Dec. 9, 2011
IOWA TO MEET OKLAHOMA IN INSIGHT BOWL
Iowa (7-5, 4-4) will meet Oklahoma (9-3, 5-3) of the Big 12 Conference in the 2011 Insight Bowl. The 23rd annual Insight Bowl will be played Dec. 30 at 9:05 p.m. (CT) in Sun Devil Stadium (56,000) in Tempe, Ariz. Oklahoma began the season as the top-ranked team in both the Associated Press and ESPN coaches' polls. The Sooners are ranked 14th in the BCS Standings and 19th in both the Associated Press and ESPN coaches polls. This will be Iowa's second straight appearance in the Insight Bowl. The Hawkeyes defeated 12th-ranked Missouri 27-24 a year ago.
ON THE TUBE
ESPN (HD) will televise the contest to a national audience. Sean McDonough, Matt Millen and Heather Cox will call the action.
The Insight Bowl will be broadcast on the Hawkeye Radio Network. Gary Dolphin will handle 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. ESPN Radio will carry the game to a national audience as well, with Bill Rosinski, David Norrie and Joe Schad calling the action.
Iowa has played 1,154 games since beginning football in 1889. Iowa's overall record is 594-521-39 (.532). That includes a 376-202-16 (.646) record in home games, a 218-319-23 (.410) record in games away from Iowa City, a 293-352-25 (.456) mark in Big Ten games and a 259-166-15 (.606) record in Kinnick Stadium.
ABOUT THE 2011 HAWKEYES
Iowa completed the 2011 regular season with a 7-5 overall record and a 4-4 mark in Big Ten play. The Hawkeyes are bowl eligible for the 11th straight season. Iowa is competing in its 10th bowl game since the 2001 season. The Hawkeyes have placed in the Big Ten's first division in 10 of the last 11 seasons. Iowa, this season, posted a 3-1 mark in non-conference action, with the only blemish being a three-overtime loss at Iowa State. The Hawkeyes are 1-2 against ranked opponents. Iowa defeated 13th-ranked Michigan (24-16) and lost to 13th-ranked Michigan State (37-21), both at home, and also lost at 22nd-ranked Nebraska (20-7). In addition to the win over Michigan, Iowa also defeated Northwestern, Indiana and Purdue in conference play. Iowa's offense has been led by senior WR Marvin McNutt, Jr., junior QB James Vandenberg and sophomore RB Marcus Coker. McNutt has set single-season (1,269) and career (2,815) records for receiving yards and touchdowns (12 and 28). Vandenberg has thrown for over 2,800 yards and Coker's rushing total of 1,384 yards ranks fourth best for a single season at Iowa. Sophomore linebackers James Morris (105) and Christian Kirksey (103) lead the Hawkeyes in tackles, while senior DE Broderick Binns (12-58) and senior DT Mike Daniels (10.5-39) lead the team in tackles for loss. Junior CB Micah Hyde and sophomore safety Tanner Miller each have three interceptions.
FINAL CONTEST FOR IOWA SENIORS
Eighteen Iowa seniors will play their final game in a Hawkeye uniform in the Insight Bowl. The Iowa seniors include WR Joe Audlehelm, DB Jordan Bernstine, DL Broderick Binns, DL Lebron Daniel, DL Mike Daniels, DL Joe Forgy, OL Adam Gettis, P Eric Guthrie, TE Brad Herman, WR Marvin McNutt, Jr., DL Tom Nardo, LB Tyler Nielsen, OL Woody Orne, DB Shaun Prater, LB Terrance Pryor, DB Kyle Steinbrecher, RB Jason White and OL Markus Zusevics. Additional senior members of the program include senior student managers Ben Dolan, Andrew Flynn, Blaine Mateer and Todd Dunford; senior athletic training students Sara Smith, Jon Piche and Joe McDermott; and senior student videographers Michael Witt, Derek Ambrose, Grant Ridpath and Dan Bettenhausen.
IOWA BOWL ELIGIBLE AGAIN
The Iowa football team is bowl eligible for the 11th straight season under Coach Kirk Ferentz and his staff. The Hawkeyes have appeared in nine bowl games since 2001, including a win over 12th-ranked Missouri in the 2010 Insight Bowl. Iowa won the Outback Bowl over South Carolina following the 2008 season and concluded the 2009 campaign with a win over Georgia Tech in the Orange Bowl. Iowa is one of four programs in the nation to conclude each of the past three seasons with a bowl win (Florida, Florida State and South Florida) and the three-game bowl win streak is an Iowa record. The Hawkeyes have posted a 6-3 record in bowl games under Ferentz, including wins in four of six January bowl games.
