Sept. 30, 2013
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HAWKEYES ON HOMECOMING
Iowa holds a 55-41-5 (.565) record in 101 Homecoming games. Iowa has won its last four Homecoming games, defeating Minnesota 31-13 last season.
Iowa is 15-3 on Homecoming since 1995, and 11-2 since 2000, including winning seven in a row from 2000-06. The Hawkeyes are 6-0-1 against the Spartans on Homecoming, including four straight wins since a 6-6 tie in 1972.
Iowa is 11-3 in Homecoming contests under Kirk Ferentz
IOWA HOSTS SPIRIT GAME
Iowa (4-1, 1-0) returns to historic Kinnick Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 5, for the UI's annual Homecoming game against Michigan State (3-1, 0-0). Game time is set for 11 a.m. (CT). Saturday is the Hawkeyes' annual Black and Gold Spirit Game. Fans are encouraged to show their support for the Hawkeyes by wearing gold if they sit in an even numbered section of Kinnick, or black if they sit in an odd numbered section of Kinnick or in the UI student section. Visit hawkeyesports.com for a visual image of your section's assigned color.
MORRIS NAMED PLAYER OF THE WEEK
LB James Morris was named Big Ten Conference defensive Player of the Week for his play in the 23-7 win at Minnesota. Morris, a Solon, Iowa, native, recorded eight tackles against the Gophers, just behind the team-leading 10 tackles of fellow senior linebacker Anthony Hitchens. Morris added a quarterback sack and collected his second interception of the season with four minutes remaining to stop Minnesota's final drive. The Big Ten honor is the first for Morris and comes one week after teammate B.J. Lowery, a senior defensive back, earned the same honor for his play in Iowa's win over Western Michigan.
MEYER EARNS A STAR
Senior PK Mike Meyer was named a Lou Groza Star of the Week on Monday after his 11-point performance at Minnesota last Saturday. Meyer, a Dubuque native, moved to third in career field goals and career scoring after connecting on three field goals and scoring 11 points in the win at Minnesota. He connected from 49 yards to give Iowa a 3-0 first quarter advantage and added a 23-yard kick in the third quarter. His 46-yard field goal provided the final margin with 4:48 remaining in the game. He made both PAT attempts, increasing his streak to 100 consecutive PATs, which is the fourth-longest active streak in the nation and ranks sixth best all-time in the Big Ten.
IOWA/MICHIGAN STATE NOTES
Saturday will be Iowa's second consecutive Legends Division matchup after winning last week's game at Minnesota.
Iowa's defense has held its first five opponents under their rushing average. In its Big Ten opener, Iowa held Minnesota 252 yards below its average rushing yards per game. Michigan State averages 187 rushing yards per game, while the Iowa defense is allowing just 79.2 rushing yards per game, an average that ranks seventh-best in the country.
The Iowa offense is converting 52.5-percent of its 3rd downs, the 13th-best conversion rate in the nation and No. 2 in the Big Ten. Michigan State's defense is allowing a 3rd down conversion rate of 21 percent, the third-best percentage in the country.
Iowa has five players on its roster from the state of Michigan, including WR Kevonte Martin-Manley (Pontiac), DL Carl Davis (Sterling Heights), DB Ruben Lile (Detroit), LB Laron Taylor (Detroit) and TE Jake Duzey (Troy). There are no Iowans on the Michigan State roster.
Iowa and Michigan State have played one common opponent this season. The Spartans defeated Western Michigan in East Lansing, 26-13, in their season opener; Iowa defeated Western Michigan in Iowa City, 59-3, in Week 4.
Michigan State and Iowa have the top two defenses in the conference. Michigan State ranks No. 1, allowing 188.8 total yards per game, while Iowa is No. 2 yielding 265.6 total yards per contest.
Through five games, Iowa's defense has faced only one down-and-goal situation -- versus Northern Illinois, resulting in a field goal.
Michigan State's defense ranks third in the country in three-and-outs (51 percent, 28-of-55), while Iowa ranks 14th (46.7 percent, 29-of-62).
Michigan State ranks No. 1 in the Big Ten in scoring defense, rushing defense, passing defense, and total defense.
Michigan State, who has played one fewer game that Iowa, leads the conference in fewest rushing plays of 10-plus yards allowed (6), while the Hawkeyes' defense ranks second (9).
Iowa ranks fourth in scoring defense, second in total defense, third in rushing defense, and fourth in pass defense.
Iowa is one of two schools in the nation to have not allowed a rushing touchdown this season. Michigan, who has played one fewer game than Iowa, is the other school. Hawkeye opponents have rushed 145 straight times without a score.
Iowa has not allowed a first-half touchdown in four straight games. Michigan State has scored nine first-half touchdowns this year. The Hawkeyes have outscored their opponents 99-20 in the first half through five games.
Iowa has held its last four opponents scoreless in the first quarter.
Iowa PK Mike Meyer has connected on a school-record 100 consecutive PAT attempts. His last miss was in a win over Michigan State in 2010 in Iowa City.
MSU radio play-by-play announcer George Blaha was raised in Marshalltown, Iowa, and attended the first-ever game between Michigan State and Iowa in 1953.
Iowa defensive coordinator Phil Parker played at Michigan State, earning first team All-Big Ten honors from 1983-85. Parker was a graduate assistant coach when Michigan State won the 1987 league title and defeated USC (20-18) in the 1988 Rose Bowl.
Pat Narduzzi, MSU's defensive coordinator, was the defensive coordinator at Miami (OH) in 2003, when Iowa defeated the RedHawks (21-3).
Mark Staten, MSU's offensive line coach, was a graduate assistant coach at Miami, OH when Iowa defeated the RedHawks (44-19) in 2001.
Mike Tressel, MSU's linebackers and special teams coach, was the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Wartburg College in 2001.
