Game Notes: Iowa vs. Iowa State

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Date Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016
Location Iowa City, Iowa | Kinnick Stadium
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    1: The Hawkeyes have won eight straight home games, the fifth-longest active streak in the country (FSU, 21; Clemson, 16; TCU, 14; Michigan State, 9; Iowa, 8). Iowa has also won 13 straight regular season games.
    2: The visiting team has won the last four meetings in the Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk Series.
    3: The Hawkeyes will defend five trophies in 2016, starting Saturday with the Cy-Hawk Trophy. The championship trophy defense includes the Big Ten West Division championship trophy, Cy-Hawk, Heartland (Wisconsin), Floyd of Rose dale (Minnesota), and Heroes (Nebraska).
    4: One game into the season and his career, DE Anthony Nelson is the Big Ten leader in sacks. He recorded 2.5 sacks for a loss of 16 yards in his Hawkeye debut in Week 1, earning B1G Freshman of the Week honors.
    5: Senior QB C.J. Beathard is 14-2 as Iowa’s starting quarterback, 14-0 in the regular season, and 8-0 at Kinnick Stadium.
    6: Senior DB Desmond King, the 2015 Jim Thorpe Award winner and consensus All-American, is listed on six preseason first-team All-America teams. He leads the B1G in punt (15.0) and kickoff return (35.0) average.
    7: Seven Hawkeyes are on at least one preseason watch list – QB C.J. Beathard, RB LeShun Daniels, TE George Kittle, and OL Sean Welsh on offense; LB Josey Jewell, DT Jaleel Johnson, and DB Desmond King on defense.
    8: The University of Iowa has produced more active FBS head coaches than any other school. They include Bret Bielema (Arkansas), Bobby Diaco (UCONN), Bob Stoops (Oklahoma), and Mark Stoops (Kentucky).
    9: The Hawkeyes +3 turnover margin ties for the Big Ten lead. Iowa forced and recovered three fumbles in the season opener, turning each turnover gained into a touchdown.
    10: Iowa and Iowa State are playing under the lights at Kinnick Stadium for the second time. Iowa State defeated Iowa, 36-31, in 2002. Saturday’s game is the 13th night game in Kinnick Stadium history. Iowa is 8-4 in those games.

    Fans are asked to help stripe Kinnick Stadium in the annual Black and Gold Spirit game. Fans with tickets in even-numbered sections are asked to wear gold. Fans with tickets in odd-number sections, as well as all UI students, are asked to wear black.

     Iowa has played 1,208 games since beginning football in 1889. Iowa’s overall record is 626-543-39 (.533). That includes a 394-213-16 (.641) record in home games, a 232-330-23 (.413) record in games away from Iowa City, a 314-366-25 (.457) mark in Big Ten games and a 277-177-15 (.600) record in Kinnick Stadium.

    Kirk Ferentz is in his 21st year as a college head coach and his 18th year as Iowa’s head coach. His career record is 140-108 and he is 128-87 at Iowa.  He ranks eighth in the Big Ten Conference in overall coaching victories and is tied for seventh in league wins.
    Matt Campbell (35-16) is in his first season at Iowa State and his fifth season as a college head coach.  Campbell posted a 35-15 record in four seasons as the head coach at Toledo and he is 0-1 at Iowa State.
•   The game is sold out (70,585).
•   The teams are playing under the lights for the second time in Kinnick Stadium. Iowa lost to Iowa State, 36-31, in 2002 in a game that kicked off at 5 p.m. (CT). 
•   Kirk Ferentz has been Iowa’s head football coach since 1999. The Cyclones have had four head coaches during that time. Ferentz was 3-5 all-time against Dan McCarney (1999-2006), 1-1 against Gene Chizik (2007-08), and 4-3 against Paul Rhoads (2009-15). He is opposing Matt Campbell for the first time Saturday.
•   The last time the home team won in the series was 2011, when Iowa State defeated Iowa 44-41 in triple overtime.
•   The visiting team has won the last four games. Iowa’s last win against Iowa State at home was a 35-7 victory in 2010.
•   Saturday is the third event of the Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk Series. The schools’ soccer and volleyball teams meet Sept. 9, in Ames. Iowa State leads the all-time Cy-Hawk Series, 6-5-1.
•   Iowa has 53 native Iowans on its roster. Iowa State has 41. 
      Saturday’s game will mark the 64th meeting in the series. Iowa holds a 41-22 advantage in the series that began with a 16-8 ISU win in 1894.  The Hawkeyes are 23-14 all-time in games played in Iowa City. The Cyclones have won two straight at Kinnick Stadium. The visiting team has won the last four meetings.
