Rob Report: Northwestern

HN.com Senior Writer Rob Howe offers his views from the press box in Evanston. In this week's edition, we talk injuries, travel squad, Albert Young, and more.

ALL DRESSED UP: Iowa players that made the trip to Evanston and were in uniform -

Wide Receiver (8) - Ed Hinkel, Andy Brodell, Calvin Davis, Clinton Solomon, Herb Grigsby, Matt Melloy, Kennon Christian, Eric McCollom.

Quarterback (3) - Drew Tate, Jason Manson, Cy Phillips.

Running Back (9) - Damien Sims, Marques Simmons, Tom Busch, Shonn Greene, Marcus Schnoor, Albert Young, Sam Brownlee, Kevin Sherlock, Champ Davis.

Offensive Line (11) - Ben Gates, Dace Richardson, Mike Jones, Seth Olsen, David Walker, Marshal Yanda, Brian Ferentz, Rob Bruggeman, Ben Cronin, Mike Elgin, Clint Huntrods.

Tight End (5) - C.J. Barkema, Scott Chandler, Brandon Myers, Tony Moeaki, Ryan Majerus.

Defensive Line (9) - Mike Follett, Kenny Iwebema, Matt Kroul, Mitch King, Alex Kanellis, Bryan Mattison, Ryan Bain, Nate Roos, Ted Bentler.

Defensive Back (12) - Khaliq Price, Harold Dalton, Antwan Allen, Charles Godfrey, Devan Moylan, Bradley Fletcher, Richie Williams, Miguel Merrick, Andrew Becker, Jovon Johnson, Marcus Paschal, Adam Shada.

Linebacker (9) - Abdul Hodge, Ed Miles, Chad Greenway, Mike Humpal, Gavin McGrath, Zach Gabelmann, Mike Klinkenborg, Chris Kuehl, Tyler Bergan.

Specialists (4) - Daniel Olsztra, Andy Fenstermaker, John Gallery, Kyle Schlicher.

INJURY REPORT: Jovon Johnson missed the game after injuring his hamstring during the week. Shada replaced him in the starting lineup.

Johnson's streak of 33 straight starts, dating back to the opening game of the 2003 season, ended. Iowa has no defensive backs that have started all nine games this season.

Johnson's starting streak was tied for the longest among Iowa players, as LB Chad Greenway and LB Abdul Hodge have not started 34 straight games.

Hinkel took part in pre-game warm-ups without a cast on his broken hand. He returned to the field in street clothes for the start of the game. Iowa Coach Kirk Ferentz said that was planned coming into the game in order to get Hinkel back in routine if he can go next week.

Tate missed the first series of the second half with an upper thigh bruise. The leg tightened up during post-halftime warm-ups. He re-entered the game for Manson for Iowa's second possession and played the rest of the way.

Coach Ferentz said Tate's injury still was a concern.

LINEUP CHANGES: Brodell replaced Solomon in the starting lineup. Solomon missed practice time this week to return attend his grandfather's funeral.

Solomon was held out of the first quarter as Brodell, Grigsby and Melloy handled the receiving duties.

Moeaki started with Chandler at tight end, replacing Majerus.

BUILDING BLOCKS: Moeaki threw an impressive blocked that allowed Young to cruise to into the end zone from 12 yards out for the Hawkeyes first touchdown. Elgin sealed his man beautifully to lead the way on Young's second scoring jaunt from 21 yards out.

Moeaki later blew up a Wildcat defender on a pass play to Chandler. The true freshman is becoming one of the team's most reliable blockers.

AWESOME ALBERT: Young reached career-highs in rushing attempts, rushing yards and all-purpose yards. He carried the ball 38 times for a career-high 202 yards and two touchdowns. He also had a career-high 274 all-purpose yards.

His 38 attempts rank as the fourth highest total in a single game and his 202 yards tied for ninth (Jim Jensen vs. Indiana, 10/18/75) for a single game. Jensen also had two touchdowns in that game.

His previous bests were 36 attempts for 165 yards rushing yards at Purdue earlier this season, where he also had 217 all-purpose yards. He surpassed 100 rushing yards for the fifth straight game and sixth time (Iowa State, Illinois, Purdue, Indiana and Michigan) this season. Young raised his season totals to 169 attempts for 973 yards, rushing for over 1,000 yards for the first time in his career.

Young has seven rushing touchdowns on the season and he rushed for two touchdowns in a game for the third time this season.

Iowa's most recent 1,000-yard rushed was Fred Russell in 2003 (282-1,355 yards). Young becomes the 11th Iowa running back to surpass 1,000 yards. He is the fourth Iowa player to surpass 1,000 yards in a season as a sophomore. That was also accomplished by Tony Stewart in 1988, Sedrick Shaw in 1994 and Fred Russell in 2002.

EXTRA POINTS: The Capital One, Alamo, Outback, Music City and Sun Bowls attended the game…Herb Grigsby returned punts for the injured Jovon Johnson…Young became the x Hawkeye to rush for 1,000 yards in a season and only the fourth sophomore…Iowa opened the game in a 3-4 and used the alignment often downs most likely to be passing. Humpal came in at linebacker and played well…Paschal missed a tackle that could have prevented Herbert's second-quarter touchdown…Northwestern LB Tim McGarigle broke the school's all-time tackle record Saturday…On Northwestern's late touchdown drive, the Hawkeyes had reserve D-Backs Richie Williams and Devan Moylan in the game…With 14 points vs. Northwestern, Iowa has outscored its nine opponents 105-20 in the first period…Instant replay was used once today in the third period. A Northwestern pass that was ruled incomplete was changed to a completion…Schlicher scored nine points today (2 FGs, 3 PATs) to increase his career point total to 165. Schlicher ranks 11th all-time in Iowa career scoring, one point behind David Hudson…Iowa came up with two interceptions, marking the first time this season Iowa has more than one interception in a game. Prior to the game the Wildcats led the Big Ten and ranked seventh in the nation in turnover margin (+10)…Iowa had a season high in plays (76) and first downs (26). Iowa had 74 offensive plays at Iowa State and 25 first downs vs. Illinois…Iowa had its third game of the season with no turnovers (Northern Iowa and Purdue)…Greenway, with 11 tackles today, moved into fifth place on Iowa's career tackle list, moving passed Fred Barr. Greenway has 380 career stops. Greenway has posted double digit tackles 23 times in his career, including eight times this year…Hodge had a game-high 12 tackles today to move passed 400 career stops. He ranks fourth on Iowa's career tackle chart with 407. Hodge has recorded double digit tackles 20 times in his career and six times in 2005.


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