PLAYING WITH THE LEAD
Iowa did not trail in a football game during the month of September. The Hawkeyes have not trailed in a game since Northern Illinois kicked the eventual game-winning field goal with four seconds remaining in the fourth period in the season opener on Aug. 31. Iowa has trailed its opponent for just 21:40 this season. In 300 minutes of football, Iowa has played with the lead for 226 minutes, 43 seconds.
WINNING AT HOME
Iowa has won 59 of its last 77 games (.766) in Kinnick Stadium, dating back to the 2002 season, including a 2-1 record in 2013. Iowa recorded a school-record 22-game home winning streak between 2002-05, which ended with an overtime loss to Michigan.
Iowa is 27-11 (.710) at home since the start of the 2008 season.
Iowa improved to 2-0 in Big Ten play with a thrilling 19-16, double-overtime win to spoil Michigan State's 2012 Homecoming. The victory gave Kirk Ferentz 100 wins at Iowa.
Iowa scored 10 fourth-quarter points to force overtime and sealed the win in the extra frame thanks to place kicker Mike Meyer and a strong defensive effort.
Michigan State led, 10-3, heading into the final quarter. Meyer converted his second field goal of the game with 14:08 left in the fourth period to trim the deficit to 10-6. After a Spartan field goal made the score 13-6, the Hawkeyes engineered a nine play, 68-yard drive, capped by a 5-yard touchdown run by Mark Weisman, to tie the game and force overtime.
Iowa won the toss and started on defense, holding the Spartans to a field goal on its first possession. Meyer responded on Iowa's offensive chance, nailing a 27-yard field goal to send the game to double overtime.
The Hawkeyes started on offense and Meyer drilled his fourth field goal, this time from 42 yards, to give Iowa a 19-16 lead. Meyer's four made field goals tied a career best.
Spartan quarterback Andrew Maxwell's pass on the second play of Michigan State's double-overtime drive was tipped at the line by Louis Trinca-Pasat. The ball was then tipped by a Spartan wide receiver and cornerback Greg Castillo came down with the interception to secure the Hawkeye road win.
Michigan State took advantage of a Hawkeye turnover on the first drive of the game to take an early lead. Le'Veon Bell scampered for a 14-yard touchdown run after the Spartan defense recorded an interception in the first stanza.
Weisman finished with 116 yards and a touchdown. QB James Vandenberg completed 19-of-36 passes for 134 yards. Three Hawkeyes tallied double-digit tackles; Anthony Hitchens (15), Joe Gaglione (11) and James Morris (10). The Hawkeye defense collected two sacks and six tackles for loss.
Iowa holds a 23-19-2 advantage in the series that began with a 21-7 Michigan State win in 1953. The Hawkeyes have won three of the last four meetings, five of the last seven, and 10 of the last 15. The home team has won 11 of the last 14 games; Iowa won in East Lansing in 2009 and 2012, while Michigan State won in Iowa City in 2011.
The first meeting between the two teams, a 21-7 Michigan State win at Iowa City on Sept. 26, 1953, marked MSU's first game as a member of the Big Ten Conference.
Iowa is 13-9-1 at home against the Spartans. The Hawkeyes won seven in a row at home against Michigan State from 1994-2010, but Michigan State snapped the streak with a 37-21 win in its last trip to Kinnick Stadium (2011).
Kirk Ferentz recorded his first Big Ten win as Iowa's head coach when the Hawkeyes topped Michigan State (21-16) in Iowa City, in 2000. The teams have played two overtime contests, with Iowa winning both in double overtime (34-27 in 2007; 19-16 in 2012
600 DOWN, 300 TO GO
Iowa's 27-21 win over Iowa State on Sept. 14 was the 600th win in program history. The Hawkeyes' 23-7 win at Minnesota on Sept. 28 was the 298th conference win in school history. Iowa's overall record is 602-531-39 (.529), and its conference mark is 298-359-25 (.454) all-time.
ON THIS DATE
Iowa is 11-4 all-time in games played on Oct. 5. Iowa has twice played Michigan State on this date, both Homecoming contests in Iowa City. Iowa defeated the Spartans, 35-31, in 1985, and 37-30 in 1996. The last time Iowa played on Oct. 5, the Hawkeyes defeated Purdue 31-28 in their 2002 Homecoming contest.
Iowa hosted Purdue on Oct. 5, 2002 in its annual Homecoming contest. The Hawkeyes entered the game 4-1 overall, 1-0 in Big Ten play following an overtime win at Penn State. Iowa fell behind early, 14-3, eventually grabbed a 24-14 third quarter lead when Dallas Clark took a Brad Banks pass 95 yards for a touchdown, and then watched Purdue reclaim the lead 28-24 with 5:45 left in the game.
Facing fourth down and trailing by four on the Purdue seven-yard line, the lead changed a final time when Banks found Clark wide open in the end zone with 1:07 to play. Iowa held on to win, 31-28, and eventually went on to earn the Big Ten title (8-0) and a berth in the FedEx Orange Bowl.
MARTIN-MANLEY IS BIG TEN'S TOP RETURNER
WR Kevonte Martin-Manley leads the Big Ten and ranks second in the NCAA averaging 25.78 yards per punt return. He has nine returns for 232 yards and two touchdowns this season. He is one of only four FBS players this season with two returns for a touchdown.
Martin-Manley returned consecutive punts for touchdowns (83, 63) in the second quarter against Western Michigan. He is the first Iowa player to return two punts for a touchdown in a single game, tying a Big Ten record, and the first Big Ten player to return consecutive punts for a touchdown. Earl Girard (Wisconsin, 1947) and Garcia Lane (OSU, 1983) are the only other Big Ten players to score two touchdowns on punt returns in a single game.
Martin-Manley returned four punts for 184 yards and two touchdowns against Western Michigan. The 184 yards are 17 yards shy of Nile Kinnick's Iowa and Big Ten single-game record of 201 (vs. Indiana on Oct. 7, 1939). His 83-yard return is a career long, and is the seventh-longest in school history.
