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HAWKEYES CLOSE HOME SCHEDULE
Iowa (7-3, 4-2) hosts Ohio State (9-1, 5-1) Saturday in the final home contest of the season. Kickoff 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 national audience. Sean McDonough, Matt Millen and Quint Kessenich will call the action. The game is also available online at espn3.com.
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. Compass Media Networks will broadcast the game, with Matt Smith and Joe Senser calling the action. The game can also be heard on Sirius channel 122 and XM channel 143.
IN THE RANKINGS
Iowa is 21st in the Associated Press rankings and 20th in the USA Today coaches poll. The Hawkeyes are also 20th in the BCS rankings. Ohio State is ranked eighth by the Associated Press and seventh in the coaches poll. The Buckeyes are ninth in the BCS standings. Around the Big Ten, Wisconsin is ranked 6/5 (AP/Coaches), Michigan State is 11/11 and Northwestern is RV/25. Penn State and Michigan are receiving votes. Non-conference opponent Arizona is ranked 23/23.
IOWA IN THE BCS RANKINGS
Iowa is 20th in the 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 20th in the computer rankings, 20th in the coaches’ poll and 19th in the Harris poll.
HOME FINALE FOR IOWA SENIORS
Senior members of the Iowa football program will be introduced Saturday during pre-game ceremonies. The Iowa seniors include DL Christian Ballard, WR Paul Chaney, Jr., DL Adrian Clayborn, P Ryan Donahue, WR Ben Evans, DB Brett Greenwood, DB Justin Greiner, OL Kyle Haganman, LB Jeremiha Hunter, LB Troy Johnson, WR Derrell Johnson-Koulianos, DL Karl Klug, OL Josh Koeppel , WR Nick Kuchel, FB Brett Morse, PK Daniel Murray, WR Don Nordmann, RB Paki O’Meara, LB Ross Petersen, TE Allen Reisner, WR Colin Sandeman, LS Andrew Schulze, QB Ricky Stanzi, LB Jeff Tarpinian, LB Lance Tillison and OL Julian Vandervelde. Additional senior members of the program include senior student manager Owen Crist; senior athletic training students Dan Jilek, Matt Mills and Kristen Strawhacker; and senior student video assistants Erick Tjarks and Kyle Yoder.
HAWKEYE WIN STREAK
Iowa has won 22 of its last 27 games and 24 of 30, dating back to the middle of the 2008 season. Iowa had a 24-5 stretch from the 2001 Alamo Bowl through the first two games of the 2004 season. Iowa posted a 22-2-2 mark between 1956-58. Iowa is 13-4 in its last 17 Big Ten games. 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 (10/30/10), 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). Two of Iowa’s losses have been at the hands of ranked teams (#18 Arizona and #10 Wisconsin) and Northwestern moved into the rankings after defeating Iowa. The three wins over ranked teams are the most for Iowa since posting a 3-1 record vs. ranked opponents in 2004. Ohio State is the sixth ranked team Iowa will face this season, matching the most the Hawkeyes have faced in a single season under coach Kirk Ferentz. Iowa also played six ranked teams in 1999 and 2003. Ohio State is the third Iowa opponent to be ranked in the top 10. Iowa lost to No. 10 Wisconsin (31-30) and defeated No. five Michigan State (37-6), both in Kinnick Stadium. Last season, Iowa defeated No. four Penn State and No. 9 Georgia Tech, while losing to No. 8 Ohio State. Iowa is the third ranked opponent on the Ohio State schedule.
FERENTZ ON BOBBY DODD WATCH LIST
Iowa Coach Kirk Ferentz is one of seven coaches on the official Watch List for the 2010 Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Award. Ferentz is in his 12th year with the Hawkeyes and has guided the 2010 squad to a 7-3 record and is 20th in this week’s coaches poll. He has a career record of 100-79. Ferentz has been named Big Ten Coach of the Year three times (2002, 04, 09) and was National Coach of the Year in 2002. The Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Award was first given in 1976 when it went to Georgia’s Vince Dooley. Iowa’s head coach has never won the award.
Iowa has played 1,139 games since beginning football in 1889. Iowa’s overall record is 586-514-39 (.532). That includes a 370-200-16 (.645) record in home games, a 216-314-23 (.411) record in games away from Iowa City, a 289-346-25 (.457) mark in Big Ten games and a 253-164-15 (.603) record in Kinnick Stadium.
DOMINANT AT HOME
Iowa has won 49 of its last 59 games (.831) in Kinnick Stadium, dating back to the 2002 season, including a 5-1 mark this season. The 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 31-30 in 2010) 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 17-3 at home since the start of the 2008 season.
