|2001 Iowa Hawkeyes football|
Alamo Bowl Champions
|Conference||Big Ten Conference|
|2001 record||7–5 (4–4 Big Ten)|
|Head coach||Kirk Ferentz|
|Offensive coordinator||Ken O'Keefe|
|Defensive coordinator||Norm Parker|
|Home stadium||Kinnick Stadium|
|2001 Big Ten football standings|
|#12/12 Illinois †||7||–||1||10||–||2|
|† – BCS representative as champion |
The 2001 Iowa Hawkeyes football team represented the University of Iowa and the Iowa Hawkeyes football program during the 2001 NCAA Division I-A football season. Coached by Kirk Ferentz, the Hawkeyes played their home games at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City, Iowa.
Leading up to the seasonEdit
Iowa opened the 2000 season with five straight losses, adding to a losing streak that totaled 13 games when the Hawkeyes lost to Indiana on September 30, 2000. However, the streak came to an end a week later, when the Hawks defeated Michigan State, 21–16, giving Ferentz his first ever Big Ten win as head coach at Iowa. Following a three-game losing streak, the Hawkeyes traveled to State College, Pennsylvania, for a game against Penn State. The Hawks won the game, 26–23, and followed it up the next week with another win, this time over Northwestern. The 27–17 victory gave Iowa a two-game winning streak, something that had not occurred for the Hawkeyes since the 1997 season. Iowa finished the season with a 27–24 loss on November 18, 2000, against Minnesota.
2001 was marked as a potential turning point for the Hawkeyes, a year in which a bowl berth was entirely possible. The Hawks returned two potential starters at quarterback in Kyle McCann and Jon Beutjer, and even received playing time from junior college transfer Brad Banks during the season. Ladell Betts and Kahlil Hill came back for their senior seasons at the running back and wide receiver positions respectively. Hill would go on win the Mosi Tatupu Award following the completion of the season.
On defense, the Hawkeyes looked to improve on their rushing defense numbers from the previous season. In 2000, Iowa gave up 194.3 yards rushing, ninth in the Big Ten. Aaron Kampman returned for his senior season on the defensive line, while fellow senior Mike Dolezal looked to replace LeVar Woods and Derrick Davison at linebacker. Iowa's passing defense in 2000 allowed 247 yards passing a game, tenth in the Big Ten. It was thought that added experience in that area would help improve that aspect of Iowa's defense.
The special teams returned Hill and sophomore Nate Kaeding, who hit 14-of-22 field goals and 20-of-20 extra points during his freshman season. In 2000, Hill finished second in the Big Ten with a 27.2-yard kickoff return average. Hill was also named to the first-team all-Big Ten team by the Sporting News for his 2000 performances.
|September 1*||11:00 AM||Kent State||Kinnick Stadium • Iowa City, IA||ESPN+||W 51–0||56,091|
|September 8*||11:00 AM||Miami University||Kinnick Stadium • Iowa City, IA||ESPN+||W 44–19||58,291|
|September 29||11:00 AM||Penn State||Kinnick Stadium • Iowa City, IA||ESPN||W 24–18||69,422|
|October 6||11:00 AM||at #18 Purdue||Ross-Ade Stadium • West Lafayette, IN||ESPN||L 14–23||58,888|
|October 13||11:00 AM||at Michigan State||Spartan Stadium • East Lansing, MI||ESPN2||L 28–31||73,680|
|October 20||11:00 AM||Indiana||Kinnick Stadium • Iowa City, IA||ESPN+||W 42–28||68,295|
|October 27||2:30 PM||#8 Michigan||Kinnick Stadium • Iowa City, IA||ABC||L 26–32||70,397|
|November 3||11:00 AM||at Wisconsin||Camp Randall Stadium • Madison, WI||ESPN+||L 28–34||79,421|
|November 10||11:00 AM||at Northwestern||Ryan Field • Evanston, IL||ESPN+||W 59–16||36,458|
|November 17||12:00 PM||Minnesota||Kinnick Stadium • Iowa City, IA (Battle for the Floyd of Rosedale)||W 42–24||65,491|
|November 24*||11:30 AM||at Iowa State||Jack Trice Stadium • Ames, IA (Battle for the Cy-Hawk Trophy)||FSN||L 14–17||51,042|
|December 29*||2:30 PM||vs. Texas Tech||Alamodome • San Antonio, TX (Alamo Bowl)||ESPN||W 19–16||65,232|
|*Non-Conference Game. †Homecoming. #Rankings from Coaches' Poll released prior to game. All times are in Central Time.|
The following is the roster from Iowa's 2001 season.
Sources: SI.com 2001 football roster
Opening the season on September 1, 2001, the Hawkeyes defeated the Kent State Golden Flashes, 51–0, in front of 56,091 fans at Kinnick Stadium. The win was Iowa's first in a season opener under Ferentz, and it improved the Hawkeyes' record in season openers to 80–31–2.