    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 25-14 advantage in those games.  That original Cy-Hawk Trophy was donated to the series by the Des Moines Athletic Club.  The Cy-Hawk Trophy currently resides in Iowa City as a result of Iowa’s 31-17 victory in Ames last season.
Saturday’s game is the third event in the 12th annual Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk series.  The schools’ soccer and volleyball teams meet Sept. 9 in Ames. Iowa State leads the all-time Cy-Hawk Series, 6-5-1.
    The Cy-Hawk Trophy is the first of four trophy games on Iowa’s slate in 2016. Iowa will also defend its respective trophies against Wisconsin (Heartland), Minnesota (Floyd of Rosedale), and Nebraska (Heroes).
    Iowa holds an all-time record of 56-34 (.618) 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.

      LAST MEETING – Sept. 12, 2015 (Ames, Iowa)
      Iowa scored 21 unanswered second-half points to record a 31-17 come-from-behind road victory over Iowa State at Jack Trice Stadium and reclaim possession of the Cy-Hawk Trophy.
      The Hawkeyes were led offensively by QB C.J. Beathard, RB Jordan Canzeri, and WR Matt VandeBerg. Canzeri rushed a career-high 24 times for 124 yards and a TD. VandeBerg posted career highs in receptions (9) and receiving yards (114), while also scoring a TD. Beathard rushed 10 times for 77 yards, including a career-long rush of 57 yards, while also completing 15-of-25 passes for 215 yards and a career-high three touchdowns. Beathard’s efforts earned the junior signal caller Manning Quarterback of the Week and Co-Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week honors.
      After each team posted a field goal in the first quarter, the Cyclones grabbed a 10-3 advantage with an 11-yard touchdown pass from QB Sam Richardson to Quenton Bundrage. The Hawkeyes evened the score two possessions later with a 14-yard WR Tevaun Smith scoring reception to culminate a 93-yard drive.
      Iowa State took a 17-10 lead into halftime after a 29-yard scoring reception by Jauan Wesley.
The Hawkeyes controlled the second half, scoring three touchdowns and allowing Iowa State only 66 total yards on 31 plays.
      VandeBerg recovered a TE Henry Krieger-Coble fumble on Iowa State’s 3-yard line and crossed the goal line to tie the game in the third quarter. Riley McCarron then scored the game-winning TD, the first score of his career, on a 25-yard pass from Beathard in the back corner of the end zone with 2:14 remaining in the contest. Canzeri tallied Iowa’s final score on an 8-yard scamper following Desmond King’s first interception of the season.
      Iowa’s defense collected six tackles for loss, including four sacks by four different players. The Hawkeyes limited the Cyclones to 63 yards rushing on 27 attempts (2.3 avg.). DE Nate Meier and LB Josey Jewell each registered seven tackles. In addition to the interception, King had five tackles.
      Iowa’s DE Drew Ott and RB LeShun Daniels left the game in the first and second quarters, respectively, and did not return due to injury.
     The AFCA Coaches’ Trophy, presented by Amway, the Symbol of Supremacy in College Football™, is on the University of Iowa campus for the Hawkeyes’ home game against rival Iowa State University.
     Iowa is the second stop of a ten-city tour during this college football season, during which fans will have the opportunity to see and take photos with the Trophy. The Trophy will be in the area starting on Friday morning, for placement in live shots, morning shows and taped segments.  A spokesperson is available to answer questions and discuss the Trophy Tour & Amway Coaches Poll.
     Leading direct seller Amway partnered with the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) and USA TODAY Sports to become the presenting sponsor of the illustrious Coaches’ Trophy as well as the Amway Coaches Poll powered by USA TODAY Sports.  This year, the Trophy is embarking on a ten-stop Trophy Tour, appearing on college campuses across the country during some of this season’s biggest matchups.
     The AFCA Coaches’ Trophy, featuring the iconic Waterford© Crystal football, presented by Amway, will be awarded to the No. 1-ranked team, and national champion, in the Amway Coaches Poll following the conclusion of the college football season. 
      Ten true freshmen played in Iowa’s season opener, including RB Tokes Akinribade, K Keith Duncan, TE Noah Fant, DB Amani Hooker, LG Amani Jones, DE Cedrick Lattimore, DB Manny Rugamba, QB Nathan Stanley, LB Kristian Welch, and WR Devonte Young.
      Stanley is the first true freshman to play quarterback since Drew Tate in 2003. Tate appeared in six games (0 starts) and was 6-of-11 for 55 yards and one touchdown (0 interceptions).
