For the first time since 2007, the Hawkeye Football team lost their third straight Big Ten Conference game. We have all of your news, notes and hand out a couple of game balls to deserving Iowa players this week following the loss to Indiana.
OFFENSE: Kevonte Martin-Manley - Iowa's offense wasn't great on Saturday, but Martin-Manley had his best day as a Hawkeye. He finished with a career high 131 yards. He tied his career high with seven receptions. Martin-Manley caught a 24 yard touchdown pass in the first quarter to give the Hawkeyes a 7-0 lead.
DEFENSE: Christian Kirksey - The Iowa defense had their up's and down's against Indiana, but it was a strong performance from the junior linebacker. Kirksey intercepted a pass in the first quarter and took it back 18 yards for a touchdown. This was his second interception return for touchdown this season. Kirksey also had fumble recovery to stop a Hoosier drive and finished with 8 tackles on the day.
SPECIAL TEAMS; None - Not a great day for Iowa's special teams.
NEWS AND NOTES
QB; Vandenberg, Rudock, Sokol, Beathard
RB; Bullock, Garmon, Gimm, Reisen, Malloy, Canzeri
WR: Davis, Martin-Manley, Staggs, Nielsen, Cotton, Smith, Shumpert, Hillyer
TE: Fiedorowicz, Derby, Hamilton, Duzey, Kreiger-Coble
OL: Tobin, MacMillian, Walsh, Ferentz, Van Sloten, Blythe, Clark, Boffeli, Ward, Gaul
DL: Gaglione, Bigach, Trinca-Pasat, Alvis, Davis, Cooper, Ott, Spears, Hardy, McMillian
LB: Morris, Kirksey, Hitchens, Perry, Alston, Fisher, Collins
DB: Lowery, Hyde, Miller, Donatell, Law, Lowdermilk, Draper, Buford, Swanson, Smith, Castillo, Sleeper
PK: Meyer, Mossbrucker, Koehn, Kornbrath, Krieter
Running backs Mark Wiesman and Brad Rogers did not make the trip this weekend due to injuries.
Micah Hyde missed a couple of plays in the 2nd quarter after an injury when covering a punt. Greg Castillo jumped in for those two plays.
Damon Bullock took a big hit and appeared to be injured. He was back three players later after being replaced by Greg Garmon.
Nico Law was taken out of the game early in the 4th quarter after taking a big hit on a run by Indiana. He was replaced by Tommy Donatell. Law returned to action in the 4th quarter.
Nico Law made the first career start for the Hawkeyes. The sophomore safety started in place of Tommy Donatell against the Hoosiers.
Nolan MacMillan got the nod at left guard today. Last week, Jordan Walsh got the start and split time with MacMillan. This week, MacMillan started and Walsh did figure into the rotation.
Zach Derby started today at tight end. Iowa came out in a two tight end set and did not utilize a fullback on Saturday.
SHADES OF 2007
This loss to Indiana was Iowa's third straight defeat in Big Ten play. This is the first time since 2007 that Iowa has lost three straight conference games. Iowa is now 4-5 on the season and will have to win two of their final three games to become bowl eligible. The last time Iowa didn't go to a bowl game, you guess it, 2007. That season Iowa went 6-6 and did not get selected to play in a bowl game.
Anthony Hitchens continues to be a tackling machine for the Hawkeyes. Hitchens led the Hawkeyes with 14 tackles and now has over 100 tackles this season. This was the sixth time this season has reached double figures in tackles. Christian Kirksey and Nico Law finished with eight tackles each. Micah Hyde had seven stops and James Morris and B.J. Lowery had six stops each. Joe Gaglione had his fifth sack of the season.
DELAY OF GAME
The start of the game today was delayed by one hour due to severe weather in the Bloomington area. This was the second time in as many years that Iowa had a weather delay. Last year the season opener against Tennessee Tech was delayed for more than an hour due to severe weather.
MEYER EXTENDS STREAK
Mike Meyer did not attempt a field goal today, but he was a perfect 3-3 on PAT and extended his consecutive made point after touchdowns to 75 straight. Meyer was also credited with a possible touchdown saving tackle on a kickoff return.
Iowa heads back home this Saturday for an 11:00 A.M. kickoff against Purdue. The game will be broadcast on the Big Ten Network.
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