Game Notes: B1G Opener at Rutgers

OPPONENT Iowa (2-1, 0-0) at Rutgers (3-0, 0-0)
DATE Saturday, Sept. 24
LOCATION SHI Stadium (52,454)
KICKOFF 6:10 p.m. (CT)
RADIO Hawkeye Radio Network

1st and 10

1 – The Hawkeyes open Big Ten Conference play on Saturday at Rutgers. Iowa is 7-3 in its last 10 league openers and 12-11 all-time under head coach Kirk Ferentz. The team also opened conference play in Piscataway in 2016 – a 14-7 win.

2 – SHUTOUT! The Hawkeyes recorded their first shutout since 2019 against Nevada on Sept. 17 – a 27-0 victory. Iowa has allowed just 13 points in its first three games – the second fewest in the first three games in the AP Poll era (since 1936). It was Iowa’s sixth shutout since 2016, tied with Penn State, UAB and Virginia Tech for the fourth most in the country over that span.

3 – Freshman RB Kaleb Johnson tallied his first career 100 yard game, rushing for 103 yards on seven carries and scoring two touchdowns against Nevada on Sept. 17. It was the first 100-yard game by a Hawkeye freshman since 2019 (Tyler Goodson) and Johnson is the first Iowa freshman with 100+ yards and two TDs since Marcus Coker in the 2010 Insight Bowl.

4 – Big play freshman, big play Hawkeyes. RB Kaleb Johnson had touchdown runs of 40 yards and 55 yards against Nevada. He is the only Hawkeye in at least the last 20 seasons to have multiple 40+ yard touchdown runs in the same game. Iowa had six offensive plays of 20 or more yards against the Wolfpack after having two in the first two games.

5 – Winning a marathon… the Hawkeyes notched their second win of the season in a game that spanned parts of two days and nearly seven hours (6:59). Iowa and Nevada endured three weather delays that lasted 236 minutes. The game kicked off at 6:40 p.m. (CT) on Sept. 17 and ended at 1:39 a.m. Sept. 18.

6 – Plus 1… sophomore Cooper DeJean intercepted a pass for a second straight game against Nevada and the Hawkeyes turned the INT into seven points for their first points off turnovers this season. Iowa did not commit a turnover in the game – a first for the 2022 season. DeJean is leading the Big Ten and ranks fifth nationally with two interceptions.

7 – Senior LB Jack Campbell finished with 10 tackles – his second game with 10+ tackles this season and seventh of his career – against Nevada. Campbell, who is second in the Big Ten with 10.3 tackles per game, moved past 10 former Hawkeyes into 68th place on the program’s all-time tackles list with 208 career tackles.

8 – No yards for you! Iowa’s defense limited Nevada – a team averaging 336.3 yards – to just 151 yards total offense. It was the second opponent this season that has gained 151 yards or fewer (120 vs. South Dakota State). It is the first time since 1986 that Iowa has limited two of its first three opponents to 160 yards or less (125 at Iowa State, 159 vs. NIU, 150 versus UTEP).

9 – Balanced O… the Hawkeyes finished with a season-high 337 yards total offense against Nevada, with 175 coming through the air and 162 coming on the ground. QB Spencer Petras tossed his first touchdown through the air (to Arland Bruce IV) and seven different Hawkeyes had at least one reception.

10 – P Tory Taylor is leading the Big Ten and ranks third nationally with a 48.3 average. Taylor has 23 punts this season with a long of 63. Eleven of his punts have traveled 50+ yards and 13 have been downed inside the 20. He was the Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week on Sept. 3.