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  11/18/19 - A.J. EpenesaJr/2021, Iowa, 6-4, 280 (DS#3 DE) + More +

  NOV 18 BIG TEN DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: A.J. Epenesa, Iowa, Jr., DE, Glen Carbon, Ill./Edwardsville,...Recorded four tackles, 2.5 sacks and a forced fumble in Iowa's victory against previously undefeated Minnesota...His 2.5 sacks helped the Hawkeyes post a total of six sacks, the most by the school since 2013...Led a defense that held Minnesota to a season-low 19 points...Claims his third career Defensive Player of the Week honor and first since 2018...Last Iowa Defensive Player of the Week: A.J. Epenesa (Nov. 19, 2018). - Big Ten football

(DS#3 DE) Jr/2021 DE A.J. EpenesaIowa
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  11/17/19 - Nate StanleySr/2020, Iowa, 6-4, 243 (DS#5 QB) + More +

  Minnesota's undefeated season came to an end in a place where the Gophers have struggled for a while. Nate Stanley threw two touchdown passes and Tyler Goodson ran for a score to help No. 23 Iowa beat No. 7 Minnesota 23-19 on Saturday, handing the Gophers their first loss while hurting their playoff prospects. The Gophers (9-1, 6-1, No. 8 CFP) haven't won at Kinnick Stadium since 1999, losing nine straight on the road in the series. The loss will hurt them in the rankings, but they stay in control of their own fate in the Big Ten West Division race. That, coach P.J. Fleck said, is something his team needs to remember.

"This is one game," Fleck said. "Everything else is sitting right in front of us" If we can play a game that poorly, we can come back from it. "This is not the end of the world. It hurts" It should hurt - it's a rivalry game. This is what college football is all about...This is one game. That's all that means." The Hawkeyes (7-3, 4-3) struck quickly, scoring touchdowns on their first three possessions, then held off Minnesota.s charge in the second half for their first victory over a ranked opponent this season. Stanley threw for 173 yards. Goodson rushed for 94 yards. - Iowa/AP College Football


(DS#5 QB) Sr/2020 QB Nate StanleyIowa
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  11/08/19 - Nate StanleySr/2020, Iowa, 6-4, 243 (DS#5 QB) + More +

  Iowa's Nate Stanley has thrown for 1,950 yards and 10 touchdowns this season. The 6-foot-4 senior has 62 career touchdown passes, which ranks second in program history. Chuck Long is first with 74. - AP College Football

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  10/26/19 - Nate StanleySr/2020, Iowa, 6-4, 243 (DS#5 QB) + More +

  Iowa quarterback Nate Stanley had 179 yards passing with a touchdown and the defense allowed just 202 yards of total offense, lifting the 20th-ranked Hawkeyes to a 20-0 shutout of Northwestern on Saturday. Mekhi Sargent had a rushing touchdown and Tyler Goodson added 58 yards rushing on 11 carries as Iowa (6-2, 3-2 in the Big Ten) won its second straight. Quarterback Aidan Smith completed 18 of 32 passes for 138 yards with an interception for Northwestern (1-6, 0-5), which dropped its fifth straight. Iowa entered the game fifth in the nation in scoring defense (11.6 points) and 10th in total defense (275 yards per game). Northwestern's deepest advance into Iowa territory was the 28-yard line late in the third quarter.

With his TD pass, Stanley has 62 in his career and moved into second place on Iowa's all-time list. He entered tied with Drew Tate at 61. Chuck Long heads the list with 74. Iowa took a 7-0 lead midway through the first quarter on a 50-yard TD pass from Stanley to wide receiver Tyrone Tracy. He caught the ball at about the 30 over the middle, broke a tackle with a spin move and raced down the sideline into the end zone. Keith Duncan hit a 40-yard field goal early in the second quarter for a 10-0 halftime lead. The Hawkeyes stretched the lead to 17-0 on a 1-yard run by Sargent with 5:23 left in the third. Duncan added a 28-yard field goal early in the fourth to close out the scoring. - AP College Football


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  10/19/19 - Mekhi SargentJr/2021, Iowa, 5-09, 212 (DS#28 RB) + More +

  Iowa's defense might be as good as any in America. The Hawkeyes' offense is lagging way behind though, and that inconsistency is threatening to submarine their season. Mekhi Sargent ran for a 14-yard score with 2:16 left and 23rd-ranked Iowa held off Purdue 26-20 on Saturday, snapping a two-game losing streak. Tyler Goodson scored his first career touchdown from a yard out and Keith Duncan kicked four field goals for the Hawkeyes (5-2, 2-2 Big Ten), who also broke a two-game skid against the Boilermakers (2-5, 1-3). "Really happy with the level of effort and perseverance," Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said. "Obviously we're still working on finding a better rhythm offensively."

