Monday, September 2, 2013

Tuesday: Kirk Ferentz with meet with media to discuss Iowa vs. Missouri State at Kinnick Stadium

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- University of Iowa head football coach Kirk Ferentz will meet with media Tuesday at approximately 12:45 p.m. (CT) in the Player's Auditorium in the Hayden Fry Football Complex.

The briefing with local, regional and national media will be available live from start to finish on Hawkeye All-Access, the multi-media portal inside, the official worldwide website of the Iowa Hawkeyes.  Fans can also follow the Hawkeyes on, on the Rivals Network.

Iowa will meet Missouri State for the first time in football. It will also be a homecoming of sorts for Missouri State coach Terry Allen, who grew up in Iowa City, including his high school playing days.

Both teams are looking for their first win of the young season. Missouri State lost to Northwestern State, 23-17, on Aug. 31, and the Hawkeyes fell to Northern Illinois, 30-27. Game time is set for 11:01 a.m. (CT) inside Kinnick Stadium.

• Saturday's game is the first football meeting between the two schools.
• Iowa junior RB Mark Weisman is 85 yards shy of reaching 1,000 career rushing yards. He enters the game with 179 careers carries for 915 yards (5.1 avg.).
• Senior LB Christian Kirksey and senior PK Mike Meyer earned CFPA honorable mention performer of the week honors at their respective positions following last week's game against Northern Illinois. Kirksey recorded a career best 14 tackles and returned a fumble for a touchdown, while Meyer connected on two field goals and three PAT attempts.
• Missouri State head coach Terry Allen is 0-1 all-time against Iowa. Allen lost as head coach of Northern Iowa, 34-13, in Iowa City in 1995.
• Terry Allen is in his eighth season at MSU. He was named MSU's 19th head football coach on Dec. 20, 2005, and has a 28-50 (.359) record leading the Bears. Allen was head coach at UNI (1989-96) and Kansas (1997-2001), and was associate coach at Iowa State (2002-05) prior to taking the head coaching job at MSU in 2006.
• Terry Allen was a prep quarterback at Iowa City West High School before starter at quarterback for UNI from 1976-78.
• Terry Allen's father, Robert, was a football letterman at Iowa from 1937-38 and a member of the men's swimming team. Robert Allen was a two-time national champion as a member of Iowa's 300 medley relay. He later served as Iowa's men's swimming head coach for 16 years.
• Missouri State assistant Ben Barkema is a native of Muscatine, Iowa. His brother, C.J. played for the Hawkeyes is a three-year Hawkeye football letterman.
• There are five players on the Iowa roster from Missouri and three Iowans on the Missouri State roster.

Iowa's offensive line yielded no sacks for rookie quarterback Jake Rudock, and paved the way for 202 rushing yards. Iowa is one of five Big Ten teams not to allow a sack in week one. Iowa's starters in the offensive line included tackles Brett Van Sloten and Brandon Scherff, guards Jordan Walsh and Conor Boffeli and center Austin Blythe.

Six Hawkeyes made their first career starts in the season opener against Northern Illinois -- two on offense and four on defense. First time starters included QB Jake Rudock, WR Don Shumpert, DE Drew Ott, DT Carl Davis, SS John Lowdermilk and CB Jordan Lomax.

Freshman DB Desmond King was the only Iowa true freshman to see action in the season opener. King appeared at defensive back and recorded four tackles -- two solo and two assisted.

Sophomore QB Jake Rudock finished his Hawkeye debut 21-37 for 256 yards, including two touchdowns (one rush and one pass) and two interceptions. The 256 yards ties for the fourth highest by a Hawkeye quarterback making his first career start. Jake Christensen also threw for 256 yards in his first career start; also against Northern Illinois. Christensen finished the game 19-30 with two touchdowns and one interception.

Rudock spread the ball around, connecting with nine different Hawkeyes. He also rushed four times for 20 yards and a score.

Rudock was the first starting quarterback in 19 years to makes his debut in a season opener; Ryan Driscoll was the last Hawkeye to do it. Driscoll made his college debut at starting quarterback in Iowa's 1994 season opener.

The end result in the 2013 Season Opener reminded us of Iowa's 1987 Season Opener vs. Tennessee in the Meadowlands in New Jersey for the Kickoff Classic.  Both games were last second field goals by Iowa's opponent sealing Iowa's fate.

Iowa has lost seven straight games, dating back to October 2012, and home game vs. Penn State.  Iowa beat Northern Iowa last year, the last FCS opponent and MVC member to play the Hawkeyes.

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