Iowa vs. North Texas Postgame Notes

Sept. 26, 2015

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Iowa vs. North Texas Postgame Notes

Sept. 26, 2015


Iowa (4-0) defeated North Texas (0-3), 62-16, Saturday at Kinnick Stadium. The 62 points scored are the most by a Hawkeye team since scoring 62 against Northwestern in 2002.

The Hawkeyes are 4-0 for the first time since 2009. It is the fourth time Iowa has started 4-0 under Kirk Ferentz.

Iowa scored a season-high 35 points in the first half. Iowa scored 38 points in the first half two times in 2014 (Indiana, Northwestern).

Head coach Kirk Ferentz has 119 wins as a member of the Big Ten Conference, tying Barry Alvarez (119) for ninth in conference history.

Iowa is 11-1 in the month of September over the last three seasons. Kirk Ferentz is 47-22 all-time in September, 27-6 since 2008.


QB C.J. Beathard is 5-0 as Iowa’s starting quarterback, a record that includes a 2-0 mark on the road and a 3-0 mark at home. Beathard threw for a career-high 278 yards on 18-of-21 passing. He threw two touchdowns, including a career-best 81-yard strike to WR Tevaun Smith.

QB C.J. Beathard is undefeated in five career starts. Numbers include 92-of-147 (62.6) passing for 1,207 yards, seven touchdowns, and two interceptions, and 180 yards rushing with three rushing touchdowns.

QB C.J. Beathard opened the game with 15 straight completed passes, the best start by a Big Ten quarterback since Wisconsin’s Russell Wilson (16-16) in 2011.

RB Jordan Canzeri rushed for four touchdowns today, tying the school record. It was the sixth time in program history a player rushed for four touchdowns, most recently by Shonn Green against Wisconsin in 2008. Canzeri had 115 yards on 22 carries raising his career rushing yards total to 1,377, 26th all-time.

RB Jordan Canzeri has eight rushing touchdowns through four games this season. It is the most rushing touchdowns by a Hawkeye since Tavian Banks rushed for 12 touchdowns through the first four games of 1997.

WR Tevaun Smith‘s 81-yard touchdown reception was Iowa’s longest touchdown from scrimmage since Jake Duzey‘s 85-yard touchdown reception at Ohio State in 2013. The reception was a career long for Smith, and the pass was a career long for QB C.J. Beathard.

WR Tevaun Smith had four catches for a career-high 115 yards. It is the first 100-yard receiving game of his career.

TE George Kittle 43-yard touchdown reception was the first touchdown of his career.

TE Jake Duzey made his first appearance of 2015.

K Marshall Koehn scored six points today to raise his career total to 104, 31st all-time.

SS Anthony Gair made his second career start. He had a career-high seven tackles. He left the game in the third quarter.

DB Desmond King averaged 35.5 yards on two punt returns. His 38-yard yard return in the first quarter was a career long. King also had a career-long 40-yard kickoff return. He averaged 27.3 yards on four kickoff returns.

DT Drew Ott returned to the starting lineup and recorded two tackles, one sack, and forced a fumble. DT Nathan Bazata recovered the fumble, the first of his career.

LB Josey Jewell recorded the first interception of his career, returning it 34 yards for a touchdown. LB Bo Bower returned an interception 88 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter. It is the seventh longest interception return in school history.

Iowa has at least one interception returned for a touchdown in each of the last eight seasons, and 12 of the last 14 seasons. The last time Iowa returned two interceptions for touchdown was 2013 against Western Michigan (both by B.J. Lowery).

Nathan Bazata (4), Anthony Gair (7), Parker Hesse (6), and Kevin Ward (3) all recorded career highs in tackles.


Iowa won the toss and elected to receive. In 17 seasons as Iowa’s head coach, Kirk Ferentz and the Hawkeyes received the opening kickoff in 166-204 games (99-67). Iowa has started the game on defense in 38-of-204 games under Ferentz (20-18).

The Hawkeyes missed an extra point for the first time in since Oct. 30, 2010 against Michigan State, a span of 59 games. Iowa had connected on 185 straight PAT attempts.

Instant replay was used one time today:

  1. Iowa first down reception: Smith (confirmed)


The Hawkeyes begins Big Ten Conference action at Wisconsin on Oct. 3. Kickoff is at 11 a.m. (CT).

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