UNI at Iowa Postgame Notes

Oct. 20, 2012

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UNI at Iowa Postgame Notes
September 15, 2012

Iowa’s 27-16 victory over UNI extends its win streak over the Panthers to 15. The Hawkeyes have won the last 15 meetings, all in Iowa City. Iowa improves to 10-0 all-time against FCS opponents, with five coming against UNI. Nine of the 10 victories have come by double digits.

Iowa’s defense did not allow any fourth-quarter points today. In fact, the Hawkeyes have not yielded any points in the fourth period through three games.

Iowa rushed for 201 yards and passed for 228 yards today. It was the first time since Sept. 11, 2010 (35-7 win vs. Iowa State) Iowa recorded more than 200 yards rushing and 200 yards passing. The Hawkeyes rushed 50 times for 275 yards and passed for 204 against the Cyclones.

Iowa’s defense held UNI to 2-of-10 on third downs and 0-for-1 on fourth downs today.

Iowa has had a different leading rusher in four of its last five games, dating back to last year. (Coker at Nebraska, 18-87; Canzeri vs. Insight Bowl, 22-58; Bullock vs. Northern Illinois, 30-150 and Iowa State, 22-53; Mark Weisman vs. UNI, 24-114.

Mark Weisman scored Iowa’s three touchdowns today; two 1-yard scores and one 2-yard run. It marked the first time a Hawkeye rushed for three touchdowns in a game since Adam Robinson against Eastern Illinois (Sept. 4, 2010). He scored on runs of two, four and six yards. He finished the game with 147 total yards, 114 rushing and 33 receiving.

Iowa had a 100-yard rusher and receiver today for the first time since Iowa’s 31-21 win at Purdue on Nov. 19, 2011. Mark Weisman rushed for 114 yards, while Kevonte Martin-Manley had 101 yards receiving. RB Marcus Coker had 139 yards at Purdue, while WR Marvin McNutt had 151 receiving yards against the Boilermakers in 2011.

Iowa rushed for a season-high 201 yards on 43 attempts today.

Iowa scored points on four of its first five offensive possessions, including its first three drives (three touchdowns and one field goal).

PK Mike Meyer made 3-3 PATs today extending his consecutive streak made to 59, one shy of Nate Kaeding’s school record of 60. The junior was also 2-2 in field goal attempts (19 and 24 yards); he is 8-of-9 this season. Meyer now has 186 points and is 11th on Iowa’s all-time scoring chart. He is six points from tying Tim Dwight (1994-97) and Ronnie Harmon (1982-85) for ninth in scoring. Meyer has made 36-of-46 career field goal attempts.

WR Kevonte Martin-Manley led the Hawkeyes in receiving today with five receptions for a career-best 105 yards, including a career-long 52-yard reception in the third quarter. The 52-yard play is the longest of the season for Iowa. WR Keenan Davis also had five catches for 54 yards.

Iowa was 4-5 in the red zone today, scoring two touchdowns and two field goals. The Hawkeyes have scored on 157 of the last 178 red zone possessions (103 TDs and 54 FGs), dating back to the Michigan State game in 2008. Iowa is 138-159 combined inside the red zone its last 46 games. UNI was 3-3 in the red zone (1 TD, 2 FGs).

QB James Vandenberg was 18-28 for 228 yards today. He started the game completing his first six pass attempts. Vandenberg has completed 343-602 pass attempts for 4,130 yards and 28 touchdowns in his career. His 228 yards today increased his career total to 4,130 yards. He ranks eighth in Iowa career passing.

SS Tom Donatell registered his second interception in as many games with a theft in the third period. Iowa has recorded at least one takeaway in each of the first three contests. For the season, Iowa is +4 in turnover margin (+1 vs. Northern Illinois, +2 vs. Iowa State and +1 vs. UNI). Iowa did not score following the Donatell interception. The Hawkeye defense has collected at least one takeaway in 67 of its last 77 games, dating back to 2006. UNI did not register a takeaway. Iowa State is the only 2012 opponent to have forced any Hawkeye turnovers.

Instant replay was used once today. An UNI fumble in the second quarter, which was recovered by the Hawkeyes, was overturned.

After allowing six sacks in the season opener, the Hawkeye offensive line has not allowed a sack the last two games.

RB Damon Bullock rushed 13 times for 77 yards (5.9 avg.) before leaving the game with an injury in the second period. He accounted for 53 of Iowa’s 60 yards, including a career-long 27 yards, on its opening scoring drive.

FB Mark Weisman rushed for his first career touchdown on Iowa’s opening possession from one yard. It marked the third straight week the Hawkeyes scored on their first drive (2 FGs, 1 TD). UNI drove the field on its opening possession for an eight-play, 83-yard touchdown drive becoming the second 2012 Hawkeye opponent to score on its first drive (Iowa State).

DE Joe Gaglione recorded a career-best seven tackles, including his second career sack, a four-yard loss in the fourth quarter.

UNI won the toss and elected to receive. The Hawkeyes have started on defense the last two games (Iowa State and UNI). The Hawkeyes have started on offense in 136-of-165 games. Iowa improved to 16-13 in the games it has started on defense under Ferentz.

Iowa remains at home next week when it hosts Central Michigan in its final non-conference game at 11:01 a.m. (BTN) inside Kinnick Stadium.

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