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Aug. 22, 2014

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    SEASON OPENER STORY LINES
    • Iowa returns its leading passer (Rudock), rusher (Weisman), and receiver (Martin-Manley) for the first time since 2010.
    • Iowa returns its top six rushers from last season (Weisman, Canzeri, Bullock, Rudock, Daniels, Jr., Beathard).
    • The Hawkeyes return 13 players who had at least one reception last season. The 77.5 percentage (165-213) ranks 21st nationally.
    • 100 years ago the Hawkeyes defeated UNI -- then named Iowa Teachers -- 95-0 in Iowa City. The 95 points scored remains a school record.
    • Iowa holds a record of 93-29-2 (.758) when playing its first home game of the season.
    • Eight of Iowa's nine starting linemen (offense and defense) are upperclassmen.
    • Senior WR Kevonte Martin-Manley needs four catches to tie TE Marv Cook for No. 9 in career receptions.
    • Iowa has sold out Kinnick Stadium 62 of the last 72 games over the last 12 seasons.
    • Iowa ranks second in the country in consecutive contests without a missed or blocked PAT (42 games). Iowa has made 123 straight PAT attempts during that streak. Iowa's current place-kicking corps has a combined one career PAT attempt.

    SEASON OPENERS
    Iowa is 91-32-2 (.742) in season-opening games, including a 12-3 mark under Coach Kirk Ferentz. The Hawkeyes had won 12 consecutive season openers prior to the 2013 (L, 30-27 vs. Northern Illinois). Iowa has averaged 36.1 points and a winning margin of 28.5 in its last 12 season-opening victories. The Hawkeyes used consecutive field-goal blocks in the final seconds to defeat Northern Iowa, 17-16, in the 2009 season opener. Iowa has not lost consecutive season openers since 1999-2000 (Nebraska and Kansas State).


    IOWA/NORTHERN IOWA NOTES
    • Saturday is the season opener for both teams. Iowa is 9-0 when playing Northern Iowa in its season opener. The Hawkeyes have outscored UNI, 393-44, in those nine contests.
    • RB Mark Weisman scored three touchdowns and rushed for a then-career best 113 yards on 24 carries in Iowa's, 27-16, win over Northern Iowa in 2012.
    • WR Kevonte Martin-Manley caught five passes for his first career 100-yard receiving game in Iowa's 27-16 win over Northern Iowa in 2012.
    • UNI tight end/tackles coach Frank Verducci was on Iowa's coaching staff from 1989-98. Iowa played in eight bowl games, including two Rose Bowls, with Verducci on staff.
    • Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz and UNI head coach Mark Farley both have sons involved in their respective programs. Steve Ferentz is a sophomore offensive lineman for the Hawkeyes, and Brian Ferentz is Iowa's offensive line coach. Steve is the third son to play for Ferentz (James). Mark Farley's son, Jake, is a senior linebacker for the Panthers, and his son, Jared, is a freshman linebacker.
    • Iowa has two former Northern Iowa players on its roster. Senior WR Drew Zaun joined the program as a walk-on in 2013 after spending the 2011-12 seasons with the Panthers. Senior LB Chad Gilson played in 17 games for UNI from 2011-12.
    • Northern Iowa has a pair of former Iowa running backs on its roster. Sophomore RB Barkley Hill and Sophomore RB Michael Malloy played for the Hawkeyes from 2012-13. Neither player saw game action.
    • A combined 111 Iowa natives are on the Iowa and Northern Iowa rosters. The Hawkeyes have 41 Iowa natives, while the Panthers have 70.
    • UNI finished 7th in the MVFC in 2013 with a 3-5 conference record and 7-5 overall mark. UNI opens 2014 at No. 15 in the NCAA FCS preseason poll.
    • Iowa hosts Ball State Sept. 6, while UNI travels to Hawaii.

