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IOWA TO MEET OKLAHOMA IN INSIGHT BOWL
Iowa (7-5, 4-4) will meet Oklahoma (9-3, 5-3) of the Big 12 Conference in the 2011 Insight Bowl. The 23rd annual Insight Bowl will be played Dec. 30 at 9:05 p.m. (CT) in Sun Devil Stadium (56,000) in Tempe, Ariz. Oklahoma began the season as the top-ranked team in both the Associated Press and ESPN coaches’ polls. The Sooners are ranked 14th in the BCS Standings and 19th in both the Associated Press and ESPN coaches polls. This will be Iowa’s second straight appearance in the Insight Bowl. The Hawkeyes defeated 12th-ranked Missouri 27-24 a year ago.
ON THE TUBE
ESPN (HD) will televise the contest to a national audience. Sean McDonough, Matt Millen and Heather Cox will call the action.
The Insight Bowl will be broadcast on the Hawkeye Radio Network. Gary Dolphin will handle play-by-play, with color commentator Ed Podolak and sideline reporter Rob Brooks. The Hawkeye Radio Network includes more than 40 stations throughout the state. ESPN Radio will carry the game to a national audience as well, with Bill Rosinski, David Norrie and Joe Schad calling the action.
Iowa has played 1,154 games since beginning football in 1889. Iowa’s overall record is 594-521-39 (.532). That includes a 376-202-16 (.646) record in home games, a 218-319-23 (.410) record in games away from Iowa City, a 293-352-25 (.456) mark in Big Ten games and a 259-166-15 (.606) record in Kinnick Stadium.
ABOUT THE 2011 HAWKEYES
Iowa completed the 2011 regular season with a 7-5 overall record and a 4-4 mark in Big Ten play. The Hawkeyes are bowl eligible for the 11th straight season. Iowa is competing in its 10th bowl game since the 2001 season. The Hawkeyes have placed in the Big Ten’s first division in 10 of the last 11 seasons. Iowa, this season, posted a 3-1 mark in non-conference action, with the only blemish being a three-overtime loss at Iowa State. The Hawkeyes are 1-2 against ranked opponents. Iowa defeated 13th-ranked Michigan (24-16) and lost to 13th-ranked Michigan State (37-21), both at home, and also lost at 22nd-ranked Nebraska (20-7). In addition to the win over Michigan, Iowa also defeated Northwestern, Indiana and Purdue in conference play. Iowa’s offense has been led by senior WR Marvin McNutt, Jr., junior QB James Vandenberg and sophomore RB Marcus Coker. McNutt has set single-season (1,269) and career (2,815) records for receiving yards and touchdowns (12 and 28). Vandenberg has thrown for over 2,800 yards and Coker’s rushing total of 1,384 yards ranks fourth best for a single season at Iowa. Sophomore linebackers James Morris (105) and Christian Kirksey (103) lead the Hawkeyes in tackles, while senior DE Broderick Binns (12-58) and senior DT Mike Daniels (10.5-39) lead the team in tackles for loss. Junior CB Micah Hyde and sophomore safety Tanner Miller each have three interceptions.
FINAL CONTEST FOR IOWA SENIORS
Eighteen Iowa seniors will play their final game in a Hawkeye uniform in the Insight Bowl. The Iowa seniors include WR Joe Audlehelm, DB Jordan Bernstine, DL Broderick Binns, DL Lebron Daniel, DL Mike Daniels, DL Joe Forgy, OL Adam Gettis, P Eric Guthrie, TE Brad Herman, WR Marvin McNutt, Jr., DL Tom Nardo, LB Tyler Nielsen, OL Woody Orne, DB Shaun Prater, LB Terrance Pryor, DB Kyle Steinbrecher, RB Jason White and OL Markus Zusevics. Additional senior members of the program include senior student managers Ben Dolan, Andrew Flynn, Blaine Mateer and Todd Dunford; senior athletic training students Sara Smith, Jon Piche and Joe McDermott; and senior student videographers Michael Witt, Derek Ambrose, Grant Ridpath and Dan Bettenhausen.
IOWA BOWL ELIGIBLE AGAIN
The Iowa football team is bowl eligible for the 11th straight season under Coach Kirk Ferentz and his staff. The Hawkeyes have appeared in nine bowl games since 2001, including a win over 12th-ranked Missouri in the 2010 Insight Bowl. Iowa won the Outback Bowl over South Carolina following the 2008 season and concluded the 2009 campaign with a win over Georgia Tech in the Orange Bowl. Iowa is one of four programs in the nation to conclude each of the past three seasons with a bowl win (Florida, Florida State and South Florida) and the three-game bowl win streak is an Iowa record. The Hawkeyes have posted a 6-3 record in bowl games under Ferentz, including wins in four of six January bowl games.
IOWA WON 2010 INSIGHT BOWL
Iowa used a 72-yard interception return by DB Micah Hyde in the fourth quarter to regain the lead as the Hawkeyes posted a 27-24 win over 12th-ranked Missouri in the 2010 Insight Bowl. The Hawkeyes scored on their first possession of the game and led 17-10 at halftime. Iowa increased its advantage to 20-10 before Missouri scored two straight touchdowns to take its first lead. Hyde’s interception return provided the final points of the game. Following are a few additional game notes:
- The attendance of 53,453 at the 2010 game 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. Arizona defeated New Mexico, 20-14.
- Iowa RB Marcus Coker, who was named the 2010 Insight Bowl Offensive Player of the Game, rushed 33 times for 219 yards, 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 record for yards. The previous record of 29 rushing attempts was set by Shonn Greene vs. South Carolina in the 2009 Outback Bowl.
- Coker’s 33 attempts in the 2010 Insight Bowl were the second most by a running back in Insight Bowl history, while the 219 rushing yards rank third.
- Coker was 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). His 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 had a 62-yard touchdown run in the second period. That run is the longest of Coker’s career and was Iowa’s longest touchdown run of 2010.
IOWA’S ACADEMIC SUCCESS
In the NCAA’s most recent release on academic standing, Iowa’s football team ranks eighth nationally with a 2011 Graduation Success Rate (GSR) of 83 percent. Kirk Ferentz’s squad is one of only nine bowl-bound teams to score 80 percent or better on the NCAA’s “real-time” measurement of academic success. The Hawkeyes rank third among the 10 Big Ten Conference teams scheduled to participate in a bowl game later this month or early in January, 2012. The Big Ten is also the only conference with more than one team at 80 percent or better. The national average for Football Bowl Subdivision football programs is a GSR score of 69.
HAWKEYE GAMEDAY LIVE
The UI Department of Athletics has a new-and-improved “Hawkeye Gameday Live” page for Hawkeye fans. The page features game information such as notes, rosters, TV and radio information, etc.; live stats and blog, and twitter and facebook feeds. It’s the one-stop-shop for the ultimate Hawkeye fan who wants to check stats of their favorite player and participate in the conversation during the bowl game. Check the front page of hawkeyesports.com on Dec. 30 for access to “Hawkeye Gameday Live”.
#HAWKEYES AND TWITTER
Hawkeye fans join the twitter conversation during the bowl game by including #Hawkeyes in your tweets. By including #Hawkeyes in your tweets, in addition to showing your Hawkeye pride you will help the #Hawkeyes trend. Also, if you are not already following @TheIowaHawkeyes and @HawkeyeFootball, visit twitter.com and follow both feeds. Also, Hawkeye fans are encouraged to tweet their bowl photos during their trip to Arizona to @theiowahawkeyes.
IOWA VS. RANKED OPPONENTS
Iowa is 1-2 in 2011 against ranked opponents, defeating 13th-ranked Michigan (24-16), while losing to 13th-ranked Michigan State (37-21) and 22nd-ranked Nebraska (20-7). 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 ranked opponents in 2010 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. In 2009, Iowa defeated No. 4 Penn State and No. 9 Georgia Tech, while losing at No. 8 Ohio State in overtime. Iowa recorded a victory over a top-five ranked team in 2008, 2009 and 2010.
IOWA’S BOWL HISTORY
- Iowa is bowl eligible for the 11th straight season. Iowa, in 2010, played in its ninth bowl game since 2001 and has posted a .500 record or better in 10 of the last 11 seasons. 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 is one of four programs in the nation to win a bowl game at the conclusion of each of the last three seasons, with two of the three being January bowl wins. Among Big Ten teams, only Penn State (1993-96), Michigan (1997-2000) and Ohio State (2002-2005) have won four straight bowl games in as many seasons. Nebraska, which joined the Big Ten Conference in 2011, held a six-game bowl win streak from 1969-74.
