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Iowa head football coach Kirk Ferentz has 143 wins under his belt at the University of Iowa, one away from the all-time record.

The Gazette will count down each win, as ranked by writer Marc Morehouse.

141

When Chad Greenway almost touched the ball as much as Drew Tate

No. 19 Iowa 39, Kent State 7 | Sept. 4, 2004

Iowa's Chad Greenway (18) runs back a fourth quarter interception for a touchdown during the team's game against Kent State Saturday September 4, 2004 at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City.
Iowa's Chad Greenway (18) runs back a fourth quarter interception for a touchdown during the team's game against Kent State Saturday September 4, 2004 at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City.
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Three cool things:

1. You might read this a lot during this exercise, but holy Chad Greenway.

Two interceptions with one turning into a 30-yard pick-six. Blocked punt. Pass breakup.

2. This was QB Drew Tate’s first start. It wasn’t shabby, 13 of 22 passes for 136 yards and two touchdowns to WR Matt Melloy.

3. This isn’t cool, but this was the birth of “AIRBHG.” It was the Go Iowa Awesome crew who came up with it. Marcus Schnoor went down with an ACL in this one. And, for the first time in 2004, Sam Brownlee’s name showed up on the list of potential backup RBs.

FORESHADOWING.

Bonus 4: Best iteration of Iowa’s throwback uniforms, in my opinion. You shouldn’t be comfortable with Iowa using a gold helmet. That’s Notre Dame’s, it just is. This one-off really worked.

Quote: Tate couldn’t finish the game because of severe cramps.

“He came by during the third quarter, he’s walking like Festus from `Gunsmoke,’” Ferentz said. “He told me, `I’m ready to go.’ And there he is straight-legging it down the sidelines. That didn’t instill a lot of confidence.”

We have a “Festus” reference. (Quick, what was Festus’ last name?)

Note: The minus-13 rushing yards for Kent State was no joke and you don’t really see that anymore, not with the read-option and spread running schemes and RPOs. Rushing yards are there to access, the end zone isn’t. Oh, this isn’t even close to the Iowa record (held Purdue to minus-73 in 1989).

Why No. 141?: Kent State was bad at football. It’s been better. I love the MAC. I would buy Northern Illinois season tickets while living in Cedar Rapids. This Kent State team didn’t belong on the same field with the best defense from the Ferentz era.

PREVIOUS COVERAGE OF THE GAME

Game story from 2004

IOWA CITY — The biggest problem Iowa Coach Kirk Ferentz had Saturday was remembering which sports drink the University of Iowa endorses.

For the record, it’s Powerade.

“For the record, we don’t use Gatorade,” Ferentz said. “We’re a Powerade ballclub.”

The No. 19 Hawkeyes could have used Schlitz against Kent State. Iowa (1-0) rolled up 420 yards of total offense and held Kent State (0-1) to minus-13 yards rushing in a 39-7 victory before 70,397 fans at Kinnick Stadium.

New quarterback Drew Tate performed flawlessly, completing 13 of 22 passes for 136 yards and two touchdowns. New running back Albert Young rushed 22 times for 82 yards and scored a 1-yard TD. Wide receiver Matt Melloy caught two TD passes.

But it was linebacker Chad Greenway who was the human Gatorade commercial. Oops, make that Powerade. The 6-foot-4, 239-pound junior looked a little bit quarterback. He does wear No. 18. And he did play quarterback in high school, a nine-man version for Mount Vernon (S.D.) High School.

With two interceptions, one of them a 30-yard return for a TD, a blocked punt and a pass breakup, Greenway touched the ball almost as much as Tate.

“No quarterback for me,” said Greenway, whose interceptions were the first of his career. “My shoulders are sore enough as it is.”

Greenway is quick to remind you he plays linebacker. And it’s not like anyone needs a reminder. Along with his ball hawking, he led the Hawkeyes with 10 tackles, including two tackles for loss. He came oh, so close to scoring on his first interception, a tipped pass that went off wideout Brian Bell’s hands and into Greenway’s arms.

Greenway followed a wall of blockers down the west sideline and made a mad plunge for the pylon. The official said he stepped out of bounds at the 7-yard line.

“We’ll have to see the instant replay,” Greenway said. “I’d put a lot of money on me getting that touchdown.”

That interception set up Tate’s second TD pass to Melloy and gave the Hawkeyes a 23-0 lead. Greenway got it right in the fourth quarter. Defensive end Matt Roth crushed Kent State quarterback Antwan Smith. Smith’s pass fluttered to Greenway, who had a red carpet into the end zone for a 39-7 final score.

“He always talks about playing offense,” free safety Sean Considine said. “Pretty soon he’s going to start talking about playing in the secondary. He’s going to want to play everywhere.”

Tate was the reason Powerade came up in the first place. The 6-foot, 180-pound sophomore was Iowa’s prime playmaker in the first half. He hit wideout Ed Hinkel for a 35-yard gain, converting a third-and-16 and keeping Iowa’s first scoring drive alive. Tate completed 3 of 4 for 23 yards and scrambled twice for 21 yards, converting third-down situations on both, during Iowa’s second scoring drive.

“I thought he did a really good job of moving around in the pocket and creating some things with his legs,” first-year Kent State Coach Doug Martin said.

During one stretch of the first half, Tate hit 10 straight passes to eight receivers.

“Drew has a confidence about him out there,” said Young, who took over at running back after junior Marcus Schnoor left the game with a serious knee injury. “Drew’s a playmaker out there. That’s what it comes down to.”

That hot streak crashed when Kent State safety Jack Williams picked off Tate and dashed 99 yards for a score, tying a Kinnick Stadium record, for the Golden Flashes’ only points.

“I was a little antsy, but we talked and got things going,” Tate said. “I finally got some experience. I messed up one or two things, but I’ll watch film and learn.”

Tate finished the first half with 175 total yards, including four carries for 39 yards. He didn’t play in the second half because he couldn’t make it down the stairs from Iowa’s locker room. He suffered from dehydration and cramped so severely he couldn’t walk.

He tried stretching, tried loosening up on a stationary bike, but couldn’t shake a nasty and obvious limp.

“He came by during the third quarter, he’s walking like Festus from `Gunsmoke,’” Ferentz said. “He told me, `I’m ready to go.’ And there he is straight-legging it down the sidelines. That didn’t instill a lot of confidence.”

The offense went herky-jerky after redshirt freshman Eric McCollom replaced Tate. McCollom began the week as Iowa’s No. 3 QB. He moved to No. 2 Sunday when sophomore Jason Manson broke his foot. He moved to No. 1 when Tate cramped.

Iowa’s offense got dangerously thin in the second half. It was Young and Sam Brownlee at running back. McCollom and Cy Phillips were the only QBs listed.

Iowa’s defense was already thin. Defensive coordinator Norm Parker didn’t attend Saturday’s game. He was at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics after Thursday surgery. But the defense was more than enough to overwhelm Kent State and the 12 penalties for 136 yards the Hawkeyes inflicted on themselves.

The Hawkeyes caused four turnovers and held the Flashes to 110 total yards. Kent State didn’t cross the 50 until 1:12 left in the third quarter.

Punter Joshua Brazen was KSU’s leading rusher, and that was only because he had a punt blocked — Greenway, of course — and gained 17 yards after recovering it. All totaled, Greenway touched the ball three times. That almost makes him Iowa’s leading receiver.

“Now he’s going to want to play halfback or quarterback,” Roth said.

You can already see the Gatorade commercial with Greenway’s No. 18 at 11 positions.