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Iowa (8-3, 6-2) of the Big Ten Conference will meet Texas Tech (7-4, 5-3) of the Big 12 Conference in the fourth annual Builders Square Alamo Bowl. The game will be played Sunday, December 29 at 7 p.m. CT in the Alamodome (65,000). ESPN will televise to a national cable audience with Brad Nessler, Gary Danielson and Adrian Karsten calling the action.

Iowa games are broadcast by 67 stations on two networks. Iowa games carried by the Learfield (KHAK, Cedar Rapids) and Palmer (WHO Des Moines) Networks are broadcast on stations in Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, Minnesota, Nebraska and Texas. WMT Cedar Rapids also broadcasts all games.

Hayden Fry will conclude his 18th season at Iowa in the Alamo Bowl. Fry holds a 132-76-6 record with the Hawkeyes. Overall Fry is 221-165-10 in 34 years as a head coach. Fry is fifth among Div. I active head coaches in career wins. Fry is one of 15 Division I coaches to total over 200 career wins and he has coached more games (396) than any active Division I coach.

Fry has guided the Hawkeyes to 14 first division finishes and three Big Ten titles and Rose Bowl appearances and he has been voted Big Ten Coach of the Year three times (1981, 1990, 1991). The Hawkeyes are making their 13th bowl appearance under Fry, all in the last 16 years.

Fry has guided three Hawkeye teams to a school-record 10 victories in a season (1985, 1987, 1991) and his Iowa teams have won at least eight games 11 times. Fry is 5-6-1 in bowl games at Iowa and 6-8-1 in 15 career bowl games. Fry is 4-7 vs. Texas Tech in his career, all while at SMU.

Iowa (8-3, 6-2) completed its regular season with a 43-24 win at Minnesota Nov. 23. The Hawkeyes tied for third place in the Big Ten with Penn State and defeated the Nittany Lions at Penn State. Iowa won three of its last four games and it's only conference losses came at the hands of co-champions Ohio State and Northwestern.

Iowa was 2-1 in non-conference games, defeating Arizona and Iowa State and losing at Tulsa. The Hawkeyes won their first three Big Ten games before losing to Ohio State. After winning at Illinois and losing to Northwestern, Iowa closed the season with wins over Wisconsin and Minnesota.

Ticketmaster and the University of Iowa Athletic Ticket Office will begin selling tickets to Iowa's appearance in the Alamo Bowl Monday morning. Fans are encouraged to order their tickets by mail, phone or in person, as soon as possible. Fans within the state wishing to order tickets by phone may call 1-800-424-2957 or 319-335-9323. Ticketmaster phone numbers in key Iowa cities are: Cedar Rapids, 319-363-1888; Iowa City 319-335-3041; Quad Cities 319-326-1111; and Des Moines 515-243-1888.

Iowa is ranked 21st by both the Associated Press and the CNN/USA Today Coaches poll. Iowa appeared in the top 25 or was listed among teams receiving votes each week throughout the season, with a high ranking of 19th in both polls Sept. 16.

Iowa is competing in its 15th bowl game and has a 7-6-1 overall bowl record. Iowa is playing in its fifth bowl game of the 1990's and in its 13th bowl game in 16 years. Iowa is making its second appearance in the Alamo Bowl, having lost a 37-3 decision to California in the inaugural Alamo Bowl in 1993. Iowa has competed in the Rose Bowl (5 times), Holiday Bowl (three), Peach (two) and the Gator, Freedom and Sun once each.

Iowa is competing in the Alamo Bowl for the second time in four seasons and is playing a bowl game in Texas for the third time. Iowa lost to California 37-3 in the 1993 Alamo Bowl and defeated Washington 38-18 in the 1995 Sun Bowl in El Paso.

Texas Tech is 7-4, including a 5-3 record in the Big 12 Conference. Tech placed second in the South Division of the Big 12 and carries a two-game win streak. Tech is ranked 29th in the CNN/USA Today Coaches poll and 30th by the Associated Press. Coach Spike Dykes holds a record of 63-51-1 in 10 seasons at Texas Tech and has guided the Red Raiders into a school-record fourth straight bowl game. Tech features junior RB Byron Hanspard, who won the Doak Walker Award, which recognizes the top running back in the nation. Hanspard rushed for 2,084 yards to rank second nationally and he is just the sixth running back in NCAA Division I history to rush for over 2,000 yards in a season.

