Kirk Ferentz now owns another record. The Iowa football legend won his 100th Big Ten conference game on Saturday against Penn State.
Iowa football coach Kirk Ferentz made history on Saturday when the Hawkeyes defeated Penn State 41-21. Ferentz became just the fourth coach in Big Ten history with 100 conference wins, a feat only Woody Hayes (153), Bo Schembechler (143) and Amos Alonzo Stagg (115) had previously accomplished.
Earlier this season, Ferentz passed former Penn State coach Joe Paterno for fourth-most wins overall by a Big Ten coach. Saturday’s win over the Nittany Lions gave Ferentz his 165th career win as Iowa’s head man.
Ferentz, hired by Iowa in Dec. of 1998, remains the longest-tenured coach in all of college football (22 years). He had previous head coaching experience from 1990-92 at Maine. Ferentz is already the winningest coach in Iowa football history, and his career record at Iowa is now 165-106 overall and 100-77 in conference play.
The Hawkeyes’ convincing victory snapped a six-game losing streak to the Nittany Lions. Iowa, now 3-2 this season, will host Nebraska on Friday, Nov. 27 at Kinnick Stadium in a battle for the Heroes Trophy. The Hawkeyes have outscored their last three opponents 125-35 after starting the season 0-2.