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Iowa at Purdue Post-Game Notes
November 19, 2011

Purdue holds a 45-34-3 advantage in the series that began with a 16-0 Iowa win in 1910. The Hawkeyes have won five of the last six and 17 of the last 23 meetings.

Iowa was 3-5 in the red zone today, scoring two touchdowns and a field goal. Iowa had a five-yard touchdown pass to C.J. Fiedorowicz, a rushing score of two yards by Marcus Coker, and a 38-yard field goal by Mike Meyer. The Hawkeyes have scored on 144 of the last 161 red zone possessions (95 TDs and 45 FGs), dating back to the Michigan State game in 2008. Iowa has scored on 125-142 combined inside the red zone in its last 40 games. Purdue was 2-4 inside the red zone, scoring two touchdowns.

POINTS OFF TURNOVERS Iowa recorded four takeaways (two interceptions and two fumbles) against Purdue. Iowa has scored 47 points in 11 games following 18 opponent turnovers (nine fumbles and nine interceptions). Iowa also blocked a punt today in the second quarter. The Hawkeye defense has collected at least one takeaway in 64 of its last 73 games, dating back to 2006. Purdue collected two takeaways (two fumbles).

Purdue won the toss and deferred, with Iowa receiving the opening kick. Iowa has started on offense in 133 of its last 154 contests, including 9-of-11 this season. The Hawkeyes have started the game on offense in 137-of-160 games under Coach Kirk Ferentz. Iowa games vs. Michigan (11/5/11), 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 14 of the 21 games.

OPENING DRIVE Iowa scored on its opening possession for the sixth time in 11 games. Iowa scored a touchdown on its opening drive vs. Purdue, Iowa State, ULM, Indiana and Michigan and a field goal vs. Northwestern. Purdue scored a touchdown its first possession. Iowa has allowed six opponents to score on their opening drive, including three field goals and three touchdowns. Iowa has allowed 14 opponents to score on their opening drive in its last 50 games.

MCNUTT SETS ANOTHER RECORD Senior WR Marvin McNutt, Jr. had two touchdown receptions, increasing his season total to 12, which is an Iowa single season record (Maurice Brown had 11 in 2002). McNutt also holds Iowa records for receiving yards in a season (1,240) and career (2,786). For the day, he had nine catches for 151 yards and two touchdowns, tying a career-high with nine receptions. It marked the fifth straight week McNutt collected over 100 receiving yards. McNutt, Jr. has posted over 100 receiving yards in eight games this year. He now has 162 career receptions for 2,768 yards. McNutt, Jr. now ranks second in career receptions and first in career yards. For the season, McNutt, Jr. has 74 receptions for 1,240 yards (16.8 avg.) and 12 scores. The 1,240 yards is an Iowa single-season record and his 74 receptions rank second best. McNutt has scored 168 career points, which ranks 10th at Iowa. McNutt, Jr. has 28 career touchdown receptions. He had eight scoring receptions in both 2009 and 2010.

Career Receiving Leaders

Name No-Yards Avg. TDs Years
1. Marvin McNutt, Jr. 162-2,786 17.2 28 2008-present
2. D. Johnson-Koulianos 173-2,616 15.1 17 2007-10
3. Tim Dwight 139-2,271 16.3 21 1994-97
4. Danan Hughes 146-2,216 15.2 21 1989-92
5. Ronnie Harmon 146-2,045 14.0 10 1982-85

Sophomore RB Marcus Coker led the Iowa rushing attack with 30 carries for 139 yards. Coker scored on a 2-yard run in the second quarter. He has 14 rushing touchdowns this season, which is the fourth most in a single season at Iowa. Coker has surpassed 100 rushing yards seven times this season and nine times in his career. For the season, Coker has rushed the ball 252 times for 1,297 yards (5.1 avg.). The 1,297 yards ranks sixth in a single-season at Iowa.

Sophomore DB Tanner Miller had two interceptions for the Iowa defense, the second and third of his career. Today marks the second time this season an Iowa played has had two thefts in one game, as Micah Hyde had two in Iowa’s win over Pittsburgh. Miller’s previous theft was returned for a touchdown earlier this year vs. Northwestern.

-Sophomore LB Anthony Hitchens had the first fumble recovery of his career, that coming on a Purdue KO return near the end of the first period. Hitchens missed five games earlier in the season due to injury before returning to special teams play a year ago. -Sophomore TE C.J. Fiedorowicz started for the third straight game and had a touchdown reception for the second straight game. -Senior Kyle Steinbrecher had a blocked punt in the second quarter, with the kick recovered by junior Collin Sleeper. The blocked punt is the first for Iowa this season and the first for Iowa since the opening game of the 2010 season. -Sophomore Mike Meyer converted a 38-yard field goal in the third period. He missed his only attempt in the first half, hitting the right upright. Three of his misses this season have hit an upright and he is 14-20 for the season. -Today marked the fifth time in 11 games in which RB Marcus Coker (30-139) and WR Marvin McNutt, Jr. (9-151) have each surpassed 100 yards. -Senior DT Mike Daniels had two sacks and four tackles-for-loss. The two sacks are a career-high and the tackles-for-loss equal a career-best.

Junior QB James Vandenberg completed 22-32 passes for 273 yards and three scores. Vandenberg’s three TD passes against Purdue raises his season total to 23, which ranks third best at Iowa for a single season. Vandenberg has completed 198-325 passes for 2,624 yards. Vandenberg moves up the single-season passing chart to eighth. His career numbers are 2,914 yards on 243-420 passing. The 2,914 career passing yards rank 13th. Vandenberg has 23 touchdown passes this season, with 13 of the 23 covering 20 yards or more. He had four touchdown passes against Indiana and three in wins over Pittsburgh and Louisiana-Monroe.

Instant replay was used twice in the second quarter. Iowa blocked a Purdue punt and recovered. The call on the field was upheld. On the second review, an Iowa fumble at the 1-yard line was recovered by Purdue, at the one. After review, the play was changed to a Purdue touchdown. In the third period, a Purdue fumble (recovered by Iowa) on the opening kick return, was reversed to the return man being down before the fumble. Later in the third period, an Iowa fumble, recovered by Purdue, was reviewed. The call was reversed to no fumble.

Iowa closes the regular season at Nebraska Friday, Nov. 25 (11:07 a.m. ABC).

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