Nov. 1, 2010
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HAWKEYES TRAVEL TO INDIANA
Iowa (6-2, 3-1) travels for two straight weeks, first visiting Indiana (4-4, 0-4) Saturday, Nov. 6. Kickoff is 11:01 a.m. CT in Memorial Stadium (52,692).
ON THE TUBE
The Big Ten Network (HD) will televise the contest. Tom Werme and Derek Rackley and Stacey Paetz 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.
IN THE RANKINGS
Iowa is 15th in the Associated Press rankings and 16th in the USA Today coaches poll. The Hawkeyes are 16th in the BCS rankings. Around the Big Ten, Wisconsin is ranked 7/7 (AP/Coaches), Ohio State is 10/10 and Michigan State is 16/15. Illinois, Northwestern and Michigan are receiving votes. Non-conference opponent Arizona is ranked 13/13.
IOWA IN THE BCS RANKINGS
Iowa is ranked 16th in the BCS rankings, including being the highest ranked team with two losses. 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 18th in the computer rankings, 16th in the coaches’ poll and 14th in the Harris poll.
HAWKEYE WIN STREAK
Iowa has won 21 of its last 25 games and 23 of 28, dating back to the middle of the 2008 season. Iowa had a 20-5 stretch from the 2001 Alamo Bowl through the first 11 games of the 2003 season. Iowa posted a 19-2-2 mark between 1956-58 and won 21 of 25 games in that stretch. Iowa’s school record of 20 straight wins occurred between 1920-23.
IOWA VS. RANKED OPPONENTS
With the 37-6 win over fifth-ranked Michigan State last weekend, Iowa has recorded a victory over a top-five ranked team in each of the last three seasons. Iowa defeated fourth-ranked Penn State (21-10) on the road in 2009 and defeated the third-ranked Nittany Lions (24-23) in Kinnick Stadium in 2008. Iowa has defeated three ranked teams this season, including Penn State (#20), Michigan (#24) and Michigan State (#5). The two Hawkeye losses have been at the hands of ranked teams (#18 Arizona and #10 Wisconsin). The three wins over ranked teams are the most for Iowa since posting a 3-1 record vs. ranked opponents in 2004.
LOOKING FOR THE CENTURY MARK
Iowa Coach Kirk Ferentz and Indiana Coach Bill Lynch have each earned 99 career coaching victories on the collegiate level. Ferentz is in his 14th season as a head coach with a career mark of 99-78 (.559). Ferentz is in his 12th season at Iowa and was the head coach at Maine for three seasons. Lynch is in his 18th season as a college head coach and holds a career mark of 99-94-3 (.513). He has been the head coach at Butler, Ball State, DePauw and Indiana.
Iowa has played 1,137 games since beginning football in 1889. Iowa’s overall record is 585-513-39 (.532). That includes a 370-200-16 (.645) record in home games, a 215-313-23 (.411) record in games away from Iowa City, a 288-345-25 (.457) mark in Big Ten games and a 253-164-15 (.603) record in Kinnick Stadium.
PRATER EARNS BIG TEN HONOR
Junior DB Shaun Prater was named Big Ten Conference Defensive Player of the Week for his play in Iowa’s 37-6 win over fifth-ranked Michigan State. Prater recorded a game and career-high 10 tackles (seven solo), including a shared tackle for loss. He had his third interception of the season in the third period, and the 42 yard return led to an Iowa touchdown. Prater also had a pass break-up as the Iowa defense held the Spartans to just 31 net rushing yards and 258 yards total offense. Prater is the fifth Hawkeye player to earn conference Player of the Week honors in 2010.
FOUR HAWKEYES HONORED
The College Football Performance Awards extended honorable mention recognition to four Hawkeye players in Iowa’s 37-6 win over Michigan State. Those players include senior QB Ricky Stanzi, junior DB Shaun Prater, junior TE Brad Herman and sophomore DB Micah Hyde. Stanzi completed 11-15 passes for 190 yards and three touchdowns, with no interceptions. Prater recorded a career-high 10 tackles and added an interception and 42 yard return to set up an Iowa touchdown. Hyde had five tackles. He also scored his first career touchdown on a 66 yard return after taking a pitch from DB Tyler Sash following a Sash interception. Herman had a career-best 80 receiving yards while matching his career-high of three receptions.