    DE Anthony Nelson was named Big Ten Conference Freshman of the Week for his performance in Iowa’s 45-21 season-opening win over Miami, Ohio.
    Nelson forced two Miami fumbles in his first career game, with both leading to Iowa touchdowns.  He recorded 2.5 sacks for minus 16 yards, and had yet another sack nullified by a Miami delay of game penalty.  Nelson was credited with two solo tackles, four assists and one pass breakup.
    Nelson’s first caused turnover came in the first quarter as Miami had reached the Hawkeye eight-yard line.  Matt Nelson recovered the fumble and the Hawkeye offense traveled 81 yards in two plays for a touchdown and a 21-0 advantage.
    Nelson’s second forced fumble came late in the game and led to Iowa’s final touchdown in the closing minutes.
    The Big Ten honor is the first for Nelson and the first for the Hawkeyes this year. Iowa players earned weekly honors from the Big Ten on six occasions in 2015, including DE Parker Hesse, who earned Freshman of The Week honors in the regular season finale at Nebraska, a 28-20 Hawkeye win. 
    Four members of the media, who covered University of Iowa athletics over the past 40 years, will be inducted into the Kinnick Stadium Media Wall of Fame on Sept. 16-17, in conjunction with Iowa’s home football contest against North Dakota State. 
    The inductees are Rick Brown, a member of the Des Moines Register sports staff from 1978-2015; Blean Calkins, who covered Iowa games for KWPC radio in Muscatine (1962-92); Hal Lagerstrom, sportswriter and sports editor at the Dubuque Telegraph Herald (1959-1991); and Ed Podolak, current radio analyst for Iowa football games for Learfield Sports.  Calkins and Lagerstrom are being honored posthumously.
    The inaugural class of 20 members was recognized in 2006, the first year the Paul Brechler Press Box was in use following the Kinnick Stadium renovation.  Four additional members were added in 2011.  The Wall of Fame, located in the media section of the press box, recognizes individuals who have covered Hawkeye football with integrity, accuracy and fairness over a long period of time.
     The University of Iowa football program has 16 players in its 2016 Leadership Group, including nine seniors and seven juniors.  The purpose of the group is to assist in formulating policies, and being involved in team decision-making matters regarding the upcoming season.  Players are selected by a team vote.
     The seniors are QB C.J. Beathard, OL Cole Croston, RB LeShun Daniels, Jr., DL Jaleel Johnson, DB Desmond King, TE George Kittle, DB Greg Mabin, WR Riley McCarron, and WR Matt VandeBerg.  The junior class is represented by DL Nathan Bazata, OL Ike Boettger, LB Bo Bower, LB Josey Jewell, OL Boone Myers, LB Ben Niemann, and OL Sean Welsh.
     8: The Hawkeyes have won eight straight home games for the first time since 2008-09. The last time Iowa won nine straight at home was 2002-05, when it won a school-record 22 consecutive home games.
     13: The Hawkeyes have won 13 straight regular season games, the most since winning 13 straight from 2002-03.
     8: The Hawkeyes have a Big Ten best eight game regular season conference winning streak. Iowa was 8-0 in the Big Ten last year, including a 4-0 mark at home and a 4-0 mark on the road. The eight-game winning streak is Iowa’s largest since winning eight in a row between the 2008 and 2009 seasons. Iowa has not won nine consecutive Big Ten regular season games since stringing together 10 straight from 2001-02. The school record for consecutive Big Ten regular season wins is 13, set between the 1920 and 1923 seasons.
     6: The Hawkeyes have won six consecutive road games (the final road game at Illinois in 2014, and all five road games in 2015). It’s their longest road winning streak since winning six straight from 2002-03. The school record for consecutive road wins is eight, set from 1920-23.
     The Hawkeyes will defend five trophies in 2016 including the Big Ten West Division championship trophy and four rivalry trophies. It is the first time in program history (the Heroes Trophy was introduced in 2011) that Iowa has owned all four trophies They include the Cy-Hawk Trophy (Iowa State), Floyd of Rosedale (Minnesota), Heartland Trophy (Wisconsin), and Heroes (Nebraska).
     In 18 seasons as Iowa’s head coach, Kirk Ferentz and the Hawkeyes received the opening kickoff in 172-of-215 games (104-68). Iowa has started the game on defense in 43-of-215 games under Ferentz (24-19). Iowa opened the game on defense in its season-opening win against Miami (Ohio).
