IOWA TO MEET MISSOURI IN INSIGHT BOWL
Iowa (7-5, 4-4) will meet Missouri (10-2, 6-2) of the Big 12 Conference in the 2010 Insight Bowl. The 22nd annual Insight Bowl will be played Dec. 28 at 9:05 p.m. (CT) in Sun Devil Stadium (56,000) in Tempe, AZ. The Hawkeyes tied for fourth in the Big Ten standings. Missouri tied for first in the North Division of the Big 12, but did not play in the league championship game due to a head-to-head loss at Nebraska. This will be Iowa's first-ever appearance in the Insight Bowl.
Iowa has played 1,141 games since beginning football in 1889. Iowa's overall record is 586-516-39 (.531). That includes a 370-201-16 (.644) record in home games, a 216-315-23 (.411) record in games away from Iowa City, a 289-348-25 (.455) mark in Big Ten games and a 253-165-15 (.602) record in Kinnick Stadium.
ON THE TUBE
ESPN (HD) will televise the game 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 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.
The Insight Bowl can also be heard on ESPN Radio. Bill Rosinski, David Norrie and Joe Schad will call the action for ESPN Radio.
IN THE RANKINGS
Iowa is listed among teams receiving votes in the Associated Press rankings and the Harris Poll and Iowa is 27th in the Sagarin Ratings. The Hawkeyes appeared in the Associated Press national rankings for 23 consecutive polls from Sept. 28, 2009, through Nov. 22, 2010.
Missouri is ranked 14th in both the Associated Press rankings and the USA Today coaches poll. The Tigers are 12th in the BCS rankings.
Around the Big Ten, Wisconsin is ranked 4/4 (AP/Coaches), Ohio State is 6/6 and Michigan State is 7/7. Non-conference opponent Arizona is listed among teams receiving votes.
IOWA IN THE BCS RANKINGS
Iowa appeared in the BCS rankings throughout the season, ranking as high as No. 13 on Nov. 8. Iowa was ranked in each of the weekly BCS rankings in 2009, including an all-time high of fourth on Oct. 26 and Nov. 2. Iowa ended the 2009 season ranked 10th in the Dec. 6 final poll.
Iowa was also ranked in the BCS top 25 seven weeks in 2004 and eight weeks in both 2002 and 2003. Iowa was ranked once during the 2006 season. Overall, Iowa has appeared in the BCS top 25 on 37 occasions.
INSIGHT BOWL MAKES CHANGES
The Insight Bowl has made several changes in the last year in regard to selection order, television rights and payout to the Big Ten Conference. Beginning in 2010, the Insight Bowl now alternates the fourth and fifth selection from the Big Ten Conference with the Gator Bowl. The bowl moved from the sixth selection in the Big 12 in previous years to the fourth selection this year.
The 2010 Insight Bowl will be televised in prime time by ESPN (HD), reaching over 99.8 million homes. The NFL Network (56.9 million homes) televised the Insight Bowl in recent years in a 4:30 p.m. (MT) time slot. The payout to the Big Ten in 2010 has risen to $3.25 million, up from the $1.35 million figure a year ago.
INFORMATION ON INSIGHT
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LIVE BLOGGING FROM BOWL GAME
Hawkeye fans not able to attend the Insight Bowl can log on to hawkeyesports.com and have a chance to be interactive. The Iowa Sports Information staff will be blogging live from the press box during the game.
Iowa fans can log on to hawkeyesports.com and click on the blog story and follow along. Fans will have the opportunity to submit questions and comments, answer quick polls and get up-to-the-minute information about the game and Hawkeyes.
IOWA'S BOWL HISTORY
Iowa is bowl eligible for the 10th consecutive season. The Hawkeyes will be playing in their 25th bowl game and their ninth post-season event under Kirk Ferentz. The Hawkeyes hold a 13-10-1 (.563) all-time bowl record. Iowa has competed in six January bowl games since the 2002 season. Iowa is 5-3 in bowl games since 2001, all under Coach Kirk Ferentz. The five wins tie for the fifth-most by a Big Ten coach.
Iowa defeated Texas Tech (19-16) in the 2001 Alamo Bowl. The Hawkeyes used the 2001 Alamo Bowl win as a springboard to four consecutive January bowl games; Iowa lost to USC (38-17) in the 2003 Orange Bowl, defeated Florida (37-17) in the 2004 Outback Bowl and LSU (30-25) in the 2005 Capital One Bowl, and lost to Florida (31-24) in the 2006 Outback Bowl. Iowa returned to the Alamo Bowl in 2006, falling (26-24) to Texas. Iowa appeared in its fifth January bowl game under Coach Kirk Ferentz at the conclusion of the 2008 season, defeating South Carolina (31-10) in the 2009 Outback Bowl. The Hawkeyes defeated Atlantic Coast Conference champion Georgia Tech (24-14) in the 2010 FedEx Orange Bowl.
The Hawkeyes have competed in the Rose (five times), Alamo (four), Holiday (three), Outback (three), Orange (two), Peach (two), Sun (two), and the Capital One, Gator and Freedom bowls once.
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 (40) and the Hawkeyes (25). Wisconsin ranks fourth with 22.
Iowa (13-10-1, .563), Penn State (27-13-2, .655), Wisconsin (11-10, .524) and Purdue (8-7, .533) are the only Big Ten teams with a winning percentage in bowl games.
Iowa is one of eight 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 10th time in 13 seasons. Since the inception of the BCS in 1998, the Big Ten has qualified 23 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 eight teams to bowl games for the third time (2003 & 2007). Big Ten Conference teams posted a 4-3 record in bowl games following the 2009 season.
Additional bowl games for the Big Ten this season include Wisconsin vs. TCU in the Rose Bowl, Ohio State vs. Arkansas in the Sugar Bowl; Michigan State vs. Alabama in the Capital One Bowl; Penn State vs. Florida in the Outback Bowl; Michigan vs. Mississippi State in the Gator Bowl; Illinois vs. Baylor in the Texas Bowl and Northwestern vs. Texas Tech in the Ticket City Bowl.
IOWA IN THE INSIGHT BOWL AND ARIZONA
Iowa has never played in the Insight Bowl, which now has a member of the Big Ten Conference participating for the fifth straight year. The Insight Bowl was previously the Copper Bowl.
The Hawkeyes have played seven games (2-5) in the state of Arizona, including earlier this season when they dropped a 34-27 contest at Arizona on Sept. 18. Iowa is 0-1 in Sun Devil Stadium, dropping 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 2-4 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 has lost the last four Insight Bowl games, with Minnesota losing 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.
KLUG AND STANZI SHARE MVP HONORS
Senior defensive tackle Karl Klug and senior quarterback Ricky Stanzi share the honor as the Roy J. Carver Most Valuable Player for 2010. Klug started every game, recording 52 tackles. He led the Hawkeyes with 4.5 QB sacks for minus 39 yards and shared the team lead with 11 tackles for loss (-58 yards). He also had five QB pressures, three pass break-ups and a forced fumble. Klug, who has started every game over the last two seasons, was named second team all-Big Ten by league coaches and media.
Stanzi started all 12 games at quarterback, completing 210-324 pass attempts for 2,804 yards and 25 touchdowns, with just four interceptions. He ranked second in the Big Ten and 11th in the nation in pass efficiency (160.5). Stanzi is on pace to establish a single season record for pass efficiency and has set a school record with at least one touchdown pass in 21 consecutive games. His career totals include 531-886 for 7,177 yards and 56 touchdowns.
HAWKEYE TEAM AWARDS
Along with the permanent team captains and team MVPs, several other Hawkeye players earned recognition at the annual awards banquet.
