IOWA CITY — As he prepares for the start of his final season of Big Ten competition, Iowa kicker Mike Meyer remains in pursuit of perfection.

The senior, working with third-year starting long snapper Casey Kreiter and first-year holder Connor Kornbrath, hopes to add to a string of 98 consecutive successful PAT attempts as the Hawkeyes open league play with a 2:30 p.m. game Saturday at Minnesota.

The school-record streak is the fourth-longest active streak in the nation and the sixth longest in Big Ten history.

“It’s about maintaining a consistent approach every step along the way and that starts with the job the guys up front are doing and with the snap, and Casey has been consistent since Day 1,’’ Meyer said. “It takes some teamwork.’’

Same snap. Same hold. Same kick. Same result.

Meyer has repeated the routine thousands of times since arriving on the Iowa campus in the fall of 2010.

“That’s the only way to make it work,’’ Meyer said. “The only way to convert in games is to get the routine down in practice so that it becomes automatic. I don’t ever take it for granted, the attention to detail has to be there, but whenever I get into a game I’m confident that I’m going to make the kick and put another point on the board.’’

That is the way it has worked for 34 consecutive games.

“To do that, you have to be consistent in your performance and in what you do,’’ said Kreiter, a senior from Central DeWitt. “Everybody has a role and mine is to consistently deliver the ball to the holder and to deliver it the same way every single time.’’

That has been especially important this season as Kornbrath steps into a new role as the Hawkeye holder in addition to working as the team’s punter.

“My job of is to make things as easy as I can for Connor,’’ Kreiter said. “He’s worked hard at it and it has been a pretty seamless transition.’’

Kornbrath wants that to be the case.

The sophomore last worked as a holder on the practice field during his sophomore year in high school in Bridgeport, W. Va., but sees his current opportunity as a chance to expand his role with the team beyond averaging 39.1 yards as the Hawkeyes’ starting punter.

“They asked me about it last spring and it was another way get on the field and help the team, so I was more than ready to give it a try,’’ Kornbrath said.

Kornbrath said the consistency in Kreiter’s delivery has given him the time he needs to put the ball in place for Meyer to complete the play.

“I’ve been catching the same snap all season. Kreiter’s snaps never vary and that makes it easy for me,’’ Kornbrath said. “Mike is a great kicker and he’s not one of those kickers who gets caught up with making certain the seams are in a certain spot every time or anything like that. It’s get the ball, get it set and go.’’

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That formula has worked repeatedly for Meyer since Oct. 30, 2010, the date of the last game he missed a PAT opportunity.

He remembers it well.

“I pushed it a little bit, just enough that it didn’t get through,’’ Meyer said. “Those are the ones that stick with you. I probably remember the ones I’ve missed more than the ones I’ve made.’’

The miss, which came during a 37-6 win over Michigan State at Kinnick Stadium, was a rarity.

Meyer has hit 117 of the 119 PAT kicks he has attempted over the past three-plus seasons in addition to being successful in 50-of-64 field goal attempts, allowing the Dubuque Wahlert graduate to climb into fourth on the Iowa career scoring charts.

That level of success is a byproduct that extends beyond consistent execution.

“There is a mental edge that needs to be there and you develop that in practice, developing a rhythm that it takes to be consistent from one kick to the next, a routine that will carry you no matter what the conditions,’’ Meyer said. “You have to get a solid kick on the ball and be consistent with your approach every time. It has to become a routine.’’

Same snap. Same hold. Same kick. Same result.