    RETURNING STAT LEADERS
    Iowa returns its leading passer, rusher, and receiver for the first time since 2010. QB Jake Rudock (2,383 yards), RB Mark Weisman (975 yards), and WR Kevonte Martin-Manley (388 yards) led Iowa in those three respective offensive categories last season. In 2010, QB Ricky Stanzi, RB Adam Robinson, and WR Derrell Johnson-Koulianos returned to the Hawkeyes after leading the team in passing, rushing, and receiving yards the previous year. The Hawkeyes also return their leading punter (Connor Kornbrath, 40.0) and punt returner (Martin-Manley, 15.7).

    RUSHING DOWN THE BEATEN PATH
    Iowa returns nine players that accounted for 99 percent of last season's rushing total. The Hawkeyes rushed for 2,339 yards in 2013, and 2,322 of those yards return. The Hawkeyes are missing 17 rushing yards from last year -- Jordan Cotton (1 yard, graduation) and Adam Cox (16 yards, out for season due to injury).

    C Austin Blythe (JR., 6-3, 290)
    Career Games Played/Started: 23/22
    Junior C Austin Blythe enters his second season as Iowa's starting center. Blythe started all 13 contests at center in 2013 after moving from guard to center during 2013 spring practice. He made nine starts at right guard in 2012.
    • 2013 All-Big Ten honorable mention.
    • Preseason Watch Lists include Rotary Lombardi Award and Rimington Award.


    RB Damon Bullock (SR., 6-0, 205)
    Career Games Played/Starts: 13/12
    Senior RB Damon Bullock has 1,000 career rushing yards on 263 carries. He is the 44th player in program history to rush for 1,000 career yards. He rushed for 20 yards as a true freshman in 2011, 513 yards as a sophomore in 2012, and 467 yards as a junior. Iowa's 44 career 1,000-yard rushers is the eighth most by any FBS school.
    • In 2013, he was Iowa's third-leading rusher (467 yards), and fourth-leading receiver (20 receptions).
    • Rushed for 513 yards in 2012, despite missing six games due to injury.
    • Has two career 100-yard rushing games (Northern Illinois, 2012; Northwestern, 2012).
    • In the 2012 season opener, Bullock rushed for 150 yards in his first career start.
    • Preseason Watch Lists include Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award.

    QB Jake Rudock (JR., 6-3, 208)
    Career Games Played/Starts: 13/13
    Junior QB Jake Rudock started all 13 games in 2013-14. He completed 204-of-346 pass attempts for 2,383 yards and 18 touchdowns. He also rushed 67 times for 218 yards and five touchdowns.
    • Preseason Watch Lists include the Manning Award and Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Trophy.
    • In 2013, Rudock was one of 13 quarterbacks to lead their team to two or more game-winning drives in the fourth quarter or overtime. Rudock did it twice (Northwestern and Michigan). Only Ohio State QB Braxton Miller (6) had more among Big Ten quarterbacks.
    • Threw for a career-best 256 yards in 2013 season opener against Northern Illinois. Completed 21-of-37 passes, including one touchdown and one interception. The 256 passing yards ties for the fourth-highest by a Hawkeye quarterback making his first career start.
    • Led Iowa to four road wins in 2013-14, the highest total for an Iowa starting quarterback since Ricky Stanzi won four games in 2009.
    • Ten of Rudock's 18 touchdown passes were 20-plus yards.
    • Rushed for five touchdowns, the highest single-season total by an Iowa quarterback since Nathan Chandler rushed for six touchdowns in 2003.
    • 2013 Capital One District Academic All-America first team, Academic All-Big Ten.

    LT Brandon Scherff (SR., 6-5, 320)
    Career Games Played/Started: 31/23
    Senior LT Brandon Scherff was named the Roy J. Carver Most Valuable Player (offense) following the 2013 season. Scherff started all 13 games at left tackle and was named second team All-America by Football Writers Association of America, Phil Steele, and College Sports Madness.
    • Preseason Watch Lists include Rotary Lombardi Award and Outland Trophy.
    • One of five players named to Big Ten West Division Players to Watch.
    • Preseason first team All-America by College Sports Madness, USA Today, and Bleacher Report. Second recognition by SI.com.
    • Preseason first team All-Big Ten by Sporting News, Athlon Sports, Phil Steele, and College Sports Madness.


