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Iowa beat Northern Iowa on Saturday, but the Panthers showed some bite in their offensive attack. However, Drew Tate was back, figuratively and literally as Iowa racked up nearly 500 yards of offense.

Today's victory extended Iowa's home winning streak to 20. The 20-game streak, which ranks third nationally, ties the school record set Nov. 19, 1918 to Oct. 20, 1923 and is a Kinnick Stadium record.

Iowa improves to 13-1 against Northern Iowa, winning the last 13 in Iowa City. The Hawkeyes scored 34 points or more the last seven games against the Panthers. Northern Iowa's 14 points scored are the most scored by the Panthers in the 14-game series. The previous high was 13 points in a 34-13 Iowa triumph in 1995.

Iowa has won 29 of its last 35 regular season contests. The Hawkeyes improved to 29-1 when leading at the half and 32-0 when leading after three quarters the last four years. Iowa won the toss and elected to receive. The Hawkeyes have started on offense in 66 of their last 70 games. Iowa has started on offense in 68-of-76 contests under Kirk Ferentz.

QB Drew Tate rushed two times for 40 yards, including a career-long 26-yard scamper, on Iowa's opening scoring drive that resulted in a RB Albert Young 10-yard touchdown run. The Hawkeyes drove 80 yards on seven plays, with 73 yards coming on the ground. Iowa has scored a touchdown on its opening possession in two of its three games. QB Drew Tate's three-yard pass completion to WR Ed Hinkel in the third quarter moved Tate past Brad Banks for seventh in career passing yardage. Tate finished the game completing 15-18 passes for 247 yards and two touchdowns. His career totals include 268-425 (.631) passes for 3,244 yards and 25 touchdowns.

DB Jovon Johnson intercepted his 15th career pass and returned the interception 18 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter. The interception return for a score is the first of his career and first by a Hawkeye since LB Chad Greenway returned a pick 30 yards vs. Kent State in last year's season opener (9/4/04).

The interception is the second of the season for the Hawkeyes. Johnson's 15 career interceptions rank third in school history, trailing only Devon Mitchell (18) and Nile Kinnick (18) for first. Johnson returned a punt 90 yards for his first career touchdown vs. Ball State in week one.

Both RB Albert Young and WR Clinton Solomon scored two touchdowns today. Young recorded scoring runs of 10 and one yard, while Solomon registered touchdown receptions of 11 and 71 yards from QB Drew Tate. Solomon finished the game with four receptions for 114 yards, while Young carried the ball 13 times for 97 yards. Solomon surpassed 100 receiving yards in a game for the fifth time in his career and it marks his third game with two scoring receptions (vs. Ohio State and Wisconsin in 2004.

Northern Iowa failed to score on its opening possession, missing a 37-yard field goal attempt. None of Iowa's three opponents this season have scored on their opening possession. Iowa scored on its first four red zone possessions today and its first 10 of the season before turning the ball over on downs late in the third quarter with a large lead. Eight of the 10 scores were touchdowns.

Today's game was a sellout (70,585). The Hawkeyes have sold out 13 straight games in Kinnick Stadium dating back to the 2003 season. The last Iowa game not to sellout was vs. Buffalo (9/6/03). Northern Iowa's touchdown in the second quarter, marked the first points the Iowa defense has allowed in Kinnick Stadium in eight quarters, dating back to Iowa's regular season-finale vs. Wisconsin (11/20/04).

The Panther touchdown was the first points scored by Northern Iowa in three games against Iowa. The Panthers scored 13 points in a 34-13 defeat in 1995.

Iowa has out-scored its opponents 42-6 in the first quarter and 38-17 in the second quarter (80-23 in the first half) this season. Iowa scored on four-of-five five first half possessions (three touchdowns) today.

WR Clinton Solomon's 71-yard touchdown reception is the first third-quarter touchdown scored this season by either Iowa or a Hawkeye opponent. PK Kyle Schlicher converted five PATs and one field goal (23 yards) to increase his career total to 114 points, which ranks 18th in career scoring at Iowa.

RB Damian Sims scored his first career touchdown on a 39-yard run late in the fourth quarter. He finished the contest with two carries for 40 yards.

Iowa has not trailed in Kinnick Stadium since trailing 6-3 in its 2003 regular season finale vs. Minnesota (11/15/03); the Hawkeyes won that game 40-22. The Hawkeyes have maintained a lead in their last 35 quarters in Kinnick Stadium.

Iowa posted season highs in total yards (496), passing yards (265) and first downs (24).

LB Chad Greenway collected a game and career-high 20 tackles (12 solo) today. The senior tallied 17 stops (8 solo) at Iowa State in 2003. LB Abdul Hodge registered 12 tackles (7 Solo) and also recovered a fumble, his sixth career recovery and second of the season. Greenway reached double figures in tackles for the 17th time in his career (second this season) and Hodge recorded more than 10 for the 16th time in his career (first this season).

Iowa had five true freshmen see action today for the third straight game: RB Shonn Greene, TE Tony Moeaki, DL Alex Kanellis, OL Dace Richardson and DT Ryan Bain.

Iowa boasted a home record of 37-15 (.712) on the Kinnick Stadium turf since 1997. The turf is scheduled to be replaced in time for the Hawkeyes' next home game vs. Illinois on Oct. 1.

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