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The 2016 Iowa Hawkeyes football team represented the University of Iowa in the 2016 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Hawkeyes, led by 18th-year head coach Kirk Ferentz, were members of the West Division of the Big Ten Conference and played their home games at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City, Iowa.

2016 Iowa Hawkeyes football
Iowa Hawkeyes wordmark.svg
Outback Bowl, L 3–30 vs. Florida
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
DivisionWest Division
2016 record8–5 (6–3 Big Ten)
Head coachKirk Ferentz (18th season)
Offensive coordinatorGreg Davis (5th season)
Offensive schemeMultiple
Defensive coordinatorPhil Parker (5th year as DC; 18th overall season)
Base defense4–3
Home stadiumKinnick Stadium
(Capacity: 70,585)
Seasons
← 2015
2017 →
2016 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East Division
No. 7 Penn State xy$   8 1         11 3  
No. 6 Ohio State x^   8 1         11 2  
No. 10 Michigan   7 2         10 3  
Indiana   4 5         6 7  
Maryland   3 6         6 7  
Michigan State   1 8         3 9  
Rutgers   0 9         2 10  
West Division
No. 9 Wisconsin xy   7 2         11 3  
Iowa   6 3         8 5  
Nebraska   6 3         9 4  
Minnesota   5 4         9 4  
Northwestern   5 4         7 6  
Illinois   2 7         3 9  
Purdue   1 8         3 9  
Championship: Penn State 38, Wisconsin 31
  • ^ – College Football Playoff participant
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll

Contents

2016 commitmentsEdit

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight 40 Commit date
Toks Akinribade
RB
Brownsburg, IN Brownsburg High School 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 205 lb (93 kg) 4.50 Jun 18, 2015 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN: 
Cole Banwart
G
Algona, IA Algona High School 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 279 lb (127 kg) NA Jun 19, 2015 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN: 
Shaun Beyer
TE
Cedar Rapids, IA Kennedy High School 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 204 lb (93 kg) 4.97 Nov 25, 2015 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN: 
Lance Billings
CB
Lorain, OH Clearview High School 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) 165 lb (75 kg) NA Jun 29, 2015 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN: 
Cedric Boswell
CB
Beverly Hills, MI Groves High School 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) 174 lb (79 kg) 4.34 Jun 29, 2015 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN: 
Noah Clayberg
S
Pella, IA Pella High School 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) 195 lb (88 kg) NA Jan 24, 2016 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    RivalsN/A   247SportsN/A    ESPNN/A
Noah Fant
TE
Omaha, NE Omaha South High School 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 215 lb (98 kg) 4.64 Aug 28, 2015 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN: 
Chauncey Golston
DE
Detroit, MI East English Village Prep Academy 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 235 lb (107 kg) 4.72 May 18, 2015 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN: 
T.J. Hockenson
TE
Charter Oak, IA Chariton High School 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 225 lb (102 kg) 4.80 Jun 20, 2015 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN: 
Amani Hooker
S
Brooklyn Center, MN Park Center Senior High School 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 4.68 Jun 16, 2015 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN: 
Alaric Jackson
OT
Detroit, MI Renaissance High School 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 285 lb (129 kg) 5.56 Feb 3, 2016 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN: 
Amani Jones
ILB
Chicago, IL Wendell Phillips Academy High School 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) 210 lb (95 kg) 4.70 Jun 21, 2015 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN: 
Cedrick Lattimore
DE
Detroit, MI East English Village Prep Academy 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 265 lb (120 kg) 5.12 May 18, 2015 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN: 
Romeo McKnight
DE
Crystal Lake, IL Crystal Lake Central High School 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 230 lb (100 kg) 5.13 Jun 29, 2015 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN: 
Nick Niemann
OLB
Sycamore, IL Sycamore High School 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 210 lb (95 kg) NA Jun 20, 2015 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN: 
Emmanuel Rugamba
WR
Naperville, IL Naperville Central High School 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 4.65 Aug 1, 2015 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN: 
Austin Schulte
DE
Pella, IA Pella High School 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 240 lb (110 kg) NA Jun 21, 2015 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN: 
Brandon Simon
DE
Ramsey, NJ Don Bosco Prep High School 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 235 lb (107 kg) 4.79 Jun 26, 2015 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN: 
Nate Stanley
QB
Menominee, WI Menominee High School 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 4.79 Nov 14, 2014 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN: 
Kyle Taylor
ILB
Washington, DC Gonzaga College High School 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 225 lb (102 kg) 4.75 Jun 10, 2015 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN: 
Barrington Wade
RB
Skokie, IL Niles North High School 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 205 lb (93 kg) 4.67 Jun 15, 2015 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN: 
Kristian Welch
ILB
Iola, WI Iola-Scandinavia High School 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 218 lb (99 kg) NA Jul 14, 2015 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN: 
Spencer Williams
G
Cedar Falls, IA Cedar Falls High School 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 280 lb (130 kg) 5.30 Jun 18, 2015 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN: 
Toren Young
RB
Monona, WI Monona Grove High School 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) 205 lb (93 kg) 4.71 Jan 26, 2015 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN: 
Devonte Young
WR
Waldorf, MD North Point High School 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 4.51 Jun 22, 2015 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN: 
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 38   Rivals: 42  247Sports: 49  ESPN: 49
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

