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|Iowa (1-1, 0-0 Big Ten) at Iowa State (0-1, 0-0 Big 12)
|Date||Saturday, Sept. 14 | 5:05 p.m. CT|
|Location||Jack Trice Stadium (56,800) | Ames, Iowa | Map|
|TV:||Fox Sports 1 (FS1) | Channel Finder|
|Live Audio||Listen Online|
|Radio||Hawkeye Radio Network | KRUI Radio | Sirius 137 | XM 193|
|Game Notes||Iowa | Iowa State|
|Depth Chart||Iowa | Iowa State|
|Video||Damond Powell Interview: Sept. 11, 2013
Hawks Prepare for Iowa State: Sept. 10, 2013
Saturday’s game will mark the 61st game in the series. Iowa holds a 39-21 advantage in the series that began with a 16-8 ISU win in 1894. The Hawkeyes have won 21 of the last 30 meetings. The Hawkeyes won 15 straight games in the series from 1983-1997. Iowa State has won the last two games, both by three points margins, after snapping Iowa’s three-game run from 2008-10 with a 44-41 triple-overtime win in 2011. The game marked Iowa’s first-ever triple overtime contest. Iowa State won last year’s contest 9-6, in Iowa City.
Iowa holds a 16-9 advantage in games played in Ames. The Hawkeyes are 2-5 in Ames since 1999. The Hawkeyes won 40-21 in 2003 and 35-3 in 2009. The teams did not meet between 1935 and 1976. Iowa holds a 23-13 advantage since the series resumed in 1977.
? Saturday’s contest marks just the third time in 61 meetings the schools will kickoff at 5 p.m. or later. Iowa State has won the previous two contests, including a 17-10 win on Sept. 11, 1999 following at 6:05 p.m. start in Ames, and a 36-31 win on this date in 2002, a 5:05 p.m. start in Iowa City.
? Saturday will be the third event in the annual Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk Series. The Hawkeye currently own a 2-0 advantage after last Friday’s 3-0 women’s soccer victory in Iowa City. Saturday’s football contest is worth three points.
? Iowa’s depth chart includes eight native Iowans listed as starters: DE Dominic Alvis (Logan), C Austin Blythe (Williamsburg), LG Conor Boffeli (West Des Moines), PK Mike Meyer (Dubuque), SS Tanner Miller (Kalona), MLB James Morris (Solon), LT Brandon Scherff (Denison) RT Brett Van Sloten (Decorah).
? Iowa State’s depth chart also includes eight native Iowans listed as starters: K Edwin Arceo (Muscatine), OL Jacob Gannon (Iowa City), NG Brandon Jensen (Ankeny), C Jamison Lalk (Council Bluffs), ST Kyle Lichtenberg (Bettendorf), RE Cory Morrissey (Ames), SG Ethan Tuftee (Davenport) and P Kirby Van Der Kamp (West Des Moines).
? Iowa WR Jordan Cotton is the brother of ISU defensive back Darian Cotton. Both Jordan and Darian wear jersey No. 23. Their father, Marshall, was an Iowa running back from 1985-87.
? PK Mike Meyer scored a career-best 15 points in 2011’s triple overtime contest in Ames. He attempted and made all four field goals, including a career-long 50-yarder, along with splitting the uprights on all three PAT attempts.
? Iowa won three of five games against Iowa State during the time that ISU Coach Paul Rhoads was a Cyclone assistant coach (1995-99).
? Iowa’s opponents have converted 8-of-30 third downs, including 1-of-10 last week against Missouri State. The 27-percent conversion rating ranks fourth in the Big Ten and 22nd nationally.
IOWA VS. THE BIG 12
Iowa holds an all-time record of 54-33 (.621) against current members of the Big 12 Conference, having met all but Baylor and West Virginia at least once. Iowa State is the only Big 12 opponent on the Hawkeye schedule this season.
IOWA CORN CY-HAWK TROPHY
Iowa Corn is the sponsor of the Cy-Hawk Series and the annual football game between the two schools. Iowa and Iowa State played for the Cy-Hawk Trophy from the time the series resumed in 1977, with the Hawkeyes holding a 23-13 advantage in those games. That Cy-Hawk Trophy was donated to the series by the Des Moines Athletic Club. The Cy-Hawk Trophy currently resides in Ames as a result of Iowa State’s 9-6 victory in Iowa City last season. The Cy-Hawks Trophy is the first of four trophy games on Iowa’s slate in 2013. Iowa also has trophy games against Minnesota (Floyd of Rosedale), Wisconsin (Heartland), and Nebraska (Heroes).
