Iowa (7-6) lost to Tennessee (7-6), 45-28, today at the TaxSlayer Bowl.
The TaxSlayer Bowl was the 28th bowl game in program history. Iowa is 14-13-1 all-time in the postseason, including a 6-6 mark under head coach Kirk Ferentz.
WR Kevonte Martin-Manley caught three passes today to set a school record with 174 career receptions. Martin-Manley finished the game with three catches for 23 yards. He finished his career with 1,799 career receiving yards, No. 13 all-time.
RB Mark Weisman rushed for two touchdowns today. He finished his career with 32 career rushing touchdowns, behind only Sedrick Shaw (33) and Tavian Banks (33) in program history.
RB Mark Weisman finished his career with 599 carries and 2,602 rushing yards. His 599 carries rank fourth all-time, and his 2,602 rushing yards rank sixth all-time.
RB Jordan Canzeri rushed 12 times for 120 yards, his second career 100-yard game. He has 1,089 career rushing yards, and is the 45th player in program history to amass 1,000 or more career rushing yards. He passed nine players today on Iowa’s all-time rushing chart and now ranks No. 36 all-time.
LB Josey Jewell led all players with a career-best 14 tackles. Jewell, a redshirt freshman, made his fourth career start. LB Quinton Alson (11) and CB Desmond King (10) also reached double-digits in tackles. CB Maurice Fleming (5) and LB Ben Niemann (4) recorded career bests in tackles.
QB C.J. Beathard rushed for a career-high 82 yards on eight carries. Beathard completed 13-of-23 passes for 145 yards and a career-high two touchdowns (31, 18).
WR Matt VandeBerg caught his first career touchdown pass (18 yards) in the fourth quarter.
CB Desmond King recorded his second career interception in the third quarter (37 yard return). Iowa’s defense has at least one interception in six straight bowl games.
Today was head coach Kirk Ferentz‘s 200th game at the University of Iowa. Ferentz is 115-85 (.575) in 16 seasons as Iowa’s head coach. The 115 wins rank second all-time in program history, behind Hayden Fry. Fry totaled 143 wins in 20 seasons.
Today was WR Kevonte Martin-Manley’s 51st game as a Hawkeye. He is one of six players to appear in 51 career games under Kirk Ferentz. The others include Ryan Donahue, Broderick Binns, Micah Hyde, C.J. Fiedorowicz, and Mike Meyer.
Iowa allowed 21 first-quarter points. It is the first time this year Iowa allowed more than seven points in the first quarter.
The Hawkeyes have played 56 consecutive games without a missed or blocked PAT, the longest streak of any school in the nation. Iowa has converted on 168 consecutive PATs during the streak.
Tennessee won the toss and elected to defer. Iowa received the opening kickoff of the 12th time this season. In 16 seasons as Iowa’s head coach, Kirk Ferentz and the Hawkeye received the opening kickoff in 162-of-200 games (95-67).