NCAAF Game Recap - Northwestern at Iowa
Sat Nov 10, 2018 3:30 PM EST

MisSt
0
Ala
24
F
Clem
27
BC
7
F
FlaSt
13
ND
42
F
Mich
42
Rut
7
F
Aub
10
UGA
27
F
OkSt
47
Okla
48
F
TCU
10
WVU
47
F
OHSt
26
MSU
6
F
LSU
24
Ark
17
F
WaSt
31
Colo
7
F
Navy
24
UCF
35
F
KY
7
Tenn
24
F
Lou
23
Syr
54
F
SJSU
24
UtSt
62
F
Tex
41
TxTch
34
F
Fres
17
Boise
24
F
SCar
31
Fla
35
F
Wisc
10
PSU
22
F
Wake
27
NCSt
23
F
Bayl
14
IASt
28
F
SoFL
23
Cin
35
F
Kent
14
Buff
48
F
Ohio
28
MiaOH
30
F
Toled
15
NIU
38
F
Miss
24
TxAM
38
F
Ill
35
Neb
54
F
Vand
28
Mizzu
33
F
Tuls
21
Mem
47
F
Kans
17
K St
21
F
BYU
35
UMass
16
F
MD
32
Ind
34
F
Akr
7
E Mi
27
F
SMU
62
UConn
50
F
Lafay
13
Army
31
F
UNC
35
Duke
42
F
Troy
35
GaSo
21
F
UCLA
28
AzSt
31
F
Char
13
Marsh
30
F
MidTN
48
UTEP
32
F
Lib
24
UVA
45
F
BGSU
24
C Mi
13
F
NM
24
AF
42
F
Purd
10
Minn
41
F
NW
14
Iowa
10
F
VaTec
22
Pitt
52
F
NorTx
31
OD
34
F
App
38
TxSt
7
F
ECU
18
Tul
24
F
ULMon
38
SoAl
10
F
GASt
22
ULLaf
36
F
ArkSt
44
CoCar
16
F
W Ky
15
FlAtl
34
F
Oreg
25
Utah
32
F
FLInt
45
UTSA
7
F
Rice
13
LaTec
28
F
Temp
59
Hou
49
F
MiaFL
21
GATec
27
F
SMiss
23
UAB
26
F OT
OreSt
17
Stan
48
F
UNLV
27
SDSU
24
F
ColSt
10
Nev
49
F
Cal
15
USC
14
F

Nov 10, 2018, 3:30 PM EST

Final

1

2

3

4

T

Northwestern (6-4)

0

0

7

7

14

Iowa (6-4)

0

3

7

0

10

Northwestern beats Iowa 14-10
Sat Nov 10, 2018 9:07 PM

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) Northwestern clinched bowl eligibility and a spot in its conference title game on the same day.

Only in the Big Ten West.

Isaiah Bowser ran for 165 yards and a touchdown and Northwestern upset Iowa 14-10 on Saturday to clinch a spot in the Big Ten Championship.

The Wildcats will now await their opponent for the league title game in Indianapolis next month.

Despite a 6-4 overall record, Northwestern downed the likes of Purdue, Wisconsin and Iowa to reach the top of the division with a 6-1 conference record.

"This team has overcome a ton of adversity," Northwestern head coach Pat Fitzgerald said. "We got beat up. We had a bunch of injuries, lost some tough games there. The brotherhood in that locker room is the glue that kept everything together."

Bennett Skowronek's 32-yard touchdown, which came off an incredible catch in the fourth quarter, gave the Wildcats a 14-10 lead they wouldn't surrender.

After a first half that yielded just three total points on a field goal from Iowa kicker Miguel Recinos, the scoring ramped up in the second.

Bowser hit a hole for a 34-yard touchdown to give the Wildcats their first lead of the game.

Bowser was the only Wildcat to surpass 45 yards from scrimmage other than quarterback Clayton Thorson, and his performance certainly gave Northwestern a boost after a first half in which it only posted 75 total yards.

"I think (the touchdown) got us going," Bowser said. "Obviously, not scoring in the first half, so coming out and scoring in the second half, that was big for our offense and big for our defense too, knowing that they had a lead."

After Recinos missed a field goal to respond, Iowa safety Jake Gervase intercepted Clayton Thorson's pass off a tip.

Iowa cashed in just two plays later with Nate Stanley's 28-yard touchdown pass to Ihmir Smith-Marsette.

The Hawkeyes had a chance to take the lead late in the fourth, but Northwestern's Cameron Ruiz forced Mekhi Sargent to fumble, and the Wildcats jumped on it.

