Nov. 4, 2013
Iowa's four losses are to teams that have a combined record of 32-3 (Northern Illinois, 8-0; Michigan State, 8-1; Ohio State, 9-0, Wisconsin, 6-2). All four are in the BCS top 25 this week.
Iowa is one win from No. 300 in the Big Ten. The Hawkeyes have an all-time conference mark of 299-362-25 (.455).
Iowa is one win from securing bowl eligibility for the 12th time in the last 13 seasons.
Iowa and Purdue have four common opponents (Michigan State, Northern Illinois, Ohio State and Wisconsin). Both teams are winless against common opponents.
Iowa ranks atop the Big Ten in punt return average (18.6). Purdue leads the Big Ten in net punting (43.1).
Iowa ranks No. 2 in Big Ten pass defense (186.6). Purdue ranks No. 11 in Big Ten pass offense (188.2).
Iowa's defense has held 8-of-9 opponents under their rushing average this season.
Iowa allows 138.6 rushing yards per game, the fifth-best total in the conference. Purdue averages 70.0 rushing yards per game, the lowest total in the Big Ten.
The Iowa defense has allowed four rushing touchdowns this year, tied for the third lowest total in the nation.
The Hawkeyes are 5-0 when winning the turnover margin (Missouri State +1, Iowa State +1, Western Michigan +2, Minnesota +1, Northwestern +1), and 0-4 when losing the turnover margin (Northern Illinois, -2; Michigan State, -1, at Ohio State, -1; Wisconsin, -1). The Hawkeyes are plus-1 overall this season.
The Hawkeyes have held a halftime lead in 8-of-9 games this season.
Iowa has allowed eight red-zone touchdowns this season, tied for the third-lowest total in the nation. Purdue has seven red-zone touchdowns, the lowest total in the Big Ten.
Iowa has one Indiana native on its roster - freshman LB John Kenny, who has not played this season and is eligible to be redshirted. Purdue has no Iowa natives on its roster.
Head coach Darrell Hazell is in his first year at Purdue. The Boilermakers are the fourth team Iowa has faced that entered the season with a new head coach (L, Northern Illinois; W, Western Michigan; L, Wisconsin).
Purdue holds a 46-34-3 advantage in the series that began with a 16-0 Iowa win in 1910. The Hawkeyes have won five of the last seven and 17 of the last 24 meetings. Purdue owns a 27-15-1 advantage in games played in West Lafayette, but Iowa won its last trip to Purdue, 31-21, in 2011. Iowa and the Boilermakers battled to a 21-21 tie at West Lafayette in 1994. That game marks the last tie game for Iowa before the college football tie-breaker system was put in place.
Purdue placekicker Paul Griggs hit a 46-yard field goal as time expired to help the Boilermakers knock off Iowa, 27-24 inside Kinnick Stadium on Nov. 10, 2012. The victory was Purdue's first win in Iowa City since 1992. The Hawkeyes tied the score 24-24 with 3:32 remaining in the game when PK Mike Meyer drilled a 24-yard field goal. After a stop by the Iowa defense, the Hawkeyes took over at their own 14-yard line with 1:08 left. Iowa put together an eight play, 52-yard drive to the Purdue 35-yard line, but was unable to convert on 4th-and-3, giving the Boilermakers the ball with 16 seconds left.
Purdue QB Robert Marve scrambled for 17 yards on the first play and hit Antavian Edison for 20 yards on the next play, setting up the game winning 46-yard field goal. The Boilermakers struck first when Akeem Shavers scored on a 3-yard run in the first quarter. Iowa responded in the second quarter with a 1-yard scamper by Damon Bullock, but a 9-yard TD pass from Marve to Gabe Holmes gave Purdue a 14-7 lead at the half. Purdue's Sam McCartney increased the lead to 17-7 with a 36-yard field goal to open the second half. Iowa cut the lead to 17-14 when QB James Vandenberg hit TE C.J. Fiedorowicz for a 5-yard touchdown.
