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What is left to say about this season?
The best gifts that one receives in life are those that are unexpected.
After six games this season, Iowa was down to its fifth string tailback. I don't know anyone who felt Iowa would wind up being 7-1 in the Big Ten and Co-Champions of the Big Ten Conference.
We saw it, so we have to believe it.
It's not Hollywood; it's Hawkeye football.
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Iowa has won 37 games over the last four years, a total that ties for the most over any four year span. Iowa also won 37 games in 1984-87.
Iowa won seven straight conference games. The 2004 Iowa Hawkeyes become only the third Iowa team to record at least seven consecutive home victories (1991 – 7, 2002 – 8). Today's win clinched a share of the Big Ten title with Michigan.
Iowa has now won the Big Ten outright or shared conference titles 11 times, which ties for fifth with Wisconsin. The Hawkeyes have shared Big Ten titles two of the last three years (Iowa and Ohio State shared the title in 2002).
Iowa extended its home winning streak to 18. The 18-game home winning streak, dating back to 2002, is a Kinnick Stadium record. The active streak ranks fourth nationally among Division I-A schools.
Kirk Ferentz improves to 10-15 against ranked opponents the last six seasons. Today's victory keeps The Heartland Trophy in Iowa City. The two teams have met 80 times with the record series tied 39-39-2. The Hawkeyes have won the last three contests. Today's victory is Iowa's second over a ranked opponent this season (33-7 win over 23 rd -ranked Ohio State) on Oct. 6 in Iowa City. Additionally, the win is Iowa's first over a top-ten ranked opponent since defeating eighth-ranked Michigan (34-9) in Ann Arbor on Oct. 26, 2002.
Iowa won the toss and elected to receive. Iowa opponents started on offense the previous two games (Purdue and Minnesota). The Hawkeyes have started on offense 64-of-72 contests under Coach Ferentz.
Today's game was a sellout. All six home games this season were sellouts, marking the first time in history. Iowa finishes the season with a record home average attendance of 70,397. Iowa has sold out 11 consecutive games, dating back to 2003.
Iowa failed to score on its opening possession. The Hawkeyes scored on their opening possession in six of 11 contests this season.
Wisconsin failed to score on its first possession, becoming Iowa's eighth opponent not to score any points on its opening drive. Illinois and Arizona State are the only opponents to score on their opening drive, as both posted touchdowns.
Wisconsin's first two possessions of the game started on Iowa's 32 and 35-yard lines following Wisconsin interceptions by DB Jim Leonhard. The Badgers failed to score points on both possessions after fumbling the snap on their first field goal attempt (47 yard attempt) and missing their second field attempt wide right (51 yard attempt).
DE Matt Roth collected three tackles for loss, including one sack. Roth has 42 tackles for loss, which moves him past Jim Johnson (1987-90) and into third place on Iowa's career tackles for loss list.
Iowa's Damian Sims returned a kickoff 37 yards in the second quarter. The 37-yard return is Iowa's longest of the season, besting Albert Young and Ed Hinkel's 36-yard return vs. Iowa State and at Arizona State, respectively.
QB Drew Tate threw touchdown passes of six and 51 yards in the first half and a 12-yarder in the second half. The three touchdowns tie a season high (Ohio State). Tate has thrown two touchdowns or more in five of the last six games (none at Penn State).
DB Jovon Johnson returned an interception six yards in the third quarter. The pick was his third of the season and 13 th of his career. Johnson ranks fourth in career interceptions at Iowa. DB Sean Considine intercepted his second pass in as many weeks in the third quarter. The interception resulted in a Tate to Scott Chandler 12-yard touchdown pass. Considine has three picks on the season and six for his career.
WR Clinton Solomon has posted 100 yard receiving games four times this season (Mic higan State, Ohio State and Minnesota). The junior led Iowa in receiving six of the last seven games.
DT Tyler Luebke recovered his team-leading third fumble in the third quarter. The turnover resulted in a PK Kyle Schlicher 31-yard field goal in third quarter.
Linebackers Abdul Hodge and Chad Greenway collected 11 and 10 tackles, respectively. Hodge has posted double digit tackles 13 times in his career, including six times this season. Greenway has posted double figure tackles seven times this season and 15 times in his career. Greenway has 251 career tackles, which ranks 26 th at Iowa. Hodge has 280 career tackles, which ranks 15 th at Iowa.
Iowa's defense collected seven tackles for loss, bolstered by three each by DE Matt Roth and DT Jonathan Babineaux.
Iowa improves to 37-4 when leading at the half and 40-2 when leading after three quarters under Coach Ferentz.
Iowa outscored Wisconsin 10-0 in the third quarter. The Hawkeyes have outscored their opponents 66-41 this season in the third quarter this season.
RB Marques Simmons returned to action today after missing the last four games. Simmons rushed 13 times for 38 yards. Simmons sprained an ankle in Iowa's victory over Ohio State.
Iowa's defense has forced 19 turnovers the last five games (3.8 avg.). The Hawkeyes have forced four or turnovers the last three games. The Hawkeyes collected a onference-best 26 takeaways in Big Ten play this year.
DL Jonathan Babineaux returned a fumble 39 yards in the fourth quarter. The fumble return was Iowa's first fumble return for yards this season.
Iowa scored 30 points today, marking the third time this season the Hawkeyes tallied 30 points or more. The Hawkeye defense allowed only seven points, marking the fourth time this season opponents have scored seven points or less.
QB Drew Tate completed 15-24 passes for 186 yards and three touchdowns, with three interceptions. Tate has 18 TD passes this season, a total that ties the sixth best total at Iowa for a season. Tate's totals for the season inc lude 213-343 for 2,499 yards, which is the eighth best single -season total at Iowa.
PK Kyle Schlicher has converted 20-25 field goals (15-16, 20-39 yards, with the miss being blocked) and 25-28 PATs this year. Schlicher is Iowa's leading scorer with 85 points.