Rob Report: Northwestern

HN.com Senior Writer Rob Howe checks in from the Press Box with a dressed list, injury report and more.

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

QB - Stanzi, Nelson, Tate, Christensen, Farsnworth

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

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

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

OL - Narinskiiy, Elgin, Yanda, Olsen, Eubanks, Jones, VanderVelde, Doering, Kuempel, Dunn, Postlar, Calloway, Ryther, Aumaitre,

DL - Geary, Kanellis, Iwebema, Mattison, Bain, King, Kroul, Jackson, Clayborn, Ewen, McCracken, Klug,

LB - Humpal, Edds, McGrath, Gabelmann, Tarpinian, Miles, Klinkenborg, Angerer, Johnson, Peterson, Den Hartog, Morse, Oberland

DB - Merrick, Paschal, Godfrey, Edwards, Tillison, D. Smith, Spievey, Dalton, Gardner, Wilson, Rowell, Greenwood, Evans

ST - Schlicher, Huntrods, Signor, Donahue, Olsztra, Fenstermaker, Murray, Karr, Koeppel.

INJURY UPDATE: Iowa played without two of its Top Three DEs on Saturday when Kenny Iwebema (shoulder) and Alex Kanellis (virus) took in the game from the sideline.

Starting cornerback Adam Shada missed his second game in a row with a knee injury he suffered at Michigan. He warmed up before the game to see if he could go, but didn't test out well enough for the trainers to clear him.

QB Drew Tate, LT Dace Richardson and FB Champ Davis returned from injury.

LINE DANCE: Iowa started the same offensive line for the first three games of the season, which included Richardson, Jones, Eubanks, Elgin and Yanda. That's the last time that group played together at the start of a game.

Saturday, the Hawkeyes opened with Richardson, Jones, Elgin, Olsen, and Yanda.

With Iwebema and Kanellis out on Saturday, Ryan Bain opened at right end. Bryan Mattison moved to left tackle. Mitch King and Matt Kroul started inside.

FAN CAM: The Iowa fans booed the home team for the first time in memory since raining down on Nathan Chandler in 2003. The Hawkeye faithful serenaded the team as it left the field at halftime and then again at the game's conclusion.

To the crowd's credit, they cheered time and time again in attempt to breath some life into their Hawkeyes, but it didn't work.

EFFORT PLAY: FB Tom Busch showed the time of heart some of his teammates lacked on Saturday. The junior grabbed a pass, scooted down the right sideline and leaped in the air about five yards in an attempt to gain the first down. He had stepped out of bounds prior to the leap, but showed the fire in his belly. Unfortunately, many of his teammates failed to pick up on it.

BRIGHT SPOT: True Freshman Dominique Douglas caught seven passes for 78 yards on Saturday to move to the top of the Hawkeye charts for receptions and yards by a first-year player. The Detroit native pushed his season totals to 39 receptions and 534 yards. Kahlil Hill held the previous record for catches (35) and Danan Hughes owned the yards mark (471).

EXTRA POINTS: Former Hawkeyes Ed Hinkel and Matt Melloy took in the game from the stands along with Eric McCollom…Saturday's loss was Iowa's first to a non-ranked opponent since it fell to Iowa State in '02…Mike Klinkenborg recorded a career-high 16 tackles on Saturday, pushing his season total to 107…Ed Miles racked up 10 stops against Northwestern…Tate threw two interceptions on Saturday to raise his season total to eight, one more than he had in 12 games as a junior. He has played in eight games this season and has 11 TDs…Northwestern ran for 225 yards, the most of any team against Iowa this season. The Wildcats came into the game ranked ninth in the conference in rushing at 146.3 yards per game…Iowa still has not scored on an opening drive this season…Northwestern twice drove 80 yards for touchdowns on Saturday…Northwestern was the first team to hold Iowa to seven points at home since Wisconsin won 13-7 in Iowa City on Oct. 28 of '00...the Hawkeyes have scored 37 points (12.3 per game) in their last three contests.


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