Iowa’s 8-5 won-loss record wasn’t quite what fans hoped for, but the Hawkeyes reached more than their share of individual statistical milestones this season:
– Ricky Stanzi’s passing efficiency rating took a hit in the Insight Bowl – with two interceptions and no touchdown passes for the first time in 21 games – but he still ended up setting the school’s single-season record. Stanzi’s final efficiency rating was 157.6, topping the 157.1 mark by Brad Banks in 2002. Stanzi also became the fourth Iowa quarterback – and the first not named Chuck – to pass for 3,000 yards in a season, finishing at 3,004. His career totals of 7,377 yards and 56 touchdowns both rank third on Iowa’s all-time list.
– With nine points in the Insight Bowl, Mike Meyer broke Iowa’s freshman scoring record. Meyer kicked 14 field goals and 31 extra points to give him 73 points, breaking the previous record of 70 by Trent Mossbrucker in 2008. Ironically, Meyer replaced Mossbrucker as the regular kicker three games into the season.
– Only three players in Iowa history have collected a dozen interceptions and more than 200 tackles in their careers, and two of them played safety for the Hawkeyes this season. Brett Greenwood finished his career with 12 picks and 229 tackles and Tyler Sash will enter his senior season with 13 interceptions and 217 tackles. Damien Robinson (1993-96) is the only other player to accomplish the feat. Sash, assuming he does not turn pro a year early, has a shot at becoming Iowa’s all-time leader in interceptions. He trails only Nile Kinnick (18), Devon Mitchell (18), Jovon Johnson (17) and Robinson (14).
– Marcus Coker’s monster performance in the Insight Bowl left him with 622 yards for the season – the fourth best total by an Iowa freshman. Two of the better freshman totals came in 2009 when Adam Robinson went for 834 and Brandon Wegher for 641. The only other higher number was 679 by Ladell Betts in 1998. Coker’s 219 yards in the bowl game was the sixth best single-game total in Iowa history and the best by a Hawkeye running back since Tavian Banks went for 314 against Tulsa in 1997. Unbelievably, Shonn Greene never had as many yards in a game as Coker did. Greene’s career best was 217.
– By catching 53 passes this season, Marvin McNutt became the first Iowa receiver in six years to have more than 50 receptions in a season. Two players – Ed Hinkel and Clinton Solomon – did it in 2004. McNutt’s total of 861 yards is the 10th best in Iowa history and his career total of 1,546 is the 16th best. It would take a record-shattering senior season to get there, but Derrell Johnson-Koulianos’ career record of 2,616 may not be beyond McNutt’s reach.
– Adam Robinson is now 13th on Iowa’s career rushing list with 1,775 yards. Of course, it remains to be seen if A-Rob has played his final game as a Hawkeye.
– With five tackles in the Insight Bowl, Jeremiha Hunter finished with 269 career tackles, which ranks No. 20 on the career list.