IOWA HOSTS NEBRASKA IN HOME FINALE
Iowa (4-7, 2-5) returns home to host No. 14 Nebraska (9-2, 6-1) on Friday in its season finale. Kickoff is set for 11:07 a.m. at Kinnick Stadium (70,585) in Iowa City. Friday is a Big Ten Legends Division contest.
ON THE TUBE
ABC (HD) will televise Friday's contest. Mike Patrick, Ed Cunningham, and Jeannine Edwards will call the action.
Iowa games are broadcast on the Hawkeye Radio Network. Gary Dolphin handles the play-by-play, with color commentator Ed Podolak and sideline reporter Rob Brooks. The Hawkeye Radio Network includes more than 40 stations throughout the state.
Fans can also listen to the broadcast on KRUI (89.7 FM) locally in Iowa City, and on Sirius satellite radio 93 and XM 193.
Friday is Iowa's second straight game against a ranked opponent.
Iowa leads the country with six games decided by three points or less (2-4), including two contests decided by one point (1-1). This season marks the first time in school history that six games have been decided by three points or less; Iowa had five (4-1) in 2009. Iowa has lost two home games (Central Michigan and Purdue) this year on the final play of the game (field goal).
Iowa's defense has collected at least one takeaway in 10 of 11 games this season and 75 of its last 86 games, dating back to 2006. The Hawkeye defense has posted defensive scores in two of its last three games. DB Micah Hyde returned a fumble nine yards against Purdue (Nov. 10), while LB Christian Kirksey returned an interception 18 yards at Indiana (Nov. 3).
Iowa is tied for second in the country in fewest fumbles lost (3) and tied for fourth in fewest turnovers lost (9). The Hawkeyes have played turnover-free football six times this season.
Iowa has recovered 11 opposing fumbles, a total that ranks third in the Big Ten and 33rd nationally. The 11 fumble recoveries are the most by a Hawkeye team since 2004 (15).
Eighteen Hawkeyes have started for the first time in their career this season. That total ranks 11th in the country.
LB Christian Kirksey has had two interception returns for touchdowns this season (68 and 18 yards). He is one of eight players in the country with two or more interception returns for touchdowns. Kirksey is the first Hawkeye since Micah Hyde, in 2010, to have two interceptions for scores. Hyde had a 66-yarder vs. Michigan State and a 72-yarder vs. Missouri at the Insight Bowl.
The Hawkeyes have had one or more interception returns for a touchdown in each of the last five years, including two in 2012. Iowa has had an interception return for a score in 10 of the last 12 seasons and 10 of 14 seasons under Kirk Ferentz.
FAN TIPS FOR FRIDAY
Fans traveling to Iowa City to attend the Nebraska at Iowa game on Friday, Nov. 23 are reminded that access to parking lots near Kinnick Stadium on Thursday will be limited to pre-paid lots and the Finkbine Commuter lot only, starting at 7:30 p.m. All other parking lots will open at 6 a.m. Friday.
Fans attending the game are also encouraged to ride the Hawkeye Express train, which offers round-trip transportation before and after UI home football games. The Hawkeye Express begins its trek to Kinnick Stadium from Coralville, across Highway 6 from the Coral Ridge Mall. The Hawkeye Express starts at 8 a.m. Friday and begins postgame trips at the end of the third quarter.
First time visitors to Kinnick Stadium are also reminded that all "Think Before you Drink" policies will be in place, both in and around Kinnick Stadium, throughout the day.
BATTLE FOR HEROES TROPHY
Iowa and Nebraska are playing "The Heroes Game" Friday, with the winner claiming the Heroes Trophy. The trophy game between the Hawkeyes and Cornhuskers is the latest trophy game for the Hawkeyes, who also play trophy games with Iowa State (Cy-Hawk Trophy), Minnesota (Floyd of Rosedale) and Wisconsin (Heartland Trophy). Nebraska currently has possession of the traveling trophy as a result of last season's 20-7 victory in Lincoln.
HEROES TO BE RECOGNIZED FRIDAY
One hero from both Iowa and Nebraska will be honored when the teams meet in the second annual Heroes Game presented by Hy-Vee, on Friday in Iowa City.
One person from both Iowa and Nebraska will be selected to represent each state at the Heroes Game. Those to be recognized will be announced Wednesday. They will receive four tickets to Friday's game, participate in an on-field presentation, and have their name and hometown inscribed on the Heroes Game trophy. Nominations were accepted earlier this fall. All nominees must be at least 18 years of age and live, work or go to school in either Iowa or Nebraska. However, the act of heroism or good deed need not have occurred in either state.
Nominees not recognized at the Heroes Game will be considered for recognition at American Red Cross Heroes of the Heartland events in selected Iowa and Nebraska cities and towns in March, 2013.
CLOSE GAMES THE NORM FOR IOWA
Iowa leads the country with six games decided by three points or less (2-4), including two contests decided by one point (1-1). This season marks the first time in school history that six Hawkeye games in a single-season have been decided by three points or less; Iowa had five (4-1) in 2009. Iowa has lost two home games (Central Michigan and Purdue) this year on the final play of the game (field goal).
Iowa has played 17 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 and 2-4 in 2012.
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, winning in double overtime. Iowa ties Minnesota, Michigan State, Ohio and Wyoming with the most comeback wins (9) when trailing at any point in the fourth period, since 2009, in the country.
WEISMAN RETURNS TO ACTION
Sophomore RB Mark Weisman returned to action at Michigan after missing two full games (Indiana and Purdue) and not playing in the second half of games against Penn State and Northwestern. Weisman led Iowa's rushing game with 16 carries for 63 yards at Michigan and he also had three receptions for 11 yards. Weisman scored his first receiving touchdown of the season on a 13-yard reception in the fourth quarter against the Wolverines.
