Oct. 2, 2004
Today's victory extended Iowa's home winning streak to 15. The 15-game home winning streak, dating back to 2002, is a Kinnick Stadium record and is the sixth longest active streak in Division I-A. In addition, Iowa has won 22 of its last 24 games in Iowa City. Today's win was the Hawkeyes' fifth-straight over the Spartans in Kinnick Stadium, dating back to 1994.
Iowa won its fifth-consecutive homecoming game and improved to 6-0-1 vs. Michigan State on homecoming. Overall, Iowa improved its homecoming record to 49-39-5.
Iowa won the toss and elected to receive. The Hawkeyes have started on offense 58 of their last 60 games and 60-of-66 contests under Coach Ferentz.
RB Jermelle Lewis' 47-yard touchdown run on Iowa's first offensive possession was the longest rush from scrimmage this season for the Hawkeyes. The previous best was Lewis' 34-yard run vs. Iowa State. The 47-yard scamper is Lewis' second-longest carry of his career. The senior recorded a 75-yard run vs. Utah State (9/21/02). The native of Bloomfield, CT, came out of the game in the second quarter after suffering a sprained knee. Lewis finished the game with 49 yards rushing on three attempts and a season-high three receptions for 45 yards.
Iowa has scored points on its first offensive possession in four of its first five games (Arizona State). The Hawkeyes have tallied three touchdowns and a field goal. In addition, Iowa scored a touchdown (Tom Busch 3-yard run) on its first second half possession. The Hawkeyes have scored on the first possession of the second half three times. Iowa converted field goals vs. Iowa State and at Michigan. Michigan State failed to score on its first offensive possession, becoming Iowa's fourth opponent not to score any points on its opening drive. Arizona State is the only opponent to score on its opening drive, as the Sun Devils posted a touchdown.
Today's game was a sellout (70,397). Iowa has sold out its last eight home games in Kinnick Stadium, which is a school record at the current capacity. In addition, every Hawkeye game this season has been sold out.
QB Drew Tate posted career highs in pass completions (25), attempts (36) and yardage (370) today. The last time an Iowa quarterback threw for over 300 yards was Jon Beutjer (30-47, 380 yards) at Indiana on 9/30/00. Tate completed 10-straight passes in the third quarter, marking the third time his season that the sophomore has completed 10 or more consecutive passes in a game.
WR Clinton Solomon posted career highs in receptions (4) and receiving yards (105). The junior caught a 44-yard pass in the second quarter, which was a career-long reception. His previous long was a 43-yard catch vs. Utah State (9/21/02).
WR Ed Hinkel tied a career high with seven receptions, posted a career high with 98 receiving yards and caught a 15-yard touchdown. The junior collected a career-long 43-yard reception in the third quarter.
WR James Townsend caught one pass for eight yards. The reception was his first of the season.
Scoring their first collegiate points today were FB Tom Busch and RB Marques Simmons. Busch scored on a three-yard run (3rd quarter), while Simmons posted scoring runs of one yard (4th quarter) and two yards (4th quarter).
Iowa's 14 points scored in the first quarter is a season high for points scored in a period for the Hawkeyes. Iowa matched the 14 points in the fourth quarter vs. MSU as well. The previous high was 13 points scored vs. Kent State in week one. In addition, Iowa's defense shutout Michigan State in the first quarter, marking the third time this season an Iowa opponent failed to score in the first quarter (Kent State, Michigan). The Hawkeye defense has allowed only 13 first quarter points in five games.
WR Matt Melloy, OL Brian Ferentz and QB Jason Manson all returned to action today. Melloy missed the last three games, while Manson and Ferentz missed the first four games. All three were out of the lineup due to injury. Melloy saw action on special teams, Ferentz started at right guard, while Manson took the final two snaps of the game. Sophomore Edmond Miles started his first career game at outside linebacker today in place of George Lewis. OL Todd Plagman missed his third straight game and OL Ben Gates did not play after starting at right guard at Michigan.
Michigan State scored a field goal following Iowa's turnover in the second quarter. Hawkeye opponents have scored 47 points after Iowa miscues this season. The Spartans scored their field goal on a 15-play, 91-yard drive, which is a season-high for a Hawkeye opponent. Michigan State's second field goal of the second quarter was scored on another 15-play drive that consumed 74 yards. Iowa scored a touchdown after it recovered a Michigan State muffed punt. Iowa has now tallied 28 points off turnovers.
Iowa was a perfect 5-5 in the red zone today, scoring four touchdowns (two passing and two rushing) and a field goal. The Hawkeyes have posted points on their last eight trips inside the red zone dating back to last week at Michigan. Iowa was 3-3 last week, scoring two passing touchdowns and one field goal.
PK Kyle Schlicher scored eight points today. He converted all five PATs and also made his only field goal attempt. Schlicher has converted 5-7 field goals and 13-15 PATs this year.
Instant replay was used for the first time in Kinnick Stadium and the second time this season in an Iowa game. The call reviewed today was upheld, as was last week's at Michigan.
Iowa's defense allowed 204 yards rushing on 36 carries today. It marked the first time in six games Iowa's rushing defense yielded over 100 yards. The last time a Hawkeye opponent posted 100 yards or more rushing was at Wisconsin last season (50 attempts, 171 yards) on 11/22/03.
Michigan State RB DeAndra Cobb recorded a 37-yard rush in the third quarter, marking the first rushing play of 20 yards or more Iowa's rushing defense has allowed all season.
Iowa posted a season-low in penalties today. The Hawkeyes were called for four penalties for 20 yards.