IOWA ON FOX SPORTS 1
Iowa football will make its initial television appearance on FOX Sports 1 Saturday. The announcing crew will include Justin Kutcher, James Bates and Brady Poppinga. In addition, Mike Pereira, football rules analyst for FOX COLLEGE SATURDAY, will be in the Los Angeles studios providing information and commentary. Fans looking to locate the game on their television provider can log onto http://msn.foxsports.com/foxsports1. There is a channel locator on the front page of the website. Fans should also check with their local cable provided for the exact location on their cable system. FOX Sports 1 locations for major service providers include:
DirecTV – Channel 219 (High Definition/Standard Definition)
Dish Network – Channel 150 (HD/SD)
Verizon FiOS – Channel 583 (HD), Channel 83 (SD)
AT&T U-verse – Channel 1652 (HD), Channel 652 (SD)
ON THIS DATE
Iowa is 3-2 all-time in games played on Sept. 14. The Hawkeyes have faced Iowa State three times on this date, including wins in 1991 (29-10) and 1996 (38-13), and a loss in 2002 (31-36). The 1996 and 2002 contests were played in Iowa City, while the 1991 game was played in Ames, Iowa.
CLOSING IN ON MILESTONES
Iowa is one victory away from capturing win No. 600 in program history and three conference triumphs from Big Ten victory No. 300. Iowa’s overall record is 599-531-39 (.529). Thirty-nine of Iowa’s 599 program wins have come against Iowa State. The Hawkeyes own a 39-21 lead in the all-time series.
RUDOCK YARDAGE TOTAL TIES FOR 4TH IN SCHOOL HISTORY
Sophomore QB Jake Rudock completed 21-of-37 passes for 256 yards, including two touchdowns (one rush and one pass) and two interceptions, in his Hawkeye debut Aug. 31. The 256 yards ties for the fourth highest by a Hawkeye quarterback making his first career start. Jake Christensen also threw for 256 yards in his first career start; also against Northern Illinois. Christensen finished the game 19-30 with two touchdowns and one interception. Rudock spread the ball around, connecting with nine different Hawkeyes. He also rushed four times for 20 yards and a score. Rudock was the first starting quarterback in 19 years to makes his debut in a season opener; Ryan Driscoll was the last Hawkeye to do it. Driscoll made his college debut at starting quarterback in Iowa’s 1994 season opener. Rudock completed 19-of-28 passes for 193 yards in Iowa’s 28-14 win over Western Missouri. He also rushed for 33 yards and two scores.
SHOWING NO FAVORITES
Sophomore QB Jake Rudock continues to spread the ball around the Iowa offense. Rudock connected with nine different receivers in Week one, and spread the ball to 10 different receivers in Week two. Rudock has completed 40 pass attempts this season, 24 to wide receivers, nine to tight ends, and seven to running backs. In two games, he has completed 40-65 attempts for 449 yards and a touchdown, with three interceptions. He has also rushed 11 times for 53 yards and three touchdowns.
TO PAVE AND PROTECT
Through two games, Iowa’s offensive line has yielded just two sacks against sophomore quarterback Jake Rudock, while paving the way for 498 rushing yards, including 296 yards against Missouri State. The 296 rushing yards are the most for an Iowa team since rushing for 301 yards vs. Illinois on Oct. 1, 2005. Iowa’s 58 rush attempts against Missouri State is Iowa’s third highest single game total under head coach Kirk Ferentz. Iowa rushed 60 times vs. Kent State on Sept. 4, 2004, and 59 times vs. Northwestern on Nov. 10, 2001. Iowa also rushed for over 200 yards in consecutive games in 2012 (Northern Iowa and Central Michigan). Iowa’s starters on the offensive line included tackles Brett Van Sloten and Brandon Scherff, guards Jordan Walsh and Conor Boffeli and center Austin Blythe. Junior Andrew Donnal has shared time with Walsh in Iowa’s first two games.
KING BECOMES THE FIRST
CB Desmond King was the first true freshman to see action this season. The native of Detroit, Mich., appeared at defensive back and recorded four tackles — two solo and two assisted — in Iowa’s season opener, and recorded three tackles and one fumble recovery in his first career start against Missouri State. He became the first Iowa true freshman to start on defense since James Morris (vs. Michigan State, Oct. 30, 2012), and the first rookie to start at defensive back since Jovon Johnson (2002).