CLAYBORN, REISNER AND STANZI ON LISTS
Senior DE Adrian Clayborn, senior QB Ricky Stanzi and senior TE Allen Reisner are on reduced lists for national honors at their respective positions. Clayborn is one of 12 semifinal candidates for the 2010 Rotary Lombardi Award. In eight games he has 36 tackles, including six tackles for loss and 2.5 QB sacks. He also had a blocked field goal at Michigan and a forced fumble vs. Wisconsin. Clayborn has 25 consecutive starts and has started 32 games in his career. Reisner is one of 22 tight end candidates named to the 2010 John Mackey Award mid-season watch list. The award goes annually to the nation’s best collegiate tight end. Reisner has started every game this year. He has 28 receptions for 304 yards (10.9 average) and two touchdowns. Former Iowa tight end Dallas Clark won the Mackey Award in 2002. Stanzi is one of 16 semifinalists for the 2010 Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award and he is one of 15 candidates remaining on the Watch List for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award for the top senior quarterback in the nation. Stanzi, in eight games, has completed 135-197 attempts for 1,922 yards and 19 touchdowns, with only two interceptions. He leads the Big Ten and is second nationally in pass efficiency. Stanzi was a semifinal candidate for the O’Brien Award in 2009 as well.
HAWKEYES EARN WEEKLY HONORS
Several Iowa players have earned weekly honors during the first eight weeks of the season:
- Senior punter Ryan Donahue was named national Punter of the Week by the College Football Performance Awards after averaging 60.5 yards on two punts vs. Wisconsin.
- Junior DB Shaun Prater was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week following Iowa’s 37-6 win over fifth-ranked Michigan State. Prater collected a career-high 10 tackles and had an interception and 42 yard return vs. the Spartans. Iowa held MSU to 31 net rushing yards and one touchdown. The Big Ten honor is the first for Prater.
- 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). 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 earned honorable mention recognition from the College Football Performance Awards for his play against Ball State, Michigan, Wisconsin and Michigan State. He had three touchdown passes and no interceptions in each of the four games.
- Senior WR Derrell Johnson-Koulianos earned honorable mention recognition from the College Football Performance Award for his play in Iowa’s 38-28 win over Michigan. He 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 24-3 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. He also earned honorable mention recognition for his efforts in Iowa’s 37-6 win over Michigan State (10 tackles, one interception).
- 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.
- Sophomore DB Micah Hyde earned honorable mention recognition from the College Football Performance Awards for his defensive backfield play in Iowa’s 37-6 win over fifth-ranked Michigan State. Hyde had five tackles and a 66-yard return for a touchdown.
- Junior TE Brad Herman earned honorable mention recognition from the College Football Performance Award for his play in Iowa’s 37-6 win over fifth-ranked Michigan State. Herman had three receptions for 80 yards, matching his career-high in catches and reaching a career-best in receiving yards.
- Iowa had eight players named Big Ten Players of the Week in 2009 (four on defense, one offense and three special team winners).
IOWA TOUGH ON DEFENSE
Iowa ranks fifth nationally in rushing defense (84.5), eighth in scoring defense (14.5), 12th in total defense (292.3) and 20th in pass efficiency defense (112.08). The Iowa defense was the last unit in the nation to allow a rushing touchdown this season, that coming in Iowa’s sixth game. The Hawkeyes are second in turnover margin (+1.5).
IOWA EFFICIENT ON OFFENSE
Iowa ranks second in the nation in pass efficiency (177.37) and the Hawkeyes are 26th in scoring offense (34.1). The Hawkeyes are 29th in passing offense (245.9), 46th in total offense (405.4) and 48th in rushing offense (159.5). Iowa has scored 30 or more points in three consecutive Big Ten Conference games for the first time since 2005. Iowa has been guilty of just five turnovers (three lost fumbles, two interceptions) and does not have a turnover since the first quarter of the Oct. 2 win over Penn State. Only Oregon State, with four, has less turnovers than the Hawkeyes.
LIVE BLOGGING FROM INDIANA
Hawkeye fans not able to attend the Indiana 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.
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 games vs. Michigan and Wisconsin before returning for limited action vs. Michigan State. 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 starts, but returned vs. Wisconsin. Redshirt freshman OL Nolan MacMillan has missed Iowa’s last two games after starting the first six games of the season. Senior LB Jeremiha Hunter started the first seven games before missing the Michigan State contest. Hunter has 32 career starts. 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 missed six games. While he has not returned to the practice field, Parker did attend Iowa’s most recent contest vs. Michigan State.
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 an 83-38 (.686) overall mark and a 49-27 (.645) 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. The Hawkeyes are bowl eligible for the 10th straight season. Ferentz, at Iowa, holds an overall record of 87-57 (.604) and a 52-40 (.565) mark in Big Ten games. In 14 seasons as a college head coach his career mark is 99-78 (.559). Fifty-two of Iowa’s 144 games under Ferentz have been decided by seven points or less (24-28) and 44 were played against opponents who were ranked in the top 25 at the time (19-25). 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.
