The Iowa football team not only got the win versus Illinois, but they also hit several milestones and are closing in on a few others after this game.
Getting a win yesterday was fantastic, but it’s also cool to see a few Iowa football players and even the head coach himself hit season and career milestones or make progress towards them.
With yesterday’s win, Kirk Ferentz moved into a tie with former Iowa football coach Hayden Fry for the 4th most wins all-time in the Big Ten, further proof to the detractors out there that we should be honored to have a coach like Ferentz on our side.
And while I’m sure Iowa football fans would have rather seen Nate Stanley chuck a few touchdowns in the win, the consistent leg of Keith Duncan was enough to seal the deal. While not as “on” as we’ve become accustomed too, Duncan’s four made field goals broke the Big Ten’s single-season record (originally at 25). With 27 made field goals to date, he is just four field goals away from the NCAA record of 31 set by Georgia’s Billy Bennett back in 2003.
Senior quarterback Nate Stanley also continued to make headway into the Iowa football history book. With the win over Illinois, he is just two wins away from tying former Hawkeye quarterback Ricky Stanzi for the second-most in school history.
Furthermore, Stanley is just 15 yards away from the 8,000-yard mark, which has been topped by just three Hawkeye quarterbacks before and with 308 yards, he will pass Drew Tate for second-most all-time. He also is just four passing touchdowns away from tying Chuck Long’s long-standing record of 70.
While the season didn’t end up with a Big Ten West title or a College Football Playoff spot like Iowa football fans would have liked, it is pretty awesome to see some historic milestones and records hit by members of the Iowa football program.