The Iowa Hawkeyes (5-0, 1-0 B1G West) are off to the best start in six years, as well are ranked for t he first time, since the 2010 season. The 10-6 win over Wisconsin (3-2, 0-1 B1G West) was the first Iowa win over a Top 25 opponent, since the 24-16 win over Michigan in 2011.
Head coach Kirk Ferentz has 120 wins as a member of the Big Ten Conference, passing Barry Alvarez (119) for ninth in conference history. A nice way to celebrate the 120th season of Big Ten football.
|The Iowa-Wisconsin game has been played ten times for the |
Heartland Trophy. The series is now tied at 5-5, with Iowa's 10-6 win.
The overall series is now, 43-44-2 in favor of the Wisconsin Badgers.
Kirk Ferentz is now 4-3 in Madison.
|Iowa Kirk Ferentz is 2-0|
head to head vs. Paul Chryst,
after his 24-20 win last
season at Pitt.
Iowa offensive coordinator Greg Davis and defensive coordinator Phil Parker are now 4-0 in Big Ten road openers, since 2012. It is Davis' fourth season at Iowa, while Parker is in his fourth season as DC; he has been at Iowa for all 17 seasons, since Ferentz became head coach.
Iowa is now ranked for the first time, since the 2010 season, after the win in Madison. The Hawkeyes are ranked #22 in the latest AP Poll, released on Sunday, after the Week 5 win. The Hawkeyes are #23 in the Coaches Poll.
|Iowa CB #14 Desmond King is showing outstanding moments|
over the past five games, including his second game, with
two interceptions. He leads the Big Ten in interceptions.
Junior CB Desmond King recorded his fourth and fifth interceptions of the season for Iowa. It was his second multi-interception game of the season (Pitt). King tied for the team lead with three interceptions last season. He entered the game tied for the Big Ten lead with three interceptions. His second quarter interception led to an Iowa touchdown. Three of his five interceptions this season have resulted in Iowa scores (2 TDs, 1 FG).
|Iowa senior DE #34 Nate Meier forces a big fumble in the game at |
the goal line. The Hawkeyes won the turnover game 4-3 @ UW.
Iowa Junior DT Faith Ekakitie recovered a fumble inside the Iowa five-yard line in the fourth quarter. It is his first career fumble recovery.
|Talk about an all-Big Ten type day for Wisconsin senior |
OLB #58 Joe Schobert, who was extremely disruptive all game.
He is a force for the Badgers.
One Badger was very disruptive today.
|Wisconsin OLB #58 Joe Schobert, with|
one of his sacks on #16 C.J. Beathard
during Saturday's trophy game.
|Iowa junior QB #16 C.J. Beathard had|
a very challenging day, with Badgers
senior OLB Joe Schobert pressuring him.
Beathard was disrupted much of the day, by Wisconsin's OLB Schobert, who clearly distinguished himself, as one of the Big Ten's best in 2015. Beathard was 9 for 21 passing, with one interception and one touchdown pass.
|Iowa senior RB #33 Jordan Canzeri came up|
with 125 yards on the ground. He also
caught one pass for 14 yards.
|Iowa sophomore OLB #44 Ben|
Niemann was the Iowa Radio Network's
player of the game, as a leader in
the Hawkeyes own defensive effort in the
10-6 win over Wisconsin.
|Iowa junior LT #64 Cole Croston|
got his first start, in place of injured
Boone Myers @ Wisconsin.
|Junior WR #89 Matt VandeBerg|
continues to be Iowa QB C.J. Beathard's
favorite target in most games.
Smith is the first Iowa freshman to start at wide receiver since junior Matt VandeBerg started two games in 2013. Thirteen Hawkeye have made their first career start this season: junior RB LeShun Daniels, Jr., sophomore LT Boone Myers, sophomore DT Nathan Bazata, junior DT Jaleel Johnson, fifth year senior WLB Cole Fisher, sophomore OLB Ben Niemann, sophomore SS Miles Taylor, redshirt freshman TE Jameer Outsey, redshirt freshman DE Parker Hesse WR Riley McCarron, LT Croston, and WR Smith.
|For the second straight game, Iowa junior |
TE #46 George Kittle scored a TD reception
from QB C.J. Beathard.
Wisconsin had won nine straight trophy games, until Saturday's Iowa win. The Badgers will play another trophy game this Saturday at Nebraska (2-3, 0-1 B1G West), when they meet for the Freedom Trophy against the Cornhuskers. The Badgers close out the 2015 Big Ten regular season at Minnesota (3-2, 0-1 B1G West) in the battle for Paul Bunyan's Ax.
|The 2015 Homecoming Game at Iowa.|
The Homecoming game will be another 11 a.m. kickoff, this game will be televised by ESPNU. This is the 103rd Homecoming game in 126 seasons of Iowa Football. Iowa is 16-4, since 1995 in Homecoming games. Since 2000, the Hawkeyes are 12-3, with a 12-4 record under Kirk Ferentz for Homecoming. The Hawkeyes won last season's Homecoming game in a 45-29 shootout with Indiana.
Iowa defeated Illinois in Champaign last season, by the score of 30-14. Ferentz is 6-3 in his career at Iowa, as head coach. The last game in Iowa City was back in 2007, when Iowa beat Illinois by a score of 10-6, when the Fighting Illini represented the Big Ten in the Rose Bowl. Ferentz is 3-1 in games played at Kinnick Stadium.