Sept. 20, 2003
Iowa increased its regular-season winning streak to 13 games, third longest in school history. Iowa has posted an 18-3 record over its last 21 games overall. Iowa's 4-0 start matches the record of 1997, while the Hawkeyes have not started a season with five straight wins since 1995.
Coach Kirk Ferentz is 26-26 in 52 games at Iowa, including an 18-3 mark over the last 21 games.
Iowa ended a three-game losing streak to Pac-10 teams and improved its overall record vs. the Pac-10 to 28-32-1. Iowa's most recent win vs. the Pac-10, prior to Arizona State, was a 21-20 win over Arizona in Iowa City in 1998. Iowa improved to 2-2 in night games in Kinnick Stadium, with the other win (24-0 over Northern Illinois) being the first for Kirk Ferentz at Iowa.
Iowa defeated a ranked opponent in Kinnick for the first time since a 27-12 win over 12th-ranked Northwestern on 11/11/00. The Iowa defense did not allow the opponent offense to score for the first time since a 51-0 win over Kent State in 2001.
Iowa failed to score on its opening possession for the second time in four games. Iowa did not score on its first possession in the opening win over Miami. Arizona State is the third Iowa opponent which failed to score on its first possession of the game. Only Miami, OH (field goal) has scored on its first drive.
Iowa began the game on offense for the 45th time in its last 46 games and for the 15th straight game, dating back to Miami, OH in the second game of the 2002 season. Iowa has started on offense in 46 of 52 games under Kirk Ferentz.
WR James Townsend and WR/QB Eric McCollom became the fourth and fifth true freshmen to play for Iowa this season. McCollom played primarily as a wide receiver, but did have one rushing attempt from the quarterback position.
The first quarter interception thrown by QB Nathan Chandler was his first at Iowa. Chandler had thrown 67 passes (20 last season) before the interception. He later threw three scoring passes to account for all of Iowa's touchdowns. Chandler for the night completed 15-23 passes for 154 yards. The three scoring passes are the most for an Iowa QB since Brad Banks had four TD passes in an overtime win at Penn State last season.
Sophomore CB Jovon Johnson came up with his third interception of the season in the first quarter, and it marked his second theft that came in the endzone to stop a scoring threat. Johnson has seven career interceptions in 17 games.
Ramon Ochoa's 40-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter marked the longest reception of his career and his first scoring reception. His only other touchdown (before tonight) at Iowa came earlier this season on a 70-yard punt return in the win over Buffalo. Ochoa ended the game with four receptions for 64 yards and two TDs and he had 42 yards on four punt returns.
Redshirt freshman Calvin Davis had his first receptions of the season. The Iowa City native ended the game with three catches for 51 yards.
Fred Russell moved into 10th place on Iowa's career rushing chart. Russell vs. ASU rushed 27 times for 154 yards, improving his career totals to 318 carries for 1,899 yards. Russell rushed for at least 100 yards in a game for the second time this season and for the 10th time in his career.
Iowa outscored Arizona State 14-0 in the second quarter and 7-0 in the third. The Hawkeyes have outscored their opponents 52-0 this season in the second quarter and 34-0 in the third, respectively. After gaining 16 yards on the first play of the second quarter (its longest play from scrimmage in the game), ASU went five straight possessions without a first down.
ASU was held without an offensive point for the first time since a 31-0 loss to Southern California in 1995. It also marks the first time ASU has been held without a touchdown since a 23-3 loss to Wake Forest in the Aloha Bowl on Dec. 25, 1999.
The first quarter safety by ASU marked the second time this season Iowa has trailed. Iowa trailed Miami, OH in the first quarter of the opening game of the season, but scored a touchdown on their next possession.
Senior tackle Robert Gallery was in Iowa's starting line-up for the 35th straight game. His starting streak is the longest current streak in the Big Ten among offensive linemen. OG David Walker missed the ASU game after starting the first three games of the season. Eric Rothwell, who did not play at Iowa State after starting the first two games, played left guard in place of Walker and Pete McMahon played right guard for the second straight week.
For the first time on four games this season, Iowa held the advantage in time of possession, having the ball for 33:20, compared to 26:40 for ASU.
Iowa was guilty of a season-high three turnovers, losing an interception and two fumbles. Iowa had no interceptions and lost just two fumbles in the first three games of the season.