Purdue made the Hawkeyes - who entered the game as a 17-point favorite - earn this one. The Boilermakers cut it to 19-13 on J.D. Dellinger's 36-yard field goal with 2:59 left. Purdue was assessed a personal foul after squibbing the ensuing kickoff to midfield, though, and runs of 21 and 14 yards by Sargent gave the Hawkeyes the cushion they'd been looking for all day. Jack Plummer's 1-yard TD pass to Payne Durham with 24 seconds left made Purdue the first team this season to score 20 on the Hawkeyes. But Iowa secured the onside kick and survived -- and Wisconsin's stunning loss at Illinois gave an unexpected boost to the Hawkeyes' hopes in the West Division race. David Bell caught 13 passes for 197 yards and a touchdown for Purdue, which ran for just 33 yards after entering the day 129th out of 130 teams in rushing. - AP College Football


(DS#28 RB) Jr/2021 RB Mekhi SargentIowa
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  09/28/19 - Nate StanleySr/2020, Iowa, 6-4, 243 (DS#5 QB) + More +

  Nate Stanley threw for 276 yards and two touchdowns, Toren Young added a career-high 131 yards rushing and 14th-ranked Iowa throttled Middle Tennessee 48-3 on Saturday, moving to 4-0 for just the second time in 10 years. Brandon Smith caught both of Stanley's TD throws for the Hawkeyes. Iowa gained 644 yards, its most in coach Kirk Ferentz's 21 seasons in charge.

Iowa racked up 358 of those yards in the first half and scored on its first four drives, a stretch headlined by an 18-yard TD throw from Stanley to Smith, to jump ahead 24-0 midway through the second quarter. Ihmir Smith-Marsette's 14-yard touchdown run off a jet sweep pushed Iowa's lead to 34-3 with 2:19 left in the third quarter. Asher O'Hara was 15 of 22 passing for 110 yards for Middle Tennessee (1-3). The Blue Raiders' defense was gashed for over eight yards a play. - Iowa/AP College Football


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  09/16/19 - Keith DuncanrJr/2021, Iowa, 5-09, 180 (DS#999 K) + More +

  WEEK 3 BIG TEN SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Keith Duncan, Iowa, Jr., K, Weddington, N.C./Weddington,...Set a career high with four field goals on four attempts in Iowa’s victory at Iowa State...Converted from 25, 40, 42 and 39 yards in the contest, with the final kick proving to be the game-winner with 4:51 left in the fourth quarter...Improved to 8-for-8 on field goal attempts this season, including 4-fo-4 on attempts from 40 yards or longer...Claims his second career Special Teams Player of the Week honor and first since 2016...Last Iowa Special Teams Player of the Week: Riley McCarron (Nov. 21, 2016). - Big Ten Football

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  09/16/19 - D.J. JohnsonrFr/2023, Iowa, 5-10, 183 (DS#999 CB) + More +

  WEEK 3 BIG TEN CO-FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK: D.J. Johnson, Iowa, DB, Indianapolis, Ind./North Central,...Recorded a career-high eight tackles in the Hawkeyes’ victory against Iowa State...Notched a team-high seven solo stops...Registered two pass breakups, including one on Iowa State's final drive of the game to preserve Iowa's win...Earns his first career Freshman of the Week award...Last Iowa Freshman of the Week: Riley Moss (Oct. 8, 2018). - Big Ten Football

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  09/14/19 - Nate StanleySr/2020, Iowa, 6-4, 243 (DS#5 QB) + More +

  Nate Stanley threw for 201 yards and ran for a score, and No. 19 Iowa made a big fourth-down stop late in the game, allowing the Hawkeyes to beat Iowa State 18-17 on Saturday night for their fifth straight win over the Cyclones. Keith Duncan kicked four field goals for the Hawkeyes (3-0, 1-0 Big Ten), who also improved to 4-0 against Iowa State coach Matt Campbell in a game delayed nearly 3 hours because of lightning.

Trailing 18-17 in the closing minutes, Iowa State drove to the Iowa 34 before a false start, a slip by quarterback Brock Purdy and an incompletion brought up fourth-and-13. The Cyclones went for it and, after offsetting penalties led to a do-over, Purdy overthrew Deshaunte Jones near the end zone. The Cyclones appeared to get another chance when they forced a quick Iowa punt. But the ball hit Datrone Young in the back and Iowa's Devonte Young recovered it, sealing the win for the Hawkeyes. Iowa State (1-1) opened the scoring on a 51-yard double pass from Purdy to Jones - a converted prep quarterback - to La'Michael Pettway midway through the first quarter. The Cyclones then moved ahead 14-6 just 57 seconds into the second half on a 73-yard strike from Purdy to Tarique Milton, who breezed past Iowa's banged-up secondary. Iowa's defense stiffened, and Stanley's 1-yard touchdown plunge gave the Hawkeyes a 15-14 lead with 12:10 left. - Iowa/AP College Football


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  09/07/19 - Nate StanleySr/2020, Iowa, 6-4, 243 (DS#5 QB) + More +

  Iowa made Rutgers' first trip to Iowa City as miserable as possible. Senior Nate Stanley had 236 yards passing and three touchdowns and No. 20 Iowa rolled past Rutgers 30-0 Saturday in its Big Ten opener, notching its third shutout in its last seven league games. The Hawkeyes look like they're ready for a visit to No. 25 Iowa State next week in a much-hyped rivalry. New Jersey native Ihmir Smith-Marsette caught two TD passes for the Hawkeyes (2-0, 1-0 Big Ten), who've allowed just 14 points through two games. "I thought it was really decisive performance," Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said. "It was hard-earned out there."

