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HAWKEYES POST 8-5 MARK AFTER INSIGHT BOWL WIN
Iowa concluded the 2010 season with a 27-24 win over 12th-ranked Missouri in the Insight Bowl. The Hawkeyes earned their second straight bowl victory over a top-15 opponent and have won three consecutive bowl games for the first time in school history. Iowa improved its bowl record to 14-10-1. The Insight Bowl win over the Tigers marked Iowa’s fourth 2010 victory over a ranked opponent, the most by an Iowa team since 2003. Iowa played seven ranked opponents in 2010, the most for the Hawkeyes under Kirk Ferentz. Eight of Iowa’s 2010 opponents competed in bowl games, with Iowa compiling a 4-4 record against those teams. The bowl victory was the sixth for Ferentz in his 12 seasons at Iowa and improved his overall record with the Hawkeyes to 89-60. Ferentz is tied for third all-time among Big Ten Conference coaches in bowl victories. Iowa was bowl eligible for the 10th straight season. Iowa posted a 7-5 regular season record, including a 4-4 mark in Big Ten Conference play. The Hawkeyes tied for fourth in the Big Ten race. The Hawkeyes placed in the first division of the Big Ten for the ninth time in the last 10 years. Iowa’s record came against one of the toughest schedules in the nation. In each of Iowa’s five losses, the Hawkeyes were either tied or leading in the fourth quarter. Iowa was tied at Arizona, and held a lead in the fourth quarter against Wisconsin, Northwestern, Ohio State and Minnesota. Iowa’s five losses came by a total of 18 points and the four league losses were by a collective 11 points. Iowa’s most impressive wins were a 37-6 win over Michigan State, which shared the Big Ten title while posting an 11-2 overall record, and the Insight Bowl win over Missouri (10-3), which tied for the North Division title in the Big 12 Conference. In non-conference play, Iowa posted impressive wins over Eastern Illinois (37-7), Iowa State (35-7) and Ball State (45-0), all in Kinnick Stadium, while dropping a 34-27 contest at 18th-ranked Arizona. The Hawkeyes opened conference play with a 24-3 home win over Penn State and a 38-28 win at Michigan. A 31-30 loss to 10th-ranked Wisconsin followed, before the win over previously unbeaten and fifth-ranked Michigan State. Iowa earned its seventh win with a hard fought decision at Indiana, before narrow losses at Northwestern (21-17), at home to seventh-ranked Ohio State (20-17) and at Minnesota (27-24). The Hawkeyes continue to have great fan support. Iowa matched its season home attendance record by averaging 70,585 fans. All seven home games were sold out and the Insight Bowl set an attendance record (53,453) for the event. Iowa posted a 5-2 record in Kinnick Stadium, with the two losses by a combined four points to top 10 opponents.
Iowa has played 1,142 games since beginning football in 1889. Iowa’s overall record is 587-516-39 (.531). That includes a 370-201-16 (.644) record in home games, a 217-315-23 (.412) record in games away from Iowa City, a 289-348-25 (.455) mark in Big Ten games and a 253-165-15 (.602) record in Kinnick Stadium.
IOWA IN THE BCS RANKINGS
Iowa appeared in the BCS rankings throughout the season, ranking as high as No. 13 on Nov. 8. Iowa was ranked in each of the weekly BCS rankings in 2009, including an all-time high of fourth on Oct. 26 and Nov. 2. Iowa ended the 2009 season ranked 10th in the 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. Overall, Iowa has appeared in the BCS top 25 on 37 occasions.
IOWA’S BOWL HISTORY
Iowa has been bowl eligible for 10 consecutive seasons. The Hawkeyes have posted a 6-3 record in bowl games under Kirk Ferentz, including three straight bowl wins (2008-10) for the first time in school history. The six wins tie for the third-most by a Big Ten coach. Iowa holds a 14-10-1 (.580) record in 25 bowl appearances. Iowa has competed in six January bowl games since the 2002 season. Iowa defeated Texas Tech (19-16) in the 2001 Alamo Bowl. The Hawkeyes used the 2001 Alamo Bowl win as a springboard to four consecutive January bowl games; Iowa lost to USC (38-17) in the 2003 Orange Bowl, defeated Florida (37-17) in the 2004 Outback Bowl and LSU (30-25) in the 2005 Capital One Bowl, and lost to Florida (31-24) in the 2006 Outback Bowl. Iowa returned to the Alamo Bowl in 2006, falling (26-24) to Texas. Iowa appeared in its fifth January bowl game under Ferentz at the conclusion of the 2008 season, defeating South Carolina (31-10) in the 2009 Outback Bowl. The Hawkeyes defeated Atlantic Coast Conference champion Georgia Tech (24-14) in the 2010 FedEx Orange Bowl. Iowa concluded the 2010 season with a 27-24 win over 12th-ranked Missouri in the Insight Bowl. The Hawkeyes have competed in the Rose (five times), Alamo (four), Holiday (three), Outback (three), Orange (two), Peach (two), Sun (two), and the Capital One, Freedom, Gator and Insight bowls once.
IOWA FEATURED LARGE SENIOR CLASS
Twenty-five Iowa seniors played their final game in a Hawkeye uniform in the Insight Bowl. That list of players includes 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, 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. The 2010 seniors led Iowa to three straight bowl wins (2008, 2009, 2010) for the first time in school history and earned 28 victories over the last three seasons. Only the 2004 senior class (31 wins) and the 1987 seniors (29 wins) posted more victories over a three-year period.
HAWKEYES THIRD IN BOWL APPEARANCES
Iowa ranks third in Big Ten bowl appearances. Ohio State has received a conference-best 42 bowl bids, followed by Michigan (40) and the Hawkeyes (25). Wisconsin ranks fourth with 22. Iowa (14-10-1, .580), Penn State (27-14-2, .651) and Purdue (8-7, .533) are the only Big Ten teams with a winning percentage in bowl games. Iowa was one of eight Big Ten Conference teams to participate in a bowl game following the 2010 season. The Big Ten had two teams compete in BCS games for the 10th time in 13 seasons. Since the inception of the BCS in 1998, the Big Ten has qualified 23 teams for BCS bowls, more than any other conference. Seven different Big Ten programs have played in BCS bowl games. The Big Ten sent eight teams to bowl games for the third time (2003 & 2007). Big Ten Conference teams posted a 4-3 record in bowl games following the 2009 season and a 3-5 mark in 2010.