           Category                Iowa          Texas Tech
           Record                  8-3, 6-2      7-4, 5-3
           Scoring Offense         28.4          29.4
           Scoring Defense         22.1          18.6
           Rushing Offense         176.1         273.2
           Passing Offense         180.1         156.6
           Total Offense           356.2         429.8
           Rushing Defense         148.1         141.9
           Passing Defense         169.3         205.6
           Total Defense           317.4         347.5
           Third/Fourth Down Conv. 71-178 (.399) 83-209 (.397)
           Penalties-Yards         66-517        95-848
           Turnover Margin         +8            +10

Iowa and Texas Tech are meeting on the football field for the first time.

Iowa holds a 60-54-3 all-time record against current members of the Big 12 Conference, with the majority of those meetings coming against Iowa State (32-12) . . . Iowa is 0-1 in the Alamodome, while Texas Tech is 2-0 in the facility. Tech defeated Houston in the Alamodome in both 1993 and 1994 . . . Iowa is 5-4 indoors, including a 5-3 mark in the Metrodome in Minneapolis and an 0-1 record in the Alamodome . . . Iowa's most recent game against a member of the Big 12 was a 38-13 win over Iowa State this season. Other than Iowa State, Iowa's last game against a Big 12 member was a 28-12 loss at Colorado in 1992.

Iowa's defense this season has been tested by some of the best running backs in the nation. Including Tech's Byron Hanspard, Iowa will have played against running backs who rank first, second, fourth, seventh, 11th, 12th, 16th and 19th in the final national rushing statistics. All but one were held below their season average by the Iowa defense and Iowa won five of the seven games. Included in that list are Hanspard, Iowa State's Troy Davis and Northwestern's Darnell Autry, who recently finished as the three finalists for the Doak Walker Award, which was won by Hanspard. Following is a list of those players and how they performed against Iowa:

           Rank  Player, School               Avg.  Vs. Iowa
           1.    Troy Davis, Iowa State       198.6 20-152
           4.    Ron Dayne, Wisconsin         155.3 17-62
           7.    Darnell Autry, Northwestern  138.6 31-240
           11.   Pepe Pearson, Ohio State     124.8 27-94
           12.   Alex Smith, Indiana          124.8 17-81
           16.   Robert Holcombe, Illinois    116.5 25-106
           19    Curtis Enis, Penn State      110.0 23-81

Iowa Coach Hayden Fry is a native of Odessa, TX, he played college football at Baylor and he was the head coach at Southern Methodist (11 yrs.) and North Texas (6 yrs.) before becoming Iowa's head coach in 1979 . . . Don Patterson, offensive coordinator and quarterbacks and receivers coach, and Gene Jones, recruiting coordinator and assistant wide receivers coach, are also native Texans. Patterson was born in Corsicana and Jones is a Houston native. Tech Coach Spike Dykes took his first coaching job at Eastland (TX) High, the hometown of Iowa LB Matt Hughes . . . Dykes was an assistant coach at the University of Texas when the Longhorns defeated Hayden Fry's SMU squad 17-9 in 1972 and when Texas defeated Fry's North Texas State team 17-14 in 1976 . . . Tech defensive backfield coach Dean Campbell was the secondary coach at Texas when Iowa defeated the Longhorns 55-17 in the 1984 Freedom Bowl. Chuck Long, Iowa's current secondary coach, passed for 461 yards as Iowa's quarterback in that game.

Junior WR Tim Dwight and sophomore DT Jared DeVries earned All-America honors for their play this season. Dwight was named first team kick returner by the Football Writers Association of America. Dwight ranks second nationally with a 19-yard average on 22 punt returns after leading the nation for several weeks. Dwight also is Iowa's top receiver with 45 catches for 646 yards. DeVries was named third team defensive tackle by Football News. DeVries leads Iowa in tackles for loss (19-120) and QB sacks (11-92) and ranks sixth in tackles with 38 solo stops and 23 assists.

Along with Jared DeVries earning third team All-America honors, Football News named DeVries, senior offensive lineman Ross Verba and senior defensive back Damien Robinson to its first team All-Big Ten squad.