     Austin Blythe, a seventh-round selection of the Indianapolis Colts in 2016, became the 15th offensive linemen selected in the NFL draft since 1999, Kirk Ferentz’s first year as UI head coach. In each of Ferentz’s 17 complete seasons, the Hawkeyes had a future NFL player start on the offensive line. This week’s depth chart includes offensive linemen Cole Croston, Boone Myers, Sean Welsh, James Daniels, and Ike Boettger.
     From 2007-14, an eventual NFL first-round draft pick started on the Iowa offensive line. Brandon Scherff, selected by the Washington Redskins fifth overall in 2015, was Iowa’s left tackle from 2012-14. Riley Reiff, selected 23rd overall by the Detroit Lions in 2012, started at left tackle from 2010-11. Bryan Bulaga, selected 23rd overall by the Green Bay Packers in 2010, started at left guard in 2007 before moving to left tackle in 2008-09.
     From 2005-06, Baltimore Ravens All-Pro Marshal Yanda shared time at tackle and guard for the Hawkeyes. Mike Elgin, a seventh round selection of New England, was Iowa’s starting center in 2004. Pete McMahon, drafted by Oakland in 2005, was Iowa’s right guard in 2003. Oakland’s first round pick in 2004, Robert Gallery, was Iowa’s left tackle from 2001-03. Eric Steinbach (Cincinnati) started at guard for Iowa from 2000-02, and Bruce Nelson (Carolina) was a four-year starter from 1999-02. Steinbach and Nelson were second round draft picks in 2003.
     Head coach Kirk Ferentz returns to the Iowa sideline for an 18th season as the reigning national coach of the year. Ferentz was named Woody Hayes Coach of the Year by the Touchdown Club of Columbus, the Eddie Robinson National Coach of the Year by the FWAA, and winner of the 2015 Dodd Trophy presented annually by the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl. He was named American Football Coaches Association Region 3 Coach of the Year, and was a finalist for the Paul “Bear” Bryant Coach of the Year and George Munger Coach of the Year awards.
     Ferentz was also named Dave McClain and Hayes-Schembechler Big Ten Conference Coach of the Year for the fourth time in his career (2002, 2004, 2009, 2015), being recognized by both league coaches and media.  Only Michigan’s Bo Schembechler (6) has more conference coach of the year awards. Iowa’s Hayden Fry and Penn State’s Joe Paterno both won the award three times. 
     Ferentz led Iowa to a school record 12 wins in 2015. The Hawkeyes won the Big Ten West Division title (8-0) and advanced to the Big Ten title game for the first time in the game’s five-year history. The Hawkeyes reclaimed all four of their rivalry trophies in 2015, and reached as high as third in the Associated Press poll (Nov. 22).
     Kirk Ferentz is in his 18th season as Iowa’s head football coach. He is tied with Oklahoma’s Bob Stoops as the longest active FBS head coaches. Ferentz was named Iowa head coach on Dec. 2, 1998, one day after Stoops was named head coach at Oklahoma. Stoops was a Hawkeye letterman from 1979-82.
     The University of Iowa has produced four  active FBS head coaches, tied with Alabama for most in the country. Bret Bielema (Arkansas), Bob Diaco (UCONN), Bob Stoops (Oklahoma), and Mark Stoops (Kentucky) all earned undergraduate degrees from the University of Iowa. Bielema, Diaco, Bob Stoops, and Mark Stoops played for former UI head coach Hayden Fry. All four head coaches served as assistants under Fry. Bielema was an assistant coach on Kirk Ferentz’s staff from 1999-2001.
    The Hawkeye Express, the passenger train that transports fans from Coralville to Kinnick Stadium, is once again available for fans traveling to Kinnick Stadium on Iowa Football game days.  The Hawkeye Express is in its 13th season.  Adults can ride the train for $12, round trip, while children (12-and-under) ride for free.  Tickets can be purchased in advance at the UI Ticket Office or on game day at the Hawkeye Express depot located near the boarding ramp.  Media credentials are accepted as well. The trip to Kinnick Stadium is approximately 10 minutes.
    Free parking is located in lots near the Comfort Suites and Coral Ridge Mall.  Fans can begin boarding the train three hours prior to 11 a.m. kickoffs, and four hours prior to the start of afternoon and night games. Return trips begin at the start of the fourth period and run 90 minutes after the game.
    The Hawkeye Express is owned by the Iowa Northern Railway Company and operates on the Iowa Interstate Railroad.