The Hawkeyes have recorded eight interceptions through five games, tied for the eighth highest total in the country. Only Nebraska (9) and Northwestern (10) have more among Big Ten schools. DB B.J. Lowery leads Iowa with three interceptions. SS Tanner Miller and LB James Morris each have two, and LB Christian Kirksey has one.
In Iowa's 59-3 win over Western Michigan, Lowery returned two interceptions for touchdowns, which is a single-game school record, and ties for the second-most in a single game in NCAA history (Houston's Johnny Jackson returned three for TDs in 1987). He is the second Big Ten player in the BCS era (since 1998) with two interceptions returned for touchdowns in a single game.
Since the start of the 2008 season, Iowa has collected 89 interceptions, a total that ranks among the best in the nation over that span.
Iowa had 10 interceptions in 2011, with two of those being returned for touchdowns (89 yards by DB Shaun Prater and 98 yards by DB Tanner Miller). Iowa's defense also registered 10 interceptions in 2012. The 10 passes intercepted ranked 65th in the country. Two of the 10 thefts were returned for touchdowns, both by linebacker Christian Kirksey (68 -yarder vs. Minnesota and 18 yards at Indiana). The interception return against Minnesota is the third longest in school history.
The Hawkeyes have had an interception return for a touchdown in each of the last six years, including two this season. Iowa has had an interception return for a score in 11 of the last 13 seasons and 11 of 15 seasons under Kirk Ferentz. Additionally, the Hawkeyes had a fumble return for a touchdown (Christian Kirksey, 52 yards) in the 2013 season-opener.
KORNBRATH RECOGNIZED BY CFPA
The College Football Performance Award recognized sophomore punter Connor Kornbrath for his play in Iowa's win over Western Michigan as he was named honorable mention Punter of the Week. Kornbrath averaged 47 yards on three punts, with a long of 55 yards. One of his three punts was downed at the WMU eight-yard line and the Broncos had just one yard on one return.
For the season, Kornbrath is averaging 38.3 yards on 23 punts. Thirteen of his punts have been downed inside the 20, three are over 50 yards and Hawkeye opponents are averaging just 2.5 yards on eight returns.
RUDOCK CAN MOVE THROUGH AIR OR BY LAND
Through five games, QB Jake Rudock has completed 79-128 attempts for 961 yards and six touchdowns. He has also rushed 28 times for 128 yards and five touchdowns.
Rudock's five rushing touchdowns ties for the fifth-highest total in the Big Ten and ranks 28th nationally. His five rushing scores ties Michigan's Devin Gardner and Minnesota's Mitch Leidner for most by a Big Ten quarterback this season.
Rudock is one of three FBS players since 2008 to pass and rush for four-plus touchdowns in their first four career games (Robert Griffin III, 2008; Johnny Manziel, 2012; Jake Rudock, 2013).
Rudock has connected with 16 different Hawkeyes. He has completed 79 pass attempts, 47 to wide receivers, 18 to tight ends, and 14 to running backs.
Rudock averages 192.2 passing yards per game, the sixth-highest total in the Big Ten.
Rudock completed 21-of-37 passes for 256 yards, including two touchdowns (one rush and one pass) and two interceptions, in his Hawkeye debut on Aug. 31. The 256 yards ties for the fourth-highest by a Hawkeye quarterback making his first career start.
Rudock was the first starting quarterback in 19 years to makes his debut in a season opener; Ryan Driscoll was the last Hawkeye to do it. Driscoll made his college debut at starting quarterback in Iowa's 1994 season opener.
With his 1-yard touchdown rush against Iowa State, Rudock became the first quarterback under Kirk Ferentz to rush for a touchdown in three consecutive games.
The five rushing scores is one more than QB James Vandenberg's 12-game total from a year ago. The last Iowa quarterback to rush for more than five touchdowns in a single-season was Nathan Chandler (6 in 2003).
NOSE FOR THE END ZONE
Iowa has scored touchdowns five different ways this season - pass (6), rush (9), punt return (2), interception return (2) and fumble return (1). The Hawkeyes scored touchdowns four different ways against Western Michigan -- QB Jake Rudock threw a pair of touchdowns; RB Mark Weisman and RB Jordan Canzeri each rushed for a score; WR Kevonte Martin-Manley returned two punts for touchdowns; and DB B.J. Lowery returned two interceptions for a score. That contest marks the first game in school history in which Iowa has scored four non-offensive touchdowns.
In Iowa's season opener, LB Christian Kirksey returned a fumble for a touchdown.
WEISMAN AMONG CONFERENCE, NATIONAL LEADERS
RB Mark Weisman leads the nation with 119 rush attempts and ranks fourth in the country with 615 rushing yards. His 123 yards per game rank No. 2 in the Big Ten, trailing only Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon (139.6).
Weisman has rushed for 100 or more yards four times this season, and has eight career 100-yard games to his credit.
His four 100-yard rushing games ties for the most in the Big Ten (Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon).
Mark Weisman and Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon each have 18 rushes of 10-plus yards this season to lead the Big Ten & rank fourth in the country.
He rushed for 100 yards in each of Iowa's first three contests, becoming the first running back since Shonn Green (2008) to rush for 100 or more yards in the first three games of the season.
His 425 rushing yards were the highest total through three games since Fred Russell ran for 471 yards in the first three games of the 2002 season.
Weisman carried a career-high 35 times against Iowa State, the highest single-game total by a Big Ten back this season and the sixth most in program history.
Player Carries (yards) Opponent Year
Sedrick Shaw 42 (250 yards) at Michigan State 1995
Sedrick Shaw 41 (214 yards) at Wisconsin 1995
Dennis Mosley 39 (229 yards) vs. Iowa State 1979
Albert Young 38 (202 yards) at Northwestern 2005
Eddie Phillips 36 (198 yards) vs. Minnesota 1982
Mark Weisman 35 (145 yards) at Iowa State 2013
OFFENSE INCREASES TEMPO, CONTROLS T.O.P.
