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Iowa drops close game to CMU, 32-31

This news story was published on September 22, 2012.
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Mark Weisman rumbles for some of his 217 rushing yards against CMU.

IOWA CITY – Central Michigan beat Iowa 32-31 today by scoring 9 points in the last minute. CMS overcame 217 yards rushing from Iowa running back Mark Weisman.

Here are the post-game notes:

The Iowa offense scored a season-high 31 points today.

Iowa’s defense allowed nine second-half points today, all in the fourth quarter. The Hawkeyes had allowed zero fourth quarter points entering today. The Hawkeyes have only allowed 19 second-half points through four games.

Mark Weisman scored on a 34-yard rush on a fourth-down play in the first period.  The rush is the longest of his career and the longest by a Hawkeye rusher this season (27 by Damon Bullock vs. UNI).  Weisman also had a 5-yard rushing score in the third period, and a 12-yard rushing touchdown in the fourth quarter.  The scores are Weisman’s fourth, fifth and sixth of the season; he had three TD’s last week versus UNI.  Weisman finished the game with a career-high 217 yards on 27 attempts.  The sophomore topped the century mark rushing the last two games (113 last week versus UNI).  His 217 yards today ties for the eighth –best in Iowa single-game history (Shonn Greene, Nick Bell).

PK Mike Meyer made 4-4 PATs today extending his consecutive streak made to 63, which breaks Nate Kaeding’s consecutive PAT’s school record of 60 established in 2001-02.  Meyer tied Kaeding’s record of 60 straight PAT’s on Iowa’s first drive of the game and broke the record on Iowa’s third possession of the first quarter.  The junior was also 1-1 in field goal attempts (46 yards) today; he is 9-of-10 this season.  Meyer now has 193 points, surpassing Tim Dwight (1994-97) and Ronnie Harmon (1982-85) for ninth in career scoring.  Meyer has made 37-of-47 career field goal attempts.

Iowa was 3-3 in the red zone today, scoring three touchdowns.  The Hawkeyes have scored on 160 of the last 181 red zone possessions (106 TDs and 54 FGs), dating back to the Michigan State game in 2008.  Iowa is 141-162 combined inside the red zone its last 47 games.  Central Michigan was 5-5 in the red zone (2 TD, 3 FGs). 

QB James Vandenberg was 16-25 for 215 yards today. He started the game completing his first nine pass attempts; he started last week’s game completing his first six.  Vandenberg has completed 359-627 pass attempts for 4,130 yards and 28 touchdowns in his career. His 228 yards today increased his career total to 4,345 yards. He ranks eighth in Iowa career passing.

Iowa’s defense failed to collect a takeaway for the first time this season.  The Hawkeye defense has collected at least one takeaway in 67 of its last 78 games, dating back to 2006.  Central Michigan recovered an Iowa fumble, the Hawkeyes’ first of 2012, in the first period.  The Chippewas turned the Hawkeye miscue into three points.  The Chippewas and Iowa State are the only opponents to have forced any Hawkeye turnovers in 2012.

DE Joe Gaglione recorded a sack today.  The senior has three of the Hawkeyes’ five sacks this season.  

DB Micah Hyde totaled a game career-high 14 tackles. LB Anthony Hitchens, the Big Ten tackle leader entering today, equaled Hyde’s total with 14 stops. Hitchens has recorded double-digit tackles in three straight games.

He had 19 versus Iowa State and 10 against UNI the previous two games.

LB James Morris totaled 12 tackles today and recorded one-half sack.

Iowa scored 13 combined points in the first quarter in its first three games; the Hawkeyes totaled 14 first-quarter points today against Central Michigan.

After allowing six sacks in the season opener, the Hawkeye offensive line has not allowed a sack the last three games. 

WR Kevonte Martin-Manley caught a 10-yard TD pass from QB James Vandenberg on Iowa’s opening possession, it was Iowa’s first TD pass of 2012.  It marked the fourth straight week the Hawkeyes scored on their first drive (2 FGs, 2 TDs).  Central Michigan drove the field on its opening possession for an eight-play, 75-yard touchdown drive.  The Chippewas became Iowa’s second opponent to score on their first drive (Iowa State).

True freshmen WR Tevaun Smith and LB Nate Meier saw their first action of the game of the season.  Iowa has played six true freshmen this season: Greg Garmon, Kevin Buford, Sean Draper, Connor Kornbrath, Malloy, Meier, and Smith.

Central Michigan won the toss and elected to defer.  The Hawkeyes have started on offense twice (Northern Illinois and Central Michigan) and defense twice (Iowa State and UNI) this season.  The Hawkeyes have started on offense in 137-of-166 games.  Iowa is 16-13 in the games it has started on defense under Ferentz.

Instant replay was used once today. Officials reviewed whether or not the CMU quarterback was beyond the line of scrimmage on a forward pass. The play was not overturned and the call on the field stood.

Iowa remains at home next week when it hosts Minnesota in its Big Ten opener at 11 a.m. (ESPN or ESPN2) inside Kinnick Stadium. It will mark the first time Iowa will have ever played Minnesota in September.

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    September 22, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    C H O K E ! ! !