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Inside the Numbers 2002 Regular Season

Inside the Numbers 2002 Regular Season

12/5/2002 by Jon Miller of Hawkeye Nation


Here are some significant milestones that the 2002 Iowa football team has either set or is approaching with one game to play:


Rushing Yards Per Game, Season 2002: 222.1 ypg (8 th best all-time if season ended today) RECORD: 1960, 253.8 ypg

Most Rushing Yards, Season 2002: 2,665 yards (2 nd best all-time if season ended today) RECORD: 1990, 2,699 yards

Total Offense Per Game, Season 2002: 432.9 ypg (4 th best all time if season ended today) RECORD: 1983, 470.6 ypg

Total Offense, Season 2002: 5,196 yards (5 th best all-time if season ended today) RECORD: 1983, 5,647 yards

Scoring Average, Season 2002: 38.9 ppg. RECORD: 1985 36.7 ppg

Scoring Offense, Total Points 2002: 467 points. OLD RECORD: 1985, 440. Iowa’s 467 points is 7th best all-time in Big Ten history

Rushing Defense, Season 2002: 68.2 ypg. RECORD: 1981, 79.7 ypg

Iowa scored points in virtually every possible way in 2002: Blocked punt for a TD, blocked field goal for a TD, rushing and passing TD’s, field goal, extra point, blocked extra point for two-point conversion, punt return for TD, kickoff return for TD, interception return for TD, fumble return for TD an a safety. Iowa did not score an offensive two-point conversion during the regular season.

Iowa played in front of the two largest crowds in school history in 2002: 108,247 at Penn State and 111,496 at Michigan. Iowa won both of those games. The 65,184 fans who packed the Metrodome to watch Iowa beat Minnesota is a record for Gopher games at the Metrodome.

2002 marked the first year that Iowa has ever beaten Michigan and Penn State in the same season.

Iowa’s perfect 8-0 Big Ten finish is a school record for most wins in league play. The Big Ten title was Iowa’s 10th .

Iowa scored 37 first quarter points against Akron, a school record. Iowa returned two blocked kicks for TD’s against Purdue, marking the first time in school history that Iowa has done that. Iowa scored a touchdown on its opening drive in nine of its 12 games this year. (Purdue, MSU and Wisconsin)

Iowa led by as many as 17 points in 10 of its 12 games.

Additionally, Iowa has scored at least 14 points in the first quarter in seven of its games in 2002. Iowa scored 30 or more points in nine of its 12 games, scored 40 or more in six games and 50 or more in two games. Iowa scored 62 points against Northwestern. Iowa has led the Big Ten in scoring in each of the last two seasons.

Iowa did not lose a road game for the first time since 1991.

Iowa had a 94-yard game ending drive against Akron where it did not score. It’s next drive, the following week against Miami, Iowa scored a touchdown on a 99-yard possession. Iowa also posted a 98-yard scoring drive against Purdue. Iowa has tallied nine scoring drives of 80 yards or more, with eight of the nine resulting in touchdowns.

Iowa led at the half in 11 of its 12 games in 2002.

Iowa has started on offense in 40 of its last 41 games. (Miami, OH 2002). Iowa has started the game on offense in 41 of 47 games during the Kirk Ferentz era.

Iowa’s 2002 kickoff return average of 23.5 yards per return ranks 8th in Big Ten history.

A Big Ten record 11 Hawkeyes earned first team all conference honors this year. All 17 Hawkeyes that were nominated for All Big Ten consideration received at least honorable mention recognition.

Iowa enters the Orange Bowl as the #3 ranked team in both the coaches and media polls.

Iowa was #5 in the BCS, marking the first time in school history that it was eligible for a BCS bowl and its selection to the 2003 Orange Bowl as an at large BCS pick is also a first.


Fred Barr is 4th all-time at Iowa with 371 career tackles and will likely finish in that slot. The record is held by Larry Station with 492 tackles. 3 rd place is 435 by Brad Quast.

Bob Sanders is 18th all-time at Iowa with 263 career tackles. Tom Rusk is 5th all-time with 351 tackles. If healthy in 2002, Sanders could make a run at Barr’s 4th place total, which will be known after the Orange Bowl.

Mo Brown tied Quinn Early for the single season touchdown reception mark with 10. Teammate CJ Jones has nine. Brown enters the bowl game with 903 receiving yards, good for 6th place all-time at Iowa for one season. He is only 30 yards behind Karl Noonan for 4th place and 134 yards behind Keith Chappelle’s 1,037 receiving yards in 1980, which is the Iowa single season record.

Brad Banks’ 25 touchdown passes is 2 nd all time for one season behind Chuck Long’s 27. Banks added five rushing touchdowns, making him responsible for 30 touchdowns on the year, a new team record. Banks 25 TD passes is 5 th best all-time in Big Ten history. His 19 TD passes in Big Ten games is third in league history.

Banks rushed 73 times for 387 yards, which is third best all-time for an Iowa quarterback. Banks needs just 19 yards against USC to tie the school record for rushing yards by a quarterback held by Larry Lawrence who had 108 carries for 406 yards in 1969.

Banks 2,951 career passing yards ranks 8th best at Iowa all-time. He needs 36 passing yards to move past Lawrence and into 7th place.

Banks’ 166.1 pass efficiency rating leads the nation and is the best mark in Iowa history and 4th best in Big Ten history for a single season His 171.2 pass efficiency rating in Big Ten games is third best in league history.

Banks was named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week three times; no other Hawkeye has ever done that in one season.

Banks 10 of 10 passing performance against Northwestern is an Iowa and Big Ten record for completion percentage in a game.

Banks 95-yard TD pass to Dallas Clark against Purdue tied the Iowa record for the longest passing play and it is also a Kinnick Stadium record.

Fred Russell became the 10th Iowa running back to top the 1,000-yard mark, ending the regular season with 1,219 yards, the fourth best single season total in Iowa history.

Russell topped the 100-yard mark in eight of the 10 games he played in 2002. He missed two full games due to injury and missed another five quarters due to injury in games against Iowa State, Michigan and Minnesota.

Iowa place kicker Nate Kaeding set an Iowa single season scoring record with 115 points and that is also the current Big Ten record for kicking points in a season. Kaeding’s 55 PAT and 56 PAT attempts in 2002 are also Iowa records. Kaeding is one field goal short of tying Rob Houghtlin’s single season mark of 21 set in 1987. His 20 field goals in 2002 ranks 5 th best in Big Ten history for a single season.

Kaeding made his first 19 field goals in 2002 and his last three in 2001, and the 22 straight field goals is an Iowa record, bettering Kaeding’s 11-field goal streak that ended against Penn State in 2001.

Kirk Ferentz won the AP Coach of the Year Award, Brad Banks won the AP Player of he Year Award in addition to the Davey O’Brien Award that goes to the nation’s best quarterback.

Nate Kaeding and Dallas Clark won National Awards for being voted the best at their respective positions (place kicker & tight end).

Eric Steinbach, Bruce Nelson, Kaeding, Clark and Banks have made various first team all American teams.

Antwan Allen was named to the Freshman All-American Team as a first team selection, while teammates Jovon Johnson and Ed Hinkel earned honorable mention honors on that team.

Ron Aiken was named the Division 1 Assistant Coach of the Year.

And most importantly, a great time was had by all.

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