THREE HAWKEYES EARN ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT HONORS
Three members of the Iowa football program were named to the ESPN Academic All-District Seven first team. Those players are senior OL Julian Vandervelde, senior LB Jeff Tarpinian and junior LB Tyler Nielsen. Each of the three Hawkeye players now have their name on the national ballot for ESPN Academic All-America honors. Vandervelde is a native of Davenport who has earned all-District recognition for the third straight season. He was a first team selection in 2008 and earned second team honors last season. He carries a 3.46 GPA and is majoring in English and Religious Studies. Vandervelde has started all 10 games for the Hawkeyes, who are ranked 20th in the current BCS rankings. He has started 34 games throughout his career, including 15 straight. He has earned academic all-Big Ten recognition in each of the past three seasons. Tarpinian is a native of Omaha, Neb. He is majoring in Accounting and has a 3.58 GPA. He has also earned academic all-Big Ten honors in each of the past three seasons. Tarpinian has been hampered by injuries in 2010, but has started four games. He returned to limited action in Iowa’s 37-6 win over fifth-ranked Michigan State after missing two games, and started at outside linebacker at Northwestern. He has 44 tackles, including 2.5 QB sacks. His forced fumble led to a touchdown against Arizona. Nielsen, a native of Humboldt, holds a 3.56 GPA and is a Management major. He has earned academic all-Big Ten recognition in each of the past two seasons. Nielsen has started eight games at outside linebacker for the nationally-ranked Hawkeyes. He totaled 42 tackles. Nielsen has recorded 4.5 tackles for loss and four pass break-ups. He had an interception in Iowa’s 35-7 win over Iowa State. He was injured in Iowa’s win over Michigan State and will miss the remainder of the season. Under Coach Kirk Ferentz the last 12 seasons, 17 Iowa football student-athletes have combined to earn academic all-District and all-America recognition on 31 occasions.
HAWKEYES ON AWARD LISTS
Senior QB Ricky Stanzi, senior TE Allen Reisner, senior DE Adrian Clayborn, junior DB Tyler Sash and senior P Ryan Donahue are on reduced lists for national honors at their respective positions. Clayborn is one of four finalists for the Rotary Lombardi Award and a semifinalist for the Chuck Bednarik Award. The 41st Lombardi Award will be presented at the Rotary Lombardi Award Presentation Dec. 8 in Houston, Tex. Clayborn has started 34 games in his Hawkeye career, including the last 27 straight. In 10 games this season he has collected 42 tackles, including seven tackles for loss and 3.5 quarterback sacks. He also has five QB pressures and blocked a field goal attempt in Iowa’s 38-28 win at Michigan. Clayborn collected 10 tackles in Iowa’s win over Penn State, earning recognition as the Big Ten Conference defensive Player of the Week. He also had a quarterback sack for minus 15 yards and three tackles for loss against the Nittany Lions. He added five tackles and the seventh forced fumble of his career against Wisconsin. Along with the Lombardi Award, Clayborn is one of 16 semifinalists for the Chuck Bednarik Award. He was named to preseason Watch Lists for the Walter Camp Player of the Year Award, the Ted Hendricks Award, the Chuck Bednarik Award and the Bronko Nagurski Award. He was a preseason first team all-America selection by Sports Illustrated, Sporting News and Playboy magazines. Stanzi is one of 16 semifinalists for the 2010 Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award, one of 16 semifinal candidates for the Maxwell Award and one of 10 semifinal candidates for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award for the top senior quarterback in the nation. Stanzi, in 10 games, has completed 180-271 attempts for 2,482 yards and 22 touchdowns, with only four interceptions. He leads the Big Ten and is third nationally in pass efficiency. Stanzi was a semifinal candidate for the O’Brien Award in 2009 as well. Reisner is one of eight semifinal candidates for the 2010 John Mackey Award. The award goes annually to the nation’s best collegiate tight end. Reisner has started every game this year. He has 35 receptions for 370 yards (10.6 average) and two touchdowns, including six receptions for 66 yards at Northwestern. Former Iowa tight end Dallas Clark won the Mackey Award in 2002. Sash is one of 10 semifinalists for the Jim Thorpe Award, which goes annually to the top collegiate defensive back. He currently ranks fifth in career interceptions (13) at Iowa. Sash is the Iowa record holder and ranks fourth all-time in Big Ten history with 392 interception yards. He currently ranks third in tackles with 58 stops in 10 games, Donahue is a Ray Guy Award semifinalist for the second time in his career, joining nine other punters on the list. Donahue holds a 44.7 yard average on 43 punts, while opponents have averaged just four yards on 17 returns. He has booted five of the 14 longest punts in school history while averaging over 40 yards per punt in each of his four seasons. He had a 73-yard punt at Northwestern, which ties as 10th longest in school history.
HAWKEYES EARN WEEKLY HONORS
Several Iowa players have earned weekly honors this season:
- Freshman Mike Meyer was named Big Ten Conference Special Teams Player of the Week after connecting on 4-5 field goal attempts in Iowa’s 18-13 win at Indiana. He connected from 23, 27, 27 and 42 yards in the win. The 42-yard kick is the longest of his career. He shared the national honor of Kickoff Performer of the Week when all four of his kicks were touchbacks at Northwestern. He earned honorable mention recognition for his play in Iowa’s 35-7 win over Iowa State, averaging 68.3 yards on six kicks, with three touchbacks.
- 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. He earned honorable mention recognition after averaging 42.9 yards on seven punts at Northwestern.
- 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 and the 21-17 loss at Northwestern. Reisner had three receptions for 66 yards and a touchdown vs. Iowa State. 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. He added 66 receiving yards on six receptions at Northwestern.
- 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 fourth nationally in rushing defense (86.8), seventh in scoring defense (15.0), 16th in total defense (307.0) and 21st in pass efficiency defense (114.12). 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 fifth in turnover margin (+1.2). Six Iowa opponents have scored one touchdown or less, including two who scored no touchdowns. Iowa has allowed only one 100-yard rusher this season (Michigan QB Denard Robinson). Iowa also allowed just one player to rush for 100 yards or more in both 2009 and 2008.