The Hawkeyes lead the Big Ten and rank fourth in the nation in time of possession, averaging 35:50 per game. The Hawkeyes have had the advantage in time of possession in every game this season, and have owned a time of possession greater than 36 minutes in all four of its victories in September (38:18 vs. Missouri State; 38:03 at Iowa State; 36:11 vs. Western Michigan; 36:01 at Minnesota).
Furthermore, Iowa maintained possession for 38-plus minutes in back-to-back games for the first time under Kirk Ferentz (38:18 vs. Missouri State; 38:03 at Iowa State).
Iowa ran 80-plus plays in its first three games this season, marking the first time under coach Kirk Ferentz the Hawkeyes have taken 80-plus snaps in three consecutive games. The Hawkeyes took 80 snaps in the season opener, 85 in Week 2, and 83 in Week 3. Iowa had 76 offensive plays vs. Western Michigan and 70 in the win at Minnesota. The Hawkeyes average 78.8 snaps per game through five games to lead the league.
IOWA DEFENSE PRESENTS...
The Iowa defense ranks No. 2 in total defense among Big Ten schools, and No. 7 nationally. The Hawkeyes are allowing just 265.6 yards of total offense, and are holding its opponents to just 13.2 first downs per game and a 3rd-down conversion percentage of 25.4-percent - both numbers rank No. 3 in the conference.
The Hawkeyes recorded a season-high four sacks against Minnesota last week. Iowa's second sack, a six-yard loss on 3rd-and-8, was originally credited to DL Louis Trinca-Pasat, but has been changed to credit DL Dominic Alvis. Alvis was also credited with Iowa's fourth sack, another six-yard loss. LB James Morris (-5) and DL Nate Meier (-6) were credited with Iowa's other two sacks against the Gophers.
Through five games Iowa ranks No. 1 in the nation in redzone touchdowns allowed. The Hawkeyes have allowed just one touchdown on their opponents' six trips to the redzone. Iowa has allowed the one touchdown, three field goals, and recorded two interceptions.
Iowa has had only one goal-to-go defensive series this season. Northern Illinois kicked a field goal after facing a 1st-and-goal from the Iowa 9-yard line.
The Hawkeyes have earned back-to-back Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week honors. DB B.J. Lowery earned the honor after recording a pair of interceptions against Western Illinois on Sept. 21, and LB James Morris earned the award after recording eight tackles, one sack, and one interception at Minnesota on Sept. 28.
Iowa held its opponent scoreless in the first quarter in four straight games.
Iowa has not allowed a first-half touchdown in four straight games.
200 YARDS AND A CLOUD OF DUST
Iowa has rushed for 200-plus yards in five straight games to start the season (202 vs. Northern Illinois; 298 vs. Missouri State; 218 at Iowa State; 258 vs. Western Michigan; 246 at Minnesota). It marks the first time the Hawkeyes rushed for 200-plus yards in five consecutive games since a six-game streak spanning the 1996-97 seasons (1996 - 227 at Minnesota; 217 vs. Texas Tech; 1997 - 379 vs. UNI; 408 vs. Tulsa; 233 at Iowa State; 219 vs. Illinois).
Through five contests, Iowa's offensive line has paved the way for 1,222 rushing yards on 263 attempts. In Iowa's last four games, all victories, the Hawkeyes rushed 221 times for 1,020 yards. Iowa rushed 60 times for 218 yards in a 27-21 win over Iowa State. The 60 rushing attempts ties for the most in a single-game under head coach Kirk Ferentz. The last time Iowa had 60 carries was Sept. 4, 2004 against Kent State.
Iowa rushed for 298 yards in a 28-14 win over Missouri State. The 298 rushing yards are the most for an Iowa team since rushing for 301 yards vs. Illinois on Oct. 1, 2005. Iowa's 58 rush attempts against Missouri State mark Iowa's third highest single-game total under Ferentz. The Hawkeyes matched that total against Western Michigan, rushing 58 times for 258 yards.
Iowa's offensive line has yielded just five sacks this season, a total that ranks 31st in the country. The Hawkeyes' starters on the offensive line include tackles Brett Van Sloten and Brandon Scherff, guards Jordan Walsh and Conor Boffeli and center Austin Blythe. Junior Andrew Donnal has shared time with Walsh throughout Iowa's first five games.
LOWERY CHANGES POSSESSION, CHANGES THE SCORE
DB B.J. Lowery returned two interceptions for touchdowns against Western Michigan in Week 4, which is a single-game school record, and ties for the second-most in a single game in NCAA history (Houston's Johnny Jackson returned three for TDs in 1987). He is the second Big Ten player in the BCS era (since 1998) with two interceptions returned for touchdowns in a single game.
Lowery has three interceptions this season, and four for his career. He intercepted his first pass of the season in the fourth quarter against Iowa State, changing possession for the Hawkeyes after Iowa State had recovered an onside kick.
His three interceptions tie for second in the Big Ten. He has five pass breakups, and his eight passes defended ranks fourth in the Big Ten.
HITCHENS LEADS DEFENSE
College Sports Madness named senior linebacker Anthony Hitchens its Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week for his play in Iowa's 27-21 win at Iowa State on Sept. 14. Hitchens recorded 10 tackles, including a shared tackle for loss, as the Iowa defense allowed just 59 net rushing yards and held ISU to seven points until midway through the fourth quarter.
Hitchens leads the defense through five games with 47 tackles, including 4.5 tackles for loss, one QB sack and a pass break-up. He ranks third in the Big Ten in tackles per game (9.4). The native of Lorain, Ohio, surpassed 200 tackles with his tackle total (team-best 10 stops) in last week's win at Minnesota. He enters Saturday's game versus Michigan State with 205 career tackles.
KING BECOMES THE FIRST
True freshman CB Desmond King has appeared in all five games this season, and has started the last four. He made his career debut in the season opener against Northern Illinois, appearing at defensive back and recording four tackles. King recorded three tackles and one fumble recovery in his first career start against Missouri State. He 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). King has 18 tackles and three break-ups this season.
