Iowa has sold out 11 straight games over the past two seasons and carries an 18-game home winning streak into the 2005 season, including 13 in conference play. That is the longest such win streak in stadium history, with the school record being 20 consecutive home wins. Iowa hosts Ball State, Northern Iowa, Illinois and Indiana to start the 2006 home slate, before finishing with Michigan and Minnesota. Iowa has won 25 of its last 27 games in Kinnick Stadium.
Iowa's home winning streak is the fourth longest streak in the nation entering the season, behind Boise State (25), USC (21) and Oklahoma (19). Kinnick Stadium has 20 miles of bleacher seats and is 79 rows high on each side. Iowa carries an eight-game winning streak overall into the 2005 regular season, their last loss coming at Michigan on September 25th, 2005. That streak is also the fourth longest current streak of its kind in the nation. (Southern Cal (22), Utah (16) and Auburn (15)
Iowa has won at least 10 games three straight seasons, a feat accomplished by only six other Big Ten mentors. Kirk Ferentz joins Michigan's Lloyd Carr (1997-99), Bo Schembechler (1971-74, 1976-78) and Fielding Yost (1901-05), Minnesota's Henry Williams (1903-05), Ohio State's John Cooper (1995-98) and Woody Hayes (1973-75). Iowa's 31 victories set a school record for wins over a three-year span.
Iowa was the highest rated Big Ten team at the conclusion of the 2004-2005 Bowl Season, ranking 8th in bowl final polls for the third year in a row.
A majority, if not all, of Iowa's games this season will be selected for television. The Big Ten Conference announces game times and television stations that will carry the games no later than 13 days prior to game days. Iowa road games at Purdue and Iowa State and home contests against Ball State and Northern Iowa have already been selected for television. The contest at Iowa State will be televised regionally on ABC at 2:30 p.m., while the Purdue game will be televised to a national cable audience on ESPN at 3:35 p.m. Iowa's non-conference games vs. Ball State and Northern Iowa will be televised regionally on ESPN Plus. The Ball State game is slated for an 11 a.m. start, while the Northern Iowa contest will kickoff at 2:30 p.m. All times listed are central daylight time.
Iowa's bowl game vs. LSU on Jan. 1, 2005, marked the 40th consecutive game the Hawkeyes have appeared on television. The last Iowa contest that was not televised was vs. Minnesota on Nov. 17, 2001.
The media guides lists 123 players on the football team;
RS Frosh: 29
True Frosh: 22
STRONG AGAINST THE RUN
Iowa's rush defense has been stellar in recent years, and each of the last three seasons ranks among the top four all time single season totals.
The record for fewest rushing yards allowed per game for a season is 79.7, set in 1981. Last year's defense ranks 2nd all time as they held opponents to just 81.9 yards per game. In 2003 & 2002, Iowa's defense held teams to 92.5 & 92.7 yards per game on the ground, respectively.
AIRING IT OUT
Iowa averaged 240.1 passing yards per game last year, good for fifth highest average in school history. The record was set in 1985 as Iowa averaged 300.1 passing yards per game.
Quarterback Drew Tate's 2,786 passing yards in 2004 was also the fifth highest total in school history, and his 375 attempts were the third highest total ever, as were his 233 completions. He joined Chuck Long and Brad Banks as the only Hawkeye quarterbacks to ever throw for 20 or more touchdown passes in a season. Tate threw 20 in 2004. Tate is currently 10th on Iowa's all time passing list and should move into the top five with a healthy 2005 season.
Tate has three, 300-yard passing games in his career. Chuck Long and Chuck Hartlieb lead the way in Iowa annals with eight such performances apiece. Matt Sherman and Scott Mullen each had three such games in their careers.
Clinton Solomon's 905 receiving yards in 2004 was good enough for seventh best all time in Iowa history. Ed Hinkel's 744 receiving yards was the 16th highest total in one season.
Hinkel has 1,070 receiving yards in his Iowa career, with Solomon close behind with 1,064. Hinkel is five catches shy of his 100th at Iowa, and Solomon needs 28 to top the century mark.
Iowa's dynamic linebacker duo of Abdul Hodge and Chad Greenway are poised to leave quite a legacy once their Hawkeye careers are over at the end of the 2005 season.
Hodge is currently 14th on Iowa's all-time tackling list with 295 career stops, while Greenway has made 260 tackles, tying him with Jared Devries for 23rd.
Each player is within range of 400 career tackles, a feat accomplished by just three Hawkeyes in the history of the program: Larry Station (492), Andre Jackson (465) and Brad Quast (435).
CLOSING IN ON KINNICK
Senior corner Jovon Johnson has 14 interceptions in three seasons, tying him with Damien Robinson for third all-time at Iowa. The record is held by Nile Kinnick and Devon Mitchell who recorded 18 thefts in their careers. Half of Kinnick's picks came in 1939, the year he won the Heisman Trophy. Eight picks in a season is the school record, tied by Lou King in 1981.
Fellow senior corner Antwan Allen has started all 38 games of his career. Should he start every game this season, and assuming Iowa makes it to its fifth straight bowl game, Allen would have 50 career starts, a total that would at least tie him for the all time record. We are efforting to see if that is an Iowa record, as there have been three previous four-year spans where a player could have had 50 starts max.
Kyle Schlicher's 21 field goals in 2004 tied him with Nate Kaeding and Rob Houghtlin for the school record. Schlicher's 92 points was the seventh highest single season point total in school history.
HOME GROWN HAWKEYES
Iowa's roster of 123 players includes 55 players from Iowa. The roster includes 11 players from Texas and Florida, nine from Illinois, eight from New Jersey, five from Ohio, four from Pennsylvania, three from Minnesota, two from Arkansas, California, Nebraska, South Carolina, South Dakota and Wisconsin and one from Connecticut, Indiana, Georgia, Kansas and New York.
DID YOU KNOW…
Iowa ranks eighth in the nation in winning percentage (.816) over the past three seasons, ninth (.760) over the past four seasons and 10th (.800) over the past two years.
In 2005, Iowa tied Southern Cal and Virginia Tech as having the best football student-athlete graduation rate (58%) among all Division I teams earning a bowl invitation. Among ranked teams over the last three years, only Iowa and Southern Cal have been in the top five in graduation rates.
Over the past six seasons, 40-of-46 senior starters under Coach Ferentz, have been selected in the NFL Draft or signed to an NFL free agent contract.
Iowa ranks second among Big Ten teams in number of players drafted over the past four years, having 18 players selected in that time. In the 2005 NFL Draft, DE Matt Roth and DT Jonathan Babineaux were second round selections and DB Sean Considine was selected in the fourth round.
The last time an Iowa running back ran for more than 200 yards in a game was accomplished by Tavian Banks in 1997 against Tulsa. Banks rushed for a school record 314 yards in that contest. Just seven different players have ever gone over 200 yards in a game on the ground for Iowa.
Iowa finished in the season ending top 10 twice under Hayden Fry (1985/9th & 1991/10th). Iowa has three straight Top Eight finishes under Kirk Ferentz. Iowa finished ranked in the Top Five after each of the 1956, 1957 & 1958 seasons, including two second place finishes.
FAN APPRECIATION DAYS
The media guides lists August 14th as Fan Appreciation Day, and August 20th as an Open Scrimmage…keep those dates in mind as you plan your month of August.