Iowa and Purdue traded scores to end the third quarter. Marve collected his third TD pass of the day, hitting Gary Bush on a 10-yard score with 1:38 left in the period for a 24-14 lead. After an Iowa punt and a Boilermaker penalty, Purdue took over on its own 10-yard line with 50 seconds left in the quarter. Marve fumbled the snap on the second play of the drive and CB Micah Hyde scooped up the loose ball, carrying it into the end zone for a 9-yard score.
Vandenberg was 19-of-36 for 190 yards and one touchdown and also added eight rushes for 31 yards. Bullock had 23 carries for 43 yards. Seven different Hawkeyes had at least one catch, led by WR Kevonte Martin-Manley's 63 yards. Hyde and James Morris each had a game-high 11 tackles. Hyde added a pass breakup and a fumble recovery, while DE Dominic Alvis had one sack.
MORRIS COVERS THE FIELD, CLIMBS THE CHARTS
Senior LB James Morris is the only Big Ten player this season to record at least 70 tackles, four sacks, and three interceptions. He recorded 12 tackles against Wisconsin last week to raise his career total to 369, moving past Tom Rusk (361) for seventh on the school's all-time tackles list. Morris averages 8.3 tackles per game this season. At his current pace, he'll finish with 394 career tackles, which would be good enough for No. 6 on the all-time list. He needs 31 tackles to become the sixth player in program history to record 400 career tackles.
Morris leads Iowa with five sacks. Since Iowa started keeping sack totals in 1986, no linebacker has ever led the team in single-season sacks.
Morris has been a starting linebacker since his true freshman season in 2010.
Named a National Football Foundation National Scholar-Athlete, and is one of 16 finalists for the William V. Campbell Trophy, which recognizes the best scholar-athlete in the nation.
He is a quarterfinalist for the Lott IMPACT Trophy and on watch lists for the Bednarik and Nagurski awards, and the College Football Performance Awards Linebacker Trophy watch list.
He garnered preseason second team All-Big Ten honors from Athlon, Phil Steele and College Sports Madness.
Only player this year to earn two Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week honors (at Minnesota on Sept. 28; vs. Northwestern on Oct. 26).
First Hawkeye to earn two Big Ten defensive POW honors since DL Jonathan Babineaux did it in 2004.
Named College Sports Madness Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week for his play in Iowa's 17-10 OT win vs. Northwestern.
He has 18 career games of double-digit tackles.
His 8.3 tackles per game ranks seventh in the conference. His 10.4 tackles in Big Ten games rank third.
He has five career interceptions, including three this season, and 7.5 career sacks.
RUDOCK CAN MOVE THROUGH AIR OR BY LAND
Through nine games, QB Jake Rudock has completed 155-259 pass attempts for 1,725 yards and 12 touchdowns. He has also rushed 45 times for 187 yards and five touchdowns.
Rudock averages 191.7 passing yards per game, the sixth-highest total in the Big Ten.
Rudock is 48-82 for 623 yards and six touchdowns in road games (2-1).
Rudock has 12 touchdown passes, including seven of 20-plus yards.
Rudock has rushed for five touchdowns. The last Iowa quarterback to rush for more than five touchdowns in a single-season was Nathan Chandler (6 in 2003).
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 18 different Hawkeyes. He has completed 155 pass attempts, 79 to wide receivers, 41 to tight ends, and 28 to running backs. OL Brett Van Sloten is also credited with a reception (deflected pass).
Rudock threw a career-high three touchdown passes at Ohio State, including an 85-yarder to TE Jake Duzey, the ninth-longest touchdown pass in school history and second-longest to a tight end.
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.
After starting the game 1-4 for 5 yards against Michigan State, Rudock finished the half completing 11 straight passes for 138 yards and two touchdowns.
Rudock completed his first eight passes at Ohio State, all to tight ends. On Iowa's opening TD drive, he was 5-5 for 50 yards and a touchdown, all to tight ends.
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.