  • "ESPN- College Football Recruiting Schools". ESPN.com. Retrieved August 7, 2016.
  • "2016 Team Ranking". Rivals.com. Retrieved August 7, 2016.

ScheduleEdit

Iowa announced its 2016 football schedule on July 11, 2013. The 2016 schedule consisted of 7 home and 5 away games in the regular season. The Hawkeyes hosted Big Ten foes Michigan, Nebraska, Northwestern, and Wisconsin, and traveled to Illinois, Minnesota, Penn State, Purdue, and Rutgers.[1]

The team hosted all three of their non–conference games which were against the Iowa State Cyclones from the Big 12 Conference, Miami RedHawks from the Mid-American Conference (MAC), and the North Dakota State Bison from the Missouri Valley Football Conference.

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 32:30 PMMiami (OH)*No. 17ESPNUW 45–2168,390
September 106:30 PMIowa State*No. 16
BTNW 42–370,585
September 1711:00 AMNo. 1 (FCS) North Dakota State*No. 13
  • Kinnick Stadium
  • Iowa City, IA
ESPN2L 21–2370,585
September 2411:00 AMat RutgersESPN2W 14–744,061
October 111:00 AMNorthwestern 
  • Kinnick Stadium
  • Iowa City, IA
ESPNUL 31–3867,047
October 811:00 AMat MinnesotaESPN2W 14–749,145
October 1511:00 AMat PurdueESPN2W 49–3540,239
October 2211:00 AMNo. 10 Wisconsin
ESPNL 9–1770,585
November 56:30 PMat No. 20 Penn StateBTNL 14–41106,194
November 127:00 PMNo. 2 Michigan
  • Kinnick Stadium
  • Iowa City, IA
ABCW 14–1370,585
November 1911:00 AMat IllinoisBTNW 28–039,031
November 252:30 PMNo. 17 Nebraska
ABCW 40–1069,814
January 212:00 PMvs. No. 20 Florida*No. 21ABCL 3–3051,119
  • *Non-conference game
  •  Homecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game
  • All times are in Central time
Schedule Source:[2]