IOWA EFFICIENT ON OFFENSE
Iowa ranks fifth in the nation in pass efficiency (164.4) and the Hawkeyes are 43rd in scoring offense (30.8). The Hawkeyes are 35th in passing offense (252.7), 46th in total offense (405.9) and 60th in rushing offense (153.2). Iowa scored 30 or more points in three consecutive Big Ten Conference games (Michigan, Wisconsin, Michigan State) for the first time since 2005. Iowa has been guilty of just seven turnovers (three lost fumbles, four interceptions), which ties Oregon State and Wisconsin as the fewest in the nation. Iowa has not lost a fumble in the last six games.
POSITIVE TURNOVER RATIO
Iowa is second in the Big Ten and fifth nationally with a plus 1.2 turnover ratio. Iowa has been guilty of just seven turnovers in 10 games, including just three turnovers in six Big Ten games. The seven turnovers tie as the fewest in the nation (Oregon State and Wisconsin). Iowa’s opponents have had 113 possessions, and just four have started in Iowa territory. Arizona had two possessions start in Iowa territory and Iowa State and Northwestern started one possession on Iowa’s end of the field.
LIVE BLOGGING FROM KINNICK
Hawkeye fans not able to attend the Ohio State 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. 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. In addition, LB Jeff Tarpinian missed Iowa’s opening game and games vs. Michigan and Wisconsin before returning to limited vs. Michigan State and Indiana. He did not start vs. Penn State and was limited to just a few plays on defense. Tarpinian led Iowa in tackles through five games and returned to the starting line-up at Northwestern. Senior FB Brett Morse did not play at Michigan, ending his starting streak at 18 consecutive starts, but returned vs. Wisconsin. RB Adam Robinson, Iowa’s leading rusher, and OL Adam Gettis, did not play at Indiana. Gettis also missed the Northwestern game. Redshirt freshman OL Nolan MacMillan missed three games before returning to action at Northwestern. He started the first six games. Senior LB Jeremiha Hunter started the first seven games before missing the Michigan State contest. Hunter returned to start the last two contests and has 34 career starts. OLB Tyler Nielsen, who started the first eight games and ranked third in tackles, was injured vs. Michigan State and is out for the remainder of the season. Iowa defensive coordinator Norm Parker underwent a medical procedure in late September and missed seven games. While he has not returned to the practice field, Parker attended Iowa’s home win over Michigan State but did not travel to Indiana. He did work from the press box at Northwestern.
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. He is one of seven candidates for the 2010 Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Award. 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 84-38 (.689) overall mark and a 50-27 (.649) 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 88-58 (.603) and a 53-41 (.564) mark in Big Ten games. In his 15th season as a college head coach, he holds a career mark of 100-79 (.559). Fifty-four of Iowa’s 146 games under Ferentz have been decided by seven points or less (25-29) 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 at Iowa. Iowa appeared in eight bowl games during the time Ferentz was an Iowa assistant. 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.
OHIO STATE COACH JIM TRESSEL
Ohio State Coach Jim Tressel is in his 10th season as the Buckeye head coach and his 25th season overall as a college head coach. Tressel has posted a 103-22 record at Ohio State and his career mark is 238-79-2. He led Ohio State to a Rose Bowl victory last season and to the 2002 national title. The Buckeyes have won five straight Big Ten titles. OSU also played in the national title game in 2006 and 2007. Tressel was named national Coach of the Year in 2002. Prior to taking over at Ohio State, Tressel was the head coach at Youngstown State for 15 years (1986-2000). His teams there won four national titles as he compiled a 135-57-2 record. He was a four time selection as Division I-AA National Coach of the Year. His coaching career has included stops at Akron, Miami, OH and Syracuse. He also coached quarterbacks, receivers and running backs at Ohio State from 1983-85. Along with winning national titles in Division I and I-AA, Tressel’s father, Lee, coached Baldwin Wallace to the 1978 Division III national title. Lee and Jim Tressel are the only father-and-son combination ever to win national championships.
IOWA, OHIO STATE NOTES
- Iowa and Ohio State have both fared well at home over the last nine seasons. Iowa has posted a 49-10 (.831) record, while Ohio State is 59-5 (.922).
- Ohio State ranks fourth in the nation in pass efficiency (165.37) and Iowa ranks fifth (164.4). Individually, Iowa QB Ricky Stanzi ranks third (167.19) and OSU’s Terrelle Pryor is fifth (166.4).
- Ohio State has not played at Iowa since 2006. The Hawkeyes hosted the top-ranked Buckeyes in a prime time contest, with Ohio State winning, 38-17.
- Ohio State leads the nation with 17 interceptions and Iowa is tied for 12th with 15. Both teams have three interception returns for touchdowns in 2010, with OSU getting two last week in a win over Penn State.
- Iowa and Ohio State rank first or second in the Big Ten (all games) in eight team statistical categories, including scoring defense, rushing defense, total defense, turnover margin, pass efficiency defense, red zone defense, KO returns and pass efficiency.
- Ohio State Coach Jim Tressel and Iowa quarterback Ricky Stanzi are from Mentor, OH.
- Iowa has 13 players on its roster from the state of Ohio, including regular starters in QB Ricky Stanzi (Mentor), WR Derrell Johnson-Koulianos (Campbell) and DB Micah Hyde (Fostoria). Others include B.J. Lowery (Cincinnati), Steve Bigach, Lebron Daniel, Bruce Davis and William Lowe from Cleveland, Anthony Hitchens (Lorain), Andrew Donnal (Monclova), Joe Gaglione (Novelty), Brad Rogers (Toledo) and Zach Furlong (Xenia). In addition, Iowa offensive line Coach Reese Morgan and defensive back Coach Phil Parker are also from Lorain.
- There are no Iowans on the Ohio State roster.
