Rob Report: Wisconsin

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

MADISON, Wisc. -

DRESSED LIST:

Quarterback (4) - Tate, Christensen, Phillips, Manson.

Running Back (9) - Sherlock, Schnoor, Young, Simmons, Busch, Sims, Brownlee, Greene, Ch. Davis,

Wide Receiver (8) - Christian, Hinkel, Solomon, Melloy, C. Davis, Brodell, McCollom, Grigsby

Tight End (5) - Chandler, Moeaki, Majerus, Myers, Barkema

Offensive Line (11) - Huntrods, Bruggeman, M. Jones, Gates, Ferentz, Yanda, Richardson, Walker, Cronin, Elgin, Olsen.

Defensive Line (9) - Follett, Iwebema, Mattison, Narinskiy, Bentler, Kroul, King, Bain, Kanellis

Linebacker (8) - Humpal, Greenway, Hodge, Miles, Gabelmann, McGrath, Bergan, Klinkenborg,

Defensive Back (12) - Merrick, J. Johnson, Godfrey, Allen, Paschal, Moylan, Shada, Williams, Becker, Fletcher, Dalton, Price

Specialists (4) - Schlicher, Gallery, Fenstermaker, Olszta.

GETTING DEFENSIVE: The Iowa defense held Wisconsin to no points after the Badgers led 10-0 in the first period. The Badgers were held to 39 yards in third quarter and 55 in the fourth, for a total of 94 yards in the second half. Wisconsin gained 68 of its 94 yards in the second half on its final drive in the closing minutes.

Wisconsin becomes the first Iowa opponent since Ball State in the first game of the season to fail to score any points in the second half.

INJURY REPORT: Ed Hinkel returned after a three-game hiatus to rest his broken right arm. He started. Jovon Johnson started at cornerback after missing last week's game with a leg injury. He had been listed as very questionable earlier in the week.

OLD FRIEND: Former Iowa player and assistant Bret Bielema, now Wisconsin's defensive coordinator and future head coach, visited with Iowa coaches Lester Erb, Carl Jackson, Norm Parker, Reese Morgan and Phil Parker. Norm and Bret spent quite a bit of time together.

TATE TOTE BOARD: QB Drew Tate completed 21-34 passes for 224 yards and two touchdowns. Tate has 36 career touchdown passes, which ranks fifth on Iowa's all-time QB list. The junior ranks fifth in both career passing yards and total yards.

Tate has thrown two touchdown passes or more in seven of 10 games this season. He has thrown two touchdown passes or more in 15 career games, including 12 of his last 15 games dating back to last year.

TACKLING MACHINES: LB Chad Greenway, with a game-high 12 tackles at Wisconsin , gives his 392 career stops. He ranks fifth on Iowa's career tackle list. Greenway has posted double digit tackles 24 times in his career, including nine times this year.

LB Abdul Hodge had eight tackles at Wisconsin to raise his career total to 415. He ranks fourth on Iowa's career tackle chart. Hodge has recorded double digit tackles 20 times in his career and six times in 2005.

EXTRA POINTS: Bowl reps in attendance were from the Cap One, Alamo, Outback…Iowa had 12 men on the field before Wisconsin's field goal in the first quarter…Tony Moeaki started for the second game in the row…LG Mike Jones was whistled for a false start and a holding penalty in the first quarter…Ryan Bain hit Stocco out of bounds for a personal foul late in the first quarter after Follett had recorded a sack. The true freshman also worked a beautiful stunt to blow passed a O-lineman and sack the Wisky QB…Wisconsin pinned the Hawkeyes in inside their five with 1:06 to play before halftime but decided not to use any of its three timeouts as the visitors ran out the clock…Bradley Fletcher called for holding on Iowa's first punt return of the second half. Instead of the Hawks taking over on their own 45, they got it on their 25…The announced crowd of 83,184 represented a Camp Randall record…Jovon Johnson's 24-yard punt return set up the fourth-quarter drive that yielded a key field goal that gave Iowa a 20-10 lead…On that drive, Drew Tate hit Albert Young on a screen pass that gained 35 yards. Mike Elgin sprung the Iowa back with a great pancake block on the outside…Reserve RB Damien Sims carried six times for 30 yards…Iowa became bowl eligible for a fifth straight season…The win is Iowa's first road win over a ranked opponent since the Hawkeyes scored a 27-21 win in Madison (11/22/03). That Iowa win also marked Wisconsin's most recent home loss, snapping an 11game home winning streak for the Badgers. This win also marks the first time Iowa has won a game, after trailing at halftime, since that 2003 win at Wisconsin…Wisconsin running back Brian Calhoun was held to a season-low 18 rushing yards and his scoring streak was snapped at 10 games…Junior FB Champ Davis scored his first career touchdown on a six-yard pass reception in the third period. Davis entered the game with six receptions through Iowa's first nine games. He missed the final four games of last season due to injury…Young carried the ball 26 times for 127 yards, increasing his season total to 1,197 yards. His rushing total ranks sixth best in a single season at Iowa. He surpassed 100 rushing yards for the sixth straight game and seventh time (Iowa State, Illinois, Purdue, Indiana, Michigan and Northwestern) this season…PK Kyle Schlicher scored eight points today (2 FGs, 2 PATs) to increase his career point total to 173. Schlicher moved into 10th place on Iowa's career scoring list…Iowa improved to 36-2 when leading after three periods, dating back to the 2002 season. Additionally, the Hawkeyes are now 14-8 in November under Coach Ferentz, including a 10-2 mark dating back to 2002.


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