Game Notes: Gold Out vs. Nevada

OPPONENT Nevada (2-1) at Iowa (1-1)
DATE Saturday, Sept. 17
LOCATION Duke Slater Field at Kinnick Stadium
KICKOFF 6:40 p.m. (CT)
RADIO Hawkeye Radio Network

1st and 10

1 – Sophomore Lukas Van Ness blocked two Iowa State punts on Sept. 10, tying a school record. It was the sixth time a Hawkeye had multiple blocks in a single game and Van Ness is the fifth Hawkeye to accomplish the feat. He was named the Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week on Sept. 12.

2 – Iowa’s scoring defense has given up just one touchdown and 6.5 points in the first two games of the season. It is the first time since 2018 that the defense has given up one touchdown in a two-game stretch. The Hawkeyes rank sixth nationally in scoring defense. Iowa has ranked in the top 13 nationally in scoring defense in the FBS in each of the last four seasons.

3 – Senior LB Jack Campbell is two tackles shy of reaching the 200-career tackle mark. Campbell is 79th in school history with his 198 career tackles. The Cedar Falls, Iowa, native has 21 tackles in two games, averaging 10.5 per contest, which is tops in the Big Ten.

4 – Three Hawkeye defenders – LB Jack Campbell , LB Seth Benson and CASH/DB Cooper DeJean – have posted double digit tackle games this season. DeJean had a game-high 11 tackles and his first career interception against Iowa State.

5 – Iowa has blocked three punts in its last three regular season games – at Nebraska (2021), two vs. Iowa State (2022). The last time Iowa blocked multiple kicks in a single game came against Syracuse in 2007.

6 – Mr. 100… senior TE Sam LaPorta caught his 100th career pass against Iowa State on Sept. 10. LaPorta had a career-high eight receptions for 55 yards against the Cyclones. LaPorta has a team-high 10 catches for 64 yards this season.

7 – Iowa’s defense forced three turnovers against Iowa State via a forced fumble and two interceptions. It was the most turnovers forced by the Hawkeye defense since recording three interceptions last season at Northwestern.

8 – Junior punter Tory Taylor is averaging 48.9 yards on 16 punts through the first two games of the season. Taylor, who was named the Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week on Sept. 5, has eight punts of 50+ yards and nine have been downed inside the 20. Taylor is first in the Big Ten and third nationally with his 48.9 yard average.

9 – Iowa’s defense is fourth nationally in red zone defense (.500), sixth in total defense (216.5) and scoring defense (6.5), 14th in passing yards allowed (135.5), 15th in first down defense (27), 27th in rushing defense (81.0) and 33rd in sacks (2.50).

10 – The Hawkeyes are playing clean football, averaging just three penalties for 20 yards over the first two games. Iowa’s six penalties and 3.00 penalties per game are second in the NCAA. The team’s penalty yards (40) and penalty yards per game (20.0) are both tops in the nation.