Inside the Numbers: Iowa Through Six Games

Iowa's win against Purdue was definitely a shot of life into this year's team and could prove to be the crossroads game of 2005.

Iowa's win against Purdue was definitely a shot of life into this year's team and could prove to be the crossroads game of 2005.

Here are some interesting angles that came from the game…

On Iowa's second, third and fourth drives of the second half, they ran 10, 11 and 10 plays and amassed 198 yards...Purdue had just 159 yards the entire second half. The two 10-play drives for Iowa produced 10 points, and Iowa marched 77 & 80 yards on those two 10-play drives. Purdue had zero drives of 10 plays or more on the day.

Iowa's special teams came to the fore again on Saturday, and you can really see that in the field position numbers. Purdue's average starting field position in the first and second half's was there own 18 & 19 yard line. Iowa's was its own 26 & 34.

For the second straight Big Ten road game, Iowa had zero turnovers. That has probably been done before, but considering the games were at Ohio State and Purdue, that is high cotton.

Four of Iowa's seven second-half drives were at least 3:00 minutes in length, with one being over 5:00 minutes. That turned a first half time of possession disadvantage into nearly a 12 minute advantage in the second half.

Iowa's offense was not held to a ‘three and out' for the entire game.

With his 47-yard field goal attempt miss in the second half, Kyle Schlicher snapped an impressive streak. He had successfully converted his previous 16 field goals before that miss. The miss was just wide of the left upright. Schlicher is now 29 of 35 on his career, with four of his six misses being from 44 yards or further.

Purdue visited Iowa's red zone just twice on the day, converting one visit for a touchdown, their first possession, and coming up short on their second, the interception by Miles. Opponents have made just 17 trips to Iowa's redzone this year, scoring on 10 of those visits. Iowa has scored on 21 of its 22 red zone visits. Iowa opponents are just 3 of 9 on field goal attempts this season. Iowa has recorded four turnovers inside the opponents 10-yard line in the last three games.

With 590 net yards rushing, Albert Young has more than doubled up Sam Brownlee's team leading 2004 rushing yard production for the season. Young also has 10 receptions on the season, the most by an Iowa tailback since Ladell Betts snared 15 in the 2001 season. Young has returned five kickoffs this year, averaging just 7.8 yards per return. Young is also averaging better than 122 total yards per game.

Clinton Solomon is averaging 20.9 yards per catch on the year. 43 percent of his 355 receiving yards have come on two plays: the 78-yard score against Purdue and the 71-yard score against Northern Iowa.

Drew Tate is completing 65.4 percent of his passes this year, with several of his incompletions being dropped passes. He threw for more than 300 yards for the fourth time in his career, becoming just the third Iowa quarterback to ever break that barrier four or more times. Chuck Long and Chuck Hartlieb lead the way with eight games each.

Chad Greenway leads Iowa with 79 tackles, with an amazing 52 of those stops being solos. Abdul Hodge is second on the team with 37 solos. Hodge and Mitch King lead the team with six tackles for loss. Kenny Iwebema leads the way with four sacks and Jovon Johnson and Greenway have each broken up three passes to pace the Hawks. King also leads the way with three forced fumbles.

Iowa improved to 31-1 when leading at the half and 34-0 when leading after three quarters, dating back to the 2002 season. Additionally, the Hawkeyes improve to 12-1 in October, dating back to 2002. Iowa is now 21-2 in October and November dating back to the 2002 season.


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