- Iowa freshman linebacker James Morris, who turns 19 on Saturday, is the only Hawkeye with a birthday this week. He ranks fifth on the team in tackles (46).
- Saturday will mark Iowa’s fifth appearance of the season on ABC-TV in the 2:30 p.m. CT time slot. The Hawkeyes also hosted Penn State in an ESPN primetime telecast.
OSU WON IN OVERTIME IN `09
Iowa rallied from a 14-point deficit in the final 11 minutes, but Ohio State scored on a 39-yard field goal in overtime last Nov. 14 to take a 27-24 win at Columbus in a Big Ten championship game that determined the Big Ten’s BCS representative. Iowa scored the first points of the game, driving 42 yards in eight plays for a Daniel Murray 32-yard field goal late in the first period. Ohio State responded with a 30-yard field goal and a 22-yard touchdown run late in the second period to take a 10-3 advantage at halftime. The Hawkeyes tied the score on a nine-yard strike from QB James Vandenberg to WR Marvin McNutt, Jr. on their second possession of the third period. Ohio State responded with an 11-yard touchdown run on its next drive to take a 17-10 advantage with 13 minutes remaining and increased the advantage to 14 points less than two minutes later. The Buckeyes scored their final points in regulation on a 49-yard run on the first play following an interception. Iowa responded immediately, as Derrell Johnson-Koulianos returned the kickoff 99-yards for a touchdown. The KO return was the first for an Iowa touchdown since the 2003 Orange Bowl and tied as the fourth longest in school history. Iowa allowed just one first down on OSU’s next drive and stayed alive when the Buckeyes missed a 47-yard field goal attempt. The Hawkeyes drove 70 yards in eight plays, getting a 10-yard touchdown pass from Vandenberg to McNutt with 2:42 left to play to tie the score at 24. Ohio State was forced to punt with one minute remaining and the teams headed to overtime. Iowa started the extra session on offense and failed to score, as Vandenberg’s pass on fourth and 26 was intercepted in the end zone. Ohio State gained three yards on three running plays before the field goal ended the contest. Vandenberg, in his first career start, completed 20-33 passes for 233 yards and two scores, with three interceptions. Vandenberg filled in the final two games of the 2009 regular season after Ricky Stanzi was injured vs. Northwestern. RB Adam Robinson returned after missing two games and led Iowa’s ground game with 74 yards on 20 carries. McNutt, Jr. led Iowa receivers with six catches for 78 yards and two touchdowns. Johnson-Koulianos had 154 yards on three KO returns and added three receptions for 71 yards. LB Pat Angerer led the Iowa defense with 13 tackles. DE Adrian Clayborn added 12 stops, including three tackles for loss and one QB sack. OLB A.J. Edds added 10 tackles.
Saturday marks the 63rd meeting in the series that began with a 12-9 Iowa victory in 1922. Ohio State holds a 45-14-3 advantage and has won the last three meetings. Ohio State won a year ago, scoring a 27-24 overtime win in Columbus to earn the Big Ten title. The Buckeyes won 38-17 at Iowa City in 2006 on their last visit to Kinnick Stadium. The Hawkeyes snapped an eight-game losing streak to the Buckeyes with a 33-7 victory at Iowa City in 2004. The teams did not meet in 2007 and 2008. Ohio State holds a 16-6-2 advantage in games played at Iowa City, winning six of the last seven. Iowa’s most recent win in the series was a 33-7 victory in Kinnick Stadium in 2004. Saturday’s game will mark the 20th time the teams have met when both have been in the national rankings. Ohio State is ra2nked eighth by the Associated Press this week and seventh in the coaches poll. Iowa is 21st in the AP and 20th in the coaches poll. In the BCS rankings, Ohio State is ninth and Iowa 20th. Ohio State has won 15 of the 19 games in which both teams were ranked. Of those games, Ohio State was the higher ranked team 15 times, while Iowa was ranked higher than the Buckeyes in 1957, 1958, 1985 and 1986. Ohio State won three of those meetings before the Hawkeyes scored a 31-10 win in 1986. Iowa was ranked 11th at the time, Ohio State 17th. The teams have met five times when one was ranked as the top team in the nation. Iowa held the top spot in the rankings in 1985 when it suffered a 22-13 loss at Ohio Stadium. Iowa did win the 1985 Big Ten title and represented the conference in the Rose Bowl. Ohio State has been the top ranked team in the nation in four games against Iowa. The Buckeyes won 21-19 at Iowa City in 1964 over an unranked Iowa team. Ohio State was also the top team when it defeated Iowa 55-13 at Columbus in 1973. Top-ranked Ohio State won 49-0 in 1975 and the Buckeyes were the top team in the nation when they defeated 13th-ranked Iowa at Iowa City in 2006.
