Iowa at Arizona Postgame Notes September 18, 2010
Sept. 19, 2010
Iowa's loss at Arizona leaves the Wildcats with a 7-6 advantage in the series. Iowa had won four straight games overall since an overtime loss at Ohio State last November and the Hawkeyes had won 17 of their last 19 games before the loss at Arizona.
Iowa won the toss and elected to receive. Iowa has started on offense in 116 of its last 133 contests. The Hawkeyes have started the game on offense in 118-of-139 games under Ferentz. Iowa games vs. Ohio State (11/14/07), Indiana (10/31/09), Purdue (11/15/08), Penn State (11/08/08), Wisconsin (10/10/08), Minnesota (11/10/07), at Northwestern (11/3/07), vs. Michigan State (10/27/07), at Penn State (10/6/07), vs. Iowa State (9/16/06), vs. Minnesota (11/19/05), vs. Michigan (10/22/05), at Purdue (10/8/05), at Minnesota (11/13/04), vs. Purdue (11/6/04), at Miami, OH (9/7/02) and at Michigan State (9/27/03) are the only contests that the Hawkeyes didn't start on offense. Iowa won 13 of the 17 games.
Iowa did not score on its first possession for the first time in three games this season. Arizona blocked Iowa's first punt attempt of the game, which resulted in Arizona's first score. The block is the first by an Iowa opponent since Pittsburgh blocked an Iowa punt early in the 2008 season.
Iowa had opened its first two games with touchdown drives on its first three possessions.
Arizona scored on its first possession, following the blocked punt. Iowa has allowed just three opponents (Indiana, game nine, and Penn State, game four, both in 2009) to score on their opening drive in its last 29 games. Iowa had not trailed in its last four games, dating back to the overtime loss at Ohio State last Nov. 14.
Iowa was 2-2 in the red zone, collecting two passing touchdowns. Iowa has scored on 73 of the last 81 red zone possessions (49 TDs and 24 FGs), dating back to the Michigan State game in 2008. Iowa is 54-62 combined inside the red zone its last 19 games.
Arizona was 3-5 in the red zone, with two passing touchdowns, a lost fumble, a field goal and a failed fourth down conversion near the end of the fourth quarter. Iowa opponents are 5-9 in three games in 2010.
Iowa drove 93 yards for its first touchdown following a recovered fumble. The touchdown was the first allowed by Arizona this season. The scoring drive is Iowa's second longest of the season (97 vs. Iowa State). Iowa later recovered a fumbled punt and scored a touchdown. Shaun Prater had the first fumble recovery of his career on the punt fumble.
The 34 points scored by Arizona are the most allowed by Iowa this season. Iowa held each of its first two opponents to seven points. Arizona becomes the first Iowa opponent to score in the first period, as Iowa outscored its first two foes 28-0 in the opening quarter. The KO return for a touchdown is the first allowed by Iowa since Herb Haygood of Michigan State had a 100-yard return in 2001.
Senior WR Derrell Johnson-Koulianos moved up Iowa's career receiving charts. He ended the game with seven receptions for 114 yards. Johnson-Koulianos improved his career totals to 140 catches for 2,054 yards. He moved to third in receiving yards and is sixth in receptions. He is just the fourth Iowa receiver with over 2,000 career receiving yards.
Junior DE Broderick Binns had the first interception of his career and a 20-yard touchdown return for his first touchdown in the fourth period, allowing Iowa to tie the score at 27.
LB Jeremiha Hunter recovered an Arizona fumble in the first period, his first recovery this season and the fourth of his career. The fumble was caused by LB Jeff Tarpinian, the first caused fumble of his career. The Arizona fumble was the first by an Iowa opponent this season. Tarpinian collected 12 tackles after having a career-best 11 tackles the previous week vs. Iowa State.
Iowa collected at least one turnover in 11-of-13 games last season, with no turnovers vs. Michigan State and Ohio State. The Hawkeye defense has collected at least one takeaway in 46 of its last 51 games, dating back to 2006.
Junior OL Adam Gettis played for the first time this season after missing the first two games due to injury.
RB Jewel Hampton scored Iowa's only touchdown of the first half on a four-yard reception from QB Ricky Stanzi. The reception was the second of Hampton's career and his first touchdown catch. Hampton ended the game with seven rushing attempts for 30 yards before leaving in the third period.
Senior QB Ricky Stanzi completed 18-33 passes for 278 yards and three touchdowns. Stanzi improved his career totals to 350-613 for 5,084 yards and 37 touchdowns. Iowa is 20-5 with Stanzi as its starting quarterback. He has at least one touchdown pass in the last 11 games he has played. He moved into sixth place in career completions (350) and attempts (613) and is sixth in yardage as well. He is now tied (with Chuck Hartlieb) for fifth with 37 career touchdown passes.
P Ryan Donahue punted seven times, averaging 46.9 yards per kick and had two kicks downed inside the 20. Donahue had a long punt of 60.
Iowa will entertain Ball State next Saturday in Kinnick Stadium (11 a.m. BTN).