NCAAF Game Recap - Iowa at Northwestern
Sat Oct 26, 2019 12:00 PM EDT

Ark
7
Ala
48
F
Aub
20
LSU
23
F
Wisc
7
OHSt
38
F
BC
7
Clem
59
F
Okla
41
K St
48
F
PSU
28
MSU
7
F
ND
14
Mich
45
F
WaSt
35
Oreg
37
F
Cal
0
Utah
35
F
Tex
27
TCU
37
F
SMU
34
Hou
31
F
MD
10
Minn
52
F
Iowa
20
NW
0
F
App
30
SoAl
3
F
OkSt
34
IASt
27
F
AzSt
32
UCLA
42
F
USC
35
Colo
31
F
BGSU
10
WestMI
49
F
MisSt
30
TxAM
49
F
Lib
34
Rut
44
F
Ill
24
Purd
6
F
MiaFL
16
Pitt
12
F
SJSU
34
Army
29
F
SMiss
20
Rice
6
F
Ohio
34
Ball
21
F
Nev
3
Wyo
31
F
W Ky
23
Marsh
26
F
NMSt
7
GaSo
41
F
Akr
0
NIU
49
F
E Mi
34
Toled
37
F OT
MiaOH
23
Kent
16
F
C Mi
20
Buff
43
F
Tul
38
Navy
41
F
Ariz
31
Stan
41
F
Ind
38
Neb
31
F
FLInt
17
MidTN
50
F
FlAtl
41
OD
3
F
UConn
56
UMass
35
F
UVA
21
Lou
28
F
Syr
17
FlaSt
35
F
NorTx
38
Char
39
F
SoFL
45
ECU
20
F
Hawaii
45
NM
31
F
SCar
21
Tenn
41
F
Duke
17
UNC
20
F
TxSt
14
ArkSt
38
F
Troy
33
GASt
52
F
Mem
42
Tuls
41
F
UCF
63
Temp
21
F
TxTch
34
Kans
37
F
ColSt
41
Fres
31
F
Mizzu
7
KY
29
F
LaTec
42
UTEP
21
F
UtSt
7
AF
31
F
SDSU
20
UNLV
17
F

Oct 26, 2019, 12:00 PM EDT

Final

1

2

3

4

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(20) Iowa (6-2)

7

3

7

3

20

Northwestern (1-6)

0

0

0

0

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No. 20 Iowa blanks Northwestern 20-0 in season's 2nd shutout
Sat Oct 26, 2019 6:09 PM

EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) For Iowa's defense, the goal is the same every week - dominate.

The 20th-ranked Hawkeyes accomplished their mission on Saturday, allowing just 202 yards in a 20-0 rout of Northwestern. The Wildcats' deepest advance into Iowa territory was the 28-yard line late in the third quarter.

Iowa, which entered the game fifth in the nation in scoring defense and 10th in total defense, earned its second shutout of the season and fourth since the beginning of last season.

It all started with preparation.

"A few weeks ago, I said you can beat any team if they don't score," defensive end Chauncey Golston said. "Practice this week, it was something crazy. The tempo was great, everybody was flying around, and we did the same thing today."

When asked when he started thinking about a shutout, Golston said: "Before we even got off the bus. We think that every game."

The offense did enough. Nate Stanley had 179 yards passing with a touchdown, Mekhi Sargent had a rushing touchdown and Tyler Goodson added 58 yards rushing on 11 carries as Iowa (6-2, 3-2 Big Ten) won its second straight.

Aidan Smith completed 18 of 32 passes for 138 yards with an interception for Northwestern (1-6, 0-5), which dropped its fifth straight.

"I think we're going to watch the tape and be disappointed," Wildcats coach Pat Fitzgerald said. "There were some opportunities there to make some plays. We've got to be more efficient at that position."

Iowa took a 7-0 lead midway through the first quarter on a 50-yard touchdown pass from Stanley to wide receiver Tyrone Tracy. Tracy caught the ball at about the 30-yard line over the middle, broke a tackle with a spin move and raced down the sideline into the end zone.