- The 2011 Insight Bowl game will be Iowa’s 26th bowl game and its 10th post season event under Kirk Ferentz. The Hawkeyes hold a 14-10-1 (.580) all-time bowl record. Iowa has competed in six January bowl games since the 2002 season. Iowa is 6-3 in bowl games since 2001, all under Coach Kirk Ferentz.
- 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 Coach Kirk 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 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. Iowa’s .667 (6-3) winning percentage in bowl games in the BCS era ranks as the best in the Big Ten Conference.
- 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.
- 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, Gator, Freedom and Insight bowls once.
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 (41) and the Hawkeyes (26). Wisconsin ranks fourth with 23. Iowa (14-10-1, .580), Penn State (27-14-2, .651), Wisconsin (11-11, .500) and Purdue (8-7, .533) are the only Big Ten teams with a winning percentage in bowl games. Nebraska, competing in the Big Ten for the first time in 2011, holds a 24-23 record in 47 bowl games. Iowa is one of 10 Big Ten Conference teams that will play in a bowl game this season. The Big Ten has two teams competing in BCS games for the 11th time in 14 seasons. Since the inception of the BCS in 1998, the Big Ten has qualified 25 teams for BCS bowls, more than any other conference. Seven different Big Ten programs have played in BCS bowl games. The Big Ten is sending 10 teams to bowl games for the first time ever. Additional bowl games for the Big Ten this season include Wisconsin vs. Oregon in the Rose Bowl; Michigan vs. Virginia Tech in the Sugar Bowl; Nebraska vs. South Carolina in the Capital One Bowl; Michigan State vs. Georgia in the Outback Bowl; Ohio State vs. Florida in the Gator Bowl; Northwestern vs. Texas A&M in the Texas Bowl; Penn State vs. Houston in the Ticket City Bowl; Purdue vs. Western Michigan in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl and Illinois vs. UCLA in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl.
BEST IN THE BIG TEN
Iowa has posted a 6-3 bowl record under Coach Kirk Ferentz. Since the 2001 season, no Big Ten team has won more bowl games or has a higher winning percentage in bowl games, than Iowa.
IOWA IN THE INSIGHT BOWL AND ARIZONA
Iowa is 1-0 in the Insight Bowl following the 2010 win over Missouri. This marks the sixth straight year a Big Ten institution has played in the Insight Bowl. The Insight Bowl was previously the Copper Bowl. The Hawkeyes have played eight games (3-5) in the state of Arizona. Along with the 2010 Insight Bowl, the Hawkeyes dropped a 34-27 contest at Arizona on Sept. 18, 2010. Iowa is 1-1 in Sun Devil Stadium. Along with defeating Missouri last season, the Hawkeyes dropped a 44-7 decision to Arizona State in 2004, with the Hawkeyes earning a share of the Big Ten title that season. Iowa’s six other trips to Arizona have been for games at Tucson against Arizona.
THE BIG TEN IN THE INSIGHT BOWL
The Big Ten Conference is 3-4 in the Insight Bowl. The first Big Ten appearance was in 1991 when Indiana defeated Baylor, 24-0. Wisconsin scored a 38-10 win over Utah in 1996. The Big Ten had lost four straight Insight Bowl games before Iowa’s victory a year ago. Minnesota lost to Texas Tech in 2006 (44-41, OT), to Kansas in 2008 (42-21) and to Iowa State (14-13) in 2009. Indiana dropped a 49-33 decision to Oklahoma State in 2007.
IOWA LEADERSHIP GROUP
Iowa’s Leadership Group for the 2011 season includes four seniors, five juniors, four sophomores, one redshirt freshman and one true freshman. Permanent team captains are named at the conclusion of each season. The Leadership Group includes seniors Broderick Binns, Mike Daniels, Marvin McNutt, Jr. and Tyler Nielsen; juniors Greg Castillo, James Ferentz, Micah Hyde, Riley Reiff and James Vandenberg; sophomores Marcus Coker, Casey Kreiter, James Morris and Brett Van Sloten; redshirt freshman Brandon Scherff and true freshman Jake Rudock.
Oklahoma is the ninth bowl team on Iowa’s schedule. During the regular season, Iowa posted a 4-4 record against Iowa State, Pittsburgh, Penn State, Northwestern, Michigan, Michigan State, Purdue and Nebraska. In addition, Iowa defeated Tennessee Tech, which advanced to the FCS playoffs. Oklahoma posted a 5-3 record against eight opponents who are playing in bowl games.
IOWA VS. THE BIG 12
Iowa is 3-1 when facing a Big 12 Conference team in a bowl game. That includes a win over Missouri (27-24) in the 2010 Insight Bowl, a loss to Texas (26-24) in the 2006 Alamo Bowl, a win over Texas Tech (19-16) in the 2001 Alamo Bowl and a win over Texas Tech (27-0) in the 1996 Alamo Bowl. In addition, Iowa defeated Southwest Conference member Texas (55-17) in the 1984 Freedom Bowl. Overall, Iowa holds a 58-38 record against the current members of the Big 12, having played nine of the 10 teams at least once.
Oklahoma defeated Iowa 21-6 in 1979 at Norman, Okla. in the only previous meeting between the two teams. That game was the second contest for Hayden Fry as Iowa’s head coach, a position he held through the 1998 season. Two reserves who played for Iowa in that contest were Bob Stoops, the current Oklahoma head coach, and Bruce Kittle, currently a Sooner assistant coach.
IOWA/SOONER GAME NOTES
- Iowa is one of four schools (Florida, Florida State and South Florida) to have won a bowl game in each of the last three seasons. Oklahoma is one of 22 additional teams to have won a bowl game following each of the last two seasons.
- Iowa is playing in the same bowl game in consecutive years for the second time. The Hawkeyes won the Holiday Bowl in both 1986 and 1987. Iowa defeated San Diego State (39-38) in its first Holiday Bowl and defeated Wyoming (20-19) the following year.
- Iowa and Oklahoma played one common opponent. Iowa lost at Iowa State (44-41) in triple overtime. The Sooners won by a 26-6 margin in Norman.
- Iowa and Oklahoma both won bowl games in the Phoenix area last season. Iowa defeated Missouri in the Insight Bowl and Oklahoma defeated Connecticut in the Fiesta Bowl.
- Oklahoma has played four of its 44 bowl games against current Big Ten Conference teams, but only one of the four was against a team that was in the Big Ten at the time. Oklahoma defeated Michigan 14-6 in the 1976 Orange Bowl. The Sooners also defeated Penn State in the 1972 and 1986 Orange Bowls and Nebraska in the 1979 Orange bowl, but Penn State and Nebraska were not in the Big Ten in those years.
- Oklahoma Coach Bob Stoops is an Iowa graduate, who was a four-year football letterman (1979-82). He was first team all-Big Ten in 1982 and Iowa’s MVP that season. Stoops later served as a graduate assistant (1983-84) and volunteer assistant (1986-87) on the Iowa staff. Kirk Ferentz was Iowa’s offensive line coach during Stoops’ final two seasons as a player and during the time Stoops was a member of the Iowa staff.
- Oklahoma assistant Jay Norvell is a former Hawkeye player and an Iowa graduate. He earned first team all-Big Ten honors in 1985 when he led the conference with seven interceptions. He was a member of two Iowa Rose Bowl teams and helped two Hawkeye teams earn Big Ten titles. He was a graduate assistant at Iowa (1986-87) and has also coached at Northern Iowa (1988) and Iowa State (1995-97).
- Oklahoma assistant Bruce Kittle is a Cedar Falls native who played football at Iowa and is an Iowa graduate. Kittle was a team captain on Iowa’s 1981 Rose Bowl team and later served as a graduate assistant on the Iowa staff. The former offensive lineman was a four-year letterman (1977-79, 1981) who played his final season with Kirk Ferentz as his offensive line coach. His daughter, Emma, played volleyball at Iowa for one season.
HEAD COACHING STABILITY
Iowa Coach Kirk Ferentz and Oklahoma Coach Bob Stoops are completing their 13th season in their current positions, respectively. Ferentz and Stoops rank fourth in longevity among FBS head coaches, behind Frank Beamer of Virginia Tech, Larry Blakeney of Troy and Mack Brown of Texas. Ferentz is the dean of Big Ten coaches.
IOWA STAFF HAS STAYED TOGETHER
The Iowa coaching staff (nine full-time assistants and head strength and conditioning coach) has 110 years of combined years of service under Coach Kirk Ferentz, which ranks fourth in the nation behind Gary Pinkel (Toledo/Missouri), Frank Beamer (Murray State/Virginia Tech) and Jim Grobe (Elon/Wake Forest).
