Rob Report: Illinois

Iowa moved to 4-0 on the season with a 24-7 victory against Illinois in Champaign. HN.com Senior Writer Rob Howe files his weekly report from the press box, complete with a travel list, injury report, big plays, and much more in this regular postgame package.

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A view from the press box in Champaign:

ALL DRESSED UP: Players who made the trip to Champaign and were in uniform:

QB - Christensen, Tate, Farnsworth, Manson

RB - McLaughlin, Brown, Brownlee, Sims, Greene, Williams, Busch, Ch. Davis, Young

WR - Christian, Douglas, Brodell, Grigsby, Bowman

OL - Meade, Richardson, Calloway, Doering, Yanda, Elgin, Eubanks, Narinskiy, Olsen, Aeschliman, Kuempel.

TE - Chandler, Majerus, Moeaki, Myers, Sabers, Blum

DL - Iwebema, Jackson, Mattison, Ewen, King, Kroul, Collins, Bain.

LB - Gattas, Humpal, McGrath, Miles, Klinkenborg, Gabelmann, Edds, Angerer

DB - Merrick, Wilson, Paschal, Shada, Dalton, Edwards, Godfrey, Gardner, Moylan, Greenwood, Fletcher

ST - Signor, Schlicher, Olszta, Fenstermaker, Huntrods, Donahue,.

INJURY REPORT: Defensive end Alex Kanellis spent the afternoon in a local hospital after having an appendectomy Friday night.

WR/PR Andy Brodell dressed, but did not see any action due to a sprained shoulder.

FS Marcus Paschal returned to the starting lineup after missing last week's ISU game with injury. He left the game in the third quarter and did not return. His right leg was wrapped in tape on top of his pants.

Devan Moylan replaced Paschal but he was injured on a kickoff following a fourth-quarter field goal. Harold Dalton came in for Moylan. After Dalton got beat on a TD, Paschal returned on the next series.

C Rafael Eubanks left late in the second quarter after having his leg rolled up on during the Young TD. He did not return, and Iowa moved Mike Elgin from RG to C, Seth Olsen from LG to RG and Travis Meade moved in at LG.

Kenny Iwebema left the game in the fourth quarter and was sitting on the bench with his right shoulder wrapped. Later, it was in a sling.

Dace Richardson left the game in the fourth quarter and had ice on his right knee. Wes Aeschliman came in at RT and Yanda moved to LT.

Mitch King left late in the game with a hamstring injury.

Ferentz said that Eubanks has a slightly sprained knee and that Moylan had an injured hamstring. That was about all the coach knew at this point. He said that he wouldn't classify any of the injuries from today as being serious as this point.

MAD MAN: Kirk Ferentz has been known to lose his cool with officials through the years, but the good captain has kept pretty calm this early season.

That changed on Saturday.

Ferentz lit up the refs after it appeared that Adam Shada recovered an Illinois fumble, but was not credited with the turnover. The coach challenged the call on the field, but it was upheld.

A few plays later, Ferentz lost it on the officials again when it appeared that a few Hawkeye defensive linemen were held.

Ferentz later questioned officials when they reviewed a play that was called as an interception by Paschal on the field. The coach wanted to know why it was looked at again without a challenge from the Illini.

HOOPS SCHOOL: As if the small crowd wasn't enough evidence that Illinois fans couldn't wait for basketball season , when a few hoops players were honored during a timeout, it represented one of the loudest moments for the home fans.

A lot of fans at Memorial Stadium were dressed as empty seats and a large number of Hawkeye fans were generously sprinkled throughout the stands.

COMMUNICATION BREAKDOWN: Drew Tate stomped up and down on the field after throwing a second-quarter interception on a ball intended for tight end Scott Chandler.

Tate met his receiver as they hit the sideline and made a motion to Chandler as if to say he should have cut quicker on the route. Chandler motioned back that the ball was under thrown. The pass was into double coverage and appeared to have too much air under it.

BACKFIELD IN MOTION: The Iowa running backs again found the sledding tough in the opening half. Illinois packed eight and nine guys in the box and had a safety spying on Young.

Young and Greene lined up in the same backfield several times in the opening half with one formation placing Greene in the H-back position and Young behind him. Greene did miss a block on a blitz when he was the lone back and AY lined up in the slot.

Damian Sims sparked the offense on his drive. Illinois did not spy No. 28, however. The right side of the line was exceptional on that drive.

If you're worried about jealousy in the backfield, you shouldn't. After Sims scored his TD, AY was one of the first guys to meet him on the sideline for congratulations.

QUICK HITTERS: True Freshman Wide Receiver Anthony Bowman saw his first action since the season-opening win against Montana…Yanda was whistled for two false starts in the first half. One was his fault, while the other was a result of Eubanks being late with his snap…Ryan Bain played both tackle and end in the game, getting extra reps with Kanellis out of the action…when Iowa started to suffer injuries on its offensive front, Majerus and Moeaki received most of the reps at TE…Iowa is 4-0 for the first time since 2003 and for only the second time in the Ferentz Era…Iowa's four-game winning streak against the Illini is the longest in the series…Ferentz moved into second plays on the all-time coaching win list at Iowa, passing Forest Evashevski with his 53rd triumph…The Hawkeyes scored three touchdowns in a 4:08 span of the second quarter…Klinkenborg led Iowa with 10 tackles…The Hawkeyes entered the game with one takeaway on the season, but intercepted four passes on Saturday. They now have five INTs and no fumble recoveries. .


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