QB Ricky Stanzi and DT Karl Klug were named co-winners of the Hayden Fry "Extra Heartbeat" Award. They shared the award with senior DE Adrian Clayborn. Clayborn, a first-team all-American by the American Football Coaches Association and the Walter Camp Foundation, was first team all-Big Ten by both the coaches and the media. Clayborn has started 29 straight games and 36 during his career. The Hayden Fry Award is given in honor of Iowa's Hall of Fame coach who retired after the 1998 season. The award goes to a player who gives that little bit extra at all times.
Klug was also given the Iron Hawk Award. It is presented to a Hawkeye who has given his all every play, for the entire season, and has represented his team and school in an exemplary fashion.
Four players shared the Next Man In Award. On offense, senior OL Josh Koeppel was the recipient. Defensively, the award went to true freshman LB James Morris. The special teams' award was shared by true freshman PK Mike Meyer and senior LB Ross Petersen.
Three student-athletes share the Forest Evashevski Scholastic Achievement Award. The award goes annually to a player(s) who displays a high degree of proficiency in both the classroom and on the playing field. This year's winners are seniors Jeff Tarpinian, Julian Vandervelde and Josh Koeppel.
The 2009 "Coaches Appreciation" awards went to five Hawkeyes. Offensively, the award went to sophomore OL James Ferentz and senior TE Allen Reisner. Defensively, the honor went to a pair of seniors, LB Jeff Tarpinian and DL Christian Ballard. Senior RB Paki O'Meara won the special teams' portion of the award.
Senior snapper Andrew Schulze was named winner of the Reggie Roby Special Teams Specialist of the Year. Senior punter Ryan Donahue was named winner of the overall Reggie Roby Special Teams Player of the Year award. Donahue was a finalist for the Ray Guy Punter of the Year Award. The awards are named after the late Iowa punter who was first-team all-American in 1981 and 1982. Roby died in 2005. He punted in the NFL for 16 years. It's the second straight year that both players have taken this honor.
The "Hawkeye Hustle" awards went to five players. On offense the winner was sophomore OL Riley Reiff. Three juniors, DT Mike Daniels and DB's Shaun Prater and Tyler Sash were honored on defense. Prater also earned the award for his play on special teams.
Team Leader Awards were given offensively to sophomore lineman Casey McMillan and senior WR Nick Kuchel. Defensive winners were linemen junior Joe Forgy and freshman Casey Kreiter. Both Kuchel and Forgy won the same award a year ago. Special Teams Leader Awards went to senior WR Joe Audlehelm and freshman LB Matthew Meyers.
The "Win During The Week Award" went to seniors Brett Morse and Julian Vandervelde on offense. The defensive award went to Greenwood for the second straight year.
IOWA GSR RANKS 12TH AMONG BOWL-BOUND TEAMS
The University of Iowa ranks 12th in Graduation Success Rate (GSR) among the 70 college football teams that will be participating in bowl games in the coming weeks. The UI also ranks third among the eight Big Ten Conference teams that will be participating in post-season events.
Iowa scored 79 on the 2010 GSR report released by the NCAA in October. That number is 12 points higher than the national average and an all-time high for the UI football program.
Notre Dame, with a GSR of 96, tops the list of bowl-bound teams. The top five also includes Northwestern (95), the U.S. Naval Academy (92), Boston College (90), and the U.S. Air Force Academy (86) and Stanford (86). Penn State (84) was the only other Big Ten institution to rank ahead of the UI.
TWO EARN FRESHMAN HONORS
Linebacker James Morris and offensive lineman Nolan MacMillan earned Freshman All-America honors from CollegeFootballNews.com and Phil Steele's College Football. Morris was named a first team selection by CollegeFootballNews.com and a third team selection by Phil Steele's College Football. MacMillan earned fourth team honors from Phil Steele's College Football and honorable mention recognition by CollegeFootballNews.com.
Morris, a true freshman from Solon, IA, started Iowa's final five games at middle linebacker. He recorded 63 tackles to rank fourth on the team. Morris collected 18 solo stops and 45 assists, along with four pass break-ups, 1.5 tackles for loss and a QB sack. He had a season-best 13 tackles at Northwestern.
MacMillan is a redshirt freshman from Toronto, Ontario. He started the first six games of the season at right guard, helping the Hawkeyes win five of their first six outings. MacMillan missed five of the final six games of the year due to injury. He also earned academic all-Big Ten honors.
ROBINSON TO MISS BOWL GAME
Sophomore RB Adam Robinson will not be a part of the Iowa team that competes in the Insight Bowl.
"While Adam has been cleared medically, he will not be participating in the upcoming Insight Bowl game as a result of failing to comply with team expectations and policies," said Iowa Coach Kirk Ferentz.
Robinson led Iowa in rushing during the regular season, rushing 203 times for 941 yards and 10 touchdowns. Robinson missed games against Indiana and Minnesota due to injury.
IOWA VS. RANKED OPPONENTS
Iowa will be playing a ranked opponent for the seventh time in 13 games, the most for a Kirk Ferentz coached Hawkeye team. Iowa played six ranked teams in 1999 and 2003.
Three of the six previous ranked teams Iowa faced in 2010 were ranked in the top 10. 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. Last season, Iowa defeated No. 4 Penn State and No. 9 Georgia Tech, while losing at No. 8 Ohio State in overtime.
With the 37-6 win over fifth-ranked Michigan State (10/30/10), Iowa has recorded a victory over a top-five ranked team in each of the last three seasons. Iowa defeated fourth-ranked Penn State (21-10) on the road in 2009 and defeated the third-ranked Nittany Lions (24-23) in Kinnick Stadium in 2008.
Along with defeating Michigan State, Iowa defeated Penn State (#20) and Michigan (#24). Along with losses to Wisconsin and Ohio State, Iowa lost at No. 18 Arizona. The three wins over ranked teams are the most for Iowa since posting a 3-1 record vs. ranked opponents in 2004.
In Big Ten play, Iowa's eight opponents posted an overall record of 62-34. Iowa did not play Illinois and Purdue. Among the top five teams in the final Big Ten standings, Ohio State's league opponents were 51-43, Penn State's 52-43, Wisconsin's 54-42 and Northwestern's 52-42.
IOWA VS. BOWL TEAMS
Seven of Iowa's 12 regular season opponents earned bowl invitations, while Iowa's 12 opponents to date posted a 77-63 (.550) record. Wisconsin (Rose) and Ohio State (Sugar) earned BCS bowl bids, while Arizona, Michigan State, Penn State, Michigan and Northwestern also will be playing in the post-season.
Missouri played eight games during the regular season against teams participating in bowl games.
AGAINST THE CHAMPS
Iowa posted a 1-2 record against the three teams that shared the Big Ten title, as Wisconsin, Ohio State and Michigan State were all 7-1 in Big Ten play and 11-1 overall. In the three games, Iowa outscored the Badgers, Buckeyes and Spartans by a combined 84-57. Iowa lost by one point to Wisconsin (31-30) and three to Ohio State (20-17), while defeating Michigan State (37-6).
Missouri won two of three games against Big 12 opponents who shared division titles. The Tigers lost at Nebraska (31-17) and shared the North title with the Cornhuskers. Missouri defeated Texas A&M (30-9) and Oklahoma (36-27), two teams that shared the South title with Oklahoma State (Missouri and OSU did not play).
Iowa is playing on December 28th for the first time ever.
Iowa is the home team for the Insight Bowl and will wear its usual home uniform of black jerseys with gold pants.
Iowa is playing in the state of Arizona for the second time this season, having played at Arizona on Sept. 18. Like the game at Arizona, the Insight Bowl also is a night game.
Iowa is playing its third night game of the season, losing at Arizona and defeating Penn State in Kinnick Stadium.
Iowa holds an all-time record of 69-65-3 (.515) against current members of the Big 12. Iowa scored a 35-7 win over Big 12 member Iowa State earlier this season in Kinnick Stadium.
