Iowa CITY, Iowa - University of Iowa junior quarterback James Vandenberg has been named the Big Ten’s Offensive Player of the Week for his play in Iowa’s 31-27 win over Pittsburgh last Saturday. The honor from the league is Vandenberg’s first and also Iowa’s first Player of the week honor this season.
Vandenberg, a 6-3, 212-pounder from Keokuk, Iowa, is first native Iowan to start at quarterback for the Hawkeyes since 2001. He led Iowa’s second half rally against Pittsburgh, rushing for one touchdown and throwing three scoring passes in the final 17 minutes. His final pass was a 22-yard scoring strike to wide receiver Kevonte Martin-Manley with 2:51 remaining, giving Iowa its final 31-27 advantage. He had touchdown passes of 14 and 25 yards earlier in the fourth period. At one point in the rally, Vandenberg completed 10 straight passes.
His totals against Pitt included 31-48 passing for 399 yards and three touchdowns, with one interception. He completed 17 of his last 20 attempts while posting career bests in completions, attempts, passing yards and touchdowns.
Vandenberg’s 399 passing yards ties as the seventh best single-game total in school history, while the 31 completions rank fourth best and the 48 attempts tie as the school’s seventh highest total.
Vandenberg is the first Iowa player to win the offensive award since Ricky Stanzi won it for his performance against Michigan (Oct. 16th) last year. Iowa had six Big Ten Player of the Week honors last year.