Rob Report: Illinois

HN.com Senior Writer Rob Howe checks in from the Kinnick Stadium press box after Iowa's 10-6 upset of No. 18 Illinois on Saturday. IN this report, we have a dressed list, an injury report, news, notes and what Kirk Ferentz said about Drew Tate's comments in a local paper this week.

STATE COLLEGE _ Hawkeyes that were in uniform on Saturday at Kinnick:

QB - Christensen, Stanzi, Farnsworth. Nelson, McNutt.

RB - Busch, Morse, Pugh, Young, Murphy, McLaughlin, Sims, Williams, O'Meara, Mungungo, Brown,

WR - Cleveland, Sandeman, DJK, Evans, Chaney, Nordmann,

TE - Reisner, Gerstandt, Myers, Peterson, Sabers,

OL - Kuempel, Olsen, Vandervelde, Eubanks, Meade, Calloway, Bulaga, Doering, Aeschlimen, Gettis, Aumaitre, Koeppel, Postler, Haganman, Zusevics

DL Daniel, Geary, Narinskiiy, Clayborn, Ballard, Iwebema, Mattison, Hundertmark, Blum, Dunn, Daniels, Oberland, Kroul, King, Binns, Nardo

LB McGrath, Tarpinian, Humpal, Hunter, Nielson, Moses, Edds, Coleman, Johnson., Davis, Morio,

DB Sash, Everson, Bernstine, Dalton, Greenwood, Morrow, Kuchel, Fletcher, Godfrey, Tillison, Satterfield, Shada, Gardner,

ST - Murray, Stanzi, Shulze, Olsztra, Donahue, Guthrie.

INJURY REPORT: Mike Klinkenborg (concussion), Tony Moeaki (hand, elbow) and Devan Moylan (groin) missed their third straight game. None of them were dressed.

Safety Harold Dalton left briefly but returned to action. Travis Meade also was dinged up but Coach Ferentz expected his left guard to be back for Tuesday's practice.

Receiver Trey Stross was limited in practice this week but fought through his hamstring injury to make some big plays on Saturday.

QUICK SLANTS

Dallas Clark and Bob Sanders of the Indianapolis Colts were scheduled to be honorary captains this week, but Sanders didn't make it to the game.

True freshman Brian Bulaga received a lot of reps on Saturday alternating at LG with Meade. Redshirt sophomore Dan Doering also slipped in at RG for much of the second half. It was the first meaningful action of the former prep all-American's career.

Iowa did a nice job of running a no huddle offense when it was in short yardage situations.

True freshman Diauntae Morrow replaced Dalton at strong safety when the latter left briefly with an injury. It looked like Lance Tillison was expecting to go in, but he was called back to the bench in favor of Morrow.

Iowa welcomed back a lot of former players on its sidelines on Saturday. In addition to Clark, Brian Ferentz, Mike Jones, Mike Elgin, David Bradley and Ed Hinkel all roamed the Hawkeye bench. As Iowa salted the game away at the end, the alums were right in there congratulating the players as they came off of the field.

Iowa defeated Illinois for a fifth consecutive time and for the third time in a row at Kinnick. Ferentz improved to 4-0 against Zook.

Iowa defeated a ranked opponent for the first time since downing Wisconsin, 20-10, in Madison on Nov. 12, 2005.

Illinois came into the game averaging 30.2 PPG. And the Illini had played Penn State, Wisconsin, Missouri and Indiana.

True freshman Jacody Coleman received the first starting assignment of his career, stepping in at Mike Linebacker.

Mike Humpal racked up a career-high 18 tackles for the Hawkeyes. The senior recorded double digits in stops for the fourth time this season and for the third week in a row.

Last week, Iowa went three and out on nine of its 14 drives at Penn State. The Hawkeyes did not have a three and out on Saturday.

Iowa held Illinois RB Rashard Mendenhall to 67 rushing yards, his second lowest total of the season.

Kirk Ferentz was asked to comment on Drew Tate's disparaging quotes in a Des Moines Register article this week. The coach said he had something prepared for his Tuesday press conference on that subject. Stay tuned.


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