REMOVE THE REDSHIRT
True freshmen RB LeShun Daniels, Jr., DB Desmond King, LB Reggie Spearman, and WR Matt VandeBerg have all seen action this season. Daniels carried six times for 30 yards, while VandeBerg caught two passes for 17 yards, in their season debuts against Missouri State. Spearman made four tackles in his Hawkeye debut against Western Michigan, appearing on special teams and defense. King is the only Iowa true freshman to see action in each of Iowa's five games to date. He has started the last four contests.
MEYER GETTING HIS KICKS
Senior PK Mike Meyer, who earned a Lou Groza Star of the Week Award after his performance at Minnesota last week, is 8-for-10 on field goal attempts and perfect on 19 PAT attempts this season. He has connected on field goals of 20, 23, 27, 28, 38, 44, 46 and 49 yards. He missed a 33-yard attempt versus Missouri State, and hit the left upright on a 39-yard attempt at Minnesota. He ranks third all-time in career field goals (52) and career scoring (278 points). Only Nate Kaeding (67) and Rob Houghtlin (54) have more career field goals, and only Kaeding (373) and Houghtlin (290) have scored more career points. Meyer made field goals of 49, 23 and 46 yards in the win at Minnesota.
Meyer's 50-yarder against Northern Illinois on Sept. 1, 2012 tied his career long (at Iowa State, 2011). In 2012, he made four treys against NIU and Michigan State, which matches his career high (at Iowa State, 2011 and at Indiana, 2010). His five attempts vs. NIU ties Iowa's single-game record, which he also shares (at Indiana in 2010).
Meyer ranks third in the Big Ten kick scoring (8.6) and leads the conference with eight field goals. He has made 53-68 (.779) career field goal attempts. Meyer is 37-44 (.841) from kicks 39 yards and closer; 13-19 (.684) from attempts 40-49 yards; and 2-4 (.500) from kicks 50 yards or farther.
The native of Dubuque, Iowa, has made a school-record 100 consecutive PAT attempts, which ranks sixth-best in conference history. His four PAT's against Central Michigan in 2012 put him past All-Pro Nate Kaeding's previous record of 60 straight. Meyer's last PAT miss was in a 37-6 win over Michigan State on Oct. 30, 2010, in Iowa City.
RECEPTION STREAK HITS 23 GAMES
TE C.J. Fiedorowicz and WR Kevonte Martin-Manley have each recorded at least one reception in 23 consecutive games. Fiedorowicz's streak ranks second among active FBS tight ends. Martin-Manley has 90 receptions for 911 yards during the streak, and leads Iowa with 26 catches for 225 yards in 2013. Fiedorowicz has 67 catches for 645 yards over the last 23 games, and has caught all five career touchdowns during the streak.
MARTIN-MANLEY CLIMBS THE CHARTS
WR Kevonte Martin-Manley passed the 100 career receptions mark and 1,000 career receiving yards mark in Week 3 against Iowa State. Martin-Manley now has 108 career receptions and 1,119 career receiving yards. He is tied for 16th in career receptions and ranks 33rd in career receiving yards.
Senior LBs Anthony Hitchens and Christian Kirksey rank third and 11th, respectively, among Big Ten leading tacklers. Hitchens ranks No. 3 among conference tacklers, averaging 9.4 tackles per game. Kirksey averages 7.0 tackles per game. Both linebackers are on the Butkus Award Watch List.
Iowa's linebacker trio has also accounted for four turnovers this season. LB James Morris has a pair of interceptions, and Kirksey has an interception and a fumble recovery. In their careers, Morris has been credited with double-digit tackle games 15 times, while Hitchens and Kirksey each have 10 double-digit tackle games. All three have totaled over 200 career tackles.
MORRIS CLIMBS TACKLES LIST
Senior LB James Morris recorded eight tackles against Minnesota to raise his career total to 324. He trails George Davis (330) for No. 14 on the all-time list. Morris has been a starting linebacker since his true freshman season in 2010. He is on watch lists for the Bednarik Award, the Lott IMPACT Trophy, the Nagurski Award, and the College Football Performance Awards Linebacker Trophy watch list. In addition, he garnered preseason second team All-Big Ten honors from Athlon, Phil Steele and College Sports Madness. He was named Big Ten defensive Player of the Week for his play in the win at Minnesota.
TOUCHDOWN IOWA! TOUCHDOWN Christian Kirksey
Senior LB Christian Kirksey forced and recovered a fumble in the second quarter against Northern Illinois, returning it 52 yards for his third career touchdown. The 52-yard fumble return ranks as the third longest fumble return in school history and gives Kirksey two of the six longest in school history (45 yards vs. Penn State in 2012). Kirksey returned two interceptions for touchdowns in 2012 (vs. Minnesota, at Indiana). He was one of eight players nationally with two touchdowns on interception returns. He added his first theft of the season in the win at Minnesota.
With his third career touchdown in the opening game against Northern Illinois, Kirksey is believed to be one of three Iowa players to score three career defensive touchdowns, joining former defensive backs Tom Knight and Micah Hyde.
The Hawkeyes are 2-for-2 in trophy games this season following their 23-7 win at Minnesota last week to retain Floyd of Rosedale. Iowa won the first of four trophy games this season with a 27-21 win at Iowa State on Sept. 14. The Hawkeyes will attempt to reclaim the Heartland Trophy against Wisconsin on Nov. 2, and win its first Heroes Trophy at Nebraska on Nov. 29.
IOWA FLIPS THE SCRIPT, STARTS ON DEFENSE
Historically known for starting each game on offense, Iowa has flipped the script and started 3-of-5 games this season on defense. The Hawkeyes are 3-0 in those contests, and has forced a punt on the opponent's first possession each game.
In 2013, the Hawkeyes started on offense against Northern Illinois (L, 30-27) and at Minnesota (W, 23-7), and started on defense against Missouri State (W, 28-14) Iowa State (W, 27-21), and Western Michigan (W, 59-3). Since 1999, Iowa has started the game on offense in 145-of-179 games under Kirk Ferentz. In the 34 games Iowa has started on defense, the Hawkeyes are 19-15.
