MADISON, Wis. – It turned out to be a pretty good week for Iowa football, capped by a 10-6 victory against rival Wisconsin here on Saturday. The worse news turned out being injuries to several players, including the team’s top receiver.
Senior Tevaun Smith did not travel with the team after injuring his knee in practice this week. The Toronto native hauled in 12 passes for 235 yards and two touchdowns through the team’s first four games.
Iowa Coach Kirk Ferentz said that Smith would miss at least the next two games – Illinois and Northwestern. He hoped to have his best deep threat back after the bye week for the Oct. 31 contest against Maryland.
"He’s got a knee issue so I doubt he’ll be back before the bye. We’re optimistic he’ll be ready to go when we get back after our bye week," Ferentz said.
Boone Myers, who started the team’s first four games at left tackle before leaving last week’s game with an injury, did not travel here Saturday. He was replaced in the starting lineup by Cole Croston.
"(Myers is) more day-to-day, week-to-week, you know; hopefully day-to-day. We’ll see," Ferentz said.
Running Back Derrick Mitchell Jr. also stayed back in Iowa City after seeing his first action a week ago.
"injury as well. So, we had three guys we just decided (Friday) we’re not going to travel guys. We’ll see how it goes down the road. We’re not big on traveling cheerleaders. We’ve already got a group of them. So, as far as players, that’s just how we travel," Ferentz said.
PASSING BARRY: With Saturday’s win, Ferentz reached 120 in his Big Ten career, one more than former Wisconsin Coach Barry Alvarez, now the school’s AD. The two men coached together as assistants on Hayden Fry’s staff at Iowa in the 1980s.
"I got to be honest with you, I haven’t really thought much about that," said Ferentz, in his 17th season as the Hawkeyes head man. "The biggest thing, I’ve said that for 16 and a half years and beyond that, but my respect for Barry and what he’s done as a football coach up here and now as an athletic director is immense. As far as the win, I’m just really happy for our team right now."
A BADGER ON DEFENSE: Any football game that finishes with a score of 10-6 is likely to have several defensive standouts from both teams.
That was certainly the case on Saturday with the Hawkeyes and the Badgers. Iowa had its share of defensive stars, but the game’s most dominant defensive player might have been Wisconsin senior linebacker Joe Schobert. He finished with three sacks and three-and-half tackles for loss, while also forcing and recovering a fumble.
“I don’t want to sound like I am not surprised,” said first-year Wisconsin coach Paul Chryst. “I think anytime you do it, that what’s great about competition is you have to do it over and over. But for what Joe does, and I think the moments he does them in, it’s really impressive.” (-Pat Harty)
TRAVEL SQUAD: Here are the Iowa players who were in uniform on Saturday.
QB (4) – Beathard, Wiegers, Boyle, Cook.
RB/FB (6) – Canzeri, Wadley, Plewa, Cox, Kulick, Daniels
WR (7) – McCarron, Vandeberg, Hillyer, Jerminic Smith, Parker, Stone, Falconer.
TE (6) – Kittle, Wisnieski, Outsey, Duzey, Krieger Coble, Pekar.
OL (10) – Croston, Welsh, Daniels, Render, Boettger, Simmons, Ferentz, Ward, Walsh, Blythe.
DL (11) – Ekakitie, Spears, Hulett, Brincks, Ott, Nelson, Hesse, Meier, Terlouw, Bazata, Johnson.
LB (6) – Jewell, Bower, Mends, Fisher, Niemann, Perry
DB (11) – King, Jackson, Gervase, Snyder, Taylor, Ward, Lomax, Mabin, Gair, Fleming, Draper.
ST (4)- Koehn, Kluver, Recinos, Kidd.
EXTRA POINTS: Iowa has won its last two games in Madison. The visiting team has won five straight in the series. Iowa held Wisconsin to its lowest point total in the series since 2002 (Iowa won, 20-3)…Wisconsin is …Iowa has won three straight Big Ten openers, all on the road. (24-10 at Purdue in 2014; 23-7 at Minnesota in 2013)…Wisconsin is 71-8 record during last 10 seasons at Camp Randall but is just 1-3 against Hawkeyes…Saturday was Iowa’s first win over a ranked opponent since a 24-16 win over #13 Michigan in 2011. Iowa’s last road win against a ranked opponent was 38-28 over #24 Michigan in 2010…The Hawkeyes have won their second trophy game of the season (Cy-Hawk, Heartland). Iowa has two trophy games remaining on its schedule (Minnesota, Floyd of Rosedale; Nebraska, Heroes)…Iowa did not allow touchdown for the first time since defeating Western Michigan, 59-3, in 2013. The last time Iowa held a Big Ten opponent without a touchdown was in 2010, a 24-3 win over #20 Penn State…Iowa has not allowed a rushing touchdown this season. Navy is the only school in the country yet to allow a rushing score…The Iowa defense held Wisconsin to a season low three points in the first half. Iowa has not allowed a first quarter touchdown this season. Iowa rushed for 99 yards in the first half. Wisconsin had allowed just 93 total rushing yards in its previous three games…Iowa entered the game ranked No. 1 in the Big Ten in red zone defense, and held Wisconsin scoreless in two red zone trips. The Badgers fumbled and turned the ball over on downs inside the red zone on their last two possessions of the game…The Badgers kicked a field goal on the game’s opening possession. The remaining 13 points scored in the game were points off turnovers…DB Desmond King recorded his fourth and fifth interceptions of the season. 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)…DB Desmond King is the first Hawkeye with five interceptions in a single-season since Brett Greenwood had five in 2010. He is the first Hawkeye to have two multi-interception games since Tyler Sash in 2009…DE Drew Ott forced a fumble in the second quarter. It was Ott’s third forced fumble of the season, and third of his career. DE Nate Meier recovered the fumble, Wisconsin’s first lost fumble of the season (resulted in 33-yard field goal). Ott (2.5) and Meier (1.5) combined for four TFL and 1.5 sacks…TE George Kittle caught a 1-yard touchdown in the second quarter. It was the second receiving TD of his career, and the second in as many weeks…DT Faith Ekakitie recovered a fumble inside the Iowa five-yard line in the fourth quarter. It is his first career fumble recovery…QB C.J. Beathard is 6-0 as Iowa’s starting quarterback, a record that includes a 3-0 mark on the road and a 3-0 mark at home. Numbers include 101-of-168 (62.6) passing for 1,284 yards, eight touchdowns, and three interceptions, and 192 yards rushing with three rushing touchdowns. The last Iowa quarterback to win his first six career starts was Matt Sherman, who won seven from 1994-95…RB Jordan Canzeri rush 26 times for 125 yards. It is his third 100-yard rushing game this season, and the fifth of his career…LB Cole Fisher (14) and LB Ben Niemann (7) recorded career high in tackles. DB Greg Mabin (7) and SS Miles Taylor (7) matched their career highs with seven tackles…OL Cole Croston and WR Jerminic Smith made their first career starts. Smith is the first Iowa freshman to start at wide receiver since Matt Vandeberg started two games in 2013. Thirteen Hawkeye have made their first career start this season: RB LeShun Daniels, Jr., LT Boone Myers, DT Nathan Bazata, DT Jaleel Johnson, LB Cole Fisher, LB Ben Niemann, SS Miles Taylor, TE Jameer Outsey, DE Parker Hesse WR Riley McCarron, Croston, and Smith…WR Matt VandeBerg had six catches for 61 yards. It is the fourth time in five games he has had at least six catches.