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 10 straight Iowa teams to bowl eligibility and the Hawkeyes have finished in the Big Ten’s first division eight of the past nine seasons.
Iowa Coach Kirk Ferentz has been named Big Ten Coach of the Year three times (2002, 2004 & 2009) and he was named National Coach of the Year in 2002. Ferentz joins Michigan’s Bo Schembechler (four) and Iowa’s Hayden Fry (three) and Penn State’s Joe Paterno (three) as the only coaches to be honored in more than two seasons.
INDIANA COACH BILL LYNCH
Bill Lynch is in his fourth season as the Indiana head coach. Lynch was named Indiana’s 27th head football coach on June 15, 2007. In his first season, he guided Indiana to a 7-6 record and its first bowl appearance (Insight Bowl) in 14 years. Lynch has posted an 18-27 mark with the Hoosiers. He is in his 18th season as a college head coach with a career mark of 99-94-3 (.513). He previously was the head coach at Butler (36-12-3, 1985-89), Ball State (37-53, 1995-02) and DePauw (8-2, 2004). His teams have won or shared seven conference or divisional titles. Lynch, who is in his sixth season on the Indiana staff, served as interim head coach for two games in 2006 and led the Hoosiers during 2007 spring practice. He served as the assistant coach, offensive coordinator and tight ends coach with the Hoosiers in 2005-06. This is Lynch’s second stint at Indiana, as he was the Hoosiers’ quarterbacks coach in 1993-94.
IOWA, INDIANA NOTES
- Iowa QB Ricky Stanzi and Indiana QB Ben Chappell are two of 16 semi-final candidates for the Davey O’Brien Award. Stanzi ranks second in pass efficiency (180.28) and Chappell is sixth in total offense (307.3).
- Iowa ranks ninth in KO returns (25.9) and Indiana is 27th (23.9). Individually, Iowa’s Derrell Johnson-Koulianos is 21st (27.5) and Indiana’s Tandon Doss is 32nd (25.7) in KO return yardage.
- Three Hawkeye players celebrate birthdays this week. Jacob Reisen turns 21 on Nov. 1, Brett Van Sloten turns 20 on Nov. 2 and William Lowe turns 21on Nov. 4.
- Iowa’s roster includes two players from Indiana, sophomore Jewel Hampton (Indianapolis) and sophomore PK Trent Mossbrucker (Mooresville). Hampton will miss the remainder of the season due to injury. The Indiana roster includes no Iowans.
- Indiana Head Coach Bill Lynch’s son, Billy, is the Hoosiers’ wide receivers coach. Coach Lynch coached two of his sons, Billy and Joey, as the head coach at Ball State. Iowa Coach Kirk Ferentz previously coached his son, Brian, at Iowa. His second oldest son, James, is currently a sophomore offensive lineman at Iowa.
- Indiana assistant Matt Canada was the running backs coach at Northern Illinois when Iowa defeated the Huskies 24-0 in 1999.
- Indiana assistant Brian George was the defensive line coach at Miami, OH when Iowa defeated the RedHawks in 2001 (44-19), 2002 (29-24) and 2003 (21-3).
- Indiana assistant Billy Lynch was a graduate assistant at Miami, OH when Iowa defeated the RedHawks in 2003.
- Indiana assistant Joe Palcic was the defensive backs coach at Miami, OH when Iowa defeated the RedHawks in 2001, 2002 and 2003.
- Indiana assistant George Ricumstrict was a graduate assistant at Michigan State when Iowa defeated the Spartans in 1996.
IOWA WON A YEAR AGO
Iowa dominated the fourth period in taking a 42-24 win over Indiana in Kinnick Stadium last Oct. 31. The Hawkeyes were guilty of six turnovers in the first three periods as Indiana built a 24-14 advantage heading into the final 15 minutes. Indiana held a 21-7 advantage at halftime and was threatening to expand the lead midway through the third period. Iowa stayed in the game on the strength of an 86-yard interception return for a touchdown by Tyler Sash. Iowa closed the gap to 24-21 on a 92-yard scoring strike from QB Ricky Stanzi to WR Marvin McNutt, Jr. with 13 minutes remaining. After another stop by the Hawkeye defense, Iowa took the lead for the first time when Stanzi connected with WR Derrell Johnson-Koulianos for a 66-yard touchdown. RB Brandon Wegher, who started for the first time in place of the injured Adam Robinson, added touchdown runs of six and 27 yards in the final period. Wegher ended the game with 25 carries for 118 yards and three touchdowns. The Hawkeye defense was solid, as Indiana scored just 10 points following the six Iowa turnovers. After taking the lead in the final period, Iowa added interceptions by Shaun Prater and A.J. Edds. In dominating the final period, Iowa had 88 rushing and 177 passing yards for 265 yards total offense. Indiana was held to minus two yards rushing and 55 yards total offense over the final period, along with two turnovers. Stanzi finished the game with a career-high 337 passing yards, completing 13-26 passes. McNutt, Jr. had four receptions for 155 yards and Johnson-Koulianos had 117 yards on just three catches. LB Pat Angerer led the Hawkeye defense, collecting 12 tackles, including 1.5 tackles for loss, and a forced fumble. DL Karl Klug added nine tackles and joined Angerer with 1.5 tackles for loss. Prater had eight tackles and Sash seven.