IOWA WON 2010 INSIGHT BOWL
Iowa used a 72-yard interception return by DB Micah Hyde in the fourth quarter to regain the lead as the Hawkeyes posted a 27-24 win over 12th-ranked Missouri in the 2010 Insight Bowl. The Hawkeyes scored on their first possession of the game and led 17-10 at halftime. Iowa increased its advantage to 20-10 before Missouri scored two straight touchdowns to take its first lead. Hyde's interception return provided the final points of the game. Following are a few additional game notes:
IOWA'S ACADEMIC SUCCESS
In the NCAA's most recent release on academic standing, Iowa's football team ranks eighth nationally with a 2011 Graduation Success Rate (GSR) of 83 percent. Kirk Ferentz's squad is one of only nine bowl-bound teams to score 80 percent or better on the NCAA's "real-time" measurement of academic success. The Hawkeyes rank third among the 10 Big Ten Conference teams scheduled to participate in a bowl game later this month or early in January, 2012. The Big Ten is also the only conference with more than one team at 80 percent or better. The national average for Football Bowl Subdivision football programs is a GSR score of 69.
HAWKEYE GAMEDAY LIVE
The UI Department of Athletics has a new-and-improved "Hawkeye Gameday Live" page for Hawkeye fans. The page features game information such as notes, rosters, TV and radio information, etc.; live stats and blog, and twitter and facebook feeds. It's the one-stop-shop for the ultimate Hawkeye fan who wants to check stats of their favorite player and participate in the conversation during the bowl game. Check the front page of hawkeyesports.com on Dec. 30 for access to "Hawkeye Gameday Live".
#HAWKEYES AND TWITTER
Hawkeye fans join the twitter conversation during the bowl game by including #Hawkeyes in your tweets. By including #Hawkeyes in your tweets, in addition to showing your Hawkeye pride you will help the #Hawkeyes trend. Also, if you are not already following @TheIowaHawkeyes and @HawkeyeFootball, visit twitter.com and follow both feeds. Also, Hawkeye fans are encouraged to tweet their bowl photos during their trip to Arizona to @theiowahawkeyes.
IOWA VS. RANKED OPPONENTS
Iowa is 1-2 in 2011 against ranked opponents, defeating 13th-ranked Michigan (24-16), while losing to 13th-ranked Michigan State (37-21) and 22nd-ranked Nebraska (20-7). Iowa posted a 4-3 record while facing seven ranked opponents in 2010, the most for a Kirk Ferentz coached Hawkeye team. Iowa played six ranked teams in 1999 and 2003. The four wins over ranked teams are the most for Iowa since posting a 4-2 record vs. six ranked opponents in 2003. Three of Iowa's seven ranked opponents in 2010 were ranked in the top 10, while Missouri was 12th. Iowa lost to No. 10 Wisconsin (31-30), defeated No. 5 Michigan State (37-6) and lost to No. 7 Ohio State (20-17), all in Kinnick Stadium. In 2009, Iowa defeated No. 4 Penn State and No. 9 Georgia Tech, while losing at No. 8 Ohio State in overtime. Iowa recorded a victory over a top-five ranked team in 2008, 2009 and 2010.
IOWA'S BOWL HISTORY
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 (14-10-1, .580), Penn State (27-14-2, .651), Wisconsin (11-11, .500) and Purdue (8-7, .533) 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 24-23 record in 47 bowl games. Iowa is one of 10 Big Ten Conference teams that will play in a bowl game this season. The Big Ten has 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. The Big Ten is sending 10 teams to bowl games for the first time ever. Additional bowl games for the Big Ten this season include Wisconsin vs. Oregon in the Rose Bowl; Michigan vs. Virginia Tech in the Sugar Bowl; Nebraska vs. South Carolina in the Capital One Bowl; Michigan State vs. Georgia in the Outback Bowl; Ohio State vs. Florida in the Gator Bowl; Northwestern vs. Texas A&M in the Texas Bowl; Penn State vs. Houston in the Ticket City Bowl; Purdue vs. Western Michigan in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl and Illinois vs. UCLA in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl.
BEST IN THE BIG TEN
Iowa has posted a 6-3 bowl record under Coach Kirk Ferentz. Since the 2001 season, no Big Ten team has won more bowl games or has a higher winning percentage in bowl games, than Iowa.
IOWA IN THE INSIGHT BOWL AND ARIZONA
Iowa is 1-0 in the Insight Bowl following the 2010 win over Missouri. This marks the sixth straight year a Big Ten institution has played in the Insight Bowl. The Insight Bowl was previously the Copper Bowl. The Hawkeyes have played eight games (3-5) in the state of Arizona. Along with the 2010 Insight Bowl, the Hawkeyes dropped a 34-27 contest at Arizona on Sept. 18, 2010. Iowa is 1-1 in Sun Devil Stadium. Along with defeating Missouri last season, the Hawkeyes dropped a 44-7 decision to Arizona State in 2004, with the Hawkeyes earning a share of the Big Ten title that season. Iowa's six other trips to Arizona have been for games at Tucson against Arizona.