IOWA WINS INSIGHT BOWL
Iowa used record setting performances on both offense and defense to earn a 27-24 win over 12th-ranked Missouri in the 2010 Insight Bowl in Tempe, Ariz. The win was the third straight bowl victory for the Hawkeyes and the fourth of the season (in eight games) against a nationally-ranked opponent. Iowa is now 14-10-1 in 25 bowl appearances. Freshman RB Marcus Coker was the key player for the Hawkeye offense, rushing 33 times for 219 yards and two touchdowns. Both the number of attempts and rushing yards established Iowa bowl records. Sophomore DB Micah Hyde scored the winning points with 5:32 remaining in the final quarter on a 72-yard interception return for a touchdown. That set an Iowa bowl record for interception return yards and ranks as the eighth longest in school history. Following Hyde’s touchdown, Missouri drove to the Iowa 46 on its next possession, but a pass attempt on fourth-and-six was incomplete and Iowa’s offense maintained possession for the final 2:15. The Hawkeyes converted a key third and three, as QB Ricky Stanzi connected with TE Allen Reisner for a 39-yard completion to the one-yard line in the final minute of play. Iowa won the toss and elected to start the game on offense. Coker gave the Hawkeyes an early 7-0 advantage with a one-yard scoring run to complete the opening drive. Missouri responded with a field goal on its first drive, but Coker added a 62-yard scoring run early in the second period to give Iowa a 14-3 advantage. The Hawkeyes added a 34-yard Mike Meyer field goal later in the period before Missouri scored on a 10-yard run to cut Iowa’s halftime advantage to 17-10. The Tigers were poised to add to their scoring in the final minute of the second quarter before Brett Greenwood’s interception in the end zone ended the threat. Iowa’s only offensive points of the second half came midway through the third period when Meyer added a 21-yard field goal for a 20-10 advantage, capping a 93-yard scoring drive. The Tigers cut the lead to 20-17 later in the third quarter and took their first advantage at 24-20 with under a minute left in the period. Hyde’s interception return, the fourth for the Hawkeyes in 13 games, was the only scoring in the final quarter. Stanzi complemented Coker’s rushing effort by completing 11-21 passes for 200 yards. Colin Sandeman (4-44) and Reisner (3-50) led Iowa’s receivers. The Hawkeye defense was led by Greenwood, who collected 11 tackles to go with his second quarter interception. DB Shaun Prater added nine tackles and LB James Morris had seven. DL Karl Klug and DL Christian Ballard each collected a QB sack.
HAWKEYES EARN BOWL HONORS
Freshman RB Marcus Coker was named Offensive Player of the Game and sophomore DB Micah Hyde was named Defensive Player of the Game as Iowa defeated 12th-ranked Missouri 27-24 in the Insight Bowl. Coker set Iowa bowl records for rushing attempts (33) and yards (219). He scored on runs of one and 62 yards. His 219 yards rank as the eighth-best single game total in school history and the 33 attempts tie as the eighth-best total for attempts. His season total of 622 rushing yards ranks third best for an Iowa freshman. Hyde provided Iowa’s winning margin with a 72-yard interception return for a touchdown with 5:32 remaining, scoring the only points of the fourth period. The return is the longest for Iowa in 25 bowl games, surpassing the previous best of 48 yards by Tyler Sash in the 2009 Outback Bowl vs. South Carolina. The 72-yard return also ranks as the eighth longest interception return in school history. Hyde also recorded four solo tackles and two assists. The score was his second touchdown of the season. He had a 66-yard touchdown off an interception in Iowa’s win over Michigan State.
FINAL BOWL NOTES
- Iowa defeated No. 12 Missouri 27-24 to win the 2010 Insight Bowl. Iowa played seven games against ranked opponents in 2010, winning four (#20 Penn State, #24 Michigan, #5 Michigan State and #12 Missouri).
- Iowa competed in its 25th bowl game, improving its bowl record to 14-10-1. Iowa improves to 4-1 vs. Big 12 Conference teams in bowl games. Iowa holds an all-time record of 70-65-3 vs. current Big 12 members. The Hawkeyes have won three consecutive bowl contests (2009 Outback, 2010 Orange and 2010 Insight) for the first time in school history, a streak that is currently the longest among Big Ten teams.
- The attendance of 53,453 established an Insight Bowl record. The previous mark of 49,385 was set in Tucson (Dec. 26, 1987) when the event was the Copper Bowl.
- Iowa became just the second unranked team in the past eight seasons to win a bowl game over a team ranked in the top 12 in the BCS. Since the BCS was formed in 1998, just eight unranked teams have recorded a bowl win over a team ranked among in the top 12 in the BCS rankings.
- Iowa was one of three unranked teams to record a bowl win over a ranked opponent. Missouri, 12th in the BCS rankings, was the highest ranked team to lose in a bowl game to an unranked opponent.
- Freshman RB Marcus Coker, who was named the 2010 Insight Bowl Offensive Player of the Game, started for the fourth time. He rushed 33 times for 219 yards, surpassing 100 yards for the second time (22-129 at Indiana), while establishing career-bests in both categories. Coker set an Iowa bowl record with his rushing attempts and yardage. Bob Jeter’s total of 194 yards (nine attempts) vs. California in the 1959 Rose Bowl was the previous rushing record. The previous record of 29 rushing attempts was set by Shonn Greene vs. South Carolina in the 2009 Outback Bowl.
- Coker is the first Hawkeye to rush for over 200 yards in game since Shonn Greene rushed 30 times for 211 yards vs. Purdue (11/15/08). Coker’s rushing total of 219 yards ranks sixth-best in a single-game in Hawkeye history. The 33 carries ties for the eighth most in a game. Coker’s rushing total is the second highest for a Big Ten freshman in a bowl game (Ron Dayne, Wisconsin, 246 yards, 1996 Copper Bowl).
- Coker had a 62-yard touchdown run in the second period. That run is the longest of Coker’s career and is Iowa’s longest touchdown run of the season. Iowa’s previous long touchdown run was 39 yards (Adam Robinson vs. Iowa State). The 62-yard run is the second longest for Iowa of the season, as Robinson had a 75-yard run vs. Iowa State.
- Sophomore Micah Hyde, who was named the 2010 Insight Bowl Defensive Player of the Game, had a 72-yard interception return for a touchdown in the fourth period. The return is an Iowa bowl record and the eighth longest in school history. The return ranks as the second longest in Insight Bowl history. The theft is the fourth of the season for Hyde and his second score (he had a 66-yard touchdown vs. Michigan State).
- The touchdown return by Hyde marked Iowa’s sixth non-offensive touchdown of the season. Iowa had four interception returns for touchdowns, a blocked punt return for a score and a KO return for a touchdown.
- Iowa maintained possession 30:11, while Missouri had the ball for 29:49. The Hawkeyes averaged 7.3 yards per play, while Missouri averaged 6.0 yards. Iowa was penalized only three times for 19 yards, while the Tigers were flagged five times for 48 yards.
- Senior QB Ricky Stanzi completed 11-21 passes for 200 yards. Stanzi completed passes to five different receivers. Stanzi improved his career totals to 542-907 for 7,377 yards and 56 touchdowns. Iowa improves to 26-9 with Stanzi as its starting quarterback. He had at least one touchdown pass in the previous 21 games he played, a school record, before the bowl game. He had at least three scoring passes in five of 13 games in 2010. His 25 TD passes in 2010 rank third best for a single season. He is third in attempts, passing yards and touchdowns and fourth in completions. Stanzi is just the third Big Ten quarterback to start and win three bowl games (Mark Herrmann, Purdue and Brooks Bollinger, Wisconsin).
- Senior punter Ryan Donahue punted for the 51st game in a row, which consists of every game in his career, and is an Iowa record. The Iowa record for consecutive starts by a defensive player is 50 games, held by DL Matt Kroul, who ended his career in Iowa’s win over South Carolina in the 2009 Outback Bowl. The record for an offensive player is 48 games, held by OL Bruce Nelson (1999-02). Against Missouri, Donahue averaged 44.7 yards on three punts. Donahue was one of three finalists for the Ray Guy Award as the nation’s top punter.
- WR Colin Sandeman equaled a career-high with four catches for 44 yards. TE Allen Reisner had three receptions for 50 yards, including a 39-yarder on the second-to-last play of the game to the one-yard line.
- The 93-yard scoring drive in the third quarter, which ended in a 21-yard field goal, matched Iowa’s second longest drive of the season. Iowa had a 97-yard drive vs. Iowa State and a 93-yard drive at Arizona.
