Statistically Speaking Week 10

Your weekly look from Hawkeye Insider on how Iowa stacks up nationally and in the Big Ten according to statistics.

IOWA CITY, Iowa - Each week, Hawkeye Insider takes a look at how the Hawkeyes stack up statistically in the country and conference.

Here's a look at this week's numbers after Saturday's 17-10 loss against Northwestern:

  • The Good
  • -Iowa stingy pass defense took another step forward on Saturday, which moved it into the fourth spot nationally for pass efficiency defense at 94.30 per game. That's No. 1 in the Big Ten and only behind Florida, Nebraska and Alabama in the country.

    -The Hawkeyes come in this week at No. 13 nationally in scoring defense (15.90 PPG), which has them third in the league behind only Penn State and Ohio State.

    -Sticking with the defense, Iowa ranks No. 14 in overall D in allowing 291.70 yards per game. That puts it at third in the Big Ten trailing only Ohio State and Penn State.

    The Hawkeyes check in at No. 19 in country for net punting at 38.36 per punt. That rates third in the conference behind Michigan and Minnesota.

    -With a (-3) turnover margin on Saturday, Iowa dropped to No. 35 in the country and fourth in the Big Ten at .50. Still not bad, but it's headed that way. If you're wondering, Ohio State leads the Big Ten and is 13th nationally.

    -Despite not picking off a pass on Saturday, Tyler Sash remains fifth in the country and first in the conference at .60 interceptions per game.

    -Pat Angerer rolled up 17 tackles on Saturday and moved up to 11th nationally in stops per game at 10.6 per game. That rates second in the Big Ten behind only Michigan State's Greg Jones (11.7).

    -Adrian Clayborn ranks 20th and 30th in tackles for loss and sacks, respectively. That's fifth and third in the league.

  • The Bad
  • -Iowa's pass efficiency took a hit on Saturday. The Hawkeyes check in at No. 79 nationally with a 123.57 rating. That's ninth in the conference.

    -The Hawkeyes also rate No. 79 in the country on punt returns with 7.77 yards per return, which outs them at No. 7 in the league.

    -Iowa is struggling in gaining tackles for loss as well. Its 5.40 rate has it at No. 76 in the country and 10th in the Big Ten.

    -The Hawkeyes sit at No. 74 nationally in sacks allowed with 2.20 per contest. That's seventh in the conference.

  • The Ugly
  • -With 65 yards on the ground against the Wildcats, Iowa dropped to 94th in the country in rushing the football. The Hawkeyes are averaging 119. 2 yards per game, which rates ninth in the Big Ten ahead of only Indiana and Minnesota.

    -Iowa's 10 points on Saturday dropped it to 86th nationally in scoring offense at 24.10 points per game. That's tied for 10th in the conference with Indiana. Only Illinois is worse.

    -The Hawkeyes continue to struggle in kick returns, ranking 84th in the country at 20.62 a game. That's 6th in the Big Ten.

    -Iowa rates 82nd nationally in total offense at 349.80 yards per game. That's 10th in the Big Ten with only Minnesota behind the Hawkeyes.


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