    RB Jordan Canzeri (JR., 5-9, 192)
    Career Games Played/Starts: 19/1
    Junior RB Jordan Canzeri rushed for a career-high 481 yards on 67 carries in 2013. He set a single game career-high against Purdue (11/9/13), rushing for 165 yards and one touchdown on 20 carries.
    • Canzeri averaged 6.5 yards per carry in 2013, a number that ranked seventh in the Big Ten.
    • Led Iowa in rushing yards three times last season (5-58 vs. Wisconsin; 20-165 at Purdue; 13-73 vs. Western Michigan).
    • His 20 carries against Purdue were two shy of matching his career high of 22 carries, set against Oklahoma at the 2011 Insight Bowl (22-58).

    DT Carl Davis (SR., 6-5, 315)
    Career Games Played/Started: 30/13
    Senior DT Carl Davis appeared in 17 games before making his first career start in the 2013 season opener. He started all 13 games last season, earning second team All-Big Ten honors.
    • Preseason Watch Lists include Rotary Lombardi Award, Outland Trophy, Bronko Nagurski Award, and Bednarik Award.
    • Preseason first team All-Big Ten by Sporting News, College Sports Madness and Athlon Sports.
    • Preseason third team All-America by College Sports Madness and Phil Steele.

    SS John Lowdermilk (SR., 6-2, 210)
    Career Games Played/Started: 35/13
    Senior SS John Lowdermilk started all 13 games in 2013 at strong safety. He ranked fourth on the team with 78 tackles, including 4.5 tackles for loss, two pass break-ups and one interception.
    • Had his first career interception and 71-yard return vs. LSU in 2014 Outback Bowl.
    • 2013 All-Big Ten honorable mention.
    • Preseason third-team All-Big Ten by Athlon Sports, Phil Steele, and College Sports Madness.

    CB Desmond King (SO., 5-11, 190)
    Career Games Played/Starts: 13/12
    Sophomore CB Desmond King appeared in all 13 games and started the final 12 in 2013. He had 69 tackles, eight break-ups, and two fumble recoveries. His 69 tackles were the most of any Big Ten freshman.
    • Averaged 6.1 tackles in Big Ten games. Only Nebraska LB Michael Rose (6.9) averaged more tackles among league freshman. His 69 tackles tied for fifth best on the team.
    • Made his career debut in the season opener against Northern Illinois, appearing at defensive back and recording four tackles.
    • Became the first Iowa true freshman to start on defense since James Morris (vs. Michigan State, Oct. 30, 2012), and the first rookie to start at defensive back since Jovon Johnson (2002).
    • One of four true freshmen to see action in 2014.
    • Preseason third team All-Big Ten by Athlon Sports and College Sports Madness. Preseason fourth team All-Big Ten by Phil Steele.

    TE Jake Duzey (JR., 6-4, 245)
    Career Games Played/Starts: 24/7
    Junior TE Jake Duzey caught a career-best 19 passes for 270 yards in 2013. He recorded a career-high six catches for a career-best 138 yards at Ohio State on Oct. 19, earning CFPA Honorable Mention Tight End of the Week honors. Duzey's day included an 85-yard touchdown reception in the third quarter, the first touchdown reception of his career and the ninth-longest scoring reception in school history.
    • His 138 receiving yards against Ohio State are the most by a tight end in the Kirk Ferentz era, and the most by a Hawkeye since Marvin McNutt had 151 yards on nine catches at Purdue in 2011.
    • His 85-yard touchdown reception is the ninth-longest in school history, and the third-longest by a tight end (Dallas Clark, 95 yards vs. Purdue in 2002). It was also the third-longest pass-play in the Big Ten in 2013.
    • Scored his second career touchdown at Purdue on Nov. 9, a 3-yard pass from Jake Rudock.
    • Caught three passes for 58 yards in the Outback Bowl.