- Iowa scored on its first possession for the eighth time in 13 games. Iowa collected field goals on its first drive vs. Penn State and Indiana and began games vs. Eastern Illinois, Iowa State, Wisconsin, Michigan State, Minnesota and Missouri with touchdown drives.
- Missouri scored a field goal on its first possession, becoming Iowa’s seventh opponent to score on its first drive. Iowa has allowed just nine opponents (Indiana, game nine, and Penn State, game four, both in 2009, and Arizona, Michigan, Wisconsin, Indiana, Northwestern, Minnesota and Missouri, 2010) to score on their opening drive in its last 39 games.
- Freshman PK Mike Meyer made a 34-yard field goal in the first half and added 21-yard kick in the third quarter. He made 14-17 field goals this season and scored 73 points. That total ranks 19th best for a single season at Iowa. Senior DB Brett Greenwood had his team-leading fifth interception of the season near the end of the second quarter. Greenwood has 12 career interceptions to rank tied for sixth in career thefts with Steve Wilson. Iowa entered the Insight Bowl tied for second in the nation with 17 thefts during the regular season.
- Junior WR Marvin McNutt, Jr., had a 49-yard reception on Iowa’s first drive that led to a touchdown. McNutt, Jr., is tied for fourth in career TD receptions. He ended the game with two catches for 63 yards and led Iowa in receiving for the season with 53 receptions for 861 yards and eight touchdowns.
- Iowa’s defense was credited with two sacks, six tackles for loss and one pass break-up. DB Brett Greenwood was credited with a game-high 11 tackles, including a career-best nine solo stops. DB Shaun Prater collected nine stops, one shy of a personal best. DL Karl Klug had five tackles, including equaling a career-high with two TFLs.
- Instant replay was used twice in the fourth quarter. The first review, the ruling on the field, a Missouri interception, was upheld. A Missouri reception that would have been enough yards to move the chains, on a fourth down play, was overturned after review.
COACH Kirk Ferentz
Kirk Ferentz (pronounced FAIR-rintz, rhymes with parents) has completed his 12th season as head football coach at the University of Iowa. Ferentz was one of seven candidates for the 2010 Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Award. He was named the 2009 Dave McClain Big Ten Conference Coach of the Year. He was one of 15 semifinalists for the 2009 George Munger Award. He was the 2009 AFCA Region Three Coach of the Year and one of 10 finalists for the Liberty Mutual national Coach of the Year. Ferentz was the 2002 Associated Press and Walter Camp National Coach of the Year. He 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 85-41 (.675) overall mark and a 50-30 (.625) Big Ten record the last 10 seasons. Ferentz has guided Iowa to nine first division finishes, including a second-place finish in 2009. Iowa was bowl eligible in 2010 for the 10th straight season. The Hawkeyes are 6-3 in bowl games under Ferentz. His six bowl wins tie as third most among all-time Big Ten coaches. At Iowa, Ferentz holds an overall record of 89-60 (.597) and a 53-43 (.552) mark in Big Ten games. In 15 seasons as a college head coach, he holds a career mark of 101-81 (.555). Fifty-seven of Iowa’s 149 games under Ferentz have been decided by seven points or less (26-31) and 46 were played against opponents who were ranked in the top 25 at the time (20-26). 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, Mich., and attended high school in Pittsburgh. 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.
KLUG AND STANZI SHARE MVP HONORS
Senior defensive tackle Karl Klug and senior quarterback Ricky Stanzi shared the honor as the Roy J. Carver Most Valuable Player for 2010. Klug started every game, recording 57 tackles. He led the Hawkeyes with 5.5 QB sacks for minus 47 yards and with 13 tackles for loss (-67 yards). He also had five QB pressures, three pass break-ups and a forced fumble. Klug, who started every game over the last two seasons, was named second team all-Big Ten by league coaches and media. Stanzi started all 13 games at quarterback, completing 221-345 pass attempts for 3,004 yards and 25 touchdowns, with just six interceptions. He ranked second in the Big Ten and 11th in the nation in pass efficiency (157.63), establishing an Iowa single-season record. He established a school record with at least one touchdown pass in 21 consecutive games. His career totals include 542-907 for 7,377 yards and 56 touchdowns.
HAWKEYE TEAM AWARDS
Along with the permanent team captains and team MVPs, several other Hawkeye players earned recognition at the annual awards banquet. QB Ricky Stanzi and DT Karl Klug were named co-winners of the Hayden Fry “Extra Heartbeat” Award. They shared the award with senior DE Adrian Clayborn. Clayborn, a consensus All-American and first-team all-American by the American Football Coaches Association and the Walter Camp Foundation, was first team all-Big Ten by both the coaches and the media. Clayborn started the final 30 games of his career and had 37 career starts. The Hayden Fry Award is given in honor of Iowa’s Hall of Fame coach who retired after the 1998 season. The award goes to a player who gives that little bit extra at all times. Klug was also given the Iron Hawk Award. It is presented to a Hawkeye who has given his all every play, for the entire season, and has represented his team and school in an exemplary fashion. Four players shared the Next Man In Award. On offense, senior OL Josh Koeppel was the recipient. Defensively, the award went to true freshman LB James Morris. The special teams’ award was shared by true freshman PK Mike Meyer and senior LB Ross Petersen. Three student-athletes share the Forest Evashevski Scholastic Achievement Award. The award goes annually to a player(s) who displays a high degree of proficiency in both the classroom and on the playing field. This year’s winners are seniors Jeff Tarpinian, Julian Vandervelde and Josh Koeppel. The 2010 “Coaches Appreciation” awards went to five Hawkeyes. Offensively, the award went to sophomore OL James Ferentz and senior TE Allen Reisner. Defensively, the honor went to a pair of seniors, LB Jeff Tarpinian and DL Christian Ballard. Senior RB Paki O’Meara won the special teams’ portion of the award. Senior snapper Andrew Schulze was named winner of the Reggie Roby Special Teams Specialist of the Year. Senior punter Ryan Donahue was named winner of the overall Reggie Roby Special Teams Player of the Year award. Donahue was a finalist for the Ray Guy Punter of the Year Award. The awards are named after the late Iowa punter who was first-team All-American in 1981 and 1982. Roby died in 2005. He punted in the NFL for 16 years. It’s the second straight year that both players have taken this honor. The “Hawkeye Hustle” awards went to five players. On offense the winner was sophomore OL Riley Reiff. Three juniors, DT Mike Daniels and DB’s Shaun Prater and Tyler Sash, were honored on defense. Prater also earned the award for his play on special teams. Team Leader Awards were given offensively to sophomore lineman Casey McMillan and senior WR Nick Kuchel. Defensive winners were linemen junior Joe Forgy and freshman Casey Kreiter. Both Kuchel and Forgy won the same award in 2009. Special Teams Leader Awards went to junior WR Joe Audlehelm and freshman LB Matt Meyers. The “Win During The Week Award” went to seniors Brett Morse and Julian Vandervelde on offense. The defensive award went to Greenwood for the second straight year.