ALL-BIG TEN HONORS
Senior WR Marvin McNutt, Jr. was named the recipient of the Big Ten’s inaugural Richter-Howard Receiver of the Year Award, highlighting Iowa’s all-Big Ten selections for 2011. McNutt is one of eight Hawkeye players named to either the first or second all-Big Ten teams, voted on by the league’s coaches and media. McNutt, along with junior offensive tackle Riley Reiff, earned first team recognition from both the coaches and media. Senior DB Shaun Prater was a first team selection by league coaches. Prater earned first team honors for the second straight year, while McNutt and Reiff each moved to the first team after earning second team honors in 2010. Sophomore RB Marcus Coker, senior DT Mike Daniels and senior offensive guard Adam Gettis were named to the second team by league coaches, while senior DE Broderick Binns and junior DB Micah Hyde were named to the media second team. Daniels and Hyde each earned honorable mention recognition in 2010. Four Hawkeyes were named honorable mention by both coaches and media, including senior offensive tackle Markus Zusevics, senior P Eric Guthrie, junior center James Ferentz and sophomore LB James Morris. Binns and Hyde were named honorable mention by the coaches, while the media named Daniels, Gettis, Prater and senior LB Tyler Nielsen to its honorable mention list. In addition to being named honorable mention by both coaches and media, Guthrie is Iowa’s recipient of the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award.
THREE EARN ACADEMIC HONORS
Three members of the University of Iowa football program were named to the Capital One Academic All-District Six first team. Those players include senior LB Tyler Nielsen, junior QB James Vandenberg and junior DL Steve Bigach. Each of the three will now have their name placed on the national ballot for Capital One Academic All-America honors, which will be announced Dec. 8. Nielsen holds a 3.56 GPA and is a marketing major who has already earned his bachelor’s degree. He has earned academic all-Big Ten recognition in each of the past three seasons. Nielsen has started 11 games in 2011, missing the Indiana game due to injury. He has played both the outside and middle linebacker positions. He has recorded 65 tackles, including four for loss and a QB sack. He has forced one fumble and has two fumble recoveries. Vandenberg has started all 12 games. He carries a 3.34 GPA and is majoring in integrative physiology. Vandenberg earned academic all-Big Ten honors in 2010. He has completed 214-360 pass attempts for 2,806 yards and 23 touchdowns, with just six interceptions. Bigach is majoring in integrative physiology and mathematics and has a 3.65 GPA. He also earned academic all-Big Ten honors in 2010. He has played in 11 games, earning three starts at defensive tackle and two at defensive end. He has recorded nine solo tackles and 14 assists. In the last 13 seasons, under Coach Kirk Ferentz, 19 Iowa football student-athletes have combined to earn academic all-District and all-America recognition on 35 occasions.
PARKER NAMED ASSISTANT OF THE YEAR
Defensive Coordinator Norm Parker was named the FBS Assistant Coach of the Year by the American Football Coaches Association. Parker was picked for the honor following a vote of his peers and will be honored at the AFCA national convention in San Antonio, Texas. Parker is in his 13th year as Iowa’s defensive coordinator. He was a finalist for the Frank Broyles Assistant Coach of the Year Award in 2004 and 2005. Under Parker’s direction, the Iowa defense is annually regarded as one of the most physical, hard-hitting units in the Big Ten and the nation. The Hawkeyes have been bowl eligible in each of the last 11 seasons and have been ranked in the final top 10 of both major polls four times in the past 10 seasons. Iowa has won 85 games over the past 10 seasons, including 50 Big Ten games. The Hawkeyes earned a share of the Big Ten title in both 2002 and 2004 and tied for second in 2009. Under Parker’s direction, Iowa has ranked among the top 10 nationally in rushing defense five times. Iowa has been in the top 10 in scoring defense three of the past four seasons. In 2010, Iowa was fifth nationally in total defense (332.1), sixth in rushing defense (101.5) and seventh in scoring defense (17.0).
MCNUTT, JR. SETS RECORDS
Senior WR Marvin McNutt, Jr. has established a single season record for touchdown receptions with 12 in 2011 (Maurice Brown had 11 in 2002). He also holds Iowa records for single season yardage (1,269), career yardage (2,815) and career scoring receptions (28). McNutt had eight scoring receptions in both 2009 and 2010. McNutt had over 100 receiving yards in eight games. He ranks second in receptions in a season (78) and career receptions (166). McNutt needs four receptions to tie the single season record and seven receptions to equal the career mark. He had 184 receiving yards (six catches) vs. Indiana, the eighth best single-game total at Iowa, and 151 yards on nine receptions in a win at Purdue. McNutt ranks 10th in career scoring with 168 points.
MCNUTT IN BIG TEN RECORDS
Senior WR Marvin McNutt, Jr. ranks 10th all-time in the Big Ten in career touchdown receptions. He has 12 touchdowns in 2011 and 28 career scores. He had eight touchdowns in both 2009 and 2010. With the 28 touchdowns, McNutt moves past six former players who were tied for the 10th spot with 27 touchdowns. In addition, McNutt is ninth in the Big Ten in single season receiving yards (1,269). With two additional touchdown catches McNutt could also move into the top 10 in single season scoring receptions, as six players are tied for sixth with 14 touchdowns.
MCNUTT CANDIDATE FOR NATIONAL AWARD
Senior WR Marvin McNutt, Jr., is a finalist for the FBS Receiving Performance of the Year for his play in Iowa’s 45-24 win over Indiana on Oct. 22. McNutt won the fan voting during the week following Iowa’s win over the Hoosiers. The St. Louis, Mo., native had six receptions for 184 yards against Indiana, recording touchdown receptions of 80, 24 and 29 yards. All-Star Performances of the Year is a four-month competition that lets fans determine which individual performances reign supreme during the 2011 college football season. Each top weekly vote-getter proceeds to the finals, which runs Jan. 16-22, and the winners will be revealed during the All-Star Football Challenge special airing at 6 p.m. (CT) Feb. 3 on ESPN2. Fans can vote Jan. 16-22.
MEYER WAS GROZA SEMIFINALIST
Sophomore PK Mike Meyer was one of 20 semifinal candidates for the 2011 Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award, presented by the Orange Bowl Committee. Meyer has handled all PAT and field goal attempts for the Hawkeyes this season. He has made all 42 of his PAT attempts and 14-20 field goal attempts, with three of the missed kicks hitting the upright and another being blocked. He is second on the team with 84 points. He earned Lou Groza Award “Stars of the Week” recognition and was named national Placekicker of the Week by the College Football Performance Awards for his play at Iowa State. Meyer connected on all four field goal attempts and was 3-3 on PAT kicks. Meyer had a career-best of 50 yards at Iowa State and five of his 14 field goals are at least 40 yards. He has 157 career points to rank 15th in career scoring.
HAWKEYES EARN WEEKLY HONORS
Several Iowa players have earned weekly honors this season:
- WR Marvin McNutt, Jr. was named national Wide Receiver of the Week by the College Football Performance Awards for his play in Iowa’s 31-21 win at Purdue. McNutt had nine receptions for 151 yards and two scores. He also earned honorable mention recognition for the same award vs. Michigan State (8-130-1 TD), Tennessee Tech (6-140-2 TDs) and Indiana (6-184-3 TDs).
- WR Marvin McNutt, Jr. was named Big Ten co-offensive Player of the Week for his play in Iowa’s win over Indiana. McNutt, Jr. had six receptions for 184 yards and three touchdowns (80, 24 and 29 yards). He became Iowa’s career leader in touchdown receptions (24) with the 80-yard reception.
- QB James Vandenberg was named Big Ten Conference offensive Player of the Week for his play in leading Iowa to a 31-27 win over Pittsburgh. The Big Ten honor is the first for Vandenberg. He led Iowa’s second half rally against Pittsburgh, rushing for one touchdown and throwing three touchdown passes in the final 17 minutes. His totals against Pitt included 31-48 passes for 399 yards and three touchdowns, with one interception.
- QB James Vandenberg was one of eight quarterbacks named by the Manning Award as its “Stars of the Week” following Iowa’s win over Pittsburgh. The award was established by the Allstate Sugar Bowl in 2004. Vandenberg has also been nominated for the Quarterback Performance of the Year honor, which is also based on fan voting.
- QB James Vandenberg earned honorable mention honors from the College Football Performance Awards for his play vs. Pittsburgh, Louisiana-Monroe and Indiana. Vandenberg completed 21-32 passes for 270 yards and three touchdowns in Iowa’s 45-17 win over ULM. His scoring strikes covered 13, 17 and 23 yards and he scored on a one-yard run. Against Indiana, he completed 12-16 passes for 253 yards and a career-high four touchdowns.
