Sad Senior Day: Iowa Loses to Wisconsin

Fans of the Iowa football team bade farewell to the Senior Class of 2007 toady. The usual emotional pregame introductions set a good tone for the day, but the Hawkeyes fell short inside the white lines as a late game rally fell short as Iowa lost 24-21

Iowa won the toss and elected to receive the opening kickoff. Iowa has started on offense in 82 of its last 90 games. The Hawkeyes have started the game on offense in 84-of-96 games under Kirk Ferentz. Iowa has started on offense in 10 of 11 games in 2006.

Both Iowa and Wisconsin failed to score on their opening possession. Iowa has not scored on its first drive in 11 games. Four of Iowa's opponents (Syracuse, Iowa State, Ohio State and Northwestern) opened the game with touchdown drives.

Iowa's loss to Wisconsin marks its third loss of the season to a ranked opponent, as Iowa earlier lost to #1 Ohio State and at #2 Michigan. Iowa also lost consecutive home games for the first time since Oct. 21 and Oct, 28, 2000 when Ohio State and Wisconsin won, respectively, in Kinnick Stadium.

The series between the two teams is even at 40-40-2, with Wisconsin ending a four-game losing streak in the series.

Iowa's first scoring drive in the second period covered 88 yards (7 plays), making it Iowa's third longest scoring drive of the season. Iowa had a 91 yard drive (8 plays) vs. Purdue and an 89 yard drive (9 plays) vs. Montana. The key play in the drive, a 64-yard completion from QB Drew Tate to TE Scott Chandler on a third down play, marks Iowa's longest play from scrimmage this season and the longest reception of Chandler's career. He ranks 18th in career receiving yard with 1,384 on 112 receptions. Among Iowa career receiving leaders, Chandler ranks second among tight ends, trailing on Marv Cook (126-1,825).

FB Tom Busch had a three-yard reception in the second period, his third scoring reception of the season. Bush had two-yard scoring receptions in wins over Iowa State and Purdue. Busch has just six receptions for 27 yards in 11 games.

QB Drew Tate completed 10-31 passes for 170 yards and three scores. He has thrown at least two scoring passes in 21 games in his career, including 18 of the last 26 games, dating back to 2004. Tate has thrown at least three scoring passes in seven games in his career, including vs. Wisconsin, Iowa State and Montana this season. Tate also had four rushing attempts for 40 yards. His 26-yard run near the end of the second period matched a career-long, as he also had a 26 yard run vs. Northern Iowa in 2005. Tate falls to 14-4 in games started in Kinnick Stadium.

DB Bradley Fletcher had the first caused fumble of his career in the third period. The fumble was recovered by DT Mitch King, his first career recovery. Fletcher started his third straight game in place of the injured Adam Shada. Early in the fourth period, DB Charles Godfrey caused a fumble, which was recovered by DB Marcus Paschal. The forced fumble by Godfrey is the second of his career (vs. Ohio State, 2005). Paschal's fumble recovery is the fourth of his career, first of this season.

Iowa failed to convert the first turnover into points but scored a touchdown following the fumble recovery in the fourth period. Iowa has scored 61 points following opponent turnovers this season. ________________________________________

P Andy Fenstermaker punted seven times for 274 yards (39.1 average). Three of his seven kicks were downed inside the 20, and he had a long punt of 46 yards. Iowa has allowed just 23 punt return yards this season.

Wisconsin turned a pass interception into seven points in the first quarter, covering 26 yards in two plays following the theft and 28 yard return. Iowa opponents have scored 42 points following turnovers through 11 games.

WR Trey Stross, a redshirt freshman, had the first scoring reception of his career in the fourth period. Stross had a 24-yard catch for the score, his only reception of the game.

Instant replay was used once in the game, with Wisconsin Coach Bret Bielema challenging a call on the field in which Iowa recovered a Wisconsin fumble. The call on the field, a recovery by Iowa's Marcus Paschal, was upheld.

Today was Iowa's 24th straight sellout, dating back to the 2003 season. The last Hawkeye game not sold out was vs. Buffalo (9/6/03). All seven home contests this season were sold out. Iowa travels to Minnesota (11:10 a.m., ESPN Plus) to close the regular season next Saturday.

Dominique Douglas now tops the Iowa freshman receiver charts in both receptions and yards. The Detroit native now has 40 receptions for 547 yards. Kahlil Hill held the previous record of receptions (35), while Danan Hughes had the record for receiving yards (471). Both Hill and Hughes were redshirt freshmen.

Junior RB Albert Young rushed eight times for 41 yards. His 41 yards moved his career total to 2,008 yards Young ranks 10th in career rushing at Iowa.

Iowa's defense was led by safety Marcus Paschal, who recorded a career-high 14 tackles and had a recovered fumble. LB Mike Klinkenborg had 12 tackles and LB Ed Miles had 11 stops. Paschal, Klinkenborg and Miles each had six solo stops. The 11 tackles for Miles match a career-high, reached the last time vs. Northern Illinois.

DT Matt Kroul had a career-best 10 tackles, including five solo stops. His previous career best of nine tackles came against Indiana in 2005.


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