Saturday will be the fifth night game in Kinnick Stadium's history, with Iowa holding a 2-2 record in past night contests. Iowa lost the first night contest played in Kinnick Stadium to Miami, FL (24-7) on Sept. 5, 1992. The Hawkeyes defeated Northern Illinois (24-0) on Sept. 18, 1999 and Arizona State (21-2) on Sept. 20, 2003. Iowa lost to Iowa State (36-31) on Sept. 14, 2002. Saturday will be only the second true night game in Kinnick Stadium. Hawkeye games vs. Northern Illinois (1999), Iowa State (2002) and Arizona State (2003) were 5 p.m. starts, while the Miami contest started at 7 p.m.
COLLEGE GAMEDAY COMES TO IOWA CITY
ESPN's College Gameday is coming to Iowa City this weekend. The extremely popular program, featuring Chris Fowler, Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit and Desmond Howard, will be making its second appearance in Iowa City. College Gameday's main show is from 9-11 a.m. (CDT) each Saturday. The crew will also be on the air live for segments Friday and Saturday evenings. The program's only previous appearance in Iowa City came in 1996. The ESPN show accompanied Iowa's game with Ohio State that year, too.
IOWA VS. TOP-RANKED OPPONENTS Iowa has played eight games (0-7-1) against top-ranked opponents in its history. Saturday will be Iowa's first game against a top-ranked opponent since playing at Nebraska (L, 42-13) on Sept. 23, 2000. Furthermore, the last time a top-ranked opponent visited Kinnick Stadium was Miami (L, 24-7) on Sept. 5, 1992 – coincidentally, Iowa's only other true night game in Kinnick Stadium. Below is a list of Iowa's games vs. top-ranked foes:
Iowa at Nebraska Sept. 23, 2000 L, 42-13
Miami at Iowa Sept. 5, 1992 L, 24-7
Iowa at Ohio State Oct. 11, 1975 L, 49-0
Ohio State at Iowa Oct. 31, 1964 L, 21-19
Iowa at Notre Dame Nov. 21, 1953 T, 14-14
Iowa at Notre Dame Nov. 19, 1949 L, 28-7
Minnesota at Iowa Nov. 15, 1941 L, 34-13
FERENTZ TIES EVASHEVSKI
Head Coach Kirk Ferentz collected his 53rd overall win at the University of Iowa last week at Illinois. The victory moves Ferentz past Forest Evashevski (1952-60) for the second-most wins by a Hawkeye head coach. Also, the triumph over Illinois was Ferentz's 33rd in Big Ten play, which matches Evashevski for second in conference wins at Iowa. Hayden Fry (1979-98) is Iowa's alltime winningest coach with 143 overall wins and 96 league victories.
IOWA, OHIO STATE NOTES
• Iowa is looking for its first 5-0 start under Coach Ferentz and its first since 1995. In 1995, the Hawkeyes started 5-0 and finished the season 8-4, capped by a Sun Bowl victory over Washington.
• A win Saturday would be Iowa's 10th overall victory over a top-five team and its 30th over a top-10 team. Iowa's highest victory over a ranked opponent was second-ranked Michigan (12-10) on Oct. 19, 1985 in Kinnick Stadium. Iowa was ranked No. 1 at that time.
• Iowa has won its last five Big Ten home openers. The Hawkeyes defeated Penn State (24-18) in 2001, Purdue (31-28) in 2002, Michigan (30-27) in 2003, Michigan State (38-16) in 2004 and Illinois (35-7) in 2005.
• Iowa had its 22-game home winning streak snapped when Michigan escaped with a 23-20 overtime win last Oct. 22. The Hawkeyes boasted a 24-point winning margin during the schoolrecord streak. The Hawkeyes have won 32 of their last 35 games in Kinnick Stadium, dating back to the end of the 2000 season. Iowa's three losses came against Iowa State (36-31 in 2002) and Michigan (32-26 in 2001 and 23-20 in overtime in 2005).