    WR Kevonte Martin-Manley (SR., 6-0, 205)
    Career Games Played/Starts: 38/23
    Senior WR Kevonte Martin-Manley led Iowa with 40 receptions and 388 receiving yards in 2013-14. His 122 career receptions rank No. 10 in program history, and his 1,282 receiving yards rank 25th all-time. He needs 52 catches to break Iowa's all-time receptions record (Derrell Johnson-Koulianos, 173).
    • He needs four receptions to tie TE Marv Cook for No. 9 on the all-time receptions list.
    • Has caught at least one pass in 29 of the last 30 games. He had a reception in 23 consecutive games before leaving the Michigan State (10/5/13) contest with a leg injury and without a reception.
    • He ranked second in the Big Ten and eighth in the nation in punt return average (15.7). He had 20 returns for 314 yards and two touchdowns last season. Iowa led the Big Ten, averaging 14.0 yards per punt return.
    • Had consecutive punt return touchdowns of 83 and 63 yards against Western Michigan in 2013, becoming the first Big Ten player to ever return back-to-back-punts for touchdowns, and the first Iowa player to return two punts for a touchdown in a single game.
    • Preseason Watch Lists include Paul Hornung Award and CFPA Punt Returner Trophy. Phil Steele second team All-America and first team All-Big Ten specialist. Second team All-Big Ten specialist, fourth team All-Big Ten receiver by Athlon Sports. Second team All-Big Ten specialist by College Sports Madness.


    P Connor Kornbrath (JR., 6-6, 240)
    Career Games Played: 25
    Junior P Connor Kornbrath averaged 40.0 yards on 65 punts as Iowa's only punter in 2013. Twenty-seven of his 65 punts were downed inside the 20 and 14 were downed inside the 10.
    • In 2013, he tied for third nationally in punts inside the 10 and was ninth in punts inside the 20.
    • He had 11 punts over 50 yards in 2013, and has 17 career punts of 50 yards or more.
    • The College Football Performance Awards recognized Kornbrath for his play in Iowa's wins over Western Michigan and at Nebraska in 2013. Kornbrath averaged 47 yards on three punts, with a long of 55 yards, against Western Michigan. He downed two punts inside the 5-yard line and averaged 40.3 yards per punt, including a long of 55 yards, against Nebraska.
    • Hawkeye opponents averaged just 4.9 yards on 21 returns in 2013, a number that ranked 24th nationally and fourth in the Big Ten.

    DT Louis Trinca-Pasat (SR., 6-3, 290)
    Career Games Played/Started: 26/25
    Senior DT Louis Trinca-Pasat has started 25 straight games, all at defensive tackle, dating back to the 2012 season opener. In 2013, he led all Iowa defensive linemen and ranked third on the team with eight tackles for loss.
    • 2013 All-Big Ten honorable mention. Two-time Academic All-Big Ten.
    • Preseason second team All-Big Ten by Athlon Sports.

    OL Jordan Walsh (JR., 6-4, 290)
    Career Games Played/Started: 20/14
    Junior OG Jordan Walsh started every game of 2013 at right guard. He has one career start at left guard. He is on Phil Steele's preseason All-Big Ten second team, and Athlon Sports All-Big Ten fourth team.

