Nov. 6, 2010
Today’s thrilling 18-13 win over Indiana improves Iowa’s record to 41-27-4 against Indiana and 19-17-1 in games played in Bloomington. Iowa has won three straight over the Hoosiers and six of the last eight. The win keeps Iowa (4-1) a half game out of first place behind Michigan State (5-1) in the Big Ten standings. The Hawkeyes are tied with Ohio State and Wisconsin for second place in the conference standings.
Iowa engineered another fourth quarter comeback over Indiana today. The Hawkeyes have now outscored the Hoosiers 51-0 combined in the fourth quarter the last three meetings, dating back to 2008.
Senior WR Derrell Johnson-Koulianos became Iowa’s career leader in pass receptions with a six-yard catch in the first period, giving him 158 in his career. The previous career leader was Kevin Kasper (1997-00) with 157. He ended the game with six receptions for 72 yards. Johnson-Koulianos improved his career totals to 163 catches for 2,440 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.
WR Marvin McNutt caught six balls for a game-high 126 yards, including the game-winning 52-yard reception with 2:50 left in the fourth quarter.
True freshman RB Marcus Coker started for the first time today. He started in place of RB Adam Robinson, who missed his first game of the season. Iowa also started a true freshman at running back against Indiana last season, and Robinson also missed that game. Coker reached career-bests in carries (22) and yards (129), surpassing 100 yards for the first time in his career.
Today marked the third straight year Iowa has had a freshman running back gain over 100 rushing yards against Indiana. In 2008, Jewel Hampton rushed 22 times for 114 yards and last season Brandon Wegher rushed 25 times for 118 yards. Both Hampton and Wegher scored three touchdowns against the Hoosiers.
Senior QB Ricky Stanzi completed 22-33 passes for 290 yards. Stanzi improved his career totals to 467-788 for 6,585 yards and 51 touchdowns. Iowa is 25-6 with Stanzi as its starting quarterback. He has at least one touchdown pass in the last 18 games he has played. He has at least three scoring passes in five of nine games in 2010. He is third in career touchdown passes with 51. His 20 TD passes in 2010 tie as sixth best in a season.
Senior LB Jeremiha Hunter returned to action after missing last week. Hunter was credited with eight tackles and two pass break-ups today. OLB Tyler Nielsen did not play at Indiana after starting Iowa’s first eight games. OL Nolan MacMillan did not play for the third straight week and DB Jordan Bernstine returned to action for the first time since the fourth game of the season vs. Ball State.
Mike Meyer made field goals of 23 and 27 yards in the first half before missing from 22 yards. He added a 27-yarder in the third period and a career-long 42 yard kick in the fourth. Meyer had made seven straight since missing his first attempt of the season. He made more than one field goal in a game for the first time in his career and the five attempts are a career-high.
Defensive backs Micah Hyde (nine solo) and Shaun Prater (seven solo) each amassed 10 tackles each, both personal bests for each Hawkeye. Hyde also had two pass break-ups, while Prater had one. As a team, Iowa had a season-high nine pass break-ups. LB James Morris added nine tackles to equal a personal best.
Iowa was 4-5 in the red zone, collecting four field goals and missing one attempt. Iowa has scored on 95 of the last 106 red zone possessions (63 TDs and 32 FGs), dating back to the Michigan State game in 2008. Iowa is 76-87 inside the red zone its last 25 games.
Indiana was 3-4 in the red zone, collecting two field goals and a rushing touchdown. The Hoosiers failed to score on their final red zone possession when a pass in the end zone on fourth down fell incomplete. Iowa opponents are 18-27 in the red zone, with seven passing touchdowns, six rushing touchdowns and four field goals.
Iowa scored three points following a first half interception. Iowa has scored 74 points following 17 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 52 of its last 58 games, dating back to 2006. Iowa entered today’s game ranked second nationally in turnover margin.
Iowa has just six turnovers in nine games and has no turnovers in four games. Iowa’s turnover today was its first since a pass interception in the first period of the 24-3 win over Penn State, Oct. 2.
Iowa won the toss and elected to receive. Iowa has started on offense in 121 of its last 139 contests. The Hawkeyes have started the game on offense in 123-of-145 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.
Iowa scored on its first possession for the sixth time in nine games, with Mike Meyer connecting on a 23-yard field goal. Iowa collected a 20-yard field goal on its first drive vs. Penn State and began games vs. Eastern Illinois, Iowa State, Wisconsin and Michigan State with touchdown drives.
Indiana scored on a 37-yard field goal on its first possession. Iowa has allowed just six opponents (Indiana, game nine, and Penn State, game four, both in 2009, and Arizona, Michigan, Wisconsin and Indiana, 2010) to score on their opening drive in its last 35 games.
Senior DB Brett Greenwood had his team-leading fourth interception of the season in the first period on a pass deflected by LB James Morris. Greenwood is now tied for seventh in career interceptions with 11. He is tied with Plez Atkins and Brad Quast. Greenwood also surpassed 200 career tackles vs. Indiana with his six tackles today. He now has 205 career stops. Greenwood was also credited with two pass break-ups.
P Ryan Donahue had two punts for 97 yards (48.5 avg). He had a long punt of 53 yards and one downed inside the 20 yard line.
Instant Replay was used in the third period. The ruling on the field, an Indiana touchdown, was upheld. It was also used on an Indiana incomplete pass in the end zone in the fourth quarter, which was upheld after review to preserve the victory for Iowa.
Iowa is on the road next week, traveling to Northwestern (11:02 a.m., ESPN/ESPN2). Iowa hosts Ohio State Nov. 20 (2:36 p.m., ABC/ESPN) in its final home game.