• Iowa (20-1, .952) boasts the fifth-best home winning percentage in the nation since the start of the 2003 season; Ohio State ranks second (23-1, .958).
• Saturday will be the last time Iowa and Ohio State meet until Nov. 14, 2009 in Columbus. Additionally, this year marks the last time the Hawkeyes play Michigan until Oct. 10, 2009.
• Ohio State has yielded seven points or fewer in its last three games (7 at Texas; 7 vs. Cincinnati; 6 vs. Penn State).
• Saturday will be Iowa's first contest against a ranked opponent this season. Ohio State has already played two ranked foes (No. 2 Texas and No. 24 Penn State).
• Iowa ranks 12th nationally in pass efficiency defense (90.8) and 13th in scoring defense (11.0). Ohio State ranks third in the nation in tackles for loss (9.5), seventh in scoring defense (8.0) and 12th in passing efficiency (162.27).
• Iowa's DL Mitch King is tied for sixth in the nation in sacks per game (1.25), while PK Kyle Schlicher ranks 11th in field goals per contest (1.67). Ohio State linemen Vernon Gholston and Quinn Pitcock are tied for 12th in sacks per game.
• Last week marked the first time Ohio State was shutout in the first half since the 2002 Outback Bowl.
• The Buckeyes have won 11-straight games, dating back to last year. Ohio State's last defeat came at Penn State (17-10) on Oct. 8, 2005. Iowa has won four-consecutive games and six of its last seven, dating back to last season. The Hawkeyes' last loss came to Florida (31-24) in the Outback Bowl on Jan. 1, 2006.
• Jim Tressel and Kirk Ferentz first coached against each other in 1990 when Tressel was head coach at Youngstown State and Ferentz at Maine. Youngstown State defeated Maine 38-17 in the final game of the year for the Black Bears.
• Iowa has nine players from the state of Ohio on its roster: sophomore DB Bradley Fletcher (Youngstown) and LB Anton Narinskiy (Chagrin Falls), true freshmen WR Derrell Johnson-Koulianos (Campbell), QB Arvell Nelson (Cleveland), LB Derrick Smith (Cleveland) and QB Richard Stanzi (Mentor) and, red-shirt freshman DB Chris Rowell (Warrenville Heights), WR Trey Stross (Avon Lake) and LB B.J. Travers (Westlake).
TATE CLIMBS CAREER CHARTS QB Drew Tate, who is on the Maxwell, Davey O'Brien and Manning Award Watch Lists, ranks high in all the Iowa career passing charts. The senior ranks second in touchdown passes (50), third in completion percentage (.621) and attempts (831), fourth in completions (516) and total offense (6,396) and fifth in yards (6,356). Tate is within reach to climb into second in completions, attempts, yards and total offense. The all-Big Ten performer is only 578 yards behind second place Chuck Hartlieb for yards and 459 yards behind second place Matt Rodgers for total offense. He is 34 completions and 74 attempts from tying Matt Rodgers for second in those categories. Chuck Long is Iowa's all-time leader in touchdowns (74), completions (782), attempts (1,203), yards (10,461) and total offense (10,254).
Tate has completed 58-93 passes for 687 yards and seven touchdowns this year. He ranks second in Big Ten passing (229.0), second in touchdowns (7), fifth in pass efficiency (145.0) and seventh in total offense (238.7). Tate completed 15-28 passes for 223 yards and three touchdowns vs. Montana. He did not play at Syracuse due to injury, but returned vs. Iowa State. The senior signal caller completed 26-38 passes for 274 yards and three touchdowns in his return against the Cyclones. He completed 17-27 passes for 190 yards and a score at Illinois.
Tate has thrown two touchdown passes or more in 19 career games, including 16 of his last 20 games dating back to 2004. He has tossed three or more touchdowns in six career contests. Tate garnered first team all-Big Ten laurels from the coaches and second team recognition by the media in 2004. He became the first Iowa sophomore quarterback to make first team all-Big Ten since Chuck Long was honored in 1983. Tate was also recognized as the 2004 Big Ten Player of the Year by collegefootballnews.com.