Despite missing time due to injuries, Weisman leads Iowa's rushing attack for the season with 130 attempts for 724 yards and eight touchdowns. He ranks eighth in the Big Ten and 57th nationally in rushing yards per game (80.4). He also has 15 receptions for 90 yards and one score.
After running backs Damon Bullock and Greg Garmon left the UNI game (Sept. 15) with injuries, Weisman was forced into full-time running back duties against UNI and Central Michigan. The walk-on fullback delivered before sustaining an injury, rushing for 661 yards and eight touchdowns on 114 attempts (5.8 avg.).
Weisman ranks eighth in Big Ten rushing (80.4 avg.). His 5.6 average per carry ranks second among league running backs.
Weisman saw limited action vs. Penn State and Northwestern, but did not play against Indiana and Purdue. The sophomore suffered an ankle injury, in overtime, at Michigan State. He rushed only five times for nine yards vs. Penn State and 21 yards on nine carries at Northwestern, playing in just the first two quarters in each contest.
Weisman rushed for 113 yards and three scores against UNI and a career-best 217 yards and three touchdowns versus Central Michigan. The 217 yards tie for the eighth-best rushing total in Iowa single-game history. In the Big Ten opener against Minnesota, he carried the ball 21 times for 177 yards (8.4 avg.) and a score. Weisman rushed 26 times for 116 yards and a score at Michigan State.
Weisman, who earned honorable mention CFPA honors against Central Michigan and Minnesota, is one of only six Big Ten players to rush for 100+ yards in four games in 2012.
Weisman scored all three of Iowa's touchdowns against UNI; two 1-yard scores and one 2-yard run. It marked the first time a Hawkeye rushed for three touchdowns in a game since Adam Robinson against Eastern Illinois (Sept. 4, 2010). Weisman tallied three of Iowa's four touchdowns against Central Michigan, scoring from five, 12 and 34 yards out. He added an 8-yard scoring run against Minnesota and a 5-yarder at Michigan State.
FIEDOROWICZ LEAD RECEIVERS
Junior TE C.J. Fiedorowicz led Iowa's receivers in the loss at Michigan, reaching career-high marks with eight receptions for 99 yards. For his efforts he earned tight end honorable mention recognition from the College Football Performance Awards. Fiedorowicz previously had five receptions in two different games, including earlier this season against Penn State.
The eight receptions are the most by a Hawkeye since Keenan Davis had 10 receptions in a win over Pittsburgh in 2011. The eight catches are the most by an Iowa tight end since Tony Moeaki had 10 for 83 yards in a 2009 win over Northern Iowa. Fiedorowicz had four receptions for 27 yards on Iowa's first touchdown drive of the day.
On the season, Fiedorowicz is third on the team with 39 receptions for 377 yards and one touchdown to lead Iowa's tight ends. Last season, he had 16 catches for 167 yards and three TD's.
HYDE GETS FIRST THEFT
Senior cornerback Micah Hyde came up with his first interception of the season in the loss at Michigan, accounting for the only turnover of the game. Hyde shared the Iowa team lead with eight tackles, including five solo stops, against Michigan and he added one pass break-up and a 14-yard punt return.
The theft by Hyde is the eighth of his career, which ties for 18th best at Iowa. The previous week he recorded 11 tackles, returned a fumble nine yards for a touchdown and deflected a pass vs. Purdue.
Hyde has solidified himself as one of the nation's best cornerbacks. The senior eclipsed the 200-tackle plateau at Michigan State and enters his final career game Friday with 237 stops, a total that ties for 35th at Iowa. He also has 28 career pass break-ups and three defensive touchdowns (two interceptions, one fumble). The 28 pass break-ups rank seventh in the country among active players.
Hyde has registered single-season career bests in TFL's (4), forced fumbles (2), fumble recoveries (2) and passes defended (13). The 13 pass deflections rank fifth in the Big Ten and 19th in the country. The native of Fostoria, Ohio, ranks fourth on the team in tackles this year (75), leading the Hawkeye secondary.
Hyde is also the team's punt returner, having returned 15 punts for 90 yards (6.0 avg.) in 2012.
The Hawkeyes are tied for second in the country in fewest fumbles lost (3), tied for fourth in fewest turnovers lost (9) and rank 13th in turnover margin (+1.1).
Kirk Ferentz has amassed a record of 100-73 in 14 years as Iowa's head coach, collecting win No. 100 at Michigan State on Oct. 13.
Iowa has sold out Kinnick Stadium 61 of the last 63 games, including the first six games of 2012.
Iowa ranks ninth in the country in consecutive contests without a missed or blocked PAT (29 games).
The Hawkeyes are tied for 13th in the nation with seven different defenders with an interception in 2012.
The Hawkeyes mounted their ninth comeback when trailing in the fourth quarter, since 2009, at Michigan State on Oct. 13. Iowa ties Minnesota, Michigan State, Ohio and Wyoming with the most comeback wins (9) when trailing at any point in the fourth period since 2009.
WR Kevonte Martin-Manley has caught 24 passes for 289 yards the last five games combined (4.8 catches for 57.8 yards avg.), including a career-best seven catches in road games at Northwestern and Indiana. Martin-Manley had a career-high 131 yards receiving on seven receptions at Indiana.
Iowa's defense has collected 11 interceptions in 11 games in 2012, after recording 10 interceptions in 13 games in 2011. Seven different Hawkeyes have intercepted at least one pass this season, with Christian Kirksey, Tom Donatell and Greg Castillo collecting two each.
LB Anthony Hitchens has recorded six games with double-digit tackles this year. Hitchens ranks fifth in the country in tackles (11.4). Hitchens did not see action at Michigan due to injury.
