Iowa at Indiana Postgame Notes

Nov. 3, 2012

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Iowa at Indiana Postgame Notes
November 3, 2012

Indiana rallied from a 14-point first-half deficit to beat Iowa 24-21 today in Bloomington. The win snapped a four-game losing streak to the Hawkeyes. The victory is the Hoosiers’ first over the Hawkeyes since 2007.

Iowa has lost three games by three points or less this season (Iowa State, 9-6; Central Michigan, 32-31).

The start of today’s game was delayed 60 minutes due to inclement weather. Today marked the second weather delay in as many years. Iowa’s season opener vs. Tennessee Tech was delayed 84 minutes on Sept. 3, 2011 in Iowa City. The last time the start of an Iowa football game was delayed was at Arizona State in 2004. The start of that game was delayed 38 minutes due to lightning.

Iowa scored two touchdowns in 12 seconds to grab a 14-0 lead in the first period. LB Christian Kirksey returned an interception 18 yards for a score on Indiana’s first offensive possession following a WR Kevonte Martin-Manley 24-yard touchdown. The interception return was Kirksey’s second of the season; he returned a theft 68 yards for a touchdown against Minnesota on Sept. 29. The interception is Iowa’s ninth of the season.

RB Damon Bullock had over 100 all-purpose yards today. He had 83 yards rushing and a 4-yard touchdown run on 25 attempts. Bullock also had three receptions for 24 yards.

PK Mike Meyer is 15-of-18 this season and 43-of-55 for his career in field goal attempts. Meyer made three PATs, extending his school record streak to 75. Meyer, who ranks fifth in Iowa career scoring, increased his career scoring total to 223 points.

LB Anthony Hitchens had 14 tackles today, notching his 100th tackle of the season today and reaching double-digit tackles for the sixth time this season. DE Joe Gaglione had his team-leading fifth sack of the season today. Also, LB Christian Kirksey had eight tackles , recovered a fumble and returned an interception 18 yards for a score. Kirksey’s fumble recovery was Indiana’s first lost fumble of the season.

Instant replay was used four times today.
1) An Indiana reception along the sidelines was upheld after review in the second quarter.
2) An Indiana incomplete pass in the end zone was reversed for a touchdown after replay in the second period.
3) An Indiana touchdown reception was ruled after reply that the player stepped out of bounds on the 1-yard line in the third quarter.
4) The spot of an Iowa reception along the sidelines was upheld after review in the fourth period.

Iowa was 1-2 in the red zone, scoring a touchdown and having a pass intercepted in the end zone. The Hawkeyes have scored on 165 of the last 193 red-zone possessions (113 TDs and 52 FGs), dating back to the Michigan State game in 2008. Indiana was 1-3 in the red zone, scoring a touchdown, missing a field goal and failing to convert a fourth-down play.

WR Kevonte Martin-Manley caught a 24-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter, his second scoring reception of the season and fifth of his career. Martin-Manley finished the contest with seven catches for a career-high 131 yards and a score. His previous best was 101 receiving yards vs. UNI earlier this season. The seven receptions ties a career-high (Northwestern, Oct. 27, 2012).

Iowa’s defense intercepted one pass today, scoring seven points on a LB Christian Kirksey interception. Iowa’s defense has intercepted nine passes this season. The Hawkeyes also recovered an Indiana fumble. It was the first fumble the Hoosiers have lost this season. The Hawkeye defense has collected at least one takeaway in eight-of-nine contests this season and 73 of its last 84 games, dating back to 2006. Iowa had a pass intercepted in the end zone in the third quarter, marking the fifth time this season it has had a turnover. The Hoosiers scored a touchdown after Iowa’s interception. . Iowa also fumbled on the final play of the game.

Iowa’s 14 first-quarter points equaled a season high for points scored in the first period (Central Michigan).

John Wienke had a 35-yard punt fair caught on the 13-yard line in the second quarter. Wienke has had nine of his 11 punts downed inside the 20 this season.

Hawkeyes receiving their first career starts today include TE Zach Derby and safety Nico Law. Also, Nolan MacMillan started at left guard, his first start of the year and first start since his freshman campaign.

Iowa won the toss and elected to receive. The Hawkeyes have started on defense three times this season (Iowa State, UNI and Northwestern). The Hawkeyes have started on offense in 141-of-171 games. Iowa is 16-14 in the games it has started on defense under Ferentz.

Iowa did not score on its opening possession. The Hawkeyes have failed to score on their opening possession three times this season. Indiana did not score on its opening drive. The Hoosiers are the fourth Hawkeye opponent not to score on their first possession this year.

Today concludes a stretch of Iowa playing three of four road games. The Hawkeyes return to Iowa City a week from today to host Purdue (11 a.m., BTN). The Boilermakers lost at home to Penn State today, their fifth consecutive loss.

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