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Game notes: Big game for Daniels, C.J.

[ 0 ] November 19, 2011 |

From UI Sports Information:

• Senior DT Mike Daniels tied a career high with eight tackles, including four TFLs and two sacks. The two sacks are a career high and the tackles-for-loss equal a personal best.

• Sophomore LB Anthony Hitchens had the first fumble recovery of his career, that coming on a Purdue KO return near the end of the first period. Hitchens missed five games earlier in the season due to injury before returning to special teams play a year ago.

• Sophomore TE C.J. Fiedorowicz started for the third straight game and had a touchdown reception for the second straight contest.

• Senior Kyle Steinbrecher had a blocked punt in the second quarter, with the kick recovered by junior Collin Sleeper. The blocked punt is the first for Iowa this season and the first for Iowa since the opening game of the 2010 season.

• Sophomore Mike Meyer converted a 38-yard field goal in the third period. He missed his only attempt in the first half, hitting the right upright. Three of his misses this season have hit an upright and he is 14-20 for the season.

• Today marked the fifth time in 11 games in which RB Marcus Coker (30-139) and WR Marvin McNutt, Jr. (9-151) have each surpassed 100 yards in the same game.

Sophomore DB Tanner Miller had two interceptions for the Iowa defense, the second and third of his career. Today marks the second time this season an Iowa played has had two thefts in one game, as Micah Hyde had two in Iowa’s win over Pittsburgh. Miller’s previous theft was returned for a touchdown earlier this year vs. Northwestern.

Sophomore RB Marcus Coker led the Iowa rushing attack with 30 carries for 139 yards. Coker scored on a 2-yard run in the second quarter. He has 14 rushing touchdowns this season, which is the fourth most in a single season at Iowa. Coker has surpassed 100 rushing yards seven times this season and nine times in his career. For the season, Coker has rushed the ball 252 times for 1,297 yards (5.1 avg.). The 1,297 yards ranks sixth in a single season at Iowa.

Junior QB James Vandenberg completed 22-32 passes for 273 yards and three scores. Vandenberg’s three TD passes against Purdue raises his season total to 23, which ranks third best at Iowa for a single season. Vandenberg has completed 198-325 passes for 2,624 yards. Vandenberg moves up the single-season passing chart to eighth. His career numbers are 2,914 yards on 243-420 passing. The 2,914 career passing yards rank 13th. Vandenberg has 23 touchdown passes this season, with 13 of the 23 covering 20 yards or more. He had four touchdown passes against Indiana and three in wins over Pittsburgh and Louisiana-Monroe.

Iowa was 3-5 in the red zone today, scoring two touchdowns and a field goal. Iowa had a five-yard touchdown pass to C.J. Fiedorowicz, a rushing score of two yards by Marcus Coker, and a 38-yard field goal by Mike Meyer. The Hawkeyes have scored on 144 of the last 161 red zone possessions (95 TDs and 45 FGs), dating back to the Michigan State game in 2008. Iowa has scored on 125-142 combined inside the red zone in its last 40 games. Purdue was 2-4 inside the red zone, scoring two touchdowns.

Iowa recorded five takeaways (two interceptions, two fumbles, one blocked punt) against Purdue. Iowa has scored 47 points in 11 games following 19 opponent turnovers (nine fumbles, nine interceptions, one blocked punt). The last time an Iowa defense collected five takeaways in a single game was at Michigan in 2009. The Hawkeye defense has collected at least one takeaway in 64 of its last 73 games, dating back to 2006. Purdue collected two takeaways (two fumbles).

Purdue won the toss and deferred, with Iowa receiving the opening kick. Iowa has started on offense in 133 of its last 154 contests, including 9-of-11 this season. The Hawkeyes have started the game on offense in 137-of-160 games under Coach Kirk Ferentz. Iowa games vs. Michigan (11/5/11), Iowa State (9/10/11), Minnesota (11/27/10), Wisconsin (10/23/10), Ohio State (11/14/07), Indiana (10/31/09), Purdue (11/15/08), Penn State (11/08/08), Wisconsin (10/10/08), Minnesota (11/10/07), at Northwestern (11/3/07), vs. Michigan State (10/27/07), at Penn State (10/6/07), vs. Iowa State (9/16/06), vs. Minnesota (11/19/05), vs. Michigan (10/22/05), at Purdue (10/8/05), at Minnesota (11/13/04), vs. Purdue (11/6/04), at Miami, OH (9/7/02) and at Michigan State (9/27/03) are the only contests that the Hawkeyes didn’t start on offense. Iowa won 14 of the 21 games.

Iowa scored on its opening possession for the sixth time in 11 games. Iowa scored a touchdown on its opening drive vs. Purdue, Iowa State, ULM, Indiana and Michigan and a field goal vs. Northwestern. Purdue scored a touchdown its first possession. Iowa has allowed six opponents to score on their opening drive, including three field goals and three touchdowns. Iowa has allowed 14 opponents to score on their opening drive in its last 50 games.

Instant replay was used twice in the second quarter. Iowa blocked a Purdue punt and recovered. The call on the field was upheld. On the second review, an Iowa fumble at the 1-yard line was recovered by Purdue, at the one. After review, the play was changed to a Purdue touchdown. In the third period, a Purdue fumble (recovered by Iowa) on the opening kick return, was reversed to the return man being down before the fumble. Later in the third quarter, an Iowa fumble, recovered by Purdue, was reviewed. The call was reversed to no fumble. In the fourth quarter, a Purdue touchdown was reversed when replay revealed that the Purdue quarterback fumbled the ball as he was falling out of bounds and the ball hit the pylon for an Iowa touchback.

Iowa closes the regular season at Nebraska Friday, Nov. 25 (11:07 a.m. ABC).

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