THE BIG TEN IN THE INSIGHT BOWL
The Big Ten Conference is 3-4 in the Insight Bowl. The first Big Ten appearance was in 1991 when Indiana defeated Baylor, 24-0. Wisconsin scored a 38-10 win over Utah in 1996. The Big Ten had lost four straight Insight Bowl games before Iowa's victory a year ago. Minnesota lost to Texas Tech in 2006 (44-41, OT), to Kansas in 2008 (42-21) and to Iowa State (14-13) in 2009. Indiana dropped a 49-33 decision to Oklahoma State in 2007.
IOWA LEADERSHIP GROUP
Iowa's Leadership Group for the 2011 season includes four seniors, five juniors, four sophomores, one redshirt freshman and one true freshman. Permanent team captains are named at the conclusion of each season. The Leadership Group includes seniors Broderick Binns, Mike Daniels, Marvin McNutt, Jr. and Tyler Nielsen; juniors Greg Castillo, James Ferentz, Micah Hyde, Riley Reiff and James Vandenberg; sophomores Marcus Coker, Casey Kreiter, James Morris and Brett Van Sloten; redshirt freshman Brandon Scherff and true freshman Jake Rudock.
Oklahoma is the ninth bowl team on Iowa's schedule. During the regular season, Iowa posted a 4-4 record against Iowa State, Pittsburgh, Penn State, Northwestern, Michigan, Michigan State, Purdue and Nebraska. In addition, Iowa defeated Tennessee Tech, which advanced to the FCS playoffs. Oklahoma posted a 5-3 record against eight opponents who are playing in bowl games.
IOWA VS. THE BIG 12
Iowa is 3-1 when facing a Big 12 Conference team in a bowl game. That includes a win over Missouri (27-24) in the 2010 Insight Bowl, a loss to Texas (26-24) in the 2006 Alamo Bowl, a win over Texas Tech (19-16) in the 2001 Alamo Bowl and a win over Texas Tech (27-0) in the 1996 Alamo Bowl. In addition, Iowa defeated Southwest Conference member Texas (55-17) in the 1984 Freedom Bowl. Overall, Iowa holds a 58-38 record against the current members of the Big 12, having played nine of the 10 teams at least once.
Oklahoma defeated Iowa 21-6 in 1979 at Norman, Okla. in the only previous meeting between the two teams. That game was the second contest for Hayden Fry as Iowa's head coach, a position he held through the 1998 season. Two reserves who played for Iowa in that contest were Bob Stoops, the current Oklahoma head coach, and Bruce Kittle, currently a Sooner assistant coach.
IOWA/SOONER GAME NOTES
HEAD COACHING STABILITY
Iowa Coach Kirk Ferentz and Oklahoma Coach Bob Stoops are completing their 13th season in their current positions, respectively. Ferentz and Stoops rank fourth in longevity among FBS head coaches, behind Frank Beamer of Virginia Tech, Larry Blakeney of Troy and Mack Brown of Texas. Ferentz is the dean of Big Ten coaches.
IOWA STAFF HAS STAYED TOGETHER
The Iowa coaching staff (nine full-time assistants and head strength and conditioning coach) has 110 years of combined years of service under Coach Kirk Ferentz, which ranks fourth in the nation behind Gary Pinkel (Toledo/Missouri), Frank Beamer (Murray State/Virginia Tech) and Jim Grobe (Elon/Wake Forest).
ALL-BIG TEN HONORS
Senior WR Marvin McNutt, Jr. was named the recipient of the Big Ten's inaugural Richter-Howard Receiver of the Year Award, highlighting Iowa's all-Big Ten selections for 2011. McNutt is one of eight Hawkeye players named to either the first or second all-Big Ten teams, voted on by the league's coaches and media. McNutt, along with junior offensive tackle Riley Reiff, earned first team recognition from both the coaches and media. Senior DB Shaun Prater was a first team selection by league coaches. Prater earned first team honors for the second straight year, while McNutt and Reiff each moved to the first team after earning second team honors in 2010. Sophomore RB Marcus Coker, senior DT Mike Daniels and senior offensive guard Adam Gettis were named to the second team by league coaches, while senior DE Broderick Binns and junior DB Micah Hyde were named to the media second team. Daniels and Hyde each earned honorable mention recognition in 2010. Four Hawkeyes were named honorable mention by both coaches and media, including senior offensive tackle Markus Zusevics, senior P Eric Guthrie, junior center James Ferentz and sophomore LB James Morris. Binns and Hyde were named honorable mention by the coaches, while the media named Daniels, Gettis, Prater and senior LB Tyler Nielsen to its honorable mention list. In addition to being named honorable mention by both coaches and media, Guthrie is Iowa's recipient of the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award.
