May 19, 2011
IOWA CITY, Iowa — The University of Iowa’s home football contest against Northwestern on Oct. 15 will be televised in prime time from Kinnick Stadium. The game will start at 6 p.m. CT and be telecast by the Big Ten Network (HD). The announcement was made Thursday by the Big Ten Network and the Big Ten Conference.
The home contest against the Wildcats will mark Iowa’s only prime time appearance during the regular season. Start times have not yet been set for any other Iowa football games. The upcoming season will mark the third straight season the Hawkeyes have hosted a prime time event. Iowa hosted Penn State a year ago and Michigan in 2009.
Iowa is 5-3 in night games in Kinnick Stadium. Iowa has wins over Penn State (2010), Michigan (2009), Syracuse (2007), Arizona State (2003) and Northern Illinois (1999), and losses to Ohio State (2006), Iowa State (2002) and Miami, Fla. (1992).
The Hawkeyes posted a 2-1 record in night games a year ago, falling at Arizona (27-34) before defeating Penn State (24-3) in Iowa City and Missouri (27-24) at the 2010 Insight Bowl. Iowa played four night games in 2009 and won all four. The 2009 night games were against Penn State, Michigan, Michigan State and Georgia Tech in the 2010 FedEx Orange Bowl.
The Northwestern at Iowa game is one of 14 Big Ten games to be shown in prime time during the 2011 season.
The Hawkeyes open the season Sept. 3, hosting Tennessee Tech.