CLOSE GAMES THE NORM FOR IOWA
One season after leading the country in games decided by three points or less, the Hawkeyes opened 2013 with a game decided by a field goal in the final seconds. Northern Illinois defeated the Hawkeyes 30-27 with a field goal in the closing seconds (:04) of the season opener.
Dating back to last season, three of Iowa's last five defeats have been decided by three points (Indiana, 24-21; Purdue, 27-24; Northern Illinois, 30-27). Iowa lost close games at Minnesota in both 2010 (24-21) and 2011 (22-21).
Iowa has played 18 games decided by three points or less since 2009. The Hawkeyes went 4-1 in those games in 2009, 1-3 in 2010, 0-2 in 2011, 2-4 in 2012, and 0-1 in 2013.
Three of Iowa's losses in the last two seasons have come on the last offensive play of the game.
Iowa ranks among the nation's best in fourth quarter comebacks since 2009. The Hawkeyes mounted their ninth comeback when trailing in the fourth quarter, since 2009, at Michigan State on Oct. 13, 2012, winning in double overtime. Michigan State leads the nation with 10 comeback wins, while Iowa ties Minnesota, Ohio and Wyoming with nine wins after trailing at any point in the fourth period, since 2009.
LOWERY, MARTIN-MANLEY HONORED
Junior WR Kevonte Martin-Manley and senior CB B.J. Lowery earned Big Ten Player of the Week honors for their play in Iowa's 59-3 win over Western Michigan on Sept. 21. Lowery earned the Big Ten honor for defense, while Martin-Manley earned the award for his special teams play.
The College Football Performance Awards also named Lowery and Martin-Manley as the national Performers of the Week for defense and special teams, respectively. Lowery was also named the Jim Thorpe national Defensive Back of the Week and national defensive Player of the Week by College Sports Madness.
Martin-Manley was named Big Ten special teams Player of the Week after recording punt return touchdowns of 83 and 63 yards, both in the second quarter. He is the first conference player to ever return back-to-back-punts for touchdowns. Martin-Manley ended the game with 184 yards on four returns. He is just the third player in Big Ten history with two punt return touchdowns in a game, and the first since 1983. The 184 yards ranks second best all-time in the Big Ten, behind Nile Kinnick's record of 201 yards on nine returns, set in 1939. Just one player in NCAA Division I history has three punt return touchdowns in a game.
Martin-Manley began the day with a 44-yard return to set up a field goal on Iowa's first possession. With the Hawkeyes leading 10-0 in the second period, Martin-Manley scored on an 83-yard return, which ties as the seventh longest in school history. Martin-Manley struck just 59 seconds later with the 63-yard return, which ranks as the 20th longest in Iowa annals.
Lowery's first score of the day was a 35-yard return with 56 seconds remaining in the second period. His second touchdown covered 13 yards and came on Western Michigan's first possession of the third period. Lowery is the first Hawkeye ever with two interception return touchdowns in a single game and the second Big Ten player to accomplish the feat since 1998.
Lowery scored the first touchdowns of his career against Western Michigan and added one solo tackle and three assists. Lowery leads Iowa with three interceptions in five games, as his first theft of the season came in the 27-21 win at Iowa State. Lowery has four career interceptions.
LINEBACKING TRIO ON BUTKAS AWARD WATCH LIST
Seniors James Morris, Christian Kirksey and Anthony Hitchens are on the Butkus Award Watch List, which honors the top linebacker. Iowa joins Notre Dame, BYU and UCLA as the only four schools in the country to have a trio named to that watch list.
In addition to his selection to the Butkus Award Watch List, Hitchens was named to the Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List. Hitchens earned honorable mention recognition from the Big Ten coaches and media after starting 11 games last season, missing one game with an injury. He ranks third in the Big Ten with 9.4 tackles per game this season. A year ago, he led the team with 124 tackles, while collecting 56 solo stops and 68 assists. He has 205 career tackles.
Morris has been a starting linebacker for the Hawkeyes since his true freshman season in 2010. Last season, he ranked third in the Big Ten and 31st in the nation in tackles per game (9.4). He ranks 15th in career tackles (324). He was named a Permanent Team Captain in 2012 while earning the Hayden Fry "Extra Heartbeat" Award and the Players Choice Award on defense. Morris earned honorable mention All-Big Ten honors as a sophomore and junior after being named Freshman All-America by CollegeFootballNews.com as a freshman.
The Solon, Iowa, native is also on the watch lists for the Bednarik Award, the Lott IMPACT Trophy, the Nagurski Award, and the College Football Performance Awards Linebacker Trophy watch list. In addition, he garnered preseason second team All-Big Ten honors from Athlon, Phil Steele, and College Sports Madness.
Kirksey ranks 11th in the Big Ten with 7.0 tackles per game. He collected 95 tackles as a junior, ranking ninth in the conference in tackles per contest (7.5). The St. Louis, Mo., native ranked first in the Big Ten and second in the nation with four recovered fumbles. He was one of eight players in the nation with two interception returns for touchdowns in 2012. Kirksey was named a Permanent Team Captain and winner of the Next Man in Award in 2012. Kirksey has 246 career tackles to rank 32nd in career stops. He is also present on the College Football Performance Awards Linebacker Trophy Watch List, and was named preseason fourth team All-Big Ten by Phil Steele.
COACHING STAFF CHANGES
Iowa's coaching staff has four new faces in 2013. Assistant coaches Bobby Kennedy (wide receivers), Jim Reid (linebackers), and Chris White (running backs/special teams), and graduate assistant D.J. Hernandez, are in their first season on the Iowa sideline.
Iowa defensive coordinator Phil Parker has added the responsibility of instructing Iowa's defensive secondary. Parker coached the secondary for 13 seasons before being promoted to defensive coordinator in 2012. He will handle both assignments this season.