TWO EARN FRESHMAN HONORS
Linebacker James Morris and offensive lineman Nolan MacMillan earned Freshman All-America honors from CollegeFootballNews.com and Phil Steele’s College Football. Morris was named a first team selection by CollegeFootballNews.com and a third team selection by Phil Steele’s College Football. MacMillan earned fourth team honors from Phil Steele’s College Football and honorable mention recognition by CollegeFootballNews.com. Morris, a true freshman from Solon, started Iowa’s final six games at middle linebacker. He recorded 70 tackles to rank fourth on the team. Morris collected 23 solo stops and 47 assists, along with four pass break-ups, 2.5 tackles for loss and a QB sack. He had a season-best 13 tackles at Northwestern. MacMillan is a redshirt freshman from Toronto, Ontario. He started the first six games of the season at right guard, helping the Hawkeyes win five of their first six outings. MacMillan missed six of the final seven games of the year due to injury. He also earned academic all-Big Ten honors.
IOWA VS. RANKED OPPONENTS
Iowa posted a 4-3 record while facing seven ranked opponents in 2010, the most for a Kirk Ferentz coached Hawkeye team. Iowa played six ranked teams in 1999 and 2003. The four wins over ranked teams are the most for Iowa since posting a 4-2 record vs. six ranked opponents in 2003. Three of Iowa’s seven opponents were ranked in the top 10, while Missouri was 12th. 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. 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. Along with defeating Michigan State, Iowa defeated Missouri (#12), Penn State (#20) and Michigan (#24). Along with losses to Wisconsin and Ohio State, Iowa lost at No. 18 Arizona. In Big Ten play, Iowa’s eight opponents posted an overall record of 62-34 during the regular season. Iowa did not play Illinois and Purdue. Among the top five teams in the final Big Ten standings, Ohio State’s league opponents were 51-43, Penn State’s 52-43, Wisconsin’s 54-42 and Northwestern’s 52-42.
IOWA VS. BOWL TEAMS
Eight of Iowa’s 13 opponents earned bowl invitations. Iowa’s 13 opponents posted a 92-71 (.564) overall record. Wisconsin (Rose) and Ohio State (Sugar) earned BCS bowl bids, while Arizona, Michigan State, Penn State, Michigan, Northwestern and Missouri played in the post-season.
AGAINST THE CHAMPS
Iowa posted a 1-2 record against the three teams that shared the Big Ten title. Wisconsin, Ohio State and Michigan State were all 7-1 in Big Ten play and 11-1 overall during the regular season. In the three games, Iowa outscored the three teams by a combined 84-57. Iowa lost by one point to Wisconsin (31-30) and three to Ohio State (20-17), while defeating Michigan State (37-6).
FIVE SELECTED TO POST-SEASON GAMES
Five Hawkeye players were selected to participate in post-season all-star games. Punter Ryan Donahue and DL Karl Klug were selected to participate in the East-West Shrine Game. DL Adrian Clayborn, DL Christian Ballard and QB Ricky Stanzi were selected to participate in the Senior Bowl.
HAWKEYES AMONG SINGLE SEASON LEADERS
Several Hawkeyes rank among Iowa’s single season leaders. Freshman RB Marcus Coker’s 622 rushing yards ranks third best among Iowa freshmen. Sophomore RB Adam Robinson’s rushing total of 941 yards ranks 18th best for a single season. QB Ricky Stanzi completed 221-345 passes for 3,004 yards and 25 touchdowns. His totals rank third in touchdown passes, fourth in yardage and completions and sixth in attempts. His pass efficiency rating of 157.63 ranks best in school history and his total offense (2,998) is third best for a season. WR Marvin McNutt, Jr., ranks 10th in receiving yards (861 yards and eight touchdowns on 53 receptions) and Derrell Johnson-Koulianos ranks 19th (46-745-10 TD). Johnson-Koulianos tied for second in scoring receptions (10) and McNutt, Jr., tied for seventh (eight). Freshman PK Mike Meyer ranks 19th in scoring with 73 points, while Robinson and Johnson-Koulianos tied for 25th with 66 points. In team statistics, Iowa’s defensive average of allowing just 101.5 rushing yards per game ranks seventh best for a single season.
HAWKEYES EARN ALL-BIG TEN HONORS
Eleven Iowa players were named to either the first or second all-Big Ten teams selected by the league’s coaches and media. Four Hawkeyes earned first team all-league recognition, while seven were honored as second team selections. Senior defensive end Adrian Clayborn, junior defensive backs Tyler Sash and Shaun Prater and senior wide receiver Derrell Johnson-Koulianos were named on the first unit by the coaches. Clayborn, Sash and Prater also made the media’s first team. Clayborn and Sash are first team selections for the second straight year. Making the second all-league team, as named by the coaches, were senior offensive lineman Julian Vandervelde, sophomore offensive lineman Riley Reiff, junior receiver Marvin McNutt, Jr., senior tight end Allen Reisner, senior defensive tackle Karl Klug, senior linebacker Jeremiha Hunter and senior defensive back Brett Greenwood. Reiff, Klug and Vandervelde were named to the media’s second all-Big Ten team. Ten Hawkeyes made the media’s honorable mention list. That list includes Johnson-Koulianos, McNutt, Jr., Reisner, Greenwood, Hunter, senior DL Christian Ballard, junior DL Mike Daniels, sophomore DB Micah Hyde, sophomore RB Adam Robinson and senior punter Ryan Donahue. Making the coaches honorable mention team were Ballard, Daniels, Robinson and Donahue.
SIXTEEN HAWKEYES NAMED ACADEMIC ALL-BIG TEN
Sixteen members of the Iowa football program have earned academic all-Big Ten honors for the 2010 fall semester. To be eligible for academic all-Big Ten, student-athletes must be letterwinners and be in at least their second academic year at the institution. They must also carry a career grade point average of 3.0 or above. Iowa players earning the recognition include sophomore Steve Bigach (Integrative Physiology & Mathematics); senior Justin Greiner (Integrative Physiology); senior Josh Koeppel (Sociology); senior Nick Kuchel (Health & Human Physiology); redshirt freshman Nolan MacMillan (Mathematics); senior Brett Morse (Management); senior Daniel Murray (Master of Business Administration); junior Tyler Nielsen (Management & Finance); senior Ross Petersen (Psychology); senior Colin Sandeman (Art); sophomore Jack Swanson (Computer Science); senior Jeff Tarpinian (Accounting); redshirt freshman Brett Van Sloten (Pre-Business); sophomore James Vandenberg (Health & Human Physiology); senior Julian Vandervelde (Religious Studies & English); and sophomore Jason White (Interdepartmental Studies & Theatre Arts). The academic honor is the fourth for Morse, Murray, Tarpinian and Vandervelde. Kuchel and Nielsen earned the honor for the third time, while Koeppel, Swanson, Vandenberg and White earned the recognition for the second year.
FERENTZ ON BOBBY DODD WATCH LIST
Iowa Coach Kirk Ferentz was one of seven coaches on the Watch List for the 2010 Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Award. The Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Award was first given in 1976. Ferentz is in his 12th year with the Hawkeyes and guided the 2010 squad to an 8-5 record, with four wins over ranked opponents. He has a career record of 101-81. Ferentz has been named Big Ten Coach of the Year three times (2002, 04, 09) and was National Coach of the Year in 2002.