QB James Vandenberg has a 32:13 touchdown-to-interception ratio the last two seasons.
LB Christian Kirksey's eight tackles at Michigan put him at 200 career tackles. He became the third Hawkeye this year (James Morris, Micah Hyde) and the 68th player to accomplish the feat in school history. Morris has 280 career tackles to rank 17th and Hyde has 237 to tie for 35th.
Iowa has played two games decided by one point, beating Northern Illinois (18-17) in its season opener, while falling to Central Michigan (32-31) on Sept. 22. In fact, six of Iowa's 11 games have been decided by three points or less (2-4), the most in the country.
Mark Weisman rushed for a combined 334 yards and six TD's against UNI and Central Michigan. He became the first Hawkeye to rush for 300+ yards and score 6+ times in a two-game span since Tavian Banks in 1997. Banks had a combined 517 yards and six TD's against UNI and Tulsa and 441 yards and eight TD's vs. Tulsa and Iowa State.
The Hawkeyes are 7-3 over the past two years when QB James Vandenberg throws for 219 yards or more.
Iowa has had 15 different players catch at least one pass this season, as redshirt freshman Henry Kreiger Coble had three receptions for 24 yards and a touchdown at Michigan, his first receptions of the year.
Iowa has utilized two punters this season: freshman Connor Kornbrath and senior John Wienke. Wienke, who is mainly used on short-field punts, has had nine of his 12 punts downed inside the 20, including three on the 1-yard line (Northern Illinois, Central Michigan and Northwestern). Kornbrath has punted 48 times for 1,811 yards (37.7 avg.). He had a career long 60 yard punt in the most recent loss at Michigan. Kornbrath is one of two rookie punters in the Big Ten this season (Drew Meyer, Wisconsin).
Iowa is 0-1 on two-point conversions this season. The Hawkeyes failed to score on their only attempt, late in the fourth quarter in their 18-17 victory over NIU.
Tom Donatell's father, Ed Donatell, is the defensive secondary coach for the San Francisco 49'ers.
Iowa is the only team to have beaten Northern Illinois (10-1) this season. The Hawkeyes defeated the Huskies, 18-17, on Sept. 1 at Soldier Field in Chicago to snap the longest winning streak in the nation.
NEBRASKA COACH BO PELINI
Bo Pelini is in his fifth year as a college head coach, all at Nebraska. He has a 48-18 record. Pelini has guided Nebraska to nine or more wins in each of his five seasons, including 10 wins in both 2009 and 2010. Last season, Pelini guided Nebraska to nine wins and a Capital One Bowl berth in its inaugural season in the Big Ten. The Huskers played in the Big 12 championship game in both 2009 and 2010 and won or shared their division title from 2008-10.
Pelini began his college coaching career as a graduate assistant coach at Iowa in 1991, helping Iowa post a 10-1-1 record. After coaching in the high school ranks, Pelini was an NFL assistant coach with the San Francisco 49ers (1994-96), New England Patriots (1997-99) and Green Bay Packers (2000-02). He served as defensive coordinator at Nebraska in 2003 and was co-defensive coordinator at Oklahoma in 2004. He was the defensive coordinator at LSU from 2005-07 before taking his current position.
Pelini is a 1990 Ohio State graduate and was a four-year letterman as a Buckeye defensive back (1987-90), serving as co-captain as a senior.
Nebraska holds a 27-12-3 advantage in the series that began with a 22-0 Iowa victory in 1891. The Huskers have won the last four meetings, including last season (20-7) in Lincoln in the first Big Ten football game between the two schools.
Nebraska holds an 8-6 advantage in games played in Iowa City. The 1999 contest in Kinnick Stadium marked Coach Kirk Ferentz's first game as Iowa's head coach. Iowa's most recent win in the series was a 10-7 victory at Iowa City in 1981. That game marked the first game in which Ferentz served as an Iowa assistant, being named Iowa's offensive line coach prior to the season.
The first 10 games in the series were played in either Omaha (eight games) or Council Bluffs (two games). The series was even at 4-4-2 in those 10 meetings.
Iowa has posted a 7-4-2 record when playing on Nov. 23.
Iowa has three players on its roster from the state of Nebraska, including LB Jeremy Nelson (Jackson), LB Cole Fisher (Omaha), and DL Drew Ott (Giltner). Nebraska has two Iowans on its roster.
Iowa redshirt freshman linebacker Cole Fisher and Nebraska senior linebacker Sean Fisher are brothers.
Nebraska has posted four second-half comebacks this season, including three rallies of 12 points or more. Prior to this year, Nebraska had just six 12-point or more second-half comebacks in school history.
Nebraska has limited Iowa to 14 points or fewer the last six meetings.
Nebraska has scored 30 points or more eight times, while its defense has surrendered 20 points or more seven times this season.
Since losing its first two road games (UCLA and Ohio State), Nebraska has won its last two away from home (Northwestern and Michigan State).
This marks the 10th time Nebraska has been in the top 25 rankings the week of the Iowa game, while Iowa has never been ranked the week it plays Nebraska. Nebraska has won eight of the previous nine games when playing Iowa while ranked.
Along with serving as a graduate assistant coach at Iowa in 1991, Nebraska Coach Bo Pelini helped Ohio State post a 2-1-1 record against Iowa during his playing career (1987-90).
James Dobson, Nebraska's head strength coach, was a member of the strength training staff for Iowa football from 1999-07. Nebraska assistant strength coach Tyler Clarke also was previously a member of Iowa's strength training staff.
Nebraska assistant Rick Kaczenski was an Iowa graduate assistant for two years (2005-06) working with the offensive line, then served as Iowa's full-time defensive line coach from 2007-11.
