Nov. 22, 2010
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HAWKEYES CLOSE REGULAR SEASON
Iowa (7-4, 4-3) travels to Minnesota (2-9, 1-6) Saturday in the final regular season game of the season. Kickoff is 2:37 p.m. CT in TCF Bank Stadium (50,805). Tickets are available through the Minnesota athletic ticket office.
ON THE TUBE
The Big Ten Network (HD) will televise the contest. Eric Collins, Chris Martin and Charissa Thompson 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 91 and XM channel 197.
IN THE RANKINGS
Iowa is 24th in the Associated Press rankings and the USA Today coaches poll. The Hawkeyes are also 24th in the BCS rankings. Around the Big Ten, Wisconsin is ranked 5/5 (AP/Coaches), Ohio State is 8/7 and Michigan State is 11/10. Penn State, Michigan and Northwestern are receiving votes. Non-conference opponent Arizona is ranked 20/20.
IOWA IN THE BCS RANKINGS
Iowa is 24th 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 23rd in the computer rankings, 24th in the coaches’ poll and 24th in the Harris poll.
FLOYD OF ROSEDALE
As a result of a bet between the governors of the two states in 1935, possession of Floyd of Rosedale is at stake Saturday. The bronze pig traveling trophy is currently in the hands of the Hawkeyes as a result of their 12-0 triumph in Kinnick Stadium last season. Minnesota holds a 39-34-2 advantage in the series with Floyd of Rosedale on the line. Iowa has won eight of the last nine meetings.
HAWKEYE HUDDLE IN MINNEAPOLIS
The National I-Club and the UI Alumni Association are sponsoring a “Hawkeye Huddle” Friday, Nov. 26 prior to the Iowa at Minnesota game the following day. The Huddle will be held from 7-9 p.m. at the Minneapolis Marriott City Center, 30 South Seventh St., Minneapolis. Admission to the Hawkeye Huddle is free and includes cash refreshments, snacks, Hawk Shop door prizes, Hawkeye D.J., cheerleaders and Herky. Fans can visit www.hawkeyesports.com/iclub for additional information.
ON THIS DATE
Iowa has posted a 1-1 record when playing on Nov. 27. Iowa defeated Iowa Wesleyan 91-0 in 1890 and lost at Illinois 80-0 in 1902.
Iowa has played 1,140 games since beginning football in 1889. Iowa’s overall record is 586-515-39 (.531). That includes a 370-201-16 (.644) record in home games, a 216-314-23 (.411) record in games away from Iowa City, a 289-347-25 (.456) mark in Big Ten games and a 253-165-15 (.602) record in Kinnick Stadium.
LIVE BLOGGING FROM MINNESOTA
Hawkeye fans not able to attend the Minnesota 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 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). Three of Iowa’s losses have been at the hands of ranked teams (#18 Arizona, #10 Wisconsin, #7 Ohio State) 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. Iowa has played six ranked teams 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. Three of the six ranked opponents were ranked in the top 10. Iowa lost to No. 10 Wisconsin (31-30), defeated No. 5 Michigan State (37-6) and lost to No. 7 Ohio State (20-17), all in Kinnick Stadium. Last season, Iowa defeated No. 4 Penn State and No. 9 Georgia Tech, while losing at No. 8 Ohio State in overtime.
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 7-4 record and is 24th in this week’s rankings. He has a career record of 100-80. 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.
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 11 games for the Hawkeyes, who are ranked 24th in both major polls. He has started 35 games throughout his career, including 16 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 did not play against Ohio State and is not expected to see action at Minnesota. 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 started eight games at outside linebacker for the nationally-ranked Hawkeyes. He totaled 42 tackles, including 4.5 tackles for loss, and has 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.
STANZI IS UNITAS FINALIST
Senior quarterback Ricky Stanzi is one of five finalists for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, which goes to the top senior quarterback in the nation. Others finalists include Andy Dalton (TCU), Colin Kaerpernick (Nevada), Christian Ponder (Florida State) and Scott Tolzien (Wisconsin). Stanzi leads the Big Ten and ranks sixth in the nation in pass efficiency (163.17). He has completed 200-302 attempts for 2,677 yards and 23 touchdowns, with just four interceptions. The 23 touchdowns are third best for a single season at Iowa, the 200 completions are eighth best and the 2,677 yards is seventh best. In career statistics, Stanzi is fourth in completions (521) and attempts (864) and third in yards (7,050) and touchdowns (54). Stanzi is also one of 16 semifinalists for the 2010 Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award and one of 16 semifinal candidates for the Maxwell Award. Stanzi was a semifinal candidate for the O’Brien Award in 2009 as well.