Iowa has made six changes to the coaching staff since 2012, matching its combined total from the previous 13 years. Iowa had a total of six changes on its coaching staff from 1999-2011.
FERENTZ FOURTH IN LONGEVITY
Now in his 15th season as Iowa's head football coach, Kirk Ferentz ranks fourth in longevity among FBS head coaches. Ferentz is first among Big Ten coaches and nationally ranks behind Virginia Tech's Frank Beamer, Larry Blakeney of Troy and Mack Brown of Texas. Ferentz is tied for fourth with Bob Stoops of Oklahoma.
GLANCE AT THE SCHEDULE
The Hawkeyes opened Big Ten play with a 23-7 win at Minnesota on Sept. 28. It marked the 11th time in Kirk Ferentz's 15 years at Iowa that the Hawkeyes have opened the conference season on the road.
Nine of Iowa's 11 FBS opponents played in bowl games a year ago, while Ohio State posted a perfect 12-0 regular season record (OSU was not eligible for postseason play).
The Hawkeyes do not face Big Ten opponents Illinois, Penn State and Indiana this season.
Iowa has four trophy games on its slate in 2013: Iowa State (Cy-Hawk; W, 27-21), Minnesota (Floyd of Rosedale; W, 23-7), Wisconsin (Heartland), and Nebraska (Heroes).
Iowa's schedule includes four teams who have first-year head coaches (Northern Illinois, Western Michigan, Purdue and Wisconsin), plus Ohio State, whose Urban Meyer is in his second year with the Buckeyes. Iowa did not face Ohio State the last two seasons.
IOWA PROGRAM NOTES
Iowa defeated a team ranked in the top five in the nation, in the Associated Press rankings, in 2008 (Penn State), 2009 (Penn State) and 2010 (Michigan State), along with defeating 13th-ranked Michigan in 2011.
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 2012-13. 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 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.
Iowa compiled an eight-year record of 85-42 (.669), 2002-11, including a 50-30 Big Ten record. The 85 victories tied as the 17th best total in the nation.
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.
Three former Hawkeyes are broadcasters on BTN in 2013. Chuck Long, the Hawkeyes' all-time leading passer and the 1985 Heisman Trophy runner-up, will serve as a game color broadcaster and in-studio analyst. Iowa City native Paul Burmeister, who guided Iowa to the 1993 Alamo Bowl, will call play-by-play. Former wide receiver Danan Hughes returns as an in-studio and game analyst. Hughes also worked for the network during baseball season.
The Hawkeyes have had at least one former player on a Super Bowl roster for 10 consecutive seasons, the eighth longest streak of any program in the country. Nebraska has had a former player on a Super Bowl roster for 20 consecutive years, followed by Purdue (14), Ohio State (12), LSU (12), Georgia (12), Illinois (12), Florida (11), Iowa (10), and Texas (8).
IOWA AMONG TOP 25 IN WINS, 2002-13
Iowa has posted 93 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 (131); Oklahoma (122); Ohio State (122); LSU (120); USC (119); Texas (114); Georgia (113); TCU (112); Virginia Tech (112); Florida (109); Alabama (108); Oregon (106); Wisconsin (105); West Virginia (105); Auburn (100); Utah (101); Florida State (101); Texas Tech (96); Nebraska (95); Michigan (94); Miami, FL (94); Iowa (93); Hawai'i (87); Boston College (87).
HAWKEYES GOOD ON THE POINT AFTER
The Hawkeyes have converted on 101 consecutive PATs without a miss or block, and 35 consecutive games without a missed or blocked PAT, the seventh-longest streak of any school in the nation.
IOWA-MINNESOTA POSTGAME NOTES
Iowa defeated Minnesota, 23-7, in Minneapolis to retain the Floyd of Rosedale trophy. Iowa is 2-0 in trophy games in 2013. The Hawkeyes defeated Iowa State, 27-21, in the battle for the Cy-Hawk Trophy on Sept. 14.
The Hawkeyes held the Gophers 252 yards below their season average for rushing yards. Minnesota entered the game averaging 282 rushing yards per game, but managed just 30 yards on 27 carries against Iowa.
Iowa outscored Minnesota 14-0 in the second quarter. The Hawkeyes have outscored their opponents 72-10 in the second quarter this season.
Iowa held its opponent scoreless in the first quarter for the fourth straight game. Minnesota ran 11 plays for 27 yards in the first quarter.
The Hawkeyes recorded a season-high four sacks. DL Nate Meier's sack in the second quarter was the first sack of his career. DL Louis Trinca-Pasat's sack in the second quarter was the first sack of his career. LB James Morris and DL Dominic Alvis also recorded sacks.
WR Damond Powell's 74-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter is Iowa's longest play from scrimmage this season, and the 23rd-longest touchdown reception in school history. Powell is averaging 51.5 yards per catch this season (4 catches, 206 yards).
TE Ray Hamilton made his first career start.
FB Adam Cox's 35-yard reception in the second quarter was the longest of his career. The play set up Iowa's first touchdown.
ALL IN THE FAMILY
Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz has two of his three sons involved in the Iowa program this season. Brian, a former Hawkeye letterman (2003-05), is in his second season as Iowa's offensive line coach. Steven is an offensive lineman who is in his second season in the program as a redshirt freshman. His other son, James, was a three-year starter on the Hawkeye offensive line before graduating in May, 2013.
Iowa has seven players on its 2013 roster whose father played for the Hawkeyes. WR Jordan Cotton (Marshall in 1984-87), OL Cole Croston (Dave in 1984-86), OL Mitch Keppy (Myron in 1986-87), LS Tyler Kluver (Todd in 1986-87), TE George Kittle (Bruce in 1977-80), TE Peter Pekar (Jim in 1980-81) and DB Sean Skradis (Bryan in 1977-81). Additionally, freshman linebacker Luke Lindahl's grandfather is former Hawkeye Wally Hilgenberg.