Iowa holds a 40-27-4 advantage in the series that began with a 13-6 Iowa victory in 1912. The Hawkeyes have won 16 of the last 24 games, including five of the last seven. Iowa won 45-9 in 2008 on its last visit to Bloomington. The recent meetings have included some high scoring affairs, as the winning team has scored 30 or more points in eight of the last nine and 10 of the last 12. The losing team has scored at least 20 points in four of the last five. Iowa holds an 18-17-1 advantage at Bloomington. Iowa has won two of the last three games at Memorial Stadium.
IOWA STOPS MICHIGAN STATE
Iowa was sharp in all phases of the game in taking a 37-6 win over fifth-ranked Michigan State in Kinnick Stadium. The Hawkeyes took the opening kick and scored the first touchdown on a 12 play, 80-yard drive. QB Ricky Stanzi connected with WR Colin Sandeman on a three-yard scoring strike. Iowa drove 64 yards on its second possession, adding a 37-yard field goal by freshman PK Mike Meyer. The Hawkeye defense added Iowa’s next score, as DB Micah Hyde scored on a 66-yard return. DB Tyler Sash came up with the interception, then pitched the ball to Hyde, who scored Iowa’s third defensive touchdown of the season to put Iowa on top 17-0 in the first quarter. Iowa’s second interception came on Michigan State’s next possession, as DB Shaun Prater returned the theft 42 yards to the MSU 43. Iowa scored soon after on a 32-yard pass from Stanzi to RB Adam Robinson. Robinson added a two-yard touchdown run later in the second period and Iowa led 30-0 at halftime. DB Brett Greenwood collected Iowa’s third interception to start the third period. After exchanging punts the Hawkeyes added their final score on a 22-yard scoring strike from Stanzi to WR Marvin McNutt, Jr. A 16-yard completion from Stanzi to TE Brad Herman and two 11-yard runs by Robinson led to the touchdown. MSU’s only points came on a six-yard pass on the first play of the fourth quarter and the two-point conversion attempt failed. Stanzi completed 11-15 passes for 190 yards and had three touchdown passes for the fifth time in eight games. Robinson rushed for 69 yards on 20 carries and added his first career scoring reception. Herman (3-80) and fellow tight end Allen Reisner (4-36) led Iowa receivers. The Hawkeye defense was superb all day, allowing Michigan State just 31 net rushing yards and 258 yards total offense. The Spartans entered the game averaging 193 rushing yards and 448 yards total offense. Prater added a career-high 10 tackles to go with his interception. He was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week. True freshman LB James Morris, earning his first career start, added a career-best nine tackles, as did senior LB Troy Johnson. Hyde had five tackles and DL Mike Daniels had two tackles for loss among his five tackles. Punter Ryan Donahue averaged 38.8 yards per punt, with three inside the MSU 20, and Derrell Johnson-Koulianos totaled 39 yards on Iowa’s lone KO return.
MSU EXTRA POINTS
- With the win over Michigan State Iowa (6-2, 3-1) is bowl eligible for the 10th straight season. Iowa is now 19-25 vs. ranked teams under Coach Kirk Ferentz, including 17-16 the last 10 seasons.
- The victory is Iowa’s first over a team ranked in the top five in the nation since a 21-10 win at fourth-ranked Penn State in 2009. Iowa’s last home win over a top-five opponent was a 24-23 victory over third-ranked Penn State in 2008. Iowa has three victories over ranked opponents this season (No. 20 Penn State, 24-3, No. 24 Michigan, 38-28, and No. 5 Michigan State, 37-6).
- Iowa has won 49 of its last 59 games in Kinnick Stadium, dating back to the 2002 season, including a 5-1 mark this year.
- The margin of victory is Iowa’s largest over a team ranked in the top 10 since a 34-9 win at eighth-ranked Michigan (10/26/02).