NORTHWESTERN RALLIES PAST IOWA
Northwestern used two long scoring drives in the fourth quarter to rally to a 21-17 win over Iowa in Evanston. The Hawkeyes had the ball in Wildcat territory in the final minute, reaching the 39-yard line before a fourth down pass to the end zone was knocked away. Trailing 7-3 at halftime, Iowa took control in the third period, driving 75 yards for a touchdown in seven plays, taking the lead on a five-yard pass from QB Ricky Stanzi to WR Marvin McNutt, Jr. A 16-yard pass from Stanzi to McNutt, Jr. led to the touchdown. The Hawkeyes increased the advantage on their next possession as Stanzi connected with WR Derrell Johnson-Koulianos for a 70-yard score to give Iowa a 17-7 advantage through three quarters. That play marked Iowa’s longest scoring play of the season and the longest career reception for Johnson-Koulianos. The teams exchanged interceptions early in the fourth period, with Northwestern taking over at its own 15 with 10:56 remaining following Iowa’s only turnover. The Wildcats drove 85 yards in 13 plays to cut the deficit to 17-14 with 6:21 to play. Iowa picked up a first down on its next possession, but was forced to punt with 4:08 left to play. The Wildcats drove 91 yards in 11 plays for the winning score, a 20-yard pass from QB Dan Persa to WR Demetrius Fields with 1:22 left in the game. Iowa moved 41 yards before turning the ball over on downs in the final seconds. Northwestern scored a touchdown on its first drive of the game and held the Iowa offense in check throughout most of the first half. Iowa drove 55 yards on its final possession of the second quarter, getting on the scoreboard on a 32-yard field goal by PK Mike Meyer in the final minute of the half. Stanzi led the Iowa offense by completing 23-41 passes for 270 yards and two touchdowns, with one interception. Sophomore RB Adam Robinson returned to action to rush for 108 yards on 22 carries, surpassing the century mark for the sixth time in nine games this season. McNutt, Jr. had seven receptions for 72 yards and Johnson-Koulianos added 104 yards on five receptions. TE Allen Reisner reached career highs with six receptions for 66 yards. Freshman LB James Morris led Iowa’s defense with a career-best 13 tackles. CB Micah Hyde added a career-best 12 tackles and OLB Jeff Tarpinian had eight stops. LB Jeremiha Hunter had his third career interception and P Ryan Donahue averaged 42.9 yards on seven punts.
NORTHWESTERN EXTRA POINTS
- The attendance of 47,130 marked Northwestern’s first sellout of the season and largest crowd since the same number attended the Ohio State at Northwestern contest in 2008.
- Junior WR Marvin McNutt, Jr. had a five-yard reception for a touchdown in the third period, the 14th of his career. McNutt, Jr. is tied for eighth in career TD receptions. He ended the day with seven catches for 72 yards and a score. The seven receptions equaled a personal best.
- Senior WR Derrell Johnson-Koulianos had a 70-yard scoring reception in the third period, the longest reception of his career. He is Iowa’s career leader in receptions and yards and is tied for third with 16 scoring catches. He ended the game with five receptions for 104 yards and a score.
- True freshman LB James Morris amassed a personal-best 13 tackles, including a sack. CB Micah Hyde also registered a career high in tackles, posting 12 tackles (10 solo).
- Third-down conversions played a factor in the outcome. Northwestern converted 9-16, while Iowa was just 2-14. The Hawkeyes were 3-4 on fourth down, with their final fourth-down pass attempt falling incomplete in the end zone.
- Senior punter Ryan Donahue had a 73-yard punt in the second period, which ties as the 10th longest in school history. Donahue also had a 73-yard kick against Northwestern in 2009 and he had a 76-yard kick against the Wildcats in 2007. He finished the day with seven punts for 300 yards (42.9 avg.). In addition to the 73-yard punt, he also had a 52-yarder. Two of his kicks were downed inside the 20.
- Senior QB Ricky Stanzi completed 23-41 passes for 270 yards and two touchdowns. Stanzi improved his career totals to 501-833 for 6,855 yards and 53 touchdowns. Iowa is 25-7 with Stanzi as its starting quarterback. He has at least one touchdown pass in the last 19 games he has played. He has at least three scoring passes in five of 10 games in 2010. He is third in career touchdown passes with 53. His 22 TD passes in 2010 tie as fourth best in a season. He is fourth in career pass attempts and yards and fifth in completions.
- QB Ricky Stanzi completed a 70-yard scoring strike to senior WR Derrell Johnson-Koulianos in the third period. The pass is the longest touchdown play of the season for Iowa and the longest pass play (66 yards vs. Iowa State). The reception is the longest of Johnson-Koulianos’ career and moves him into a tie for third with 16 career scoring receptions.
- Sophomore RB Adam Robinson led Iowa’s ground game with 22 attempts for 108 yards. Robinson had five rushing touchdowns in 11 games as a freshman in 2009 and he has 10 this season. He has rushed for over 100 yards in six of nine games played in 2010 and has eight career games over the century mark. He has scored two or more touchdowns in five games this season. Robinson increased his career totals to 375 carries for 1,748 yards. He is tied with Nick Bell for 13th in career rushing yards at Iowa.
- Senior LB Jeremiha Hunter had the third interception of his career in the fourth period and his first of the season. Hunter missed Iowa’s win over Michigan State before returning to action at Indiana. Hunter is tied with Mel Cole for 31st in career tackles with 244.
- Iowa did not score on its first possession for the fourth time in 10 games. Iowa collected field goals on its first drive vs. Penn State and Indiana and began games vs. Eastern Illinois, Iowa State, Wisconsin and Michigan State with touchdown drives.
- Northwestern scored on a rushing touchdown on its first possession. Iowa has allowed just seven opponents (Indiana, game nine, and Penn State, game four, both in 2009, and Arizona, Michigan, Wisconsin, Indiana and Northwestern, 2010) to score on their opening drive in its last 36 games.
- Senior WR Colin Sandeman missed his first game of the season and OL Adam Gettis missed his second straight game. Senior LB Jeff Tarpinian returned to the starting line-up, starting at outside linebacker. OL Nolan MacMillan returned to action after missing three games, but senior OL Josh Koeppel did start at right guard for the second straight week.
- Following a short Iowa punt, Northwestern gained possession on the Iowa side of the field for a second period drive. In nine previous games, Iowa opponents had started just three of 100 possessions on the Iowa side of the field. Northwestern missed a field goal attempt on the possession.
