Kirk Ferentz had a night to remember in Iowa’s Week 12 win against Illinois. It was Senior Day for the Hawkeyes, and a number of accomplishments were compiled in the win.

Ferentz officially passed legendary Michigan coach Bo Schembechler for all-time wins as a B1G coach and added another B1G West title to his ledger. With the conference disbanding divisions next year, Ferentz will have the credit of the final West title in conference history.

Saturday also marked the final game inside Kinnick Stadium for Ferentz and his son Brian Ferentz on the coaching staff at Iowa. Asked for his reaction to that game, Kirk said he’s simply proud of Brian as a dad and as a coach for the way he’s handled what has been a tough situation.


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“So we had Senior Day and then also his last day. So there’s some sentimental value to that, certainly. Just glad it turned out the way it did. I was really proud of him. He’s really been admirable I think in the way he’s handled a tough situation,” said Ferentz. “I’m not quite sure I know how he’s done it, but I really am proud of him as a dad, and can’t say enough about that. But I do try to keep those things separate, and I’m really proud of him as a head coach, too.”

While their time in Kinnick is complete, the Ferentz’s will get a Week 13 game at Nebraska and the B1G Championship together before one final bowl game. We’ll see if the Hawkeyes can come up with a stunner in Indianapolis against the winner of Michigan vs. Ohio State.