Iowa Limps Into Evanston, Runs Over Northwestern 40–10
The Iowa Hawkeyes overcame a plethora of injuries to dominate Northwestern in a key Big Ten West game. This contest featured two nationally ranked teams and was close at Halftime. But as they have done all season, the Hawkeyes owned the last two quarters — offensively and defensively.
Iowa’s Defense was outstanding again and apart from one Northwestern drive, completely shut down the Wildcats. This was another game where the opposition was held under 100 yards rushing — NU gained only 51 yards on the ground and only 198 total. NU entered the contest averaging 21.2 points per game and 353.8 yards in total offense.
Starting Quarterback C.J. Beahard becomes the first Iowa QB in history to begin his career 8–0 as starter. Beathard played hurt and was obviously limited, especially running the ball, but he finished with 176 yards passing completing 15 of 25 passing. He added 22 net yards rushing. He was able to take much of the 4th Quarter off, as Iowa held an insurmountable 33–10 lead. Backup Tyler Wiegers played the rest of the game.
Running Back Jordan Canzeri came into the game off a career performance last week vs. Illinois. But he was injured early and replaced by the sophomore tandem of Akrum Wadley and Derrick Mitchell. Wadley turned in a terrific performance: 207 yards on 26 carries and 4 touchdowns — the second consecutive week where an Iowa running back had 200+ yards and 4 TDs. Mitchell added 79 yards rushing and got his first career TD.
The Hawkeyes finished with 492 yards in total offense — against a highly ranked Northwestern Defense. The Wildcats had 3 turnovers — 2 fumbles and a Desmond King pick — and the Hawkeyes capitalized on all of them.
This win leaves Iowa (7–0, 3–0) in the driver’s seat in the Big Ten’s West Division and with the inside track for the title game trip to Indianapolis. The Hawkeyes now have next weekend off — they will need the extra time to heal for the stretch run. Northwestern (5–2, 1–2) has to go on the road next week at Nebraska, attempting to recover from back-to-back beat-downs.
10/17/15 at 3:39 PM
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