- College Sports Madness named Iowa LB Tyler Nielsen as its national defensive Player of the Week for his play in Iowa’s win over 13th-ranked Michigan. In addition, he received honorable mention recognition from the College Football Performance Awards. Nielsen had a career-high 13 tackles, including seven solo stops. He also forced and recovered a Michigan fumble that led to an Iowa field goal. Nielsen was credited with two tackles for loss and also had a QB pressure.
- Sophomore DB Tanner Miller was named national Defensive Back of the Week by the College Football Performance Awards for his play in Iowa’s win over Northwestern. Miller collected the first interception of his career in the first quarter and returned the theft 98 yards for a touchdown. Miller recorded a career-high eight tackles in the game, including five solo stops. The 98-yard return ties Iowa’s record for longest interception return. Miller was also nominated for the GEICO Play of the Year. Fans vote for the GEICO Play of the Year, with the winner being announced on GEICO Best of College Football 2011 (Nov. 25, 1:30 p.m. ET, CBS). He also earned honorable mention recognition for the same award for his play at Purdue, where he recorded two interceptions.
- RB Marcus Coker was named national Running Back of the Week by the College Football Performance Awards for his play at Minnesota. Coker rushed 32 times for 252 yards and two scores against the Gophers.
- DL Mike Daniels earned honorable mention recognition from the College Football Performance Award for his play in Iowa’s 31-21 win at Purdue. Daniels recorded nine tackles, five tackles for loss and three QB sacks.
- DB Micah Hyde earned honorable mention honors from the College Football Performance Award for his play vs. Pittsburgh and at Penn State. Hyde collected two interceptions in the win over Pitt, the second coming with 1:41 remaining in the game to end Pitt’s final possession. He also had 10 tackles, including nine solo stops. Hyde had his third interception of the season in the second half at Penn State, stopping a PSU drive inside the Iowa red zone. Hyde was also credited with eight tackles, including one tackle for loss, and two pass break-ups.
- DL Tom Nardo was named Big Ten Conference defensive Player of the Week for his play in Iowa’s 45-17 win over Louisiana-Monroe on Sept. 24. The Big Ten honor is the first for Nardo. Nardo recorded a career-high 12 tackles (six solo, six assists), including two tackles for loss and a shared QB sack.
- P Eric Guthrie received honorable mention honors from the College Football Performance Awards for his play vs. Louisiana-Monroe. Guthrie averaged 48 yards on his two punts vs. ULM.
- Sophomore PK Mike Meyer was named national Placekicker of the Week by the College Football Performance Awards for his play in Iowa’s 44-41 three-overtime loss at Iowa State. Meyer was also one of three kickers to earn “Stars of the Week” recognition from the Lou Groza Collegiate Place Kicker Award. Meyer made all four field goal attempts, connecting from 42, 20, 50 and 34 yards. The 50-yard kick is a career best and the 34-yard effort came in the third overtime period.
- Sophomore LB Christian Kirksey earned honorable mention recognition from the College Football Performance Awards for his play at Iowa State. He had a career-high 13 tackles, including 11 solo stops, two tackles for loss and a QB sack. He also caused and recovered an Iowa State fumble while making a tackle and had one pass break-up.
- Senior DB Shaun Prater earned honorable mention recognition from the College Football Performance Awards for his play against Tennessee Tech. Prater had an 89-yard touchdown return in Iowa’s win, the fifth longest on school history.
Senior WR Marvin McNutt, Jr. and sophomore RB Marcus Coker give Iowa a 1,200-yard receiver and rusher in the same season for the first time ever. Coker has rushed for 1,384 yards, while McNutt has 1,269 receiving yards. The two have combined for 27 of Iowa’s 41 offensive touchdowns. In addition, junior QB James Vandenberg has passed for 2,806 yards. McNutt has established a single season record for receiving yards, Coker’s rushing total ranks fourth best for a single season and Vandenberg’s passing total ranks seventh best in a season. An Iowa running back has gained over 1,000 rushing yards in 17 seasons (seven times under Kirk Ferentz). McNutt is just the fourth Hawkeye receiver to total over 1,000 receiving yards in one season, the second under Ferentz.
HAWKEYES LEAD IN UNKNOWN STATS
Sophomore RB Marcus Coker and senior WR Marvin McNutt, Jr. led the Big Ten Conference in different statistical categories that might go unnoticed by most. According to STATS, Inc., Coker led all Big Ten players in rushing yards after contact (752), while ranking second in quality rushes, that gain a first down, four yards or more, or a touchdown. Coker also ranked fourth with six rushes of over 20 yards. McNutt led all conference receivers with 550 yards after catch. In addition, senior DE Broderick Binns ranked sixth in the Big Ten in QB knockdowns, with 11.
HAWKEYES EARN MIDSEASON RECOGNITION
Fourteen Hawkeye players were named to Phil Steele’s College Football midseason all-Big Ten team. Senior DB Shaun Prater was the only Iowa player named to the first team. Those earning second team recognition included sophomore RB Marcus Coker and senior WR Marvin McNutt, Jr. on offense, senior DE Broderick Binns and sophomore LB James Morris on defense, and senior punter Eric Guthrie and sophomore PK Mike Meyer. Third team recognition was given to junior WR Keenan Davis, junior center James Ferentz, junior tackle Riley Reiff on offense and senior tackle Mike Daniels, sophomore linebacker Christian Kirksey, junior cornerback Micah Hyde and senior safety Jordan Bernstine on defense. Iowa and Wisconsin led all teams with 14 players named to the three teams.
IOWA IN NCAA STATS
As a team, Iowa is tied for ninth nationally in fewest penalty yards per game (35.6), 12th in red zone defense (73.1%), tied for 15th in fewest penalties per game (4.7), tied for 16th in fewest turnovers (16), 38th in pass efficiency (141.5) and 27th in net punting (38.2). Individually, WR Marvin McNutt, Jr., is 11th in receiving yards per game (105.8) and tied for 24th in receptions per game (6.5), RB Marcus Coker is 14th in rushing yards per game (115.3), DB Shaun Prater is tied for 19th with four forced fumbles, QB James Vandenberg is 33rd in pass efficiency (142.7) and 34th in passing yards (233.8) and LB James Morris is 29th in tackles per game (9.5). All Iowa team and individual statistical rankings, both in the Big Ten and the NCAA, can be found as a side bar within the game notes section.
FINAL GAME NOTES
- Sophomore RB Marcus Coker has scored 90 points this season, which ranks 11th best in a single season at Iowa. He has 15 rushing touchdowns, which is the fourth most in a single season at Iowa. Coker has surpassed 100 rushing yards seven times in 2011 and nine times in his career. For the season, Coker has rushed 270 times for 1,384 yards (5.1 avg.). The 1,384 yards ranks fourth in a single season at Iowa. He has 395 career rushing attempts for 2,006 yards, which is 12th best at Iowa.
- Junior QB James Vandenberg has completed 214-360 passes for 2,806 yards and 23 touchdowns. Vandenberg moves up to seventh on Iowa’s single-season passing chart. His career numbers are 3,096 yards on 259-455 passing. The 3,096 career passing yards rank 10th best at Iowa. He has 23 touchdown passes this season, with 13 of the 23 covering 20 yards or more.
- Senior WR Marvin McNutt, Jr. has at least one reception in 31 straight game. McNutt has posted over 100 receiving yards in eight games this year. He has 166 career receptions for 2,797 yards. McNutt ranks second in career receptions and first in career yards. He is seven receptions from tying Iowa’s career receptions record. For the season, McNutt has 78 receptions for 1,269 yards (16.3 avg.) and 12 scores. The 12 touchdowns and 1,269 yards are Iowa single-season records and his 78 receptions rank second best. The 1,269 yards receiving is eighth best by a Big Ten receiver in a single season. McNutt has scored 168 career points, which ranks 10th at Iowa, on 28 career touchdown receptions. He had eight scoring receptions in both 2009 and 2010.
- Iowa scored a touchdown on its opening drive vs. Purdue, Iowa State, ULM, Indiana and Michigan and a field goal vs. Northwestern. 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 51 games.
- Iowa started the same 22 players on offense and defense in its final two games, marking the first time this season Iowa started the exact same line-up. Previously, the Iowa offense started the same 11 players in consecutive games vs. Michigan and Michigan State. The Iowa defense started the same 11 players in the first two games of the season and later against Pittsburgh and Louisiana-Monroe.
HIGH SCORING FOURTH QUARTER
Iowa’s 24 points in the fourth quarter of the 41-31 win over Northwestern matched the highest scoring quarter of the season. Iowa scored 24 points in the second quarter in the 34-7 season-opening win over Tennessee Tech. Iowa has not scored more than 24 points in any quarter since the 2009 season, when it scored 28 points in the final quarter of a 42-24 win over Indiana. Iowa, twice, scored 21 points in a quarter during the 2010 season and added 21 points in the second quarter of the most recent win over Indiana.