REMOVE THE REDSHIRT
True freshmen RB LeShun Daniels, Jr. and WR Matt VandeBerg saw action for Iowa in Week two against Missouri State. Daniels carried six times for 30 yards, while VandeBerg caught two passes for 17 yards. Freshman DB Desmond King is the only Iowa true freshman to see action in both games to date.
MEYER CONTINUES TO CONNECT
Senior PK Mike Meyer has made a school-record 88 consecutive PAT attempts, the ninth longest streak in Big Ten Conference history. That active streak ranks fourth in the nation (Baylor’s Aaron Jones, 125; Northwestern’s Jeff Budzien 111; Michigan’s Brendan Gibbons, 110). Meyer’s last PAT miss was in a 37-6 win over Michigan State on Oct. 30, 2010, in Iowa City. As a team, Iowa has gone 32 consecutive games without a missed or blocked PAT.
MEYER GETTING HIS KICKS
Senior PK Mike Meyer is 2-for-3 on field goal attempts and perfect on seven PAT attempts this season. He has connected on field goals of 28 and 44 yards. His miss was from 33 yards. Meyer earned Big Ten Special Teams Player and Lou Groza Star of the Week accolades twice in 2012. Meyer, who is on the 2013 Lou Groza Watch List, was named honorable mention All-Big Ten by both league coaches and media a year ago. Meyer connected on 17-of-21 field goal attempts in 2012. His streak of 13 consecutive field goals made was snapped vs. Penn State (Oct. 20), missing kicks from 49 and 37 yards. That streak ties as ninth best in Big Ten history. Meyer’s 50-yarder against Northern Illinois on Sept. 1, 2012 tied his career long (at Iowa State, 2011). In 2012, he made four treys against NIU and Michigan State, which matches his career high (at Iowa State, 2011 and at Indiana, 2010). His five attempts vs. NIU ties Iowa’s single-game record, which he also shares (at Indiana in 2010).
Last season, Meyer ranked eighth in Big Ten kick scoring (6.3) and ranked 27th in the country in field goals made per game (1.42). He currently ranks fifth on Iowa’s career scoring list with 248 points. He has made 47-61 (.770) career field goal attempts. Meyer is 34-40 (.850) from kicks 39 yards and closer; 11-17 (.647) from attempts 40-49 yards; and 2-4 (.500) from kicks 50 yards or farther. His 47 made field goals rank No. 5 in school history. The native of Dubuque, Iowa, has made a school-record 88 consecutive PAT attempts, which ranks ninth best in conference history. His four PAT’s against Central Michigan a year ago put him past All-Pro Nate Kaeding’s previous record of 60 straight. Meyer’s last PAT miss was in a 37-6 win over Michigan State on Oct. 30, 2010 in Iowa City.
WEISMAN HITS ANOTHER 100, PASSES 1,000
RB Mark Weisman recorded his sixth career 100-yard game last week, carrying a career-high 30 times for 180 yards and two touchdowns versus Missouri State. His 180 rushing yards are the second highest total of his career (217 vs. Central Michigan, 9/22/12), and the most by a Big Ten back in a single game this season. He surpassed the century mark with a 10-yard touchdown run in the third quarter, and surpassed the career 1,000-yard mark with a 37-yard carry on Iowa’s first drive of the second half. He has 209 career rushes for 1,095 yards. He is the 43rd Hawkeye in school history to gain 1,000 career rushing yards. Weisman carried 20 times for 100 yards in Iowa’s season opener. It was the fifth time the former walk-on reached the century mark. He had four-straight 100-yard efforts as a sophomore in 2012.
WEISMAN AMONG CONFERENCE, NATIONAL LEADERS
RB Mark Weisman ranks second in the Big Ten and ninth in the country with 280 yards after two contests. The native of Buffalo Grove, Ill., is one of five Big Ten players to have rushed for at least 100 yards in both games to start the season. Weisman’s 180 rushing yards and 30 rushing attempts last week against Missouri State are single-game highs among all Big Ten backs. For his effort against the Bears in Week 2, Weisman was named Honorable Mention Running Back of the Week by College Football Performance Awards.