    RB Mark Weisman (SR., 6-0, 240)
    Career Games Played/Starts: 23/22
    Senior RB Mark Weisman rushed for 975 yards on 227 carries in 2013. He was 25 yards shy of becoming the 14th player in program history to rush for 1,000 yards in a single season. His 975 yards ranked 18th in single-season history. Weisman has 1,790 career rushing yards, a number that ranks 14th all-time in program history.
    • In 2013, he led Iowa in rushing yards (975) for the second straight season and matched his career high with a team-best eight touchdowns. He led Iowa with 815 yards and eight touchdowns in 2012.
    • Rushed for 100 or more yards four times in 2013, and has eight career 100-yard games.
    • Ranked fourth in the Big Ten with 227 rush attempts in 2013.
    • Carried a career-high 35 times against Iowa State (9/14/13), the highest single-game total by a Big Ten back last season and the sixth most in program history.
    • Preseason Watch Lists include CFPA Running Back Trophy. Preseason fourth team All-Big Ten by Athlon Sports and Phil Steele.
    • 2013 Academic All-Big Ten.

    NEW KICKS ON THE BLOCK
    Junior Marshall Koehn (pronounced Cane) and freshman Mick Ellis are competing for the placekicking job vacated by All-Big Ten PK Mike Meyer. Meyer graduated in 2014 after spending the 2010-13 seasons as Iowa's primary kicker. He finished his career as Iowa's No. 2 career scorer (324 points). Koehn, a native of Solon, Iowa, has appeared in one career game. He converted on his only PAT attempt against Western Michigan (9/21/13). Ellis is a true freshman from Allen, Texas.

    GLANCE AT THE SCHEDULE
    • The Hawkeyes open Big Ten play at Purdue on Sept. 27. This marks the 12th time in Kirk Ferentz's 16 years at Iowa that the Hawkeyes open the conference season on the road.
    • Iowa will face Maryland on Oct. 18 at College Park, Maryland. It is the first meeting between the teams.
    • The Hawkeyes do not face Big Ten opponents Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Penn State, and Rutgers.
    • Iowa's Homecoming game is Oct. 11 against Indiana. Iowa is 55-42-5 all-time in Homecoming contests, and has won four of its last five Homecoming games.
    • Iowa has four trophy games on its schedule in 2014: Iowa State (Cy-Hawk), Minnesota (Floyd of Rosedale), Wisconsin (Heartland), and Nebraska (Heroes). The Hawkeyes currently have possession of the Cy-Hawk, Floyd of Rosedale, and Heroes trophies.


    NATIONAL IOWA VARSTIY CLUB HALL OF FAME CLASS
    The National Iowa Varsity Club will induct six former Hawkeyes into the Athletics Hall of Fame at the Coralville Marriott Hotel and Convention Center on Aug. 29, the night before the Hawkeyes open the 2014 season hosting Northern Iowa. The group will be recognized Aug. 30 at halftime of the Northern Iowa game. The 26th Hall of Fame Class includes Iowa football All-American Nate Kaeding, NCAA Wrestling champion Bruce Kinseth, All-America gymnast Don Hatch, track and field All-Americans Jon Reimer and Jeanne Kruckeberg, and the coach who started and built the Iowa Women's Track and Field and Cross Country programs, Jerry Hassard.

    ALL ABOARD TO KINNICK STADIUM!
    The Hawkeye Express, the engine and club cars that transport fans from Coralville to Kinnick Stadium, is once again available for those fans traveling to Kinnick Stadium on Saturday. The Hawkeye Express enters its 11th season. Adults can ride the train for $12, while children (12-and-under) ride for free. Tickets can be purchased in advance at the UI Ticket Office or on game day at the Hawkeye Express depot. Media credentials are accepted as well. Free parking is located in lots near the Comfort Suites and Coral Ridge Mall. Fans can begin boarding the train in Coralville four hours prior to kickoff. Return trips begin at the start of the fourth period and run 90 minutes after the game. The Hawkeye Express is owned by the Iowa Northern Railway Company.

    FERENTZ THIRD IN LONGEVITY
    Kirk Ferentz enters his 16th season as Iowa's head football coach and ranks third in longevity among FBS head coaches. Ferentz is first among Big Ten coaches and nationally ranks behind Virginia Tech's Frank Beamer and Larry Blakeney of Troy. Ferentz is tied for third with Bob Stoops of Oklahoma.