CLAYBORN IS LOMBARDI FINALIST
Senior DE Adrian Clayborn is one of four finalists for the Rotary Lombardi Award. He is also a semifinalist for the Chuck Bednarik Award. The 41st Lombardi Award will be presented at the Rotary Lombardi Award Presentation Dec. 8 in Houston, Texas. Clayborn has started 35 games in his Hawkeye career, including the last 28 straight. In 11 games this season he has collected 49 tackles, including seven tackles for loss and 3.5 quarterback sacks. He also has six QB pressures and blocked a field goal attempt in Iowa’s 38-28 win at Michigan. He had seven tackles and a pass break-up in Iowa’s most recent outing against seventh-ranked Ohio State. 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. Clayborn 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.
HAWKEYES ON SEMIFINAL LISTS
Senior TE Allen Reisner, senior P Ryan Donahue and junior DB Tyler Sash are also on reduced lists for national honors at their respective positions. Reisner was one of eight semifinal candidates for the 2010 John Mackey Award (Reisner is not one of the three finalists). The award goes annually to the nation’s best collegiate tight end. Reisner has started every game this year. He has 37 receptions for 385 yards (10.4 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). 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 66 stops in 11 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 44.3 yard average on 47 punts, while opponents have averaged just 4.2 yards on 18 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.
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.
MINNESOTA COACH JEFF HORTON
Co-offensive coordinator Jeff Horton was named Minnesota’s interim head coach, effective Oct. 17, for the remainder of the 2010 season. Minnesota is 1-3 under Horton’s direction. Horton is in his first season at Minnesota and is the only member of the Gopher coaching staff with head coaching experience. Horton joined the Minnesota staff after spending four seasons coaching in the National Football League. He coached with the Detroit Lions (2009) and St. Louis Rams (2006-08). Prior to his stint in the NFL, Horton spent 22 years in collegiate football, including six years as a head coach. He was the head coach at Nevada (1993) and Nevada-Las Vegas (1994-98). He was the quarterbacks coach at Wisconsin from 1999-2005. He was the wide receiver coach at Nevada in 1992. He served as assistant head coach at UNLV from 1990-91 and was an assistant at Nevada from 1985-89. His first collegiate coaching job was as a graduate assistant at Minnesota in 1984. Horton took over after Tim Brewster was relieved of his duties as Minnesota’s head coach. Brewster took over at Minnesota in January, 2007. He posted a 15-30 record with the Gophers, including a 6-21 Big Ten record.
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.
- 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 sixth nationally in rushing defense (93.3) and scoring defense (15.5), 14th in total defense (311.2) and 20th in pass efficiency defense (113.06). 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 the nation in turnover margin (+1.27) and tied for seventh with 17 pass interceptions. 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 ninth in the nation in pass efficiency (160.79) and the Hawkeyes are 51st in scoring offense (29.6). The Hawkeyes are 38th in passing offense (247.5), 51st in total offense (394.1) and 75th in rushing offense (146.6). 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 as the fewest in the nation. Iowa has not lost a fumble in the last seven games.
POSITIVE TURNOVER RATIO
Iowa is first in the Big Ten and second nationally with a plus 1.27 turnover ratio. Iowa has been guilty of just seven turnovers in 11 games, including just three turnovers in seven Big Ten games. The seven turnovers tie as the fewest in the nation (Oregon State). 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.
IOWA, MINNESOTA NOTES
- Iowa is 1-1 in trophy games in 2010. The Hawkeyes defeated Iowa State 35-7 (Sept. 11) at Iowa City to maintain possession of the Cy-Hawk Trophy. Iowa lost to Wisconsin 31-30 (Oct. 23) at Iowa City, as the Badgers reclaimed the Heartland Trophy for the first time since 2007. Floyd of Rosedale currently resides in Iowa City, as Iowa has won the last three meetings with Minnesota. Iowa has won 10 of its last 11 games with a trophy at stake, dating back to a win over Minnesota in 2007. That streak includes January bowl wins in each of the last two seasons.
