Game Notes: Iowa vs. Wisconsin

DATE Saturday, Dec. 12, 2020
KICKOFF 2:30 p.m. (CT)

1st and 10

1: Iowa has won its last five games, outscoring its opponents 186-76 and averaging 37.2 points per game during the winning streak. The Hawkeyes 186 points scored over the last five games represent the best five-game stretch since Iowa totaled 207 in the first five games of 2002.

2: QB Spencer Petras is 78-131 (59.5) with 877 passing yards (175.4 ypg) during the five-game winning streak. He has thrown six touchdowns and two interceptions over the last five games. Petras has 220 pass attempts through seven weeks, tied for the most by any Big Ten quarterback. He entered the season with 11 career pass attempts.

3: The Hawkeyes are 18-4 in their last 22 rivalry trophy games (Iowa State, Minnesota, Nebraska, Wisconsin), with all four losses coming to Wisconsin. The Hawkeyes defended Floyd of Rosedale at Minnesota on Nov. 13 (W, 35-7). Iowa defended the Heroes Trophy with a 26-20 win on Nov. 27 against Nebraska.

4: RB Mekhi Sargent ranks fifth in the Big with 6.1 yards per carry, and third in the conference with seven rushing touchdowns. Sargent has 20 career rushing touchdowns, 11th most in school history. He has 1,689 career rushing yards, 21st all-time in program history. He needs 21 yards to tie Ed Podalak (1,710) for 20th all-time.

5: RB Tyler Goodson leads the Hawkeyes and ranks third in the Big Ten with 656 rushing yards. Goodson has started the last 11 games at running back and has 10 rushing touchdowns during that stretch. He has 1,294 career rushing yards.

6: The Hawkeyes rank third in the Big Ten with 10 interceptions (Indiana 17; Northwestern 12). Iowa has 63 interceptions since 2017, the most by any team in the country. DE Zach VanValkenburg has four fumble recoveries this season, tied for the most in the country. Iowa has scored 66 points off turnovers this year (29 percent of total points).

7: Twenty-two senior members of the Iowa football program will be recognized Saturday. Since the start of the 2017 season the Hawkeyes have won 32 games and qualified for a bowl game every year (3-0). The senior class has an overall record of 32-14, including a 18-6 mark at home, a 20-14 record in Big Ten games, and a 13-3 record in trophy games (10-3 in rivalry games, 3-0 in bowl games).

8: Iowa has played 21 straight games without surrendering 25 points, the longest streak in the nation among Power 5 teams. DT Daviyon Nixon leads an Iowa defensive front that ranks second in the Big Ten in sacks (20.0) and tackles for loss (46.0). Nixon leads the Big Ten with 5.5 sacks and 13.0 tackles for loss. DE Zach VanValkenberg ranks third with 8.5 tackles for loss, and DE Chauncey Golston ranks seventh with 7.5 tackles for loss. Golston’s 4.5 sacks rank fourth in the conference.

9. Keith Duncan is Iowa’s all-time career leader in field goal percentage (82.0). He has made 50-of-61 career field goal attempts. His 50 career field goals made rank fifth in program history. He is 20-of-20 in his career inside 30 yards, has 19 field goals made of 40 or more yards (tying Nate Kaeding for most in program history) and has made 60 consecutive PATs.

10. LB Nick Niemann leads the Hawkeyes and ranks second in the Big Ten with 69 tackles. He entered the season with 80 career tackles, including a season-high 43 as a sophomore in 2018. He recorded a career-best 17 tackles Week 5 at Penn State, the most by a Hawkeye since LB Anthony Hitchens made 19 stops against Iowa State in 2012.