    IOWA PROGRAM NOTES
    • Iowa earned Big Ten Conference championships in 2002 and 2004 and placed second in 2009. Iowa (8-0, 2002) is one of three Big Ten teams to post a perfect mark in conference play since 1998 (BCS era).
    • Iowa has ranked in the top 10 in the final Associated Press and CNN/USA Today coaches polls in four of the past 11 seasons, including a ranking of seventh in both polls at the conclusion of the 2009 season. Iowa ranked eighth in 2002, 2003 and 2004 and the Hawkeyes were also 20th in 2008.
    • Iowa established a school record with 11 wins in 2002 (11-2) and matched that record in 2009. In 2009, Iowa started 9-0 and won 10 regular season games for just the fourth time in school history.
    • Iowa won 10 or more games in three consecutive years (2002-04) for the first time in school history.
    Kirk Ferentz has been named Big Ten Coach of the Year three times (2002, 2004 & 2009) and he was named National Coach of the Year in 2002. Ferentz joins Michigan's Bo Schembechler (four), Iowa's Hayden Fry (three) and Penn State's Joe Paterno (three) as the only coaches to be honored in more than two seasons.
    • Iowa has had national award winners in: Robert Gallery (2003 Outland, Top Lineman); Brad Banks (2002 Davey O'Brien, Top Quarterback; 2002 Associated Press National Player of the Year); Dallas Clark (2002 Mackey, Top Tight End); Nate Kaeding (2002 Groza, Top Kicker); Shonn Greene (2008 Doak Walker, Top Running Back).
    • Iowa has appeared in the final Associated Press poll 22 times in program history, a total that ranks 25th-best in the country.
    • Iowa's football record in the 2000 decade was 80-45 (.640), a record that ranks as the best decade in Iowa football history, based on total wins. Iowa posted a record of 77-40-4 (.652) during the 1980's and the Hawkeyes were 62-53-2 (.538) in the 1990's.
    • Part of the Hawkeye's long term success is due to the stability in the program. Iowa has had just two head coaches since 1979. Hayden Fry took over prior to the 1979 season and coached through the 1998 season, posting a record of 143-89-6. Current coach Kirk Ferentz replaced Fry, leading the program for the last 15-plus seasons. Ferentz also served as Iowa's offensive line coach from 1981-89 under Fry.
    • Iowa fans are known for their support of Hawkeye athletics, and the attendance figures from 2012-13 support that claim. Iowa was one of four programs in the nation to rank among the top 25 in attendance for football, men's basketball and women's basketball events in 2013-14. In addition, Iowa was the only program in the nation to rank among the top 25 in attendance a year ago in football, men's basketball, women's basketball, and wrestling. Iowa sold an estimated 11,000 tickets to the 2014 Outback Bowl, with more than 15,000 Hawkeye fans attending the game in Tampa. Iowa sold 95-percent of it bowl game ticket allotment, the highest percentage of any bowl team.

    HAWKEYES GOOD ON THE POINT AFTER
    The Hawkeyes have converted on 123 consecutive PATs without a miss or block, and 42 consecutive games without a missed or blocked PAT, the second-longest streak of any school in the nation (Illinois).

    HAWKEYE HISTORY
    Iowa has played 1,180 games since beginning football in 1889. Iowa's overall record is 606-535-39 (.529). That includes a 382-210-16 (.642) record in home games, a 224-325-23 (.412) record in games away from Iowa City, a 302-362-25 (.455) mark in Big Ten games and a 265-174-15 (.601) record in Kinnick Stadium.

    HOME GROWN HAWKEYES
    Iowa's roster of 122 players includes 41 players from Iowa. The roster includes 19 players from Illinois; 10 from Ohio; seven from Maryland, six from Michigan and Texas; five from New Jersey; four from Minnesota, Missouri and Florida; three from Nebraska and Wisconsin; two from Canada; one from Arizona, Connecticut, Indiana, New York, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia; and three from Canada.