CLAYBORN NAMED CONSENSUS ALL-AMERICAN
Senior defensive end Adrian Clayborn earned consensus All-American honors, becoming the 21st Hawkeye player to earn that honor. Clayborn was named a first team All-American by the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) and the Walter Camp Foundation. Both the AFCA and Walter Camp recognize only one All-America team. Clayborn, a 6-4, 285-pounder from St. Louis, is the eighth Hawkeye player to ever make the elite AFCA All-America team. He is the fifth Kirk Ferentz coached Hawkeye to make the AFCA team. The others were PK Nate Kaeding and OL Robert Gallery (2003) and OL Eric Steinbach and TE Dallas Clark (2002). Clayborn is the 12th Iowa player named to the Walter Camp team (P Reggie Roby was honored twice). He is the sixth Hawkeye under Ferentz to be recognized on the team, the first since RB Shonn Greene (2008). Clayborn was on numerous 2010 watch lists and was a finalist for the Lombardi and Ted Hendricks awards. Clayborn totaled 52 tackles his senior campaign, including seven for a loss of 42 yards. He had 3.5 sacks and forced a fumble. He started 30 consecutive games and a total of 37 during his Hawkeye career. The AFCA has selected an All-America team since 1945. It is the only All-America team chosen exclusively by college football’s head coaches.
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. 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 started all 13 games in 2010 and has started 37 games throughout his career, including 18 straight. He earned second team all-Big Ten honors in 2010 and has earned academic all-Big Ten recognition in each of the past four 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 four seasons. Tarpinian has been hampered by injuries in 2010, but started five games, including the Insight Bowl win over Missouri. 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 Minnesota. He recorded 47 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. 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 missed the final five games of the season. Under 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 FINALIST FOR TWO AWARDS
Senior quarterback Ricky Stanzi was one of five finalists for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, which goes to the top senior quarterback in the nation. Others finalists included recipient Scott Tolzien (Wisconsin), Andy Dalton (TCU), Colin Kaerpernick (Nevada) and Christian Ponder (Florida State). Stanzi was also one of five finalists for the Premier Player of College Football Award. That award is based on fan voting. Other finalists included QB Denard Robinson (Michigan), QB Jake Locker (Washington), RB LaMichael James (Oregon) and QB Ryan Mallett (Arkansas). Stanzi ranked fourth in the Big Ten and 12th in the nation in pass efficiency (157.63). He completed 221-345 attempts for 3,004 yards and 25 touchdowns, with just six interceptions. The 25 touchdowns are third best for a single season at Iowa and the completions and yards ranks fourth best. In career statistics, Stanzi is fourth in completions (542) and third in attempts (907), yards (7,377), touchdowns (56) and total offense (7,373). Stanzi was also one of 16 semifinalists for the 2010 Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award and one of 16 semifinal candidates for the Maxwell Award. He was a semifinal candidate for the O’Brien Award in 2009 as well.
CLAYBORN FINALIST FOR TWO AWARDS
Senior DE Adrian Clayborn was one of four finalists for the Rotary Lombardi Award and one of six finalists for the Ted Hendricks Award. He was also a semifinalist for the Chuck Bednarik Award. Clayborn started 37 games in his Hawkeye career, including the last 30 straight. In 13 games in 2010 he collected 52 tackles, including seven tackles for loss and 3.5 quarterback sacks. He also had 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 loss to 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 is the 21st consensus All-American in school history.
DONAHUE A RAY GUY FINALIST
Senior punter Ryan Donahue was one of three finalists for the Ray Guy Award. He joined winner Chas Henry of Florida and Georgia’s Drew Butler on the elite list. Donahue was a semifinalist in 2009. Donahue averaged 44.6 yards on 54 punts in 2010, while opponents averaged just 3.9 yards on 21 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 the 10th longest in school history.
HAWKEYES ON SEMIFINAL LISTS
Senior TE Allen Reisner and junior DB Tyler Sash were also on reduced lists for national honors at their respective positions. Reisner was one of eight semifinal candidates for the 2010 John Mackey Award. The award goes annually to the nation’s best collegiate tight end. Reisner started all 13 games this year. He had 42 receptions for 460 yards (11.0 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 was one of 10 semifinalists for the Jim Thorpe Award, which goes annually to the top collegiate defensive back. He ranks fifth in career interceptions (13). Sash is the Iowa record holder and ranks fourth all-time in Big Ten history with 392 interception return yards. He ranked third in tackles this season with 79 stops and he has 217 career tackles.
IOWA CAREER LEADERS
Senior QB Ricky Stanzi ranks among Iowa’s career leaders in several categories. He is third in passing touchdowns (56), passing yards (7,377), pass attempts (907) and total offense (7,373) and fourth in completions (542). Senior WR Derrell Johnson-Koulianos became Iowa’s career leader in receptions (173) and yards (2,616). He is third in scoring receptions (17), fifth in all-purpose yards (4,256) and 11th in scoring (180). Junior WR Marvin McNutt, Jr., is tied for fourth in career touchdown receptions (16) and is 16th in receiving yards (88-1,546). RB Adam Robinson has led Iowa’s rushing attack in both 2009 and 2010. His total of 1,775 yards ranks 13th on Iowa’s career chart. In career interceptions, junior Tyler Sash ranks fifth with 13 and senior Brett Greenwood is tied for sixth with 12. Sash holds the Iowa record for interception return yards (392). Sophomore DB Micah Hyde has 142 interception return yards, which ranks 10th among Iowa’s career interception leaders. Hyde also has two touchdown returns. Among Iowa’s career leaders, only Tom Knight (three) and Plez Atkins (two) have more than one touchdown return. Among Iowa’s career tackle leaders, senior LB Jeremiha Hunter ranks 20th with 269 tackles. Greenwood is tied for 42nd (229) and Sash is 51st (217). Senior PK Daniel Murray ranks 14th in career scoring with 152 points (31 FG, 59 PATs).
IN THE RECORD BOOKS
Senior QB Ricky Stanzi established a school record with a touchdown pass in 21 consecutive games. Stanzi’s pass efficiency rating of 157.63 for the season is also a school record. WR Derrell Johnson-Koulianos is Iowa’s record holder for pass receptions (173) and receiving yards (2,616).
IOWA IN CONFERENCE ONLY STATS
As a team, Iowa ranked second in conference games only in scoring defense (18.6), KO returns (25.1), rushing defense (122.5), net punting (39.7) and turnover margin (+1.12) and third in pass efficiency (150.2), pass efficiency defense (116.0), fewest penalty yards (36.4), red zone offense (92.6%) and red zone defense (82.8%). Individually, Hawkeyes among the top five in the league included PK Mike Meyer, second in field goals per game (1.43); DB Shaun Prater, tied for first in interceptions (.38) and tied for fourth in pass break-ups (.88); QB Ricky Stanzi, fourth in passing yards per game (225.6) and fifth in total offense (226.1); DB Brett Greenwood, tied for first in interceptions (.38), and LB Jeremiha Hunter, fourth in tackles per game (9.1).
STANZI IS MOST EFFICIENT
Senior QB Ricky Stanzi ranked fourth in the Big Ten and 12th in the nation in pass efficiency. His rating of 157.63 is the best single-season pass efficiency rating for an Iowa quarterback since the statistic was first used in 1979. The previous best efficiency rating for an Iowa quarterback (157.12) was set by Brad Banks in 2002.
COKER AMONG IOWA’S TOP FRESHMEN
Freshman RB Marcus Coker started for the fourth time in Iowa’s Insight Bowl win over Missouri. Coker set Iowa bowl records for rushing attempts (33) and rushing yards (219) in the win. He scored on touchdown runs of one and 62 yards and was named Offensive Player of the Game. His season totals included 114 carries for 622 yards and three touchdowns, while playing in just seven games. Coker rushed for over 100 yards in his first career start (22-129) and had 21 carries for 90 yards at Minnesota. His rushing total ranks fourth best for an Iowa freshman.