RosterEdit

2016 Iowa Hawkeyes football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
QB 16 C. J. Beathard Sr
QB 11 Ryan Boyle   Fr
QB 18 Drew Cook   Fr
QB 15 Ryan Schmidt   Fr
QB 4 Nathan Stanley Fr
QB 8 Tyler Wiegers So
RB 22 Toks Akinribade Fr
RB 47 Lane Akre   Fr
RB 21 Sam Cook Fr
RB 29 LeShun Daniels Jr. Sr
RB 26 Marcel Joly So
RB 41 Austin Kelly So
RB 45 Drake Kulick Jr
RB 30 Steve Manders Fr
RB 32 Derrick Mitchell, Jr. Jr
RB 36 Brady Ross   Fr
RB 25 Akrum Wadley Jr
RB 28 Toren Young Fr
WR 2 Brandon Bishop So
WR 23 Dominique Dafney So
WR 82 Adrian Falconer So
WR 14 Conner Keane Jr
WR 83 Riley McCarron Sr
WR 5 Ronald Nash So
WR 6 Emmanuel Ogwo   Fr
WR 10 Jonathan Parker Jr
WR 3 Jay Scheel Fr
WR 9 Jerminic Smith So
WR 89 Matt VandeBerg   Sr
WR 80 Devonte Young Fr
TE 42 Shaun Beyer Fr
TE 87 Noah Fant Fr
TE 38 T. J. Hockenson Fr
TE 46 George Kittle Sr
TE 86 Peter Pekar Jr
TE 85 Nate Vejvoda   Fr
TE 39 Nate Wieting   Fr
TE 81 Jon Wisnieski Jr
OL 61 Cole Banwart Fr
OL 75 Ike Boettger Jr
OL 64 Cole Croston Sr
OL 78 James Daniels So
OL 54 Steve Ferentz Sr
OL 76 Dalton Ferguson So
OL 77 Alaric Jackson Fr
OL 74 Mitch Keppy Sr
OL 70 Lucas LeGrand So
OL 52 Boone Myers Jr
OL 57 Jake Newborg   Fr
OL 68 Landan Paulsen   Fr
OL 66 Levi Paulsen   Fr
OL 56 Burke Prins Fr
OL 69 Keegan Render So
OL 59 Ross Reynolds So
OL 71 Brett Waechter   Fr
OL 73 Ryan Ward   Sr
OL 79 Sean Welsh   Jr
OL 63 Spencer Williams Fr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
DL 99 Nathan Bazata Jr
DL 90 Sam Brincks So
DL 56 Faith Ekakitie Sr
DL 77 Daniel Gaffney Jr
DL 60 Jacob Giese   Fr
DL 57 Chauncey Golston Fr
DL 72 Brant Gressel Sr
DL 40 Parker Hesse So
DL 88 Jake Hulett Jr
DL 66 Dallas Jacobus Fr
DL 53 Garret Jansen   Fr
DL 67 Jaleel Johnson Sr
DL 95 Cedrick Lattimore Fr
DL 97 Romeo McKnight Fr
DL 98 Anthony Nelson   Fr
DL 96 Matt Nelson So
DL 91 Brady Reiff Fr
DL 74 Austin Schulte Fr
DL 93 Brandon Simon Fr
DL 94 Michael Slater Fr
LB 35 Tristan Bohr Fr
LB 41 Bo Bower Jr
LB 22 Angelo Garbutt   Fr
LB 45 Eric Grimm So
LB 48 Jack Hockaday So
LB 43 Josey Jewell Jr
LB 52 Amani Jones Fr
LB 31 Aaron Mends So
LB 44 Ben Niemann Jr
LB 49 Nick Niemann Fr
LB 55 Brady Ross Fr
LB 50 Jacob Sobotka So
LB 55 Kyle Taylor Sr
LB 35 Barrington Wade Fr
LB 26 Kevin Ward Jr
LB 34 Kristian Welch Fr
LB 29 Nick Wilson   Fr
DB 4 Joe Argo Fr
DB 20 Cedric Boswell Fr
DB 12 Anthony Gair Sr
DB 30 Jake Gervase So
DB 27 Amani Hooker Fr
DB 15 Joshua Jackson So
DB 14 Desmond King Sr
DB 9 Jonathan Lubanza   Fr
DB 13 Greg Mabin Sr
DB 18 John Milani   Fr
DB 11 Michael Ojemudia   Fr
DB 5 Manny Rugamba Fr
DB 37 Brandon Snyder So
DB 19 Miles Taylor Jr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
K 3 Keith Duncan Fr
K 2 Mick Ellis So
K 6 Josh Proehl Fr
K 91 Miguel Recinos So
K 94 Caleb Shudak Fr
P 20 Ben Canby   Fr
P 16 Ron Coluzzi Sr
P 7 Colten Rastetter   Fr
P 25 Jackson Terry Fr
LS 97 Tyler Kluver Jr
LS 84 Austin Spiewak Fr
LS 50 Jackson Subbert   Fr
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches
  • Greg DavisOffensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks
  • Phil ParkerDefensive Coordinator/Defensive Backs
  • Chris White – Special Teams Coordinator/Running Backs
  • Chris DoyleStrength and Conditioning
  • Kelvin Bell – Recruiting Coordinator/Assistant Defensive Line
  • Bobby Kennedy – Wide Receivers
  • LeVar WoodsTight Ends
  • Brian FerentzOffensive Line/Run Game Coordinator
  • Reese Morgan – Defensive Line
  • Seth Wallace – Linebackers Coach
  • Paul Federici – Director of Football Operations
  • Tyler Anderson – Graduate Assistant, Defense
  • Raimond Braithwaite – Strength and Conditioning Assistant Coach
  • Justin Lima – Strength and Conditioning Assistant Coach
  • Joel Welsh, Jr. – Strength and Conditioning Assistant Coach
  • Ben Hansen – Assistant Director of Football Operations
  • Max Allen – Director, Football New Media
  • Broderick Binns- – 'Director, Player Development
  • Tyler Barnes – Director, Recruiting
  • Scott Southmayd – Director, Player Personnel
  • Bob Rahfeldt – Video Coordinator
  • Chris Ruth – Assistant Video Coordinator