THREE EARN ACADEMIC HONORS
Three members of the University of Iowa football program were named to the Capital One Academic All-District Six first team. Those players include senior LB Tyler Nielsen, junior QB James Vandenberg and junior DL Steve Bigach. Each of the three will now have their name placed on the national ballot for Capital One Academic All-America honors, which will be announced Dec. 8. Nielsen holds a 3.56 GPA and is a marketing major who has already earned his bachelor's degree. He has earned academic all-Big Ten recognition in each of the past three seasons. Nielsen has started 11 games in 2011, missing the Indiana game due to injury. He has played both the outside and middle linebacker positions. He has recorded 65 tackles, including four for loss and a QB sack. He has forced one fumble and has two fumble recoveries. Vandenberg has started all 12 games. He carries a 3.34 GPA and is majoring in integrative physiology. Vandenberg earned academic all-Big Ten honors in 2010. He has completed 214-360 pass attempts for 2,806 yards and 23 touchdowns, with just six interceptions. Bigach is majoring in integrative physiology and mathematics and has a 3.65 GPA. He also earned academic all-Big Ten honors in 2010. He has played in 11 games, earning three starts at defensive tackle and two at defensive end. He has recorded nine solo tackles and 14 assists. In the last 13 seasons, under Coach Kirk Ferentz, 19 Iowa football student-athletes have combined to earn academic all-District and all-America recognition on 35 occasions.
PARKER NAMED ASSISTANT OF THE YEAR
Defensive Coordinator Norm Parker was named the FBS Assistant Coach of the Year by the American Football Coaches Association. Parker was picked for the honor following a vote of his peers and will be honored at the AFCA national convention in San Antonio, Texas. Parker is in his 13th year as Iowa's defensive coordinator. He was a finalist for the Frank Broyles Assistant Coach of the Year Award in 2004 and 2005. Under Parker's direction, the Iowa defense is annually regarded as one of the most physical, hard-hitting units in the Big Ten and the nation. The Hawkeyes have been bowl eligible in each of the last 11 seasons and have been ranked in the final top 10 of both major polls four times in the past 10 seasons. Iowa has won 85 games over the past 10 seasons, including 50 Big Ten games. The Hawkeyes earned a share of the Big Ten title in both 2002 and 2004 and tied for second in 2009. Under Parker's direction, Iowa has ranked among the top 10 nationally in rushing defense five times. Iowa has been in the top 10 in scoring defense three of the past four seasons. In 2010, Iowa was fifth nationally in total defense (332.1), sixth in rushing defense (101.5) and seventh in scoring defense (17.0).
MCNUTT, JR. SETS RECORDS
Senior WR Marvin McNutt, Jr. has established a single season record for touchdown receptions with 12 in 2011 (Maurice Brown had 11 in 2002). He also holds Iowa records for single season yardage (1,269), career yardage (2,815) and career scoring receptions (28). McNutt had eight scoring receptions in both 2009 and 2010. McNutt had over 100 receiving yards in eight games. He ranks second in receptions in a season (78) and career receptions (166). McNutt needs four receptions to tie the single season record and seven receptions to equal the career mark. He had 184 receiving yards (six catches) vs. Indiana, the eighth best single-game total at Iowa, and 151 yards on nine receptions in a win at Purdue. McNutt ranks 10th in career scoring with 168 points.
MCNUTT IN BIG TEN RECORDS
Senior WR Marvin McNutt, Jr. ranks 10th all-time in the Big Ten in career touchdown receptions. He has 12 touchdowns in 2011 and 28 career scores. He had eight touchdowns in both 2009 and 2010. With the 28 touchdowns, McNutt moves past six former players who were tied for the 10th spot with 27 touchdowns. In addition, McNutt is ninth in the Big Ten in single season receiving yards (1,269). With two additional touchdown catches McNutt could also move into the top 10 in single season scoring receptions, as six players are tied for sixth with 14 touchdowns.
MCNUTT CANDIDATE FOR NATIONAL AWARD
Senior WR Marvin McNutt, Jr., is a finalist for the FBS Receiving Performance of the Year for his play in Iowa's 45-24 win over Indiana on Oct. 22. McNutt won the fan voting during the week following Iowa's win over the Hoosiers. The St. Louis, Mo., native had six receptions for 184 yards against Indiana, recording touchdown receptions of 80, 24 and 29 yards. All-Star Performances of the Year is a four-month competition that lets fans determine which individual performances reign supreme during the 2011 college football season. Each top weekly vote-getter proceeds to the finals, which runs Jan. 16-22, and the winners will be revealed during the All-Star Football Challenge special airing at 6 p.m. (CT) Feb. 3 on ESPN2. Fans can vote Jan. 16-22.