- Instant replay was used just once in the game. In the third period, the call on the field, an Iowa fumble recovered by Iowa, was upheld.
OHIO STATE TOPS PENN STATE
Ohio State rallied from a 14-3 halftime deficit to take a 38-14 win over Penn State in Columbus, getting two interception returns for scores in the second half. A 34-yard interception return by Devon Torrence gave the Buckeyes the lead in the second half and they dominated the rest of the way. Travis Howard had a 30-yard interception return for a score in the fourth quarter. Penn State looked to add to a 14-3 advantage late in the second period, reaching a fourth-and-one at the OSU 20. The Buckeye defense held the rushing play for no gain. Ohio State held a 453-268 advantage in total offense. Penn State gained 212 yards total offense in the first half, but just 60 yards in the second half. The Nittany Lions were held to 12 plays for a gain of eight net yards in the final period. Ohio State RB Dan Herron led the rushing attack with 21 carries for 190 yards, including a five-yard touchdown in the third quarter. QB Terrelle Pryor completed 8-13 passes for 139 yards and two touchdowns and added 49 rushing yards on nine carries. WR DeVier Posey had three receptions for 63 yards to lead Buckeye receivers. Orhian Johnson had eight tackles to lead Ohio State’s defense, while Ross Homan, Jermaie Hines and Cameron Heyward each had seven tackles.
QB Ricky Stanzi
- Is a semifinal candidate for the Maxwell Award, Davey O’Brien Award and Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award.
- Has completed 180-271 passes (.664) for 2,482 yards and 22 touchdowns in 2010, with only four interceptions. Stanzi has at least one touchdown pass in the last 19 games he has played and three scoring strikes in five games.
- Ranks first in the Big Ten and third in the nation in passing efficiency (167.19). Is also third in passing yards (248.2) and fifth in total offense (246.9).
- Ranks third (tie) on Iowa’s single season list with 22 touchdown passes this season and 17 TD passes in 2009 ties for 10th best.
- Ranks third in career scoring passes (53) behind Chuck Long (74) and Drew Tate (61).
- Completed 23-41 passes for 270 yards and two scores at Northwestern, with one interception.
- Completed 22-33 passes for 290 yards and a touchdown at Indiana, with one interception
- 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 12th best in school history.
- Ranks fourth in career passing yards (6,855), attempts (833), and total offense (6,844) and fifth in completions (501).
- Has led Iowa to a 25-7 record as a starter, including a 14-3 record in Kinnick Stadium and a 14-6 record in Big Ten games.
- His 25 wins as Iowa’s starting quarterback ties as sixth best among active FBS quarterbacks.
- Ranks first in Iowa career receiving yards (2,544) and receptions (168) and is tied for third in touchdowns (16).
- 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 41 receptions for 673 yards and nine touchdowns.
- Nine touchdowns this season ties as third best for single season at Iowa.
- Five receptions for 104 yards at Northwestern, including career-long 70-yard scoring reception in third quarter.
- Six receptions for 72 yards in win at Indiana, including 15 and 21 yard receptions on game-winning touchdown drive.
- 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. Is averaging 27.5 yards on 13 KO returns in 2010.
- Leads the Big Ten in KO returns (27.5) and is eighth in all-purpose yards (107.3).
- Has totaled over 1,000 all-purpose yards in each of his four seasons, including a career-best 1,128 yards in 2009 and 1,073 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.
- Is one of four finalists for the Rotary Lombardi Award.
- Is one of 16 semifinalists for the Chuck Bednarik Award.
- 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 27 consecutive games and has 34 career starts.
- Recorded two tackles, including a QB sack and QB pressure, at Northwestern.
- Recorded four tackles and a QB pressure in win at Indiana.
- 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 42 tackles in 2010, with seven tackles for loss, 3.5 QB sacks and five QB pressures.
- Key member of Iowa defensive unit that ranks fourth nationally in rushing defense (86.8), seventh in scoring defense (15.0) and 16th in total defense (307.0).
- Completed junior season as one of the Big Ten leaders in tackles for loss, quarterback sacks and forced fumbles.
DB Tyler Sash
- Is one of 10 semifinal candidates for the Jim Thorpe Award.
- Ranks fifth in career interceptions with 13.
- Four solo tackles at Northwestern, including one tackle for loss.
- Six tackles in win at Indiana.
- 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 third with 58 tackles in 2010 and has 196 career tackles. Has helped Iowa’s defense rank fourth in rushing defense (86.8), seventh in the nation in scoring defense (15.0) and 16th in total defense (307.0).
WR Marvin McNutt, JR.
- Has 41 receptions for 660 yards and six touchdowns in 2010, averaging 16.1 yards per catch.
- Has 14 career touchdown receptions to tie for eighth on career list. Career totals include 76 receptions for 1,345 yards to rank 23rd in career yards.
- Seven catches for 72 yards and a touchdown at Northwestern.
- Six receptions for 126 yards and a touchdown in win at Indiana, including 52-yard scoring reception in final minutes for winning margin.
- 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 600 yards again in 2010.
- Leads the Big Ten and is tied for 23rd in the nation with four interceptions.
- Had four tackles at Northwestern to raise career total to 209 tackles.
- Fourth interception of the season came in 18-13 win at Indiana. Also had six tackles vs. Hoosiers.
- 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 seventh in career interceptions with 11. Four of his career interceptions have come against Iowa State.
- Has 44 career starts.
