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Player of the Iowa-Michigan State game and other noteworthy tidbits

[ 0 ] November 12, 2011 |

Player of the game

Iowa's Marvin McNutt runs away from Michigan State's Isaiah Lewis after hauling in a deep pass in the third quarter during their game at Kinnick Stadium Saturday afternoon. (Justin Hayworth/The Des Moines Register)

Marvin McNutt became Iowa’s career leader in reception yards after Saturday’s 130-yard, two-touchdown effort. The senior enters Saturday’s game at Purdue with 2,635 yards, passing the 2,616 that Derrell Johnson-Koulianos achieved between 2007-10.

He has three 100-yard receiving games in a row, and seven for the season.

“Marvin was outstanding again, what more can you say about him?” quarterback James Vandenberg said. “He’s the best.”

McNutt needs 21 receptions in Iowa’s three remaining games to break Johnson-Koulianos’ career record of 173.

McNutt’s 1,089 receiving yards is an Iowa single-season record.

What went right

A rare formation resulted in a 15-yard completion to McNutt on the first play of the game. Tight ends were lined up wide on both sides of the line, McNutt was in the slot, and the play resulted in one of just nine first-half first downs. It wasn’t used again.

What went wrong

Everything: Poor punts with the wind, a fumbled kickoff return, a plethora of penalties, an interception, a missed interception, a whipping against both lines, and a blocked field goal – and that was just in the first half. You name it, Iowa did it wrong.

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Lost in the shuffle

One of Iowa’s few highlight moments came from McNutt, who reached back for a spectacular one-handed catch during a drive that ended with a second-quarter touchdown.

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Notes

Ferentz on Penn State: Iowa football coach Kirk Ferentz, who was raised in Pittsburgh, said the Penn State situation was both sad and gut-wrenching. “I would venture to say it’s captivated most of our nation, not only sports fans, but a large percentage of the population,” Ferentz said on his pre-game radio show.
Bowl scouts: Reps from the Capital One and Outback bowls attended Saturday’s game. They’re 1-2 in the Big Ten pecking order – after the BCS has made its selections.

Etc. C.J. Fiedorowicz, a sophomore, caught his first career touchdown pass in the second quarter. He watched the second half from the sidelines due to an undisclosed injury. “He got dinged a little,” coach Kirk Ferentz said. “Hopefully he’ll be ready to go next week.”

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Key number: FIVE

Iowa had five penalties in the first half – after having just five for the entire game a week ago against Michigan. The Hawkeyes had just one penalty in the second half.

Category: Iowa Hawkeyes Football

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