KF143: All the Wins, By The Numbers

By RossWB on August 9, 2018 at 2:42 pm
143 dang wins.

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As you've probably heard a time or two, Kirk Ferentz is sitting on 143 career wins at Iowa as we get ready to enter the 2018 season. That ties him with Hayden Fry for the most all-time wins at Iowa; the next win he gets will put him all alone at the top of Iowa's career wins list. So in honor of that achievement, I decided to break down some of the numbers behind those 143 wins over the last 19 years. 

1: the smallest margin of victory Iowa has had in Kirk Ferentz's 143 wins at Iowa; they've had four one-point wins (24-23 over Penn State in 2008, 17-16 over UNI in 2009, 18-17 over Northern Illinois in 2012, and 14-13 over Michigan in 2016)

5: the most consecutive wins Kirk Ferentz has recorded over the same opponent at Iowa; he's won five straight over Penn State (2000-04), Minnesota (2001-05), and Illinois (2003-07)

5: also the most wins Iowa has recorded at an opposing venue under Kirk Ferentz; they've won five games apiece at both Purdue's Ross-Ade Stadium and Iowa State's Jack Trice Stadium (they've also won five games in Minneapolis, but those wins are split across two stadiums -- three at the Metrodome and two at TCF Bank Stadium)

6: the fewest points Iowa has scored in a win under Kirk Ferentz; y'all know what game that was

7: the number of bowl wins Kirk Ferentz has recorded at Iowa; the first came over Texas Tech in the 2001 Alamo Bowl, while the most recent came over Boston College in the 2017 Pinstripe Bowl

8: the most wins Kirk Ferentz has over a single opposing head coach during his time at Iowa; believe it or not, Ferentz was a stunning 8-3 against Joe Paterno

9: the number of times Iowa has shut out an opponent in a win during the Kirk Ferentz era; the first shutout win came in Ferentz's first Iowa win (31-0 over Northern Illinois in 1999), while the most recent came in 2016 (a 28-0 win over Illinois)

9: also the number of neutral-site victories Iowa has recorded during Kirk Ferentz's time at Iowa; the first came in the 2001 Alamo Bowl and the most recent came in the 2017 Pinstripe Bowl

12: the longest in-season winning streak Iowa has had during the Kirk Ferentz era; it came (of course) in 2015 (the longest winning streak over multiple seasons is 13, in 2008-09)

12: also the number of different Big Ten stadiums Iowa has won in during Kirk Ferentz's Iowa career; he's won everywhere except Ohio Stadium (0-5) and Maryland Stadium (0-1)

13: the number of wins Kirk Ferentz has recorded over Minnesota during his Iowa career; that's by far the most wins he has over a single opponent

18: the number of night game wins Iowa has recorded under Kirk Ferentz; Iowa's first win under the lights was actually the 31-0 win over Northern Illinois in 1999 (it was a 5 PM kickoff), while the most recent was the 27-20 win over Boston College in the Pinstripe Bowl

19: the most games Kirk Ferentz has played against the same opponent; Iowa has played Minnesota and Iowa State every year of his 19-year tenure

24: the number of wins over ranked opponents Iowa has recorded during Kirk Ferentz's Iowa career; the first was a 27-17 win over #12 Northwestern in 2000, while the most recent was (of course) 55-24 over #3 Ohio State last year

24: also the number of different stadiums Kirk Ferentz-led Iowa teams have won in over the last 19 years

24: also also the most common winning point total Iowa has recorded during Ferentz's 143 wins at Iowa; they've hit that point total 14 times in those 143 wins

42: the number of wins in which Iowa has held an opponent under ten points during Kirk Ferentz's tenure; overall Iowa is 42-1 under Kirk Ferentz in games where they hold an opponent under 10 points

45: the number of different opponents Iowa has beaten during the Kirk Ferentz era; that breaks down to 26 different major conference opponents (assuming we count the Big East as a major conference), 12 different mid-major conference opponents (including seven different MAC teams), and seven different FCS foes

45: also the number of road games Iowa has won during Kirk Ferentz's Iowa career; the first came over Penn State in Happy Valley in 2000, while the most recent came over Nebraska in Lincoln in last year's regular season finale

56: the biggest winning margin Iowa has recorded over an opponent during Kirk Ferentz's Iowa tenure; they've done it twice (56-0 over Ball State in 2005 and 59-3 over Western Michigan in 2013)

62: the most points Iowa has recorded in a win during the Kirk Ferentz era; they've done it on two occasions (62-10 over Northwestern in 2002 and 62-16 over North Texas in 2015)

74: the number of different coaches Kirk Ferentz has beaten during his Iowa tenure; he's defeated 43 coaches once apiece and hung multiple losses on 31 coaches

86: the number of Big Ten wins Iowa has notched during Kirk Ferentz's Iowa career; Iowa has beaten every other Big Ten team at least seven times during the KF era except Nebraska (four wins), Ohio State (two wins), and Rutgers and Maryland (one win apiece)

89: the number of home games Iowa has won under Kirk Ferentz; they're 89-38 at Kinnick Stadium under Ferentz

Any numbers I missed? Let me know in the comments. 

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