MARTIN-MANLEY CLIMBS THE CHARTS
WR Kevonte Martin-Manley continues to be among the team and national leaders in receptions and punt returns. He ranks second the nation in punt return average (21.0), and surpassed the 100 career receptions mark and 1,000 career receiving yards mark in Week 3 against Iowa State. Martin-Manley now has 116 career receptions and 1,176 career receiving yards. He ranks 12th in career receptions and 30th in career receiving yards. He has seven catches for 91 yards in two career games vs. Purdue.
Martin-Manley has caught at least one pass in 26 of the last 27 games. He had a reception in 23 consecutive games before leaving the Michigan State contest with a leg injury and without a reception. He totaled 90 receptions for 911 yards during the streak, and leads Iowa with 34 catches and 282 receiving yards in 2013.
Earned CFPA and Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week honors following Iowa's 59-3 win over Western Michigan on Sept. 21.
Martin-Manley recorded 184 yards on four punt returns against Western Michigan. 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.
He had consecutive punt return touchdowns of 83 and 63 yards against Western Michigan, 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. The punt return touchdowns tie a Big Ten record. 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.
Ranks second in the NCAA averaging 21.0 yards per punt return. He has 12 returns for 252 yards and two touchdowns this season.
Named Phil Steele midseason first team All-America specialist.
Named Phil Steele and BTN.com midseason All-Big Ten specialist.
WEISMAN AMONG CONFERENCE, NATIONAL LEADERS
RB Mark Weisman ranks 19th nationally and third in the Big Ten with 158 rush attempts. His 83 rushing yards per game rank eighth in the Big Ten. Weisman was recently one of 12 players added to the Watch List for the Maxwell Award.
Weisman has rushed for 100 or more yards four times this season, and has eight career 100-yard games to his credit.
Weisman has 1,562 career rushing yards. He eclipsed the 1,500-yard mark against Northwestern, becoming the 23rd player in school history to reach that plateau. He leads Iowa with 747 rushing yards this season, and led Iowa with 815 yards and eight touchdowns a year ago.
His four 100-yard rushing games ties for the four most in the Big Ten.
Weisman has 20 rushes of 10-plus yards this season, tied for the seventh-highest total in the Big Ten.
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.
Watch Lists include Maxwell Award, Doak Walker Award, and CFPA Running Back Award.
BULLOCK CHASES 1,000
RB Damon Bullock is 97 yards from becoming the 44th player in program history to rush for 1,000 career yards. Iowa has had 43 players eclipse 1,000 career rushing yards in program history, tied for the ninth most by any FBS school. Bullock has 903 career rushing yards on 244 carries. He rushed for 20 yards as a true freshman in 2011, 513 yards as a sophomore in 2012, and 370 yards as a junior this season.
Bullock is Iowa's second leading rusher (387 yards), and fourth-leading receiver (17 receptions).
He rushed for 513 yards in 2012, despite missing six games due to injury.
He 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.
FIEDOROWICZ STREAK HITS 27 GAMES
TE C.J. Fiedorowicz has recorded at least one reception in 27 consecutive games, a streak that ranks second among active FBS tight ends; Washington's Austin Seferian-Jenkins is first with 33 straight games with a catch. Fiedorowicz has 77 catches for 337 yards over the last 27 games, and has caught all eight career touchdowns during the streak.
Fiedorowicz has seven receptions for 48 yards in two career meetings against Purdue. He also has a touchdown reception in each game.
Fiedorowicz has 18 receptions for 169 yards and a team-high four touchdowns this season, including the overtime game-winner against Northwestern on Oct. 26.
He is one of 29 players named to the John Mackey Award Midseason Watch List. He is one of five tight ends from the Big Ten named to the list. Former Hawkeye Dallas Clark won the award in 2002.
KING WEARS THE CROWN
CB Desmond King was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week after registering a career-best 12 tackles at Ohio State on Oct. 19. King has appeared in all nine games this season, and has started the last eight. King has 50 tackles, four break-ups, and two fumble recoveries this season.
He is averaging 7.2 tackles in Big Ten games, more than any other freshman in the league. His 50 tackles this season rank fifth-best on the team.
He made his career debut in the season opener against Northern Illinois, appearing at defensive back and recording four tackles.
King made a then-career best 11 tackles against Michigan State on Oct. 5, and eclipsed that number with 12 tackles at Ohio State on Oct. 19.