IOWA EFFICIENT IN FOURTH
Iowa’s offense was efficient in the fourth quarter of a 41-31 win over Northwestern on Oct. 15. The Hawkeyes scored points on four straight drives after the score was tied at 17 and ended the game at the Wildcat 15-yard line. Iowa drove 64 yards in 11 plays to take a 24-17 lead and later moved 71 yards in just three plays for a 14-point advantage. The Hawkeyes added a field goal after a Northwestern fumble and added their final points on a 24-yard drive after recovering an on-side kick.
EFFICIENCY CONTINUED . . .
Iowa scored touchdowns on all five first half possessions in the win over Indiana and added a field goal on its first drive of the third quarter. Dating back to the Northwestern game the previous week, Iowa scored on 10 of 11 possessions in the two games, with the only non-scoring drive coming at the conclusion of the Northwestern game when Iowa reached the Wildcat 15-yard line as time expired in the 41-31 win. Against Indiana, Iowa’s opening drive took over seven minutes and covered 69 yards. The Hawkeyes ended the second period with a 53-yard drive that took just four plays and 44 seconds.
Iowa’s rally for a 31-27 win over Pittsburgh (Sept. 17) is believed to be the largest comeback for a win in Hawkeye history, as the Hawkeyes trailed by 21 points (24-3) with 3:11 remaining in the third quarter. Following is a list of previous Iowa rallies that are believed to be the largest in school history:
- Iowa rallied from an 18-point deficit in a 34-31 win over Oregon in 1949 in Iowa City. Iowa trailed 24-6 with 2:30 left in the third quarter against the Ducks.
- Iowa rallied from a 17-0 first half deficit for a 30-27 win at Minnesota in 1986, winning on a 37-yard field goal with one second remaining.
- Iowa rallied from a 17-0 first half deficit for a 37-30 home win over Michigan State in 1996. Iowa rallied to tie the game at 23 and 30 before scoring the winning touchdown early in the fourth period.
- Iowa rallied from a 14-point deficit for a 42-24 win over Indiana in 2009 at Kinnick Stadium. The Hawkeyes trailed 21-7 in the third period when an 86-yard interception return sparked Iowa’s rally.
- Iowa’s rally ties as the second largest this season among FBS teams. Houston rallied from a 27-point deficit to take a win over Louisiana Tech, while Nebraska rallied from 21 points down to defeat Ohio State.
WINNING AT HOME
Iowa has won 55 of its last 67 games (.821) in Kinnick Stadium, dating back to the 2002 season, including a 6-1 record in 2011. Iowa recorded a school-record 22-game home winning streak between 2002-05, which ended with an overtime loss to Michigan. Iowa is 23-5 (.821) at home since the start of the 2008 season and 24-1 (.960) in its last 25 non-conference home games. Iowa has won 12 straight non-conference home games since the final game of 2007.
OL Riley Reiff
- First team all-Big Ten by league coaches and media
- First team preseason All-America by Playboy
- Second team preseason All-America by Consensus Draft Services
- Third team preseason All-American by Phil Steele’s College Football and Athlon Sports
- Started at left tackle in all 12 games in 2011 and has started 33 consecutive games
WR Marvin McNutt, JR.
- Earned Richter-Howard Receiver of the Year Award in the Big Ten Conference
- First team all-Big Ten by both league coaches and media
- Fourth team preseason All-America by Phil Steele’s College Football
- Seventy-eight receptions for 1,269 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2011, to set single-season records for yardage and touchdowns. Rank second best in a season for receptions
- Ranks ninth in the Big Ten for career touchdowns (28) and receiving yards in a season (1,269)
- Fifty-three receptions for 861 yards and eight touchdowns in 2010, averaging 16.2 yards per catch. Receiving yardage ranks 11th best for single season
- Twenty-eight career touchdown receptions is Iowa’s career record, with 12 scores in 2011 and eight in both 2009 and 2010
- Career totals include 166 receptions for 2,815 yards to become all-time leader in receiving yards and rank second in receptions and 11th in career scoring with 168 points
- Six receptions for 140 yards and two touchdowns in opening win over Tennessee Tech
- Named national Wide Receiver of the Week by College Football Performance Awards for his play at Purdue (9-151-2 TDs)
- Honorable mention Wide Receiver of the Week by College Football Performance Awards for his play vs. Tennessee Tech and Michigan State
- Four receptions for 61 yards at Iowa State, including 29-yard reception that led to an Iowa touchdown and 24-17 fourth quarter advantage
- Eight receptions for 112 yards in win over Pittsburgh
- Seven receptions for 100 yard and two touchdowns in win over ULM
- Four catches for 73 yards at Penn State to surpass 2,000 career receiving yards
- Six receptions for 87 yards and a touchdown in win over Northwestern
- Career-bests of 184 yards and three touchdowns vs. Indiana on just six receptions
- Big Ten offensive Player of the Week vs. Indiana, with scoring receptions of 80, 24 and 29 yards
- Seven receptions for 101 yards at Minnesota, including 25th career touchdown reception
- Career-best nine receptions for 101 yards in win over Michigan
- Eight receptions for 130 yards and two rushing attempts for 27 yards vs. Michigan State
- Matched career high with nine receptions for 151 yards and two touchdowns in win at Purdue
RB Marcus Coker
- Second team all-Big Ten by both league coaches and media
- Leads Iowa rushing attack with 281 carries for 1,384 yards and 15 touchdowns, to rank fourth in touchdowns, carries and yards, for a single season
- Ninety points is 11th best single season total
- Career totals include 395 attempts for 2,006 yards and 18 touchdowns, to rank 12th in career rushing and 13th in rushing attempts
- First Iowa running back since Shonn Greene (2008) to rush for over 1,000 yards
- Thirteenth Iowa running back to rush for over 1,000 yards in a season, the fifth under Coach Kirk Ferentz
- Ranks second in the Big Ten and 14th nationally in rushing yards per game (115.3)
- Has rushed for over 100 yards in seven games in 2011 and nine career games
- Scored two touchdowns in four straight games before scoring once vs. Michigan State, Purdue and Nebraska
- Rushed 18 times for 87 yards and a touchdown at Nebraska
- Rushed 31 times for 139 yards and one touchdown in win at Purdue
- Rushed 29 times for 132 yards and two touchdowns in win over Michigan
- Rushed 33 times for career-best 252 yards and two scores at Minnesota
- Rushing total of 252 yards at Minnesota ranks as third best single-game total in school history
- Named national Running Back of the Week by College Football Performance Awards vs. Minnesota
- One of four running backs in Iowa history with more than one game with over 200 rushing yards
- Had 23 carries for 139 yards and two scores in win over Indiana
- Rushed 22 times for 124 yards and two scores in win over Northwestern
- Rushed for 113 yards and two scores on 18 carries against Louisiana-Monroe
- Rushed a career-high 35 times for 140 yards at Iowa State, scoring two touchdowns
- Set Iowa bowl records for rushing attempts (33) and rushing yards (219) as a true freshman in 2010 Insight Bowl win over Missouri
- Scored on touchdown runs of one and 62 yards in Insight Bowl and was named Offensive Player of the Game
- Freshman season totals in 2010 included 114 carries for 622 yards and three touchdowns, while playing in just seven games. Rushing total in 2010 ranks fourth best for an Iowa freshman
DB Shaun Prater
- First team all-Big Ten by league coaches
- First team All-Big Ten in 2010 by both league coaches and media
- Second team preseason All-America by Lindy’s, Athlon Sports and GoDaddy.com
- Tied for 21st in the nation with four caused fumbles in 2011
- Tied for second in the Big Ten and tied for 40th nationally with four interceptions in 2010
- Ranked fifth on the team with 68 tackles in 2010, while playing in 12 of 13 games
- Had 89-yard interception return for a touchdown vs. Tennessee Tech, the second of his career
- Earned honorable mention recognition from College Football Performance Awards for his play vs. Tennessee Tech
- Recorded five solo tackles and two assists at Iowa State
- Recorded two forced fumbles and three tackles in win over Pittsburgh
- Recorded six tackles in win over ULM
- Four solo tackles and a forced fumble at Minnesota
- Three tackles in win over Michigan
- Five solo tackles and three assists against Michigan State
- Six solo tackles, including a QB sack and forced fumble, and two pass break-ups in win at Purdue
- Five tackles and a pass break-up at Nebraska
- Has seven career interceptions and ranks seventh at Iowa with 173 career interception return yards
DT Mike Daniels
- Second team all-Big Ten by league coaches and honorable mention by media in 2011
- Honorable mention All-Big Ten in 2010