- Did not see action in win at Indiana due to injury.
- Became the 40th Iowa player to rush for over 1,000 career yards with his play against Iowa State.
- Season totals include 914 yards and 10 touchdowns on 194 carries, rushing for over 100 yards in six of nine games. Eight career games with over 100 rushing yards.
- Rushed 22 times for 108 yards and had four receptions for 16 yards at Northwestern.
- Had 32-yard scoring reception in win over Michigan State for first career touchdown reception.
- Career totals include 375 carries for 1,748 yards and 15 touchdowns, to tie for 13th in career rushing.
- Ranks fourth in the Big Ten and 19th in the nation in rushing yards per game (101.6).
- Ranks third in the Big Ten in all-purpose yards (131.6) and tied for eighth in scoring (7.3).
- 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 nine games in 2010.
- One of 10 semifinalists for the Ray Guy Award.
- Average of 44.7 yards per punt on 43 punts in 2010 to rank third in Big Ten and 19th in nation.
- Averaged 42.9 yards on seven punts at Northwestern, including a 73-yard punt that ties as the 10th longest in school history.
- Along with season-best 73-yard punt at Northwestern, has a 71-yard punt as well.
- Eighteen of his punts have been downed inside the 20 and opponents are averaging just four yards on 17 returns.
- The 73-yard punt at Northwestern is the fourth longest of his career, as he has five of the 14 longest punts in school history.
DT Mike Daniels
- Leads Iowa in both tackles for loss (11-56) and QB sacks (4-31). Ranks fifth in the Big Ten in tackles for loss (1.22).
- Recorded a QB sack inside the Iowa 10-yard line in win at Indiana.
- Five tackles at Northwestern.
- 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 38 tackles while starting six of 10 games.
- Has 244 career tackles (78 solo, 166 assists) to become the 62nd Hawkeye player to reach 200 career stops (ranks T-31st). Has 34 career starts, but missed Michigan State game to injury.
- Six tackles and third interception of career at Northwestern.
- Returned to action with eight tackles and two pass break-ups in win at Indiana.
- Recorded nine tackles vs. Wisconsin.
- Recorded career-best 13 tackles in 38-28 win at Michigan.
- Leads team in tackles in 2010, recording 20 solo stops and 45 assists.
- Had fumble recovery that led to an Iowa touchdown in win over Ball State, the fifth recovery of his career.
- Recovered fumble vs. Arizona to stop scoring opportunity and turnover led to first Iowa touchdown.
- Leads the Big Ten with two fumble recoveries and is tied for 10th in tackles per game.
FRESHMEN MADE MARK AT INDIANA
Iowa has used nine true freshmen this season and that group made its mark in Iowa’s 18-13 win at Indiana. James Morris started at middle linebacker and recorded nine tackles and two pass break-ups. Playing mostly on special teams, the group of Anthony Hitchens, Don Shumpert, Christian Kirksey and Tanner Miller combined to record six tackles. Mike Meyer made 4-5 field goal attempts and added two tackles on kick coverage. TE C.J. Fiedorowicz added a four-yard kickoff return. On offense, RB Marcus Coker started for the first time and led the Hawkeyes with 129 rushing yards on 22 carries. Redshirt freshman Shane DiBona started at outside linebacker and recorded three tackles and redshirt freshman Brad Rogers had two rushing attempts for nine yards. Coker and Rogers rank second and fourth, respectively, in rushing yards through 10 games.
STANZI AMONG VETERAN RETURNING QBS
With 25 wins as Iowa’s starting quarterback, senior Ricky Stanzi ranks sixth among FBS signal callers in victories. Stanzi trails the following: Andy Dalton, TCU (40), Kellen Moore, Boise State (35), Tyrod Taylor, Virginia Tech (31), Terrell Pryor, Ohio State (28) and Colin Kaerpernick, Nevada (28).
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 25-7 record as the starting quarterback, which ranks second all-time among Iowa signal callers in career victories. Iowa’s win at Indiana garnered Stanzi his 14th conference victory to tie Matt Sherman, Matt Rodgers and Drew Tate for second in school history behind Chuck Long’s 24.
TOP HAWKEYE PERFORMERS
- Senior TE Allen Reisner has 35 receptions for 370 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. He matched his career high in yards (66) and established a personal-high with six catches at Northwestern.
- Senior LB Jeff Tarpinian has 44 stops in seven 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. He collected three tackles in a return to limited action against Michigan State and also saw limited action at Indiana. He started at outside linebacker at Northwestern and recorded eight tackles.
- Senior DT Karl Klug has 8.5 tackles for loss and 3.5 QB sacks. Klug has registered 46 tackles, five quarterback hurries, three pass break-ups and a forced fumble through 10 games. He forced a fumble and had eight tackles at Michigan and had six tackles and two pass break-ups vs. Wisconsin. He had seven tackles, including two QB sacks and two QB pressures, at Northwestern.
- 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 22 tackles in nine games after missing Iowa’s season-opening win.
- Senior DE Christian Ballard has played both end and tackle throughout the season, recording 33 tackles. He has three tackles for loss, a QB sack and two pass break-ups. Ballard recorded six tackles in a win over Penn State, five stops in the win at Indiana and four solo stops at Northwestern.
- 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 40-yard field goal vs. Wisconsin and a 37-yard field goal against Michigan State. He made 4-5 field goal attempts in the win at Indiana, including a career-long 42-yard kick in the fourth quarter. He was named Big Ten special teams Player of the Week. Meyer hit a 32-yard field goal at Northwestern on his only attempt. He is third on the team in scoring with 53 points and has made 9-11 field goal attempts.