OFFENSE INCREASES TEMPO
Iowa’s 86 plays against Missouri State last week are the most by a Big Ten team this season. The Hawkeyes took 80 snaps in Week one, and 86 in Week two, marking the first time an Iowa team has taken 80-plus snaps in back-to-back games in the same season under Kirk Ferentz. Iowa did take 80-plus snaps in two straight games spanning two seasons, registering 82 offensive plays in the 2011 Insight Bowl versus Oklahoma and 82 plays in the 2012 season opener against Northern Illinois. The last time a Hawkeye team took 80-plus snaps in consecutive games, in the same season, was 1992 (81 at Michigan and 98 vs. Wisconsin).
RECEPTION STREAK HITS 20 GAMES
TE C.J. Fiedorowicz and WR Kevonte Martin-Manley have each recorded at least one reception in 20 consecutive games. Martin-Manley has 76 receptions for 789 yards during the streak, and leads Iowa with 12 catches and 103 yards in 2013. Fiedorowicz has 64 catches for 614 over the last 20 games, and has caught all five career touchdowns during the streak. Martin-Manley has 94 career receptions for 997 yards. He is seeking to become the 20th Iowa player with at least 100 career receptions and the 36th Hawkeyes with to surpass 1,000 career receiving yards.
Senior LBs Christian Kirksey and Anthony Hitchens rank second and sixth, respectively, among Big Ten leading tacklers. Kirksey recorded a career best Big Ten-leading 14 tackles against Northern Illinois and averages 8.5 tackles per game, tied for sixth best in the conference. Hitchens ranks No. 2 among conference tacklers, averaging 10.5 tackles per game. Both linebackers are on the Butkus Award Watch List. LB James Morris has been credited with double-digit tackle games 15 times, which ranks first among Big Ten active players, while Kirksey has nine double-digit tackle games to rank third and Hitchens has eight to tie for fourth.
TOUCHDOWN IOWA! TOUCHDOWN CHRISTIAN KIRKSEY
Senior LB Christian Kirksey forced and recovered a fumble in the second quarter against Northern Illinois, returning it 52 yards for his third career touchdown. The 52-yard fumble return ranks as the third longest fumble return in school history and gives Kirksey two of the six longest in school history (45 yards vs. Penn State in 2012). Kirksey returned two interceptions for touchdowns in 2012 (vs. Minnesota, at Indiana). He was one of eight players nationally with two touchdowns on interception returns. With his third career touchdown in the opening game against Northern Illinois, Kirksey is believed to be one of three Iowa players to score three career defensive touchdowns, joining former defensive backs Tom Knight and Micah Hyde.
MORRIS COLLECTS No. 300
Senior LB James Morris recorded six tackles last week to raise his career total to 305. Morris ranks No. 16 on Iowa’s career tackles list, trailing Mike Wells (313) for No. 15 on the all-time list. Morris has been a starting linebacker since his true freshman season in 2010. He is on watch lists for the Bednarik Award, the Lott IMPACT Trophy, the Nagurski Award, and the College Football Performance Awards Linebacker Trophy watch list. In addition, he garnered preseason second team All-Big Ten honors from Athlon, Phil Steele and College Sports Madness. IOWA LIKES STARTING ON OFFENSE
Iowa has started the game on offense in 144-of-176 games under Kirk Ferentz. Iowa is 17-15 in the games it has started on defense under Ferentz. In 2013, the Hawkeyes started on offense against Northern Illinois (L, 30-27), and started on defense against Missouri State (W, 28-14).
CLOSE GAMES THE NORM FOR IOWA
One season after leading the country in games decided by three points or less, the Hawkeyes opened 2013 with a game decided by a field goal in the final seconds. Northern Illinois defeated the Hawkeyes 30-27 with a field goal in the closing seconds (:04) of the season opener.
Dating back to last season, three of Iowa’s last five defeats have been decided by three points (Indiana, 24-21; Purdue, 27-24; Northern Illinois, 30-27). The Hawkeyes’ last two games against Iowa State have been decided by a field goal (L, 44-41, 3OT, in 2011; L, 9-6 in 2012).
Iowa led the country with six regular season games decided by three points or less (2-4), including two contests decided by one point (1-1) a year ago. Three of the losses the last two seasons have come on a field goal on the final offensive play of the game (Central Michigan, Purdue, Northern Illinois).
Iowa has played 18 games decided by three points or less since 2009. The Hawkeyes went 4-1 in those games in 2009, 1-3 in 2010, 0-2 in 2011, 2-4 in 2012, and 0-1 in 2013. Three of Iowa’s losses in the last two seasons have come on the last offensive play of the game.
