Iowa vs. Illinois Postgame Notes

Oct. 10, 2015

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#22/23 Iowa vs. Illinois Postgame Notes
Oct. 10, 2015


Iowa (6-0, 2-0) defeated Illinois (4-2, 1-1), 29-20, Saturday at Kinnick Stadium in its annual Homecoming game.

The Hawkeyes are 6-0 for the first time since 2009, the second time under Kirk Ferentz, and the seventh time in school history.

Iowa is bowl eligible for the 14th time in the last 15 seasons under head coach Kirk Ferentz.

The Hawkeyes are 2-0 in the Big Ten for the sixth time under Kirk Ferentz (2002, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2015).

Head coach Kirk Ferentz has 121 wins as a member of the Big Ten Conference, The ninth most in conference history. Ferentz is one win shy of tying Lloyd Carr for eighth all-time (122). Ferentz has 70 Big Ten wins, tied for the ninth most in conference history (John Cooper). Only eight coaches rank in the top 10 in both categories: overall wins as a member of the Big Ten, and conference wins. The others include Woody Hayes (OSU), Amos Alonzo Stagg (CHI), Bo Schembechler (MICH), Hayden Fry (IOWA), Robert Zuppke (ILL), Lloyd Carr (MICH), and Barry Alvarez (WIS). Ferentz also has six bowl wins as a member of the Big Ten, tying Fry and Carr for No. 2 all-time. Only Alvarez has more (9).

Iowa’s 51 rushing attempts ties for the 10th most in the Ferentz era. The Hawkeyes outgained the Illini 278-46 on the ground. Iowa last rushed 51 times in 2014 against Purdue.

Iowa was plus-two in turnovers today and is plus-five on the season. Iowa has 12 takeaways this season, and turned them into 44 points. CB Greg Mabin had an interception today, and LB Josey Jewell recovered a fumble (Hesse). Iowa’s 12 takeaways through six games is its highest total since recording 12 in 2013.

Illinois scored a rushing touchdown in the opening quarter. It is the first rushing touchdown allowed by Iowa this season. It was also the first time this season Iowa allowed a touchdown in the first quarter. The Hawkeyes had been the only team in the country yet to allow a rushing touchdown.


QB C.J. Beathard is 7-0 as Iowa’s starting quarterback, a record that includes a 3-0 mark on the road, a 4-0 mark at home, and a 3-0 mark in the Big Ten. Numbers include 116-of-199 (58.3) passing for 1,484 yards, 10 touchdowns, and three interceptions, and 221 yards rushing with three rushing touchdowns. The last Iowa quarterback to win his first seven career starts was Matt Sherman, who won seven from 1994-95.

RB Jordan Canzeri‘s 75-yard touchdown run is the longest touchdown run by a Hawkeye since Shonn Greene’s 75-yard TD in 2008 against Purdue. It is the longest rush by a Hawkeye since Adam Robinson’s 75-yard rush in 2010 against Iowa State.

RB Jordan Canzeri recorded career highs in rushing yards (256) and attempts (43). The 43 carries is a school record, and the rushing yards ranks third all-time. It is the second week in a row he set a career high in attempts (26 vs. Wisconsin). His previous career-best rushing performance was 165 yards against Purdue in 2013. He has four 100-yard rushing games this season, six in his career.

RB Jordan Canzeri recorded the 16th 200-yard rushing game in school history. He is the first Hawkeyes to rush for 200 yards since Mark Weisman (217) in 2012 against Central Michigan. He is the first Hawkeye to rush for 200 yards against a Big Ten opponent since Marcus Coker (252) in 2011.

RB Jordan Canzeri caught and rushed for touchdowns today, it is the first time in his career he caught a touchdown and rushed for a touchdown. He is the first Hawkeye since Adam Robinson in 2010 (MSU) to record at least one receiving touchdown and one rushing touchdown in a single game.

RB Jordan Canzeri has nine straight games with reception. He caught two passes today for 15 yards.

RB Jordan Canzeri moved into 14th place on Iowa’s career rushing list with 1,786 yards.

TE George Kittle caught a 21-yard touchdown for the first score of the game. Kittle has three career touchdown receptions, one in each of the last three weeks.

TE Henry Krieger Coble matched his career high with five receptions.

WR Jerminic Smith entered the game with no career catches. He caught four passes for 118 yards, becoming the first true freshman in the Kirk Ferentz era to record 100 yards receiving in a single game. Four times since 1997 an Iowa redshirt freshman had 100 yards receiving in a single game (listed by most recent):

  1. James Cleveland, 101 yards vs. Purdue (11/20/07)
  2. Derrell Johnson-Koulianos, 119 yards vs. Northwestern (11/3/07)
  3. Calvin Davis, 109 yards vs. Illinois (11/1/03)
  4. Kevin Kasper, 115 yards vs. Arizona (9/9/98)

WR Jerminic Smith‘s 118 receiving yards is the most by a Hawkeye since TE Jake Duzey in 2013 (138 vs. Ohio State). It is the highest receiving yards total by a wide receiver since WR Derrell Johnson-Koulianos had 119 receiving yards against Northwestern in 2007.

DT Jaleel Johnson had a career best six tackles, including one quarterback sack. DT Nathan Bazata matches his career with four tackles, including one sack. LB Josey Jewell led Iowa with 12 tackles.

PK Marshall Koehn was perfect on three field goals (19, 34, 40). He is 8-for-9 on the season, including 4-for-4 on attempts 40 yards or longer. Koehn had 11 points today, raising his career total to 119, 24th all-time.


Illinois won the toss and elected to defer. Iowa started on offense for the fifth time this season. In 17 seasons as Iowa’s head coach, Kirk Ferentz and the Hawkeyes received the opening kickoff in 168-of-206 games (100-67). Iowa has started the game on defense in 39-of-206 games (21-18).

Instant replay was used one time today:

  1. Iowa incomplete pass: Kittle (confirmed)
  2. Iowa completed pass: J. Smith (confirmed)


The Hawkeyes continue Big Ten Conference at Northwestern on Oct. 17. Kickoff is at 11 a.m. (CT).

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