|IOWA vs. ILLINOIS | HOMECOMING|
|DATE||Saturday, Oct. 7 | 11 a.m. CT|
|LOCATION||Iowa City, Iowa | Kinnick Stadium (70,585)|
|RADIO | LISTEN||Hawkeye Radio Network | Hawkeye All-Access|
1: In a tradition that started at the University of Iowa football team’s season opener in 2017, fans inside Kinnick Stadium and patients and families inside the UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital exchange waves at the end of the first quarter of each home game.
2: LB Josey Jewell leads the Big Ten and ranks third in the nation with 60 tackles. He has 32 tackles over the last two weeks. Only 11 other players in the Big Ten have 32 tackles this season. Jewell’s 8.5 TFL leads the Big Ten.
3: QB Nate Stanley has 12 touchdown passes, tying for second in the Big Ten and tied for 10th in the nation. Stanley has 133 pass attempts and 12 touchdown passes since being intercepted on his third pass attempt of the season.
4: The Hawkeyes have three players ranked in the top 10 in the league in sacks. Sophomore DE Anthony Nelson is tied for third with 4 sacks (15 yards), and true freshman DE A.J. Epenesa and senior LB Josey Jewell are tied for eighth with 2.5 sacks.
5: Iowa’s starting linebackers have a combined 99 career starts: Josey Jewell (36), Ben Niemann (32), and Bo Bower (31). They rank one, two, and three on the team in tackles.
6: WR Matt VandeBerg (119) is seven receptions from moving into the program’s all-time top 10 list (Marv Cook, 126).
7: Iowa DE A.J. Epenesa (T8th-2.5) and Illinois DE Bonny Roundtree (T6th-3.0) are the only freshmen ranked in the top 10 in the Big Ten in sacks.
8: DB JoshJackson ties for the Big Ten lead in passes defended (10) and interceptions (2). He ranks second in passes broken up (8).
9: RB Akrum Wadley leads Iowa in rushing (368) and receiving yards (244). Wadley has 380 career carries for 2,131 rushing yards, 13th all-time. He is 98 yards from passing Shonn Greene and moving into the program’s all-time top 10.
10: QB Nate Stanley has a 175.2 passing efficiency in the fourth quarter and overtime. The numbers include 21 completions in 35 attempts for 323 yards, four touchdowns and zero interceptions (5 quarters, 1 overtime period).
Iowa has played 1,225 games since beginning football in 1889. Iowa’s overall record is 636-550-39 (.535). That includes a 397-218-16 (.643) record in home games, a 239-332-23 (.422) record in games away from Iowa City, a 320-371-25 (.464) mark in Big Ten games and a 281-183-15 (.607) record in Kinnick Stadium.
HAWKEYES ON HOMECOMING
Iowa holds a 57-43-5 (.567) record in 105 Homecoming games. Iowa has won five of its last seven Homecoming games, including a 29-20 win against Illinois in 2015, the last time Illinois was the Hawkeyes’ homecoming opponent. Iowa is 6-5-2 against Illinois on Homecoming.
Iowa is 17-5 on Homecoming since 1995, and 13-4 since 2000, including winning seven in a row from 2000-06. The Hawkeyes are 13-5 in Homecoming contests under Kirk Ferentz.
Iowa has scored 46 points in the fourth quarter, more than any other quarter. The Hawkeyes also have a touchdown in their lone overtime period (W 44-41 at Iowa State). QB Nate Stanley has a 175.2 passing efficiency in the fourth quarter and overtime. The numbers include 21 completions in 35 attempts for 323 yards, four touchdowns and zero interceptions.
STANLEY MAKING HISTORY
QB Nate Stanley has 12 touchdown passes, tying for second in the Big Ten and tied for 10th in the nation. All 12 touchdowns came in the first four games of the season. Stanley was the first quarterback in program history to throw 12 touchdown passes in their first four starts. The four-game stretch was Iowa’s best since Chuck Hartlieb threw 12 touchdowns over a four-game stretch in 1987. Chuck Long threw 14 touchdowns in the first four games in 1985.
Stanley has 133 pass attempts and 12 touchdown passes since being intercepted on his third pass attempt of the season. He has since completed 80-of-133 (60.1%) attempts.
Stanley threw three touchdowns in his first career start Week 1. The last quarterback to do that was Ricky Stanzi (3, vs. Florida Atlantic in 2008). Since, 1999, the only other quarterback to throw three or more touchdowns in his first career start under Ferentz was Jon Beutjer (4, at Indiana in 2000).
Stanley threw for five touchdowns and 333 yards against Iowa State in Week 2, becoming the first Iowa quarterback with 300-plus passing yards and five-plus touchdown passes since Chuck Hartlieb vs. Northwestern in 1987.
After a slow start in the home loss to Penn State, Stanley completed 12 of his final 14 pass attempts, while also leading Iowa on a three-play, 80-yard scoring drive to take a 19-15 advantage in the final two minutes.
FERENTZ TOPS IN LONGEVITY
Kirk Ferentz is in his 19th season as Iowa’s head football coach. He is the longest tenured active head coach in college football. Ferentz was named Iowa head coach on Dec. 2, 1998. Gary Patterson of TCU is No. 2 in coaching tenure. Patterson’s first year with the Horned Frogs was 2001. Among Big Ten coaches, only Pat Fitzgerald (2006) and Mark Dantonio (2007) have been at their current schools for 10 seasons or more.
TACKLE BY JOSEY JEWELL
LB Josey Jewell leads the Big Ten and ranks third in the nation with 60 tackles. His 8.5 tackles-for-loss also lead the Big Ten. He has 32 tackles over the last two weeks, twice matching his career high with 16 vs. Penn State and 16 at Michigan State. Only 11 other Big Ten Players have as many tackles this season as Jewell has had the last two weeks (32). He is the only conference player with at least 40 tackles.