- Second on team in tackles for loss (11-56) and QB sacks (4-31) in 2010
- Has recorded 62 tackles in 2011 (28 solo), including 10.5 tackles for loss, seven QB sacks and four QB pressures
- Honorable mention Defensive Lineman of the Week by College Football Performance Awards for his play in win at Purdue
- Matched career-high with nine tackles at Nebraska, along with one pass break-up
- Seven solo tackles and two assists at Purdue, including five tackles for loss and three QB sacks
- Recorded six solo tackles, one assist and two QB pressures at Iowa State
- Recorded five tackles in opening win, including 1.5 tackles for loss and a QB sack
- Recorded three tackles in win over Pittsburgh, including a QB sack in the fourth quarter
- Three tackles vs. ULM, including a shared QB sack, as defense allowed just 59 net rushing yards
- Eight tackles at Penn State, including a tackle for loss
- Seven tackles in win over Northwestern, including two tackles for loss, a QB sack and a QB pressure
- Three tackles and a QB pressure vs. Michigan State
DB Micah Hyde
- Second team all-Big Ten by league media and honorable mention by coaches in 2011
- Defensive Player of the Game, 2010 Insight Bowl
- Tied for team lead with three interceptions in 2011 and has seven career thefts
- Tied for first in the Big Ten with 10 passes defended (7 PBU, 3 interceptions)
- Tied for sixth in the Big Ten with three interceptions
- Recorded three tackles and a pass break-up in opening win after moving from cornerback to safety
- Recorded six solo tackles, one assists and two pass break-ups at Iowa State
- Moved to cornerback and recorded two interceptions and 10 tackles in win over Pittsburgh
- Recorded five tackles in win over ULM and had 43 yards on two punt returns
- Earned defensive back honorable mention recognition from College Football Performance Awards for his play in win over Pittsburgh and in loss at Penn State
- Recorded eight tackles at Penn State, along with third interception of the season and two pass break-ups
- Nine tackles and two pass break-ups in win over Northwestern
- Four solo tackles in win over Michigan
- Five solo tackles, two assists and a pass break-up vs. Michigan State
- Four solo tackles and one assist in win at Purdue
- Seven tackles and a forced fumble at Nebraska
- Named to Capital One/CoSIDA District Six Academic All-America team
- Has completed 214-360 (.594) passes for 2,806 yards and 23 touchdowns in 2011, with six interceptions
- Thirteen of 23 touchdown passes have covered over 20 yards
- Ranks third for touchdown passes in a season (23) and seventh in passing yards in a season (2,806)
- Ranks ninth in career passing yards (3,321) and eighth in career touchdown passes (26)
- Ranks second in the Big Ten in passing yards per game (233.8), and fourth in pass efficiency (142.7) and total offense (238.9)
- Named Big Ten Conference offensive Player of the Week after reaching career high marks in completions, attempts, passing yards and touchdowns in win over Pittsburgh. Also scored on a one-yard run and completed 17 of his last 20 passes in the second half
- Completed 16-28 attempts for 207 yards at Iowa State, with two touchdowns. Led a fourth-quarter touchdown drive and added the two-point conversion to give Iowa a 24-17 lead late in the game
- Led team to 17 points in the three overtime periods at Iowa State
- Completed 31-48 passes for 399 yards and three touchdowns against Pittsburgh, with the three scoring passes coming in the fourth period
- Completed 21-32 passes for 270 yards and three touchdowns in win over ULM, while also rushing for one score
- Completed 17-34 passes for 169 yards in loss at Penn State, with no touchdowns and two interceptions
- Completing 14-22 attempts for 224 yards in win over Northwestern, with scoring strikes of 47 and 35 yards.
- Completed 12-16 passes for 253 yards and a career-best four touchdowns in win over Indiana
- Completed 16-24 passes for 177 yards at Minnesota, with one touchdown and no interceptions
- Completed 14-21 passes for 171 yards and a touchdown, with no interceptions in win over 13th-ranked Michigan
- Completed 22-32 passes for 273 yards and three touchdowns in win at Purdue
- Completed 16-35 passes for 182 yards at Nebraska
MEYER GETTING HIS KICKS
Sophomore PK Mike Meyer was one of 20 semifinal candidates for the 2011 Lou Groza Award, presented each year to the top place kicker in the nation. Meyer has made 14-20 (.700) field goal attempts and is a perfect 42-42 in PAT kicks (has made 51 straight PATs over two seasons). Three of his six missed field goals have hit the upright, while another attempt was blocked. Meyer is fifth in the Big Ten in field goals per game, third in kick scoring (7.0) and seventh in total scoring. He made a 22-yard field goal in the win over Pitt before missing from 40 and 50 yards and made his only attempt vs. ULM and Penn State (both from 23 yards). He was perfect against Northwestern, with field goals of 27 and 40 yards while converting five PATs. His only field goal attempt in the win over Indiana was good from 47 yards and he added 6-6 PATs. One of his two misses at Minnesota hit the upright and he made his only attempt (42 yards) in the win over Michigan. He had a 38-yard field goal in the win at Purdue. Meyer had a career-best 50-yard field goal at Iowa State, while also connecting from 42, 20 and 34 yards. Meyer made four field goals in a game for the second time in his career, as he made 4-5 in an 18-13 win at Indiana in 2010. Meyer ranks 17th in single-season scoring with 83 points this season and he is tied for 15th in career scoring with 156 points. He has made 28-37 (.757) career field goal attempts.
MORRIS LEADS IN TACKLES
Sophomore LB James Morris earned honorable mention all-Big Ten honors from both league coaches and media. He leads Iowa in tackles (105 in 11 games) and ranks fifth in the Big Ten and 28th in the nation. Morris returned to the starting line-up in Iowa’s win over Indiana after missing the Northwestern game due to injury. He matched his career best with 13 tackles at Nebraska. He also had 13 tackles at Minnesota, with 10 solo tackles and a tackle for loss, while moving from the middle linebacker position to the weak side. He collected eight tackles in the win over Michigan and had four tackles vs. Michigan State and Purdue. Morris has 50 solo stops and 55 assists, along with one pass interception, in 11 games. Morris collected five solo stops and eight assists in Iowa’s loss at Penn State to again equal his career high of 13 tackles. He collected 10 tackles in wins over ULM and Indiana. Morris also had 13 tackles in the win over Pittsburgh.
KIRKSEY STEADY ON DEFENSE
Sophomore LB Christian Kirksey has recorded 103 tackles (56 solo) in 12 games. Kirksey ranks seventh in the Big Ten in tackles per game (8.6). He also has four tackles for loss, one QB sack, three pass break-ups, two caused fumbles and one fumble recovery. He collected his first career interception in Iowa’s win over Michigan, stopping a Michigan red zone possession. He added nine tackles and a tackle for loss vs. Michigan State. He had 10 tackles in the final game of the regular season at Nebraska. Kirksey led the Hawkeyes with 11 solo tackles and two assists at Iowa State, while also causing and recovering an Iowa State fumble on the same play. He recorded 10 tackles (six solo stops) against Tennessee Tech and Penn State and had eight stops in the win over Pittsburgh. He added his second forced fumble of the season at Penn State. He had nine tackles in a win over Northwestern and led the Iowa defense with 12 tackles in the win over Indiana.
TOP HAWKEYE PERFORMERS
- Senior defensive end Broderick Binns has been a steady performer throughout the season, earning second team all-Big Ten honors from league media and honorable mention recognition from league coaches. He has recorded 59 tackles (31 solo) and leads the team in tackles for loss (12 for 58 yards) and is second in QB sacks (5 for 36 yards). He also leads the team lead with eight pass break-ups. Binns had seven tackles in a win at Purdue and at Penn State and Nebraska, and six stops vs. Michigan State. He had five stops in wins over Tennessee Tech, Pittsburgh and Indiana. Binns has recorded 178 career tackles, 26 tackles for loss, 13 QB sacks and 21 pass break-ups.
- Senior Eric Guthrie has taken over the punting duties in 2011 and is averaging 40.8 yards on 47 punts. He earned honorable mention all-Big Ten honors from both league coaches and media. He was a candidate for the Ray Guy Award as the nation’s top punter. Guthrie has 18 punts inside the 20, with just three touchbacks, and opponents are averaging just 5.1 yards on 12 returns. He had a career-long 59-yard punt at Iowa State, where he averaged 46.8 yards on four punts. He had at least one punt of 50 yards or more in three straight games before having two punts of 49 yards at Penn State.
