Rob Report: Wisconsin

HN.com Senior Writer Rob Howe checks in from the Press Box with a dressed list, an injury report, a closer look at things that might not have been visible on the TV screen, statistical analysis and more.

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

QB - Stanzi, Nelson, Tate, Christensen, Farsnworth

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

WR - Bowman, O‘Meara, Brodell, 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, Koeppel,

INJURY UPDATE: Adam Shada dressed, but missed his third consecutive game with a knee injury.

Alex Kanellis returned after missing last week with the flu. He saw a lot of reps at defensive end.

Damian Sims left the fied after being dinged on a second quarter run. Drew Tate took a shot to his leg on a late scramble. Both players returned. Tate said after the game that he was sore and he sat down for his post-game interview.

STOP, STOP, GO: Iowa Coach Kirk Ferentz raced down the sideline, screaming for a timeout before Tate connected with Moeaki for a tight end. The referees and his players did not see him.

UNSETTLED: Iowa started a different offensive line than it had the previous week for the fifth time this season. Starting left tackle Dace Richardson sat out Saturday's game after opening the action a week earlier against Northwestern.

Against Wisconsin, Yanda (LT), Jones (LG), Eubanks (C), Elgin (RG) and Olsen (RT) started.

SIDELINED: Iowa played without regular wide receiver Herb Grigsby on Saturday. The junior sat out his second game of the season because of disciplinary reasons.

Jason Manson replaced Grigsby in the WR rotation but didn't see a pass thrown his way. Tate said the team needed to find way to get Manson the ball next week.

APPROPRIATE: Iowa's hopes faded with a pair of dropped passes late in the game. TE Scott Chandler dropped a crucial third down pass on the second to last drive, while freshman receiver Dominique Douglas let a fourth down pass slip through his fingers on Iowa's final march.

When asked if the drop passes were tough to handle, Tate said his inaccurate passes were just as bad.

BODY LANGUAGE: Nobody was more upset that Iowa didn't got for it on a fourth and short in the fourth quarter than Tate. The senior was sent in to try to draw Wisconsin offside with a hard count, but pulled out well before the play clock expired, walking slowing to the sideline and barking some at Ken O'Keefe before heading to the bench. Ferentz yelled something at Tate from a distance.

Andy Fenstermaker ended up dropping a punt at the Badger three yard line, but the visitors ended up going 97 yards for a TD.

EXTRA POINTS: Iowa has not scored on its opening possession in all 11 games…The Hawkeyes will experience their first losing Big Ten season since '00…Iowa also hadn't lost three home games since that year…Wisconsin won the time of possession battle of Saturday, 38:48-21:12, it was 10:47-4:13 in the fourth quarter…Four Iowa players – Paschal (14), Klinkenborg (12), Miles (11), and Kroul (10) – reached double figures in tackles…Klink now has 119 tackles this season, which ties Mike Phillips for the 26th best single-season total in school history with two games to play. At his current pace, Klink will end up with 141 stops, which would tie Abdul Hodge for the fourth best total ever…Austin Signor replaced Kyle Schlicher on kickoffs this week…A second-quarter pass play from Tate to Chandler covered 64 yards, the longest play from scrimmage for the Hawkeyes this season…In the last two weeks, Iowa has given up two 80-yard touchdown drives and a 97-yard march for six.


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