 games.
Instant Replay was used in the first period, twice in the third and once in the fourth. The call on the field, Iowa runner down at the one, was upheld in the first period. In the third period, the spot of the ball was reviewed, and the call on the field was over turned. Later in the period, an Iowa pass was ruled complete, and the call was upheld. In the fourth, the spot of the ball was reviewed, and overturned, resulting in an Iowa first down.
Iowa is home again next weekend, hosting Michigan State Oct. 30 (2:36 p.m. CT, ABC/ESPN).