- The Iowa depth chart includes 12 seniors who are listed as starters (six offense, six defense) and 15 seniors overall, plus senior punter Ryan Donahue and senior long snapper Andrew Schulze.
- Minnesota’s Troy Stoutermire (27.9) and Iowa’s Derrell Johnson-Koulianos (27.1)rank first and second, respectively, in the Big Ten in KO return average.
- Iowa has five players on its roster from the state of Minnesota, including DE Broderick Binns and RB Marcus Binns from St. Paul, DT Karl Klug from Caledonia and LB T.J. Fisher and DB Jordan Price from Eden Prairie.
- There are no Iowans on the Minnesota roster.
- Minnesota senior QB Adam Weber recently became just the fifth quarterback in Big Ten history to pass for more than 10,000 career yards. Weber moved past former Iowa QB Chuck Long (10,461) against Michigan State.
- Three current Hawkeyes were born during the week of Nov. 21-27, including Cameron Olson (22nd), James Vandenberg (24th) and Shane DiBona (26th).
- Minnesota interim coach Jeff Horton and Iowa LB Coach Darrell Wilson were both on the Wisconsin coaching staff in 2000-01.
- Iowa Defensive Coordinator Norm Parker was the defensive line coach at Minnesota from 1972-76.
- Minnesota assistant Tim Cross was the defensive line coach at Syracuse when Iowa defeated the Orange in two overtimes in 2006.
- Minnesota assistant Kevin Cosgrove has also coached at Wisconsin and Illinois.
- Minnesota assistant Ronnie Lee has also coached at Michigan and Wisconsin.
- Minnesota assistant Tim Davis coached offensive linemen at Southern Cal in 2002 when Iowa and the Trojans met in the 2003 Orange Bowl. He was also on the Arizona staff in 1987 when Iowa defeated the Wildcats and has also coached at Wisconsin.
- Minnesota assistant Thomas Hammock was the running backs coach at Northern Illinois in 2006 when Iowa defeated the Huskies 24-14 and has also coached at Wisconsin.
- Minnesota assistant Derek Lewis was a graduate assistant at Texas when Iowa met the Longhorns in the 2006 Alamo Bowl.
- Minnesota’s assistant strength and conditioning coach Will Peoples was on the Iowa strength and conditioning staff in 2006.
Saturday will be the 104th meeting between Iowa and Minnesota. Minnesota holds a 59-42-2 advantage in the series that began with a 42-4 Gopher victory in 1891. The Gophers won the first 12 games in the series before Iowa earned a 6-0 win in 1918. Iowa has won the last three meetings and eight of the last nine. The Hawkeyes defeated Minnesota 55-0 in 2008 at Minneapolis in the last Minnesota game played in the HHH Metrodome. Iowa won eight of 14 meetings played in the dome. The Hawkeyes won 12-0 last season in Kinnick Stadium and are visiting Minnesota’s new TCF Bank Stadium for the first time. Minnesota holds a 36-15-1 advantage in games played at Minneapolis, with the majority of those games played in Memorial Stadium, the previous on-campus home to Gopher football. Iowa has won three of the last four meetings in Minneapolis, but the teams split the last six played in the dome. Due to a scheduling change in the Big Ten for 2011, Iowa returns to play at Minnesota next Oct. 29.
