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2004 Iowa Hawkeyes football
Big Ten Co-Champions
Capital One Bowl Champions
Capital One Bowl, W 30–25 vs. LSU
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 8
APNo. 8
2004 record10–2 (7–1 Big Ten)
Head coachKirk Ferentz
Offensive coordinatorKen O'Keefe
Defensive coordinatorNorm Parker
Home stadiumKinnick Stadium
(Capacity: 70,397)
Seasons
← 2003
2005 →

The 2004 Iowa Hawkeyes football team represented the University of Iowa in the 2004 NCAA Division I-A football season. They played their home games in Kinnick Stadium and were coached by Kirk Ferentz. Finishing the 2003 season with a 10–3 record and an Outback Bowl victory, the Hawkeyes began the season 2–0 with wins over Kent State and Iowa State.[1] But after rocky performances at Arizona State and Michigan, the Hawkeyes sat at 2–2 going into their game with Michigan State.[1]

The Hawkeyes handily defeated the Spartans 38–16,[2] and turned their attention to Ohio State, a team whom the Hawkeyes had not beaten at home since 1983.[3] Behind a strong defensive performance that allowed only 177 yards,[4] the Hawkeyes easily defeated the Buckeyes by 26 points, the largest margin of victory over Ohio State in Iowa history.[3] However, tragedy struck soon thereafter, when head coach Kirk Ferentz's father died.[5] In the emotional game that ensued, the Hawkeyes narrowly defeated Penn State 6–4 on two Kyle Schlicher field goals.[6]

The Hawkeyes then raised their record to 8–2 with victories over Illinois, Purdue, and Minnesota.[1] With a share of the Big Ten championship on the line, the Hawkeyes met Wisconsin in the final regular season game of the year. Iowa won the game,[7] and thousands of Hawkeye fans swarmed the field in celebration.[8] Several weeks following the victory, Iowa accepted a bid to play the LSU Tigers in the 2005 Capital One Bowl.[9]

In a game that was originally thought to be a defensive matchup,[10] the Hawkeyes took a 24–12 lead early in the fourth quarter. But behind freshman quarterback JaMarcus Russell, the Tigers stormed back, and took a one-point lead with 46 seconds remaining.[11] However, LSU's comeback was all for naught, as Iowa's Drew Tate completed a 56-yard touchdown pass to Warren Holloway as time expired, giving Iowa the 30–25 win[11] and a 10–2 final record.[1]

Previous seasonEdit

In 2003, Iowa began the season 4-0[12] and would eventually complete the regular season with a 9–3 record that included wins over Iowa State, Michigan (Iowa's second straight victory against Michigan), and Minnesota.[13] However, the Hawkeyes lost to Michigan State, Ohio State, and Purdue. Finishing fourth in the Big Ten standings,[14] the Hawkeyes accepted a bid to play the Florida Gators in the Outback Bowl.[15] Despite falling behind early on a 70-yard touchdown pass from Chris Leak to Kelvin Knight, the Hawkeyes reeled off 27 straight points en route to a 37–17 victory.[16] It was a milestone victory, as it gave Iowa its second consecutive 10-win season along with the first Hawkeye victory in a January bowl game since the Rose Bowl in 1959.[16]

Following the season, five Iowa players were selected in the 2004 NFL Draft.[17] Robert Gallery, the 2003 Outland Trophy winner, became the second-highest pick in school history when he was selected 2nd by the Oakland Raiders.[17] Following Gallery in Iowa's draft order were Bob Sanders, taken 44th by Indianapolis, Nate Kaeding, taken 65th by San Diego, Jared Clauss, taken in the seventh round by Tennessee, and Erik Jensen, who was taken in the seventh round by St. Louis.[17]