Stanley found Smith-Marsette and Tyrone Tracy for first-half touchdowns to help Iowa take a 20-0 lead at the break. Stanley then connected with Smith-Marsette from 23 yards out to make it 27-0. Smith-Marsette finished with 113 yards receiving. Stanley had at least three TD passes for the 10th time with the Hawkeyes. Iowa is 10-0 in those games. "I feel very poised, and my teammates have my back no matter what," Stanley said. - AP College Football


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  08/31/19 - Mekhi SargentJr/2021, Iowa, 5-09, 212 (DS#28 RB) + More +

  Mekhi Sargent feels like a smarter running back. It's no coincidence then that he had perhaps the best game of his young career with 91 yards and a touchdown in helping the 20th-ranked Hawkeyes beat Miami (Ohio) 38-14 in their season-opener on Saturday night. "Last year I was more so playing off talent and not knowing so much how to read defenses or being patient," Sargent said. "Now I feel like my knowledge of the game, understanding concepts makes me feel more comfortable."

Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz also liked what he saw from Sargent. "(Sargent) is more decisive (and) you can see he's a lot more confident out there," Ferentz said. "From the sideline (the run game) looked pretty good. It looked more like what we're shooting for. I thought all the backs that were in there ran decisively." Nate Stanley threw for 252 yards and three touchdowns and ran for 20, including a 16-yard keeper for Iowa. The Hawkeyes got off to a slow start, but that was erased by the consistent ground game and some big plays from Stanley, who finished 21 of 30 in Iowa's sixth straight season-opening win. - AP College Football


(DS#28 RB) Jr/2021 RB Mekhi SargentIowa
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  08/28/19 - Oliver MartinrSo/2022, Iowa, 6-0, 200 (DS#999 WR) + More +

  Michigan transfer receiver Oliver Martin has been cleared to play this season for Iowa, starting with Saturday's opener against Miami (Ohio). The 20th-ranked Hawkeyes said Wednesday that Martin has been approved for immediate eligibility by the NCAA and the Big Ten. Martin, a graduate of Iowa City West High, caught 11 passes for the Wolverines in 2018. But a change at offensive coordinator and a desire to return home led Martin to transfer to Iowa this summer. Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said this week Martin would play if he was ruled eligible for this weekend's game. - AP College Football

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  08/27/19 - Nate StanleySr/2020, Iowa, 6-4, 243 (DS#5 QB) + More +

  Iowa's Nate Stanley will enter his senior season with a chance at becoming one of the greatest quarterbacks in school history. Stanley is content to focus on winning and letting his legacy take care of itself. Stanley threw for 52 touchdowns in his first two seasons as a starter, the best two-year stretch for a Hawkeye, and he's just 23 TD passes away from passing Heisman Trophy runner-up Chuck Long for the top spot. Stanley is also within striking distance of Drew Tate for second in career passing yards — all with a 3.25-to-1 touchdown-to-interception ratio that's only been topped by another Heisman finalist, Brad Banks.

Stanley will make his 27th straight start on Saturday when the 20th-ranked Hawkeyes host Miami (Ohio). "I just want to win...whether that means we run for 400 yards or pass for 400 yards, I don't really care," Stanley said. "The job of the quarterback is to help the team win. No matter how that happens, a win is a win." Stanley has done plenty of that, winning 17 games while tossing five TDs in wins over Ohio State and Iowa State along with a six-touchdown effort in last year's win at Minnesota. Still, Stanley has been viewed more as a solid starter than a star despite a sturdy 6-foot-4, 245-pound frame, a potent arm and the ability to both take hits in the pocket and improvise when necessary. Part of that is because Stanley's accuracy can waver, to the point where he has yet to complete over 60% of his passes in a season. - AP College Football


(DS#5 QB) Sr/2020 QB Nate StanleyIowa
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  08/23/19 - A.J. EpenesaJr/2021, Iowa, 6-4, 280 (DS#3 DE) + More +

  2019 PRESEASON TED HENDRICKS AWARD WATCHLIST: A.J. EPENESA - IOWA,...Epenesa led the Big Ten and ranked 12th nationally in sacks (10.5), ranked second in the Big Ten and 16th nationally in forced fumbles (4), and ranked fourth in the conference in tackles for loss (16.5). - Iowa Football

(DS#3 DE) Jr/2021 DE A.J. EpenesaIowa
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  08/13/19 - Ihmir Smith-MarsetteJr/2021, Iowa, 6-0, 183 (DS#71 WR) + More +

  2019 PRESEASON PHIL STEELE/DRAFT SCOUT FBS P5 SECOND TEAM ALL-AMERICAN: KR Ihmir Smith-Marsette, Iowa, Jr.,...Named 2018 Rodgers-Dwight Return Specialist of the Year in the Big Ten...named first-team All-Big Ten return specialist by league media and second team by coaches...Saw action in 12 games, with three starts...23 receptions for 361 yards and three touchdowns...24 kickoff returns for 707 yards. - Iowa Football

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