- Senior DL Tom Nardo had a career-high 14 tackles at Nebraska, including two tackles for loss. He also had 12 tackles in Iowa’s win over ULM, earning Big Ten defensive Player of the Week honors. Nardo has started six games at tackle and in nine games has 62 tackles, including 6.5 tackles for loss, two pass break-ups and a caused fumble. He missed three games due to injury before returning to the starting line-up in Iowa’s last four games.
- Junior WR Keenan Davis recorded career bests in catches and yards in Iowa’s win over Pittsburgh. He led Iowa receivers with 10 receptions for 129 yards and a touchdown against Pittsburgh. He collected five receptions for 95 yards and a touchdown at Iowa State, including a 23-yard scoring catch in the second overtime period. He had a 23-yard scoring reception in a win over ULM. He led Iowa receivers with 109 yards on five catches vs. Northwestern, including a 47-yard scoring grab that ranks as the longest reception of his career. Davis has 41 receptions for 596 yards and four touchdowns and he is averaging 20.7 yards on three KO returns. Davis was recently added to the Watch List for the Biletnikoff Award. He did not play at Minnesota due to injury, but returned to the starting line-up in Iowa’s win over Michigan and had two receptions for 52 yards. He had seven receptions for 63 yards in the win at Purdue and added four receptions for 41 yards at Nebraska.
- Senior DB Jordan Bernstine has played well in 11 games, while missing the Iowa State game due to illness. He had a career-best 15 tackles in a win over Michigan and added 13 tackles at Nebraska. He ranks seventh in the Big Ten in tackles per game (7.5). Bernstine started for the first time in his career in the win over Pittsburgh, recording five solo stops, two tackles for loss and a QB sack among his eight tackles. He added two tackles in the win over ULM and had eight tackles and a pass break-up at Penn State. He added eight tackles and a pass break-up in a win over Northwestern and had six tackles vs. Indiana. He collected five tackles at Minnesota and his fumble recovery led to Iowa’s first touchdown. He added five stops vs. Michigan State and Purdue. Bernstine is also averaging 24.4 yards on 27 KO returns to rank sixth in the Big Ten. He had a career-long 62-yard return in the win over Indiana, averaging 38.3 yards on three returns. He had career bests of five returns for 132 yards vs. Michigan State.
- Redshirt freshman WR Kevonte Martin-Manley has three touchdown receptions. He had scoring catches of 25 and 22 yards in the win over Pittsburgh, scoring Iowa’s last two touchdowns in the fourth quarter rally. He also had a touchdown at Iowa State. He added six receptions for 82 yards in the win over ULM and had three receptions for 21 yards at Penn State. He returned to the starting line-up at Minnesota and had five receptions for 35 yards before collecting three receptions for 28 yards at Purdue. For the season, he has 29 receptions for 302 yards and three touchdowns and averaged 20.5 yards on four KO returns.
Iowa’s defense has ranked among national leaders in causing turnovers in recent seasons. Since the start of the 2008 season, Iowa has collected 72 interceptions, a total that ranks fifth in the nation over that span. Iowa has nine interceptions this season, with two of those being returned for touchdowns (89 yards by DB Shaun Prater and 98 yards by DB Tanner Miller). LB James Morris also has a 52-yard return that led to a field goal. The Hawkeyes have had an interception return for a touchdown in each of the last four years, including four in 2010. Iowa has had an interception return for a score in nine of the last 11 seasons and 9 of 13 seasons under Kirk Ferentz. In addition, in each of the last four seasons, Iowa has had more interceptions than touchdown passes allowed.
IOWAN CALLING THE SIGNALS
Junior QB James Vandenberg started at quarterback in all 12 games. Vandenberg is a native of Keokuk and the first native Iowan to open the season as Iowa’s starting quarterback since 2001. The most recent Iowa native to hold that position was Kyle McCann of Creston. McCann led Iowa to victory in the 2001 Alamo Bowl, the first bowl win for Coach Kirk Ferentz. Two native Iowans have led the Hawkeyes to Rose Bowl wins, including Kenny Ploen (Clinton) during the 1956 season and Randy Duncan (Des Moines) during the 1958 season. Both were first team All-Americans. St. Ansgar native Matt Sherman led Iowa to a pair of bowl wins (1996 Alamo and 1997 Sun Bowl), while Iowa City native Paul Burmeister was Iowa’s quarterback in the 1993 Alamo Bowl. Additional Iowa natives who passed for over 1,500 yards, but never led Iowa in a bowl game, include Gary Snook (Iowa City, 1963-65), Ed Podolak (Atlantic, 1966-68, who ended his Iowa career as a prolific running back), Phil Suess (Des Moines, 1977-80), Randy Reiners (Ft. Dodge, 1996-99), Tom McLaughlin (Dubuque, 1975-77), Al DeMarco (Mason City, 1947-48) and Glen Drahn (Elkader, 1948-50).
AMONG CAREER LEADERS
Senior WR Marvin McNutt, Jr., has set Iowa records for single season (12) and career touchdown receptions (28), along with single season (1,269) and career (2,815) receiving yards. McNutt is second in single season (78) and career (166) catches and 11th in career scoring (168 points). Senior DB Shaun Prater has 173 career interception return yards and junior DB Micah Hyde has 142 yards. Prater ranks seventh among Iowa’s career interception leaders in return yards and Hyde is 11th. They both have seven career thefts (tie for 25th) and each have two touchdown returns. Among Iowa’s career leaders, only Tom Knight (three) and Plez Atkins (two) have more than one touchdown return. Sophomore PK Mike Meyer is 15th in career scoring with 157 points, junior QB James Vandenberg is third in single-season touchdown passes (23), eighth in passing yards (2,806), ninth in career passing yards (3,321) and eighth in career passing touchdowns (26). Sophomore RB Marcus Coker is fourth in rushing yards in a season (1,384), 12th in career yards (2,006) and tied for third in single season rushing touchdowns (15).
BIG PLAY HAWKEYES
Iowa has 45 pass plays and eight rushing plays, along with three interception returns, 26 KO returns, one punt return and 14 field goals, of at least 20 yards. Iowa opponents have 31 passing plays, eight rushing plays, two punt returns, two interception returns, one fumble return and 31 KO returns of 20 yards or more.
IOWA BY QUARTERS
Iowa has outscored its opponents in the first (69-50), second (106-68), third (61-60) and fourth (91-81) quarters. Iowa was outscored in three overtime periods (20-17) at Iowa State.
ON THE AVERAGE
For the season, Iowa is averaging 5.7 yards on 355 first down plays, 6.5 yards on 262 second down plays, 4.4 yards on 159 third down plays and 5.3 yards on 17 fourth down plays. Iowa is 9-17 (.529) on fourth down conversions.
AVERAGE SCORING DRIVES
Iowa’s 52 scoring drives have averaged 7.8 plays, 59.5 yards and 3:33 in elapsed time. Iowa has 11 scoring drives that have covered 80 yards or more. Iowa has 39 touchdown drives, which have averaged 7.5 plays, 66.3 yards and 3:21 in elapsed time. Iowa’s opponents have 45 scoring drives, averaging 9.5 plays, 60.1 yards and 3:57 in elapsed time. The above scoring drive figures do not include overtime.
IOWA IN THE RED ZONE
For the season, Iowa is 39-46 (84.7%) in the red zone, with 18 rushing touchdowns, 11 passing touchdowns and 10 field goals. Iowa has scored on 145 of the last 162 (.895) red zone possessions (99 TDs and 46 FGs), dating back to the Michigan State game in 2008. Iowa is 126-143 (.881) combined inside the red zone its last 41 games. Iowa opponents are 38-52 (73.1%) in the red zone. Iowa has allowed 12 rushing touchdowns, 16 passing touchdowns and 10 field goals.
POINTS OFF TURNOVERS
Iowa has scored 47 points following 18 opponent turnovers (nine fumbles, nine interceptions). The Hawkeye defense has collected at least one takeaway in 64 of its last 74 games, dating back to 2006. Iowa opponents have scored 38 points following 16 Hawkeye turnovers.
Brett Greenwood FOUNDATION ESTABLISHED
Former Iowa DB Brett Greenwood (2007-10) collapsed during a routine workout in early September. His heart stopped due to an abnormal heart-rhythm, which resulted in injuries to his brain. Brett is recovering and working hard to regain his strength and mobility. Many have expressed a desire to support Brett in a tangible way. As a result, the Brett Greenwood Foundation has been established to accept contributions that will be used to directly support Brett as he continues to recover. Individuals who would like to contribute to the Brett Greenwood Foundation can make a donation at any of the 74 Wells Fargo banking stores in Iowa or the 6,300 locations across the nation. Donations also can be made online at www.brettgreenwoodfoundation.com or by mail at attn: Brett Greenwood Foundation, Wells Fargo, 2001 Spruce Hills Dr., Bettendorf, Iowa, 52722.
