Sept. 13, 2008
Iowa regained possession of the Cy-Hawk trophy with today's 17-5 triumph. The home team has won the last five games in the series. Iowa improves to 37-19 in games against Iowa State, including a 22-12 advantage in home games. Iowa has won 19 of the last 26 meetings, including four of the last six.
Iowa takes the early lead in the fifth annual Hy-Vee Cy-Hawk Series, 3-2.
Iowa starts the season 3-0 for the second time in three years. The Hawkeyes won their first four games in 2006.
Iowa's defense did not allow a touchdown for the third-straight contest. The Hawkeye defense did not allow a touchdown until the fourth game last season (at Wisconsin). Iowa has held Iowa State without a touchdown the last 10 quarters, dating back to the second quarter of Iowa's win in 2006.
Iowa has not allowed a touchdown in the first three games. It is believed to be the first time since the 1923 and 1924 seasons that the Hawkeyes started the season not allowing a touchdown in their first three contests. In 1923, Iowa topped Oklahoma A&M 20-0, Knox 44-3 and Purdue 7-0, all at home. In 1924, Iowa beat SE Oklahoma 43-0, Ohio State 0-0 and Lawrence 13-5, all at home.
The Hawkeyes collected three takeaways (three interceptions) vs. Iowa State. Iowa has recorded at least one takeaway in 23 of its last 25 games, dating back to the 2006 season. The last time Iowa collected three interceptions in a game was at Northwestern last season (Nov. 3, 2007). Iowa won that game 28-17 in Evanston, IL.
Andy Brodell gave the Hawkeyes a 17-3 lead in the fourth period after returning a punt 81 yards for a touchdown. The punt return for a score was the first of his career. The 81-yard return is the longest return of his career, besting a 78-yard punt return vs. Syracuse (Sept. 9, 2007). Brodell's return marked Iowa's first punt return for a touchdown since Jovon Johnson returned a punt 90 yards vs. Ball State (Sept. 3, 2005). Furthermore, the 81-yard return is the 10th-longest in school history.
Iowa held Iowa State scoreless inside the red zone today (0-3), including two stops inside the five-yard line.
The Hawkeyes have won 35 of their last 42 games (.833) in Kinnick Stadium, dating back to the 2002 season.
Today marked Iowa's 33rd consecutive sellout (70,585) at Kinnick Stadium. Iowa's last game not sold out was vs. Buffalo (9/6/03).
Iowa started the game on offense, as Iowa State won the toss and deferred to the second half. Iowa has started on offense in 95 of its last 107 contests. The Hawkeyes have started the game on offense in 97-of-113 games under Kirk Ferentz.
Iowa scored three points on its first possession on a PK Trent Mossbrucker 26-yard field goal from the left hash mark. The Hawkeyes have scored on all three of their opening possessions this season. Iowa tallied touchdowns vs. Maine and FIU.
Iowa State failed to score on its opening possession. All three Iowa opponents (Maine, FIU and Iowa State) failed to score on their opening drives this season.
Iowa led 3-0 after the first quarter. The Hawkeyes have not allowed any first-period points through three contests, outscoring their opponents 38-0.
Today marks the second-straight game between Iowa and Iowa State that a first-half touchdown was not scored by either team. Last season in Ames, the Cyclones led 12-0 at half (four field goals).
Both Iowa and Iowa State missed a field goal attempt in the first half. Iowa PK Daniel Murray missed a 50-yarder, while Iowa State PK Grant Mahoney missed a 38-yarder. Mahoney finished the game 1-4 on field goals. Last season, Iowa State PK Bret Culbertson converted 5-6 to lead the Cyclones to a 15-13 triumph at Jack Trice Stadium.
SS Tyler Sash posted a career-high 12 tackles today, including a sack. Also, he intercepted his first career pass at the goal line to thwart an Iowa State scoring threat in the third quarter. He returned the theft one yard. The redshirt freshman started his second-consecutive contest today.
Iowa's defense did not allow an Iowa State third-down conversion in the first 30 minutes; the Cyclones were 0-5.
In the last seven years, Iowa is 43-6 when leading at the half and 48-4 when leading after three quarters.
TE Tony Moeaki saw action for the first time this season late in the third quarter today. He missed the first three games due to injury. He caught one pass for four yards in limited action.
Both Iowa quarterbacks saw action today. Sophomore Ricky Stanzi started his second-straight game, completing 5-14 passes for 95 yards. Junior Jake Christensen entered the game with seconds left in the third quarter and led the Hawkeyes to their only offensive touchdown. Christensen engineered a six-play, 65-yard drive that consumed 2:29. The drive culminated on a RB Shonn Greene five-yard run to put the Hawkeyes in front, 10-3. Christensen finished the contest, completing 4-5 passes for 27 yards and a touchdown.
DL Matt Kroul started his 40th consecutive game today, a streak that ties for second-best in the Big Ten with Purdue's OL Sean Sester. Kroul was credited with five tackles today.
RB Shonn Green topped 100 yards rushing for the third-straight game. The Big Ten's second-leading rusher had 120 yards on 20 attempts and a score. The last time Iowa had a 100-yard rusher three-consecutive games was the last three games of the 2005 campaign. RB Albert Young rushed for 202 yards at Northwestern (Nov. 5), 127 yards at Wisconsin (Nov. 12) and 103 yards vs. Minnesota (Nov. 19).
TE Allen Reisner posted career bests in both receptions (3) and receiving yards (65) today.
Junior OLB A.J. Edds recorded 10 tackles for the Iowa defense, including one half tackle for loss.
Iowa hits the road for the first time this season next Saturday when it travels to Pittsburgh. Kickoff is slated for 11:05 a.m. (CDT). The Panthers were idle today; they beat Buffalo 27-16 last Saturday.