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's pass breakup in overtime against Northwestern negated what would have been a first down, and set up a fourth-and-long final play for the Wildcats. He also recovered a Northwestern fumble late in the fourth quarter after the Wildcats had moved close to field goal range.
DUZEY BREAKS OUT AT OHIO STATE
Sophomore TE Jake Duzey 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.
He became Iowa's first 100-yard receiver since Kevonte Martin-Manley caught 5 passes for 101 yards against Northern Iowa on Sept. 15, 2012 (span of 16 games).
His 138 receiving yards 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 was the ninth longest in school history, and the second longest by a tight end (Dallas Clark, 95 yards vs. Purdue in 2002).
IOWA DEFENSE PRESENTS...
Iowa ranks fourth in total defense among Big Ten schools, and 13th nationally. The Hawkeyes are allowing 325.1 yards total offense, and holding their opponents to just 16.7 first downs per game, the third-best number in the Big Ten and tied for 10th best nationally.
Iowa's scoring defense is ranked No. 4 in the Big Ten (19.2 ppg), while its pass defense is rated second (186.6 ypg).
Through nine games, Iowa has allowed eight red-zone touchdowns, tied for the third lowest total in the nation. Iowa's opponents have made 19 trips to the end zone. That touchdown percentage (42.1) ranks No. 4 in the nation.
Iowa has had three 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. Ohio State rushed for a 1-yard touchdown after facing 1st-and-goal from the Iowa 4-yard line. Wisconsin rushed for a 2-yard touchdown after facing 1st-and-goal from the 1-yard line.
The Hawkeye defense has earned four individual conference awards. DB B.J. Lowery and LB James Morris earned back-to-back Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week honors on Sept. 21 and Sept. 28. Lowery earned the honor after recording a pair of interceptions against Western Illinois on Sept. 21, and Morris earned the award after recording eight tackles, one sack, and one interception at Minnesota on Sept. 28. DB Desmond King earned freshmen of the week honors after recording a career-best 12 tackles at Ohio State on Oct. 26. Morris earned his second weekly award for his play in the win over Northwestern, as he recorded eight tackles and a recovered fumble, including 2.5 tackles for loss, two of which were QB sacks.
The Iowa defense recorded six sacks against Northwestern on Oct. 26, a season-high, and its highest total since recording six sacks against Florida International in 2008. The last time Iowa recorded six sacks vs. a Big Ten opponent was 2007 against Northwestern. Iowa's six sacks came from five different defenders, including LB James Morris (2-5), LB Anthony Hitches (1-1), DT Drew Ott (1-1), DT Louis Trinca-Pasat (1-1) and DE Mike Hardy (1-1).
The Iowa defense has held its opponent scoreless in the first quarter in 7-of-9 games. Iowa has allowed just one first quarter touchdown (Northern Illinois, Game 1).
Iowa has shutout its opponents in the first half four times (Missouri State, Iowa State, Minnesota, Northwestern).
Iowa opponent's third-down conversion percentage of 34.6 percent ranks fifth in the conference.
MEYER GETTING HIS KICKS
Senior PK Mike Meyer, who earned a Lou Groza Star of the Week Award after his performance at Minnesota, is 13-for-17 on field goal attempts and perfect on 26 PAT attempts this season. He has connected on field goals of 20, 22, 23, 27, 28, 28, 28, 29, 38, 38, 44, 46 and 49 yards. He missed a 33-yard attempt versus Missouri State, hit the left upright on a 39-yard attempt at Minnesota, was wide left on a 50-yard attempt against Michigan State, and was wide left on a 42-yard attempt against Northwestern. He scored nine points against Wisconsin (3 FG) to reach 300 career points. Only K Nate Kaeding has more career points (373).
His 38-yard field goal against Northwestern was his 55th career field goal, moving him past Rob Houghtlin for second place all-time. He now has 58 career field goals. Only Nate Kaeding (67) has more career field goals.
His 50-yarder against Northern Illinois on Sept. 1, 2012 tied his career long (at Iowa State, 2011).
