Game Day: The Big Ten Opener

Oct. 8, 2011

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – The University of Iowa football team travels to Penn State Saturday for a 2:30 p.m. kick with the Nittany Lions and everyone who follows both the Hawkeyes and Joe Paterno’s squad know the numbers:

  • The game is the 24th in the series between the two teams and Iowa holds a 12-11 margin.
  • Iowa has won the last three games.
  • Iowa has won eight of the last nine games.
  • Kirk Ferentz has an 8-2 career record against Penn State and Paterno.

It’s the last three lines that raise eyebrows if not blows people away. Three in a row? Eight of the last nine? Kirk has won seven of his 10 games against one of college football’s all-time greats, a living legend who has forgotten more about the game of college football than just about everybody else has ever learned?

Don’t kid yourself. Kirk, too, probably finds it an amusing oddity. He’ll also tell you that none of them have come easy. And he’ll tell you a win today won’t come easy. And he’s shooting straight, particularly if the conversation turned to Paterno, a man who had Kirk’s respect long, long ago.

“I don’t think there are many coaches that have impacted college sports more than Coach Paterno in any sport. One guy who has we have on our campus here, Dan Gable. But it’s a pretty small class. You can throw in names like Bear Bryant and John Wooden. But there aren’t many,” said Ferentz earlier this week when he sat down for his weekly visit with the media.

“It kind of adds to everything,” he added, noting that it doesn’t get much better in college football than Penn State football and Beaver Stadium and the traditional helmets and uniforms and crips white and blue. “But, you try not to be focused on that when you are on the game field,” he added. For the record, Paterno – the winningest coach in the history of Division I college football — is an even 11 up and 11 down against the Hawkeyes.

Iowa’s next game is the annual Black and Gold Spirit Game – and the inaugural ANF Day at Kinnick — against Northwestern next Saturday, Oct. 15. The game will be televised live to a national prime time audience by BTN with kickoff set for shortly after 6 p.m. Iowa time.

If you won’t be among the fans in attendance Iowa City – the game is sold out — here’s the list of options to help you follow along at home or wherever your travels might take you…but first, click HERE for the one-stop shopping option.

Iowa (3-1) at Penn State (4-1)
Saturday, Oct. 8 (2:30 p.m. Iowa time)

The game will be televised live to a national audience by a combination of ABC and ESPN, e.g. if the game is not available on ABC in your area, the game is available on ESPN. The announcers are Dave Pasch, Chris Spielman, Urban Meyer and sideline reporter Quint Kessenich. Big Ten Network. It is also available online at The announcers will be Kevin Kuglar, former Hawkeye Danan Hughes, and Stacy Paetz. If you need help finding the game, you can use the Big Ten Network’s “GameFinder” feature available HERE.

Hawkeye Radio Network
Today’s game – and all games of the 2011 Iowa Hawkeyes – will be broadcast live on the Hawkeye Radio Network with Gary Dolphin, Ed Podolak and Rob Brooks calling the action. The pre-game show begins at 9 a.m. Iowa time. For the list of Hawkeye Radio Network affiliates, click HERE.

The radio broadcast is also available exclusively online inside Hawkeye All-Access, the multi-media portal of, the official world wide web site of the Iowa Hawkeyes. Subscribers to Hawkeye All-Access can also watch live and exclusive coverage of Kirk Ferentz’s post-game media conference. To subscribe to Hawkeye All-Access, click HERE. You can also review the offerings inside Hawkeye All-Access there. Also, Hawkeye All-Access is now part of the Big Ten Digital Network. You can learn more about the offerings inside that space – content comes from all 12 Big Ten Conference institutions and the Big Ten Network – click HERE.

The broadcast is also available on satellite radio system Sirius (113) and XM (196). For more information, click HERE.

Official Game Day Blog
Fans of the Hawkeyes are also invited to register to participate in the very popular Official Iowa Football Game Day Blog. Fans who register in advance of the game are eligible to win a pair of tickets to the Hawkeyes’ game against Louisiana-Monroe and become a finalist for a pair of tickets to the first Heroes Game – Iowa vs. Nebraska – in late November in Lincoln, Neb. To learn more about the blog and to register to participate, click HERE

Need the most up-to-date game statistics and play-by-play? No one is faster and more accurate the GameTracker service inside To access GameTracker, click HERE, then just click on the GameTracker link to the right of the Hawkeyes’ 2011 schedule.