- Iowa held Michigan State to an opponent low 31 rushing yards. The Spartans averaged 193.5 rushing yards per game in its first eight games. The previous rushing low by an Iowa opponent was 54 yards by Penn State.
- Iowa had three interceptions (Brett Greenwood, Tyler Sash and Shaun Prater) for the second time this season. MSU QB Kirk Cousins entered the contest with four interceptions in eight games. Iowa also had three picks in the 38-28 win at Michigan. Iowa also has three interception returns for touchdowns this season, those coming vs. Michigan State (Micah Hyde), Penn State (Shaun Prater) and Arizona (Broderick Binns).
- Iowa’s 30 points are the most for the Hawkeyes in the first half this season. Iowa scored 28 points in the first half in wins over Eastern Illinois and Iowa State and has scored 20 or more first half points in five of eight games. It is the most first half points for Iowa in a Big Ten game since scoring 38 in the first half of a 52-28 over Minnesota on Nov. 19, 2005 in Kinnick Stadium.
- True freshman LB James Morris and redshirt freshman LB Shane DiBona started for the first time in their career. Morris ended the contest with a career-high nine tackles. He also had a pass break-up on MSU’s two-point conversion attempt. DiBona amassed four tackles.
- Instant Replay was used twice in the first period and once in the fourth. The call on the field, MSU receiver down before fumble, was upheld. The second review, Iowa runner scoring before being knocked out of bounds, was also upheld. The third review, Iowa receiver with a legal catch, was upheld.
NORTHWESTERN HOLDS OFF HOOSIERS
Northwestern scored 10 straight points to break a 10-10 halftime tie, then held on to defeat Indiana 20-17 in Bloomington. The Hoosiers opened the scoring on a 23-yard field goal by Mitch Ewald, but Northwestern came back to take a 7-3 advantage. Indiana scored on a five-yard run by Ben Chappell with 48 seconds left in the first half, but the Wildcats added a 23-yard field goal as time expired to leave the score tied at intermission. Northwestern got a 30-yard scoring reception by Jeremy Ebert and a 45-yard field goal by Stefan Demos to take a 20-10 advantage with 6:51 remaining. Indiana closed the gap on a 39-yard pass from Chappell to Duwyce Wilson with 44 seconds remaining. The ensuing onside kick went out or bounds before traveling 10 yards and the Wildcats held on for the win. Chappell led the Hoosiers by completing 30-54 passes for 308 yards, with one score and one interception. Demarlo Belcher led all receivers with 11 catches for 87 yards. The Hoosiers were held to 65 net rushing yards. Indiana’s defense was led by Darius Johnson with 11 tackles, including two tackles for loss and a QB sack. Jeff Thomas added 10 tackles.
QB Ricky Stanzi
- Has completed 135-197 passes (.685) for 1,922 yards and 19 touchdowns in 2010, with two interceptions. Stanzi has at least one touchdown pass in the last 17 games he has played and three scoring strikes in five of eight games.
- Ranks first in the Big Ten and second in the nation in passing efficiency (180.28). Is also third in passing yards (240.2) and sixth in total offense (241.8).
- Ranks sixth on Iowa’s single season list with 19 touchdown passes this season and 17 TD passes in 2009 ties for 10th best.
- Ranks third in career scoring passes (50) behind Chuck Long (74) and Drew Tate (61).
- Completed 11-15 passes for 190 yards and three touchdowns in win over Michigan State, with no interceptions
- Completed 25-37 passes for 258 yards and three touchdowns vs. Wisconsin, with no interceptions
- 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 6,295 passing yards ranks sixth. He is fifth in career completions (456), sixth in attempts (759) and fifth in total offense (6,309).
- Has led Iowa to a 24-6 record as a starter, including a 14-3 record in Kinnick Stadium and a 13-5 record in Big Ten games.
- His 24 wins as Iowa’s starting quarterback ties as sixth best among active FBS quarterbacks.
- Ranks first in Iowa career receiving yards (2,368), tied for first in receptions (157) and tied for fourth in touchdowns (15).
- 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 30 receptions for 497 yards and eight touchdowns.
- Eight touchdowns this season ties as fourth best for single season at Iowa.
- Five receptions for 93 yards and a touchdown vs. Wisconsin.
- 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 eight games this season is averaging 27.5 yards on 13 KO returns.
- Ranks second in the Big Ten in KO returns (27.5) and is seventh in all-purpose yards (110.9).
- Has totaled over 1,000 all-purpose yards in each of his three seasons, including a career-best 1,128 yards in 2009 and 887 yards to date in 2010.
- 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.