IOWA WON DEFENSIVE BATTLE
Iowa used a superior defensive effort to close the 2009 regular season with a 12-0 win over Minnesota in Kinnick Stadium. Iowa retained Floyd of Rosedale for the third straight season. Iowa posted shutouts in back-to-back games against Minnesota for the first time since 1955 and 1956. The Hawkeyes started the game on offense and drove 68 yards on their first possession, which ended with a 30-yard Daniel Murray field goal. Minnesota moved the ball on its third drive of the game, reaching the Iowa 12. After a one-yard loss on first down the Gophers fumbled the snap on second down and Iowa’s Bruce Davis recovered. Minnesota reached the Iowa 42 on its next drive, but LB Troy Johnson forced and recovered a fumble to stop the threat. Senior OLB A.J. Edds intercepted his fourth pass of the season later in the period to set up Iowa’s only touchdown drive. Taking over at the Minnesota 39, Iowa drove to the one, where Brandon Wegher scored his seventh rushing touchdown of the season. The PAT was blocked and Iowa led 9-0 at halftime. The only points of the second half came in the third period. Iowa began a drive at its own 40 and reached the Minnesota 28 before Murray added a 45-yard field goal. The key play on the drive was a 28-yard pass from QB James Vandenberg to WR Marvin McNutt, Jr. Minnesota had its best chance to score in the fourth period when a pass interference penalty gave the Gophers a first down at the Iowa two. Two rushing plays gained nothing before an incomplete pass on third down. On fourth down QB Adam Weber was sacked for a five-yard loss as the Hawkeyes preserved their only shutout of the season. LB Pat Angerer led the Iowa defense, recording 16 tackles. Johnson, starting in place of the injured Jeremiha Hunter, added 11 tackles. He had a QB sack to go with his fumble recovery and added a pass break-up. Johnson was named co-Defensive Player of the Week in the Big Ten. DT Christian Ballard added nine tackles, including 2.5 tackles for loss and 1.5 QB sacks. Edds and Tyler Sash each added eight stops. RB Adam Robinson led Iowa’s ground game with 12 carries for 72 yards, but he was injured in the second period and did not return. Vandenberg completed 11-24 passes for 117 yards, with one interception. WR Derrell Johnson-Koulianos led all receivers with seven catches for 63 yards. Murray made his only two field goal attempts and Ryan Donahue averaged 37.7 yards on nine punts.
OHIO STATE WINS AT IOWA
Ohio State scored the final 10 points of the game as the seventh-ranked Buckeyes rallied for a 20-17 win in Kinnick Stadium. The Hawkeyes took an early lead, driving 87 yards on their second possession of the game. QB Ricky Stanzi completed a 19-yard scoring strike to WR Marvin McNutt, Jr. to give Iowa a 7-0 advantage. Ohio State scored its only points of the first half early in the second quarter, as Devin Barclay booted an 18-yard field goal. The Buckeyes had second and goal from the three and third and goal from the one, but could not get the touchdown and Iowa held a 7-3 halftime advantage. Iowa drove to the Buckeye 22 late in the second quarter, but a Mike Meyer field goal attempt from 40 yards was wide left. OSU’s final possession of the first half ended with an interception, as DB Micah Hyde made the theft in the Iowa end zone. Ohio State began the second half with a 77-yard touchdown drive, taking the lead on a five-yard pass from QB Terrelle Pryor to Reid Fragel. Iowa answered with a scoring drive of its own, tying the game at 10 on a 31-yard Meyer field goal and that’s the way the third quarter ended. Iowa’s defense led the way for Iowa’s final points, as Shaun Prater came up with an interception off a tipped pass and returned the ball to the OSU 27. Freshman RB Marcus Coker broke loose for a 26-yard gain on first down and then scored from the one on the next play to give Iowa a 17-10 advantage. Ohio State came back, cutting the deficit to 17-13 on a 48-yard field goal by Barclay with 7:38 remaining. Iowa failed to gain a first down on its next possession and OSU got the ball back at its own 24 with 6:05 to play. From there the Buckeyes drove to the winning score, as Dan Herron scored on a one-yard run with 1:47 to play. The big play in the drive was a 14-yard scramble by Pryor with OSU facing a fourth and 10 at midfield. Iowa was unable to pick up a first down and the Buckeyes had the win. Iowa fell to 3-3 on the season against ranked teams. Coker led Iowa’s ground game with 70 yards on just nine carries. His fourth quarter score marked his first career touchdown. Stanzi completed 20-31 passes for 195 yards, with McNutt, Jr. grabbing seven receptions for 92 yards. The Iowa defense held the powerful Ohio State offense 100 yards and 20 points under its season average while collecting two interceptions. LB Jeremiha Hunter led the way with 11 tackles. Hyde added nine tackles to go with his interception. Freshman LB James Morris had nine tackles, giving him at least nine stops for the fourth straight game.