Nebraska assistant Ron Brown was on the Husker staff when Nebraska defeated Iowa in 1999 and 2000.
Nebraska associate head coach Barney Cotton was an assistant coach at Iowa State from 2004-06, helping the Cyclones win one of three meetings with the Hawkeyes.
Iowa and Nebraska each have a coaching and playing family combination. At Iowa, head coach Kirk Ferentz has three sons in the program, including offensive line coach Brian, senior center James and freshman TE Steve. Nebraska associate head coach Barney Cotton has three sons in the program, including senior TE Ben, sophomore OL Jake and freshman TE Ben Cotton.
Nebraska assistant Rich Fisher played at Colorado when the Buffalos defeated Iowa 24-21 in 1988 in Iowa City and 28-12 in 1992 in Boulder. He was a member of Colorado's national championship team in 1990.
Nebraska defensive coordinator John Papuchis was a graduate assistant coach at LSU when Iowa defeated the Tigers in the 2005 Capital One Bowl.
NEBRASKA STOPS MINNESOTA
Nebraska built a 38-0 advantage through three quarters and went on to a 38-14 home win over Minnesota last Saturday. The Cornhuskers scored on their first two possessions to take a 10-0 advantage two touchdowns in the second quarter on short runs (3 yards and 1 yard) by Imani Cross. WR Kenny Bell, who scored Nebraska's first touchdown on a 36-yard reception, added a 30-yard touchdown in the third period. Nebraska added its final points on a 48-yard interception return later in the third period before Minnesota scored two touchdowns in the final period.
Nebraska held a 444-177 advantage in total offense, as QB Taylor Martinez completed 21-29 pass attempts for 308 yards, with two touchdowns and no interceptions. Bell led all receivers with 136 yards and two scores on nine receptions.
The Cornhusker defense held the Golden Gophers to 87 net rushing yards and collected two interceptions. Will Compton led Nebraska with 10 tackles, while Stanley Jean-Baptiste had the interception return of 48 yards for a touchdown.
Nebraska used a solid defensive performance and a ball control offense in taking a 20-7 win over Iowa in the inaugural Heroes Game in Lincoln a year ago.
The Cornhuskers held just a 3-0 advantage before a 15-play, 80-yard drive ended in a short touchdown pass with just 32 seconds remaining in the first half for a 10-0 advantage at the break. Prior to the Nebraska touchdown drive, Iowa had driven to the Husker 35-yard line before its drive stalled.
Nebraska added another field goal in the third quarter, capping an 82-yard drive to take a 13-0 advantage with 4:42 remaining in the period. The Huskers added their final touchdown on a 2-yard run with 11:25 left in the game, again capping an 80-yard drive.
Iowa's only scoring drive came late in the fourth period, with the Hawkeyes driving 80 yards in 10 plays. RB Marcus Coker scored on a 2-yard run with 3:26 remaining. Iowa's offense was hampered in the second half by a lost fumble and a pass interception, but the Hawkeye defense allowed no points following each of the turnovers.
Coker led Iowa's offense with 87 rushing yards on 18 attempts. QB James Vandenberg completed 16-35 pass attempts for 182 yards, with no scores and an interception. Keenan Davis (4-41) and Marvin McNutt, Jr. (4-29) led Iowa with four receptions each, while TE Brad Herman's 22-yard catch led to Iowa's only touchdown.
Iowa's defense was led by DT Tom Nardo with a career-best 14 tackles, including two tackles for loss. Safety Jordan Bernstine and LB James Morris each added 13 tackles, while LB Tyler Nielsen had 11 and LB Christian Kirksey 10.
Nebraska had a 15 minute advantage in time of possession and outgained the Hawkeyes 385-270 in total offense.
MEYER GETTING HIS KICKS
Junior PK Mike Meyer has earned Big Ten Special Teams Player and Lou Groza Star of the Week accolades twice this season. He first was recognized after his performance against NIU in the opener and second, in Iowa's win at Michigan State. Meyer has also earned CFPA honorable mention weekly recognition after the NIU, Central Michigan and Michigan State contests.
Meyer has connected on 17-of-20 field goal attempts this season. His streak of 13 consecutive field goals made was snapped vs. Penn State (Oct. 20), missing kicks from 49 and 37 yards.
Meyer's 50-yarder against Northern Illinois, tied his career long (at Iowa State, 2011). 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, one of 20 semifinal candidates for the 2011 Lou Groza Award, is tied for fifth in Big Ten kick scoring (6.8) and ranks 17th in the country in field goals made per game (1.55). He ranks fifth on Iowa's career scoring list with 234 points. He has made 45-57 (.789) career field goal attempts. Meyer is 33-38 (.868) from kicks 39 yards and closer; 10-15 (.667) from attempts 40-49 yards; and 2-4 (.500) from kicks 50 yards or farther.
The native of Dubuque, Iowa, has made 80 consecutive PAT attempts, which is a school record. His four straight PAT's against Central Michigan helped him surpass 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.
BULLOCK MISSES MICHIGAN GAME
Sophomore RB Damon Bullock missed his fifth game of the season at Michigan (Central Michigan, Minnesota, Michigan State and Penn State) due to injury. Bullock led the Hawkeye offense the first three games before missing four games.
Bullock returned to action against Northwestern, Indiana and Purdue. Against the Wildcats, Bullock rushed 22 times for 107 yards, while also catching five passes for 41 yards. At Indiana, he amassed 83 yards rushing and 24 yards receiving. Bullock had 43 yards rushing and one touchdown, and caught one pass for 15 yards, vs. Purdue.
He has amassed 680 all-purpose yards, averaging a team-best 113.3 yards per game. Bullock has eclipsed the 100-yard rushing plateau twice this season (Northern Illinois and Northwestern).
