CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa. (KCRG) -
Game: Rutgers (1-0) at. #20 Iowa (1-0)
Kickoff: 11:05 a.m. CT
Venue: Kinnick Stadium
Iowa Tidbits: This is just the second meeting between Iowa and Rutgers, and the first in Iowa City. Last time these two teams met was on Sept. 24, 2016 at Rutgers. Iowa won that game, 14-7.
Iowa has won five of its last six Big Ten openers. This is the earliest date for a Big Ten opener in school history.
Iowa led the Big Ten and was tied for second in the country in 2018 with 20 interceptions. Senior cornerback Michael Ojemudia recorded Iowa’s first takeaway of the season in last week’s win versus Miami (OH).
Head coach Kirk Ferentz has 153 career wins. He’s only one of five coaches in Big Ten Conference history to win at least 150 games as a member of the Big Ten Conference.
Senior quarterback Nate Stanley threw three touchdown passes in last week’s season opener versus Miami (OH). His career total is now 55. Stanley needs one to tie Ricky Stanzi (56), six to tie Drew Tate (61) and 19 to tie Chuck Long (74).
A look at the opponent: Rutgers Rutgers defeated Massachusetts in its season opener, 48-21. The Scarlet Knights are hoping to start the season 2-0 for the first time since 2014.
Sophomore running back Isaih Pacheco had 156 yards rushing for the Scarlet Knights in their season opener versus Massachusetts. He also scored four rushing touchdowns, becoming just the ninth player in school history to do that in a game. Also, those four rushing touchdowns currently leads the nation.
Quarterback McLane Carter, who transferred from Texas Tech, had 340 yards passing in the season opener. It’s the most passing yards by a Rutgers quarterback in his first start since Mike McMahon in 1997 (386).
Rutgers head coach Chris Ash is from Ottumwa and is a 1996 graduate at Drake University. He’s entering his fourth season at the helm.
Some of Ash’s staff have connections to the University of Iowa. Defensive line coach Corey Brown played for the Hawkeyes from 1995-99. He later graduated at Iowa in 2005. Also, wide receivers coach Lester Erb spent 13 seasons on the Iowa coaching staff (2000-12). He coached wide receivers for five seasons, running backs for five seasons and coached special teams.