- 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. He added 10 tackles, along with two pass break-ups, in the win at Indiana. He had a career-high 12 tackles (10 solo) at Northwestern and has 61 tackles for the season.
- 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. He had a career-high 10 tackles, including seven solo stops, in the win at Indiana. Prater also has a recovered fumble and has collected 52 tackles. Prater is second in the Big Ten with three interceptions.
- Freshman LB James Morris has stepped into the starting line-up the last three weeks. Morris collected nine tackles in back-to-back wins over Michigan State and Indiana and added seven tackles in a 24-3 win over Penn State. He added a career-high 13 tackles at Northwestern, including seven solo stops and a QB sack.
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. Hyde’s 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.
HAWKEYES EARN FIRST CAREER START
Thirteen Iowa players have started for the first time this season, including OL James Ferentz, OL Nolan MacMillan, OL Markus Zusevics, DL Mike Daniels, DB Micah Hyde, LB Bruce Davis, LB Tyler Nielsen, LB Jeff Tarpinian, FB Brad Rogers, LB James Morris, LB Shane DiBona, OL Josh Koeppel and RB Marcus Coker. Returning players who started every game last season include P Ryan Donahue, K Daniel Murray, FB Brett Morse, DE Adrian Clayborn, DT Karl Klug, DT Christian Ballard, DE Broderick Binns, and SS Tyler Sash. Iowa had 12 players start all 13 games in 2009 and 13 players (six defense, seven offense) start all 10 games in 2010.
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. 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, OL Drew Clark and LB Dakota Getz.
- Dating back to 2008, Iowa has won nine of its last 12 games away from Iowa City, with two of the three 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 and at Northwestern 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 quarterback 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’s three losses in 2010 have been by a combined 11 points, including six, one and four points. Iowa led in the fourth quarter in two of the defeats (Wisconsin and Northwestern) and was tied at Arizona.
IOWA JOINS ANOTHER TOP 20
Iowa has 77 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 (103); USC (98); Ohio State (96); Texas (94); Oklahoma (94); LSU (90); TCU (90); Virginia Tech (88); Georgia (87); Florida (86); Auburn (83); Utah (82); West Virginia (82); Wisconsin (80); Boston College (78); IOWA (77); Alabama (77); Texas Tech (76); Miami, FL (76); and Penn State (73).
DEPTH CHART INCLUDES 10 WALK-ONS
Iowa’s depth chart includes 10 players who originally joined the program as a walk-on. That includes four players on defense, three on offense and three specialists. The list includes WR Don Nordmann, OL Kyle Haganman, OL Josh Koeppel, DL Thomas Nardo, DB Brett Greenwood, DB Tom Donatell, LB Ross Petersen, P Eric Guthrie, PK Mike Meyer and LS Andrew Schulze.
BIG PLAY HAWKEYES
Iowa had three passing plays and one rushing play of at least 20 yards against Northwestern, plus a 32-yard field goal. Iowa has had 32 pass plays, nine rushing plays, 13 KO returns, one punt return, a blocked punt return, a blocked field goal return, five interception returns and 10 field goals of at least 20 yards. Northwestern had one rushing play and three passing plays of at least 20 yards. Iowa’s opponents have had 19 passing plays, only four rushing plays and 21 KO returns of 20 yards or more.
IOWA BY QUARTERS
Iowa holds scoring advantages in the first (78-34), second (96-33), third (68-21) and fourth (66-62) 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. Only Wisconsin (14) and Indiana (7) have scored in the third quarter.
ON THE AVERAGE
Iowa averaged 5.9 yards on first down, 5.5 yards on second down and 1.4 on third down and 11.8 on fourth down against Northwestern, converting three of four attempts. In 10 games, Iowa is averaging 6.9 yards on 300 first down plays, 5.6 yards on 209 second down plays, 6.2 yards on 126 third down plays and 4.6 yards on nine fourth down plays, converting 5-9 fourth down attempts.
AVERAGE SCORING DRIVES
Iowa’s five scoring drives vs. Northwestern averaged seven plays, 70.3 yards and 2:59 in elapsed time. Iowa’s 46 scoring drives in 10 games have averaged 7.3 plays, 63.3 yards and 3:32 in elapsed time. Iowa’s opponents have 23 scoring drives, averaging 9.5 plays, 68.9 yards and 3:48 in elapsed time.
IOWA IN THE RED ZONE
Iowa was 2-2 in the red zone at Northwestern, collecting a field goal and a passing. For the season, Iowa is 34-39 in the red zone, scoring 12 rushing touchdowns, 14 passing touchdowns and eight 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 Indiana and a fumbled snap on a potential field goal attempt vs. Wisconsin. Iowa has scored on 97 of the last 108 red zone possessions (65 TDs and 32 FGs), dating back to the Michigan State game in 2008. Iowa is 78-88 (.886) combined inside the red zone its last 26 games. Iowa opponents are 21-30 in the red zone, with nine passing touchdowns, seven rushing touchdowns and five field goals.
POINTS OFF TURNOVERS
Iowa did not score following an interception at Northwestern. For the season, Iowa has scored 88 points following 21 opponent turnovers, which includes 14 points following two blocked kicks. Iowa has seven turnovers (three fumbles, four interceptions) in 10 games, allowing 14 points following those turnovers. Iowa has recorded at least one takeaway in 53 of its last 58 games, dating back to the 2006 campaign.
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 will close the regular season Nov. 27 at Minnesota (time and TV, TBA).