GOPHERS WON AT ILLINOIS
Minnesota stopped a nine-game losing streak with a 38-34 win at Illinois Nov. 13 in its last outing. The Gophers drove 80 yards in the final three minutes, getting the final points on a two-yard run by DeLeon Eskridge with just 16 seconds remaining. Trailing 7-0, Minnesota scored 17 straight points in the second quarter to hold a 17-7 halftime advantage. Eskridge scored on a one-yard run to tie the score and Tiree Eure grabbed a 13-yard pass from QB Adam Weber for a 14-7 advantage. Eric Ellestad closed the first half scoring with a 45-yard field goal. Illinois added two touchdowns in the third quarter for a 20-17 advantage before Weber connected with Da’Jon McKnight on a 24-yard scoring strike. Illinois answered again, adding two touchdowns to take a 34-24 advantage with 8:14 remaining in the final quarter. Minnesota’s rally began on the following kick return, as Troy Stoudermire raced 90 yards to set up a four-yard touchdown by Eskridge. Minnesota held Illinois to nine yards on three plays, and took over for the game-winning drive with 4:06 remaining. Weber led the Gopher offense, completing 20-36 passes for 225 yards and two touchdowns, with no interceptions. McNight had 70 yards on five receptions and Eskridge led the ground game with 14 carries for 49 yards. Stoudermire had 112 yards on two K0 returns and added a 24-yard interception return. He was co-special teams Player of the Week in the Big Ten. Gary Tinsley led the Minnesota defense with 12 tackles, including two tackles for loss. Kyle Theret and Keanon Cooper each collected nine tackles.
STANZI AMONG MOST EFFICIENT
Senior QB Ricky Stanzi leads the Big Ten and ranks sixth in the nation in pass efficiency. His current rating of 163.17 would establish the best single-season pass efficiency for an Iowa quarterback since the statistic was first used in 1979.
QB Ricky Stanzi
- One of five finalist for Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award
- Is a semifinal candidate for the Maxwell Award and Davey O’Brien Award.
- Has completed 200-302 passes (.662) for 2,677 yards and 23 touchdowns in 2010, with only four interceptions. Stanzi has at least one touchdown pass in the last 20 games he has played and three scoring strikes in five games.
- Ranks first in the Big Ten and sixth in the nation in passing efficiency (163.17). Is also third in passing yards (243.4) and fifth in total offense (241.5) in the Big Ten.
- Ranks third on Iowa’s single season list with 23 touchdown passes this season and 17 TD passes in 2009 ties for 10th best.
- Ranks third in career scoring passes (54) behind Chuck Long (74) and Drew Tate (61).
- Completed 20-31 passes for 195 yards and a touchdown against Ohio State.
- 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 third in career passing yards (7,050) and total offense (7,031) and fourth in completions (521) and attempts (864).
- Has led Iowa to a 25-8 record as a starter, including a 14-4 record in Kinnick Stadium and a 14-7 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 (2,582) and receptions (170) 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.
- Has 43 receptions for 711 yards and nine touchdowns.
- Nine touchdowns in 2010 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 27.1 yards on 14 KO returns in 2010.
- Ranks second in the Big Ten in KO returns (27.1) and is eighth in all-purpose yards (102.5).
- Has totaled over 1,000 all-purpose yards in each of his four seasons. Has 1,128 all-purpose yards through 11 games and had 1,128 yards in 2009.
- Has matched Jim Gibbons (1955-57) and Tim Dwight (1995-97) as a receiving leader in three seasons. No Hawkeye has led the team in receiving four years.
- 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 28 consecutive games and has 35 career starts.
- Recorded seven tackles, one QB pressure and a pass break-up vs. Ohio State.
- 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 49 tackles in 2010, with seven tackles for loss, 3.5 QB sacks and six QB pressures.
- Key member of Iowa defensive unit that ranks sixth nationally in rushing defense (93.3), sixth in scoring defense (15.5) and 14th in total defense (311.2).
- 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.
- Recorded six solo tackles and two assists vs. Ohio State.
- 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 66 tackles in 2010 and has 204 career tackles. Has helped Iowa’s defense rank sixth in rushing defense (93.3), sixth in the nation in scoring defense (15.5) and 14th in total defense (311.2).
WR Marvin McNutt, JR.
- Has 48 receptions for 752 yards and seven touchdowns in 2010, averaging 15.7 yards per catch.
