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Hawkeye’s rocket was leaving ground

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Editor’s note: Marc Morehouse’s countdown of all 143 of Kirk Ferentz’s wins as Iowa head football coach continues at thegazette.com/ferentz

Today’s sampler: No. 137 — Iowa 51, Kent State 0, 2001

By Marc Morehouse, The Gazette


Three cool things

l 1. Don’t come at me with the now 17-year-old Kyle McCann/Brad Banks debate. But ... this really is that ground. Spent a lot of time in this one on Jon Beutjer’s departure from Iowa football. That, of course, pushed Banks, then a juco transfer from Hinds (Miss.) Community College.

If you look at the numbers, McCann played better than Banks down the stretch and improved his game to the point of becoming a weapon. Banks clearly got a lot out of his experience in 2001.

Lots of good QB banter here. I do remember the “brotherly abrasion” to be a very big deal. Reading this? I think I was going for clickbait before it was a thing.

l 2. Running back Aaron Greving scored touchdowns on three consecutive carries. That was some kind of record. Iowa rushed for six touchdowns. Four different running backs scored TDs. Ladell Betts wasn’t one of them.

Football is weird like that sometimes.

l 3. Running back Fred Russell was kind of a blip in this box score — four rushes, 46 yards and a TD. And then the next two years, ka-boom for Fred Russell.

In this game, the names ahead of Russell were Siaka Massaquoi and Greving.

Russell was the younger player, but ended up winning the job in 2002 and finished his career with 2,760 yards and 17 TDs.


Reading the quotes now and remembering the physical tone then, Iowa Coach Kirk Ferentz and the program clearly had enough of the Beutjer deal.

“I addressed the team probably for about a total of three minutes at the end of Tuesday’s practice and that was it,” Ferentz said.

I wouldn’t have mentioned this, but it was a prominent event that week. Like way bigger than the game.


Nate Kaeding had a day.

He broke the school record for kicking points in a game, knocking through three field goals and six extra points for 15 points. That broke a record he tied in 2000.

At that point, he’d hit 10 straight field goals, tying a record set by Rob Houghtlin in 1985.

Why No. 137?

There are a handful of games early in the Ferentz era where maybe he took a little bit of a lesson from Bill Snyder at Kansas State.

Ferentz has the utmost respect for Snyder, who turned around the worst program in college football and made it matter.

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