Statistical Anomaly: Iowa Beats IU 38-21

When your opponent runs 101 plays to your 57, holds a 2-1 advantage in time of possession and wins the turnover battle, you expect to lose...and lose big. Fortunately for Iowa, that did not happen. The Hawkeyes put up four scoring plays of 25-yards or more and held off the upstart Indiana Hoosiers 38-21 on Saturday, Iowa's 22nd straight win at home...

It was not a work of art, but the Iowa Hawkeyes will certainly take its 38-21 win against Indiana on Saturday. The Hoosiers had the ball for more than 40 minutes of the game, but it was Iowa's quick-strike scoring offense that did enough when it had the ball, which was less than 20 minutes of the contest.

When you see a team dominate the time of possession the way that Indiana did on Saturday, with just over 40 minutes of possession to less than 20 for Iowa, you certainly would not expect Iowa to be the team that emerged with a double-digit win.

When you factor in that Indiana also won the edge in the turnover battle, that aspect would certainly be underscored even more. Add that Indiana ran 101 plays to Iowa's 57, and you pretty much have a statistical knockout in favor of the Hoosiers…

But it was Iowa that emerged victorious, scoring five touchdowns, four of which came on plays longer than 26 yards.

Iowa first got on the board on third and goal from eight yards out on a slant pattern to Matt Melloy. Melloy made the catch at the three and carried a defender into the endzone on a great play.

Clinton Solomon had his second excellent game in a row, with three catches for 79 yards as Iowa felt it could attack Indiana downfield on the day.

Consequently, Drew Tate's completion percentage was not all that impressive; he was just 11 of 25. But he threw for 264 yards and two touchdowns to no interceptions. Albert Young carried the mail 26 times for 124 yards in addition to two receptions for 63 yards. One of his receptions went for 51 yards in the first quarter.

The Hawkeyes jumped out to a 14-0 first quarter lead and had amassed nearly 150 yards in the opening stanza. But the Hoosier's flipped the script in the second quarter, dominating the snaps on offense.

Indiana's talented quarterback Blake Powers was 37 of 58 for 359 yards and two touchdowns. He has 20 touchdown passes on the year, which was tied for the most in the nation at the end of the game.

Freshman phenom receiver James Hardy was as advertised and more, catching 12 passes for 201 yards and a score.

Iowa's defense gave up more than 450 yards, but they did not play as poorly as the stats might indicate. Iowa had two turnovers in the game and the Iowa defense stiffened and took on of those turnovers back and forced Purdue to punt on the other.

For the most part, they forced Indiana to put together long scoring drives, and in the first half, Indiana turned the ball over on downs inside of Iowa's 39-yard line on three occasions.

Adam Shada played a solid game in place of Antwan Allen, even though his assignment, Hardy, had a great game. Shada picked off one fade pass intended for the 6-foot-7 Hardy, and he tipped a pass in the endzone that wound up in Hardy's hands after a juggling act.

Andy Fenstermaker had six punts on the day, including a career long 57-yarder that changed field position for the Hoosiers. He averaged 41.5 yards per punt.

Jovon Johnson returned punts today, filling in for the injured Ed Hinkel. He averaged an excellent 17.7 yards on three returns, including one for 30 yards.

Iowa improved to 5-2 on the year, one win shy of bowl eligibility. More importantly, Iowa moved to 3-1 in the Big Ten and will go to bed tonight no worse than in a tie for second place. Should Michigan beat Penn State, Iowa would be in a tie for first place.

Iowa improved to 32-1 when leading at the half and 35-0 when leading after three quarters, dating back to the 2002 season. Additionally, the Hawkeyes improve to 13-1 in October, dating back to 2002. Iowa extended its school-record home winning streak to 22 – a streak that ranks third nationally behind Boise State and USC. Iowa has also won 15 straight home Big Ten games. The current 15-game home win streak in league games began with a 42-24 win over Minnesota in 2001. The Hawkeyes have not trailed in 10 straight home games, dating back to last year. The last time Iowa trailed in Kinnick Stadium was 6-3 in their 2003 regular season finale vs. Minnesota (Nov. 15, 2003). Iowa won that game 40-22.

The Hawkeyes have maintained a lead or been tied in their last 43 quarters in Kinnick Stadium. Iowa has scored 30-plus points in three consecutive games. Additionally, Iowa is averaging 41.6 ppg in its four home games this season.

Today's win is Iowa's third straight over Indiana. The Hawkeyes have won 14 of the last 20 overall contests against the Hoosiers and have won eight of the last 10 games played in Kinnick Stadium dating back to 1981.

Iowa won the toss and elected to receive. The Hawkeyes have started on offense in 69 of their last 74 games. Iowa has started on offense in 71-of-80 contests under Kirk Ferentz.

WR Matt Melloy scored an eight-yard touchdown from QB Drew Tate on Iowa's second offensive possession, the third of his career and first touchdown this season. The touchdown was his first score since catching two touchdown passes in last year's season-opening victory over Kent State. He finished the game with two catches for 23 yards. Iowa tallied three rushing touchdowns, two by RB Albert Young (31 and 25 yards) and one by RB Damian Sims (30 yards). The Hawkeyes now have 14 rushing touchdowns this year, besting last year's season total of 10 recorded in 12 games. Sims' 30-yard scoring run was his only rushing attempt of the game.