Iowa had one final chance with under two minutes to go, but another fumble by Ivory Kelly-Martin ended the Hawkeyes' chances.

"They outplayed us," Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz said. "They've worked hard, they've invested and I thought they competed hard. But I guess it wasn't good enough."

Stanley threw for 269 yards and a touchdown for Iowa (6-4, 3-4), losers of three straight.

THE TAKEAWAY

Northwestern: Folks might chide the Big Ten for having a four or even five-loss team represent the league in its championship game. But the fact of the matter is that the Wildcats are 6-1 in the conference for the first time since 1996, when they won nine games and played in the Citrus Bowl.

Iowa: What a disastrous turn of events in Iowa City. Three weeks ago, fans were wondering if this was one of the most talented teams coach Kirk Ferentz has ever had. Now they're simply hoping to finish above .500 in the Big Ten.

MISSING MEN

The Hawkeyes were without receiver Brandon Smith, fullback Brady Ross, and tight end Shaun Beyer, while the Wildcats took the field down cornerback Trae Williams, safety Jared McGee and kicker Charlie Kuhbander. Cornerback Montre Hartage also left the game early, hurting the Wildcats' depth even more.

Kuhbander's injury could have been bad news for Northwestern, as punter Jake Collins missed a 38-yard field goal that would have given the Wildcats a lead. Northwestern's offense covered for him, though, scoring a touchdown on its next drive.

TURNING POINT

With a 3-0 lead, Iowa attempted to pin the Wildcats inside their own 5 and Josh Turner was there to down the ball, but it rolled into the end zone anyway. After gaining decent field position from a touchback, Iowa cornerback Matt Hankins was flagged for pass interference that set up Bowser's touchdown run to give Northwestern its first lead.

UP NEXT

Iowa plays at Illinois next week.

Northwestern faces Minnesota in Minneapolis.

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Passing

NW Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
C. Thorson 30 15 50.0 1 122 32 2 44.0
Iowa Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
N. Stanley 41 27 65.9 1 269 37 0 92.4

Rushing

NW Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
I. Bowser 31 165 5.3 34 1
C. Hanaoka 2 18 9.0 13 0
Iowa Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
M. Sargent 10 27 2.7 8 0
T. Young 3 14 4.7 11 0

Receiving

NW Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
C. Hanaoka 1 0 0.0 0 0
B. Skowronek 3 45 15.0 32 1
Iowa Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
N. Fant 1 0 0.0 0 0
I. Smith-Marsette 4 90 22.5 36 1

Fumbles

Iowa F FL
M. Sargent 1 1
I. Kelly-Martin 1 1

Returning

NW KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
R. Lees 1 10.0 0 10 2 4.0 0 8
F. Nagel 0 - 0 0 2 8.5 0 14
Iowa KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
I. Smith-Marsette 3 33.3 0 43 0 - 0 0
K. Groeneweg 0 - 0 0 2 -0.5 0 1

Punting

NW Punt Yds Avg LgPu
J. Collins 7 283 40.4 45
Iowa Punt Yds Avg LgPu
C. Rastetter 7 244 34.9 41

Takeaways

NW Int Yds InTD
C. Ruiz 0 0 0
Iowa Int Yds InTD
G. Stone 1 0 0
J. Gervase 1 3 0

Team Stats Comparison

NW Iowa
Points For 14 10
Total Yards 306 333
Rushing Yards 184 64
Passing Yards 122 269
Passing Completions / Attempts 15/30 27/41
Turnovers 2 2
Interceptions Thrown 2 0
Fumbles - Lost 0/0 2/2
First Downs 19 16
Penalties - Yards 5/40 3/35
Time Of Possession 6:06 54:54
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 7/19 3/13
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 2/2 0/1
Punts - Average Yards 7/40 7/35

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter NW Iowa
No scores this quarter
2nd Quarter NW Iowa
Iowa 14:04 FG Miguel Recinos 46 yd FG 0 3
3rd Quarter NW Iowa
NW 5:41 TD Isaiah Bowser 34 yd run (Jake Collins kick) 7 3
Iowa 10:33 TD Ihmir Smith-Marsette 28 yd pass from Nate Stanley (Miguel Recinos kick) 7 10
4th Quarter NW Iowa
NW 5:33 TD Bennett Skowronek 32 yd pass from Clayton Thorson (Jake Collins kick) 14 10

Game Information

Stadium: Kinnick Stadium, Iowa City, Iowa
Attendance: 66,493
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