On offense, Betts ran for 99 yards, while fellow running back Aaron Greving scored three touchdowns. In total, Iowa ran for 331 yards, which compared favorably to the 113 yards for Kent State. Jeremy Allen and Fred Russell also contributed, with 73 and 46 rushing yards respectively. Allen also scored the first touchdown of his career during the game, on a 14-yard run during the first quarter. Defensively, the Hawkeyes held Kent State to 13 first downs and 203 total offensive yards. Iowa held the Golden Flashes to 90 yards passing; Kent State quarterback Jeff Valentino completed 3 of his 13 passes for 35 yards before being taken out of the game. McCann and Banks threw for 165 and 71 yards respectively, while Dallas Clark led the Hawks in receiving, with five catches for 84 yards. The loss was Kent State's sixth straight, dating back to the previous season.
For Iowa, the win capped a week in which Beutjer, a possible starter at quarterback, left the team. Beutjer cited feeling "betrayed" by Iowa coaches, and Iowa player Bruce Nelson said that it would not "disrupt what we’ve got going." Following the game, Ferentz noted that practice on the Thursday before the game was the best in his tenure at Iowa, while Kent State head coach Dean Pees expressed disappointment in his team's performance. The next week, Kent State ended their six-game losing streak with a 38–17 victory over Bucknell.
The annual battle for the Cy-Hawk Trophy was scheduled originally for September 15, but due to the September 11 attacks, it was postponed or canceled like all sporting events planned for that weekend. The game was rescheduled for November 24, which turned out to be a natural fit since many other major rivalries were played that weekend.
The Cyclones scored a touchdown in each of the first two quarters to head into halftime with a 14–0 lead. Iowa responded finally in the third quarter with two touchdowns of their own.
The final scoring play of the game came early in the fourth quarter, with Tony Yelk kicking a 32-yard field goal to put the Cyclones up 17–14. An interception by Adam Runk with 1:37 remaining sealed the game for the Cyclones.
Team players in the NFLEdit
|Ladell Betts||Running Back||2||56||Washington Redskins|
|Aaron Kampman||Defensive End||5||156||Green Bay Packers|
|Kahlil Hill||Wide Receiver||6||184||Atlanta Falcons|
- ↑ Batterson, Steve. "Iowa 21, Michigan State 16: Kasper, Hill step up as Hawks snap 13-game skid". Hawkmania.com. http://www.hawkmania.com/articles/2008/02/16/history/2000/doc46aa04b35216c020923686.txt. Retrieved February 16, 2008.
- ↑ Batterson, Steve. "Iowa 27, Northwestern 17: Hawkeyes record first back-to-back wins since 1997". Hawkmania.com. http://www.hawkmania.com/articles/2008/02/12/history/2000/doc46aa058d85d93430864832.txt. Retrieved February 16, 2008.
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 "Iowa Hawkeyes team preview". SI.com. Archived from the original on March 31, 2008. http://web.archive.org/web/20080331074357/http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/football/college/2001/preview/iig/. Retrieved February 17, 2008.
- ↑ "Player Bio: Brad Banks". HawkeyeSports.com. Archived from the original on February 28, 2008. http://web.archive.org/web/20080228023401/http://hawkeyesports.cstv.com/sports/m-footbl/mtt/banks_brad00.html. Retrieved February 17, 2008.
- ↑ "Player Bio: Kahlil Hill". HawkeyeSports.com. http://hawkeyesports.cstv.com/sports/m-footbl/mtt/hill_kahlil00.html. Retrieved February 17, 2008.
- ↑ "NationalChamps.net Iowa Hawkeyes Football 2001 Schedule". NationalChamps.net. http://www.nationalchamps.net/NCAA/college_football_2001_schedules/iowa.htm. Retrieved February 13, 2008.
- ↑ "Iowa Hawkeyes 2001 Football Schedule". SI.com. http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/football/college/schedules/2001/team/iig/. Retrieved February 19, 2008.
- ↑ "Iowa Hawkeyes 2001 Football Roster". SI.com. http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/football/college/rosters/2001/iig/. Retrieved February 21, 2008.
- ↑ 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 "Iowa 51, Kent St. 0 game recap". SI.com. http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/football/college/recaps/2001/09/01/iig_kkc/. Retrieved February 26, 2008.
- ↑ 10.0 10.1 10.2 "Iowa 51, Kent St. 0 box score". SI.com. http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/football/college/boxscores/2001/09/01/iig_kkc/. Retrieved February 26, 2008.
- ↑ 11.0 11.1 11.2 Batterson, Steve. "Iowa 51, Kent State 0: Hawks put Beutjer ordeal aside, blank Golden Flashes". Hawkmania.com. http://www.hawkmania.com/articles/2008/02/23/history/2001/doc46aa06290766e093988254.txt. Retrieved February 26, 2008.
- ↑ http://www.pro-football-reference.com/draft/2002.htm