Iowa and Missouri played just one common opponent, that being Iowa State. Along with Iowa's win over ISU, Missouri defeated the Cyclones 14-0 on Nov. 20 at Ames. Missouri also played one Big Ten opponent, taking a 23-13 win over Illinois (in St. Louis). Iowa and Illinois did not play in 2009 and 2010.
There are two players from the state of Iowa on the Missouri roster, brothers Dan and Matt Hoch from Harlan. Dan is a junior offensive lineman and Matt is a freshman tight end.
Missouri Coach Gary Pinkel was on the Washington staff in 1980 when the Huskies defeated Iowa 28-0 in the 1982 Rose Bowl. Current Iowa Coach Kirk Ferentz was Iowa's offensive line coach at the time. Pinkel was also on the Washington staff when the Huskies defeated Iowa in the 1991 Rose Bowl.
Iowa assistant Phil Parker was an assistant coach at Toledo when the Toledo head coach was current Missouri Coach Gary Pinkel. Parker joined the Toledo staff in 1988 and Pinkel took over as head coach prior to the 1991 season. Other Missouri assistant coaches who coached at Toledo with Parker include Dave Steckel, David Yost, Cornell Ford, Brian Jones, Craig Kuligowski and Bruce Walker.
COMPARING THE STATS
Iowa and Missouri compare favorably in several defensive categories:
Iowa is tied for first nationally in fewest turnovers (nine) and Missouri is 18th (16).
Missouri is sixth in scoring defense (15.1) and Iowa is seventh (16.4).
Missouri is 10th in pass efficiency defense (108.2) and Iowa is 18th (112.5).
Iowa is 15th in total defense (317.1) and Missouri is 42nd (350.7).
Iowa is tied for seventh in turnover margin (+1.1) and Missouri is tied for 14th (+.92).
Iowa is tied for 11th in interceptions (17) and Missouri is tied for 21st (16).
Missouri is 14th in net punting (38.9) and Iowa is 30th (38.2)
Iowa and Missouri are tied for 43rd in sacks allowed (1.43).
Missouri is 44th in scoring offense (30.3) and Iowa is 49th (29.1).
Missouri and Iowa are meeting for the first time in over 100 years. Missouri holds a 7-5 advantage in the series that began with a 22-0 Missouri win in 1892. The teams have not met since the Tigers scored a 5-0 win on Nov. 15, 1910. Iowa's last win in the series was a 21-6 win at Iowa City in 1907 before Missouri won the three most recent meetings.
Iowa won three of the four games played in Iowa City and Missouri won six of the eight games played in Columbia.
HAWKEYES IN THE REGULAR SEASON
Iowa posted a 7-5 regular season record, including a 4-4 mark in Big Ten Conference play. The Hawkeyes tied for fourth in the Big Ten race. Iowa is bowl eligible for the 10th straight season. The Hawkeyes won January bowl games following both the 2008 and 2009 seasons. Iowa placed in the first division of the Big Ten for the ninth time in the last 10 years.
Iowa's record came against one of the toughest schedules in the nation. Iowa posted a 3-3 record against teams who were ranked at the time. Seven of Iowa's 2010 opponents will compete in bowl games, with Iowa compiling a 3-4 record against those teams.
In each of Iowa's five losses, the Hawkeyes were either tied or leading in the fourth period. Iowa was tied at Arizona, and held a lead in the fourth quarter against Wisconsin, Northwestern, Ohio State and Minnesota. Iowa's five losses came by a total of 18 points and the four league losses were by a collective 11 points. Iowa's most impressive win was a 37-6 win over Michigan State, which shared the Big Ten title while posting an 11-1 overall record.
In non-conference play, Iowa posted impressive wins over Eastern Illinois (37-7), Iowa State (35-7) and Ball State (45-0), all in Kinnick Stadium, while dropping a 34-27 contest at 18th-ranked Arizona.
The Hawkeyes opened conference play with a 24-3 home win over Penn State and a 38-28 win at Michigan. A 31-30 loss to 10th-ranked Wisconsin followed, before the win over previously unbeaten and fifth-ranked Michigan State.
Iowa earned its seventh win with a hard fought decision at Indiana, before narrow losses at Northwestern (21-17), at home to seventh-ranked Ohio State (20-17) and at Minnesota (27-24).
The Hawkeyes continue to have great fan support. Iowa matched its season home attendance record by averaging 70,585 fans. All seven home games were sold out. Iowa posted a 5-2 record in Kinnick Stadium, with the two losses by a combined four points to top 10 opponents.
HAWKEYES EARN ALL-BIG TEN HONORS
Eleven Iowa players were named to either the first or second all-Big Ten teams selected by the league's coaches and media.
Four Hawkeyes earned first team all-league recognition, while seven were honored as second team selections.
Senior defensive end Adrian Clayborn, junior defensive backs Tyler Sash and Shaun Prater and senior wide receiver Derrell Johnson-Koulianos were named on the first unit by the coaches. Clayborn, Sash and Prater also made the media's first team. Clayborn and Sash are first team selections for the second straight year.
Making the second all-league team, as named by the coaches, were senior offensive lineman Julian Vandervelde, sophomore offensive lineman Riley Reiff, junior receiver Marvin McNutt, Jr., senior tight end Allen Reisner, senior defensive tackle Karl Klug, senior linebacker Jeremiha Hunter and senior defensive back Brett Greenwood. Reiff, Klug and Vandervelde were named to the media's second all-Big Ten team.
Ten Hawkeyes made the media's honorable mention list. That list includes Johnson-Koulianos, McNutt, Jr., Reisner, Greenwood, Hunter, senior DL Christian Ballard, junior DL Mike Daniels, sophomore DB Micah Hyde, sophomore RB Adam Robinson and senior punter Ryan Donahue.
Making the coaches honorable mention team were Ballard, Daniels, Robinson and Donahue.
SIXTEEN HAWKEYES NAMED ACADEMIC ALL-BIG TEN
Sixteen members of the Iowa football program have earned academic all-Big Ten honors for the 2010 fall semester. To be eligible for academic all-Big Ten, student-athletes must be letterwinners and be in at least their second academic year at the institution. They must also carry a career grade point average of 3.0 or above.
Iowa players earning the recognition include sophomore Steve Bigach (Integrative Physiology & Mathematics); senior Justin Greiner (Integrative Physiology); senior Josh Koeppel (Sociology); senior Nick Kuchel (Health & Human Physiology); redshirt freshman Nolan MacMillan (Mathematics); senior Brett Morse (Management); senior Daniel Murray (Master of Business Administration); junior Tyler Nielsen (Management & Finance); senior Ross Petersen (Psychology); senior Colin Sandeman (Art); sophomore Jack Swanson (Computer Science); senior Jeff Tarpinian (Accounting); redshirt freshman Brett Van Sloten (Pre-Business); sophomore James Vandenberg (Health & Human Physiology); senior Julian Vandervelde (Religious Studies & English); and sophomore Jason White (Interdepartmental Studies & Theatre Arts).
The academic honor is the fourth for Morse, Murray, Tarpinian and Vandervelde. Kuchel and Nielsen earned the honor for the third time, while Koeppel, Swanson, Vandenberg and White earned the recognition for the second year.
FERENTZ ON BOBBY DODD WATCH LIST
Iowa Coach Kirk Ferentz was one of seven coaches on the Watch List for the 2010 Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Award. The Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Award was first given in 1976.
Ferentz is in his 12th year with the Hawkeyes and has guided the 2010 squad to a 7-5 record. He has a career record of 100-81.
Ferentz has been named Big Ten Coach of the Year three times (2002, 04, 09) and was National Coach of the Year in 2002.