MEYER WAS GROZA SEMIFINALIST
Sophomore PK Mike Meyer was one of 20 semifinal candidates for the 2011 Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award, presented by the Orange Bowl Committee. Meyer has handled all PAT and field goal attempts for the Hawkeyes this season. He has made all 42 of his PAT attempts and 14-20 field goal attempts, with three of the missed kicks hitting the upright and another being blocked. He is second on the team with 84 points. He earned Lou Groza Award "Stars of the Week" recognition and was named national Placekicker of the Week by the College Football Performance Awards for his play at Iowa State. Meyer connected on all four field goal attempts and was 3-3 on PAT kicks. Meyer had a career-best of 50 yards at Iowa State and five of his 14 field goals are at least 40 yards. He has 157 career points to rank 15th in career scoring.
HAWKEYES EARN WEEKLY HONORS
Several Iowa players have earned weekly honors this season:
Senior WR Marvin McNutt, Jr. and sophomore RB Marcus Coker give Iowa a 1,200-yard receiver and rusher in the same season for the first time ever. Coker has rushed for 1,384 yards, while McNutt has 1,269 receiving yards. The two have combined for 27 of Iowa's 41 offensive touchdowns. In addition, junior QB James Vandenberg has passed for 2,806 yards. McNutt has established a single season record for receiving yards, Coker's rushing total ranks fourth best for a single season and Vandenberg's passing total ranks seventh best in a season. An Iowa running back has gained over 1,000 rushing yards in 17 seasons (seven times under Kirk Ferentz). McNutt is just the fourth Hawkeye receiver to total over 1,000 receiving yards in one season, the second under Ferentz.
HAWKEYES LEAD IN UNKNOWN STATS
Sophomore RB Marcus Coker and senior WR Marvin McNutt, Jr. led the Big Ten Conference in different statistical categories that might go unnoticed by most. According to STATS, Inc., Coker led all Big Ten players in rushing yards after contact (752), while ranking second in quality rushes, that gain a first down, four yards or more, or a touchdown. Coker also ranked fourth with six rushes of over 20 yards. McNutt led all conference receivers with 550 yards after catch. In addition, senior DE Broderick Binns ranked sixth in the Big Ten in QB knockdowns, with 11.
HAWKEYES EARN MIDSEASON RECOGNITION
Fourteen Hawkeye players were named to Phil Steele's College Football midseason all-Big Ten team. Senior DB Shaun Prater was the only Iowa player named to the first team. Those earning second team recognition included sophomore RB Marcus Coker and senior WR Marvin McNutt, Jr. on offense, senior DE Broderick Binns and sophomore LB James Morris on defense, and senior punter Eric Guthrie and sophomore PK Mike Meyer. Third team recognition was given to junior WR Keenan Davis, junior center James Ferentz, junior tackle Riley Reiff on offense and senior tackle Mike Daniels, sophomore linebacker Christian Kirksey, junior cornerback Micah Hyde and senior safety Jordan Bernstine on defense. Iowa and Wisconsin led all teams with 14 players named to the three teams.
IOWA IN NCAA STATS
As a team, Iowa is tied for ninth nationally in fewest penalty yards per game (35.6), 12th in red zone defense (73.1%), tied for 15th in fewest penalties per game (4.7), tied for 16th in fewest turnovers (16), 38th in pass efficiency (141.5) and 27th in net punting (38.2). Individually, WR Marvin McNutt, Jr., is 11th in receiving yards per game (105.8) and tied for 24th in receptions per game (6.5), RB Marcus Coker is 14th in rushing yards per game (115.3), DB Shaun Prater is tied for 19th with four forced fumbles, QB James Vandenberg is 33rd in pass efficiency (142.7) and 34th in passing yards (233.8) and LB James Morris is 29th in tackles per game (9.5). All Iowa team and individual statistical rankings, both in the Big Ten and the NCAA, can be found as a side bar within the game notes section.
FINAL GAME NOTES
HIGH SCORING FOURTH QUARTER
Iowa's 24 points in the fourth quarter of the 41-31 win over Northwestern matched the highest scoring quarter of the season. Iowa scored 24 points in the second quarter in the 34-7 season-opening win over Tennessee Tech. Iowa has not scored more than 24 points in any quarter since the 2009 season, when it scored 28 points in the final quarter of a 42-24 win over Indiana. Iowa, twice, scored 21 points in a quarter during the 2010 season and added 21 points in the second quarter of the most recent win over Indiana.