Bullock led Iowa's offense in the opening win, rushing 30 times for 150 yards and his first career touchdown. He scored on a 23-yard run with 2:15 remaining in the game as Iowa rallied for an 18-17 win. He also had three receptions for 26 yards. Bullock started for the first time in his career after collecting just 10 rushing attempts for 20 yards and one pass reception for 11 yards as a true freshman in 2011.
The 150 rushing yards are the most for an Iowa running back in a season-opening game since 2003, when Fred Russell rushed 22 times for 167 yards in a 21-3 win over Miami, Ohio. It is also the most yards gained by a player in their first career start since Russell gained 170 yards on just 14 carries in a 57-21 win over Akron in the opening game of the 2002 season.
Against UNI (Sept. 15), Bullock had 77 yards rushing, including 53 yards on Iowa's opening drive, but left the game in the second quarter due to injury and did not return. He also had one reception for five yards.
Against Iowa State (Sept. 8), Bullock totaled 109 all-purpose yards (56 receiving and 53 rushing). He had five receptions, which was a team and career best.
FERENTZ FOURTH IN LONGEVITY
Now in his 14th 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 ranks nationally behind Virginia Tech's Frank Beamer, Larry Blakeney of Troy and Mack Brown of Texas.
HAWKEYES FALL AT MICHIGAN
Michigan scored 28 unanswered points to defeat Iowa, 42-17 last Saturday. It was Michigan's first win over Iowa in four meetings, dropping the Hawkeyes to 4-7 overall and 2-5 in Big Ten play.
The Wolverines recorded 513 yards of total offense behind QB Devin Gardner's 314 passing yards. Gardner was responsible for all six Michigan touchdowns, throwing for three and rushing for three.
Michigan took an early 7-0 lead with 8:27 left in the first quarter, but the Hawkeyes tied the game at the end of the first period. Senior QB James Vandenberg engineered a 14-play, 75-yard drive that ended with a 16-yard scoring strike to tight end Henry Krieger Coble. The touchdown was the first of Krieger Coble's career.
Gardner tallied his first passing touchdown of the game with 13:05 left in the second quarter, converting on a 3rd and 17 for a 37-yard score to Roy Roundtree. Iowa tacked on three points with a Mike Meyer 27-yard field goal, making the score 14-10. The Wolverines then put the game out of reach, recording two touchdowns in the second quarter and adding two more in the third for a 42-10 advantage.
Iowa added a score late in the fourth quarter, when Vandenberg hit Mark Weisman for a 13-yard touchdown pass. The score was Weisman's ninth touchdown of the season and his first career receiving touchdown.
Weisman had 16 carries for 63 yards to lead Iowa on the ground. Vandenberg finished 19-of-26 with 181 yards and two touchdowns. C.J. Fiedorowicz registered career highs in receptions (8) and receiving yards (99).
Micah Hyde and Christian Kirksey each had eight tackles. Hyde intercepted his first pass of the season, and the eighth of his career, while adding a pass breakup.
IOWA POSTGAME NOTES
PK Mike Meyer made a 27-yard field goal in the second quarter. Meyer is 17-of-20 this season and 45-of-57 for his career. He extended his school record PAT streak to 80. Meyer, who ranks fifth in Iowa career scoring, increased his career scoring total to 234 points. Meyer's five points at Michigan increased his single-season scoring total to 75 points, surpassing his freshman total of 73 points. His single-season high in scoring is 86 points (2011).
Iowa was 3-4 in the red zone, scoring two touchdowns and a field goal, and turning the ball over on downs. The Hawkeyes have scored on 170 of their last 199 red-zone possessions (117 TDs and 54 FGs), dating back to the Michigan State game in 2008. Michigan was 4-4 in the red zone, scoring four touchdowns.
CB Micah Hyde intercepted his first pass of the season and eighth of his career in the fourth quarter. Iowa was unable to convert the Wolverine turnover into points. The eight career thefts tie eight others for 18th in Iowa history. The Hawkeye defense has collected at least one takeaway in 10-of-11 contests this season and 75 of its last 86 games, dating back to 2006. Iowa's offense did not have a turnover for the fifth time this season. The Hawkeyes improved their turnover margin to +12 this season.
TE C.J. Fiedorowicz caught a career-high eight passes for a career-high 99 yards. The eight catches are the most by a Hawkeye since Keenan Davis had 10 against Pittsburgh a year ago. The eight catches are the most by a Hawkeye tight end since Scott Slutzker had eight for 167 yards against Penn State on Oct. 21, 1995. Fiedorowicz had four receptions for 27 yards on Iowa's first-quarter scoring drive.
LB Christian Kirksey recorded eight stops to become Iowa's third player to top 200 career tackles this season (CB Micah Hyde and LB James Morris). Kirksey entered Saturday's game with 192 tackles.
Ten of Iowa's 11 first-half receptions were caught by tight ends; C.J. Fiedorowicz had seven, while Henry Kreiger Coble caught three.
Starting for the first time in their careers were linebackers Quinton Alston and Travis Perry, and tight end Henry Krieger Coble. Iowa entered the game with 15 different first-time starters this season. Alston and Perry had two and one tackles, respectively. Krieger Coble had a personal-high three catches for 24 yards and a 16-yard touchdown reception. He had the first reception of his career in the first quarter. Iowa has had 15 different players catch at least one pass this season.
Iowa had a 14-play, 75-yard touchdown drive in the first period. The 14-play drive is the Hawkeyes' longest scoring drive (in terms of plays) since the opening drive of the year vs. Northern Illinois (14 plays, 58 yards, resulting in a field goal). Iowa has had three 14-play drives this season (field goal vs. Northern Illinois; non-scoring drive vs. UNI; touchdown vs. Michigan).
