NO. 17/17 INDIANA (0-0) AT NO. 18/18 IOWA (0-0)
Kickoff: 2:30 p.m. CST/3:30 p.m. EST Date: Saturday, Sept. 4, 2021 Location: Kinnick Stadium (69,250; FieldTurf) – Iowa City, Iowa TV: BTN: Brandon Gaudin (p-b-p), James Laurinaitis (analyst) & Rick Pizzo (sideline) Radio: IU Radio Network; Sirius 136, XM 196, SXM App 158: Don Fischer, Buck Suhr & Joe Smith
INDIANA 2020 STAT LEADERS RETURNEES
Passing Michael Penix Jr.: 124-220, 1645 Yds, 14 TD, 4 INT Rushing Tim Baldwin Jr.: 22-141, 0 TD, 6.4 Avg Receiving Ty Fryfogle: 37-721, 7 TD, 19.5 Avg Defense LB Micah McFadden: 58 T, 6 S, 10.5 TFL, 2 INT S Devon Matthews: 40 T, 1 S, 2 TFL, 1 INT, 6 PBU CB Tiawan Mullen: 38 T, 3.5 S, 4.5 TFL, 3 INT, 4 PBU
IOWA 2020 STAT LEADERS RETURNEES
Passing Spencer Petras: 140-245, 1569 Yds, 9 TD, 5 INT Rushing Tyler Goodson: 143-762, 7 TD, 5.3 Avg Receiving Sam LaPorta: 27-271, 1 TD, 10.0 Avg Defense LB Seth Benson: 47 T, 2 S, 3 TFL, 3 QBH S Jack Koerner: 45 T, 2 TFL, 3 INT, 2 PBU, 1 QBH CB Riley Moss: 43 T, 2 INT, 4 PBU
SETTING THE SCENE • No. 17/17 Indiana kicks off its 137th season of football at No. 18/18 Iowa on Saturday, Sept. 4. Kickoff is set for 2:30 p.m. CST/3:30 p.m. EST at Kinnick Stadium (69,250; Field Turf) on BTN. • IU is ranked in the preseason for the first time since 1969 and has appeared in both the Associated Press Top 25 and the USA TODAY Sports AFCA Coaches Poll for 11-straight weeks, a program record. • The Hoosiers AP Top 25 streak shares the 13th-longest active streak in the nation. • Indiana has won 15-of-17 season openers, including last year’s 36-35 overtime victory over No. 8 Penn State. • IU will open with a Big Ten foe for the third time in Tom Allen’s five campaigns: No. 2 Ohio State (2017) and No. 8 Penn State (2020). • This marks the 13th time the Hoosiers have started with a ranked opponent and third time in five years. • Indiana will kick off a campaign against Iowa for the fourth time and the first time since 1980. • The Hawkeyes own a 2-1 record in the three previous starters with wins in Bloomington (16-7 on Sept. 13, 1980; 27-0 on Sept. 29, 1956). • IU dropped UI, 30-26, in the lone matchup in Iowa City on Sept. 8, 1979. • Indiana and Iowa are meeting for the first time since 2018 and the first time at Kinnick Stadium since 2014. • The Hoosiers have earned victories in their last three road season openers. THE COACHES • The 2020 American Football Coaches Association National Coach of the Year, Tom Allen’s 24 wins (24-22 overall record) are the most for an Indiana head football coach over his first four seasons. Allen was also named the 2020 Hayes-Schembechler Coach of the Year (Big Ten coaches vote) and the Dave McClain Coach of the Year (Big Ten media vote). (full bio on page 14) • Kirk Ferentz is 168-106 (.613) in his 23rd season at Iowa. He is the school’s all-time winningest coach and sits fourth in B1G history. Ferentz served as Maine’s head coach (1990-92) and owns a 180-127 (.586) career record. NEWS & NOTES • The Hoosiers are 14-7 overall and 11-5 in Big Ten play since the start of 2019. • Indiana’s 14 wins share fourth and 11 victories share third in the B1G during that span. • The 11 wins are tied for the most in school history over a two-year span (1987-88). • IU has won 11 of its last 14 league games, its most successful stretch in program history. • The Hoosiers have played in consecutive January bowl games (2020 TaxSlayer Gator Bowl and 2021 Outback Bowl) for the first time in school history. • Indiana (6-2, 6-1 Big Ten) finished the 2020 season with a No. 12 final rating from the Associated Press, its highest final ranking since 1967 (No. 4).
2020 NEWS & NOTES • Indiana collected its first Top-10 ranking in the Nov. 8, 2020, AP Poll (No. 10) since Sept. 22, 1969 (No. 10). • The Hoosiers No. 7 rating (Dec. 13 and 20, 2020) was their best in the AP Poll since Nov. 27, 1967 (No. 4). • IU’s three Top-25 victories tied for the third-most in the country and matched the school record (1945). • Indiana clinched a winning league record in consecutive seasons for the first time since 1987-88 and for the sixth time overall (1967-68, 1944-46, 1936-37). • The Hoosiers six conference wins tied for the most in program history (1967, 1987). • IU collected its first win over No. 16 Wisconsin (14-6) since defeating the Badgers in 2001 and 2002, the former coming at Camp Randall Stadium. • Indiana recorded its first road victory over a ranked opponent since No. 18 Missouri in 2014, and its first Big Ten road win over a ranked opponent since No. 22 Michigan State in 2001. • The Hoosiers matched a program record with five-straight league victories (1967) before losing at No. 3 Ohio State. • IU defeated Michigan State, 24-0, to reclaim the Old Brass Spittoon for the first time since 2016 and earn its first win in East Lansing since 2001. • Indiana’s 38-21 victory over No. 23 Michigan was its first over the Wolverines since 1987. • The Hoosiers 36-35, overtime win against No. 8 Penn State in the season opener was the sixth against a Top-10 opponent in program history, with the last coming at No. 9 Ohio State in 1987. • It marked IU’s first Top-10 victory at Memorial Stadium since 1967 (No. 3 Purdue). • Indiana defeated PSU, U-M, MSU, and UW in the same season for the first time in school history and beat the Wolverines and Spartans in the same year for the first time since 1967.