Five Iowa players, including RB Sedrick Shaw, OL Ross Verba, P Nick Gallery, DB Damien Robinson and DT Jared DeVries, were named first team All-Big Ten. All are seniors except DeVries, who is a sophomore. Second team honors went to QB Matt Sherman, WR Tim Dwight and DB Tom Knight, while DB Plez Atkins, TE Chris Knipper, C Bill Reardon, DE Bill Ennis-Inge, LB Vernon Rollins and LB Matt Hughes earned honorable mention recognition. Knight, Reardon and Ennis-Inge are seniors, Sherman, Dwight and Atkins are juniors and Knipper, Rollins and Hughes are sophomores.

Ten members of the Iowa football team earned Academic All-Big Ten honors, including RB Trevor Bollers, FB Michael Burger, DE Bill Ennis-Inge, FB Aaron Granquist, LB Matt Hughes, DL Aron Klein, OL Matt Reischl, OL Derek Rose, OL Ted Serama and RB Rob Thein.

Iowa has 17 players on its roster from the state of Texas, in addition to the above mentioned coaching connections. they include DB Plez Atkins (Bartlett), LB Raj Clark (Baytown), DB Damien Robinson (Dallas), DE Paul Moten (DeSoto), LB Matt Hughes (Eastland), LB Brandon Phearse (Garland), DB Billy Coats (Grand Prairie), DL Corey Brown, WR Damon Gibson and DL Evan Wardell (Houston), DB Kerry Cooks (Irving), DE Tariq Peterson (Kempner), OL Shalor Pryor (Stephenville), FB Rodney Filer (Waco) and OL Justin Craun (Weatherford).

Seven teams from the Big Ten Conference are competing in bowl games. Iowa posted a 3-2 record against five of the teams, but did not play Michigan. Iowa's most impressive win was a 21-20 victory at Penn State, a team that is playing in the Fiesta Bowl. Iowa also defeated Michigan State (Sun) and Wisconsin (Copper) and lost to Ohio State (Rose) and Northwestern (Citrus).

Iowa is 74-47-5 on television since 1953, including a 54-41-5 mark under Hayden Fry since 1979. Iowa is 7-3 on television (2-0 in ESPN, 3-0 on ESPN2) this season as all but the Indiana game were televised.

A total of 17 Iowa seniors will close out their Hawkeye careers in the Alamo Bowl. They are DE Brett Chambers, DB Billy Coats, QB Ryan Driscoll, DE Bill Ennis-Inge, FB Rodney Filer, P Nick Gallery, FB Aaron Granquist, PK Brion Hurley, DB Tom Knight, LB Mark Mitchell, WR Demo Odems, DL Jon Ortlieb, C Bill Reardon, DB Damien Robinson, OL Ted Serama, RB Sedrick Shaw and OL Ross Verba. Additional seniors include managers Travis Rew, Chad Hanson and Brandon Scholl and student trainers Tracy Ripperda, Eric Turner and Nathan Twedt.

Rushing for 108 yards, RB Sedrick Shaw became the eighth player in Big Ten history to rush for over 4,000 career yards and the eighth Big Ten player to rush for over 1,000 yards in three seasons . . . Shaw became Iowa's all-time leader with 34 (32 rushing and two receiving) touchdowns . . . Brion Hurley's 50-yard field goal was the sixth of his career of at least 50 yards . . . Tim Dwight scored his third rushing touchdown of the season and his fourth receiving TD. He also had two touchdowns on punt returns . . . Matt Sherman completed his first 11 passes after completing his first 10 the previous week vs. Wisconsin . . . Damien Robinson's sixth interception of the season ties for sixth best in a season at Iowa and his 14 career thefts ranks third . . . Richard Willock scored the second touchdown of his career, with his first coming against Minnesota in 1995.

Iowa posted a 4-1 road record and the Hawkeyes are 9-3-1 in their last 13 road games. Iowa has won five straight Big Ten road games, dating back to a 31-20 loss at Northwestern in 1995. Iowa was also perfect in Big Ten road games in 1991 when the Hawkeyes won games at Wisconsin, Purdue, Ohio State and Northwestern enroute to a 10-1-1 overall record. Iowa also won four road games in 1995. Iowa has had a winning record away from Iowa City in 14 of 18 seasons under Hayden Fry. Fry at Iowa is 69-34-3 at home and 63-42-3 outside of Iowa City.

Iowa outscored its opponents 155-105 in the second half, including 61-31 in the final period. The Hawkeyes did not allow a fourth quarter touchdown until the eighth game of the season and only one team (Northwestern) scored more than seven points in the fourth quarter.