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  •   Injured
  •   Redshirt

Roster
Last update: February 8, 2016

RankingsEdit

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Final 
AP 17 16 13 RV RV NR RV RV NR NR NR RV RV 22 21 RV 
Coaches 15 10 11 25 RV NR NR RV NR NR NR RV RV 25 25 RV 
CFP Not released NR NR NR NR NR NR Not released

Game summariesEdit

Miami (OH)Edit

Miami (OH) at Iowa
1 234Total
RedHawks 0 777 21
No. 17 Hawkeyes 21 7710 45
Overall record Last meeting Result
3–0 2003 W 21–3

[3]

Fresh off a season that saw Iowa go to the Big Ten Championship as well as the Rose Bowl, the Hawkeyes got off to a fast start against MAC foe Miami-Ohio. The Hawkeyes scored three touchdowns – all on the ground – in the first 10 minutes of the game, and continued to run all over the RedHawks defense for a 28–7 halftime lead. From there, quarterback C.J. Beathard and the offense continued to roll as the Hawkeyes cruised to an easy 45–21 win in the 2016 season opener. LeShun Daniels and Akrum Wadley combined to run for over 200 yards on 22 carries, scoring two rushing touchdowns apiece.[4] Redshirt freshman DE Anthony Nelson recorded 2.5 sacks and 2 forced fumbles to earn Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors.[5]

Iowa StateEdit

Iowa State at Iowa
Cy-Hawk Trophy
1 234Total
Cyclones 3 000 3
No. 16 Hawkeyes 14 14140 42
Overall record Last meeting Result
41–22 2015 W 31–17

[6][7]

The Hawkeyes scored early and often as they dominated Iowa State in the annual Cy-Hawk game. The Hawkeyes scored two touchdowns in the first, with the first one going to tight end George Kittle and the other one coming on a long pass to running back Akrum Wadley. The Hawkeyes continued to pour it on as Beathard threw his third TD pass of the first half to Matt VandeBerg, and would run in another score to give Iowa a commanding 28–3 lead at halftime. Iowa would score twice more in the third quarter and the defense hounded the Iowa State offense all game long, and the result was a dismantling of the Hawkeyes' in-state rival from Ames. The 39-point margin of victory was the largest in the series since Iowa's 63–20 win in 1997.[8]

North Dakota StateEdit

North Dakota State at Iowa
1 234Total
No. 1 (FCS) Bison 7 079 23
No. 13 Hawkeyes 0 1470 21

[9]

Fresh off an easy win over Iowa State, the Hawkeyes welcomed in FCS powerhouse North Dakota State into Kinnick Stadium. The Bison struck first as C.J. Beathard threw a pick-6 to M.J. Stumpf late in the first quarter, however Iowa tied the game at 7–7 when Beathard found Riley McCarron for a 30-yard touchdown on a 4th down play. On the next drive, Beathard would connect with Matt VandeBerg for a 14-yard score and Iowa went into halftime leading 14–7. The teams traded touchdowns in the third, with King Frazier tying up the game for the Bison, and Matt VandeBerg putting Iowa ahead 21–14 with his 2nd touchdown reception of the game in traffic. But the Bison grinded out a long drive that took over 8 minutes of clock in the 4th quarter and ended with a touchdown. However, NDSU went for two and was unsuccessful, and the Hawkeyes clung to a 21–20 lead. After forcing a three-and-out, Easton Stick led North Dakota State right down the field and kicker Cam Pedersen nailed a 37-yard field goal as time expired to give the Bison a 23–21 victory. For North Dakota State, it was their sixth consecutive victory over an FBS opponent. It was the first time Iowa lost a game to an FCS opponent, and was the first regular season loss in Iowa quarterback C.J. Beathard's career.[10]