CLAYBORN NAMED FIRST TEAM ALL-AMERICAN
Senior defensive end Adrian Clayborn has been named a first team All-American by the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) and the Walter Camp Foundation. Both the AFCA and Walter Camp recognize only one All-America team.
Clayborn, a 6-4, 285-pounder from St. Louis, is the eighth Hawkeye player to ever make the elite AFCA All-America team. He is the fifth Kirk Ferentz coached Hawkeye to make the AFCA team. The others were PK Nate Kadeing and OL Robert Gallery (2003) and OL Eric Steinbach and TE Dallas Clark (2002).
Clayborn is the 12th Iowa player named to the Walter Camp team (P Reggie Roby was honored twice). He is the sixth Hawkeye under Ferentz to be recognized on the team, the first since RB Shonn Greene (2008).
Clayborn was on numerous watch lists this season and was a finalist for the Lombardi and Ted Hendricks awards.
Clayborn totaled 51 tackles his senior campaign, including seven for a loss of 42 yards. He had 3.5 sacks and forced a fumble. He started 29 consecutive games and 36 during his Hawkeye career.
The AFCA has selected an All-America team since 1945. It is the only All-America team chosen exclusively by college football's head coaches.
THREE HAWKEYES EARN ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT HONORS
Three members of the Iowa football program were named to the ESPN Academic all-District Seven first team. Those players are senior OL Julian Vandervelde, senior LB Jeff Tarpinian and junior LB Tyler Nielsen.
Vandervelde is a native of Davenport who has earned all-District recognition for the third straight season. He was a first team selection in 2008 and earned second team honors last season. He carries a 3.46 GPA and is majoring in English and religious studies.
Vandervelde has started all 12 games in 2010 and has started 35 games throughout his career, including 16 straight. He earned second team all-Big Ten honors this season and has earned academic all-Big Ten recognition in each of the past four seasons.
Tarpinian is a native of Omaha, Neb. He is majoring in accounting and has a 3.58 GPA. He has also earned academic all-Big Ten honors in each of the past four seasons.
Tarpinian has been hampered by injuries in 2010, but has started four games. He returned to limited action in Iowa's 37-6 win over fifth-ranked Michigan State after missing two games, and started at outside linebacker at Northwestern. He did not play against Ohio State and Minnesota. He has 44 tackles, including 2.5 QB sacks. His forced fumble led to a touchdown against Arizona. Tarpinian could return to action for the Insight Bowl.
Nielsen, a native of Humboldt, holds a 3.56 GPA and is a management major. He has earned academic all-Big Ten recognition in each of the past two seasons.
Nielsen started eight games at outside linebacker. He totaled 42 tackles, including 4.5 tackles for loss, and has four pass break-ups. He had an interception in Iowa's 35-7 win over Iowa State. He was injured in Iowa's win over Michigan State and missed the final four games of the regular season. He will miss the Insight Bowl as well.
Under Coach Kirk Ferentz the last 12 seasons, 17 Iowa football student-athletes have combined to earn academic all-District and all-America recognition on 31 occasions.
STANZI IS FINALIST FOR TWO AWARDS
Senior quarterback Ricky Stanzi was one of five finalists for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, which goes to the top senior quarterback in the nation. Others finalists included recipient Scott Tolzien (Wisconsin), Andy Dalton (TCU), Colin Kaerpernick (Nevada) and Christian Ponder (Florida State).
Stanzi is also one of five finalists for the Premier Player of College Football Award. That award is based on fan voting. Fans can vote until Jan. 14, with the award being presented the following day. Other finalists include QB Denard Robinson (Michigan), QB Jake Locker (Washington), RB LaMichael James (Oregon) and QB Ryan Mallett (Arkansas).
Stanzi ranks second in the Big Ten and 11th in the nation in pass efficiency (160.5). He has completed 210-324 attempts for 2,804 yards and 25 touchdowns, with just four interceptions. The 25 touchdowns are third best for a single season at Iowa, the 210 completions are seventh best and the 2,804 yards is sixth best.
In career statistics, Stanzi is fourth in completions (531) and attempts (886) and third in yards (7,177) and touchdowns (56).
Stanzi was also one of 16 semifinalists for the 2010 Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award and one of 16 semifinal candidates for the Maxwell Award. Stanzi was a semifinal candidate for the O'Brien Award in 2009 as well.
CLAYBORN FINALIST FOR TWO AWARDS
Senior DE Adrian Clayborn was one of four finalists for the Rotary Lombardi Award and one of six finalists for the Ted Hendricks Award. He was also a semifinalist for the Chuck Bednarik Award. The 41st Lombardi Award was presented at the Rotary Lombardi Award Presentation Dec. 8 in Houston, Texas. The Hendricks Award winner was announced Dec. 8 as well.
Clayborn has started 36 games in his Hawkeye career, including the last 29 straight. In 12 games this season he has collected 51 tackles, including seven tackles for loss and 3.5 quarterback sacks. He also has six QB pressures and blocked a field goal attempt in Iowa's 38-28 win at Michigan. He had seven tackles and a pass break-up in Iowa's loss to seventh-ranked Ohio State.
Clayborn collected 10 tackles in Iowa's win over Penn State, earning recognition as the Big Ten Conference Defensive Player of the Week. He also had a quarterback sack for minus 15 yards and three tackles for loss against the Nittany Lions. He added five tackles and the seventh forced fumble of his career against Wisconsin.
Clayborn was named to preseason Watch Lists for the Walter Camp Player of the Year Award, the Ted Hendricks Award, the Chuck Bednarik Award and the Bronko Nagurski Award. He has been named to the Walter Camp and American Football Coaches Association All-America teams.
DONAHUE A RAY GUY FINALIST
Senior punter Ryan Donahue was one of three finalists for the Ray Guy Award. He joined winner Chas Henry of Florida and Georgia's Drew Butler on the elite list. Donahue was a semifinalist in 2009. Donahue holds a 44.6 yard average on 51 punts, while opponents have averaged just 4.2 yards on 20 returns. He has booted five of the 14 longest punts in school history, while averaging over 40 yards per punt in each of his four seasons. He had a 73-yard punt at Northwestern, which ties as the 10th longest in school history. He averaged 44.7 yards on four punts in Iowa's contest at Minnesota.
HAWKEYES ON SEMIFINAL LISTS
Senior TE Allen Reisner and junior DB Tyler Sash were also on reduced lists for national honors at their respective positions.
Reisner was one of eight semifinal candidates for the 2010 John Mackey Award (He is not one of the three finalists). The award goes annually to the nation's best collegiate tight end. Reisner has started every game this year. He has 39 receptions for 410 yards (10.5 average) and two touchdowns, including six receptions for 66 yards at Northwestern. Former Iowa tight end Dallas Clark won the Mackey Award in 2002.
Sash was one of 10 semifinalists for the Jim Thorpe Award, which goes annually to the top collegiate defensive back. He currently ranks fifth in career interceptions (13). Sash is the Iowa record holder and ranks fourth all-time in Big Ten history with 392 interception yards. He ranks third in tackles this season with 73 stops and he has 211 career tackles.
Iowa Coach 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) and Iowa's Hayden Fry (three) and Penn State's Joe Paterno (three) as the only coaches to be honored in more than two seasons.
HAWKEYES AMONG SINGLE SEASON LEADERS
Several Hawkeyes rank among Iowa's single season leaders. Sophomore RB Adam Robinson's rushing total of 941 yards ranks 18th best and freshman RB Marcus Coker's 403 rushing yards ranks sixth best among Iowa freshmen.
QB Ricky Stanzi has completed 210-324 passes for 2,804 yards and 25 touchdowns. His totals rank third in scoring passes, sixth in yardage, seventh in completions and eighth in attempts. His current efficiency rating of 160.5 would rank as best in school history.