Before the seasonEdit

Prior to the season, the Hawkeyes looked to replace seven offensive starters and four defensive starters.[18] Key losses from 2003 included Maurice Brown, Robert Gallery, Nate Chandler, Fred Russell, and Ramon Ochoa on offense.[18] Defensively, the Hawkeyes looked to replace Howard Hodges, Jared Clauss, Grant Steen, and Bob Sanders.[18]

Replacement starters on offense were Drew Tate, Champ Davis, Jermelle Lewis, Calvin Davis, Tony Jackson, Lee Gray, Mike Elgin, and Chris Felder.[19] On defense, Derreck Robinson, Tyler Luebke, George Lewis, and Marcus Paschal assumed their roles on the starting lineup.[19] On special teams, David Bradley returned for his senior season as punter, while Kyle Schlicher replaced Nate Kaeding as the starting kicker.[19]

RankingsEdit

  • NationalChamps.net - 12th[19]
  • USA Today - 12th[20]
  • SI.com - 15th[21]
  • AP Top 25 - 19th[20]

Recruiting classEdit

Iowa signed 21 players on National Signing Day, which was February 4, 2004. The Hawkeyes added another commit to the class with the late addition of defensive lineman Ettore Ewen.[22]

Another recruit, Kyle Williams, later de-committed from the Hawkeyes and committed to the Purdue Boilermakers.[23]

Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight 40 Commit date
Nyere Aumaitre
OL
Camden, NJ Woodrow Wilson HS 6 ft 5 in (196 cm) 300 lb (140 kg) 5.10 Jan 20,
2004 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars
Walner Belleus
CB
Immokalee, FL Immokalee HS 5 ft 10 12 in (179.1 cm) 177 12 lb (80.5 kg) 4.42 Dec 14,
2003 
Scout:75px   Rivals:75px
Ted Bentler
DE
Davenport, IA Assumption HS 6 ft 4 in (193 cm) 242 12 lb (110.0 kg) 4.675 Oct 5,
2002 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars
Andy Brodell
WR
Ankeny, IA Ankeny HS 6 ft 2 12 in (189.2 cm) 182 12 lb (82.8 kg) 4.40 Sep 28,
2003 
Scout:2/5 stars   Rivals:2/5 stars
Lucas Cox
DE
Springdale, PA Springdale JSHS 6 ft 4 in (193 cm) 238 12 lb (108.2 kg) 4.815 Jan 16,
2004 
Scout:2/5 stars   Rivals:2/5 stars
Harold Dalton
S
Camden, NJ Woodrow Wilson HS 6 ft 1 in (185 cm) 183 12 lb (83.2 kg) 4.48 Oct 26,
2003 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars
Rashad Dunn
OG
Evans, GA Greenbrier HS 6 ft 3 12 in (191.8 cm) 270 lb (120 kg) 5.20 Jan 26,
2004 
Scout:2/5 stars   Rivals:2/5 stars
Ettore Ewen
DT
Tampa, FL Wharton HS 6 ft 0 in (183 cm) 280 lb (130 kg) 4.80 Jul 8,
2004 
Scout:N/A   Rivals:N/A
Bradley Fletcher
S
Youngstown, OH Liberty HS 6 ft 2 in (188 cm) 180 lb (82 kg) 4.50 Apr 19,
2003 
Scout:2/5 stars   Rivals:2/5 stars
Charles Godfrey
CB
Baytown, TX Lee HS 6 ft 1 12 in (186.7 cm) 201 12 lb (91.4 kg) 4.54 Dec 15,
2003 
Scout:2/5 stars   Rivals:2/5 stars
Shonn Greene
RB
Atco, NJ Winslow Township HS 5 ft 11 in (180 cm) 190 lb (86 kg) 4.465 Dec 14,
2003 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:2/5 stars
Mitch King
LB
Burlington, IA Burlington Comm. HS 6 ft 3 in (191 cm) 230 lb (100 kg) 4.73 Apr 6,
2003 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars
Matt Kroul
LB
Mount Vernon, IA Mount Vernon HS 6 ft 2 in (188 cm) 225 lb (102 kg) 4.75 Aug 13,
2002 
Scout:2/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars
Grant McCracken
DE
Ankeny, IA Ankeny HS 6 ft 3 in (191 cm) 215 lb (98 kg) 4.80 Jul 26,
2003 
Scout:2/5 stars   Rivals:2/5 stars
Brandon Myers
TE
Monroe, IA PCM HS 6 ft 4 14 in (193.7 cm) 212 12 lb (96.4 kg) 4.74 Feb 4,
2004 
Scout:75px   Rivals:2/5 stars
Anton Narinskiy
LB
Chagrin Falls, OH Kenston HS 6 ft 4 in (193 cm) 220 lb (100 kg) 4.60 Dec 3,
2003 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars
Seth Olsen
OG
Omaha, NE Millard North HS 6 ft 5 in (196 cm) 302 12 lb (137.2 kg) 5.40 Jan 9,
2004 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars
Michael Sabers
TE
Iowa City, IA Iowa City HS 6 ft 5 in (196 cm) 232 12 lb (105.5 kg) N/A Jul 11,
2003 
Scout:2/5 stars   Rivals:2/5 stars
Grant McCracken
DE
Ankeny, IA Ankeny HS 6 ft 3 in (191 cm) 215 lb (98 kg) 4.80 Jul 26,
2003 
Scout:2/5 stars   Rivals:2/5 stars
Adam Shada
DE
Ankeny, IA Ankeny HS 6 ft 1 in (185 cm) 175 lb (79 kg) 4.50 Jun 27,
2003 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:2/5 stars
Damian Sims
RB
Boca Raton, FL Leonard HS 5 ft 9 12 in (176.5 cm) 185 lb (84 kg) 4.475 Jan 28,
2004 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:2/5 stars
Kyle Williams
LB
Bolingbrook, IL Bolingbrook HS 6 ft 2 in (188 cm) 218 lb (99 kg) 4.52 Feb 4,
2004 
Scout:75px   Rivals:75px
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 41   Rivals: 38
‡ Refers to 40 yard dash
Note: In many cases, Scout and Rivals may conflict in their listings of height, weight and 40 time.
In these cases, an average of the two was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.
Sources:


