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9/7/1996 (1996-1997)
Kinnick Stadium [Iowa City, Iowa]

#22 Iowa  vs  Arizona  Arizona #22 Iowa Hawkeyes Football vs Arizona on 9/7/1996 -

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Head Coach: Hayden Fry
Attendance: 68,267
Start Time: 11:00 AM CST


Iowa took a page from Arizona vaunted "Desert Swarm" defensive game book to record three turnovers - all resulting in touchdowns - to edge the Wildcats 21-20. The Hawkeyes spotted Arizona and early 7-0 lead on Mike Lucky's one-yard scoring catch in the first quarter before turning up the heat. In a 30-second time span, the Iowa defense forced two fumbles near the Arizona goal line. Linebacker Vernon Rollins pounced on a fumble in the end zone for Iowa's first score. Ten seconds later, Bill Ennis-Inge caused another fumble by Wildcat quarterback Brady Batten. Iowa quarterback Matt Sherman connected with Damon Gibson two plays later to put Iowa up for good, 14-7. Tom Knight intercepted Keith Smith on the first play of the third quarter to set up a Sedrick Shaw touchdown six plays later, breaking an Iowa record with his 25th career touchdown. He finished with 115 yards on 23 carries, a rare feat against Arizona.

Arizona narrowed the margin to 21-20 on a 39-yard Matt Peyton field goal, but Iowa used most of the remaining eight minutes with a time-consuming drive. Rollins finished the game with eight tackles and was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week. Hughes added six tackles and Ennis-Inge had five tackles and two sacks. Iowa had 2 turnovers, but forced 5 turnovers on Arizona.




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Bill Ennis-Inge Coach Elliott said something about the 'Mosquito Biters' or something like that, but that sounds kind of crazy. What we want to do, we just want to play traditional Hawkeye defense. Hopefully when you think about the Hawkeye defense, you think about a tight-knit group who plays together, who will make you scrounge and dig deep for every yard you get.
-- Bill Ennis-Inge
In response to Defensive Coordinator Bob Elliott's nickname given to the Iowa defense of "Mosquito Swarm," in reference to Arizona's famous "Desert Swarm" nickname.


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Rushing 1st Downs116
Passing 1st Downs46
Penalty 1st Downs00
Total First Downs1512
Rushing Attempts4835
Rushing Yards12375
Rushing TDs11
Yards per Rush2.62.1
Passes Completed1214
Passes Attempts1723
Pass Completion %70.6%60.9%
Passing TDs11
Passing Yards81181
Passing Yards per Completion6.812.9
Passing Yards per Attempt4.87.9
Total Plays6558
% of Rushing Plays73.8%60.3%
% of Passing Plays26.2%39.7%
Total Offense204256
Yards per Play3.14.4
Lost Fumbles24
Penalty Yards2426
Yards per Penalty4.85.2
Possession Time29:0830:52

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