Iowa ranks among the nation’s best in fourth quarter comebacks since 2009. The Hawkeyes mounted their ninth comeback when trailing in the fourth quarter, since 2009, at Michigan State on Oct. 13, winning in double overtime. Michigan State leads the nation with 10 comeback wins, while Iowa ties Minnesota, Ohio and Wyoming with nine wins after trailing at any point in the fourth period, since 2009.
COACHING STAFF CHANGES
Iowa’s coaching staff has four new faces in 2013. Assistant coaches Bobby Kennedy (wide receivers), Jim Reid (linebackers), and Chris White (running backs/special teams), and graduate assistant D.J. Hernandez, are in their first season on the Iowa sideline. Iowa defensive coordinator Phil Parker has added the responsibility of instructing Iowa’s defensive secondary. Parker coached the secondary for 13 seasons before being promoted to defensive coordinator in 2012. He will handle both assignments this season. Iowa has made six changes to the coaching staff since 2012, matching its combined total from the previous 13 years. Iowa had a total of six changes on its coaching staff from 1999-2011.
LINEBACKING TRIO NAMED TO BUTKAS AWARD WATCH LIST
Seniors James Morris, Christian Kirksey and Anthony Hitchens are on the Butkus Award Watch List, which honors the top linebacker. Iowa joins Notre Dame, BYU and UCLA as the only four schools in the country to have a trio named to that watch list.
In addition to his selection to the Butkus Award Watch List, Hitchens was named to the Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List. Hitchens earned honorable mention recognition from the Big Ten coaches and media after starting 11 games last season, missing one game with an injury. He led the team with 124 tackles, while collecting 56 solo stops and 68 assists. The senior collected a career-high 19 tackles against Iowa State, led the Big Ten and ranked fifth in the nation with 11.2 tackles per game. He currently has 179 tackles in his career.
Morris has been a starting linebacker for the Hawkeyes since his true freshman season in 2010. Last season, he ranked third in the Big Ten and 31st in the nation in tackles per game (9.4). He ranks 16th in career tackles (305). He was named a Permanent Team Captain in 2012 while earning the Hayden Fry “Extra Heartbeat” Award and the Players Choice Award on defense. Morris earned honorable mention All-Big Ten honors as a sophomore and junior after being named Freshman All-America by CollegeFootballNews.com as a freshman.
The Solon, Iowa, native is also on the watch lists for the Bednarik Award, the Lott IMPACT Trophy, the Nagurski Award, and the College Football Performance Awards Linebacker Trophy watch list. In addition, he garnered preseason second team All-Big Ten honors from Athlon, Phil Steele, and College Sports Madness.
Kirksey collected 95 tackles as a junior, ranking ninth in the conference in tackles per contest (7.5). The St. Louis, Mo., native ranked first in the Big Ten and second in the nation with four recovered fumbles. He was one of eight players in the nation with two interception returns for touchdowns in 2012. Kirksey was named a Permanent Team Captain and winner of the Next Man in Award in 2012. Kirksey has 228 career tackles. He is also present on the College Football Performance Awards Linebacker Trophy Watch List, and was named preseason fourth team All-Big Ten by Phil Steele.
SS Tanner Miller has the Hawkeyes’ lone interception of 2013. Miller collected his fifth career interception, diving for a pick in the end zone against Missouri State. Iowa’s defense has ranked among national leaders in causing turnovers in recent seasons. Since the start of the 2008 season, Iowa has collected 84 interceptions, a total that ranks among the best in the nation over that span.
Iowa had 10 interceptions in 2011, with two of those being returned for touchdowns (89 yards by DB Shaun Prater and 98 yards by DB Tanner Miller). Iowa’s defense also registered 10 interceptions in 2012. The 10 passes intercepted ranked 65th in the country. Two of the 10 thefts were returned for touchdowns, both by linebacker Christian Kirksey (68 -yarder vs. Minnesota and 18 yards at Indiana). The interception return against Minnesota is the third longest in school history.
The Hawkeyes have had an interception return for a touchdown in each of the last five years, including four in 2010. Iowa has had an interception return for a score in 10 of the last 12 seasons and 10 of 14 seasons under Kirk Ferentz. The Hawkeyes had a fumble return for a touchdown (Christian Kirksey, 52 yards) in the season-opener.
