Game Notes: Iowa vs. South Dakota State

OPPONENT South Dakota State at Iowa
DATE Saturday, Sept. 3
LOCATION Duke Slater Field at Kinnick Stadium
KICKOFF 11:05 a.m. (CT)
RADIO Hawkeye Radio Network

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1: The Hawkeyes have four players — LB Jack Campbell, DB Riley Moss, TE Sam LaPorta and P Tory Taylor — that have been named preseason All-Americans by various outlets.

2: QB Spencer Petras will be making his 20th career start in Iowa’s season opener against South Dakota State. Petras ranks 13th in program history in career passing yards (3,474) heading into the 2022 season.

3: 3s company… Iowa returns all three starting linebackers in Jack Campbell, Seth Benson and Jestin Jacobs. The Hawkeyes are the only team in the nation to have three linebackers on the Butkas Award Preseason Watch List.

4: Only three teams nationally have been in the top 25 in points per possession allowed in each of the last five years: Iowa, Clemson and Alabama.

5: LB Jack Campbell is the Preseason Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year. The Cedar Falls, Iowa, native led the nation with 143 tackles in 2022, which are the fifth most in program history and the most by a Hawkeye since 2009.

6: Iowa’s defense has ranked in the top 16 in total defense and the top 13 in scoring defense in the FBS in each of the last four seasons. Over the last five years, Iowa and Clemson are the only two CFB teams to allow 30 or more points in fewer than 10 percent of their games.

7: Williams X 2… 1,000-yard rusher Tyler Goodson is in the NFL, meaning the Hawkeyes will employ Williams & Williams in 2022. Gavin and LeShon Williams combined for 140 rushing yards in the Citrus Bowl against Kentucky and 374 rushing yards for the season. Gavin and Leshon are not related.

8: The Hawkeyes return 17 starters (8 on offense, 7 defense, 2 specialists) and 44 letterwinners from a team that won 10 games and won the Big Ten West Division title in 2021.

9: Iowa has 89 interceptions since 2017, the most of any team nationally. The defense had a school-record 25 interceptions in 2021, including four apiece by Riley Moss and Jermari Harris.

10: Iowa is 98-33-2 (.748) in season openers, including a 19-4 mark under head coach Kirk Ferentz. The Hawkeyes had won six straight season openers prior to losing the opening game in 2020. Iowa is 19-2 in season openers since 2001.