Iowa RB Sedrick Shaw has etched his name in the Big Ten record books in several categories. Shaw ranks sixth in career rushing attempts (817) and eighth in rushing yards (4,043). Shaw's 316 attempts in 1995 ranks 10th best for a single season. With 1,003 yards this season, Shaw became just the eighth player in Big Ten history to rush for over 1,000 yards in three seasons.

The others to rush for over 1,000 three times include:
Tyrone Wheatley, Michigan, 1992-94
Jamie Morris, Michigan, 1985-87
Archie Griffin, OSU, 1973-75
Darrell Thompson, Minn., 1986-87, 1989
Billy Marek, Wisc., 1973-75
Anthony Thompson, Ind., 1987-89
Tico Duckett, Mich. St., 1990-92

Senior RB Sedrick Shaw is Iowa's career record holder with 34 touchdowns (32 rushing, two receiving). Shaw broke the career touchdown mark of 32, which was held by Ronnie Harmon (1982-85). Shaw ranks fourth in career scoring with 208 points. Shaw is the highest scoring non-kicker at Iowa and is Iowa's career leader in rushing attempts (817), rushing yards (4,043) and rushing touchdowns (32). In 10 games Shaw rushed 204 times for 1,003 yards (4.9 avg.). Shaw rushed for over 100 yards five times this season and has 18 100-yard games in his career.Shaw in 1995 set a single game record with 42 attempts vs. Michigan State. He set single season records for attempts (316), yards (1,477) and rushing touchdowns (15). When Shaw did not play at Penn State (bruised ribs) it marked the first time in his career he missed a game.

Junior WR Tim Dwight continued his late season charge in the win at Minnesota with seven catches for 134 yards. Dwight had a 53-yard scoring reception and scored on a five-yard run. Dwight in Iowa's last three games had 23 catches for 382 yards and two touchdowns, while also rushing for a score. His 188 yards receiving vs. Northwestern ranks sixth best at Iowa for a single game.

Dwight has scored four touchdowns on receptions, three rushing and two on punt returns. Dwight is tied for second in scoring with 54 points and he is tied for 11th in career scoring with 126 points. Dwight had an 86-yard punt return for a score vs. Ohio State and an 83-yarder for a score at Penn State, the fourth and fifth longest returns in Iowa history. Dwight is averaging 123.5 all-purpose yards per game and 15.4 yards each time he touches the ball. Dwight was named Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week for his play against Ohio State.

Dwight earned the national AT&T Long Distance Award in consecutive weeks for punt returns against Ohio State and Penn State. Dwight has four punt returns this season over 40 yards, two for touchdowns and two setting up touchdowns.

Dwight, who led the Big Ten in punt returns as a freshman, is second in the nation with a 19-yard average on 22 returns. Dwight has 45 catches for 646 yards and is averaging 18.9 yards on 12 kickoff returns. Dwight has 91 career receptions for 1,462 yards to rank 11th in career receiving yards and 13th in career catches.

Tim Dwight has 417 yards on 22 punt returns this season, setting an Iowa record for most punt return yards in a season. The old mark of 322 yards in a season was set by Nile Kinnick in 1937. That mark was the oldest individual record in the Iowa record books. Dwight has 51 career returns for 696 yards. Peter Marciano, 1986-89, holds the Iowa records for career punt returns (124) and return yards (759).

With 417 yards in punt returns, Tim Dwight has moved into ninth place on the Big Ten Conference all-time top 10 list for punt return yards in a season, for all games. Neal Colzie of Ohio State set the record of 679 yards in 1973. Dwight, with 696 career return yards, is 77 yards away from the Big Ten's top 10 list for career yards. Dwight currently holds the Big Ten record for number of kickoff returns in a game, with nine at Ohio State in 1995.

Senior DB Tom Knight had his fourth interception of the season vs. Wisconsin, and the 10th of his career. Knight has 237 yards in interception returns in his career to rank first in that category and his three career returns for touchdowns is also the best ever at Iowa. Earlier this season he returned an interception 57 yards for a touchdown at Indiana and he had two touchdown returns in 1995. Knight is tied for sixth place in career interceptions. Knight has 53 tackles this season and is second on the team with 12 pass break-ups.