FERENTZ FOURTH IN LONGEVITY
Now in his 15th season as Iowa’s head football coach, Kirk Ferentz ranks fourth in longevity among FBS head coaches. Ferentz is first among Big Ten coaches and nationally ranks behind Virginia Tech’s Frank Beamer, Larry Blakeney of Troy and Mack Brown of Texas. Ferentz is tied for fourth with Bob Stoops of Oklahoma.
GLANCE AT THE SCHEDULE
? The Hawkeyes open Big Ten play at Minnesota on Sept. 28. This marks the 11th time in Kirk Ferentz’s 15 years at Iowa that the Hawkeyes have opened the conference season on the road.
? Nine of Iowa’s 11 FBS opponents played in bowl games a year ago, while Ohio State posted a perfect 12-0 regular season record (OSU was not eligible for postseason play).
? The Hawkeyes do not face Big Ten opponents Illinois, Penn State and Indiana this season.
? Iowa’s Homecoming game against Michigan State is Oct. 5. Iowa is 55-41-5 all-time in Homecoming contests, including a 6-0-1 mark versus the Spartans. The Hawkeyes have won their last four Homecoming games, including last season’s 31-13 win over Minnesota to regain possession of Floyd of Rosedale.
? Speaking of Floyd of Rosedale, Iowa has four trophy games on its slate in 2013: Iowa State (Cy-Hawk), Minnesota (Floyd of Rosedale), Wisconsin (Heartland), and Nebraska (Heroes).
? Iowa’s schedule includes four teams who have first-year head coaches (Northern Illinois, Western Michigan, Purdue and Wisconsin), plus Ohio State, whose Urban Meyer is in his second year with the Buckeyes. Iowa did not face Ohio State the last two seasons.
? Start times to a number of Iowa games were announced prior to the season. Iowa has three games remaining on its schedule that will have 2:30 p.m. or later kickoffs. Iowa’s season opener against Northern Illinois was at 2:42 p.m., and future road games at Minnesota and Ohio State kickoff at 2:30 p.m. (CT). Saturday’s contest at Iowa State will begin at 5:05 p.m.
HAWKEYES BY THE NUMBERS
Iowa returns 39 lettermen from 2012, including 19 on offense, 17 on defense and three specialists. The Hawkeyes return six starters on offense, eight on defense and two specialists. The lettermen breakdown includes eight three-year lettermen, 12 two-year lettermen and 19 one-year lettermen. The total roster has 125 players, and includes 15 seniors, 23 juniors, 25 sophomores, 23 redshirt freshmen and 39 true freshmen. The 15 seniors ties for 18th nationally as the fewest number of seniors on a roster, including both scholarship and walk-on players.
IOWA AMONG TOP 25 IN WINS, 2002-12
Iowa has posted 90 wins since the start of the 2002 season, which ranks as the 22nd highest total in Division I football. The list includes the following: Boise State (129); Oklahoma (120); Ohio State (119); LSU (118); USC (117); Texas (113); TCU (111); Georgia (111); Virginia Tech (109); Florida (107); Alabama (105); Wisconsin (104); Oregon (104); West Virginia (103); Auburn (99); Utah (990); Florida State (98); Nebraska (94); Texas Tech (94); Michigan (92); Miami, FL (92); Iowa (90); Hawai’i (87); Boston College (87).
HAWKEYES GOOD ON THE POINT AFTER
The Hawkeyes have converted on 88 consecutive PATs without a miss or block, and 31 consecutive games without a missed or blocked PAT, the seventh longest streak of any school in the nation
ALL IN THE FAMILY
Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz will have two of his three sons involved in the Iowa program this season. Brian, a former Hawkeye letterman (2003-05), is in his second season as Iowa’s offensive line coach. Steven is an offensive lineman who is in his second season in the program as a redshirt freshman. His other son, James, was a three-year starter on the Hawkeye offensive line before graduating in May, 2013.
Iowa has eight players on its 2013 roster whose father played for the Hawkeyes. WR Jordan Cotton (Marshall in 1984-87), OL Cole Croston (Dave in 1984-86), OL Mitch Keppy (Myron in 1986-87), LS Tyler Kluver (Todd in 1986-87), TE George Kittle (Bruce in 1977-80), TE Peter Pekar (Jim in 1980-81), OL Richard Pryor (Richard in 1984-86) and DB Sean Skradis (Bryan in 1977-81). Additionally, freshman linebacker Luke Lindahl’s grandfather is former Hawkeye Wally Hilgenberg.
