Rob Report: Northwestern

Hawkeye Insider publisher Rob Howe checks in from Evanston with an injury report, dressed list, special teams units, notes and quotes.

EVANSTON, Ill. - Iowa players in uniform for Saturday's loss at Northwestern here at Ryan Field:

QB - Stanzi, Weinke, Vandenburg.

RB - White, Robinson, Hitchens, Rogers, O'Meara, Coker. Morse,

WR - Kuchel, McNutt, Johnson-Koulianos, Davis, Chaney, Nordmann, Shumpert,

TE - Reisner, Herman, Fiedorowicz, Derby,

OL - Haganman, Zusevics, Orne, Van SlotenBoffeli, Reiff, Vandervelde, Tobin, Koeppel,

DL - Ballard, Daniel, Clayborn, Binns, Klug, Daniels, Nardo, Bigach

LB - Kirksey, T. Johnson, Tillison, Hunter, Tarpinian, Peterson, Morris, DiBona, Getz.

DB - Bernstine, Hyde, Sash, Steinbrecher, Miller, Prater, Nielsen, Swanson, Lowery, Castillo, Donatell, Greenwood,

ST - Schulze, Kreiter, Donahue, Mossbrucker, Meyer.

Injury Report - Right guard Adam Gettis missed a second game in a row with a leg injury. The junior from Illinois left the Michigan State game in the second half and has not dressed the last two weeks.

Nolan MacMillan (neck), who started the first six games at RG, dressed for the game and entered the game at RG in the third quarter.

Punt returner Colin Sandeman (foot) missed the game in Evanston. Paul Chaney stepped in as a replacement.

Williams Lowe also missed another game with an ankle injury.

Jeff Tarpinian appeared to re-injure his neck early in the fourth quarter and was replaced by Troy Johnson.

Jordan Bernstine returned to action on special teams after missing a few weeks with injury.

Dakota Getz returned to the dressed list after several weeks out with an injury.

Kick Return - Davis, Johnson-Koulianos, Nordmann, O'Meara, Daniel, Rogers, Fiedorowicz, Peterson, Kirksey, Tillison, Johnson.

Kick Coverage- - Meyer, Castillo, White, DiBona, Donatell, Kirksey, Hitchens, Nordmann, Herman, Lowery, Hitchens.

Punt Return - Chaney, Swanson, Kirksey, Lowery, Bernstine, Hyde, Prater, Binns, Ballard, Klug, Clayborn.

Punt Coverage - Donahue, Reisner, Prater, Lowery, Sash, Morse, Peterson, Schulze, Johnson, O'Meara, DiBona.


-Senior Josh Koeppel started the second game of his college career on place of Gettis for a second week in a row.

-Don Shumpert traveled but did not see any action. He's been a steady member of the special teams since removing his redshirt at Michigan.

-Iowa employed several different personnel packages on defense to match up with the Wildcats' spread. The Hawkeyes installed a rarely seen dime package with DBS Greg Castillo and B.J. Lowery replacing LBs James Morris and Jeremiha Hunter. They also rotated Hunter and Troy Johnson at weakside LB in the second half before Tarpinian was hurt.

Iowa committed two big penalties on its first two drives than negated potential first downs. Markus Zusevics' hold put the kibosh on the opening drive and DJK's helped lead to a second consecutive three and out.

-James Morris led Iowa in tackles with 13, which included a sack. Micah Hyde added 12 stops for the Hawkeyes.

-Adam Robinson finished the day with 108 yards on 22 carries. He's now exceeded the century mark in six of the nine games he's played.

-The Hawkeyes were two of 14 on third-down opportunities.

-Iowa was penalized six times for 39 yards on Saturday after being whistled nine times for 65 yards last week at Indiana.

-DJK finished with five receptions for 104 yards and a touchdown.


Kirk Ferentz on defense wearing down - "The way (Northwestern) plays, it's tough. A lot of short passes and (Dan Persa) is a tremendous player. He's very dangerous and will hurt you in a lot of different ways. There were a lot of plays with sideline-to-sideline type action and that's hard on everybody. It's hard to chase a quarterback around like that."

Ferentz on playing Northwestern the last few years - "If you look at the last two games going backwards, we turned it over and they didn't. Today, they just outplayed us. Two 7-3 teams today and they were the better team today, that's for sure."

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