Rob Report: Indiana

HN.com Senior Writer Rob Howe checks in with his observations from the Press Box during Iowa's 31-28 upset loss to Indiana on Saturday. This week we take a look at who made the trip, an injury report, key plays and statistical milestones.

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -

ALL DRESSED UP: The Hawkeyes who were in uniform for the Indiana game -

QB - Tate, Manson, Christensen,.

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

WR - Stross, Douglas, Brodell, Christian, Bowman.

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

OL - Richardson, Jones, Elgin, Olsen, Yanda, Aeschliman, Doering, Bruggeman, Calloway, Meade, Narinskiiy, Kuempel.

DL - Mattison, Bain, Kroul, Iwebema, Jackson, Geary, Kanellis, Ewen.

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

DB - Shada, Wilson, Godfrey, Merrick, Paschal, Edwards, Rowell, Dalton, Gardner

ST - Fenstermaker, Olzstra, Huntrods, Schlicher, Signor.

INJURY REPORT: Albert Young missed his second consecutive game with injury. Damian Sims started in his place.

Starting FS Marcus Paschal was replaced in the lineup by Marcus Wilson for the second week in a row. Paschal later stepped in when Wilson went down with an ankle injury.

Mike Humpal returned to the starting lineup after missing last week's game with a stinger.

Rafael Eubank did not dress for the game.

Left Tackle Dace Richardson was helped off of the field early in the second quarter with a right leg injury suffered on Iowa's reverse touchdown to Herb Grigsby. Richardson returned on the next offensive series, but did not start the second half. Wes Aeschliman moved to RT with Yanda going to LT.

Dominique Douglas went down with a leg injury after being rolled up on by RB Sims during a rush play. He limped very slowly off of the field at halftime.

Shonn Greene limped off of the field in the third quarter. The trainers were testing his right knee.

After the game, Coach Kirk Ferentz said that he didn't think any of the injuries suffered on Saturday were major. He said Douglas suffered a slight knee sprain, Richardson hurt his ankle, and Greene sustained a knee contusion.

When asked of Young would be back next week, Ferentz said he hoped so, but it's too early to tell and they'd have to see how he practiced this week.

NEW LOOK: The Hawkeyes utilized a 3-4 alignment throughout Saturday's game. Iwebema, Kroul and Mattison were down and Gattas came in as the extra linebacker. This came a week after Iowa showed some nickel and dime packages.

Who says Norm Parker isn't imaginative?

Iowa also used some Nickel and dime coverage against IU.

DISTINGUISED GUESTS: Former Iowa All-Americans Bob Sanders and Dallas Clark watched the game from the Hawkeye sidelines. The Indianapolis Colts teammates were on a bye week from NFL action this week.

Clark even got involved in some barking at the refs during the game. Sanders sported a big gold T-shirt.

BIG MAN TATE: Tate plays quarterback but we've known for a long time that the term "football player" best suits the senior. The tough Texan delivered an incredible block on an end around play by Grigsby that went for a TD.

Tate handed the ball off to Greene, who delivered to Grigsby. The wide receiver ran towards the right sideline, where Tate had the choice of two Hoosiers to block. He threw his body at one of their legs and leveled him.

That's just very nice for a guy that's been hurt most of the season.

NEXT MAN IN: After Douglas went down with a knee sprain, in the second quarter, red shirt freshman Troy Stross stepped in and led Iowa in receiving. The Ohio native caught six passes for 67 yards. Half of those receptions came on third down and resulted in first down.

Ferentz called Stross' emergence one of the few bright spots on the day. Stross had one career reception coming into Saturday.

EXTRA-POINTS: Iowa started on offense for the 78th time in the last 86 games…The Hawkeyes have not scored on their opening drive this year…Marcus Wilson's fumble recovery was the first for Iowa this season…Ed Miles led the Iowa defense with 11 tackles, which represented a career high…Today's crowd of 31,392 represented the smallest crowd to see Iowa play a conference game since Sept. 23rd, 2000, when Iowa played at Indiana…Tate moved past Chuck Hartlieb into second place on the school's all-time passing list with 292 on Saturday to move his Hawkeye total to 7,111...Kenny Iwebema did not have a tackle Saturday…Iowa converted on 12 of 17 third down opportunities while holding IU to 4 of 12...Iowa failed to have someone rush for 100 yards for the sixth time in seven games.


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