Hawk Shock: Iowa Falls at Indiana

The Iowa Hawkeyes have struggled on the road this year, but before today, they found a way to overcome their flat play. At Indiana, Iowa misfired and muddled their way to a 31-28 loss against the Hoosiers.

Iowa won the toss and elected to receive. Iowa has started on offense in 78 of its last 86 games. The Hawkeyes have started the game on offense in 80-of-92 games under Kirk Ferentz. Iowa has started on offense in six of seven games in 2006.

Iowa and Indiana both failed to score on their opening possession. Iowa has not scored on its first drive in seven games. Three of Iowa's opponents (Syracuse, Iowa State and Ohio State) opened the game with touchdown drives.

Iowa's 14 points in the first quarter match its highest scoring first quarter of the season. The Hawkeyes also scored 14 points in the first period of the 47-17 win over Purdue last weekend. The 21 points in the first half also matches Iowa's most productive first half, as the Hawkeyes led Illinois 21-0 at intermission.

The fumble recovery by Iowa's Marcus Wilson in the first period marked the first recovered fumble by Iowa this season. Iowa opponents fumbled six times in the first six games, but each time recovered their own fumble. Iowa turned the turnover into seven points on a one-yard run by Damian Sims. Later in the first period, Iowa recovered a second Hoosier fumble and also turned that error into seven points.

The missed field goal by Kyle Schlicher (51 yards) at the conclusion of Iowa's opening drive ended a streak of seven consecutive three-pointers by the Lou Groza Award candidate. Schlicher has made 8-11 field goals on the season and had not missed since being wide left on a 43-yard attempt at Syracuse in the second game of the season. Schlicher is 18-19 on PATs for 43 points this season. With four PATs vs. Indiana, Schlicher now has 232 points and ranks fourth in career scoring at Iowa.

DE Bryan Mattison had a caused fumble in the first period on Indiana's second fumble. Mattison has three forced fumbles this season. DT Matt Kroul had his first forced fumble of the season, also in the first half. Kroul had eight tackles in the game for a season high. His career high of nine tackles came against Indiana in 2005 in Iowa City.

SS Marcus Wilson came up with his second turnover in two weeks, collecting a fumble and 20-yard return in the opening period. Wilson had his first career interception vs. Purdue a week ago.

LB Ed Miles led the Iowa defense with a career-high 11 tackles, including eight solo stops. His previous high was 10 tackles in a 2005 win over Illinois.

WR Trey Stross, a redshirt freshman, had his second catch of the season, with the seven-yard reception resulting in a first down in the second period. Stross previously had one reception for six yards in the win over Montana in Iowa's opening game. He ended the game as Iowa's leading receiver with six catches for 67 yards.

WR Herb Grigsby scored the first rushing touchdown of his career on a 25-yard reverse in the second period. Grigsby was aided on the play by a block from QB Drew Tate. Grigsby's 45-yard reception in the first period marks the longest reception of his career. Grigsby had a 44-yard reception from Jason Mason earlier this season in Iowa's win at Syracuse.

Instant Replay was used twice in the first half. The first replay was used to get the correct spot of the ball on Iowa's first scoring drive. The second review came on an Indiana fumble in the second period. The ruling on the field, an Iowa recovery, was reversed to no fumble before the runner was down. Iowa used its coach's challenge in the fourth period when Indiana intercepted a tipped pass. The call on the field, an interception, was upheld.

Key Iowa players who did not play vs. Indiana included RB Albert Young, OL Rafael Eubanks and DT Mitch King. WR Dominique Douglas left the game in the second period and did not return. OL Dace Richardson did not play in the second half. LB Mike Humpal returned to action after missing the Purdue game. DB Marcus Paschal returned to action in the fourth quarter after missing the win over Purdue last week and most of the previous game against Ohio State.

Today's announced crowd of 31,392 is the smallest crowd to see Iowa play a Big Ten Conference game since Sept. 23, 2000 when the crowd was 31,225 for Iowa's game at Indiana.

RB Damian Sims started for the second straight week and rushed for 94 yards on 22 carries, scoring two touchdowns on short runs.

QB Drew Tate completed 21-37 passes for 253 yards and two touchdowns. Tate has now thrown for 7,111 career yards. He surpassed Chuck Hartlieb (6,934) to move into second in career passing at Iowa. The senior signal caller also ranks second in career total offense with 7,187 yards and pass completions with 573. Tate threw one touchdown pass vs. Indiana, a 19-yard strike to TE Scott Chandler. He has thrown for two scores or more in 20 career games, including 17 of his last 23 dating back to 2004.

LB Mike Klinkenborg and DB Miguel Merrick led Iowa with 14 tackles. The 14 tackles are career highs for both student-athletes. Klinkenborg, who ranks ninth in the nation in tackles, has reached double figures in tackles in five of Iowa's six games. DB Charles Godfrey collected 12 tackles.

Iowa hits the road next week at Michigan (2:35 p.m. CT) in a game to be televised to a regional audience on ABC.


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