BEST DECADE FOR IOWA FOOTBALL
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 success is due to the stability in the program, as 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 14 seasons. Ferentz also served as Iowa's offensive line coach from 1981-89 under Fry.
Iowa has played 1,170 games since beginning football in 1889. Iowa's overall record is 602-531-39 (.529). That includes a 380-208-16 (.642) record in home games, a 222-323-23 (.409) record in games away from Iowa City, a 298-359-25 (.454) mark in Big Ten games and a 263-172-15 (.601) record in Kinnick Stadium.
IOWA, UNI, IOWA STATE PARTICIPATE IN MENTOR PROGRAM
As a project of Volunteer Iowa, The Iowa Mentoring Partnership is the state's support organization for Iowa's 80-plus certified youth mentoring programs. Volunteer Iowa is proud to have the support of all three regents' university football coaches and dozens of private college and high school coaches across the state; promoting the difference that a positive role model can make in a child's life through mentoring. To find a certified mentoring program in your area and take the 2013 Coaches Challenge please visit volunteeriowa.org/coaches-challenge.
Any new mentor application that is received between Aug. 1 and Nov. 30, 2013 will count toward the "score" of the respective state. By signing up to be a mentor, fans can not only show their state/team pride, but can help improve the life of a child! The overall winner of the 2013 "Coaches Mentoring Challenge" will be announced the week of Dec.13.
During the 2012 Coaches Challenge, the states of Iowa, Kansas and Nebraska recruited over 7,000 new mentors. With the addition of Michigan and Minnesota it is hopeful to be able to exceed all previous numbers to achieve the goal at the core of all of our missions - to serve more kids.
HOME GROWN HAWKEYES
Iowa's roster of 123 players includes 47 players from Iowa. The roster includes 15 players from Illinois; 11 from Ohio; six from Michigan and Texas; five from Maryland and Missouri; three from Florida, Minnesota, Nebraska and Wisconsin; two from New Jersey; one from Arizona, Connecticut, Georgia, Indiana, New York, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia; and three from Canada.
IOWA FOOTBALL AND THE NFL
Since 2006, Iowa has had nine players start at cornerback, and seven of those nine are currently in the NFL.
Iowa leads the Big Ten with 19 NFL Draft picks the past four years. Three of the 19 have been first round selections, which tie for second among Big Ten schools.
For the third straight year, Iowa had six players selected in the 2012 NFL Draft, and for the third straight year that list included a first round selection (OL Riley Reiff).
Iowa and Alabama were the only two college football programs to have a first round draft selection in 2009, 2010 and 2011.
Iowa had six players drafted in the 2012 NFL Draft, which tied for the most in the Big Ten and tied for fourth in the country.
Iowa was the only program to have three defensive linemen selected in the 2011 NFL Draft, and all three were on NFL rosters in 2012.
In NFL 2011 regular season statistics, former Hawkeye linebackers Chad Greenway (Minnesota) and Pat Angerer (Indianapolis) finished third and fourth, respectively, in tackles.
Former Hawkeyes Marshal Yanda (Baltimore OL) and Chad Greenway (Minnesota LB) were named to the Pro Bowl for the first time in their respective NFL careers in 2012.
Three former Hawkeyes were involved in the 2012 Super Bowl. DB Tyler Sash played for the Super Bowl champion New York Giants, while LB Jeff Tarpinian was on the injured reserve roster of the New England Patriots. Former Iowa center Brian Ferentz, now is his second year as Iowa's offensive line coach, was New England's tight ends coach.
Former Iowa DB Sean Considine and OL Marshal Yanda won Super Bowl rings with the 2012 Baltimore Ravens in the most recent Super Bowl.
Every Iowa senior starting tight end (nine) under Kirk Ferentz has been drafted in the NFL or made an NFL team in his first year as a rookie.
Iowa tied for ninth nationally (second among Big Ten teams) in number of former players active in the NFL in 2012, behind Miami (FL), USC, Texas, Tennessee, Ohio State, Georgia and LSU.
All 11 members of Iowa's starting defensive unit in 2008 were either drafted or signed to NFL free agent contracts following the drafts.
Over the past 11 years, 106 of 119 (89%) of Iowa's senior starters have been drafted in the NFL or signed NFL free agent contracts.
At least one Iowa Hawkeye has been selected in every NFL Draft since 1978.
IOWA BOWL NOTES
Iowa has been bowl eligible 11 of the last 12 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 (26) and Wisconsin (24).
The Hawkeyes have appeared in 10 bowl games since 2001. Iowa won the Outback Bowl over South Carolina following the 2008 season, concluded the 2009 campaign with a win over Georgia Tech in the Orange Bowl and defeated Missouri in the 2010 Insight Bowl. Iowa's three-game bowl win streak (2008-10) is an Iowa record. The streak was snapped in a loss to Oklahoma in the 2011 Insight Bowl.
The Hawkeyes have posted a 6-4 record in bowl games under Ferentz, including wins in four of six January bowl games.
Since the 2001 season, no Big Ten team has won more bowl games or has a higher winning percentage in bowl games, than Iowa.
Overall, Iowa has posted a 14-11-1 (.558) record in 26 bowl games. The Hawkeyes have competed in the Rose (five times), Alamo (four), Holiday (three), Outback (three), Orange (two), Peach (two), Sun (two), Insight (two), and the Capital One, Gator and Freedom bowls once.
Iowa (14-11-1, .558), Penn State (27-15-2, .636) and Purdue (9-8, .529) are the only Big Ten teams with a winning percentage in bowl games.
Since the inception of the BCS in 1998, the Big Ten has qualified 26 teams for BCS bowls, more than any other conference. Seven different Big Ten programs have played in BCS bowl games.
Kirk Ferentz RADIO SHOW
Iowa Coach Kirk Ferentz is featured on "Hawk Talk with Kirk Ferentz" each week. 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.
Iowa will be idle next Saturday before returning to action at Ohio State on Oct. 19 (2:30 p.m. CT). The contest in Columbus, Ohio, will be televised by ABC.