Rob Report: Northern Illinois

HN.com Senior Writer Rob Howe took in Saturday's 24-14 Iowa victory against Northern Illinois and files this report, which includes a dressed list, injury report, key statistics and more.

ALL DRESSED UP: Iowa players in uniform for the Northern Illinois game.

QB - Manson, Christensen, Stanzi, Nelson, Farnsworth,

RB - Williams, McLaughlin, Busch, Young, Sims, Brown, Brownlee,

WR - Grigsby, Brodell, Bowman, Douglas, Johnson-Koulianos, Stross, Christian, O‘Meara, Chaney,

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

OL - Eubanks, Dunn, Doering, Aeschliman, Yanda, Ryther, Elgin, Narinskiiy, Bruggeman, Vandervelde, Aumaitre, Jones, Meade, Kuempel, Calloway,

DL - Kanellis, Iwebema, Kroul, Geary, Mattison, Mahmens, Clayborn, Oberland, Ewen, Cox, Jackson, Klug, King.

LB - Miles, Edds, Humpal, Klinkenborg, Hunter, McGrath, Angerer, Johnson, Gabelmann, Peterson, Gattas, Isrig, Evans.

DB - Wilson, Godfrey, Merrick, Greenwood, Smith, Fletcher, Tillison, Paschal, Tarpinian, Edwards, Rowell, Dalton, Spievey, Evans

ST - Donahue, Olsztra, Huntrods, Fenstermaker, Schlicher, Signor, Schultz, Murray.

INJURY REPORT: Drew Tate, Calvin Davis, Shonn Greene, Adam Shada and Champ Davis all were dressed in street clothes for the game.

Tate wore a sling on his left arm after undergoing surgery on his wrist on Tuesday morning. Calvin Davis is out for the rest of the season with a leg injury. Shonn Greene underwent a knee surgery on Tuesday. Champ Davis also has a knee injury.

Starting left tackle Dace Richardson missed a second week in a row with an ankle injury. He has dressed for the last two games and had said on Tuesday that he expected to play this week.

Kenny Iwebema, who stayed back in Iowa City for the Michigan trip, played sparingly on Saturday.

HAWKEYE SHUFFLE: Injuries continued to create opportunities for Iowa backups. Starting DE Kenny Iwebema started the game on the bench for the second week in a row, but did see action. Alex Kanellis stepped in for him for a second consecutive week. Ryan Bain also played end.

Starting LT Dace Richardson opened the action on the bench for a second week in a row with Seth Olsen remaining in the starting lineup at RT and Marshal Yanda sliding over to LT.

N. 1 CB Adam Shada was replaced in the starting lineup by Bradley Fletcher, who made his first start as a Hawkeye.

Albert Young returned to his starting RB spot. Damian Sims spelled him with 10:05 left in the second quarter. Young carried 25 times to Sims' seven.

HAPPY RETURNS: Anthony Bowman dropped back to return kicks with Damian Sims on Saturday. Last week, it was Grigsby and Sims. Greene and Sims started the season as the deep men.

NICE GRAB: Trey Stross delivered a wonderful reception late in the first quarter when he hauled in a 47-yard pass from Christensen. Jake lofted the ball into the air from then end zone, and a stretched-out Stross dove to bring it in just before it hit the ground.

Stross said the coaches saw something in the NIU defense that would allow the play to work and complimented Christensen for a strong throw.

MISTAKE PRONE: For whatever reason, this Iowa team really has struggled to put together cleanly played games this season. Purdue might be the only contest where the Hawkeyes looked sharp on both sides of the ball.

Iowa committed three turnovers on Saturday. The Hawkeyes have thrown 11 interceptions this season and picked off 11 passes for a wash. They have fumbled nine times and forced just three.

Iowa has committed 47 penalties (5.9 per game) that have been accepted for 425 yards (47.2 per game). Its opponents have been flagged for 44 offenses for 385 yards (42.8 per game).

A pair of personal foul penalties kept NIU's second touchdown drive alive. Matt Kroul was charged with a facemask and Mitch King hit the quarterback in the helmet with his helmet. Center Rafael Eubanks was whistled for two holding calls.

EXTRA POINTS: Iowa converted both of their plays where they went for it on fourth down…Albert Young topped the 100-yard rushing mark for the first time this season. He reached the century mark in his last eight regular season games a year ago…Ed Miles and Mike Klinkenborg shared the tackle lead on Saturday with 11 apiece. Klink now has 91 for the season to lead the Hawkeyes. Miles is second with 68, while Godfrey ranks third with 57. Bryan Mattison picked up 9 stops on Saturday and broke up two passes…Zach Gabelmann adorned the cover of the game program on Saturday. I can't ever remember a non-starter on offense and defense being on the cover before in the Ferentz Era.


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