- One of 12 semifinal candidates for the 2010 Rotary Lombardi Award.
- Has started 25 consecutive games and has 32 career starts.
- Recorded five tackles vs. Wisconsin, including one QB sack and a forced fumble.
- 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 36 tackles in 2010, with six tackles for loss, 2.5 QB sacks and three QB pressures.
- Key member of Iowa defensive unit that ranks fifth nationally in rushing defense (84.5), eighth in scoring defense (14.5) and 12th in total defense (292.3).
- Completed junior season as one of the Big Ten leaders in tackles for loss, quarterback sacks and forced fumbles.
DB Tyler Sash
- Ranks fifth in career interceptions with 13.
- Led team with career-high 13 tackles vs. Wisconsin, including five solo stops and a tackle for loss.
- Interception and pitch to Micah Hyde led to 66-yard touchdown return vs. Michigan State.
- 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 392 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.
- Ranks second with 48 tackles in 2010 and has 186 career tackles. Has helped Iowa’s defense rank fifth in rushing defense (84.5), eighth in the nation in scoring defense (14.5) and 12th in total defense (292.3).
WR Marvin McNutt, JR.
- Has 28 receptions for 462 yards and four touchdowns in 2010, averaging 16.5 yards per catch.
- Two receptions for 39 yards, including 22-yard scoring reception, vs. Michigan State
- Seven receptions for 70 yards and a touchdown vs. Wisconsin.
- 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.
- 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. Both have over 450 yards in 2010 through eight games.
- Tied for third in the Big Ten with three interceptions.
- Third interception of the season came in 37-6 win over Michigan State. Also had three tackles vs. Spartans.
- Second interception of the season vs. Wisconsin led to Iowa field goal. Also had six tackles vs. Badgers.
- Tied for ninth in career interceptions with 10. Four of his career interceptions have come against Iowa State.
- Has 42 career starts and 199 career tackles.
- Became the 40th Iowa player to rush for over 1,000 career yards with his play against Iowa State.
- Season totals include 806 yards and 10 touchdowns on 172 carries, rushing for over 100 yards in five of eight games. Seven career games with over 100 rushing yards.
- Had 32-yard scoring reception in win over Michigan State for first career touchdown reception.
- Career totals include 353 carries for 1,640 yards and 15 touchdowns, to rank 17th in career rushing.
- Ranks third in the Big Ten and 21st in the nation in rushing yards per game (100.8).
- Ranks third in the Big Ten in all-purpose yards (132.5) and sixth in scoring (8.2).
- Rushed 20 times for 69 yards and had 32-yard scoring reception vs. Michigan State.
- Rushed 23 times for 114 yards and a touchdown vs. Wisconsin.
- 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 in 2010 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 five of eight games in 2010.
DT Mike Daniels
- Leads Iowa in both tackles for loss (10-50) and QB sacks (3-25). Ranks fourth in the Big Ten and T-43rd nationally in tackles for loss (1.25).
- Two of his five tackles in win over Michigan State were 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 32 tackles while starting three of seven games.
- Has 230 career tackles (74 solo, 156 assists) to become the 62nd Hawkeye player to reach 200 career stops (ranks T-40th). Has 32 career starts, but missed Michigan State game to injury.
- Recorded nine tackles vs. Wisconsin.
- Recorded career-best 13 tackles in 38-28 win at Michigan.
- Leads team in tackles through eight games in 2010, recording 16 solo stops and 35 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.
- Leads the Big Ten with two fumble recoveries and is 12th in tackles per game.
STANZI AMONG VETERAN RETURNING QBS
With 24 wins as Iowa’s starting quarterback, senior Ricky Stanzi is tied for sixth with Case Keenum of Houston and Josh Nesbitt of Georgia Tech among FBS signal callers in victories. Stanzi trails the following: Andy Dalton, TCU (38), Kellen Moore, Boise State (33), Tyrod Taylor, Virginia Tech (29), Terrell Pryor, Ohio State (27), Colin Kaerpernick, Nevada (26).
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 24-6 record as the starting quarterback, which ties for second all-time among Iowa signal callers in career victories.
TOP HAWKEYE PERFORMERS
- Senior TE Allen Reisner has 28 receptions for 304 yards and two touchdowns. He was recently one of 22 tight ends named to the mid-season Watch List for the John Mackey Award. 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. His career high in yards is 66 yards vs. Iowa State earlier this season. He matched his career best with five receptions for 39 yards vs. Wisconsin. Last season, Reisner had 14 catches for 143 yards in 13 games.