WR Marvin McNutt, Jr., ranks 14th in receiving yards (798) and Derrell Johnson-Koulianos ranks 19th (645). Johnson-Koulianos is tied for second in scoring receptions (10) and McNutt, Jr., is tied for seventh (eight). Johnson-Koulianos and Robinson each scored 66 points, which ties for 25th best. Freshman PK Mike Meyer is tied for 33rd in scoring with 64 points.
IOWA CAREER LEADERS
Senior QB Ricky Stanzi is among Iowa's career leaders in several categories, including third in passing touchdowns (56) and passing yards (7,177) and total offense (7,164), fourth in completions (531) and attempts (886).
Junior WR Marvin McNutt, Jr., is tied for fourth in career touchdown receptions (16) and is 17th in receiving yards (1,483).
Sophomore RB Adam Robinson has led Iowa's rushing attack in each of the past two seasons. His total of 1,775 yards ranks 13th on Iowa's career chart.
In career interceptions, junior Tyler Sash ranks fifth with 13 and senior Brett Greenwood is tied for seventh with 11. Sash already holds the Iowa record for interception return yards (392).
Among Iowa's career tackle leaders, senior LB Jeremiha Hunter is tied for 21st with 264 tackles. Greenwood is 50th (218) and Sash is 54th (211).
IN THE RECORD BOOKS
Senior QB Ricky Stanzi has established a school record with a touchdown pass in 21 consecutive games. With just the bowl game remaining, Stanzi's efficiency rating of 160.5 would also establish a school record.
IOWA IN CONFERENCE ONLY STATS
As a team, Iowa ranked second in conference games only in scoring defense (18.6), KO returns (25.1), rushing defense (122.5), net punting (39.7) and turnover margin (+1.12) and third in pass efficiency (150.2), pass efficiency defense (116.0), fewest penalty yards (36.4), red zone offense (92.6%) and red zone defense (82.8%).
Individually, Hawkeyes among the top five in the league included PK Mike Meyer, second in field goals per game (1.43); DB Shaun Prater, tied for first in interceptions (.38) and tied for fourth in pass break-ups (.88); QB Ricky Stanzi, fourth in passing yards per game (225.6) and fifth in total offense (226.1); DB Brett Greenwood, tied for first in interceptions (.38), and LB Jeremiha Hunter, fourth in tackles per game (9.1).
STANZI AMONG MOST EFFICIENT
Senior QB Ricky Stanzi is second in the Big Ten and ranks 11th in the nation in pass efficiency. His current rating of 160.5 would establish the best single-season pass efficiency for an Iowa quarterback since the statistic was first used in 1979.
COKER AMONG IOWA'S TOP FRESHMEN
Freshman RB Marcus Coker started for the third time this season in Iowa's final game at Minnesota. He rushed 21 times for 90 yards to raise his season totals to 81 carries for 403 yards, while playing in just six games. His rushing total ranks sixth best for an Iowa freshman behind Adam Robinson (775 in 2009), Ladell Betts (679 in 1998), Sedrick Shaw (561 in 1993), Brandon Wegher (528 in 2009) and Jewel Hampton (463 in 2008).
HAWKEYES EARN WEEKLY HONORS
Several Iowa players have earned weekly honors this season:
Freshman Mike Meyer was named Big Ten Conference Special Teams Player of the Week after connecting on 4-5 field goal attempts in Iowa's 18-13 win at Indiana. He connected from 23, 27, 27 and 42 yards in the win. The 42-yard kick is the longest of his career. He shared the national honor of Kickoff Performer of the Week when all four of his kicks were touchbacks at Northwestern. He earned honorable mention recognition for his play in Iowa's 35-7 win over Iowa State, averaging 68.3 yards on six kicks, with three touchbacks.
Senior punter Ryan Donahue was named national Punter of the Week by the College Football Performance Awards after averaging 60.5 yards on two punts vs. Wisconsin. He earned honorable mention recognition after averaging 42.9 yards on seven punts at Northwestern. He was recognized following Iowa's contest at Minnesota, in which he averaged 47.5 yards on four punts, including a best of 61 yards.
Junior DB Shaun Prater was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week following Iowa's 37-6 win over fifth-ranked Michigan State. Prater collected a career-high 10 tackles and had an interception and 42 yard return vs. the Spartans. Iowa held MSU to 31 net rushing yards and one touchdown. The Big Ten honor is the first for Prater.
Senior QB Ricky Stanzi was named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week following Iowa's 38-28 win at Michigan. Stanzi completed 17-24 passes for 248 yards and three touchdowns, with no interceptions.
Senior DE Adrian Clayborn was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week following Iowa's 24-3 win over Penn State Oct. 2. Clayborn collected 10 tackles in the win, including a quarterback sack for minus 15 yards and three tackles for loss. Iowa held Penn State to 54 net rushing yards and just three points. The Big Ten honor is the third for Clayborn. He earned the recognition for special teams in Iowa's 2009 win at Penn State and he was defensive Player of the Week in Iowa's 2009 win at Michigan State. Clayborn earned honorable mention recognition for his position from the College Football Performance Awards for his play against Penn State as well.
Junior DL Mike Daniels was named Big Ten Conference co-Defensive Player of the Week for his play in Iowa's 45-0 win over Ball State. Daniels recorded career bests in tackles and tackles for loss in Iowa's shutout victory over Ball State. Daniels had four solo tackles and two assists, including four tackles for loss (-20) and one QB sack (-7). The Hawkeye defense held Ball State to just 112 yards total offense (56 rushing, 56 passing). The Big Ten Player of the Week honor is the first for Daniels, who was also named national defensive Performer of the Week by the College Football Performance Awards.
Senior RB Paki O'Meara was named Big Ten Conference Special Teams Player of the Week for his play in Iowa's 37-7 win over Eastern Illinois. O'Meara blocked an Eastern Illinois punt in the first period and returned the block for a 42-yard touchdown. His score gave Iowa a 21-0 advantage. He also had four rushing attempts for 34 yards in the second half in earning his first Big Ten Player of the Week honor.
Senior QB Ricky Stanzi earned honorable mention recognition from the College Football Performance Awards for his play against Ball State, Michigan, Wisconsin and Michigan State. He had three touchdown passes and no interceptions in each of the four games.
Junior DB Shaun Prater earned honorable mention recognition from the College Football Performance Awards for his defensive backfield play in Iowa's 24-3 win over Penn State. Prater collected Iowa's only turnover vs. Penn State, returning his interception in the closing minutes 33 yards for his first career touchdown. He also collected four tackles. He also earned honorable mention recognition for his efforts in Iowa's 37-6 win over Michigan State (10 tackles, one interception).
Sophomore RB Adam Robinson earned honorable mention recognition from the College Football Performance Award for his play in Iowa's 35-7 win over Iowa State. Robinson rushed for a career-best 156 yards on 14 carries and scored on a 39-yard run. Robinson also had a 75-yard run to set up another Hawkeye touchdown and surpassed 1,000 career rushing yards.
Senior TE Allen Reisner earned honorable mention recognition from the College Football Performance Award for his play in Iowa's 35-7 win over Iowa State and the 21-17 loss at Northwestern. Reisner had three receptions for 66 yards and a touchdown vs. Iowa State. His two-yard scoring reception gave Iowa a 21-0 advantage in the second period and his 55-yard catch, the longest of his career, led to Iowa's final score. He added 66 receiving yards on six receptions at Northwestern.
Sophomore DB Micah Hyde earned honorable mention recognition from the College Football Performance Awards for his defensive backfield play in Iowa's 37-6 win over fifth-ranked Michigan State. Hyde had five tackles and a 66-yard return for a touchdown.
Junior TE Brad Herman earned honorable mention recognition from the College Football Performance Award for his play in Iowa's 37-6 win over fifth-ranked Michigan State. Herman had three receptions for 80 yards, matching his career-high in catches and reaching a career-best in receiving yards.