Linebackers James Morris and Anthony Hitchens did not start due to injury, snapping starting streaks of 16 and 10 games, respectively. Morris did enter the game in the second quarter; he finished the contest with four tackles. Hitchens did not see action.
RB Mark Weisman returned to the starting lineup, starting his fifth contest of the season. Weisman finished the contest with 16 carries for 63 yards. He also tied his career high with three receptions, including the first touchdown reception of his career, a 13-yard score in the fourth quarter.
Freshman punter Connor Kornbrath had a career-long 60 yard punt in the second quarter, besting his previous long of 53 yards at Indiana two weeks ago.
Michigan won the toss and elected to defer. The Hawkeyes have started on offense eight times this season. The Hawkeyes have started on offense in 143-of-173 games under Kirk Ferentz and have posted a 16-14 record in the games it has started on defense.
Iowa did not score on its opening possession. The Hawkeyes have failed to score on their opening possession five times this season. Michigan scored a touchdown on its opening drive. The Wolverines are the sixth Hawkeye opponent to score on their first possession.
Instant replay was used once. A Michigan touchdown run in the first quarter was reversed following replay. Replay showed the runner's knee was down on the half-yard line. The Wolverines scored on the following play.
Iowa played in front of the largest road crowd in program history, 113,061. The previous largest crowd was 112,784 at Michigan Stadium in 2010.
LINEBACKER DUO LEADS TEAM IN TACKLES
Iowa's linebacker duo of Anthony Hitchens and James Morris rank second in the country behind Houston's Trevon Stewart and Phillip Steward in total tackles. Hitchens and Morris have combined for 214 total stops.
Hitchens ranks fifth in the nation in tackles per game (11.4). Hitchens was tabbed CollegeSportsMadness' Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week on Oct. 14 after his performance at Michigan State. He did not play at Michigan in Iowa's most recent outing.
Hitchens has posted double-digit tackles six times this season. He notched tackle No. 100 for the season at Indiana. Hitchens ranks first in the Big Ten in tackles, leading second-place Ryan Shazier of Ohio State by 14 total tackles.
Hitchens was credited with eight stops vs. Purdue. The junior amassed 19 tackles, including one for loss, against Iowa State. The 19 tackles are the most by a Hawkeye since LB Abdul Hodge had 22 vs. Illinois on Oct. 1, 2005. He shared game-high tackle honors with 14 against Central Michigan, while he amassed a game-high 12 stops in Iowa's win over Minnesota. Hitchens registered a game-high 15 tackles at Michigan State.
LB James Morris, who is on the preseason Bednarik, Butkus and Rotary Lombardi award watch lists, earned honorable mention recognition from the College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) for his play vs. Iowa State.
Morris ranks six in the Big Ten and 40th nationally in tackles (9.1) after seeing limited action due to injury and collecting four tackles at Michigan. He began the 2012 season with eight tackles in the win over NIU, including one tackle for loss, and had eight stops in Iowa's win over UNI. Morris has registered double-digit tackles six times in 2012 (Iowa State, Central Michigan, Minnesota, Michigan State, Penn State and Purdue), including five of the last eight contests. He had 12 tackles against Central Michigan, Iowa State and Penn State; 11 against Purdue; and 10 vs. Minnesota and Michigan State.
Morris is the 66th Iowa player to reach the 200-tackle plateau. His 280 tackles (121 solo, 159 assists) ranks 17th in school history. His 11 tackles vs. Purdue moved him past five former Hawkeyes and into the top 20 in career tackles at Iowa. He is 11 tackles from equaling Damien Robinson (291) for 16th.
Against the Cyclones, the Solon, Iowa, native totaled 12 tackles, including one for loss, intercepted his second career pass at the goal line (49 yard return) and recovered his first career fumble. He also broke-up one pass.
Morris earned honorable mention All-Big Ten honors from both league coaches and media in 2011. He tied for the team lead in tackles (110 in 12 games) and ranked fifth in the Big Ten and 37th in the nation. Morris recorded 52 solo stops and 58 assists, along with one pass interception, in 12 games.
KIRKSEY RANKS AMONG NATION LEADERS
LB Christian Kirksey ranks third on the team in tackles (84), first in fumbles recovered (4), and shares the team lead with two interceptions. The four fumbles recovered ties as second best in the country. Also, he returned his two interceptions for touchdowns (68 and 18 yards). He is one of only eight players in the country to have returned two or more interceptions for scores this season. Kirksey is the first Hawkeye since Micah Hyde to accomplish the feat. Hyde returned two picks for scores in 2010 (72 vs. Missouri and 66 vs. Michigan State).
DAVIS, MARTIN-MANLEY LEAD HAWKEYE RECEIVING CORPS
Senior Keenan Davis and sophomore Kevonte Martin-Manley lead Iowa's receivers, as both have over 40 receptions and over 500 receiving yards.
Davis became the 35th Hawkeye wide receiver to eclipse 1,000 receiving yards when his 75 yards on four catches against Iowa State pushed him over 1,000. Davis has caught 111 passes for 1,459 yards in his career. He caught his 100th career pass in the third period against Penn State on Oct. 20.
Davis ranks 20th in career receiving yards at Iowa. He is only eight yards from Scott Chandler (1,467) for 19th, 19 from Karl Noonan (1,478) for 18th, and 56 from Maurice Brown (1,515) for 17th.
For the season, Davis leads the team with 560 receiving yards and is second in receptions (46); he ranks seventh in the Big Ten in receptions (4.2) and receiving yards (50.9). Davis is on the preseason Biletnikoff, Senior Bowl and CFPA award watch lists.