- Senior punter Ryan Donahue is averaging 44.8 yards on 34 punts through eight games to rank third in the Big Ten and 21st in the nation. He has a long of 71 yards in 2010, 15 of his punts have been downed inside the 20 and opponents are averaging just 3.7 yards on 16 returns. The 71-yard punt is his fourth longest and the 13th longest in school history.
- Senior LB Jeff Tarpinian has 35 stops in five 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 vs. Michigan and Wisconsin and had three tackles in a return to limited action against Michigan State.
- Senior DT Karl Klug has six tackles for loss and 1.5 QB sacks. Klug has registered 35 tackles, two quarterback hurries and a forced fumble through eight games. He forced a fumble and had eight tackles at Michigan and had six tackles and two pass break-ups vs. Wisconsin.
- 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 20 tackles in seven 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. Meyer had a career-long 40-yard field goal vs. Wisconsin and had a 37-yard field goal against Michigan State. He is third on the team in scoring with 36 points and had made five straight field goals.
- 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. He scored his first career touchdown with a 66-yard return for a touchdown against Michigan State, after taking a pitch from DB Tyler Sash.
- 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. He had his third interception and a 42 yard return in the win over Michigan State. Prater also has a recovered fumble and has collected 38 tackles. He also had an interception in Iowa’s win at Penn State in 2009. Prater is tied for third in the Big Ten with his three interceptions.
IOWA GETS DEFENSIVE POINTS
Iowa’s defense has recorded three interception returns for touchdowns. Those have been by DE Broderick Binns vs. Arizona (20 yards), DB Shaun Prater vs. Penn State (33) and DB Micah Hyde vs. Michigan State. Hyde had a 66-yard return after DB Tyler Sash made the interception vs. the Spartans. That return ranks as the ninth longest in school history. Iowa has had at least one pass interception return for a touchdown in each of the last three seasons and in six of the last seven years. 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.
IOWA FEATURES RETURN GAME
Through eight games, Iowa leads the Big Ten Conference in kickoff returns (25.9) and ranks second in punt returns (11.0). Senior WR Derrell Johnson-Koulianos is averaging 27.5 yards on 13 KO returns, which is second best in the Big Ten and ranks 21st nationally. He was second in the Big Ten in kick returns a year ago. Johnson-Koulianos leads Iowa with 30 pass receptions for 497 yards and eight touchdowns. He has 887 all-purpose yards. Senior WR Colin Sandeman is averaging 8.5 yards on 13 punt returns to rank third in the Big Ten and 39th in the nation. He was also second in the Big Ten in punt returns in 2009. Sandeman also has 13 pass receptions for 142 yards and two touchdowns.
POSITIVE TURNOVER RATIO
Iowa leads the Big Ten and is second nationally with a plus 1.5 turnover ratio. Iowa has been guilty of just five turnovers in eight games, including just one turnover in four Big Ten games. The five turnovers ranks second in the nation (Oregon State, four). Iowa’s opponents have had 90 possessions and just three have started in Iowa territory. Arizona had two possessions start in Iowa territory and Iowa State started one possession on Iowa’s end of the field. Six of Michigan State’s 12 possessions were three plays and out.
IOWA LEADERSHIP GROUP
Iowa’s Leadership Group for the 2010 season includes seven seniors, four juniors, two sophomores, two redshirt freshmen and one true freshman. Permanent team captains are named at the conclusion of each season. The Leadership Group for this season includes seniors Adrian Clayborn, Brett Greenwood, Karl Klug, Brett Morse, Ricky Stanzi, Jeff Tarpinian and Julian Vandervelde; juniors Broderick Binns, Marvin McNutt, Tyler Nielsen and Tyler Sash; sophomores Greg Castillo and James Vandenberg; redshirt freshmen Shane DiBona and Brett Van Sloten; and first-year freshman James Morris.
HAWKEYES TO WATCH
Nine Hawkeye players were named to 20 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), senior TE Allen Reisner (Mackey) 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 LIKES STARTING ON OFFENSE
Iowa has started on offense in 120 of its last 138 games. Iowa games vs. Wisconsin (10/23/10), Ohio State (11/14/09), 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 those 18 games. Iowa started the game on offense in 122 of 144 games under Kirk Ferentz, 11 of 13 games in 2009 and seven of eight games this season. Iowa has scored on its first possession in five of eight games.
- 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 had won 10 straight games over the last four seasons with a trophy on the line before the 31-30 loss to Wisconsin. That 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) in 2008 and 2009. The streak included wins in the 2009 Outback and 2010 FedEx Orange bowls.