He has made four field goals in a single-game four times (vs. NIU 2012, at Michigan State 2012, at Iowa State, 2011, at Indiana 2010). His five attempts vs. NIU (2012) ties Iowa's single-game record, which he also shares (at Indiana in 2010).
He ranks sixth in Big Ten kick scoring (7.2), and second in field goals (13).
He has made 58-75 (.773) career field goal attempts. Meyer is 42-49 (.857) from kicks 39 yards and closer; 13-20 (.650) from attempts 40-49 yards; and 2-5 (.400) from kicks 50 yards or farther.
The native of Dubuque, Iowa, has made a school-record 107 consecutive PAT attempts, which is the fourth-longest active streak in the nation and ranks sixth-best all-time in the Big Ten.
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. The only other unsuccessful PAT attempt of his career was blocked vs. Wisconsin in 2010.
HITCHENS LEADS DEFENSE
LB Anthony Hitchens leads the Iowa defense with 86 tackles, including nine tackles for loss, two QB sacks and one pass break-up. He ranks second in the Big Ten in tackles per game (9.6).
He surpassed 200 tackles with his tackle total (team-best 10 stops) in Iowa's win at Minnesota on Sept. 28. He has 244 career tackles.
Has 12 career games with double-digit tackles.
He is on the Butkus Award Watch List.
College Sports Madness named 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.
Iowa has three linebackers ranked among the Big Ten's top 11 tacklers. Senior LBs Anthony Hitchens, James Morris, and Christian Kirksey rank second, seventh, and 11th, respectively, among Big Ten tacklers. Hitchens averages 9.6 tackles per game, Morris averages 8.3, and Kirksey averages 8.0 tackles per game. Morris and Hitchens rank No. 3-4 in conference games only, averaging 10.4 tackles and 9.8 tackles, respectively. All three linebackers are on the Butkus Award Watch List.
Iowa's linebacker trio has also accounted for six turnovers this season. Morris has three interceptions and one fumble recovery, while Kirksey has an interception and a fumble recovery. In their careers, Morris has been credited with double-digit tackle games 18 times. Hitchens and Kirksey each have 12 double-digit tackle games to their credit. All three have totaled over 200 career tackles.
The Hawkeyes have recorded 10 interceptions through nine games, tied for the 30th highest total in the country. DB B.J. Lowery, LB James Morris, and S Tanner Miller lead Iowa with three interceptions each. The Hawkeyes are one of two Big Ten teams to have three players with at least three interceptions (Northwestern also has three). Iowa's 10th interception belongs to LB Christian Kirksey.
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). Lowery 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 93 interceptions. 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.
NOSE FOR THE END ZONE
Iowa has scored touchdowns five different ways this season - pass (12), rush (10), 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.
200 YARDS AND A CLOUD OF DUST
Iowa opened the season with five straight games of 200-plus yards rushing (202 vs. Northern Illinois; 296 vs. Missouri State; 218 at Iowa State; 258 vs. Western Michigan; 246 at Minnesota). During those five games, Iowa's offensive line paved the way for 1,220 rushing yards on 263 attempts. It marked 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).
Iowa averages 230.6 rushing yards in its five wins, rushing 262 times for 1,153 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 296 yards in a 28-14 win over Missouri State. The 296 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 seven sacks this season, a total that ties for first in the Big Ten. 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 nine games.
OFFENSE INCREASES TEMPO, CONTROLS T.O.P.
The Hawkeyes rank sixth in the Big Ten in time of possession, averaging 31:37 per game. The Hawkeyes have had the advantage in time of possession in five of nine games this season, and have owned a time of possession greater than 36 minutes in four of their victories (38:18 vs. Missouri State; 38:03 at Iowa State; 36:11 vs. Western Michigan; 36:01 at Minnesota). Iowa has one win without a T.O.P. advantage (Northwestern, 29:47-30:13). 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.
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 fifth in the Big Ten. He has 11 pass breakups and 14 passes defended, both marks that rank second in the Big Ten.