HAWKEYES EARN WEEKLY HONORS
Several Iowa players earned weekly honors in 2010:
- 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. He was recognized following Iowa’s contest at Minnesota, in which he averaged 47.5 yards on four punts, including a best of 61 yards.
- 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.
- 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 TOUGH ON DEFENSE
Iowa ranked seventh nationally in scoring defense (17.0), sixth in rushing defense (101.5), 25th in total defense (332.1) and 24th in pass efficiency defense (115.1). 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 ranked seventh in the nation in turnover margin (+1.0) and tied for 11th with 19 pass interceptions. Iowa had four interception returns for touchdowns in 2010. Six Iowa opponents scored one touchdown or less, including two who scored no touchdowns. For the second straight season, eight of Iowa’s 12 regular season opponents scored 17 points or less. For the third straight season, Iowa allowed only one opponent to rush for over 100-yards.
IOWA EFFICIENT ON OFFENSE
Iowa ranked 11th in the nation in pass efficiency (155.72) and the Hawkeyes were 50th in scoring offense (28.9). The Hawkeyes were 49th in passing offense (234.5), 57th in total offense (382.9) and 70th in rushing offense (148.4). Iowa scored 30 or more points in three consecutive Big Ten Conference games (Michigan, Wisconsin, Michigan State) for the first time since 2005. Iowa scored 30 or more points in six games overall, matching the second highest number of games under Kirk Ferentz. Iowa scored 30 or more points in nine games in 2002. Iowa has just 11 turnovers (five lost fumbles, six interceptions), which ranked second in the nation. Iowa lost just two fumbles in eight Big Ten games, both in the regular season finale at Minnesota. Iowa also ranked sixth in fewest penalty yards per game (37.4) and tied for 19th in fewest penalties per game (4.9). On special teams, Iowa ranked sixth in the nation in punt return defense (3.9 average on 21 returns) and 12th in KO returns (25.3).
POSITIVE TURNOVER RATIO
Iowa ranked third in the Big Ten and tied for seventh nationally with a plus 1.0 turnover ratio. Iowa was guilty of just 11 turnovers in 13 games, including just five turnovers in eight Big Ten games. The 11 turnovers ranked second in the nation. Iowa’s opponents had 142 possessions, and just seven started in Iowa territory. Arizona and Minnesota had two possessions start in Iowa territory and Iowa State, Northwestern and Ohio State started one possession on Iowa’s end of the field.
Iowa junior linebacker Bruce Davis and RB Jewel Hampton suffered season-ending knee injuries during Iowa’s 34-27 loss at Arizona in week three. Both had surgery to repair the damage. LB Jeff Tarpinian missed Iowa’s opening game and contests vs. Michigan and Wisconsin before returning to limited action 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 before missing Iowa’s final two regular season games. Tarpinian returned to action in the Insight Bowl. Senior FB Brett Morse did not play at Michigan, ending his starting streak at 18 consecutive starts, but returned vs. Wisconsin. OL Adam Gettis did not play at Indiana and also missed games vs. Northwestern, Ohio State and Minnesota. Redshirt freshman OL Nolan MacMillan missed three games before returning to action at Northwestern, but he did not play against Ohio State, Minnesota and Missouri. 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 four regular season contests, but saw limited action in the bowl win. He totaled 36 career starts. OLB Tyler Nielsen, who started the first eight games and ranked third in tackles, was injured vs. Michigan State and missed the remainder the final five games of the season. Iowa defensive coordinator Norm Parker underwent a medical procedure in late September and missed seven games.
QB Ricky Stanzi
- Named a Permanent Team Captain and Most Valuable Player on offense.
- One of five finalists for Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award and Premier Player of the Year Award.
- Named a Hayden Fry “Extra Heartbeat” Award winner for offense.
- Was a semifinal candidate for the Maxwell Award and Davey O’Brien Award.
- Selected to compete in Senior Bowl.
- Completed 221-345 passes (.641) for 3,004 yards and 25 touchdowns in 2010, with six interceptions. Had at least one touchdown pass in 21 consecutive games and three scoring strikes in five games in 2010.
- Ranked fourth in the Big Ten and 11th in the nation in passing efficiency (157.63). Also third in passing yards (231.1) in the Big Ten.
- Ranks third on Iowa’s single season list with 25 touchdown passes in 2010 and 17 TD passes in 2009 ties for 10th best.
- Ranks third in career scoring passes (56) behind Chuck Long (74) and Drew Tate (61). Also third in career passing yards (7,377), pass attempts (907) and total offense (7,373) and fourth in completions (542).
- Completed 11-21 passes for 200 yards in Insight Bowl win over Missouri.
- 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.
- Led Iowa to a 26-9 record as a starter, including a 14-4 record in Kinnick Stadium and a 14-8 record in Big Ten games.
- Third quarterback in Big Ten history to start and win three bowl games.
- Twenty-first player in Iowa history to earn consensus All-America honors.
- One of four finalists for the Rotary Lombardi Award.
- One of six finalists for the Ted Hendricks Award.
- Named to AFCA All-America team.
- Named to Walter Camp all-America team.
- Named first team all-Big Ten for second straight season.
- Selected to compete in Senior Bowl.
- Permanent Team Captain.
- Earned Hayden Fry “Extra Heartbeat” Award for defense.
- 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.
- Started 30 consecutive games and had 37 career starts.
- Recorded seven tackles, one QB pressure and a pass break-up vs. Ohio State.
- 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.
- Recorded 52 tackles in 2010, with seven tackles for loss, 3.5 QB sacks and six QB pressures.
- Key member of Iowa defensive unit that ranked sixth nationally in rushing defense (101.5), seventh in scoring defense (17.0) and 25th in total defense (332.1).
- Completed junior season as one of the Big Ten leaders in tackles for loss, quarterback sacks and forced fumbles.
DB Tyler Sash
- One of 10 semifinal candidates for the Jim Thorpe Award.
- First team all-Big Ten for second straight season.
- Ranks fifth in career interceptions with 13.
- Recorded six tackles, including one tackle for loss, in bowl win over Missouri.
- Recorded four solo tackles and three assists at Minnesota.
- 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.
- Ranked third on team with 79 tackles in 2010 and has 217 career tackles.
- Key member of Iowa defensive unit that ranked sixth nationally in rushing defense (101.5), seventh in scoring defense (17.0) and 25th in total defense (332.1).
WR Marvin McNutt, JR.
- Second team all-Big Ten.
- 53 receptions for 861 yards and eight touchdowns in 2010, averaging 16.2 yards per catch. Receiving yardage ranks 10th-best for single season.
- Has 16 career touchdown receptions to tie for fourth on career list. Career totals include 88 receptions for 1,546 yards to rank 16th 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.
- 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 win at Michigan State.
- Had eight touchdown receptions in both 2009 and 2010.
- Permanent Team Captain.
- Second team all-Big Ten.
- Tied for sixth in career interceptions with 12.
- Has 45 career starts, including all 13 games in 2010.
- Led the Big Ten and tied for 22nd in the nation with five interceptions.
- Has 229 career tackles to tie for 42nd on career list.
- Eleven tackles and an interception in Insight Bowl win, including career-best nine solo tackles.
- Five tackles and a recovered fumble at Minnesota.
- Four tackles vs. Ohio State and 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.
- One of three finalists for the Ray Guy Award.
- Started 51 consecutive games, an Iowa record.
- Selected to compete in East-West Shrine game.