ScheduleEdit

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 4* 11:00 AM vs. Kent State #19 Kinnick StadiumIowa City, IA ESPN+ W 39–7   70,397[24]
September 11* 11:00 AM Iowa State #16 Kinnick Stadium • Iowa City, IA (Battle for the Cy-Hawk Trophy) ESPN+ W 17–10   70,397[24]
September 18* 9:00 PM at Arizona State #16 Sun Devil StadiumTempe, AZ ESPN+ L 44–7   71,700[24]
September 25 2:30 PM at #18 Michigan Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI ABC L 30–17   111,428[24]
October 2† 11:00 AM Michigan State Kinnick Stadium • Iowa City, IA ESPN+ W 38–16   70,397[24]
October 16 2:30 PM #25 Ohio State Kinnick Stadium • Iowa City, IA ABC W 33–7   70,397[24]
October 23 11:00 AM at Penn State #25 Beaver StadiumState College, PA ESPN2 W 6–4   108,062[24]
October 30 11:00 AM at Illinois #23 Memorial StadiumChampaign, IL ESPN+ W 23–13   47,651[24]
November 6 2:30 PM Purdue #20 Kinnick Stadium • Iowa City, IA ESPN W 23–21   70,397[24]
November 13 11:00 AM at Minnesota #19 Hubert H. Humphrey MetrodomeMinneapolis, MN (Battle for the Floyd of Rosedale) ESPN W 29–27   64,719[24]
November 20 3:30 PM #9 Wisconsin #17 Kinnick Stadium • Iowa City, IA (Battle for the Heartland Trophy) ESPN W 30–7   70,397[24]
January 1* 12:00 PM vs. #12 LSU #11 Citrus BowlOrlando, FL (Capital One Bowl) ABC W 30–25   70,229[24]
*Non-Conference Game. Homecoming. #Rankings from Coaches' Poll released prior to game. All times are in Central Time.