RutgersEdit

Iowa at Rutgers
1 234Total
Hawkeyes 0 707 14
Scarlet Knights 0 007 7
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

Coming off a disappointing home loss to North Dakota State, Iowa hit the road for the first time in the 2016 season to take on the Rutgers Scarlet Knights. The first half was a major defensive struggle as neither team scored until George Kittle hauled in a 36-yard touchdown pass from C.J. Beathard, capping a 99-yard touchdown drive and putting Iowa up 7–0 at the break. The defense finally cracked early in the 4th when Chris Laviano found Andre Patton for a 14-yard touchdown to tie the game at 7–7. However, the Hawkeyes answered right back with a 26-yard Akrum Wadley touchdown run that put Iowa up 14–7 with 8:35 left. The defense stopped Rutgers once more and Iowa was able to get a couple first downs, something they were not able to do the week before, and held on for a 14–7 victory in its Big Ten opener. The Iowa defense had 4 sacks, and 8 tackles for loss in the win.[11] Punter Ron Coluzzi earned Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week honors.[12]

NorthwesternEdit

Northwestern at Iowa
Homecoming
1 234Total
Wildcats 10 7147 38
Hawkeyes 7 1437 31
Overall record Last meeting Result
50–24–3 2015 W 40–10

Iowa returned home to take on Northwestern in its fifth game of the year. Northwestern had been off to a slow start on the season, especially offensively, but the team seemed to wake up for the Iowa game. Clayton Thorson got the scoring started with a 4-yard touchdown run to put the Wildcats up 7–0. Akrum Wadley would answer that with a touchdown run of his own. The first half featured a lot of offense as Northwestern took a 17–7 lead, only to see it disappear quickly as Wadley scored again, and the Hawkeyes capitalized on a fumble by Justin Jackson as C.J. Beathard found Riley McCarron in the end zone for a 15-yard touchdown and Iowa went into halftime up 21–17. However, the Iowa defense could not stop the Wildcat offense, and they scored on three consecutive series. Austin Carr hauled in a 16-yard touchdown catch with a terrific catch in the corner of the end zone to tie the game at 24–24, and then on the next drive Justin Jackson broke free and scored from 58 yards out to give Northwestern the lead back. Carr then hauled in his third touchdown of the game and Northwestern went up 38–24. LeShun Daniels cut the lead to 38–31 with a 1-yard touchdown run, but a last ditch effort by the Hawkeyes to come back was thwarted when Beathard was intercepted with 58 seconds left. The win snapped a three-game losing streak for Northwestern at Kinnick Stadium, while the loss dropped Iowa to 3–2, 1–1 in Big Ten play.[13]

MinnesotaEdit

Iowa at Minnesota
Floyd of Rosedale
1 234Total
Hawkeyes 0 338 14
Golden Gophers 0 070 7
Overall record Last meeting Result
45–62–2 2015 W 40–35

Iowa went back to the road as they looked to defeat their rival Minnesota Golden Gophers for the second consecutive season. Iowa had a good drive early, but were unable to get points as long distance kicker Miguel Recinos missed a 50-yard field goal badly. However, Iowa would get on the board first as Keith Duncan hit a short field goal for a 3–0 halftime lead. Iowa once again moved the ball, but have a drive stall and it settled for another short field goal by Duncan for a 6–0 lead. However, Minnesota answered with its best drive of the game, and the Gophers took the lead on a 9-yard touchdown run by Shannon Brooks. This was a game of missed opportunities as Iowa repeatedly moved the ball, but could not come up with points. Riley McCarron lost a fumble inside the Minnesota 35 yard-line after a long reception and C.J. Beathard threw an ill-advised interception with Iowa at the Minnesota 27. Iowa was finally able to break through as Akrum Wadley broke free for a 54-yard touchdown run, and an ensuing two-point conversion gave the Hawkeyes a 14–7 lead. The Iowa defense was able to stop an attempt by Minnesota to tie the game late, and the Hawkeyes held on for a 14–7 win and kept possession of the Floyd of Rosedale Trophy.[14]

