Rob Report - Illinois

A report from Iowa's 27-24 loss to Illinois on Saturday at Memorial Stadium in Champaign. Included in this notebook is an injury report, a travel list and quick hitters.


All-Dress Up: Iowa players in uniform for Illinois -

QB - Christensen, Wienke, Vandenberg, McNutt, Stanzi

RB - O'Meara, Hamtpon, Murphy, Morse, Leppert, Oberland, Greene,

WR - Stross, Chaney, DJK, Brodell, Sandeman, Kuchel,

TE - Reisner, Herman, Moeaki, Sabers, Myers,

OL - Koeppel, Doering, Kuempel, Aeschliman, Haganmann, Bulaga, Eubanks, Calloway, Bruggeman, Vandervelde,

DL - King, Kroul, Clayborn, Narinskiy, Geary, Daniel, Ballard, Binns, Klug, Daniels,

LB - Davis, McGrath, Nielsen, Tillison, Coleman, Hunter, Edds, Angerer, Tarpinian, Johnson,

DB - Bernstine, Spievey, Sash, Prater, Rowell, Gardner, Greenwood, Morrow, Cato, Dalton, Lowe, Fletcher,

Special Teams - Murray, Mossbrucker. Donahue, Schulze.

INJURY REPORT: Seth Olsen dressed and took part in a few of the team's pre-game warm-up drills, but did not work through the contact drills. He suffered a high ankle sprain before the Wisconsin game. Kuempel started at RG.

Kuempel was rolled up on late in the game and exited in favor of Eubanks.

Tony Moeaki, who has been limited by a leg injury, received his most reps in quite a while at tight end. He played on snap for Wisconsin. But to start the second half, Moeaki took a shot to the head on a pass intended for him and left the field. He did not return. Ferentz said that it was not serious.

Adrian Clayborn, who played just a few snaps against Wisconsin, played more this week. Chad Geary did start at his end spot. Clayborn suffered the injury at Indiana.

Shonn Greene went out on the second series of the game with what looked like an injured right ankle. He missed a series.

Backup tackle Wes Aschliman went down on Mossbrucker's second made field goal with 4:43 left in the first half. He exited on a cart. Ferentz said after the game that he dislocated his hip.


-Former Hawkeye Mike Jones took in the action from the Iowa sideline.

-O'Meara returned kicks along with Hampton.

-Stross started his first game of the season in place of DJK.

-Eubanks and Kuempel alternated at RG.

-Iowa used Bernstine as a spy on third downs. He lined up just off the left end in position to contain Williams on the option.

-Stanzi stood in and took a hard shot from Doug Pilcher before the 30-yard completion to Brodell early in the second quarter.

-Mossbrucker missed a 30-yard field goal attempt at the beginning of the second quarter. It went wide left. It represented just his second miss in 13 tries and first in the Big Ten.

-Kroul was flagged for a block in the back on Spievey's interception return in the second quarter. Iowa was later whistled for a false start after a first and goal and had to settle for a field goal.

-Brodell returned a punt 20 yards to the Iowa 49 late in the first half. But Stanzi was picked off by Donsay Hardeway on the first play from scrimmage. Illinois cashed in on a field goal right before the half.

-On the ensuing kickoff, O'Meara ran away from the ball that bounced in front of him. Hampton ran over and grabbed it but was mowed under by the Illini coverage team. Stanzi took a knee and the Hawks headed to the locker room down 10-6.

-Eubanks and Kuempel started the second half at guard. Vandervelde was on the sideline.

-After Iowa drew with 10-9 midway through the third quarter, Murray kicked the ball out of bounds. Benn dropped a deep pass on the drive to help Iowa, but on the next play, Williams hit Fred Sykes on a 50-yard touchdown pass for a 17-9 Illinois lead.

-Fletcher picked off a pass at Iowa's two-yard line after Illinois had set up at the visitors 40 late in the third quarter. It looked like the Hawkeyes might get a touchback out of it, but officials ruled that momentum carried the cornerback into the end zone. Iowa took over at the two and punted after three plays.

-Officials reviewed that Stanzi fumble that was returned for a touchdown by Dere Hicks. The play was confirmed from upstairs.

-Cato forced a fumble on a fourth-quarter kickoff when he popped Vontae Davis. Illinois recovered the loose ball.

-Iowa finished 3 of 14 on third downs while the Illini was 7 of 15 in those spots.

-Illinois recorded six sacks.

-Greene reached 100 yards for the ninth game in a row. He's the only back in the country to hit the century mark in every contest.

-Spievey picked off his third pass of the season and Fletcher intercepted his second. Iowa has 16 picks this year. They entered Saturday ranked third nationally in that category.

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