DB Tom Knight has his name in the Big Ten record book in two categories, and is close in another. Knight last season tied a Big Ten record with two interception returns for touchdowns, a mark that was also tied by teammate Plez Atkins. Knight is tied with three others for second in the Big Ten with three career touchdowns. The record, held by Indiana's Tim Wilbur, is four. Knight has 237 career return yards, just 30 yards shy of the Big Ten's career top 10 list.

Junior RB Tavian Banks has raised his career rushing total to 1,256 yards on 232 carries. Banks is the 33rd player in Iowa history to surpass 1,000 career rushing yards, ranking 20th on the career list. Banks has a career average of 5.4 yards per carry and has rushed for 16 TDs.

Banks started at Penn State and rushed 26 times for 116 yards and two TDs. Banks leads Iowa in scoring with 62 points. That ranks 16th best for a single season and Banks is 17th in career scoring with 104 points.

Banks had the best day of his career in Iowa's win over Iowa State, earning Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week honors. He rushed 18 times for 182 yards and had TD runs of 89, 12 and 28 yards. Banks opened the scoring with an 89-yard run in the first quarter, the fourth longest run from scrimmage in Iowa history. The 182 yards ranks 14th best for a single game. Banks has 131 carries for 599 yards (4.6 yards per carry) in 1996.

Senior DB Damien Robinson has 286 career tackles to rank 10th on Iowa's career tackle chart. Robinson is third on the team with 105 tackles and he leads Iowa in interceptions (six) and pass break-ups (13). His six interceptions in 1996 ties for sixth on the single-season list and he had five thefts in 1995. Robinson has 14 career interceptions for 196 yards, ranking third in career thefts and fourth in career return yards.

Robinson had six tackles, a pass interception and a pass break-up in the win at Minnesota. Against Illinois he had 10 solo tackles, he forced and recovered a fumble and he returned a fourth quarter interception 22 yards.

Junior QB Matt Sherman completed his first 11 passes at Minnesota as Iowa jumped to a 17-0 advantage. Sherman started with 10 straight completions against Wisconsin the previous week in helping Iowa jump to a 24-0 first half advantage. At Minnesota Sherman completed 17 of 21 passes for 226 yards and one score. Sherman has completed 145 of 248 passes (58.5%) for 1,792 yards and 12 touchdowns. Sherman, 18-7 as Iowa's starting quarterback, has a QB rating of 127.1. His 1996 totals rank 11th in attempts, 12th in yards and 13th in completions for a single season.

Sherman's career totals include 357 of 602 (59.3%) for 5,073 yards and 32 touchdowns, with 27 interceptions. In career stats Sherman ranks fourth in TD passes, passing yards, completions and total offense (4,735) and fifth in attempts. Sherman had three touchdown passes for the third time in his career vs. Michigan State.

Iowa QB Matt Sherman has been sharp in leading Iowa to three straight wins over Minnesota. In three games Sherman has completed 48 of 62 (.774) passes for 724 yards and five touchdowns, with no interceptions. Sherman also caught a touchdown pass from Tim Dwight at Minnesota in 1994.

Senior punter Nick Gallery led the Big Ten in punting (44.5) for the second straight season after averaging 45.3 yards last season. Gallery is the first player since Greg Montgomery of Michigan State (1985 & 1986) to lead the league in punting in consecutive seasons.

Gallery holds the Iowa record for career punts with 183. He had a 73-yarder vs. Ohio State for his longest of the season and the second longest of his career. He had a 75-yard punt at Ohio State in 1995. His 56-yard average vs. Ohio State earned the AT&T Long Distance Award for punting average and he earned the honor a second time for his 58-yard average vs. Wisconsin. Gallery also earned that honor twice in 1995. Thirty-three of his 44 punts have covered over 40 yards, including 10 of at least 50 yards.

Sophomore PK Zach Bromert has made 70 of 72 PATs in his career, having a streak of 24 straight snapped vs. Michigan State when his second attempt hit the left upright. Bromert has made 24 straight since that miss. Bromert is 13 of 16 in career field goals (six of eight in 1996) and his PATs were the difference in 21-20 wins over Arizona and Penn State this season. Bromert had a 25-yard field goal at Minnesota and his 38-yarder at Illinois was the longest of his career. Bromert ranks 15th in career scoring with 109 points in two seasons.