IOWA TOUGH ON DEFENSE
Iowa ranks seventh nationally in scoring defense (16.4), sixth in rushing defense (103.5), 15th in total defense (317.1) and 18th in pass efficiency defense (112.46). The Iowa defense was the last unit in the nation to allow a rushing touchdown this season, that coming in Iowa's sixth game.
The Hawkeyes are tied for seventh in the nation in turnover margin (+1.1) and tied for 11th with 17 pass interceptions.
Six Iowa opponents have scored one touchdown or less, including two who scored no touchdowns. For the second straight season, eight of Iowa's 12 regular season opponents scored 17 points or less (Iowa allowed just 14 points in its bowl win last season as well).
Iowa has allowed only one 100-yard rusher this season (Michigan QB Denard Robinson). Iowa also allowed just one player to rush for 100 yards or more in both 2009 and 2008.
IOWA EFFICIENT ON OFFENSE
Iowa ranks 10th in the nation in pass efficiency (158.38) and the Hawkeyes are 49th in scoring offense (29.1). The Hawkeyes are 45th in passing offense (237.4), 61st in total offense (379.4) and 76th in rushing offense (142.0). Iowa scored 30 or more points in three consecutive Big Ten Conference games (Michigan, Wisconsin, Michigan State) for the first time since 2005. Iowa scored 30 or more points in six games overall, matching the second highest number of games under Kirk Ferentz. Iowa scored 30 or more points in nine games in 2002.
Iowa has just nine turnovers (three lost fumbles, four interceptions), which ties Wisconsin as the fewest in the nation. Iowa lost just two fumbles in eight Big Ten games, both in the season finale at Minnesota.
Iowa is also seventh in fewest penalty yards per game (38.9) and tied for 21st in fewest penalties per game (5.1).
On special teams, Iowa ranks eighth in the nation in punt return defense (4.2 average on 20 returns) and 15th in KO returns (24.7).
POSITIVE TURNOVER RATIO
Iowa is third in the Big Ten and tied for seventh nationally with a plus 1.1 turnover ratio. Iowa has been guilty of just nine turnovers in 12 games, including just five turnovers in eight Big Ten games. The nine turnovers tie as the fewest in the nation (Wisconsin).
Iowa's opponents have had 131 possessions, and just seven have started in Iowa territory. Arizona and Minnesota had two possessions start in Iowa territory and Iowa State, Northwestern and Ohio State started one possession on Iowa's end of the field.
Iowa sophomore running back Jewel Hampton and junior linebacker Bruce Davis suffered season-ending knee injuries during Iowa's 34-27 loss at Arizona in week three. Both had surgery to repair the damage.
LB Jeff Tarpinian missed Iowa's opening game and contests vs. Michigan and Wisconsin before returning to limited action vs. Michigan State and Indiana. He did not start vs. Penn State and was limited to just a few plays on defense. Tarpinian led Iowa in tackles through five games and returned to the starting line-up at Northwestern before missing Iowa's final two games. Tarpinian could return to action in the Insight Bowl. Senior FB Brett Morse did not play at Michigan, ending his starting streak at 18 consecutive starts, but returned vs. Wisconsin.
OL Adam Gettis did not play at Indiana and also missed games vs. Northwestern, Ohio State and Minnesota. Gettis is expected to play in the Insight Bowl.
Redshirt freshman OL Nolan MacMillan missed three games before returning to action at Northwestern, but he did not play against Ohio State and Minnesota. He started the first six games. Senior LB Jeremiha Hunter started the first seven games before missing the Michigan State contest. Hunter returned to start the last four contests and has 36 career starts.
OLB Tyler Nielsen, who started the first eight games and ranked third in tackles, was injured vs. Michigan State and is out for the remainder of the season.
Iowa defensive coordinator Norm Parker underwent a medical procedure in late September and missed seven games. While he has not returned to the practice field, Parker attended Iowa's home win over Michigan State but did not travel to Indiana. He did work from the press box for Iowa's final three games.
Named a Permanent Team Captain and Most Valuable Player on offense.
One of five finalists for Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award.
Named a Hayden Fry "Extra Heartbeat" Award winner for offense.
Was a semifinal candidate for the Maxwell Award and Davey O'Brien Award.
Has completed 210-324 passes (.648) for 2,804 yards and 25 touchdowns in 2010, with only four interceptions. Stanzi has at least one touchdown pass in the last 21 games he has played and three scoring strikes in five games.
Ranks second in the Big Ten and 11th in the nation in passing efficiency (160.5). Is also third in passing yards (233.7) in the Big Ten.
Ranks third on Iowa's single season list with 25 touchdown passes this season and 17 TD passes in 2009 ties for 10th best.
Has 51 receptions for 798 yards and eight touchdowns in 2010, averaging 15.6 yards per catch.
Has 16 career touchdown receptions to tie for fourth on career list. Career totals include 86 receptions for 1,483 yards to rank 17th in career yards.
Seven catches for 92 yards and a touchdown vs. Ohio State.
Seven catches for 72 yards and a touchdown at Northwestern.
Six receptions for 126 yards and a touchdown in win at Indiana, including 52-yard scoring reception in final minutes for winning margin.
Two receptions for 39 yards, including 22-yard scoring reception, vs. Michigan State
Seven receptions for 70 yards and a touchdown vs. Wisconsin.
Four receptions for 78 yards in 38-28 win at Michigan, with a long of 34 yards.
Four receptions for 93 yards in 24-3 win over Penn State.
Had 34 receptions for 674 yards in 2009, his first year as a wide receiver. Caught game-winning pass on the final play of Iowa's win at Michigan State.
Had eight touchdown receptions in 2009 and has eight in 2010.
In 2009, McNutt (674) and Derrell Johnson-Koulianos (750) combined to give Iowa two receivers with over 600 yards for just the ninth time in school history. In 2010 they are the seventh duo to each total over 700 receiving yards in a season.
Team leader with 85 tackles and ranks eighth in the Big Ten in tackles per game (7.7).
Has 264 career tackles (83 solo, 181 assists) to become the 62nd Hawkeye player to reach 200 career stops (ranks T-21st).
Has 36 career starts, but missed Michigan State game to injury.
Recorded nine tackles at Minnesota.
Led team with 11 tackles vs. Ohio State.
Six tackles and third interception of career at Northwestern.
Returned to action with eight tackles and two pass break-ups in win at Indiana.
Recorded nine tackles vs. Wisconsin.
Recorded career-best 13 tackles in 38-28 win at Michigan.
Leads team in tackles in 2010, recording 23 solo stops and 53 assists.
vHad fumble recovery that led to an Iowa touchdown in win over Ball State, the fifth recovery of his career.
Recovered fumble vs. Arizona to stop scoring opportunity and turnover led to first Iowa touchdown.
FRESHMEN MADE MARK AT INDIANA
Iowa has used nine true freshmen this season and that group made its mark in Iowa's 18-13 win at Indiana. James Morris started at middle linebacker and recorded nine tackles and two pass break-ups. Playing mostly on special teams, the group of Anthony Hitchens, Don Shumpert, Christian Kirksey and Tanner Miller combined to record six tackles. Mike Meyer made 4-5 field goal attempts and added two tackles on kick coverage. TE C.J. Fiedorowicz added a four-yard kickoff return.
On offense, RB Marcus Coker started for the first time and led the Hawkeyes with 129 rushing yards on 22 carries. Redshirt freshman Shane DiBona started at outside linebacker and recorded three tackles and redshirt freshman Brad Rogers had two rushing attempts for nine yards. Coker and Rogers rank second and fourth, respectively, in rushing yards through 10 games.