PurdueEdit

Iowa at Purdue
1 234Total
Hawkeyes 21 1477 49
Boilermakers 0 7721 35
Overall record Last meeting Result
37–46–3 2015 W 40–20

Iowa defeated the Boilermakers in a high scoring affair, 49–35.[15] Iowa opened up the scoring with a 1-yard run by LeShun Daniels. Iowa increased their lead with a 3rd down scramble for a 15-yard touchdown run by C. J. Beathard. After a quick 3-and-out by Purdue, Iowa scored again on a 42-yard Beathard pass to Riley McCarron, closing out the first quarter scoring. After several exchanges of punts, Iowa scored again on a 4-yard run by Daniels. Purdue scored their first points of the game with a 25-yard pass from David Blough to Brycen Hopkins. After the kickoff after the Hopkins touchdown, Iowa scored on its first play with a 75-yard Akrum Wadley touchdown run to bring the halftime score to 35–7 in favor of Iowa. Purdue opened up the second half scoring with a 53-yard Blough pass to Cole Herdman. Iowa responded with a 5-yard Noah Fant touchdown reception from Beathard. Purdue scored again on a 7-yard pass from Blough to Bilal Marshall. After a 3-and-out by Iowa, who had put in their reserves, Purdue scored again on a 54-yard Blough pass to DeAngelo Yancey. After yet another 3-and-out, Iowa put in their starting defensive unit. Blough was intercepted by Desmond King, who returned the interception 41-yards for an Iowa score, increasing their lead to 21 again. Purdue scored once more with another Hopkins touchdown reception from Blough for 37-yards.[16][17]

WisconsinEdit

Wisconsin at Iowa
Heartland Trophy
1 234Total
No. 10 Badgers 0 773 17
Hawkeyes 0 603 9
Overall record Last meeting Result
43–44–2 2015 W 10–6

[18]

Iowa came into its matchup with #10 Wisconsin fresh off back-to-back road wins while the Badgers were coming off back-to-back tough losses at Michigan and at home to Ohio State in overtime. Early on, the Badgers were able to move up and down the field, but were unable to capitalize. Their first drive stalled when kicker Andrew Endicott missed a 32-yard field goal. Wisconsin did not get on the board until Bart Houston hit tight end Troy Fumagalli for a 17-yard touchdown with 10:06 left in the second. Iowa would answer that with a 41-yard field goal from Keith Duncan. Wisconsin continued to miss its opportunities as Corey Clement fumbled inside the Iowa 1 right before the half, and Iowa turned that into a field goal and despite getting significantly outgained, Iowa only went into halftime trailing 7–6. Wisconsin continued to move the ball in the second half, as Corey Clement was able to score this time from the 1 and the Badgers extended their lead to 14–6. With about 5 minutes left in the 4th, Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz decided to kick a field goal on 4th & 5 on the Wisconsin 20, instead of going for it and Keith Duncan missed a 38-yard field goal. From there, Wisconsin was able to make a field goal of their own to essentially put the game on ice. Iowa was able to get a field goal late in the game but Wisconsin recovered the ensuing onside kick and was able to hang on for the 17–9 win. For Iowa, it was their third consecutive loss at Kinnick Stadium and dropped them to 5–3, 3–2 heading into their bye week. The win snapped a two-game losing streak for Wisconsin and was also the team's fourth consecutive win in Kinnick.[19]

Penn StateEdit

Iowa at Penn State
1 234Total
Hawkeyes 0 707 14
No. 20 Nittany Lions 7 17314 41
Overall record Last meeting Result
12–13 2012 L 14–38