- Reggie Roby Special Teams Award.
- Honorable mention all-Big Ten to complete career with four straight years of earning conference post-season honors.
- Handled punting duties in all 51 games throughout his career.
- Average of 44.6 yards per punt on 54 punts in 2010 to rank third in Big Ten and 15th in nation. Opponents averaged just 3.9 yards on 21 returns.
- Averaged 44.7 yards on three punts in Insight Bowl win.
- Averaged 47.5 yards on four punts at Minnesota, with a long of 61 yards.
- 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 73-yard punt that ties as 10th longest in school history, and a 71-yard kick.
- Twenty-two punts in 2010 were downed inside the 20.
- Recorded five of the 14 longest punts in school history, covering 82, 76, 73, 73 and 71 yards.
DB Shaun Prater
- First team all-Big Ten by both league coaches and media.
- Tied for second in the Big Ten and tied for 40th nationally with four interceptions.
- Ranked fifth on the team with 68 tackles, while playing in 12 of 13 games.
- Recorded nine solo tackles and one pass break-up in bowl win over Missouri.
- Fourth interception of season came vs. Ohio State and led to fourth quarter Iowa touchdown. Also had five tackles and two pass break-ups vs. Ohio State.
- Had third interception and a 42-yard return in win over Michigan State.
- Second interception of the season in win over Penn State, returning the theft 33 yards for Iowa’s final touchdown.
- Had career-high 10 tackles, including seven solo stops, in win at Indiana.
DT Karl Klug
- Named Second team all-Big Ten by league coaches and media.
- Selected to compete in East-West Shrine game.
- Named Permanent Team Captain and Most Valuable Player on defense.
- Earned Iron Hawk Award and Hayden Fry “Extra Heartbeat” Award.
- Started all 26 games over final two years of career.
- Led team in tackles for loss (13-67) and QB sacks (5.5-47) while recording 57 total tackles.
- Ranked fifth in the Big Ten in both QB sacks and tackles for loss.
- Two tackles for loss and one QB sack among five tackles in bowl win over Missouri.
- Recorded 1.5 tackles for loss and a QB sack among his five tackles at Minnesota.
- Seven tackles, including two QB sacks and two QB pressures, at Northwestern.
- Forced a fumble and had eight tackles in win at Michigan.
- Six tackles and two pass break-ups vs. Wisconsin.
DT Mike Daniels
- Honorable mention all-Big Ten.
- Second on team in tackles for loss (11-56) and QB sacks (4-31).
- 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 Big Ten co-Defensive Player of the Week for his play vs. Ball State. Also named national Defensive Player of the Week by College Football Performance Awards.
- Recorded 40 tackles while starting eight of 13 games.
- Second team all-Big Ten.
- Team leader with 90 tackles and tied for ninth in the Big Ten in tackles per game (7.5).
- Recorded 269 career tackles (87 solo, 182 assists) to rank 20th in career stops.
- Has 36 career starts, but missed Michigan State game to injury.
- Recorded nine tackles at Minnesota.
- 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.
- 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.
STANZI AMONG VETERAN RETURNING QBS
With 26 wins as Iowa’s starting quarterback, senior Ricky Stanzi ranked sixth among FBS signal callers (active in 2010) in victories. Stanzi trailed the following: Andy Dalton, TCU (42), Kellen Moore, Boise State (38), Tyrod Taylor, Virginia Tech (33), Colin Kaerpernick, Nevada (32) and Terrell Pryor, Ohio State (31).
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. He is also the third quarterback in the Big Ten to start and win three bowl games. Stanzi led Iowa to a 26-9 record as the starting quarterback, which ranks second all-time among Iowa signal callers in career victories.
TOP HAWKEYE PERFORMERS
- Senior TE Allen Reisner had 42 receptions for 460 yards and two touchdowns while earning second team all-Big Ten honors. He was 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. He gained 50 yards on three receptions vs. Missouri in the Insight Bowl.
- Senior LB Jeff Tarpinian totaled 47 stops in eight 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, Ohio State and 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, recording eight tackles. He started in the Insight Bowl win and collected eight tackles in his final outing.
- 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 recorded 36 tackles in 12 games. He had a season-high nine tackles and a forced fumble at Minnesota.
- Senior DE Christian Ballard played both end and tackle throughout the season, recording 43 tackles while earning honorable mention all-Big Ten honors. He started all 39 games over the final three years of his career. He had five tackles for loss, three 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. He added three solo tackles, including a QB sack, in Iowa’s bowl victory.
- 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. Meyer handled all field goal and PAT attempts for the remainder of the season. He connected on 14-17 field goals and 31-33 PAT attempts. His 73 points rank 19th-best best for a single season at Iowa. He made both of his field goal attempts in the Insight Bowl win over Missouri. Meyer made 4-5 field goals in a win at Indiana, including a season-long of 42 yards in the fourth quarter, earning Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week honors. In the Big Ten, he ranked fifth in field goal accuracy (.824), ninth in kick scoring (5.6) and 10th in PAT accuracy (.939).
- 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. Hyde had his fourth interception, and a 72-yard touchdown return, in the bowl win over Missouri. His touchdown gave Iowa its final 27-24 margin in the Insight Bowl, providing the only score in the final period. Hyde 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 recorded 82 tackles for the season to rank second on the team. He earned honorable mention all-Big Ten honors.
- Freshman LB James Morris stepped into the starting line-up the last six games of the season. 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 and eight tackles and a pass break-up at Minnesota. He concluded his rookie season with seven tackles in the bowl victory over Missouri.
IOWA GETS DEFENSIVE POINTS
Iowa’s defense recorded four interception returns for touchdowns. Those were by DE Broderick Binns vs. Arizona (20 yards), DB Shaun Prater vs. Penn State (33) and DB Micah Hyde vs. Michigan State and Missouri. 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. He added a 72-yard return for the final points in Iowa’s 27-24 Insight Bowl win. That return is the longest for Iowa in a bowl game and ranks eighth 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. In 2009, 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 MATCHES ATTENDANCE RECORD
Iowa sold all tickets for its seven home games, matching the school record by averaging 70,585 fans per contest. Iowa issued over 59,000 season tickets, which included more than 10,000 student tickets. Iowa also averaged 70,585 for all home games in 2005, 2006 and 2007. Iowa has sold out Kinnick Stadium 49 of the last 51 games.
THEY STARTED THEM ALL
Iowa had 13 players start all 13 games in 2010, plus punter Ryan Donahue. Returning players who started every game, along with Donahue, include TE Allen Reisner, OL Julian Vandervelde, OL Riley Reiff, OL James Ferentz, OL Markus Zusevics, QB Ricky Stanzi and FB Brett Morse on offense; DE Adrian Clayborn, DT Karl Klug, DT Christian Ballard, DB Micah Hyde, DB Brett Greenwood and DB Tyler Sash on defense.
Iowa is expected to return five starters on defense and five on offense, along with PK Mike Meyer. The returning starters on offense include: tackle Riley Reiff, center James Ferentz, guard Nolan MacMillan, tackle Markus Zusevics and wide receiver Marvin McNutt, Jr. The defensive starters returning include: linebackers Tyler Nielsen and James Morris, tackle Mike Daniels, and defensive backs Micah Hyde and Shaun Prater.
DOMINANT AT HOME
Iowa has won 49 of its last 60 games (.817) in Kinnick Stadium, dating back to the 2002 season, including a 5-2 mark in 2010. 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 and 20-17 in 2010), 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 is 17-4 at home since the start of the 2008 season.
