Game Notes: Homecoming vs. Northwestern

OPPONENT Northwestern (1-6, 1-3) at Iowa (3-4, 1-3) 
DATE Saturday, Oct. 29
LOCATION Kinnick Stadium (69,250)
KICKOFF 2:35 p.m. (CT)
RADIO Hawkeye Radio Network

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1 – Iowa will host Northwestern on Homecoming for the 12th time on Saturday. The Hawkeyes are 7-4 against the Wildcats on Homecoming. The last meeting came in 2016 – a 38-31 Northwestern victory. Iowa has won three of its last four, nine of 12 and 16 of its last 21 Homecoming contests dating back to 2000.

2 – TE Sam LaPorta became Iowa’s career leader in receptions amongst Hawkeye tight ends when he totaled six catches for 55 yards at No. 2 Ohio State. LaPorta has 131 career receptions for 1,462 yards. His yardage total is third amongst Iowa tight ends.

3 – Touchdown No. 3 – The Hawkeye defense scored its third touchdown of the season at No. 2 Ohio State when DE Joe Evans sacked C.J. Stroud to force a fumble and returned it 11 yards for his first career touchdown. Iowa’s defensive unit has scored 22 points this season (three touchdown, two safties).

4 – True freshman running back Kaleb Johnson made his first career start at No. 2 Ohio State, becoming the 32nd true freshman (and sixth freshman running back) to start under head coach Kirk Ferentz. Johnson is second on the team with 260 rushing yards and three TDs.

5 – TE Sam LaPorta is second amongst Big Ten tight ends and fifth nationally in receptions in 2022. LaPorta has 36 receptions for 336 yards in seven games. LaPorta is 10th in the Big Ten in receptions per game (5.1).

6 – K Drew Stevens has made 7-of-8 field goals attempts as a true freshman, including 2-of-3 from 40+ and 1-of-1 from 50+. The last true freshman to kick for the Hawkeyes was Keith Duncan in 2016.

7 – LB Jack Campbell is leading the Big Ten Conference and ranks 11th nationally with 71 tackles in seven games. The Cedar Falls, Iowa, native has had eight or more tackles in each game, including four games with 10+ tackles. Campbell is tied for 38th in program history with 248 tackles with Pat Angerer and Merton Hanks. He also has one interception (Ohio State) and one recovered fumble (Illinois). Campbell also registered a safety against South Dakota State.

8 – QB Alex Padilla made his 2022 debut at No. 2 Ohio State, completing 5-of-10 passes for 32 yards while playing the second half. Padilla has played 12 games in his Hawkeye career (with three starts), where he has completed 61-of-124 passes for 680 yards and two touchdowns.

9 – Iowa’s defense is ranked sixth nationally in total defense (278.3), eighth in scoring defense (16.1), 11th in passing yards allowed (174.0), 12th in passing efficiency defense (108.95), 14th in rushing defense (104.3) and 15th in first down defense (115). The Hawkeyes have given up 14 or fewer points in five of their seven games.

10 – P Tory Taylor is second in the Big Ten and ninth nationally with a 45.6 average on 46 punts (tied for the third most in the country). Fifteen of Taylor’s punts have gone 50+ yards, 21 have been downed inside the 20 and 13 have been fair caught. Taylor has twice been named the Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week this season.