Sept. 24, 2011
ULM at Iowa Game Notes
September 24, 2011
With the win, Iowa improves to 3-1 on the season, with three home wins and a triple overtime road loss. Iowa improves to 24-1 in its last 25 non-conference home games, with 12 straight non-conference home wins since a loss to Western Michigan in 2007. The Hawkeyes have won 52 of their last 63 games in Kinnick Stadium, dating back to the 2002 season.
IN THE RED ZONE
Iowa scored on all six red zone possessions today, five touchdowns and a field goal. The Hawkeyes have scored on 123 of the last 134 red zone possessions (82 TDs and 41 FGs), dating back to the Michigan State game in 2008. Iowa is 104-115 combined inside the red zone its last 33 games.
ULM was 2-3 in the red zone.
IA: forced zero turnovers
ULM: rec. fumble, no points
POINTS OFF TURNOVERS
Neither Iowa nor ULM scored any points following turnovers today. The Warhawks recovered the only fumble of the game but did not score points off the turnover.
Iowa has scored 20 points in four games following eight opponent turnovers (four fumbles, four interceptions).
The Hawkeye defense has collected at least one takeaway in 59 of its last 66 games, dating back to 2006.
Iowa opponents have scored seven points following four Iowa turnovers in 2011.
STARTING ON OFFENSE
ULM won the toss and deferred to the second half. Iowa has started on offense in 127 of its last 147 contests. The Hawkeyes have started the game on offense in 130-of-153 games under Coach Kirk Ferentz. Iowa games vs. Iowa State (9/10/11), Minnesota (11/27/10), Wisconsin (10/23/10), Ohio State (11/14/07), Indiana (10/31/09), Purdue (11/15/08), Penn State (11/08/08), Wisconsin (10/10/08), Minnesota (11/10/07), at Northwestern (11/3/07), vs. Michigan State (10/27/07), at Penn State (10/6/07), vs. Iowa State (9/16/06), vs. Minnesota (11/19/05), vs. Michigan (10/22/05), at Purdue (10/8/05), at Minnesota (11/13/04), vs. Purdue (11/6/04), at Miami, OH (9/7/02) and at Michigan State (9/27/03) are the only contests that the Hawkeyes didn’t start on offense. Iowa won 13 of the 20 games.
Iowa scored a touchdown on its opening drive for the second time in four games (at Iowa State, pass TD).
ULM scored a field goal on its first possession. The Warhawks scored a field goal, becoming the second Iowa foe to score on its first possession and second to score in the first period.
Iowa has allowed 10 opponents to score on their opening drive in its last 43 games.
VANDENBERG ON TARGET
QB James Vandenberg scored his third rushing touchdown of the season in the first quarter. All have been one-yard runs. The three rushing touchdowns are the most in a season by an Iowa quarterback since Nathan Chandler had six in 2003.
Vandenberg’s stats on the day included three touchdown passes, two to Marvin McNutt, Jr., and one to Keenan Davis. Vandenberg has 10 passing touchdowns in four games, with at least two in each game and three in each of the last two games. For the day he completed 21-32 passes for 270 yards and had three rushes for nine yards.
MCNUTT HAS ANOTHER BIG GAME
Senior WR Marvin McNutt, Jr. grabbed seven passes for 100 yards and two touchdowns. McNutt, Jr. now has 113 receptions for 1,959 yards. McNutt, Jr. now has 20 career scoring receptions, one shy of the school record. The record of 21 is held by Tim Dwight (1994-97) and Danan Hughes (1989-92). McNutt now ranks 12th in career receptions and sixth in career yards. He has at least 100 yards receiving in three of four games in 2011.
NARDO HAS BEST GAME
Senior Tom Nardo had his best game as a Hawkeye after starting at defensive tackle for the second straight week. He had a career-best six tackles in the first half alone. He ended the game with a career-high 12 stops. He also recorded one-half sack and two tackles-for-loss.
COKER LEADS GROUND GAME
Sophomore RB Marcus Coker led Iowa’s ground game with 18 carries for 113 yards and two touchdowns. Coker surpassed 100 rushing yards for the second time this season and for the fourth time in his career. Coker rushed a career-high 35 times for 140 yards at Iowa State.
Coker surpassed 100 yards rushing twice as a freshman. He rushed 33 times for 219 yards against Missouri and rushed 22 times for 129 yards in a win at Indiana.
He previously scored two touchdowns at Iowa State this season and a year ago vs. Missouri in the Insight Bowl.
· Iowa has scored over 30 points in its first four games: Tennessee Tech (34), Iowa State (41), Pittsburgh (31) and ULM (45). Iowa had not scored over 30 points in four straight games since 2002, when Iowa surpassed 30 in five straight games. Iowa scored over 30 points in the first four games of the season in 1997.
· Iowa’s 28 points in the first half are a season high. Iowa led Tennessee Tech 27-0 at halftime in the first game of the year.
· RB Marcus Coker’s 26-yard run in the first quarter marked Iowa second running play of the season over 20 yards. RB Mika’il McCall had a 32-yard run in the opening game.
· Junior RB Jason White had the first pass reception of his career in the second period, for a 14-yard gain. He ended the game with two receptions for 21 yards. He added one rush for 10 yards.
· Iowa opened the game with touchdown drives on its first two possessions. A week earlier, in a come-from-behind win over Pittsburgh, Iowa scored touchdowns on four of its last five possessions, with the only exception being the end of the game when the Hawkeyes took a knee to run out the clock.
· Eric Guthrie’s only punt of the first half covered 50 yards, giving the senior at least one punt of 50 yards or more in three straight games. He finished the game with two punts for 96 yards (48.0 avg.).
· Junior WR Keenan Davis had a 23-yard touchdown reception in the third quarter, giving him at least one touchdown catch in three straight games.
HYDE GETS PUNT RETURN
Micah Hyde had a 30-yard punt return in the second quarter, giving Iowa its first punt return yards of the season. He ended the day with two returns for 43 yards. On defense Hyde recorded five tackles and one-half tackles for a loss.
MEYER ADDS TO TOTAL
Sophomore PK Mike Meyer made a 23-yard field goal in the fourth quarter, improving to 8-10 on the season after making his first seven attempts. He is 17-17 on PAT kicks. He has made 22-27 career field goals.
FIRST TIME FOR HAWKEYES
Junior TE Zach Derby started for the first time in his career. The only other change in Iowa’s line-up from the previous week was at fullback, where Matt Meyers started for the second time in four games. Jonathan Gimm had started the last two games at fullback, but did not play against ULM.
Lebron Daniel MAKING A NAME
Senior DL Lebron Daniel equaled his career high with four tackles, and set career highs with 1.5 tackles for loss 1.5 sacks.
Instant replay was used in the third period. ULM was called for intentional grounding, and the call on the field was upheld.
NEXT ON THE SCHEDULE
Iowa is idle next weekend. The Hawkeye open Big Ten play Oct. 8, at Penn State, and return home to host Northwestern Oct. 15 (6 p.m., BTN).