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 14 seasons. Ferentz also served as Iowa’s offensive line coach from 1981-89 under Fry.
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 fans are known for their support of Hawkeye athletics, and the attendance figures from 2012-13 support that claim. Iowa was one of four programs in the nation to rank among the top 25 in attendance for football, men’s basketball and women’s basketball events in 2012-13. In addition, Iowa was the only program in the nation to rank among the top 25 in attendance a year ago in football, men’s basketball, women’s basketball, and wrestling.
? Iowa earned Big Ten Conference championships in 2002 and 2004 and placed second in 2009. Iowa (8-0, 2002) is one of three 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 11 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 started 9-0 and 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 the first time in school history.
? Iowa compiled an eight-year record of 85-42 (.669), 2002-11, including a 50-30 Big Ten record. The 85 victories tied as the 17th best total in the nation.
? 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 has appeared in the final Associated Press poll 22 times in program history, a total that ranks 25th best in the country.
? Three former Hawkeyes are broadcasters on BTN in 2013. Chuck Long, the Hawkeyes’ all-time leading passer and the 1985 Heisman Trophy runner-up, will serve as a game color broadcaster and in-studio analyst. Iowa City native Paul Burmeister, who guided Iowa to the 1993 Alamo Bowl, will call play-by-play. Former wide receiver Danan Hughes returns as an in-studio and game analyst. Hughes also worked for the network during baseball season.
? The Hawkeyes have had at least one former player on a Super Bowl roster for 10 consecutive seasons, the eighth longest streak of any program in the country. Nebraska has had a former player on a Super Bowl roster for 20 consecutive years, followed by Purdue (14), Ohio State (12), LSU (12), Georgia (12), Illinois (12), Florida (11), Iowa (10), and Texas (8).
Iowa has played 1,168 games since beginning football in 1889. Iowa’s overall record is 599-531-39 (.529). That includes a 379-208-16 (.642) record in home games, a 220-323-23 (.409) record in games away from Iowa City, a 297-359-25 (.454) mark in Big Ten games and a 262-172-15 (.601) record in Kinnick Stadium.
IOWA FOOTBALL AND THE NFL
? Since 2006, Iowa has had nine players start at cornerback, and seven of those nine are currently in the NFL.
? Iowa leads the Big Ten with 19 NFL Draft picks the past four years. Three of the 19 have been first round selections, which tie for second among Big Ten schools.
? For the third straight year, Iowa had six players selected in the 2012 NFL Draft, and for the third straight year that list included a first round selection (OL Riley Reiff).
? Iowa and Alabama were the only two college football programs to have a first round draft selection in 2009, 2010 and 2011.
? Iowa had six players drafted in the 2012 NFL Draft, which tied for the most in the Big Ten and tied for fourth in the country.
? Iowa was the only program to have three defensive linemen selected in the 2011 NFL Draft, and all three were on NFL rosters in 2012.
? In NFL 2011 regular season statistics, former Hawkeye linebackers Chad Greenway (Minnesota) and Pat Angerer (Indianapolis) finished third and fourth, respectively, in tackles.
? Former Hawkeyes Marshal Yanda (Baltimore OL) and Chad Greenway (Minnesota LB) were named to the Pro Bowl for the first time in their respective NFL careers in 2012.
? Three former Hawkeyes were involved in the 2012 Super Bowl. DB Tyler Sash played for the Super Bowl champion New York Giants, while LB Jeff Tarpinian was on the injured reserve roster of the New England Patriots. Former Iowa center Brian Ferentz, now is his second year as Iowa’s offensive line coach, was New England’s tight ends coach.
? Former Iowa defensive back Sean Considine won a Super Bowl ring with the 2012 Baltimore Ravens.
? 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.
? The Iowa football program is represented by 26 players on 2013 NFL active rosters and practice squads (as of Sept. 1).
? Iowa tied for ninth nationally (second among Big Ten teams) in number former players active in the NFL in 2012, 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 or signed to NFL free agent contracts following the drafts.
? Over the past 11 years, 106 of 119 (89%) 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 BOWL NOTES
? Iowa has been bowl eligible 11 of the last 12 seasons under head coach Kirk Ferentz and his staff.
? Iowa ranks third in Big Ten bowl appearances. Ohio State and Michigan have received a conference-best 42 bowl bids, followed by the Hawkeyes (26) and Wisconsin (24).