HAWKEYES EARN FIRST CAREER START
Thirteen Iowa players started for the first time in 2010, 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. Iowa had 13 players (six defense, seven offense) start all 13 games in 2010. Those defensive players included DE Adrian Clayborn, DT Karl Klug, DE/DT Christian Ballard, DB Micah Hyde, DB Brett Greenwood and DB Tyler Sash. On offense the list included OT Riley Reiff, OG Julian Vandervelde, C James Ferentz, OT Markus Zusevics, QB Ricky Stanzi, WR Marvin McNutt, Jr., and TE Allen Reisner.
NEW FACES ON THE FIELD
Iowa played nine true freshmen in 2010, 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 saw the first action of their career in 2010 included 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, LB Dakota Getz and LS Casey Kreiter.
IOWA LIKES STARTING ON OFFENSE
Iowa has started on offense in 124 of its last 143 games. Iowa games vs. Minnesota (11/27/10), Wisconsin (10/23/10), Ohio State (11/14/09), Indiana (10/31/09), Purdue (11/15/08), Penn State (11/08/08), Wisconsin (10/10/08), Minnesota (11/10/07), at Northwestern (11/3/07), vs. Michigan State (10/27/07), at Penn State (10/6/07), vs. Iowa State (9/16/06), vs. Minnesota (11/19/05), vs. Michigan (10/22/05), at Purdue (10/8/05), at Minnesota (11/13/04), vs. Purdue (11/6/04), at Miami, OH (9/7/02) and at Michigan State (9/27/03) are the only contests that the Hawkeyes didn’t start on offense. Iowa won 13 of those 19 games. Iowa has started the game on offense in 126 of 149 games under Kirk Ferentz, including 12 of 13 games in 2010 and 11 of 13 games in 2009. Iowa scored on its first possession in eight games and Iowa’s opponents scored on their first drive in seven games in 2010.
- 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, suffered five losses by a combined total of 18 points, including four losses in Big Ten play by a combined 11 points. Iowa was tied in the fourth quarter at Arizona before a 34-27 loss. Iowa led in the fourth quarter of losses to Wisconsin (31-30), Northwestern (21-17), Ohio State (20-17) and Minnesota (27-24). Wisconsin scored its winning points with 1:06 to play, Northwestern scored with 1:22 remaining, Ohio State scored with 1:47 to play and Minnesota scored with 4:31 remaining.
- Since the Big Ten began playing an eight-game conference schedule in 1973, Iowa had never suffered four league losses by a margin less than 24 points, that occurring in 1997 and 2001.
- Dating back to 2008, Iowa has won 10 of its last 14 games away from Iowa City, with two of the four losses to ranked teams. A six-game win streak was snapped in the overtime loss at eighth-ranked Ohio State in November, 2009. Iowa lost at 18th-ranked Arizona, at Northwestern and at Minnesota, in 2010. 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.
- 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 won the Heartland Trophy (Wisconsin) in 2008 and 2009. The streak included wins in the 2009 Outback and 2010 FedEx Orange bowls. Iowa also lost the Floyd of Rosedale battle this season at Minnesota before earning the 2010 Insight Bowl trophy.
- Iowa’s 2010 roster included 21 players who played quarterback in high school. That list included seven members of the normal starting line-up.
- 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 has defeated a team ranked in the top five in each of the last three seasons.
- Iowa was 2-1 in night games in 2010, losing at Arizona (27-34) before defeating Penn State (24-3) in Kinnick Stadium and Missouri (27-24) in the Insight Bowl. Iowa played four games under the lights in 2009 and won all four. Iowa is 8-1 in night games over the last four seasons.
- Iowa was bowl eligible in 2010 for the 10th straight season. The Hawkeyes played in their ninth bowl game 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, 2010 Orange Bowl and 2010 Insight Bowl.
- Iowa has posted a 6-3 bowl record under Kirk Ferentz. Ferentz is tied for third on the all-time list of Big Ten coaches with six bowl victories.
- Four of Iowa’s six bowl wins under Kirk Ferentz have been in January. Under Ferentz, the Hawkeyes have bowl wins over teams from the Southeastern (three), Big 12 (two) and Atlantic Coast conferences.
- 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 nine 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. In 2009, Iowa 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 78-36 (.684), 2002-10, third best in the Big Ten. The 78 victories rank as the 18th best total in the nation.
- Iowa posted a 46-26 Big Ten record from 2002-10, which ranks second among league teams over that span.
- 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.
- 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 78 wins since the start of the 2002 season, which ranks as the 18th highest total in Division I football. The list includes the following: Boise State (106); USC (100); Ohio State (99); Oklahoma (98); Texas (95); LSU (92); TCU (92); Virginia Tech (91); Georgia (88); Florida (88); Auburn (86); West Virginia (85); Utah (84); Wisconsin (81); Boston College (80); Alabama (79); Texas Tech (79); IOWA (78); Miami, FL (76); and Penn State (74).
BIG PLAY HAWKEYES
Iowa had 37 pass plays, 12 rushing plays, 21 KO returns, one punt return, a blocked punt return, a blocked field goal return, six interception returns and 14 field goals of at least 20 yards. Iowa’s opponents had 30 passing plays, only five rushing plays and 24 KO returns of 20 yards or more.
IOWA BY QUARTERS
Iowa held a scoring advantage in the first (92-47), second (123-53), third (74-42) and fourth (87-79) quarters. Iowa posted one shutout (Ball State), allowed Penn State just three points, Michigan State six points and Eastern Illinois and Iowa State seven points.
ON THE AVERAGE
In 13 games, Iowa averaged 6.5 yards on 376 first down plays, 5.5 yards on 262 second down plays, 6.5 yards on 159 third down plays and six yards on 10 fourth down plays, converting 5-10 fourth down attempts.
AVERAGE SCORING DRIVES
Iowa’s 56 scoring drives averaged 7.5 plays, 63.7 yards and 3:43 in elapsed time. Iowa’s opponents had 36 scoring drives, averaging 9.6 plays, 66 yards and 3:55 in elapsed time.
IOWA IN THE RED ZONE
For the season, Iowa was 43-49 in the red zone, scoring 15 rushing touchdowns, 17 passing touchdowns and 11 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 ended the game in the red zone in the win over Missouri. Iowa has scored on 106 of the last 118 red zone possessions (71 TDs and 35 FGs), dating back to the Michigan State game in 2008. Iowa is 87-98 (.888) combined inside the red zone its last 29 games. Iowa opponents were 33-43 in the red zone, with 11 passing touchdowns, 13 rushing touchdowns and nine field goals.
POINTS OFF TURNOVERS
Iowa scored 109 points following 26 opponent turnovers, which includes 14 points following two blocked kicks. Iowa had 11 turnovers (five fumbles, six interceptions) in 13 games, allowing 28 points following those turnovers. Iowa has recorded at least one takeaway in 56 of its last 61 games, dating back to the 2006 campaign. That includes at least one turnover in 12 of 13 games in 2010 and 11 of 13 games in 2009.
HAWKEYES ON THE TUBE
All 2010 Iowa football games were televised on either ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU or the Big Ten Network. The last Iowa contest not televised was vs. Minnesota on Nov. 17, 2001. Iowa has appeared on television in its last 116 games.
Iowa will begin spring practice during the week of March 21, just after spring break, and will conclude spring activities with the final practice and scrimmage in Kinnick Stadium on Saturday, April 16.