STANZI AMONG VETERAN RETURNING QBS
With 25 wins as Iowa's starting quarterback, senior Ricky Stanzi ranks sixth among FBS signal callers in victories. Stanzi trails the following: Andy Dalton, TCU (41), Kellen Moore, Boise State (37), Tyrod Taylor, Virginia Tech (33), Terrell Pryor, Ohio State (30) and Colin Kaerpernick, Nevada (31).
STANZI IN A CLUB OF HIS OWN
In leading Iowa to a 24-3 win over Penn State, Iowa senior QB Ricky Stanzi improved to 3-0 as a starting quarterback against the Nittany Lions. Stanzi is the only opposing quarterback to ever start three games against Penn State and lead his team to wins in all three games. Iowa won 24-23 in 2008 on a last second field and won 21-10 a year ago at Penn State. Stanzi played every offensive down in all three wins.
Stanzi has led Iowa to a 25-9 record as the starting quarterback, which ranks second all-time among Iowa signal callers in career victories. Iowa's win at Indiana garnered Stanzi his 14th conference victory to tie Matt Sherman, Matt Rodgers and Drew Tate for second in school history behind Chuck Long's 24.
TOP HAWKEYE PERFORMERS
Senior TE Allen Reisner has 39 receptions for 410 yards and two touchdowns while earning second team all-Big Ten honors. He was one of eight semifinalists for the John Mackey Award. Reisner had four receptions in the opening game, three catches (66 yards) in the win over Iowa State and five catches for 53 yards against Ball State. He added three receptions for 29 yards vs. Penn State and two receptions for 15 yards at Michigan. Reisner had five receptions in the first period against Ball State. He matched his career high in yards (66) and established a personal-high with six catches at Northwestern.
Senior LB Jeff Tarpinian has 44 stops in seven games, including 12 at Arizona and 11 in the win over Iowa State. Tarpinian missed Iowa's opening game due to injury before starting for the first time against Iowa State. He added a team-best nine tackles in the win over Ball State before playing just a few plays in the win over Penn State due to injury. He did not play vs. Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio State and Minnesota. He collected three tackles in a return to limited action against Michigan State and also saw limited action at Indiana. He started at outside linebacker at Northwestern and recorded eight tackles.
Senior DT Karl Klug has 11 tackles for loss and 4.5 QB sacks and earned second team all-Big Ten recognition. Klug has registered 52 tackles, five quarterback hurries, three pass break-ups and a forced fumble. He forced a fumble and had eight tackles at Michigan and had six tackles and two pass break-ups vs. Wisconsin. He had seven tackles, including two QB sacks and two QB pressures, at Northwestern. At Minnesota, he had 1.5 tackles for loss and a QB sack among his five tackles.
Junior DE Broderick Binns had his first career interception in the loss at Arizona. He returned the theft 20 yards for a touchdown that tied the score at 27-27 in the fourth period. Binns has recorded 33 tackles in 11 games after missing Iowa's season-opening win. He had a season-high nine tackles and a forced fumble at Minnesota.
Senior DE Christian Ballard has played both end and tackle throughout the season, recording 38 tackles while earning honorable mention all-Big Ten honors. He has four tackles for loss, two QB sacks, two pass break-ups and a forced fumble. Ballard recorded six tackles in a win over Penn State, five stops in the win at Indiana and vs. Ohio State and four solo stops at Northwestern.
True freshman PK Mike Meyer scored the first point of his career with a PAT in the first period against Ball State. It was his first PAT attempt after he had handled just KO duties in Iowa's first three games. Meyer was 6-6 on PAT kicks and added a 25-yard field goal, while also missing a 37-yard field goal from the left hash mark on his first career attempt in the second period. He made his only field goal attempt and two PAT kicks in the win over Penn State. He connected from 30 yards in the closing minutes of the win at Michigan. Meyer had a 40-yard field goal vs. Wisconsin and a 37-yard field goal against Michigan State. He made 4-5 field goal attempts in the win at Indiana, including a career-long 42-yard kick in the fourth quarter. He was named Big Ten special teams Player of the Week. Meyer hit a 32-yard field goal at Northwestern on his only attempt and had a 31-yarder vs. Ohio State. He added a 35-yard field goal on his only attempt at Minnesota. He is second on the team in scoring with 64 points and has made 12-15 field goal attempts.
Sophomore DB Micah Hyde had the first interception of his career in the win over Ball State and he added his second in Iowa's win at Michigan. His third came against Ohio State. He also forced a fumble later in the second period vs. Ball State, with the recovery made by Iowa LB Jeremiha Hunter. He scored his first career touchdown with a 66-yard return for a touchdown against Michigan State, after taking a pitch from DB Tyler Sash. He added 10 tackles, along with two pass break-ups, in the win at Indiana. He had a career-high 12 tackles (10 solo) at Northwestern and had nine tackles against the Buckeyes. He has 76 tackles for the season to rank second on the team and earned honorable mention all-Big Ten honors.
Freshman LB James Morris stepped into the starting line-up the last five weeks of the regular season. Morris collected nine tackles in back-to-back wins over Michigan State and Indiana and added seven tackles in a 24-3 win over Penn State. He added a career-high 13 tackles at Northwestern, including seven solo stops and a QB sack. He had nine tackles against Ohio State and eight tackles and a pass break-up at Minnesota.
IOWA GETS DEFENSIVE POINTS
Iowa's defense has recorded three interception returns for touchdowns. Those have been by DE Broderick Binns vs. Arizona (20 yards), DB Shaun Prater vs. Penn State (33) and DB Micah Hyde vs. Michigan State. Hyde had a 66-yard return after DB Tyler Sash made the interception vs. the Spartans. Hyde's return ranks as the ninth longest in school history.
Iowa has had at least one pass interception return for a touchdown in each of the last three seasons and in six of the last seven years.
Last season, safety Tyler Sash had an 86-yard return for a touchdown in a home win over Indiana. In 2008, DB Amari Spievey returned an interception 57 yards for a touchdown in a win at Minnesota.
IOWA MATCHES ATTENDANCE RECORD
Iowa sold all tickets for its seven home games, matching the school record by averaging 70,585 fans per contest. Iowa issued over 59,000 season tickets, which included more than 10,000 student tickets. Iowa also averaged 70,585 for all home games in 2005, 2006 and 2007. Iowa has sold out Kinnick Stadium 49 of the last 51 games.
DOMINANT AT HOME
Iowa has won 49 of its last 60 games (.817) in Kinnick Stadium, dating back to the 2002 season, including a 5-2 mark in 2010. The Hawkeye losses came to Western Michigan (28-19 in 2007), Indiana (38-20 in 2007), Michigan (23-20 in overtime in 2005), Ohio State (38-17 in 2006 and 20-17 in 2010), Northwestern (21-7 in 2006, 22-17 in 2008 and 17-10 in 2009), Wisconsin (24-21 in 2006 and 31-30 in 2010) and Iowa State (36-31 in 2002). Iowa recorded a school-record 22-game home winning streak between 2002-05, which ended in the overtime loss to Michigan.
Iowa's 44-9 (.830) home record from 2002 thru 2009 ranked as the 11th-best home winning percentage in the nation and second in the Big Ten to Ohio State.
Iowa was 6-1 at home in 2009, with wins over Northern Iowa, Arizona, Arkansas State, Michigan, Indiana and Minnesota and a loss to Northwestern. Iowa is 17-4 at home since the start of the 2008 season.
HAMPTON TO TRANSFER
Sophomore running back Jewel Hampton has decided to leave the University of Iowa.
Hampton, a 5-9, 210-pounder from Indianapolis, IN, has been plagued by injury problems during his three years at Iowa. He has rushed for 577 yards and scored eight touchdowns as a Hawkeye. He was injured in the Arizona game earlier this year and was lost for the season due to surgery. Hampton rushed for 463 yards and scored seven touchdowns as a true freshman in 2008 before missing the entire 2009 season due to injury.