Iowa traveled to Happy Valley for a night game against Penn State. Throughout much of the game, Iowa was completely dominated by Penn State. On the very first drive, Penn State marched right down the field for a touchdown drive that ended with Trace McSorley finding Saaed Blacknall for a score. Saquon Barkley continued to run all over the Hawkeyes as he broke free for a 57-yard touchdown run to extend the lead to 14–0. Soon after, McSorley scored from 1 yard out and the Nittany Lions were rolling, up 21–0. Iowa got a much needed touchdown late in the half when Beathard found Akrum Wadley for a 12-yard touchdown to get Iowa on the board. However, Penn State answered right back with a field goal to head into halftime up 24–7. The second half was much of the same as Saquon Barkley caught a long pass from McSorley for another touchdown. Backup quarterback Tommy Stevens even got in on the fun and added a rushing touchdown of his own as Penn State crushed the Hawkeyes, winning 41–14. Barkley and McSorley combined for nearly 450 yards and Penn State racked up 599 yards of offense on the Hawkeyes. It was the second consecutive loss for Iowa, who dropped to 5–4, 3–3 in the Big Ten and a matchup with the undefeated Michigan Wolverines upcoming. Penn State continued to play great football, getting its fifth straight win and the second straight blowout for the Lions after they defeated #2 and previously undefeated Ohio State two weeks earlier. [20]

MichiganEdit

Michigan at Iowa
1 234Total
No. 2 Wolverines 3 703 13
Hawkeyes 0 833 14
Overall record Last meeting Result
14–41–4 2013 W 24–21

A week after being humbled on the road, in the midst of a 3-game home losing streak, Iowa returned home to face the undefeated and third-ranked Michigan Wolverines. Iowa fell behind 10–0 in the second quarter, thanks to a Ty Isaac 7-yard touchdown run. Defensive tackle Jaleel Johnson gave Iowa some momentum when he tackled De'Veon Smith in the end zone for a safety. Later, C.J. Beathard converted a 4th and goal by completing a screen pass to Akrum Wadley for a 3-yard touchdown. The two-point conversion was unsuccessful and Iowa trailed 10–8 at halftime. However, Iowa continued to control the game and Wadley was a force for Iowa, and Iowa took an 11–10 lead into the 4th quarter. Michigan kicker Kenny Allen put them back in front with a 50-yard field goal midway through the 4th quarter, but Iowa would not go away. With Iowa driving for the game-winning score, quarterback C.J. Beathard was intercepted by Michigan cornerback Channing Stribling with 1:54 left. However, Iowa forced a Michigan punt, and the Wolverines committed a costly penalty on a punt return by Desmond King to set up Iowa with terrific field position. From there, Iowa got two first downs and freshman kicker Keith Duncan drilled a 33-yard field goal as time expired to deliver Iowa a shocking 14–13 upset of Michigan.

Akrum Wadley was the offensive standout for the Hawkeyes with 115 yards rushing, and another 52 yards receiving that included the touchdown late in the first half. The Hawkeye defense did their part as well, allowing only 201 total yards to a Wolverine offense that was averaging over 400 per game going into the contest.[21] Senior DT Jaleel Johnson was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week, Duncan was named Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week, and Manny Rugamba was named Big Ten co-Freshman of the Week.[22]

With Clemson and Washington both losing, this marked only the second time #2, #3, and #4 fell during the same day in the regular-season. The other time was October 19, 1985, and one of the games that day was #1 Iowa's 12–10 win over #2 Michigan.[23]

IllinoisEdit

Iowa at Illinois
1 234Total
Hawkeyes 0 7714 28
Fighting Illini 0 000 0
Overall record Last meeting Result
31–38–2 2015 W 29–20

Coming off an emotional win against Michigan, Iowa was slow out of the gates against the Illinois Fighting Illini. With Iowa heading in for a score, Akrum Wadley fumbled inside the Illini 5 to keep the game scoreless in the second quarter. However, Iowa would respond with a Riley McCarron 55-yard punt return touchdown for the only score of the first half and Iowa led 7–0 at the break. In the second half, Iowa dominated Illinois on the ground, as LeShun Daniels capped off a 12-play, 6 minute drive with a 1-yard touchdown run. Daniels would add a 50-yard touchdown run midway through the 4th and Iowa cruised to an easy 28–0 victory. The Iowa defense was phenomenal all game, allowing just 198 yards of total offense for the Illini, forcing two turnovers, and getting the team's first shutout since a 45–0 win over Ball State in 2010. Daniels rushed for a season-high 159 yards and two touchdowns. With the win, Iowa moved to 7–4, 5–3 Big Ten.[24] Daniels was named Big Ten co-Offensive Player of the Week and McCarron co-Special Teams Player of the Week.[25]