Martin-Manley has caught 24 passes for 289 yards the last five games combined (4.8 catches for 57.8 avg.), including catching a career-best seven catches in Iowa's road games at Northwestern and Indiana. Martin-Manley had a career-high 131 yards receiving on seven receptions at Indiana.
Martin-Manley ranks first on the team in receptions (49) and second in receiving yards (552). He ranks first on the squad in receiving touchdowns (2). Martin-Manley ranks sixth in Big Ten receptions per game (4.5).
IOWA LIKES STARTING ON OFFENSE
Iowa has started the game on offense in 143-of-173 games under Kirk Ferentz. The Hawkeyes started on offense eight times, including the last three games, in 2012: Northern Illinois, Central Michigan, Minnesota, Michigan State, Penn State, Indiana, Purdue and Michigan; Iowa started on defense against Iowa State, UNI and Northwestern. Iowa is 16-14 in the games it has started on defense under Ferentz.
GAGLIONE HAS CAREER GAME Joe Gaglione led the Hawkeye defensive line in the team's 19-16 double-overtime win at Michigan State. The senior amassed a career-high 11 tackles, which includes 1.5 TFL's and a sack.
The defensive end leads Hawkeye defensive linemen with 51 tackles, nine TFL's and five sacks. He also shares the team lead with two forced fumbles (Micah Hyde and Steve Bigach).
Gaglione ranks 14th in Big Ten TFL's (0.8); tied for ninth in forced fumbles (0.18); and ranks seventh in sacks (0.5).
He earned honorable mention honors from CFPA for his efforts in week one's win over NIU. Gaglione played a key role for the Iowa defense that held NIU to just 201 yards of total offense. Gaglione recorded six tackles, including three tackles for loss and a sack. He forced an NIU fumble that was recovered by Iowa and led directly to a Hawkeye field goal in the third quarter.
Iowa's defense has ranked among national leaders in causing turnovers in recent seasons. Since the start of the 2008 season, Iowa has collected 83 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 has registered 10 interceptions this season (two vs. Iowa State; one against UNI, Northwestern, Michigan State, Michigan and Indiana; three vs. Minnesota). The 10 passes intercepted ranks 48th in the country.
Two of the 10 thefts have been returned for touchdowns, both by linebacker Christian Kirksey. Kirksey has posted interception returns of 68 (Minnesota) and 18 yards (Indiana) in 2012. 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 five years, including four in 2010. Iowa has had an interception return for a score in 10 of the last 12 seasons and 10 of 14 seasons under Kirk Ferentz.
IOWA AMONG TOP 25 IN WINS, 2002-12
Iowa has posted 89 wins since the start of the 2002 season, which ranks as the 21st highest total in Division I football. The list includes the following: Boise State (126); USC (116); Ohio State (116); Oklahoma (116); LSU (115); Texas (111); TCU (109); Georgia (108); Virginia Tech (106); Florida (105); Wisconsin (101); Alabama (101); West Virginia (100); Oregon (100); Auburn (97); Utah (96); Florida State (95); Texas Tech (91); Nebraska (91); Michigan (90); Iowa (89); Miami, FL (89); Hawai'i (85); Boston College (85).
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 earned Big Ten Conference championships in 2002 and 2004 and placed second in 2009. Iowa (8-0, 2002) is one of two 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 10 seasons, including a ranking of seventh in both polls at the conclusion of the 2009 season. Iowa ranked eighth in 2002, 2003 and 2004.
Iowa established a school record with 11 wins in 2002 (11-2) and matched that record in 2009. In 2009, Iowa 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 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 tie 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 21 times in program history, a total that ranks 25th best in the country.
IOWAN CALLING THE SIGNALS
Senior QB James Vandenberg has started all 11 games this season, 13 games a year ago and 26 overall in his career.
Vandenberg is on four preseason watch lists (Davey O'Brien, Maxwell Award, Manning Award and CFPA Quarterback Trophy) and was also ranked as the No. 2 quarterback in the Big Ten by ESPN.com. He was recently named a Capital One District Six Academic All-American for the second straight year and is a two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree.
Vandenberg has completed 212-365 passes for 2,157 yards and seven TD's in 2012. His 196.1 yards per game average ranks fifth in the Big Ten. Vandenberg has also rushed for three scores, including two at Northwestern (Oct. 29). Last week at Michigan, the senior completed 19-26 passes for 181 yards and two touchdowns. He has completed 19 passes in each of his last two games (Purdue and Michigan).
Vandenberg has completed 496-864 passes for 5,694 yards and 35 career touchdowns. He ranks seventh at Iowa in career passing yards and touchdowns. He is two scoring throws from tying Chuck Hartlieb (37) for sixth.
Vandenberg completed 237-of-404 pass attempts for 3,022 yards and 25 touchdowns in 2011. He ranked third in the Big Ten in passing yards per game (232.5), fourth in total offense (237.2) and fifth in pass efficiency (138.5).
Vandenberg is a native of Keokuk and is the second quarterback from the state of Iowa under Coach Kirk Ferentz. Kyle McCann (Creston) led Iowa to victory in the 2001 Alamo Bowl, the first bowl win for Coach Kirk Ferentz.
Two native Iowans have led the Hawkeyes to Rose Bowl wins, including Kenny Ploen (Clinton) during the 1956 season and Randy Duncan (Des Moines) during the 1958 season. Both were first team All-Americans.
St. Ansgar native Matt Sherman led Iowa to a pair of bowl wins (1996 Alamo and 1997 Sun Bowl), while Iowa City native Paul Burmeister was Iowa's quarterback in the 1993 Alamo Bowl.
