Rob Report: Northern Iowa

Senior Writer Rob Howe offers his views from the press box. This week, readers get a look at the injury report, the true freshmen that saw the field and when they got in there, a record-setting day for Chad Greenway, UNI taking it to Jovon Johnson, another shakeup in the starting offensive line and more in this HN.com Weekly postgame feature.

INJURY REPORT: Running back Marques Simmons (hamstring) and wide receiver Matt Melloy (leg) dressed for the first time this season. Offensive lineman David Walker (leg) was in uniform for a second consecutive week. Simmons played in the fourth quarter and was the only one of those three to see action.

Free Safety Marcus Paschal suffered a mild concussion in the second quarter and was replaced by Charles Godfrey. Paschal didn't return but should be ready to go at Ohio State.

Quite a few Hawkeyes came off of the field in the second half with bumps and dings. LB Chad Greenway banged up his arm but continued on.

SHUFFLE UP: For the third consecutive game, the Iowa coaches changed things up their starting offensive line. Ben Gates, Marshall Yanda, Brian Ferentz, Mike Elgin and Mike Jones opened the contest up front.

Seth Olsen started over Gates in the right tackle spot at Iowa State. Saturday, Jones moved to right tackle, and Gates started at left tackle.

ROOKIE ROUNDUP: Here's a look at the true freshmen that dressed out for Saturday's game - Tony Moeaki, Justin Collins, Ryan Bain, Alex Kanellis, Marcus Wilson, Chris Rowell, B.J. Travers, Pat Angerer, Kyle Calloway, Dace Richardson, Corey Robertson, Dana Brown, Dan Doering, Andy Kuempel, Trey Stross, Kelvin Bailey, Jake Christensen and Rafael Eubanks.

Moeaki entered the game on the Hawkeyes' second series. He hauled in a 36-yarder midway through the second quarter.

Bain was inserted early in the second quarter at defensive tackle. He played quite a bit in the second half, worked with the first-team defense late in the game, and picked up a sack.

The coaches inserted Greene midway though the second quarter. Kanellis took the field in the third quarter as did Richardson, and they saw extended minutes.

BACKUP BARRAGE: Iowa called on No. 2 QB Jason Manson early in the fourth quarter. Gates moved to right tackle. Olsen (right guard), Ben Cronin (center), Yanda (left guard) and Richardson (left tackle) rounded out the line.

Herb Grigsby replaced Ed Hinkel as the punt returner in the fourth quarter. Grigsby, Eric McCollom and Andy Brodell were running at receiver in the fourth quarter.

TAKING IT TO HIM: UNI challenged Iowa cornerback Jovon Johnson right away with wide receiver Patrick Hunter. On two of the first three plays, the Panthers threw bombs. Johnson was called for holding on the first one. Johnson tipped the second attempt before it landed in Hunter's hands for 35 yards.

On the second UNI drive, the Panthers took Johnson deep again with Hunter, but Johnson broke up the pass. The Iowa senior picked off a second-quarter pass and took it back 18 yards for a score. He also got burned deep in the second half.

STREAKING: 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.

OUR MAN TATE: 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.

THAT'S THE GREENWAY: 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).

EXTRA POINTS: Iowa's Mitch King and Alex Willcox rotated at defensive tackle during the first quarter with Bryan Mattison, Kenny Iwebema and Mike Follett alternating at end…Clinton Solomon dropped a second quarter pass with no one in his vicinity. The senior struggled with that problem at times last year…Running back Albert Young coughed up the football in the second quarter but Iowa recovered the ball. Still, the coaches yanked their starting tailback until late in the period…Miguel Merrick came up with a nice special teams' play by downing a second-quarter punt at the UNI 2-yard line…Andy Fenstermaker received the first punt try after John Gallery went first in the opening two weeks. Gallery received the second opportunity on Saturday, and the two specialists rotated the rest of the way…On UNI's second touchdown, the Hawkeyes sent Ed Miles and Miguel Merrick on the blitz. Panthers RB Terrence Freeney picked of Miles with a nice block. Merrick missed getting to the QB by a step…reserve tight end Brandon Myers dropped a pass right in his hands in the fourth quarter. He had some room to run…Iowa basketball coach Steve Alford visited the ESPN-Plus broadcast at halftime…Iowa improves to 13-1 against Northern Iowa, winning the last 13 in Iowa City. 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…DB Jovon Johnson intercepted his 15th career pass and returned the interception 18 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter. Johnson's 15 career interceptions rank third in school history, trailing only Devon Mitchell (18) and Nile Kinnick (18) for first…Clinton Solomon finished the game with four receptions for 114 yards, surpassing 100 receiving yards in a game for the fifth time in his career and it marks his third game with two scoring receptions… Saturday'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)…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…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 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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