Your Northwestern two deeps

Published: November 2 2009 | 12:41 pm - Updated: 30 March 2014 | 12:52 pm in
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No Greenwood -- No Brett Greenwood. He left last week's game during the first series. He was wearing a shoulder harness on his left side. He had shoulder surgery last offseason and missed spring practice. He left the MSU game on a cart after a helmet-to-helmet hit with teammate Tyler Sash.

Who's talking -- ESPN's announcers this week are Dave Pasch, Bob Griese and Chris Spielman.

Next next -- Next week: Iowa at Ohio State (2:35 p.m. CST, ABC-TV).

Punt return -- CB Amari Spievey is the punt returner. There is an "or" for the first time this season between backup QBs James Vandenberg and John Wienke.

Rankings -- Iowa is ranked sixth in the USA Today coaches poll and eighth by the Associated Press. The Hawkeyes are also seventh in the Harris Poll and fourth in the BCS Standings. The current rankings are the highest for the Hawkeyes since they were third in both the AP ranking and the coaches poll in December, 2002.

Best decade --  Iowa’s football record in the 2000 decade stands at 78-43 (.644), a record that ranks among the best decades in Iowa football history. Iowa posted a record of 77-40-4 (.652) during the 1980’s and the Hawkeyes were 62-53-2 (.538) in the 1990’s.

Part of the Hawkeye success is due to the stability in the program, as Iowa has had just two head coaches since 1979. Hayden Fry took over prior to the 1979 season and coached through the 1998 season, posting a record of 143-89-6. Current Coach Kirk Ferentz replaced Fry and is now in his 11th season. Ferentz also served as Iowa’s offensive line coach from 1981-89 under Fry.

Top Iowa records over 20 games -- Iowa is 16-4 in its last 20 games, which matches the fourth best 20-game streak in school history. Iowa won 20 straight games from 1920-23. Iowa posted a 17-2-1 record over a 20-game span in 1956-58 and had a 16-3-1 mark over a 20-game period that began late in the 1984 season. Iowa also posted a 16-4 mark over a 20-game stretch in 2002-03.

Closest season EVER -- Iowa has won four games by three points or less for the fi rst time ever. Iowa won three games by three points or less in 2004, 1987 and 1986. In 2004, Iowa won by margins of 6-4, 23-21 and 29-27, all in conference play. In 1987 Iowa had one point wins over Arizona and Wyoming and a two point decision over Ohio State. In 1986 the Hawkeyes defeated Michigan State and Minnesota by three points before a 39-38 Holiday Bowl win over San Diego State. Iowa, in 1996, won two games by a single point and one game by seven. In 1993 Iowa had victories by one, three and four points. The 1985 championship season included wins by two, three and four points. Iowa’s 9-1 season in 1956 included two wins by a single point and two six point victories.

Fast start notes -- • Iowa has opened the season with nine straight wins for the fi rst time ever. The Hawkeyes won their first seven games on the way to the 1985 Big Ten title. The loss, in the eighth game, was at Ohio State. Iowa also won its fi rst seven games in 1900, 1921 and 1922. The Hawkeyes played just seven games in both 1921 and 1922 and posted a 7-0-1 record in 1900.

• Iowa is 5-0 in Big Ten play for the fi rst time since 2002 when the Hawkeyes won all eight conference games. Iowa has won at least fi ve conference games for the sixth time in 11 seasons under Kirk Ferentz.

• Iowa has won 13 straight games, the second longest streak in the nation. Florida has 18 straight wins. The Iowa win streak is its longest since a 20-game streak between 1920 and 1923.

• Iowa is the only BCS team with a perfect 9-0 record. There are six additional teams still undefeated.

Turnovers telling -- Iowa has collected 25 turnovers in nine games, including 18 pass interceptions. Iowa leads the nation in interceptions, is fourth in total turnovers, 14th in turnover margin (+.89) and 55th in fumble recoveries. The Hawkeyes had 23 interceptions in 13 games last season.

• Iowa is tied for 11th in fewest fumbles lost (four), second in penalty yards per game (33.7), third in fewest penalties per game (4.4), and 16th in time of possession (32:14).

Tickets -- A limited number of single tickets remain for remaining home games vs. Northwestern (Nov. 7) and Minnesota (Nov. 21).

Northwestern notes -- • Northwestern has won two straight games in Kinnick Stadium (21-7 in 2006 and 22-17 in 2008). The Wildcats are the only visiting team to win two games in Kinnick Stadium since 2002.

• Northwestern ranks 24th in the nation in passing offense (390.2), while Iowa leads the nation in interceptions (18), ranks 19th in pass effi ciency defense (94.3) and 26th in pass defense (180.1).

• Iowa has won four games by a combined eight points. Northwestern has won three games by a combined 10 points.

• Iowa trailed Indiana 24-14 at the end of three quarters before winning 42-24 at Iowa City. Northwestern trailed the Hoosiers 28-19 after three period before winning 29-28 at Evanston.

• In winning 22-17 last year, Northwestern started three drives inside the Iowa 40 while collecting fi ve turnovers. Iowa had six turnovers last weekend in a win over Indiana.

• Iowa has allowed only one 100-yard rusher this season, as Iowa State’s Alexander Robinson rushed 19 times for 100 yards in Iowa’s 35-3 win. Last season Maine’s Jhamal Fluellen (21-104) was the only opponent to rush for 100 yards.

Minnesota TV -- Not yet determined. Will probably know next Sunday afternoon or Monday.

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