The above photo is an illustration pieced together by Gazette photographer Brian Ray. It shows the sequence of Iowa receiver Marvin McNutt’s left-handed snare of a James Vandenberg pass that was thrown well behind McNutt during Saturday’s 37-21 defeat to No. 13 Michigan State.
There was a half-page black-and-white photo of McNutt catching a pass and running away from a couple of Michigan State defenders in Sunday’s New York Times.
Here are the UI sports info notes on McNutt coming out of Saturday’s game:
MCNUTT SETS RECEIVERING RECORD
Senior WR Marvin McNutt Jr. became Iowa’s career and single-season leader in receiving yards today. He became the all-time leader with a 48-yard reception in the third period. For the day, he had eight catches for 130 yards and a touchdown. The score came on a 3-yard catch in the third quarter. It marked the third straight week McNutt collected over 100 receiving yards. McNutt, Jr. has posted over 100 receiving yards in seven games this year. He now has 153 career receptions for 2,635 yards. McNutt, Jr. now ranks third in career receptions and first in career yards.
For the season, McNutt, Jr. has 65 receptions for 1,089 yards (16.8 avg.) and 10 scores. The 1,089 yards is an Iowa single-season record and his 65 receptions rank second best. His 10 receiving touchdowns this season rank one shy of Iowa’s school record (Maurice Brown, 11 in 2002). McNutt has scored 156 career points, which ranks 14th at Iowa.
McNutt, Jr. has 26 career touchdown receptions. He had eight scoring receptions in both 2009 and 2010.
Career Receiving Leaders
Name No-Yards Avg. TDs Years
1. Marvin McNutt, Jr. 153-2,635 17.2 26 2008-present
2. D. Johnson-Koulianos 173-2,616 15.1 17 2007-10
3. Tim Dwight 139-2,271 16.3 21 1994-97
4. Danan Hughes 146-2,216 15.2 21 1989-92
5. Ronnie Harmon 146-2,045 14.0 10 1982-85
6. Kevin Kasper 157-1,974 12.6 11 1997-00
In the postgame, you wouldn’t know it. McNutt remains locked into what the Hawkeyes are doing on the field. No time to reflect, two games left.
And it’s true. Iowa will have to be at its best the next two weeks or the Hawkeyes could be 6-6 and a face in the crowd as far as the Big Ten bowl pecking order goes. If Northwestern or Purdue (Iowa’s opponent for the first time since 2008) pick up one more victory, the Big Ten will have 10 bowl eligible teams for the first time since 2007.
You remember 2007. Iowa went 6-6 and did not qualify for a bowl. It could happen again — a fact Kirk Ferentz made known to reporters last week — but the Hawkeyes also could erase any doubt with one more victory.
Here’s Ferentz’s postgame:
Saturday’s box score
Iowa’s season stats
Closer look at the numbers
Closing the deal (Red zone TDs/possessions)
Michigan State 2-4
This is a deceptive number. MSU cashed in for TDs in its first two red zone appearances, on its way to a 14-0 first-quarter lead. Late in the first half, MSU scored from just outside the red zone, running back Le’Veon Bell’s 25-yard TD run (watch that replay) and Kirk Cousins 22-yard pass to WR B.J. Cunningham. On its face it’s favorable for Iowa, but dig an inch and you see that Iowa’s D wasn’t much of an obstacle when this game was in the balance.
Setting the tone (defensive three-and-outs)
Iowa 4 (The Hawkeyes managed just one three-and-out during MSU’s 31-7 first-half run.)
Michigan State 5 (Three straight in the disastrous second quarter that saw MSU take over with a 17-7 barrage.)
After adjustments (second-half yards and avg. yards per play)
Iowa 160-3.90 (lowest maybe this season, attributed to hit-and-miss nature of desperation mode)
Michigan State 174-4.98
Michigan State wasn’t interested in moving the ball in the second half. A 31-7 lead with do that. In the first half, the Spartans averaged 7.23 yards a play on 37 plays. That’s a winning number.
Game-changers (offensive plays of 20-plus yards)
Iowa 3 (All WR Marvin McNutt — 19-yard reverse, 30-yard incredible catch and 48-yard big time split of a bracketed coverage.)
Michigan State 6 (Keshawn Martin is a big play waiting to happen. RB Le’Veon Bell had a pair of these. He’s a 6-2, 237-pound sophomore, so he’s not going away.)
Two-minute magic (points, final two minutes of half)
Iowa 0 (The one good chance went away with Jordan Bernstine’s fumbled kick return at the end of the first half. I need to look up and see if Iowa has done any business this season in the last two minutes. I don’t think the Hawkeyes needed it against Pitt. I’m sure there is an instance, but nothing stands out in my mind right now.)
Michigan State 14 (Bell’s 25-yard TD run came with 1:57 left before halftime. Then, after Bernstine’s fumble, Kirk Cousins hit B.J. Cunningham for a 22-yard score with 1:21 left. A 17-7 lead turned into a 31-7 avalanche in a matter of 36 seconds. Ball game.)