     Iowa Coach Kirk Ferentz is featured on “Hawk Talk with Kirk Ferentz” each week during the regular season. The radio call-in show is hosted by Gary Dolphin, the play-by-play voice of the Iowa Hawkeyes.  The show airs live each Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. from Applebee’s in Coralville.
•   The Hawkeyes have earned bowl eligibility in 14 of the last 15 seasons.
•   Iowa played in the Big Ten title game for the first time in program history on Dec. 5, 2015. Iowa earned Big Ten Conference championships in 2002 and 2004 and placed second in 2009. Iowa (8-0, 2002; 8-0, 2015) is one of three Big Ten teams to post a perfect mark in conference play since 1998 (BCS era), joining Michigan State (1) and Ohio State (5).
•   Iowa has ranked in the top 10 in the final Associated Press and CNN/USA Today coaches polls five times since 2002, including a ranking of seventh in both polls at the conclusion of the 2009 season. Iowa ranked eighth in 2002, 2003 and 2004. The Hawkeyes finished 2015 ranked ninth in the AP poll and 10th in the USA Today Coaches Poll. In the Big Ten, only Ohio State has more top 10 finishes since 2002.
•   Since 1936 when the first AP poll was released, Iowa has appeared in the poll 309 times, the fifth highest total in the Big Ten (Ohio State, Michigan, Wisconsin, and MSU). Iowa has been the top-ranked team in the country 11 times.
•   Iowa set a school record with 12 wins in 2015. The Hawkeyes won 11 games in 2002 (11-2), and 2009 (11-2).  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.
•   Kirk Ferentz has been named Big Ten Coach of the Year four times (2002, 2004, 2009, 2015) and was named National Coach of the Year in 2002 and 2015. Only Michigan’s Bo Schembechler (6) has more conference coach of the year. Iowa’s Hayden Fry and Penn State’s Joe Paterno both won the award three times. 
•   Desmond King became the seventh Hawkeye to earn a national player of the year award under Kirk Ferentz. He won the Jim Thorpe award in 2015, honoring the nation’s top defensive back. 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); Brandon Scherff (2014 Outland, Top Lineman), Desmond King (2015 Jim Thorpe).
•   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 Hawkeyes’ long term success is due to the stability in the program. 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 18th season. Ferentz also served as Iowa’s offensive line coach from 1981-89 under Fry.
•   Since 1999, Kirk Ferentz’s first year as head coach, 120 former Hawkeyes have played in the NFL.
•   At least one Iowa Hawkeye has been selected in every NFL Draft since 1978.
•   Since 2010, Iowa has had 26 players drafted in the NFL. Among Big Ten teams, only Ohio State has had more draft picks in that same time span (39). Nebraska and Penn State have also had 26 players drafted since 2010.
•   Iowa has had four first round picks in the last seven NFL drafts — OL Bryan Bulaga, 2010; DE Adrian Clayborn, 2011; OL Riley Reiff, 2012; OL Brandon Scherff, 2015. Only Ohio State (7) and Wisconsin (5) have more among Big Ten schools.
•   Iowa had 23 players drafted from 2010-16, including four first round picks (OL Bryan Bulaga, 2010; DE Adrian Clayborn, 2011; OL Riley Reiff, 2012; OL Brandon Scherff, 2015).
•   Iowa and Alabama were the only two college football programs to have a first round draft selection following the 2009, 2010 and 2011 seasons. 
•   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.
•   Former Hawkeye Marshal Yanda (Baltimore OL) is a five-time Pro-Bowler (2011-15) and was named NFL All-Pro in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015.
•   In NFL 2011 regular season statistics, former Hawkeye linebackers Chad Greenway (Minnesota) and Pat Angerer (Indianapolis) finished third and fourth, respectively, in tackles. Greenway was named to the Pro Bowl in 2012 and 2013.
•   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 fourth year as Iowa’s offensive line coach, was New England’s tight ends coach.
•   Former Iowa DB Sean Considine and OL Marshal Yanda won Super Bowl rings with the 2012 Baltimore Ravens in the 2013 Super Bowl.
•   Former Iowa LB James Morris (injured reserve) earned a Super Bowl ring with the New England Patriots in 2015. Former TE Tony Moeaki played for the Seattle Seahawks in the same game.
•   Former center James Ferentz was a member of the 2016 Super Bowl champion Denver Broncos.
•   Entering the 2016 season, every Iowa senior starting tight end (11) under Kirk Ferentz has been drafted in the NFL or made an NFL team.
•   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 15 years, 140-of-157 (89 percent) of Iowa’s senior starters have been drafted in the NFL or signed NFL free agent contracts.