    WE WILL RECEIVE
    In 15 completed seasons as Iowa's head coach, Kirk Ferentz and the Hawkeye received the opening kickoff in 150-of-187 games (88-62). Iowa has started the game on defense in 37-of-187 games under Ferentz (20-17).

    IOWA AMONG TOP 25 IN WINS, 2002-13
    Iowa has posted 97 wins since the start of the 2002 season, which ranks as the 22nd highest total in Division I football. The list includes the following: Boise State (136); Ohio State (129); Oklahoma (129); USC (126); LSU (126); Texas (120); Georgia (118); Virginia Tech (116); Alabama (115); TCU (114); Oregon (113); Wisconsin (111); Florida State (111); Florida (110); Auburn (109); West Virginia (106); Virginia (106); Utah (103); Nebraska (101); Texas Tech (100); Michigan (97); Miami, FL (99); Iowa (97); Boston College (92); Hawai'i (88).


    IOWA BOWL NOTES
    Iowa appeared has appeared in 27 bowl games with a record of 14-12-1 (.537). The Hawkeyes have competed in the Rose (five times), Outback (four), Alamo (four), Holiday (three), Orange (two), Peach (two), Sun (two), Insight (two), and the Capital One, Gator and Freedom bowls once.
    • Iowa has been bowl eligible 12 of the last 13 seasons under head coach Kirk Ferentz and his staff.
    • Iowa ranks third in Big Ten bowl appearances. Ohio State and Michigan have received a conference-best 42 bowl bids, followed by the Hawkeyes (27) and Wisconsin (24). All four schools were bowl-eligible in 2013.
    • The Hawkeyes have appeared in 11 bowl games since 2001.
    • Iowa (14-12-1, .537), Penn State (27-15-2, .636) and Purdue (9-8, .529) are the only Big Ten teams with a positive winning percentage in bowl games.
    • During the BCS bowl era (1998-2013), the Big Ten qualified 27 teams for BCS bowls, more than any other conference. Eight different Big Ten programs played in BCS bowl games, including two appearances by Iowa (1-1).

    Kirk Ferentz RADIO SHOW
    Iowa Coach Kirk Ferentz is featured on "Hawk Talk with Kirk Ferentz" each week beginning Wednesday, Aug. 27. The 90-minute radio call-in show is hosted by Gary Dolphin, the play-by-play voice of the Iowa Hawkeyes. The show airs each Wednesday evening at 7 p.m. from Carlos O'Kelly's in Iowa City.

    TICKET UPDATE
    Tickets remain for all seven Iowa home games, though remaining tickets to the Iowa State game are available in season ticket packages only. Tickets can be ordered online at hawkeyesports.com, by calling 1-800-IAHAWKS, or in person at the UI athletics ticket office located in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
    • Youth tickets ($25) are available for games vs. Northern Iowa, Ball State, Indiana, and Northwestern.
    • Capacity at Kinnick Stadium is 70,585. Iowa has sold out 62 of its last 72 games and ranked 23rd in national attendance in 2013.

    FRY fest
    FRY fest, presented by MidWestOne Bank, is hosting former quarterbacks Chuck Long, Ryan Driscoll, Tom Grogan, Chuck Hartlieb, Tom Poholsky, Randy Reiners, Phil Suess, Matt Sherman, and Mark Vlasic on Friday, Aug. 29. An autograph session and panel discussion begins at 2 p.m. (CT). Friday's events include the world's largest Cornhole Tournament, inaugural Hawkeye Trivia Challenge, and world's largest Hawkeye tradeshow and tailgate party. Also returning to FRY fest this year is the Pep Rally, featuring the UI Spirit Squads and Hawkeye Marching Band. These events are free to all fans. Beginning at 5:30 p.m., country stars David Nail, Craig Campbell, and Jake McVey perform on the Two Rivers Bank and Trust stage. Tickets are $15 at fryfest.com. For more information on FRY fest -- A Celebration of All that is Hawkeye, please visit fryfest.com.

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