? The Hawkeyes have appeared in 10 bowl games since 2001. Iowa won the Outback Bowl over South Carolina following the 2008 season, concluded the 2009 campaign with a win over Georgia Tech in the Orange Bowl and defeated Missouri in the 2010 Insight Bowl. Iowa’s three-game bowl win streak (2008-10) is an Iowa record. The streak was snapped in a loss to Oklahoma in the 2011 Insight Bowl.
? The Hawkeyes have posted a 6-4 record in bowl games under Ferentz, including wins in four of six January bowl games.
? Since the 2001 season, no Big Ten team has won more bowl games or has a higher winning percentage in bowl games, than Iowa.
? Overall, Iowa has posted a 14-11-1 (.558) record in 26 bowl games. The Hawkeyes have competed in the Rose (five times), Alamo (four), Holiday (three), Outback (three), Orange (two), Peach (two), Sun (two), Insight (two), and the Capital One, Gator and Freedom bowls once.
? Iowa (14-11-1, .558), Penn State (27-15-2, .636) and Purdue (9-8, .529) are the only Big Ten teams with a winning percentage in bowl games.
? Since the inception of the BCS in 1998, the Big Ten has qualified 26 teams for BCS bowls, more than any other conference. Seven different Big Ten programs have played in BCS bowl games.
Hawkeye fans attending the Iowa-Iowa State football game at Jack Trice Stadium are invited to join the Hawkeye Huddle Friday at 5:30 p.m. at the Sheraton Hotel in West Des Moines, Iowa. The Hawkeye Huddle , hosted by the National I-Club and UI Alumni Association, is free and includes cash refreshments and concessions, door prizes, special guest speakers, Hawkeye DJ, Iowa cheerleaders, dance team, and Herky. Visit jointheclub.com for additional I-Club information.
HOME GROWN HAWKEYES
Iowa’s roster of 125 players includes 48 players from Iowa. The roster includes 15 players from Illinois; 11 from Ohio; six from Michigan and Texas; five from Maryland and Missouri; four from Minnesota; three from Florida, Nebraska and Wisconsin; two from Georgia and New Jersey; one from Arizona, Connecticut, Indiana, New York, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia; and three from Canada.
Tickets remain for all five remaining Iowa home games. Iowa’s next home game against Western Michigan is a “Youth Ticket” game. Boys and girls high school aged and younger can purchase a ticket at a cost of $25. Current UI students can purchase a single-game ticket for themselves and guests for all five remaining games online at hawkeyesports.com at any time, or in-person at the UI Athletics Ticket Office location in Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Single-game general public and student ticket prices for Iowa’s five remaining home games are as follows: Western Michigan ($60/$40), Michigan State ($65/$50), Northwestern ($65/$50), Wisconsin ($70/$55), Michigan ($70/$55).
KIRK FERENTZ RADIO SHOW
Iowa Coach Kirk Ferentz is featured on “Hawk Talk with Kirk Ferentz” each week. The 90-minute radio call-in show is hosted by Gary Dolphin, the play-by-play voice of the Iowa Hawkeyes. The show airs each Wednesday evening at 7 p.m. from Carlos O’Kelly’s in Iowa City.
IOWA, UNI, ISU PARTICIPATE IN MENTOR PROGRAM
As a project of Volunteer Iowa, The Iowa Mentoring Partnership is the state’s support organization for Iowa’s 80+ certified youth mentoring programs. Volunteer Iowa is proud to have the support of all three regents’ university football coaches and dozens of private college and high school coaches across the state; promoting the difference that a positive role model can make in a child’s life through mentoring. To find a certified mentoring program in your area and take the 2013 Coaches Challenge please visit www.volunteeriowa.org/coaches-challenge.
Any new mentor application that is received between Aug. 1 and Nov. 30, 2013 will count toward the “score” of the respective state. By signing up to be a mentor, fans can not only show their state/team pride, but can help improve the life of a child! The overall winner of the 2013 “Coaches Mentoring Challenge” will be announced the week of Dec.13. During the 2012 Coaches Challenge, the states of Iowa, Kansas and Nebraska recruited over 7,000 new mentors. With the addition of Michigan and Minnesota it is hopeful to be able to exceed all previous numbers to achieve the goal at the core of all of our missions – to serve more kids.
The Hawkeyes return to Iowa City to host Western Michigan in their final nonconference game. The Hawkeyes and Broncos meet inside Kinnick Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 21, at 11 a.m. The game will be televised by BTN.