RB Albert Young scored his sixth and seventh career touchdowns on a 31-yard scoring run in the first quarter and a 26-yard scoring run in the fourth quarter. For the game he carried the ball 25 times for 125 yards. He surpassed 100 rushing yards for the third straight game and fourth time (Iowa State, Illinois, Purdue and Indiana) this season. Additionally, he finished the game with 202 all-purpose yards. He has topped 200 all-purpose yards in consecutive weeks, recording 217 yards last week at Purdue.

Today's sellout crowd of 70,585 is Iowa's 15th straight Kinnick Stadium sellout dating back to the 2003 season. The last Iowa game not a sellout was vs. Buffalo (9/6/03).

Iowa failed to score on its opening possession, going three-and-out. Today marked the first home game this season the Hawkeyes did not score on their first drive. The Hawkeyes also failed to score any points on their opening drives in road games at Iowa State and Ohio State. Iowa scored touchdowns on its first possession in games against Ball State, Northern Iowa, Illinois and Purdue.

QB Drew Tate completed 12-24 passes for 265 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. He has two touchdown passes or more in five of seven games this season. He has thrown two TD passes or more in 13 career games, including 10 of his 12 games dating back to last year. Tate now has 32 career touchdown passes, which ranks fifth on Iowa's all-time QB list.

P Andy Fenstermaker booted a career-long 55-yard punt in the third quarter, besting his previous high of 51 yards at Iowa State. For the game, he collected two 50-plus yard punts and placed three inside the 20. For the game he punted six times with a 40.2 average. For the game, Indiana had only two returns for negative one yard.

Indiana failed to score on its first possession, with its drive stalling on the 29-yard line after failing to convert a fourth-and-seven. Only two Iowa opponents scored (touchdowns) on their opening possession this season (Purdue and Ohio State). Iowa scored 14 first-quarter points and has out-scored its opponents 70-0 in the first quarter in four home games this year.

For the second game this year, four Hawkeyes posted double digit tackles (Jovon Johnson, Adam Shada, Chad Greenway and Abdul Hodge). Iowa also had four players collect double -digit tackles vs. Illinois. LB Chad Greenway, with 14 tackles today (three for loss), moved from 11th place on Iowa's career tackle list to eighth passing Aaron Kampman, Dave Haight and Bob Sanders. Greenway has 353 career stops. Greenway has posted double digit tackles 21 times in his career, including six times this year.

LB Abdul Hodge had a game-high 18 tackles (11 solo) , including one for loss, today to move from sixth place to fifth, passing Tom Rusk, on Iowa's career tackle chart with 375. Hodge has recorded double digit tackles 18 times in his career and four times in 2005.

DB Jovon Johnson has collected career highs in tackles the last two weeks. Last week at Purdue, he registered nine stops, while he racked-up 17 tackles (13 solo) vs. Indiana. He also had two pass breakups.

DB Adam Shada recorded a career-high 13 tackles and also intercepted his second pass of the season – a total that ties DB Jovon Johnson for the team lead. Shada was in the starting line-up for the second time in his career.

Instant replay was used three times today – with all three calls reversed. A called Indiana fumble was reversed, giving the Hoosiers a gain of five yards on the QB scramble. A pass from QB Drew Tate to TE Scott Chandler that was ruled incomplete was reversed, giving Chandler a 23-yard pass completion that ultimately resulted in a 35-yard field goal by PK Kyle Schlicher. A pass completion from QB Blake Powers to WR James Hardy initially ruled incomplete along the Iowa sidelines was overturned after further review.

PK Kyle Schlicher converted 5-5 PATs and 1-1 field goal to increase her career point total to 148, which ranks 12th on Iowa's career scoring chart. Schlicher passed Mike Saunders (1988-91) today on the career scoring list.

WR Clinton Solomon caught three passes for 79 yards and one touchdown. He caught a 42-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter. Solomon has 13 career touchdown receptions and is now tied for sixth in career touchdown receptions at Iowa. He is tied with three other Hawkeyes (Quinn Early, Mike Flagg and Scot Helverson).

Andy Brodell partially blocked an Indiana punt late in the second quarter. The proceeding drive resulted on a PK Kyle Schlicher 35-yard field goal as time expired. The blocked punt was Iowa's first blocked punt of the year. Iowa also blocked two field goals vs. Illinois.

Indiana posted an 18-play, 94-yard scoring drive that consumed 7:39 in the third quarter that resulted in a one-yard touchdown pass. The 94-yard scoring drive is the longest scoring drive by an Iowa opponent this season. The previous longest scoring drive was two 85-yard touchdown scoring drives by Northern Iowa. Illinois recorded a 20-play, 90-yard drive that consumed 7:59 that resulted in a missed field goal.

Indiana dominated time of possession today, maintaining the ball 40:09 to Iowa's 19:51. The Hoosiers recorded 101 plays to the Hawkeyes' 57. Indiana converted 15-of-26 on third downs, while Iowa was 3- of-9.

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