– No Bulaga, no Moeaki, kind of what you’d expect after what coach Kirk Ferentz said Saturday night.
Ferentz said OT Bryan Bulaga might be close. His illness has taken some time to regulate. Ferentz said this week that it’s not career-threatening. Bulaga made the trip to Penn State, but didn’t dress for the game. He started some light workouts last week.
“I’ve been saying this for how many weeks now, but I do think we’re getting realistically close to Bryan, I hope,” Ferentz said.
Sounds like it might be a little longer for TE Tony Moeaki, who warmed up Saturday night, but didn’t play.
“He deserves to have a good finish to this year,” Ferentz said. “To take a chance with him not being ready to go 100 percent, that doesn’t do him justice. We’re going to make sure he’s ready and it’s safe to get him out there. . . . For a guy like him to play at 80 percent, why do it? We want to get him healthy where he can really play.”
– Senior OL Andy Kuempel kind of played tight end Saturday night. For 14 or so snaps, the 6-6, 300-pounder was the No. 2 TE. Kuempel ended up playing more snaps than No. 2 TE Brad Herman. This was purely for blocking. Now this week, Kuempel is on the depth chart as a backup left guard with Adam Gettis. Keep an eye out for this formation Saturday. Iowa used it 14 or so times against Penn State, coaches must’ve liked what they saw.
– Iowa notches two more Big Ten players of the week (LB Pat Angerer and DE Adrian Clayborn):
FROM IOWA SPORTS INFO – Iowa linebacker Pat Angerer and defensive end Adrian Clayborn have become the Hawkeyes’ fourth and fifth Big Ten Players of the Week this season. Angerer won the Defensive Player of the Week honor while Clayborn took the Special Teams award. The honors came following Iowa’s 21-10 win over previously unbeaten and fifth ranked Penn State. The announcement was made tonight on the Big Ten Network’s weekly recap show.
Angerer, a 6-1, 235-pound senior from Bettendorf, posted a team-high 14 tackles against Penn State and recorded his first interception. He returned the fourth-quarter interception 38 yards, setting up an Iowa touchdown. He also forced a late game fumble to help assure the Hawkeye victory. It’s Angerer’s second league honor. He earned Player of the Week honors following Iowa’s win over Wisconsin last year.
Angerer was also named Linebacking Performer of the Week by the College Football Performance Award committee.
Clayborn is a 6-3, 282-pound junior from St. Louis. He blocked a Penn State punt early in the fourth quarter, picked it up and ran 53 yards for the go-ahead touchdown. It was his first collegiate touchdown. It’s also his first league Player of the Week award. Clayborn also was named ESPN.com’s Big Ten Special Team’s Player of the Week.
Iowa’s other defensive end, Broderick Binns, was named ESPN.com’s Defensive Player of the Week. Binns forced Penn State quarterback Darryl Clark to fumble in the endzone and that led to a second quarter safety. He finished the game with eight tackles that included 2.5 tackles for loss and 1.5 quarterback sacks.
It’s the fourth week in a row at least one Iowa player has been picked by the Big Ten as a Player of the Week. Punter Ryan Donahue shared the special teams honor for his punting against Arizona. Linebacker Jeremiha Hunter won co-Special Team honors following Iowa’s season-opening win over Northern Iowa and defensive back Tyler Sash won co-defensive honors after Iowa’s win at Iowa State.
– Yes, the Hawkeyes are back in the rankings, coming in at 13 in AP and 17th in the coaches poll.
– The Hawkeyes (4-0) play host to Arkansas State Saturday at 11 a.m. Over 3,000 tickets remain for the game, which will be shown on ESPN2.
– Iowa and Arkansas State played one common foe last season, Florida International. The Hawkeyes won 42-0 in Iowa City, while Arkansas State lost 22-21 at Florida International.
– Dating back to 2008, Iowa’s defense has not allowed a rushing touchdown in 29 consecutive quarters, including the fi nal 13 quarters last season and 16 quarters this season. Penn State, with a touchdown in the third period of the game last Nov. 8, is the last team to score a rushing touchdown against the Iowa defense.
– Iowa ranks sixth nationally in pass effi ciency defense (84.7), eighth in scoring defense (11.5), tied for 13th in turnover margin (1.3), 16th in net punting (39.9), 32nd in pass defense (171.5) and 33rd in total defense.
– Redshirt freshman Adam Robinson continues to lead Iowa’s rushing attack. Robinson rushed 19 times for 88 yards in the win at Penn State. He had a 13-yard touchdown run in the fourth period to give Iowa an 18-10 advantage, which marked the fi rst rushing touchdown allowed by Penn State this season. Robinson had all 24 yards in the scoring drive that gave Iowa an eight point advantage. Robinson had the fi rst 100-yard game of his career against Arizona, rushing 18 times for 101 yards and two scores. He had a career-best 43 yard run vs. Arizona to set up an Iowa touchdown in the second period.
For the season he has rushed 64 times for 321 yards and four touchdowns (5.0 per carry). He also has 48 yards on four pass receptions.
– Iowa scored 13 points after collecting four turnovers (2 interceptions, one fumble, one blocked punt) in the win at Penn State. For the season, Iowa has scored 47 points (six TDs, two FGs) following 13 opponent turnovers (nine interceptions, three fumbles, one blocked punt).
Iowa has been guilty of seven turnovers (five interceptions, two fumbles). Iowa opponents have scored 16 points (one touchdown on interception return, three field goals) following those turnovers.