Schedule noteEdit

Due to the Big Ten's rotating schedule, the Hawkeyes did not play either Northwestern or Indiana.[1]

Strength of schedule rankingsEdit

  • FootballFantasy.com - 13th[25]
  • Russell Rankings - 18th[26]
  • AndersonSports - 18th[27]

RosterEdit

Depth chartEdit

CoachesEdit

Game notesEdit

Kent StateEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Golden Flashes 0 7 0 0 7
Hawkeyes 10 13 10 6 39




Iowa StateEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
Iowa St 3 0 7 0 10
• Iowa 7 7 3 0 17

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Arizona StateEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Hawkeyes 0 0 0 7 7
Sun Devils 10 17 10 7 44




Michigan Edit

1 2 3 4 Total
Hawkeyes 7 0 3 7 17
Wolverines 0 16 7 7 30




Michigan StateEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
Michigan St 0 6 0 10 16
Iowa 14 3 7 14 38
  • Date: October 2
  • Location: Kinnick Stadium • Iowa City, Iowa
  • Game start: 12:00 p.m. EST

[29]

Ohio StateEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Buckeyes 0 0 0 7 7
Hawkeyes 7 3 14 9 33




Penn StateEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Hawkeyes 3 3 0 0 6
Nittany Lions 2 0 0 2 4




IllinoisEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Hawkeyes 0 7 16 0 23
Fighting Illini 7 0 0 6 13




PurdueEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Boilermakers 0 7 7 7 21
Hawkeyes 17 0 0 6 23




MinnesotaEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Hawkeyes 10 13 3 3 29
Golden Gophers 3 7 10 7 27




In one of the more unlikely victories of the season, Iowa travelled to the Metrodome to challenge the Golden Gophers powerful rushing duo of Marion Barber III and Laurence Maroney. The Hawkeye defense came into the game rated #1 in the country in rushing defense.

Despite that, the Gopher tandem shredded the Hawkeye defense with the Gophers outrushing Iowa by an outlandish margin of 338 to 6 in yards gained. The Hawkeyes prevailed however behind the deft passing and scrambling of sophomore quarterback Drew Tate, a pass defense that held the Gophers to 64 yards through the air and forced three turnovers, and Iowa's sophomore place-kicker Kyle Schlicher, who was a perfect 5-5 in field goals.

The Hawkeyes led virtually the entire game, but needed a huge defensive stop in the closing minutes, with Jr. linebacker Chad Greenway stopping Marion Barber III for a key loss on 2nd down in Iowa territory and eventually forcing Minnesota to attempt a 51-yard field goal, trailing by two. Although Gopher placekicker Rhyss Lloyd had won three games in his career with last-minute field goals, this time his attempt shanked wide.

QB Drew Tate then guided the Hawks to one closing first down with the help of an offside penalty on Minnesota, and the Hawks survived, winning their sixth consecutive game, all against Big 10 teams. By the time the Hawkeyes kicked off in their next (and final) regular-season game, they learned they would be playing for a portion of the Big Ten title.

WisconsinEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Badgers 0 7 0 0 7
Hawkeyes 7 7 10 6 30



File:Iowa - Wisconsin 2004.jpg


Louisiana StateEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Tigers 0 12 0 13 25
Hawkeyes 7 7 3 13 30




Team players in the NFLEdit

Player Position Round Pick NFL Club
Matt Roth Defensive End2 46 Miami Dolphins
Jonathan Babineaux Defensive Tackle 2 59 Atlanta Falcons
Sean Considine Defensive Back4 102 Philadelphia Eagles
Tony Jackson Tight End6 196 Seattle Seahawks
Pete McMahon Tackle6 214 Oakland Raiders
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