Oct. 22, 2013
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EVANSTON, Ill. -- Two teams with matching overall records will square off at 11 a.m. CT in Iowa City, as Legends Division rivals Northwestern and Iowa meet at Kinnick Stadium. The Wildcats will be attempting to win for the fourth time in their last five visits to Iowa City and for the seventh time in the last nine meetings overall in the series.
Fans can catch the live television broadcast on the Big Ten Network with Matt Devlin, Glen Mason and Jon Jansen on the call. As always, WGN720's Dave Eanet and Ted Albrecht will handle radio play-by-play and color analyst responsibilities, respectively.
With a combined 23 years at their respective schools, Kirk Ferentz (15) and Pat Fitzgerald
(8) are the two longest-tenured active head coaches in the Big Ten. Fitzgerald is 5-2 in his head coaching career against Ferentz and the Hawkeyes.
The Last Meeting
October 27, 2012
The Wildcats enter the 75th all-time meeting in the series having won six of their last eight against Iowa, and they've done it with a flair for the dramatic. Four of those eight games were decided by seven points or fewer, including come-from-behind Northwestern victories in 2010 (trailed by 10 heading into the fourth quarter) and 2008 (trailed 17-3 before scoring 19 unanswered points to win the game).
The 'Cats and Hawkeyes each have handled their opposition over the first two quarters of the game this season. NU has outscored foes 122-68 in the first half this year while Iowa owns an advantage of 130-40.
Northwestern Game Notes
Northwestern is unbeaten at 4-0 this season when outgaining its opponent in rushing yards and 0-3 when the opposition boasts more ground yards. In last year's matchup with the Hawkeyes, the Wildcats ran wild for 349 yards, with Kain Colter
(166 rushing yards, three touchdowns) and Venric Mark
(162 rushing yards) leading the way. This year's Hawkeye defense ranks 16th nationally in fewest rushing yards allowed.
A model of consistency and hard wark on the defensive line throughout his Northwestern career, senior DE Tyler Scott finds himself atop the Big Ten sack rankings. Scott, who began the year as the Big Ten's returning sack leader after collecting 9.0 in 2012, again is alone in first place in the conference with 5.0 solo sacks (0.71 per game). He now has 15.0 in his career, good for sixth on Northwestern's all-time list. Scott also is tied for second with Ohio State's Ryan Shazier with 8.0 total TFL's this season.
Scott hasn't been the only one on NU's front four affecting the quarterback. Redshirt freshman and pass-rushing specialist Ifeadi Odenigbo has registered 4.0 solo tackles in this his redshirt freshman season, 3.0 of which of have been QB sacks -- second on the team behind Scott.
On offense, Northwestern sits atop the Big Ten in red zone efficiency, coming away with points on 28 of 29 trips inside the 20 (96.5 percent). NU has scored 17 touchdowns (nine rushing, eight passing) and converted 11-of-12 field goal tries from inside the red zone.
Against Minnesota, Northwestern's first trip offensive trip into the red zone came courtesy of redshirt freshman tailback Stephen Buckley. Buckley broke off a career-long 33-yard run on NU's third series and soon after capped the drive with his first career touchdown on a 3-yard plunge into the end zone. The native of North Forney, Texas, accumulated 54 yards on that drive alone -- one better than his previous single-game career rushing high -- and 58 for the game.
Buckley's effort supplemented a Northwestern offensive attack coping with the loss of dynamic weapons Kain Colter and Venric Mark, who both sat out last week's game due to injury. Their absence meant the sidelining of two players with a combined 3,584 career rushing yards -- approximately 60 percent of the career rushing yards on NU's current roster -- and 6,901 all-purpose
Junior WR Christian Jones has at least one reception in 12 consecutive games, the longest active streak for an NU pass-catcher.
Through seven games, Iowa QB Jake Rudock has completed 124-208 attempts for
1,447 yards and 11 touchdowns. He has also rushed 34 times for 147 yards and five touchdowns. Rudock averages 206.7 passing yards per game, the sixth-highest total in the Big Ten. Rudock is 76-126 for 824 yards and five touchdowns in home games (2-2). Rudock has been well protected by an Iowa offensive line that has surrendered only five sacks this season, the seventh-best total in the country.
WR Kevonte Martin-Manley continues to be among the team and national leaders in receptions and punt returns. He leads the nation in punt return average (25.8), and surpassed the 100 career receptions mark and 1,000 career receiving yards mark in Week 3 against Iowa State. Martin-Manley now has 109 career receptions and 1,125 career receiving yards. He is tied for 15th in career receptions and ranks 33rd in career receiving yards.
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