Senior PK Brion Hurley is Iowa's long distance field goal kicker, with five field goals of at least 45 yards this season. Hurley this season had a 54-yard field goal vs. Iowa State, a 51-yarder vs. Michigan State and a 50-yarder at Minnesota.

Hurley's last 10 field goals have covered 50, 50, 49, 47, 50, 54, 45, 51, 47 and 50 yards and he is five of 12 this season. Three of his seven misses were blocked. Iowa kickers have made just 11 field goals from 50 yards or more and Hurley has six of the 11. Hurley earned the AT&T Long Distance Award for his 54-yard field goal vs. Iowa State.

Sophomore LB Matt Hughes leads Iowa's defense with 127 total tackles, including 84 solo stops. His tackle total ties for 14th best at Iowa for a single season. Hughes also has 10 tackles for loss, five QB sacks, seven pass break-ups, one interception, two fumble recoveries and one forced fumble. Hughes had eight tackles and two pass break-ups at Minnesota, seven tackles in the win over Wisconsin, 13 tackles vs. Noru?western and 11 tackles vs. Illinois. Hughes was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week for his play in Iowa's win at Indiana.

Sophomore LB Vernon Rollins has scored two touchdowns for the Iowa defense. Rollins scored his second touchdown of the season at Illinois, returning an interception 20 yards to give Iowa a 24-14 advantage early in the fourth quarter. The interception was the first of his career, but he scored his first touchdown earlier this year by recovering a fumble in the endzone vs. Arizona. Rollins ranks second on the team with 116 tackles, including 72 solo stops. His tackle total ranks 22nd best for a single season at Iowa. Rollins earned Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week honors for his play against Arizona.

Iowa's sophomore linebacker combination of Vernon Rollins and Matt Hughes are making a name for themselves around the Big Ten, as both earned league Defensive Player of the Week honors this season and both were named honorable mention All-Big Ten. Rollins was honored for his play vs. Arizona and Hughes for his efforts at Indiana.

Rollins and Hughes are just the eighth linebacker teammates to both be honored as Players of the Week in the same season, and the first since 1993. The Big Ten has been naming Players of the Week since 1982.

Sophomore DT Jared DeVries has played steady football all season, including Iowa's win at Minnesota. DeVries had four tackles and a QB sack, and forced an early fumble that led to Iowa's first points of the game. DeVries against Wisconsin had five solo tackles and four assists, one tackle for loss and he recovered a fumble that led to an Iowa field goal. At Illinois his play in the second half turned the tide in Iowa's favor. DeVries forced a bad pass that was intercepted and returned for a touchdown, giving Iowa a 24-14 lead. On the next series he had a sack on third down and later he deflected a pass that was intercepted, leading to Iowa's final touchdown. DeVries leads Iowa in both QB sacks (11) and tackles for loss (19). He has 38 solo stops, 23 assists and five pass break-ups and his fumble recovery at Penn State led to Iowa's winning touchdown.

QB Matt Sherman has Iowa's longest consecutive starting streak at 25 games. LB Vernon Rollins and DT Jared DeVries have started 23 straight and WR Tim Dwight 22 in a row.

Senior DE Bill Ennis-Inge is second on the team in QB sacks (10) and ranks second in tackles for loss (15). Ennis-Inge has also caused three fumbles, recovered two fumbles and broken up four passes. He has 36 solo stops and 26 assists.

Ennis-Inge had his best game against Wisconsin with five solo tackles and three assists. He caused a fumble on Wisconsin's first possession that led to an Iowa field goal. He caused another fumble on Wisconsin's first possession of the third quarter that led to an Iowa touchdown and later he recovered a fumble to stop Wisconsin's only drive into Iowa's side of the field. Both of the caused fumbles came on QB sacks as he had four sacks on the day, one shy of Iowa's singe game record.

Junior DT Jon LaFleur has made the most of his 56 tackles, as 11 have been behind the line of scrimmage. LaFleur is third in tackles for loss and he has three QB sacks, one forced fumble, a recovered fumble and three pass break-ups.

WR Richard Willock picked a great time to score his first touchdown of the season, recovering an Iowa fumble in the endzone to give Iowa a 24-17 third quarter lead at Minnesota. FB Michael Burger fumbled at the one and Willock beat two Minnesota players to the loose ball. The touchdown was just the second career score for Willock, who had a 17-yard scoring reception vs. Minnesota last season.