HAWKEYES ON THE TUBE
All Iowa football games this season have been televised on ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, FSN or the BTN. The last Iowa contest not televised was vs. Minnesota on Nov. 17, 2001. Iowa’s appearance in the Insight Bowl will mark its 129th consecutive game on television.
NEW FACES ON THE FIELD
Iowa has played 10 true freshmen in 2011, including five on offense and five on defense. The list includes RB Mika’il McCall, RB Damon Bullock, WR Marcus Grant, TE Ray Hamilton, LB John Lowdermilk, DB Nico Law, DB Jordan Lomax, LB Marcus Collins RB Jordan Canzeri and LB Quinton Alston. Iowa played nine true freshmen in 2010, but just three true freshmen in 2009. The Hawkeyes played seven true freshmen in 2000, 2003 and 2008. The high mark for true freshman under Coach Kirk Ferentz is 11 in 2007. Hawkeyes who have seen the first action of their career this season, in addition to the 10 true freshmen, include QB/LB A.J. Derby, FB Matt Meyers, WR Kevonte Martin-Manley, RB De’Andre Johnson, LB Terrance Pryor, OL Andrew Donnal, OL Tommy Gaul, WR Steven Staggs, DL Mike Hardy, DL Carl Davis, DL Louis Trinca-Pasat and WR Jordan Cotton. Eighteen Hawkeyes have started for the first time in 2011, including TE Zach Derby, FB Jonathan Gimm, OL Matt Tobin, TE Brad Herman, FB Matt Meyers, WR Keenan Davis, DL Lebron Daniel, DL Tom Nardo, DL Dominic Alvis, LB Christian Kirksey, DB Jordan Bernstine, DB Collin Sleeper, DB Tanner Miller, WR Kevonte Martin-Manley, OLB Tom Donatell, DL Steve Bigach, OL Brandon Scherff and TE C.J. Fiedorowicz.
DEPTH CHART INCLUDES 10 WALK-ONS
Iowa’s depth chart for the majority of the season has included 10 players who originally joined the program as a walk-on. That includes four on offense (OL Matt Tobin, RB Jason White, WR Steven Staggs, TE Zach Derby), three on defense (DL Thomas Nardo, OLB Tom Donatell, DB Collin Sleeper), and three specialists (P Eric Guthrie, PK Mike Meyer and LS Casey Kreiter).
IOWA LIKES STARTING ON OFFENSE
Iowa has started on offense in 134 of its last 155 games, including 10 of 12 games this season (all but Iowa State and Michigan). Iowa is 14-7 in the games it has started on defense. Iowa has started the game on offense in 137-of-161 games under Kirk Ferentz, including 12 of 13 games in 2010 and 11 of 13 games in 2009.
- Iowa was one of two Big Ten Conference teams (Ohio State) to play two non-conference games against teams from BCS conferences. Iowa lost at Iowa State in three overtimes (44-41) and defeated Pittsburgh (31-27) at Iowa City.
- The Hawkeyes opened Big Ten play at Penn State. This marked the 10th time in Kirk Ferentz’ 13 years at Iowa that the Hawkeyes opened the conference season on the road.
- Iowa’s final two regular season games included traveling to Purdue and Nebraska, making Iowa one of two Big Ten teams (Penn State) to close the season with consecutive road games (both Iowa and Penn State split their last two games).
- Six of Iowa’s 2011 opponents competed in bowl games last season.
- Eight of Iowa’s 11 FBS opponents in 2011 are playing in bowl games. That list includes Iowa State, Pittsburgh, Penn State, Northwestern, Michigan, Michigan State, Nebraska and Purdue. In addition, Tennessee Tech (7-4) won the Ohio Valley Conference and participated in the FCS playoffs, falling in the first round.
- The Hawkeyes do not face Big Ten opponents Illinois, Ohio State and Wisconsin in 2011 and 2012.
- Iowa’s 2012 schedule includes the same Big Ten opponents as 2011, along with non-conference games vs. Northern Illinois (Soldier Field) and home games vs. Iowa State, Northern Iowa and Central Michigan.
IOWA FOOTBALL AND THE NFL
- For the second straight year, Iowa had six players selected in the 2011 NFL Draft, and for the second straight year that list included a first round selection (DE Adrian Clayborn).
- Iowa was one of eight schools to have as many as six players selected in the 2011 NFL Draft. A total of 12 former Hawkeyes were rookies in 2011 NFL training camps.
- Iowa was the only program to have three defensive linemen selected in the 2011 NFL Draft, and all three are on NFL rosters.
- As of Dec. 1, former Hawkeye LB Pat Angerer (Indianapolis) led the NFL in tackles, while former Hawkeye LB Chad Greenway (Minnesota) ranked third.
- Iowa has placed 20 defensive linemen in the NFL under Kirk Ferentz and every senior starter (seven) under DL Coach Rick Kaczenski has gone on to the NFL.
- Iowa has had the most offensive linemen drafted in the NFL (11) since the 2003 NFL Draft.
- Every Iowa senior starting tight end (nine) under Kirk Ferentz has been drafted in the NFL or made an NFL team in his first year as a rookie.
- Only two schools, USC (16) and Florida (13), have had more players selected in the past two seasons.
- The Iowa football program was represented by 35 players on opening day NFL rosters. As many as eight additional former Hawkeyes with NFL experience are listed as free agents, on injured reserve or on practice squads.
- Iowa ranks eighth nationally (second among Big Ten teams) in number former players currently active in the NFL, behind Miami (FL), USC, Texas, Tennessee, Ohio State, Georgia and LSU.
- All 11 members of Iowa’s starting defensive unit in 2008 were either drafted in the last three NFL drafts or signed to NFL free agent contracts following the drafts.
- Over the past 10 years, 90 of 100 (90%) of Iowa’s senior starters have been drafted in the NFL or signed NFL free agent contracts.
- At least one Iowa Hawkeye has been selected in every NFL Draft since 1978.
- Iowa has had the most offensive linemen (11) drafted in the NFL since the 2003 NFL Draft.
- Defensive secondary Coach Phil Parker has coached 14 Iowa defensive backs to the NFL and Iowa defensive backs have earned all-Big Ten honors 25 times.
IOWA PROGRAM NOTES
- Iowa defeated a team ranked in the top five in the nation, in the Associated Press rankings, in 2008 (Penn State), 2009 (Penn State) and 2010 (Michigan State), along with defeating 13th-ranked Michigan in 2011.
- Iowa earned Big Ten Conference championships in 2002 and 2004 and placed second in 2009. Iowa (8-0, 2002) is one of two Big Ten teams to post a perfect mark in conference play since 1998 (BCS era)
- Iowa has ranked in the top 10 in the final Associated Press and CNN/USA Today coaches polls in four of the past 10 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), 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 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.
- In 13 seasons under Coach Kirk Ferentz, 19 Hawkeye players have combined to earn academic All-American honors on 35 occasions.
IOWA AMONG TOP 20 IN WINS, 2002-11
Iowa has posted 85 wins since the start of the 2002 season, which ranks as the 17th highest total in Division I football. The list includes the following: Boise State (116); USC (109); Oklahoma (107); Ohio State (105); LSU (105); Texas (102); Virginia Tech (102); TCU (102); Georgia (98); Florida (94); West Virginia (94); Wisconsin (94); Auburn (93); Utah (91); Alabama (90); Oregon (89); IOWA (85); Boston College (84); Florida State (84); Hawaii (84); Texas Tech (84); Penn State (83); Miami, FL (83); Nebraska (82) and Michigan (81).
BEST DECADE FOR IOWA FOOTBALL
Iowa’s football record in the 2000 decade was 80-45 (.640), a record that ranks as the best decade in Iowa football history, based on total wins. Iowa posted a record of 77-40-4 (.652) during the 1980’s and the Hawkeyes were 62-53-2 (.538) in the 1990’s. Part of the Hawkeye success is due to the stability in the program, as Iowa has had just two head coaches since 1979. Hayden Fry took over prior to the 1979 season and coached through the 1998 season, posting a record of 143-89-6. Current Coach Kirk Ferentz replaced Fry, leading the program for the last 12 seasons. Ferentz also served as Iowa’s offensive line coach from 1981-89 under Fry.
AMERICA NEEDS FARMERS
The University of Iowa Athletics Department is working with the Iowa Farm Bureau on efforts to help consumers understand the challenges and opportunities today’s farmers embrace, and to do so under the banner, “America Needs Farmers,” the initiative undertaken by former UI football coach Hayden Fry during the Farm Crisis of the 1980s and embraced by the Hawkeyes’ current head coach Kirk Ferentz. To learn more, visit AmericaNeedsFarmers.org.