- Iowa’s roster includes 21 players who played the quarterback position in high school. That list includes seven members of the normal starting line-up, including QB Ricky Stanzi, WR Derrell Johnson-Koulianos, WR Marvin McNutt, Jr., FB Brett Morse, LB Jeff Tarpinian, DB Micah Hyde and DB Brett Greenwood.
- 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 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 10 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. vIowa 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 JOINS ANOTHER TOP 20
Iowa has 76 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 (101); USC (96); Ohio State (95); Texas (94); Oklahoma (93); LSU (88); TCU (88); Georgia (86); Virginia Tech (86); Florida (85); Utah (82); West Virginia (81); Auburn (81); Wisconsin (79); IOWA (76); Alabama (76); Boston College (76); Texas Tech (75); Miami, FL (74); and Penn State (72).
BEST DECADE FOR IOWA FOOTBALL
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.
BIG PLAY HAWKEYES
Iowa had three passing plays and one rushing play of at least 20 yards against Michigan State, plus a 39-yard KO return, interception returns of 42 and 66 yards and a 37-yard field goal. Iowa has had 26 pass plays, seven rushing plays, 12 KO returns, one punt return, a blocked punt return, a blocked field goal return, five interception returns and five field goals of at least 20 yards. Michigan State had one pass play of at least 20 yards, but no rushing plays. Iowa’s opponents have had 15 passing plays, only three rushing plays and 16 KO returns of 20 yards or more.
IOWA BY QUARTERS
Iowa holds scoring advantages in the first (75-24), second (90-30), third (51-14) and fourth (57-48) quarters. Iowa has posted one shutout (Ball State), allowed Penn State just three points, Michigan State six points and Eastern Illinois and Iowa State seven points. Wisconsin is the only Iowa opponent to score in the third period.
ON THE AVERAGE
Iowa averaged 3.8 yards on first down, 6.5 yards on second down and 10.5 yards on third down against Michigan State, and had no fourth down attempts. In eight games, Iowa is averaging 6.8 yards on 241 first down plays, 5.5 yards on 165 second down plays, 6.9 yards on 200 third down plays and -1.2 yards while converting 2-5 fourth down attempts.
AVERAGE SCORING DRIVES
Iowa’s five scoring drives vs. Michigan State averaged seven plays, 63.6 yards and 3:37 in elapsed time. Iowa’s 38 scoring drives in eight games have averaged 7.3 plays, 61.4 yards and 3:38 in elapsed time. Iowa’s opponents have 17 scoring drives, averaging 8.9 plays, 69 yards and 3:39 in elapsed time.
IOWA IN THE RED ZONE
Iowa was 3-3 in the red zone vs. Michigan State, collecting a rushing touchdown, a passing touchdown and a field goal. For the season, Iowa is 29-32 in the red zone, scoring 12 rushing touchdowns, 13 passing touchdowns and four field goals. Iowa lost a fumble in the red zone and ended the game in the red zone against Eastern Illinois, had a missed field goal vs. Ball State and a fumbled snap on a potential field goal attempt vs. Wisconsin. Iowa opponents are 15-23 in the red zone, with seven passing touchdowns, five rushing touchdowns and three field goals. Iowa has scored on 92 of the last 102 red zone possessions (64 TDs and 28 FGs), dating back to the Michigan State game in 2008. Iowa is 73-83 (.880) combined inside the red zone its last 24 games.
POINTS OFF TURNOVERS
Iowa scored 13 points following three Michigan State turnovers. For the season, Iowa has scored 85 points following 19 opponent turnovers, which includes 14 points following two blocked kicks. Iowa has five turnovers (three fumbles, two interceptions) in eight games, allowing only seven points following those turnovers. Iowa has recorded at least one takeaway in 51 of its last 56 games, dating back to the 2006 campaign.
ROSE BOWL EXPERIENCE
Four members of the Iowa coaching staff have coached or played in the Rose Bowl. Kirk Ferentz coached in two Rose Bowl games while on the Iowa staff. Norm Parker and Phil Parker both coached in the Rose Bowl while on the staff at Michigan State. Erik Campbell played in one Rose Bowl during his Michigan career and coached in four others while on the Wolverine coaching staff.
HOME GROWN HAWKEYES
Iowa’s roster of 120 players includes 53 players from Iowa. The roster includes 14 players from Illinois; 13 from Ohio; five from Minnesota and Missouri; four from Florida; three from Maryland and Wisconsin; two from Indiana, Michigan, Nebraska, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, South Dakota and Texas; one from Georgia, Kansas, Massachusetts and Montana and one from Australia and Canada.
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 on the road for the second straight week, traveling to Northwestern (time and TV, TBA). The Hawkeyes close the home season Nov. 20, hosting Ohio State (time and TV, TBA).