Iowa at vs. Northern Illinois Postgame NotesSeptember 1, 2012
Iowa outscored Northern Illinois 9-0 in the fourth quarter to beat the Huskies, 18-17,today in Chicago. The Hawkeyes improved to 8-0 all-time against the Huskies, andwon their 12
straight season opener. The win also snapped Northern Illinois’ nine-game winning streak, which had been the longest in the nation. The one-point victory was Iowa’s first one-point win since defeating Northern Iowa,17-16, in the 2009 season opener (Sept. 5). The Hawkeyes rushed for 139 yards. Since 2010, the Hawkeyes are 15-2 whenrushing for more than 120 yards.PK Meyer made 4-5 field goals, converting 22, 30, 34 and 50-yarders, while missingone from 40. The five attempts matches a school record (Meyer at Indiana in 2010and Kyle Schlicher at Minnesota in 2004). The four field goals made equals a careerhigh; Meyer made four at Indiana (2010) and Iowa State (2011). The 50-yarder equalsa career long. Meyer now has 171 points, moving past Ladell Betts, David Hudsonand Marvin McNutt for 11th on Iowa’s all-time scoring chart. He has made 32-42career field goal attempts.Iowa started on offense today. The Hawkeyes have started contests on offense in136-of-163 games under Kirk Ferentz. Iowa is 15-12 in the games it has started ondefense under Ferentz. True freshmen who saw action in today’s season opener include: RB Greg Garmon, PConnor Kornbrath, and DB Kevin Buford.Iowa started an all-Iowa offensive line today: LT Brandon Scherff (Denison), LG Matt Tobin (Dyersville), C James Ferentz (Iowa City), RG Austin Blythe (Williamsburg), andRT Brett Van Sloten (Decorah).QB James Vandenberg was 21-33 for 129 yards today. The senior signal callerconnected with six different receivers. Vandenberg had a 16-yard rush in the secondquarter, equaling a career long. Vandenberg has completed 305-532 pass attemptsfor 3,666 yards and 28 touchdowns in his career. His 3,666 yards passing ranks ninthin Iowa career history.Sophomore RB Damon Bullock led the team with 150 yards on 30 attempts today.Both were career bests. Bullock’s 23-yard touchdown with 2:15 left in the fourthquarter was his first career touchdown.WR Kevonte Martin-Manley led the team in catches (6) and WR Keenan Davis led theteam in receiving yards (40).Defensively, Tom Donatell had six tackles and forced his first career fumble. JoeGaglione also added six tackles and his first career forced fumble. Linebackers JamesMorris and Anthony Hitches each had a team-high eight stops. DL Joe Gaglioneforced his first career fumble, while DL Carl Davis recovered his first fumble on thethird play of the third quarter.