Jewell has led the team in tackles in each of the last two seasons (126 in 2015, 124 in 2016). His 2017 totals include 2.5 sacks, 8.5 tackles for loss, and four pass break-up. The four pass breakups tie for sixth in the Big Ten.
Jewell has 361 career tackles, tying Tom Rusk for eighth all-time. He has 16 career games with double digit tackles.
Jewell was named Walter Camp, Lott IMPACT, and Bednarik Award national and Big Ten Conference Defensive Player of the Week following Iowa’s 24-3 win over Wyoming on Sept. 2. Jewell led Iowa with 14 tackles, including seven solo stops.
Jewell was named Big Ten co-Defensive Player of the Week, Bronko Nagurski Defensive Player of the Week, Bednarik Award, and College Sports Madness Defensive Player of the Week following his performance vs. No. 4 Penn State. He matched his career best with 16 tackles, including 11 solo stops. He added three tackles for loss, two pass break-ups, and a recovered fumble. His fifth career interception and 33-yard return in the second quarter led to Iowa’s first touchdown of the game.
The Hawkeyes have three players ranked in the top 10 in the league in sacks. Sophomore DE Anthony Nelson is tied for third in the Big Ten with four sacks (15 yards) and true freshman DE A.J. Epenesa and senior LB Josey Jewell are tied for eighth with 2.5 sacks. Nelson had six sacks as a freshman last season, second best on the team. Epenesa leads the team with four quarterback hurries. Jewell leads the conference with 8.5 tackles for loss.
WE’VE GOT YOU COVERED
Junior DB Josh Jackson and sophomore FS Amani Hooker have stepped up to lead a secondary that lost two members to the NFL (Desmond King, Chargers; Greg Mabin, Bills). Jackson has started all five games this season at defensive back and ties for the Big Ten lead in passes defended (10) and interceptions (2). He ranks second in passes broken up (8). Hooker made his first career start Week 4 against Penn State and recorded a career-high 13 tackles. He had five tackles in his second career start at Michigan State. He has 21 tackles this season, sixth on the team.
WADLEY PURSUES RARE FEAT
Senior RB Akrum Wadley has 368 yards rushing in 2017. He rushed for 1,081 yards in 2016, and with another 1,000-yard campaign he could become the fourth Hawkeye in program history to produce back-to-back 1,000-yard rushing seasons, and the first since Fred Russell went back-to-back in 2002 (1,355) and 2003 (1,264). The other Hawkeyes with back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons include Sedrick Shaw (1,002 in 1994, 1,477 in 1995, 1,116 in 1996) and Ladell Betts (1,090 in 2000 and 1,060 in 2001).
WADLEY MOVING UP THE CHARTS
RB Akrum Wadley is one of 15 players in program history to rush for 2,000 career yards. He has 380 career carries for 2,131 rushing yards, 13th all-time. Among the 15 career 2,000 yard rushers in program history, Wadley (5.6) ranks third behind Tavian Banks and Shonn Greene (5.9) in average yards per carry. He is 98 yards from passing Greene and moving into the program’s all-time top 10 leading rushers.
Wadley has 21 career rushing touchdowns, tying for 10th all-time, and 27 career touchdown for 162 career points, tying for 16th all-time.
Wadley has 2,883 career all-purpose yards, 16th most in program history (2,126 rush, 657 receiving, 100 KO returns).
VANDEBERG STREAKING UP THE RANKINGS
Senior WR Matt VandeBerg has a reception in 24 consecutive games played. He has 119 career receptions, 11th most in program history. He has 1,440 career receiving yards, 23rd in program history.
VandeBerg missed Iowa’s final nine games of 2016 due to a foot injury sustained in practice on Sept. 26. He played in the first four games of the season, leading the team in receptions, receiving yards, and receiving touchdowns (19-284-3 TDs) before the injury. On Dec. 21, 2016, the Big Ten Conference granted the University of Iowa’s medical hardship waiver request on behalf of VandeBerg and granted the wide receiver a fifth year of eligibility.
REINVENTING THE STADIUM WAVE
In a tradition that started at the University of Iowa football team’s season opener in 2017, fans inside Kinnick Stadium and patients and families inside the UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital exchange waves at the end of the first quarter of each home game.
The UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital opened in 2017. It is connected to the south end of the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics and overlooks Kinnick Stadium from the southwest grandstands. During Iowa football home games, patients and their families can watch the game from the top floor (Level 12), one of the highest vantage points in Iowa City.
The wave highlights the relationship between the football team and the hospital. The Hawkeyes’ “Touchdowns for Kids” campaign has long been a fundraiser and during every game, a “Kid Captain” from the hospital receives special recognition from the Hawkeye football program.
ALL ABOARD TO KINNICK STADIUM!
The Hawkeye Express, the passenger train that transports fans from Coralville to Kinnick Stadium, is in its 14th season in 2017.
Adults can ride the train for $15, 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 (cash only on game day) at the Hawkeye Express depot located near the boarding ramp. The trip to Kinnick Stadium is approximately 10 minutes. Media credentials are accepted as well.
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 GAME DAY INFORMATION
The University of Iowa has implemented changes intended to improve the safety and game day experience for fans attending Iowa football home games at Kinnick Stadium this fall. Changes include, but are not limited to, a partial closure of Hawkins Drive, a postgame two-lane traffic pattern on Melrose Avenue, single-game ADA parking, and information regarding the UI Hawkeye Marching Band pregame performance in the Recreation Building. A complete list of game day changes and procedures is available at http://hawkeyesports.com/footballgameday.