NebraskaEdit

Nebraska at Iowa
Heroes Trophy
1 234Total
No. 17 Cornhuskers 0 370 10
Hawkeyes 13 7614 40
Overall record Last meeting Result
14–29–3 2015 W 28–20

[26][27]

Iowa looked to end their season on a positive note with a win in the season finale against 16th ranked Nebraska. The Hawkeyes got explosive plays early as Akrum Wadley got the scoring started with a 75-yard touchdown run to put Iowa up 6–0. On the next offensive play for Iowa, C.J. Beathard found Riley McCarron for a 77-yard catch and run and Iowa was flying high, up 13–0 early. After a Drew Brown field goal, Iowa again got a big play as LeShun Daniels had a 56-yard run which set up a 4-yard touchdown by Daniels and Iowa led 20–3. In the second half, it was more of the same as Beathard found George Kittle for a 1-yard touchdown on the first drive of the second half and Iowa went up 26–3. Nebraska momentarily got back into the game when Stanley Morgan Jr. caught a 13-yard touchdown pass on 4th down from Tommy Armstrong Jr. to cut the Iowa lead to 26–10. But the running game for Iowa was too much for the Cornhuskers as the combination of Daniels and Wadley continued to wear down Nebraska. Beathard found Kittle for another score, and late in the game, Daniels added a 1-yard touchdown to put the finishing touches on a 40–10 dismantling of the rival Cornhuskers. The defense held Armstrong Jr. to 125 yards passing and gave up 217 total yards. Iowa ran for 264 yards and Beathard threw for 3 touchdowns as Iowa won its third consecutive game to end the season, including knocking off two straight ranked opponents at Kinnick Stadium. Iowa finished the 2016 regular season at 8–4, 6–3 in the Big Ten.[28][29]

Outback BowlEdit

Florida vs. Iowa
Outback Bowl
1 234Total
No. 20 Gators 3 7713 30
No. 21 Hawkeyes 3 000 3
Overall record Last meeting Result
1–2 2006 L 24–31

[30]

Awards and honorsEdit

Weekly Awards
Player Award Date Awarded Ref.
Anthony Nelson Big Ten Freshman of the Week September 5, 2016 [5]
Ron Coluzzi Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week September 24, 2016 [12]
Jaleen Johnson Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week November 12, 2016 [22]
Keith Duncan Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week November 12, 2016 [22]
Manny Rugamba Co-Big Ten Freshman of the Week November 12, 2016 [22]
LeShun Daniels Co-Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week November 19, 2016 [25]
Riley McCarron Co-Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week November 19, 2016 [25]
All-Conference Honors [31][32]
Player Position Media Vote Coaches Vote AP [33]
C.J. Beathard QB HM
LeShun Daniels Jr. RB HM HM
Akrum Wadley RB HM 3rd Team
Sean Welsh C 3rd Team 3rd Team
James Daniels G 3rd Team 3rd Team
Riley McCarron WR HM HM
Ike Boettger OT HM HM
Cole Croston OT HM 3rd Team
George Kittle TE HM HM
Nathan Bazata DL HM
Jaleel Johnson DL 2nd Team 1st Team 1st Team
Parker Hesse LB HM HM
Josey Jewell LB 2nd Team 2nd Team 2nd Team
Desmond King CB, RS 1st Team (CB)
2nd Team (RS)
1st Team (CB)
2nd Team (RS)
1st Team
Greg Mabin CB HM
Ron Coluzzi P 3rd Team 3rd Team

Postseason AwardsEdit

Players in the 2017 NFL DraftEdit

Player Position Round Pick NFL Club Ref
C. J. Beathard QB 3 104 San Francisco 49ers [35]
Jaleel Johnson DT 4 109 Minnesota Vikings [35]
George Kittle TE 5 146 San Francisco 49ers [35]
Desmond King CB 5 151 Los Angeles Chargers [35]

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