Additional Iowa natives who passed for over 1,500 yards, but never led Iowa in a bowl game, include Gary Snook (Iowa City, 1963-65), Ed Podolak (Atlantic, 1966-68, who ended his Iowa career as a prolific running back), Phil Suess (Des Moines, 1977-80), Randy Reiners (Ft. Dodge, 1996-99), Tom McLaughlin (Dubuque, 1975-77), Al DeMarco (Mason City, 1947-48) and Glen Drahn (Elkader, 1948-50).
VANDENBERG NAMED SEMIFINALST FOR CAMPBELL TROPHY
QB James Vandenberg was named a semifinalist for the National Football Foundation's William V. Campbell Trophy.
Selected as the best and brightest from college football, the Campbell Trophy, named in honor of Bill Campbell, former player and head coach at Columbia University and the recipient of the NFF's Gold Medal in 2004, recognizes an individual as the absolute best scholar-athlete in the nation.
Candidates for the awards must be a senior or graduate student in their final year of eligibility, have a grade point average of at least 3.2 on a 4.0 scale, have outstanding football ability as a first team player or significant contributor, and have demonstrated strong leadership and citizenship.
BIG PLAY HAWKEYES
Iowa has had 23 pass plays and 10 rushing plays, along with 20 KO returns, one punt return, one interception return, one fumble return, and 15 field goals, of at least 20 yards. Jordan Cotton had four kickoff returns of 20 yards or more, averaging 29.3 yards per return, last week at Michigan. The Hawkeyes had a season-best seven offensive plays (three rush and four pass) over 20 yards against Minnesota.
Hawkeye opponents have had 32 passing plays, 10 rushing plays, 13 KO returns, one punt return, one interception return, and 15 field goals of at least 20 yards.
IOWA IN THE RED ZONE
Iowa is 29-36 (80.6%) in the red zone, scoring 17 TD's and 12 field goals. The Hawkeyes have gone 6-of-7 in the red zone the last two contests (four touchdowns, two field goals and failed fourth-down attempt).
The Hawkeyes have scored on 173 of the last 202 (.856) red zone possessions (119 TDs and 54 FGs), dating back to the Michigan State game in 2008.
Hawkeye opponents are 36-45 (80%) inside the red zone. Iowa's defense has collected six takeaways (five fumbles and one interception) inside the red zone this season. Iowa has forced and recovered a red-zone fumble in three of the last five contests.
POINTS OFF TURNOVERS
Iowa has scored 48 points following 21 defensive takeaways. The 21 turnovers gained ranks 40th in the country. The Hawkeyes collected at least one takeaway in every game this season, except Central Michigan. The Hawkeye defense has posted defensive scores in two of their last three games. DB Micah Hyde returned a fumble nine yards against Purdue (Nov. 10), while LB Christian Kirksey returned an interception 18 yards at Indiana (Nov. 3).
Iowa was without a takeaway at Michigan State (Oct. 13) until CB Greg Castillo intercepted QB Andrew Maxwell in the second overtime to preserve the Hawkeye road victory. Iowa's defense has collected at least one takeaway in 75 of its last 86 games, dating back to 2006.
Hawkeye opponents have scored 24 points following nine turnovers (six interceptions and three fumbles). The Hawkeyes are tied for fourth in the nation in fewest turnovers lost (9).
Iowa had no turnovers in six games (Northern Illinois, UNI, Minnesota, Northwestern, Purdue and Michigan). The Hawkeye offense had two interceptions against Iowa State (zero points allowed) and Indiana (touchdown), lost a fumble against Central Michigan (field goal), had an interception at Michigan State (touchdown), and lost a fumble and had two interceptions against Penn State (touchdown).
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 13-plus seasons. Ferentz also served as Iowa's offensive line coach from 1981-89 under Fry.
ALL IN THE FAMILY
Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz has each of his three sons involved in the Iowa program this season. Brian, a former Hawkeye letterman (2003-05), is in his first season as Iowa's offensive line coach. James is a senior offensive lineman who has started the last 37 games at center. Steven is a tight end who is in his first season in the program as a true freshman.
Ferentz is one of six other FBS head coaches who is coaching a son in 2012, and is the only head coach with two sons on a roster. Nebraska assistant coach Barney Cotton has three sons on the Huskers' roster this season.
Iowa has seven players on its 2012 roster whose father played for the Hawkeyes. WR Jordan Cotton (Marshall in 1984-87), OL Cole Croston (Dave in 1984-86), TE Zach Derby (John in 1988-91), QB Dan Hartlieb (Chuck in 1986-88), OL Mitch Keppy (Myron in 1986-87), ATH George Krieger Kittle (Bruce in 1977-80) and DB Sean Skradis (Bryan in 1977-81).
Iowa has played 1,166 games since beginning football in 1889. Iowa's overall record is 598-529-39 (.530). That includes a 378-206-16 (.643) record in home games, a 220-323-23 (.409) record in games away from Iowa City, a 295-357-25 (.454) mark in Big Ten games and a 261-170-15 (.602) record in Kinnick Stadium.
HAWKEYES THIRD IN BOWL APPEARANCES
Iowa ranks third in Big Ten bowl appearances. Ohio State has received a conference-best 42 bowl bids, followed by Michigan (41) and the Hawkeyes (26). Wisconsin ranks fourth with 23.
Iowa (14-11-1, .558), Penn State (27-15-2, .636) and Purdue (9-7, .563) are the only Big Ten teams with a winning percentage in bowl games.
Nebraska, competing in the Big Ten for the first time in 2011, holds a 24-24 (.500) record in 48 bowl games.
Iowa was one of 10 Big Ten Conference teams to play in a bowl game following the 2011 season. The Big Ten had two teams competing in BCS games for the 11th time in 14 seasons. Since the inception of the BCS in 1998, the Big Ten has qualified 25 teams for BCS bowls, more than any other conference. Seven different Big Ten programs have played in BCS bowl games.