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October 14, 2009

Inside the numbers: Iowa

MADISON - Midway through the season, the Wisconsin defense has forced 16 turnovers, helping it tie for seventh nationally in that category. In three conference games, the Badgers have scored 42 points off turnovers. Heading into the Iowa game, BadgerBlitz.com takes you inside the numbers.

The following is a statistical breakdown of both UW and Iowa heading into the battle for the Heartland Trophy.

.514: On homecoming in Madison, the Badgers have won just over 51 percent of the time. Historically, Wisconsin has compiled a 52-44-5 record during its homecoming game.

This weekend, against the Hawkeyes, UW will try to take the lead in a series that is currently tied 41-41-2. It is also the 13th time Wisconsin will play Iowa on homecoming. During those games, UW holds an 8-4 edge. However, the last time these teams played during the Badgers homecoming festivities, was in 1997 (a 13-10 UW win).

10: It was 10 years ago this season that former Badger great Ron Dayne broke Ricky Williams' all-time rushing record. He did it in UW's 41-3 thumping of Iowa in 1999.

6.5: The past four times UW and Iowa have played at Camp Randall Stadium, the winner has only won by an average of 6.5 points.

30x36x18: The Heartland Trophy, introduced in 2004, is 30 inches tall, 36 inches long and 18 inches deep. Iowa holds a 3-2 edge since the inception of the trophy.

89.3: Iowa's defense, one of the best in the Big Ten, has compiled an 89.3 pass efficiency defense rating. That is good for tops in the conference and seventh in the nation. Wisconsin, and Scott Tolzien, enters the game with a pass efficiency rating of 138.9, good for third in the Big Ten and 42nd nationally.

171: Coupled with its tough pass efficiency defense is the Iowa pass defense. Through six games, the Hawkeyes have only allowed 171 passing yards per game. That is, again, tops in the league and good for 21st nationally. On the season, the Badgers have averaged 221.7 yards per game through the air. That number is relatively modest, but still, over 50 yards more than Iowa has allowed at this point in the season.

79 to 34: The Badgers have dominated the second quarter so far this season. In six games, the Badgers have scored 79 points in the frame. Meanwhile, opponents have only been able to muster 34. However, UW is being outscored in both the first (27-24) and fourth quarters (55-42).

422.3: Wisconsin is doing a nice job with a balanced offense. The Badgers average 422.3 total yards of offense per game, including 221.7 yards through the air and 200.7 on the ground. Opponent's meanwhile, average 333.2 yards per game, including 210.3 passing and 122.8 rushing.

91%: When Wisconsin gets into the red zone, it is nearly a given it will score. So far, UW has had 23 chances and has scored on 21 of those tries. Even more impressive, 19 of those 21 scores have been touchdowns. Opponents have also done a good job in the red zone by converting 17-of-19 chances. But, only 11 of those 17 scores have been touchdowns.

7.15: So far, Iowa quarterback Ricky Stanzi has completed 57.4 percent of his pass for an average of 7.15 yards per completion. He has 10 touchdowns and eight interceptions. However, he does have three receivers with at least 200 yards receiving in Marvin McNutt (278), Trey Stross (268) and Derrell Johnson-Koulianos.

158: Running backs Adam Robinson and Brandon Wegher have combined for 158 rushing attempts. Other than those two and Stanzi, no Iowa running back has more than nine carries. Robinson is the team's leading rusher with 429 yards and four touchdowns and Wegher has 290 yards and three touchdowns.

9: Wisconsin is one of only nine teams in the country to average at least 200 yards rushing and 200 yards passing per game.


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