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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.

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When Iowa rushes for 300-plus yards, it's usually against Purdue

Iowa 38, Purdue 14 | Nov. 9, 2013

Iowa offensive linesman Andrew Donnal lifts running back Jordan Canzeri off the ground in the end zone after Canzeri's touchdown during the first half at Ross-Ade Stadium in West Lafayette, Ind., on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013. (Cliff Jette/The Gazette)
Iowa offensive linesman Andrew Donnal lifts running back Jordan Canzeri off the ground in the end zone after Canzeri's touchdown during the first half at Ross-Ade Stadium in West Lafayette, Ind., on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013. (Cliff Jette/The Gazette)
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Three cool things:

1. This could be the Jordan Canzeri game, but I have another one in mind for that. You know which one.

Let’s keep the camera here for now: This was 2013. Canzeri had already been a Hawkeye for three seasons. He was just now getting to the good part.

Canzeri suffered an ACL tear in the spring of his true sophomore season. That wiped out 2012. He got his feet wet in 2013 and they really got wet in this game.

Still, Canzeri was maybe No. 3. In 2014, Iowa leaned on Mark Weisman, but Canzeri got a little more work, rushing 102 times for 494 yards. And then in 2015, he almost eclipsed 1,000 yards and likely would have except for an ankle injury against Michigan State in the Big Ten title game.

Probably don’t want to dwell too long on what might’ve been a healthy Canzeri in that one.

Every year, Canzeri got a little stronger and had a little more put on his plate.

Iowa running back has worked with all sorts of bodies. I think the conclusion that needs reaching is it’s not so much the running back and the body, but the determination. At least it is at Iowa. Running backs gather momentum in all sorts of ways. I think with Canzeri it always was proving he belonged.

2. It’s a quiet tradition. Just the in-house party propaganda machine gets to show it, but the Kirk Ferentz Christmas Day Santa hat pic has a hint of tradition. Well, they’ve done it more than once.

“I don’t know if I’ve ever had a longer holiday break,” Ferentz said. “You can only sit in front of the fireplace so long.”

3. Wide receiver Don Shumpert got some love in this game. He got more than that, actually, he made a couple of big-boy plays that fueled TD drives in this one.

Quite simply, there are more Don Shumperts than Josey Jewells in these years and I will not get to them all.

Shumpert came back and was a grad assistant with the Hawkeyes before recently taking a job as an offensive assistant with the New York Giants.

At some point this summer or this season, someone is going to survey all of the former Ferentz players and coaches who are still involved in football and someone is going to find a growing community.

Just at this year’s NFL combine, I ran into Tommy Donatell (Seattle Seahawks quality control) and Greg Castillo (Kansas City scouting). And then I ran into Matt Bowen, a former Iowa defensive back who writes about football for ESPN. He told a really great story about coaching against another former Hawkeye safety Sean Considine last fall.

No, the Ferentz tree isn’t the mighty redwood that Hayden Fry has got going, but give it time. It might surprise you. I think the number of former Ferentz players still in the game also would surprise you.

Quote: “My family can’t really make it out to a bunch of games. It is hard, but I know they’re all watching me. They told me they watched from home. I heard from them after the game; it was good to get some texts from home.” — Running back Jordan Canzeri

Note: The Hawkeyes rushed for 300 yards in this one. I’d like this survey to go all the way back to 1999, but we have a stat gap here. We’re still kind of working on that, but I can check 300-yard rushing games since 2008.

How many do you think there will be?

— 2013 at Purdue for 318 yards

— 2014 at Illinois for 304

— 2016 at Purdue for 365

— 2017 at Nebraska for 313

Wow, all on the road.

Why No. 91? — Purdue used to be happy to get to six wins and maybe a bowl. Well, Brohm changed that expectation in one season. Sustaining that will be the tougher trick.

PREVIOUS COVERAGE OF THE GAME

Game story from 2013

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Jordan Canzeri’s family has made the trek to see him play a couple of times this season.

The Canzeris live in Troy, N.Y., where Jordan’s dad, Brian, is a game warden with the Department of Environmental Conservation.

Plane tickets aren’t cheap, so the Iowa running back flew solo Saturday before 41,038 fans at Ross-Ade Stadium.

The texts from the dingy opponent’s locker room started flying through the ether minutes after the Hawkeyes clubbed Purdue, 38-14, to clinch bowl eligibility.

Canzeri led a reawakening of Iowa’s running game with a career-high 165 yards on 20 carries. After being held to 136 yards or fewer the last four games, Iowa’s running backs and offensive line punched their way to 318 rushing yards, the most for the Hawkeyes in a Big Ten game since 365 against Minnesota in November 2002.

Canzeri went into the game with 29 carries for 173 yards. He almost hit those numbers against the Boilermakers. It was definitely worth texting about.

“My family can’t really make it out to a bunch of games,” said Canzeri, whose previous high was 73 yards against Western Michigan. “It is hard, but I know they’re all watching me. They told me they watched from home. I heard from them after the game; it was good to get some texts from home.”

Canzeri’s performance last week against Wisconsin got his foot in the door. Or in the batting order, as Coach Kirk Ferentz called the running back rotation. Damon Bullock rushed for 85 yards while batting second. Mark Weisman hit cleanup with 30 yards and a TD.

“Last week it looked like he had a little more octane than the other guys,” Ferentz said, “so we gave him a little more work than in the past and he took it and ran. ... He gave us a nice jump and gave us a boost.”

Sometimes, batting orders need shaking up. On the first drive, Weisman and Bullock were stopped and the Hawkeyes went three-and-out. Canzeri took over the next two drives. He capped a nine-play, 90-yard drive with a 2-yard TD run. It was Iowa’s longest TD drive of the season.

“Whoever goes in, we’re in it for each other,” Canzeri said. “It’s hard having four backs who can all do the job. Whoever goes in or whoever is hot at that moment gets the carries. That’s why it seems so hard (to figure) out sometimes.”

During the week, Iowa’s offensive line was asked about not having left its stamp on a game since it cleared the way for 246 yards in a win at Minnesota.

They all smiled at that question Saturday. The Hawkeyes averaged 6.1 yards on 52 carries. That’s more than leaving a stamp, that’s leaving a crater.

“We did,” tackle Brett Van Sloten said. “Honestly, that’s the running backs. They ran hard and made our jobs easy. Some guys did a good job blocking up front, but running backs were awesome. That makes our job a lot of fun and today was a lot of fun.”

Quarterback Jake Rudock wore a brace on his left knee after last week’s sprain and completed 12 of 20 for 191 yards and two TDs with a brisk 10-mph wind shaping the game. Tight end George Kittle led Iowa with three catches for 37 yards. Senior wide receiver Don Shumpert had two catches for 69 yards, and both of his long receptions fueled TD drives.

Rudock popped the game open with his 22-yard TD pass to wide receiver Kevonte Martin-Manley with 1:57 left before halftime. The throw beat Purdue corner Ricardo Allen, who made a late stab at the ball, and hit Martin-Manley in the numbers.

“It was one of those where we didn’t have much real estate, I couldn’t loft it up,” Rudock said. “I just had to get it in there. The offensive line gave me a chance to step into it.”

Maybe most importantly, Iowa scored three TDs in the second half. The scores were the first in the second half of a Big Ten game since Ohio State. Going into Saturday, Iowa had just 16 total points in the second half of Big Ten games.

It now goes bye week, Michigan and at Nebraska. Those would be high-five, backslap kind of victories. In the meantime, the Hawkeyes know they won’t be home for Christmas.

“I don’t know if I’ve ever had a longer holiday break,” Ferentz said. “You can only sit in front of the fireplace so long.”