- Has 15 career touchdown receptions to tie for fifth on career list. Career totals include 83 receptions for 1,437 yards to rank 20th in career yards.
- Seven catches for 92 yards and a touchdown vs. Ohio State.
- 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.
- Second in the Big Ten and tied for 28th in the nation with four interceptions.
- Four tackles vs. Ohio State to raise career total to 213 to tie for 51st on career list.
- Had four tackles at Northwestern.
- 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 45 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 941 yards and 10 touchdowns on 203 carries, rushing for over 100 yards in six of 10 games. Eight career games with over 100 rushing yards. Ranks 13th in career 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 384 carries for 1,775 yards and 15 touchdowns.
- Ranks fifth in the Big Ten and 28th in the nation in rushing yards per game (94.1).
- Ranks fifth in the Big Ten in all-purpose yards (123.1).
- 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 10 games in 2010.
- One of 10 semifinalists for the Ray Guy Award.
- Average of 44.3 yards per punt on 47 punts in 2010 to rank third in Big Ten and 21st in nation.
- Averaged 41 yards on four punts vs. Ohio State, with a long of 52 yards.
- 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.
- Nineteen of his punts have been downed inside the 20 and opponents are averaging just 4.2 yards on 18 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 (1.0).
- 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 40 tackles while starting seven of 11 games.
- Has 255 career tackles (81 solo, 174 assists) to become the 62nd Hawkeye player to reach 200 career stops (ranks 27th). Has 35 career starts, but missed Michigan State game to injury.
- Led team with 11 tackles vs. Ohio State.
- 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 23 solo stops and 53 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.
- Second in the Big Ten with two fumble recoveries and is 10th in tackles per game.
RECEIVING TAMDEM RANKS HIGH
Senior WR Derrell Johnson-Koulianos and junior WR Marvin McNutt, Jr., combine to give Iowa one of its top receiving duo’s in school history. McNutt, Jr., has 48 catches for 752 yards and seven touchdowns, while Johnson-Koulianos has 43 receptions for 711 yards and nine scores. Johnson-Koulianos is Iowa’s career leader in receptions and yards (170-2,582) and McNutt, Jr., ranks 20th in receiving yards (83-1,437). In career touchdowns, Johnson-Koulianos is tied for third and McNutt, Jr., is tied for fifth. No two players have combined for more touchdown receptions in a single season. In Johnson-Koulianos and McNutt, Jr., Iowa has two players with over 700 receiving yards in the same season for just the seventh time.
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 (36), Tyrod Taylor, Virginia Tech (32), Terrell Pryor, Ohio State (29) and Colin Kaerpernick, Nevada (29).
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 25-8 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 37 receptions for 385 yards and two touchdowns. He was recently named one of eight semifinalists 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, Wisconsin and Ohio State and is not expected to play at Minnesota. 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 9.5 tackles for loss and 3.5 QB sacks. Klug has registered 47 tackles, five quarterback hurries, three pass break-ups and a forced fumble through 11 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 24 tackles in 10 games after missing Iowa’s season-opening win.
- Senior DE Christian Ballard has played both end and tackle throughout the season, recording 38 tackles. He has four tackles for loss, two QB sacks, two pass break-ups and a forced fumble. Ballard recorded six tackles in a win over Penn State, five stops in the win at Indiana and vs. Ohio State 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 and had a 31-yarded vs. Ohio State. He is second on the team in scoring with 58 points and has made 11-14 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. His third came against Ohio State. 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 had nine tackles against the Buckeyes. He has 70 tackles for the season to rank second on the team.
- 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 is tied for the team lead with four interceptions after a theft against Ohio State that led to an Iowa touchdown. He also had five tackles and two pass break-ups vs. Ohio 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 57 tackles. Prater leads the Big Ten and is 21st nationally in interceptions.
- Freshman LB James Morris has stepped into the starting line-up the last four 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. He had nine tackles against Ohio State in Iowa’s most recent outing.
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.
