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11/2/1996 (1996-1997)
Memorial Stadium [Champaign, Illinois]

#25 Iowa  @  Illinois  Illinois #25 Iowa Hawkeyes Football @ Illinois on 11/2/1996 -

W    31 - 21 

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Head Coach: Hayden Fry
Attendance: 54,381
Kickoff Temp: 40° F
Start Time: 11:20 AM CST


Going into the game, Iowa had a 3-game losing streak to Illinois, including two blowout losses in 1993 and 1994. Vernon Rollins' 20-yard interception return for a touchdown - set up by the pressure defense of Jared DeVries - broke open a 17-14 Iowa lead and sparked the 25th-ranked Hawkeyes to a 31-21 win over Illinois. The weather was windy and bitterly cold as the wind chill was near zero. The Hawkeyes fought off the elements and took the lead in the first quarter on a 13-yard run by Sedrick Shaw. Shaw, who had his best day of the year with 159 yards on 32 carries, had a 41-yard run as he was the workhorse on the drive. Illinois came back strong with 14 straight points on a 17-yard pass-play and a 16-yard fumble return. But the Hawkeyes countered with a 10-play, 50-yard drive capped by Damon Gibson's eight yard touchdown reception. Iowa, which edged Illinois 320-272 in total yards, added another touchdown on Tim Dwight's 11-yard reception from Sherman to take a 31-14 lead. Defensive end Brett Chambers's diving interception at the Illinois 19 set up the score. Damien Robinson again led with 10 tackles, and Matt Hughes had eight. The win kept Iowa in second place in the conference.




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Ross Verba I think he was just being a wuss, basically. He wasn't running hard like he should have been. And I told him, too. And he was like, 'Yeah, you're right.' So I think that we got to him a little bit and he proved today that he's a tremendous back.
-- Ross Verba
When asked after the game about Sedrick Shaw's improved performance compared to earlier in the season.


Hayden Fry I think that's all over America; even Tiger Woods. Show me someone who's really consistent. Do you want to talk about Nebraska? About the only thing I saw consistent today was the officials throwing their flags at us. That was pretty damn consistent.
-- Hayden Fry
When asked about his team's inconsistency, which he didn't care about as much as the victories.


Rushing 1st Downs98
Passing 1st Downs69
Penalty 1st Downs03
Total First Downs1520
Rushing Attempts5036
Rushing Yards203109
Rushing TDs12
Yards per Rush4.13.0
Passes Completed2215
Passes Attempts1537
Pass Completion %146.7%40.5%
Passing TDs21
Passing Yards117163
Passing Yards per Completion5.310.9
Passing Yards per Attempt7.84.4
Total Plays6573
% of Rushing Plays76.9%49.3%
% of Passing Plays23.1%50.7%
Total Offense320272
Yards per Play4.93.7
Lost Fumbles11
Penalty Yards853
Yards per Penalty8.53.0
Possession Time36:3023:30

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