Iowa's defense and special teams scored a touchdown in five games. LB Vernon Rollins recovered a fumble for a score in the opening win over Arizona, Tom Knight returned an interception for a score at Indiana and Rollins returned an interception for a touchdown at Illinois. WR Tim Dwight had an 83-yard punt return for six points at Penn State and an 86-yarder for a score vs. Ohio State. In addition, punt returns of over 40 yards by Dwight set up touchdowns against Michigan State and Ohio State.

Iowa had four players earn Big Ten Player of the Week honors this season, including linebackers Vernon Rollins and Matt Hughes on defense, running back Tavian Banks on offense and WR Tim Dwight for his play on special teams. The four Big Ten honors is the most for Iowa since 1991, when three players combined for four honors. In 1990 four Iowa players combined to earn Player of the Week honors five times.

Iowa came from behind to win five of its eight games and broke a third quarter tie and went on to win at Minnesota. Iowa trailed Arizona, Indiana and Illinois in the first half and trailed Michigan State and Penn State in the fourth quarter before winning.

Iowa was penalized 66 times for 517 yards. Last season the Hawkeyes were penalized 83 times for 791 yards through 11 games. Iowa had five penalties or less in six games. Iowa's opponents were penalized 53 times for 388 yards.

Iowa is averaging 176.1 yards rushing per game and 180.1 yards passing per contest. The Hawkeyes have gained 1,937 yards rushing and 1,981 passing. Iowa had 131 yards rushing and 129 passing in a win at Penn State, 176 rushing and 177 passing vs. Wisconsin and 227 rushing and 226 passing vs. Minnesota.

Iowa's captains are RB Sedrick Shaw and OL Ross Verba on offense and DB Tom Knight and DE Bill Ennis-Inge on defense . . . among all Division I schools in the 1990's, the Iowa football program ranks 18th with a winning percentage of .622 (50-30-2) and 18th in total victories . . . sophomore TE Chris Knipper had the first two touchdown receptions of his career in Iowa's win over Michigan State, and his third reception put the ball at the MSU one-yard line. He added another TD reception vs. Wisconsin as three of his 14 catches have gone for touchdowns . . . Plez Atkins, who led Iowa with six interceptions in 1995, had his first of the 1996 season vs. Wisconsin . . . Iowa's 17-point comeback against Michigan State matches the largest comeback by a Hawkeye team under Hayden Fry. In 1986 Iowa trailed 17-0 at Minnesota before winning that game 30-27. Iowa completed an 18-point comeback to defeat Oregon in 1949, winning 34-31 after trailing 24-6 in the third quarter . . . Iowa's home attendance average of 69,404 is the best since the Hawkeyes averaged 70,039 in 1992. The capacity at Kinnick Stadium is 70,397 . . . the attendance at Minnesota was 53,349, more than 8,000 higher than any previous Minnesota home crowd this season. It was estimated that roughly 20,000 Iowa fans were in attendance . . . Iowa's safety against Minnesota, the result of a bad snap when Minnesota was in shotgun formation, came at the end of the field where the majority of Iowa fans were located and is Iowa's first safety since the 1995 Sun Bowl vs. Washington.

Nine Hawkeyes started for the first time this season. Bill Reardon, Chris Knipper and Matt Reischl on offense and Matt Hughes, Kerry Cooks and Jason House on defense started for the first time vs. Arizona, OL Derek Rose started vs. Iowa State and RB Tavian Banks and TE Zeron Flemister started at Tulsa.

Iowa was fortunate in keeping its starting line-up in place most of the season. The same 11 players started on offense in Iowa's last five games and eight of 11 players started all 11 games. TE Chris Knipper and OL Derek Rose missed one start and RB Sedrick Shaw missed two starts. On defense, nine players started all 11 games and the same 11 players started the final nine games. DT Jon LaFleur did not start the first two games and DE Bill Ennis-Inge did not start the season opener.

Iowa had 41 plays from scrimmage (17 rush, 24 pass) gain at least 20 yards, 10 for touchdowns. Iowa also has interception returns of 20, 26, 27, 57, 38, 20, 22, 35 and 18 yards, 45, 47, 51, 54 and 51-yard field goals, 10 punts of at least 50 yards, punt returns of 23, 36, 43, 44, 46, 83 and 86 yards and 17 kickoff returns over 20 yards.