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 has carried 30 times for 120 yards, while VandeBerg has caught seven passes for 59 yards. Spearman has eight tackles this season, including four stops in his Hawkeye debut against Western Michigan. King is the only Iowa true freshman to see action in each of Iowa's nine games. He has started the last eight contests and has 50 tackles, fifth-most on the team.
HAWKEYES NAMED TO MIDSEASON TEAMS
Both BTN.com and Phil Steele's College Football released midseason all-Big Ten teams recently, and several Hawkeyes received recognition. Phil Steele named Kevonte Martin-Manley first team All-American specialist on the midseason team. Steele also named Martin-Manley and PK Mike Meyer as first team all-Big Ten specialists, while RB Mark Weisman, OL Brandon Scherff, LB Anthony Hitchens and DB B.J. Lowery were named second team. TE C.J. Fiedorowicz, DE Dominic Alvis and LB James Morris earned third team recognition. BTN.com named Martin-Manley as its punt return specialist, while naming just a first team unit. Hawkeyes who received honorable mention included Fiedorowicz, Scherff and Weisman on offense and Alvis, Lowery, Hitchens and Morris on defense.
KIRKSEY KNOCKING ON DOOR OF No. 300
LB Christian Kirksey is 17 tackles shy of becoming the 16th player in program history to record 300 career tackles. Kirksey has 283 career stops, good enough for 18th in program history, and ranks 11th in the Big Ten with 8.0 tackles per game.
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.
He collected 95 tackles as a junior, ranking ninth in the conference in tackles per contest (7.5). The St. Louis, Mo., native also 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.
He was named a Permanent Team Captain and winner of the Next Man In Award in 2012.
He is on the College Football Performance Awards Linebacker Trophy Watch List, and was named preseason fourth team All-Big Ten by Phil Steele.
He 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).
He returned two interceptions for touchdowns in 2012 (vs. Minnesota, at Indiana). He was one of eight players nationally with two touchdowns on interception returns.
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 40.0 yards on 45 punts. Twenty-one of his punts have been downed inside the 20, eight are over 50 yards, and Hawkeye opponents are averaging just 5.1 yards on 14 returns. He was recently named to the Ray Guy Award Watch List.
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' 17-10 overtime win against Northwestern on Oct. 26 was the 299th conference win in school history. Iowa's overall record is 603-534-39 (.529), and its conference mark is 299-362-25 (.455) all-time.
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. Iowa went to overtime Oct. 26 against Northwestern. The Hawkeyes scored a touchdown on their overtime possession, and held Northwestern to a four-and-out to win 17-10. Iowa is 6-3 all-time in overtime games. 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. Iowa is 2-0 in overtime the last two seasons. 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.
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 nation's 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 second in the Big Ten with 9.6 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 244 career tackles.
Morris has been a starting linebacker for the Hawkeyes since his true freshman season in 2010. He ranks seventh in the Big Ten, averaging 8.3 tackles per game, and he is the only Big Ten player this season to record at least 70 tackles, four sacks, and three interceptions. His 369 career tackles to rank seventh in school history. 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. He is one of 20 quarterfinalists for the Lott IMPACT Trophy, and one of 16 finalists for the William V. Campbell Trophy, which recognizes the best scholar-athlete in the nation.
Kirksey ranks 11th in the Big Ten with 8.0 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 also 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 283 career tackles, good enough for 18th in program history. 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.
The Hawkeyes are 2-1 in trophy games this season. Iowa won the first of four trophy games with a 27-21 win at Iowa State (Cy-Hawk) on Sept. 14. The Hawkeyes then retained the Floyd of Rosedale trophy with a 23-7 win at Minnesota on Sept. 28. Wisconsin kept possession of the Heartland Trophy following a 28-9 win Nov. 2. The Hawkeyes fourth and final trophy game is Nov. 29 at Nebraska. The Hawkeyes and Huskers compete for the Heroes Trophy.
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.
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's 34-24 loss at No. 3/4 Ohio State snapped the Hawkeyes' three-game winning streak against top 5 teams. The Hawkeyes had previously won their last three meetings against teams ranked in the top 5 (W, 24-23 vs. #3 Penn State in 2008; W, 21-10 at #4 Penn State in 2009; W, 37-6 vs. #5 Michigan State in 2010).