Iowa, in 2009, won four games by three points or less for the first time ever in a single season. Iowa was 4-1 in 2009 when trailing after three periods and 1-1 when tied after three quarters. Iowa blocked two field goal attempts in the final seconds of a win over Northern Iowa and scored on the final play in a win at Michigan State. The Hawkeyes lost at Ohio State in overtime.
Iowa, in 2010, has five losses by a combined total of 18 points, including four losses in Big Ten play by a combined 11 points. Iowa was tied in the fourth quarter at Arizona before a 34-27 loss. Iowa led in the fourth quarter of losses to Wisconsin (30-31), Northwestern (17-21), Ohio State (17-20) and Minnesota (27-24). Wisconsin scored its winning points with 1:06 to play, Northwestern scored with 1:22 remaining, Ohio State scored with 1:47 to play and Minnesota scored with 4:31 remaining.
Since the Big Ten began playing an eight-game conference schedule in 1973, Iowa had never had four league losses by a margin less than 24 points, that occurring in 1997 and 2001.
Dating back to 2008, Iowa has won nine of its last 13 games away from Iowa City, with two of the four losses to ranked teams. A six-game win streak was snapped in the overtime loss at eighth-ranked Ohio State last November and Iowa lost at 18th-ranked Arizona, at Northwestern and at Minnesota this season. The streak included wins at Minnesota, Iowa State, Penn State, Wisconsin and Michigan State, along with a victory over South Carolina in the 2009 Outback Bowl. The road winning streak was the longest for Iowa since the Hawkeyes won all five of their road games during the 2002 regular season.
Iowa had won 10 straight games over the last four seasons with a trophy on the line before the 31-30 loss to Wisconsin. That streak began with a win over Minnesota in 2007 for possession of Floyd of Rosedale. Iowa also won the battle for Floyd in both 2008 and 2009 and the Cy-Hawk (Iowa State) the last three years. Iowa won the Heartland Trophy (Wisconsin) in 2008 and 2009. The streak included wins in the 2009 Outback and 2010 FedEx Orange bowls. Iowa also lost the Floyd of Rosedale battle this season at Minnesota.
Iowa's 2009 win at No. 4/5 ranked Penn State marked Iowa's first road win over a team ranked in the top five since 1990. That season the Hawkeyes scored a 54-28 win at fifth-ranked Illinois. Iowa concluded the 2009 season with a neutral site win over ninth-ranked Georgia Tech in the Orange Bowl. Iowa has defeated a team ranked in the top five in each of the last three seasons.
Iowa is one of eight college football programs in the nation to compete in six January bowl games over the last eight seasons. Iowa's 24-14 win in the 2010 FedEx Orange Bowl marked the second BCS bowl appearance since 2002 and fifth win in a January bowl game since 2003.
Iowa is bowl eligible for the 10th straight season. The Hawkeyes are playing in their ninth bowl game since 2001. Iowa played in the 2001 Alamo Bowl, 2003 Orange Bowl, 2004 Outback Bowl, 2005 Capital One Bowl, 2006 Outback Bowl, 2006 Alamo Bowl, 2009 Outback Bowl and 2010 Orange Bowl.
Iowa earned Big Ten Conference championships in 2002 and 2004 and placed second in 2009.
Iowa has ranked in the top 10 in the final Associated Press and CNN/USA Today coaches polls in four of the past eight 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. Iowa, in 2009, 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 70-31 (.693), 2002-09, second best in the Big Ten. The 70 victories tie as the 16th best total in the nation.
Iowa posted a 42-22 Big Ten record from 2002-09, which ranks second among league teams over that span.
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) and Iowa's Hayden Fry (three) and Penn State's Joe Paterno (three) as the only coaches to be honored in more than two seasons.
With five bowl victories, Kirk Ferentz ranks fifth all-time among Big Ten Conference coaches in bowl wins.
Four of Iowa's five bowl wins under Coach Kirk Ferentz have been in January. Under Ferentz, the Hawkeyes have bowl wins over teams from the Southeastern (three), Big 12 and Atlantic Coast conferences.
Iowa is one of 11 Division I programs to have the same full-time coaching staff for a third straight year or more in 2010. The others include Baylor, Indiana, Navy, Nebraska, North Carolina State, Penn State, Alabama-Birmingham, Vanderbilt, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest.
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 is one of three football programs (joining Oklahoma and Texas) to have five different individual players earn national Player of the Year honors at their position since 2002.
IOWA JOINS ANOTHER TOP 20
Iowa has 77 wins since the start of the 2002 season, which ranks as the 18th highest total in Division I football. The list includes the following: Boise State (105); USC (100); Ohio State (98); Oklahoma (97); Texas (95); LSU (91); TCU (91); Virginia Tech (91); Georgia (88); Florida (87); Auburn (85); West Virginia (85); Utah (84); Wisconsin (82); Boston College (80); Alabama (78); Texas Tech (78); IOWA (77); Miami, FL (76); and Penn State (74).
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 11 seasons. Ferentz also served as Iowa's offensive line coach from 1981-89 under Fry.
In a January, 2010 release, ESPN.com ranked Big Ten programs over the last decade in the following order: Ohio State, Iowa, Michigan, Penn State, Wisconsin, Purdue, Northwestern, Minnesota, Michigan State, Illinois and Indiana. Factors such as Big Ten titles, BCS bowl appearances, bowl record and number of losing seasons played a role in the rankings.
BIG PLAY HAWKEYES
Iowa has had 34 pass plays, 10 rushing plays, 17 KO returns, one punt return, a blocked punt return, a blocked field goal return, five interception returns and 12 field goals of at least 20 yards.
Iowa's opponents have had 24 passing plays, only five rushing plays and 23 KO returns of 20 yards or more.
IOWA BY QUARTERS
Iowa holds scoring advantages in the first (85-44), second (113-46), third (71-28) and fourth (80-79) quarters. Iowa has posted one shutout (Ball State), allowed Penn State just three points, Michigan State six points and Eastern Illinois and Iowa State seven points. Only Wisconsin (14), Indiana (7) and Ohio State (7) scored in the third quarter.
ON THE AVERAGE
In 12 games, Iowa is averaging 6.6 yards on 347 first down plays, 5.4 yards on 244 second down plays, 6.0 yards on 148 third down plays and six yards on 10 fourth down plays, converting 5-10 fourth down attempts.
AVERAGE SCORING DRIVES
Iowa's 52 scoring drives in 12 games have averaged 7.4 plays, 62.9 yards and 3:41 in elapsed time.
Iowa's opponents have 32 scoring drives, averaging 9.5 plays, 65.2 yards and 3:57 in elapsed time.
IOWA IN THE RED ZONE
For the season, Iowa is 40-45 in the red zone, scoring 13 rushing touchdowns, 17 passing touchdowns and 10 field goals.
Iowa lost a fumble in the red zone and ended the game in the red zone against Eastern Illinois, had a missed field goal vs. Ball State and Indiana and a fumbled snap on a potential field goal attempt vs. Wisconsin.
Iowa has scored on 103 of the last 114 red zone possessions (69 TDs and 34 FGs), dating back to the Michigan State game in 2008. Iowa is 84-94 (.894) combined inside the red zone its last 28 games.
Iowa opponents are 29-37 in the red zone, with 10 passing touchdowns, 11 rushing touchdowns and eight field goals.
POINTS OFF TURNOVERS
For the season, Iowa has scored 102 points following 24 opponent turnovers, which includes 14 points following two blocked kicks.
Iowa has nine turnovers (five fumbles, four interceptions) in 12 games, allowing 21 points following those turnovers.
Iowa has recorded at least one takeaway in 55 of its last 60 games, dating back to the 2006 campaign. That includes at least one turnover in 11 of 12 games in 2010 and 11 of 13 games in 2009.