IOWA EFFICIENT IN FOURTH
Iowa's offense was efficient in the fourth quarter of a 41-31 win over Northwestern on Oct. 15. The Hawkeyes scored points on four straight drives after the score was tied at 17 and ended the game at the Wildcat 15-yard line. Iowa drove 64 yards in 11 plays to take a 24-17 lead and later moved 71 yards in just three plays for a 14-point advantage. The Hawkeyes added a field goal after a Northwestern fumble and added their final points on a 24-yard drive after recovering an on-side kick.
EFFICIENCY CONTINUED . . .
Iowa scored touchdowns on all five first half possessions in the win over Indiana and added a field goal on its first drive of the third quarter. Dating back to the Northwestern game the previous week, Iowa scored on 10 of 11 possessions in the two games, with the only non-scoring drive coming at the conclusion of the Northwestern game when Iowa reached the Wildcat 15-yard line as time expired in the 41-31 win. Against Indiana, Iowa's opening drive took over seven minutes and covered 69 yards. The Hawkeyes ended the second period with a 53-yard drive that took just four plays and 44 seconds.
Iowa's rally for a 31-27 win over Pittsburgh (Sept. 17) is believed to be the largest comeback for a win in Hawkeye history, as the Hawkeyes trailed by 21 points (24-3) with 3:11 remaining in the third quarter. Following is a list of previous Iowa rallies that are believed to be the largest in school history:
WINNING AT HOME
Iowa has won 55 of its last 67 games (.821) in Kinnick Stadium, dating back to the 2002 season, including a 6-1 record in 2011. Iowa recorded a school-record 22-game home winning streak between 2002-05, which ended with an overtime loss to Michigan. Iowa is 23-5 (.821) at home since the start of the 2008 season and 24-1 (.960) in its last 25 non-conference home games. Iowa has won 12 straight non-conference home games since the final game of 2007.
OL Riley Reiff
WR Marvin McNutt, JR.
RB Marcus Coker
DB Shaun Prater
DT Mike Daniels
DB Micah Hyde
MEYER GETTING HIS KICKS
Sophomore PK Mike Meyer was one of 20 semifinal candidates for the 2011 Lou Groza Award, presented each year to the top place kicker in the nation. Meyer has made 14-20 (.700) field goal attempts and is a perfect 42-42 in PAT kicks (has made 51 straight PATs over two seasons). Three of his six missed field goals have hit the upright, while another attempt was blocked. Meyer is fifth in the Big Ten in field goals per game, third in kick scoring (7.0) and seventh in total scoring. He made a 22-yard field goal in the win over Pitt before missing from 40 and 50 yards and made his only attempt vs. ULM and Penn State (both from 23 yards). He was perfect against Northwestern, with field goals of 27 and 40 yards while converting five PATs. His only field goal attempt in the win over Indiana was good from 47 yards and he added 6-6 PATs. One of his two misses at Minnesota hit the upright and he made his only attempt (42 yards) in the win over Michigan. He had a 38-yard field goal in the win at Purdue. Meyer had a career-best 50-yard field goal at Iowa State, while also connecting from 42, 20 and 34 yards. Meyer made four field goals in a game for the second time in his career, as he made 4-5 in an 18-13 win at Indiana in 2010. Meyer ranks 17th in single-season scoring with 83 points this season and he is tied for 15th in career scoring with 156 points. He has made 28-37 (.757) career field goal attempts.
MORRIS LEADS IN TACKLES
Sophomore LB James Morris earned honorable mention all-Big Ten honors from both league coaches and media. He leads Iowa in tackles (105 in 11 games) and ranks fifth in the Big Ten and 28th in the nation. Morris returned to the starting line-up in Iowa's win over Indiana after missing the Northwestern game due to injury. He matched his career best with 13 tackles at Nebraska. He also had 13 tackles at Minnesota, with 10 solo tackles and a tackle for loss, while moving from the middle linebacker position to the weak side. He collected eight tackles in the win over Michigan and had four tackles vs. Michigan State and Purdue. Morris has 50 solo stops and 55 assists, along with one pass interception, in 11 games. Morris collected five solo stops and eight assists in Iowa's loss at Penn State to again equal his career high of 13 tackles. He collected 10 tackles in wins over ULM and Indiana. Morris also had 13 tackles in the win over Pittsburgh.
KIRKSEY STEADY ON DEFENSE
Sophomore LB Christian Kirksey has recorded 103 tackles (56 solo) in 12 games. Kirksey ranks seventh in the Big Ten in tackles per game (8.6). He also has four tackles for loss, one QB sack, three pass break-ups, two caused fumbles and one fumble recovery. He collected his first career interception in Iowa's win over Michigan, stopping a Michigan red zone possession. He added nine tackles and a tackle for loss vs. Michigan State. He had 10 tackles in the final game of the regular season at Nebraska. Kirksey led the Hawkeyes with 11 solo tackles and two assists at Iowa State, while also causing and recovering an Iowa State fumble on the same play. He recorded 10 tackles (six solo stops) against Tennessee Tech and Penn State and had eight stops in the win over Pittsburgh. He added his second forced fumble of the season at Penn State. He had nine tackles in a win over Northwestern and led the Iowa defense with 12 tackles in the win over Indiana.
