Indiana 38, Iowa 20
Sept. 29, 2007
Indiana's win today snapped Iowa's seven-game homecoming winning streak. The Hawkeyes fall to 8-5-1 against the Hoosiers on homecoming and 51-40-5 in all homecoming contests.
Today was only Iowa's fifth setback in Kinnick Stadium in the last 33 games, dating back to the 2002 season. The other four losses came to Michigan (23-20 in overtime in 2005), Ohio State (38-17 in 2006), Northwestern (21-7 in 2006) and Wisconsin (24-21 in 2006).
Indiana won the coin toss and deferred to the second half. Iowa has started on offense in 89 of its last 97 contests. The Hawkeyes have started the game on offense in 91 of 103 contests under Kirk Ferentz.
WR Derrell Johnson-Koulianos, LT Dace Richardson, LB Bryon Gattas and DB Bradley Fletcher started today, their first starts of the season. Johnson-Koulianos and Gattas' starts were the first of their careers. Gattas started for LB Mike Klinkenborg and Fletcher started for DB Devan Moylan, both of whom missed today's game due to injury. TE Michael Sabers and WR Allen Reisner, who is celebrating his 19th today, saw their first game action of the season today.
Iowa scored its first touchdown of the game on the final play of the first half. WR Trey Stross caught his second career touchdown on a 33-yard pass from QB Jake Christensen. Stross caught the pass after the ball was deflected by an Indiana player in the end zone. The reception was only the second of the season for Stross, who missed the last three contests due to injury.
TE Brandon Myers caught his second career touchdown in the third period. QB Jake Christensen connected with Myers for a 10-yard score on a fourth-and-five (Iowa missed the extra point). Myers had a five-yard scoring reception vs. Northern Illinois (9/1/07). Iowa was 4-5 on fourth down today.
WR Derrell Johnson-Koulianos caught his second touchdown in as many weeks, as he caught an 18-yard pass from QB Jake Christensen in the third quarter. Johnson-Koulianos finished the game with a career-high six receptions for 68 yards and a touchdown. He also returned three kickoffs 69 yards. WR James Cleveland caught a personal-best five passes for 62 yards.
QB Jake Christensen completed 24-42 passes for 308 yards and three touchdowns. His pass completions, attempts and yardage are personal bests. Christensen has thrown seven touchdowns in Iowa's two home games this season. Nine different receivers caught at least one pass today, including OL Kyle Calloway off a deflection.
RB Albert Young carried the ball 15 times for 94 yards today. Young also caught three passes for 44 yards. His rushing totals today increase his career rushing totals to 2,561. He moved past Owen Gill today (2,556) and into sixth place in Hawkeye career rushing. Young is only one yard behind fifth-place Tony Stewart (2,562).
Iowa's defense limited Indiana to 73 yards rushing today. The Hawkeyes have held three opponents under 75 yards rushing (Northern Illinois 21 yards and Syracuse 24 yards).
WR Allen Reisner became the 11th true freshman to see game action this season. The 11 true freshmen are the most that have seen action under Kirk Ferentz in a single season. Iowa had seven true freshmen play in 2000 and 2003.
Iowa has not scored on its opening drive in any of its first five games. Indiana did not score on its first possession, as the Hawkeyes. Only one of Iowa's opponents (Iowa State, field goal) scored on their first possession.
DB Charles Godfrey thwarted an Indiana scoring threat, intercepting his team-leading third pass of the season in the end zone. He has recorded five career thefts.
LB Mike Humpal recorded a game and career-high 13 tackles. Humpal was also credited with a forced fumble. DL Matt Kroul collected nine tackles, while DT Mitch King and DB Charles Godfrey each collected seven stops.
Iowa challenged an Indiana fumble that was recovered and returned by QB Kellen Lewis for 71 yards and a touchdown. The call was upheld after further review.
Iowa place kickers missed two field goals (25 and 42) and an extra point today.
Today marked Iowa's 26th straight sellout in Kinnick Stadium, dating back to the 2003 season. The last Hawkeye game not sold out was Buffalo (9/6/03). All six home contests are expected to be sellouts, with the first five already reaching sellout status.
Statistical Note On the 71-yard fumble return for a touchdown by Indiana QB Kellen Lewis, the stat sheet reflects the play as a pass from Lewis to Lewis. This is correct. He is credited with 71 yards passing and no receptions for 71 yards and a score. According to the NCAA Statistics manual, the return is correctly recorded as passing yardage.
Iowa travels to University Park, PA, next week to face Penn State. Game time is 2:35 p.m. (CDT) on ABC Regional and ESPN2.