Iowa scored on 31 of 38 possessions that have reached the opponent 20-yard line, including 25 touchdowns (17 rush, eight pass) and six field goals. In three wins Iowa turned the ball over on downs inside the 20 in the final minute of the game. At Tulsa Iowa had a missed field goal and twice failed to convert on fourth down from inside the 20.

Iowa's opponents have reached the Iowa 20 a total of 40 times, scoring 23 touchdowns (13 rush, 10 pass) and eight field goals. Opponents have lost two fumbles, missed two field goals and turned the ball over on downs four times.

Iowa's 47 scoring drives have averaged 47.3 yards, ranging in length from five to 92 yards and ranging from one to 12 plays. Iowa's opponents have averaged 50.8 yards on 40 scoring drives. Seventeen of 36 opponent scoring drives have been less than 40 yards.

Several current Iowa players have already etched their name in the Iowa record book. Those include: Matt Sherman's 374 yards passing vs. Penn State in 1995 ranks 8th in single game passing, his 334 yards vs. Ohio State (1995) rank 13th and his 331 yards vs. Northwestern in 1994 ranks 14th . . . . Sedrick Shaw's 42 rushing attempts at Michigan State in 1995 is an Iowa record and his 250 yards rushing vs. the Spartans ranks second best . . . . Shaw is Iowa's record holder in career rushing touchdowns (32) and career touchdowns with 34 . . . Shaw's 80-yard TD against Central Michigan in 1994 is tied for the 10th longest scoring run . . . Shaw's 316 carries and 1,477 yards in 1995 are single season records, his 1,003 yards in 1996 rank eighth and his 1,002 rushing yards in 1994 ranks ninth . . . Tavian Banks' 89-yard run vs. Iowa State this season is the fourth longest at Iowa and his 182 yards is 14th best for a single game. Brion Hurley's 54-yard field goal vs. Iowa State is the third longest at Iowa, his 51-yarder vs. Michigan State ties as sixth longest and his 50-yarder at Minnesota ties for the seventh longest. Tom Knight has the most career interception return yards (237) at Iowa, and Damien Robinson (196) ranks fourth. Robinson is third in career thefts (14) and 10th in career tackles (286) and Knight is tied for sixth in interceptions (10). Tim Dwight's 86-yard punt return vs. Ohio State is fourth longest at Iowa and his 83-yarder at Penn State ranks fifth. Dwight has set a single season record with 417 punt return yards this season and Nick Gallery has set an Iowa mark with 183 career punts.

           Punt Returns          1st  16.1
           Passing Eff. Defense  2nd  98.0
           Turnover Margin       3rd  +8
           Scoring Offense       4th  28.4
           Total Defense         4th  317.4
           Net Punting           5th  35.3
           Rushing Offense       5th  176.1
           Scoring Defense       6th  22.1
           Rushing Defense       6th  148.1
           Kickoff Returns       6th  19.8
           Passing Offense       7th  180.1
           Total Offense         8th  356.2

Tim Dwight is first in punt returns (19.0), 7th in receptions per game (4.1) and 9th in all-purpose yards (123.5) and receiving yards per game (58.7). Nick Gallery is first in punting (44.5) and Damien Robinson is second with six interceptions. Tom Knight is tied for 6th in interceptions (four). Sedrick Shaw is 7th in rushing (100.3), 10th in all-purpose yards (108.1) and 19th in scoring (5.4). Tavian Banks is 14th in rushing (54.5) and 16th in scoring (5.6). Matt Sherman is 4th in passing efficiency (127.1) and 6th in total offense (148.2). Zach Bromert is 9th with six field goals and Brion Hurley is 10th with five.

           Punt Returns          2rd   16.1
           Passing Eff. Defense  15th  98.0
           Turnover Margin       19th  +8
           Total Defense         26th  317.4
           Rushing Offense       38th  176.1
           Scoring Defense       43rd  22.1
           Scoring Offense       43rd  28.4
           Rushing Defense       46th  148.1
           Total Offense         61st  356.2
           Net Punting           65th  35.3
           Kickoff Returns       67th  19.8
           Passing Offense       69th  180.1
          Individually, Tim Dwight is second in punt returns
          (19.0), Damien Robinson is tied for 5th in interceptions
          (six), Nick Gallery is 14th in punting (44.5), Sedrick
          Shaw is 32nd in rushing (100.3) and Matt Sherman is 36th
          in passing efficiency (127.1).


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