TOP HAWKEYE PERFORMERS
Iowa's defense has ranked among national leaders in causing turnovers in recent seasons. Since the start of the 2008 season, Iowa has collected 72 interceptions, a total that ranks fifth in the nation over that span. Iowa has nine interceptions this season, with two of those being returned for touchdowns (89 yards by DB Shaun Prater and 98 yards by DB Tanner Miller). LB James Morris also has a 52-yard return that led to a field goal. The Hawkeyes have had an interception return for a touchdown in each of the last four years, including four in 2010. Iowa has had an interception return for a score in nine of the last 11 seasons and 9 of 13 seasons under Kirk Ferentz. In addition, in each of the last four seasons, Iowa has had more interceptions than touchdown passes allowed.
IOWAN CALLING THE SIGNALS
Junior QB James Vandenberg started at quarterback in all 12 games. Vandenberg is a native of Keokuk and the first native Iowan to open the season as Iowa's starting quarterback since 2001. The most recent Iowa native to hold that position was Kyle McCann of Creston. McCann 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).
AMONG CAREER LEADERS
Senior WR Marvin McNutt, Jr., has set Iowa records for single season (12) and career touchdown receptions (28), along with single season (1,269) and career (2,815) receiving yards. McNutt is second in single season (78) and career (166) catches and 11th in career scoring (168 points). Senior DB Shaun Prater has 173 career interception return yards and junior DB Micah Hyde has 142 yards. Prater ranks seventh among Iowa's career interception leaders in return yards and Hyde is 11th. They both have seven career thefts (tie for 25th) and each have two touchdown returns. Among Iowa's career leaders, only Tom Knight (three) and Plez Atkins (two) have more than one touchdown return. Sophomore PK Mike Meyer is 15th in career scoring with 157 points, junior QB James Vandenberg is third in single-season touchdown passes (23), eighth in passing yards (2,806), ninth in career passing yards (3,321) and eighth in career passing touchdowns (26). Sophomore RB Marcus Coker is fourth in rushing yards in a season (1,384), 12th in career yards (2,006) and tied for third in single season rushing touchdowns (15).
BIG PLAY HAWKEYES
Iowa has 45 pass plays and eight rushing plays, along with three interception returns, 26 KO returns, one punt return and 14 field goals, of at least 20 yards. Iowa opponents have 31 passing plays, eight rushing plays, two punt returns, two interception returns, one fumble return and 31 KO returns of 20 yards or more.
IOWA BY QUARTERS
Iowa has outscored its opponents in the first (69-50), second (106-68), third (61-60) and fourth (91-81) quarters. Iowa was outscored in three overtime periods (20-17) at Iowa State.
ON THE AVERAGE
For the season, Iowa is averaging 5.7 yards on 355 first down plays, 6.5 yards on 262 second down plays, 4.4 yards on 159 third down plays and 5.3 yards on 17 fourth down plays. Iowa is 9-17 (.529) on fourth down conversions.
AVERAGE SCORING DRIVES
Iowa's 52 scoring drives have averaged 7.8 plays, 59.5 yards and 3:33 in elapsed time. Iowa has 11 scoring drives that have covered 80 yards or more. Iowa has 39 touchdown drives, which have averaged 7.5 plays, 66.3 yards and 3:21 in elapsed time. Iowa's opponents have 45 scoring drives, averaging 9.5 plays, 60.1 yards and 3:57 in elapsed time. The above scoring drive figures do not include overtime.
IOWA IN THE RED ZONE
For the season, Iowa is 39-46 (84.7%) in the red zone, with 18 rushing touchdowns, 11 passing touchdowns and 10 field goals. Iowa has scored on 145 of the last 162 (.895) red zone possessions (99 TDs and 46 FGs), dating back to the Michigan State game in 2008. Iowa is 126-143 (.881) combined inside the red zone its last 41 games. Iowa opponents are 38-52 (73.1%) in the red zone. Iowa has allowed 12 rushing touchdowns, 16 passing touchdowns and 10 field goals.
POINTS OFF TURNOVERS
Iowa has scored 47 points following 18 opponent turnovers (nine fumbles, nine interceptions). The Hawkeye defense has collected at least one takeaway in 64 of its last 74 games, dating back to 2006. Iowa opponents have scored 38 points following 16 Hawkeye turnovers.