IOWA FEATURES RETURN GAME
Through 11 games, Iowa is third in the Big Ten Conference in kickoff returns (23.2) and fifth in punt returns (9.4). Senior WR Derrell Johnson-Koulianos is averaging 27.1 yards on 14 KO returns, which is second in the Big Ten and 19th nationally. He was second in the Big Ten in kick returns a year ago. Johnson-Koulianos has 43 pass receptions for 711 yards and nine touchdowns. He has 1,128 all-purpose yards. Senior WR Colin Sandeman is averaging 8.3 yards on 15 punt returns to rank third in the Big Ten and 40th in the nation. He was also second in the Big Ten in punt returns in 2009. Sandeman also has 16 pass receptions for 173 yards and two touchdowns. Sandeman did not play at Northwestern but returned to action against Ohio State.
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, 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, in 2010, has four losses by a combined total of 15 points, including three losses in Big Ten play by a combined eight points. Iowa was tied in the fourth quarter at Arizona before a 34-27 loss and led in the fourth quarter of losses to Wisconsin (30-31), Northwestern (17-21) and Ohio State (17-20.
- 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 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 is bowl eligible for the 10th straight season. 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 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.
- Iowa 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 77 wins since the start of the 2002 season, which ties as the 17th highest total in Division I football. The list includes the following: Boise State (104); USC (98); Ohio State (97); Texas (95); Oklahoma (95); LSU (91); TCU (90); Virginia Tech (89); Georgia (87); Florida (87); Auburn (83); Utah (83); West Virginia (83); Wisconsin (81); Boston College (79); Alabama (78); IOWA (77); Texas Tech (77); Miami, FL (76); and Penn State (74).
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 one pass play and one rushing play of at least 20 yards against Ohio State, plus a 31-yard field goal. Iowa has had 33 pass plays, 10 rushing plays, 16 KO returns, one punt return, a blocked punt return, a blocked field goal return, five interception returns and 11 field goals of at least 20 yards. Ohio State had four passing plays of at least 20 yards, but no rushing plays. Iowa’s opponents have had 23 passing plays, only four rushing plays and 23 KO returns of 20 yards or more.
IOWA BY QUARTERS
Iowa holds scoring advantages in the first (85-34), second (96-36), third (71-28) and fourth (73-72) 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), Indiana (7) and Ohio State (7) have scored in the third quarter.
ON THE AVERAGE
Iowa averaged 5.2 yards on first down, 3.4 yards on second down and 5.5 on third down against Ohio State, along with a gain of 19 yards on its only fourth down attempt. In 11 games, Iowa is averaging 6.7 yards on 324 first down plays, 5.4 yards on 227 second down plays, 6.1 yards on 139 third down plays and six yards on 10 fourth down plays, converting 5-10 fourth down attempts.
AVERAGE SCORING DRIVES
Iowa’s three scoring drives vs. Ohio State averaged 6.7 plays, 59.7 yards and 3:42 in elapsed time. Iowa’s 49 scoring drives in 11 games have averaged 7.3 plays, 63.1 yards and 3:32 in elapsed time. Iowa’s opponents have 27 scoring drives, averaging 9.7 plays, 67.6 yards and 3:57 in elapsed time.
IOWA IN THE RED ZONE
Iowa was 3-3 in the red zone vs. Ohio State, collecting a field goal, a rushing touchdown and a passing touchdown. For the season, Iowa is 37-42 in the red zone, scoring 13 rushing touchdowns, 15 passing touchdowns and nine 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 100 of the last 111 red zone possessions (67 TDs and 33 FGs), dating back to the Michigan State game in 2008. Iowa is 81-91 (.890) combined inside the red zone its last 27 games. Iowa opponents are 24-32 in the red zone, with 10 passing touchdowns, eight rushing touchdowns and six field goals.
POINTS OFF TURNOVERS
Iowa scored seven points following two interceptions against Ohio State. For the season, Iowa has scored 95 points following 23 opponent turnovers, which includes 14 points following two blocked kicks. Iowa has seven turnovers (three fumbles, four interceptions) in 11 games, allowing 14 points following those turnovers. Iowa has recorded at least one takeaway in 54 of its last 59 games, dating back to the 2006 campaign. That includes at least one turnover in 10 of 11 games in 2010 and 11 of 13 games in 2009.
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.
HAWKEYES WILL AWAIT BOWL DESTINATION
Iowa is bowl eligible for the 10th consecutive season and will wait until the conclusion of the season to learn of its bowl destination. Coach Ferentz and player interview opportunities will be announced at a later date.