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 94 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 (134); Ohio State (126); Oklahoma (125); LSU (123); USC (122); Texas (118); Georgia (115); Virginia Tech (114); TCU (113); Alabama (112); Florida (110); Oregon (110); Wisconsin (108); West Virginia (106); Auburn (105); Florida State (105); Utah (102); Texas Tech (99); Nebraska (98); Michigan (96); Miami, FL (97); Iowa (94); Boston College (89); Hawai'i (87).
HAWKEYES GOOD ON THE POINT AFTER
The Hawkeyes have converted on 108 consecutive PATs without a miss or block, and 39 consecutive games without a missed or blocked PAT, the sixth-longest streak of any school in the nation.
IOWA-WISCONSIN POSTGAME NOTES
Iowa (5-4, 2-3) fell to Wisconsin (6-2, 4-1), 28-9, inside Kinnick Stadium. The Badgers retain the Heartland Trophy and take a 43-42-1 lead in the all-time series.
The loss was Iowa's first this season in trophy games. The Hawkeyes had previously won games at Iowa State (Cy-Hawk) and Minnesota (Floyd of Rosedale).
Iowa was minus-1 in turnovers. The Hawkeyes are 0-4 when losing the turnover margin (Northern Illinois, -2; Michigan State, -1, at Ohio State, -1, vs. Wisconsin, -1). The Hawkeyes are plus-1 overall this season.
Iowa held Wisconsin scoreless in the first quarter. The Hawkeyes have held 8-of-9 opponent scoreless in the first quarter this season.
Iowa trailed at the half, 7-6. It is the first time this season Iowa did not lead at halftime.
Iowa was held without a touchdown for the first time this season.
K Mike Meyer kicked three field goals (28, 22, 29) to reach 300 career points. He is only the second player in program history to score 300 or more points (Nate Kaeding, 373).
TE C.J. Fiedorowicz caught one pass to extend his streak of consecutive games with a reception to 27. Fiedorowicz has 77 catches for 337 yards over the last 27 games, and has caught all eight career touchdowns during the streak.
S Tanner Miller intercepted a pass on Wisconsin's first possession today. Iowa has recorded at least one turnover in 8-of-9 games this season (10 interceptions, 5 recovered fumbles).
LB James Morris recorded a game-high 12 tackles, including two tackles-for-loss and one sack. Morris now has 369 career tackles. He moved passed Tom Rusk (3361) for No. 7 on the all-time. Morris has been credited with double-digit tackle games 18 times.
Iowa had three players record double-digit tackle totals - LB James Morris (12), LB Christian Kirksey (11), and S John Lowdermilk (11). Morris has 18 career double-digit tackle games. Kirksey has been credited with double-digit tackles 12 times in his career. Lowdermilk's 11 stops were a career high.
RB Jordan Canzeri had a 43-yard rush in the third quarter. It was the longest rush of his career, and Iowa's longest rush this season.
QB C.J. Beathard relieved QB Jake Rudock in the third quarter. It was Beathard's second career appearance. He finished the game 4-15 for 70 yards and one interception.
Iowa won the toss and elected to defer to the second half. In 2013, the Hawkeyes started on defense against Missouri State (W, 28-14) Iowa State (W, 27-21), Western Michigan (W, 59-3), and Wisconsin (L, 28-9). Iowa has started the game on defense in 35-of-183 games under Kirk Ferentz. The Hawkeyes are 19-16 in those games.
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 1,176 games since beginning football in 1889. Iowa's overall record is 603-534-39 (.529). That includes a 381-210-16 (.642) record in home games, a 222-324-23 (.409) record in games away from Iowa City, a 299-362-25 (.455) mark in Big Ten games and a 264-174-15 (.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 122 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, 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 is idle next week. The Hawkeyes return to action Nov. 23, hosting Michigan inside Kinnick Stadium, and close the regular season Friday, Nov. 29 at Nebraska (11 a.m., ABC).