Brett Greenwood FOUNDATION ESTABLISHED
Former Iowa DB Brett Greenwood (2007-10) collapsed during a routine workout in early September. His heart stopped due to an abnormal heart-rhythm, which resulted in injuries to his brain. Brett is recovering and working hard to regain his strength and mobility. Many have expressed a desire to support Brett in a tangible way. As a result, the Brett Greenwood Foundation has been established to accept contributions that will be used to directly support Brett as he continues to recover. Individuals who would like to contribute to the Brett Greenwood Foundation can make a donation at any of the 74 Wells Fargo banking stores in Iowa or the 6,300 locations across the nation. Donations also can be made online at www.brettgreenwoodfoundation.com or by mail at attn: Brett Greenwood Foundation, Wells Fargo, 2001 Spruce Hills Dr., Bettendorf, Iowa, 52722.
HAWKEYES ON THE TUBE
All Iowa football games this season have been televised on ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, FSN or the BTN. The last Iowa contest not televised was vs. Minnesota on Nov. 17, 2001. Iowa's appearance in the Insight Bowl will mark its 129th consecutive game on television.
NEW FACES ON THE FIELD
Iowa has played 10 true freshmen in 2011, including five on offense and five on defense. The list includes RB Mika'il McCall, RB Damon Bullock, WR Marcus Grant, TE Ray Hamilton, LB John Lowdermilk, DB Nico Law, DB Jordan Lomax, LB Marcus Collins RB Jordan Canzeri and LB Quinton Alston. Iowa played nine true freshmen in 2010, but just three true freshmen in 2009. The Hawkeyes played seven true freshmen in 2000, 2003 and 2008. The high mark for true freshman under Coach Kirk Ferentz is 11 in 2007. Hawkeyes who have seen the first action of their career this season, in addition to the 10 true freshmen, include QB/LB A.J. Derby, FB Matt Meyers, WR Kevonte Martin-Manley, RB De'Andre Johnson, LB Terrance Pryor, OL Andrew Donnal, OL Tommy Gaul, WR Steven Staggs, DL Mike Hardy, DL Carl Davis, DL Louis Trinca-Pasat and WR Jordan Cotton. Eighteen Hawkeyes have started for the first time in 2011, including TE Zach Derby, FB Jonathan Gimm, OL Matt Tobin, TE Brad Herman, FB Matt Meyers, WR Keenan Davis, DL Lebron Daniel, DL Tom Nardo, DL Dominic Alvis, LB Christian Kirksey, DB Jordan Bernstine, DB Collin Sleeper, DB Tanner Miller, WR Kevonte Martin-Manley, OLB Tom Donatell, DL Steve Bigach, OL Brandon Scherff and TE C.J. Fiedorowicz.
DEPTH CHART INCLUDES 10 WALK-ONS
Iowa's depth chart for the majority of the season has included 10 players who originally joined the program as a walk-on. That includes four on offense (OL Matt Tobin, RB Jason White, WR Steven Staggs, TE Zach Derby), three on defense (DL Thomas Nardo, OLB Tom Donatell, DB Collin Sleeper), and three specialists (P Eric Guthrie, PK Mike Meyer and LS Casey Kreiter).
IOWA LIKES STARTING ON OFFENSE
Iowa has started on offense in 134 of its last 155 games, including 10 of 12 games this season (all but Iowa State and Michigan). Iowa is 14-7 in the games it has started on defense. Iowa has started the game on offense in 137-of-161 games under Kirk Ferentz, including 12 of 13 games in 2010 and 11 of 13 games in 2009.
IOWA FOOTBALL AND THE NFL
IOWA PROGRAM NOTES
IOWA AMONG TOP 20 IN WINS, 2002-11
Iowa has posted 85 wins since the start of the 2002 season, which ranks as the 17th highest total in Division I football. The list includes the following: Boise State (116); USC (109); Oklahoma (107); Ohio State (105); LSU (105); Texas (102); Virginia Tech (102); TCU (102); Georgia (98); Florida (94); West Virginia (94); Wisconsin (94); Auburn (93); Utah (91); Alabama (90); Oregon (89); IOWA (85); Boston College (84); Florida State (84); Hawaii (84); Texas Tech (84); Penn State (83); Miami, FL (83); Nebraska (82) and Michigan (81).
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 12 seasons. Ferentz also served as Iowa's offensive line coach from 1981-89 under Fry.
AMERICA NEEDS FARMERS
The University of Iowa Athletics Department is working with the Iowa Farm Bureau on efforts to help consumers understand the challenges and opportunities today's farmers embrace, and to do so under the banner, "America Needs Farmers," the initiative undertaken by former UI football coach Hayden Fry during the Farm Crisis of the 1980s and embraced by the Hawkeyes' current head coach Kirk Ferentz. To learn more, visit AmericaNeedsFarmers.org.