Keith Duncan hit a 40-yard field goal early in the second quarter for a 10-0 halftime lead. The Hawkeyes stretched the lead to 17-0 on a 1-yard run by Sargent with 5:23 left in the third.

Duncan added a 28-yard field goal early in the fourth to close out the scoring.

"Rarely is anything easy in conference play, and there's certainly nothing automatic," Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said. "A lot of good things out there, and probably the most important thing was playing clean football. We protected the football.

"What can I say about the defense? Obviously, I'm very, very pleased with what they did."

SECOND BEST

Stanley's touchdown pass was the 62nd of his career, breaking a tie with Drew Tate and moving him into second place on Iowa's all-time list. Chuck Long leads the list with 74.

PLAYING IT SAFE

Leading 10-0 with just under a minute left in the first half, Iowa faced a fourth-and-1 from the Northwestern 45. Ferentz was tempted to go for it but decided not to because the defense was playing so well.

"There was nothing to be gained there," he said.

In the third quarter, facing a fourth-and-8 at the Northwestern 30, the coach did go for it. Stanley completed an 11-yard pass to tight end Shaun Beyer to set up Sargent's touchdown.

BOO BIRDS

A year after winning the Big Ten West, Northwestern is struggling mightily and the fan base is expressing its frustration.

"I get it," Fitzgerald said. "I'm a fan first and I graduated from here. We have high expectations and we should have high expectations. We aren't living up to them. I would prefer people instead of being negative just continue to support our guys. They can be negative with me all they want."

THE TAKEAWAY

Iowa: The Hawkeyes have a two-game winning streak heading into a bye. With games against Wisconsin and Minnesota following the week off, they have a chance to take control of the Big Ten West. It's unclear when leading receiver Brandon Smith (leg injury) will be ready to return.

Northwestern: Whether it's Smith or Hunter Johnson under center, the offense continues to sputter. The Wildcats managed just 70 yards of total offense in the first half. At 1-6, they'd have to win out to become bowl eligible. A more realistic goal for the remainder of the season would be either Smith or Johnson showing some consistency heading into the offseason.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

Iowa could move up in the next rankings, but that will depend on other teams. Though Iowa dominated, this win won't merit much of a jump because Northwestern has struggled so much lately.

UP NEXT

Iowa: At No. 13 Wisconsin on Nov. 9.

Northwestern: At Indiana next Saturday.

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Passing

Iowa Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
N. Stanley 26 12 46.2 1 179 50 0 82.1
NW Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
A. Smith 32 18 56.3 0 138 20 1 53.9

Rushing

Iowa Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
T. Goodson 11 58 5.3 12 0
M. Sargent 15 46 3.1 13 1
NW Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
I. Bowser 14 36 2.6 6 0
D. Anderson 5 31 6.2 16 0

Receiving

Iowa Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
T. Tracy Jr. 2 88 44.0 50 1
S. LaPorta 2 43 21.5 41 0
NW Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
R. Chiaokhiao-Bowman 4 41 10.3 17 0
J. Jefferson 2 23 11.5 14 0

Fumbles

Returning

Iowa KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
I. Smith-Marsette 1 26.0 0 26 0 - 0 0
NW KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
R. Lees 2 18.0 0 21 2 6.0 0 7

Punting

Iowa Punt Yds Avg LgPu
M. Sleep-Dalton 6 251 41.8 47
NW Punt Yds Avg LgPu
A. David 5 162 32.4 42
D. Kubiuk 1 40 40.0 40

Takeaways

Iowa Int Yds InTD
C. Golston 1 3 0

Team Stats Comparison

Iowa NW
Points For 20 0
Total Yards 302 202
Rushing Yards 123 64
Passing Yards 179 138
Passing Completions / Attempts 12/26 18/32
Turnovers 0 1
Interceptions Thrown 0 1
Fumbles - Lost 0/0 0/0
First Downs 12 13
Penalties - Yards 4/50 2/21
Time Of Possession 31:31 29:29
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 6/16 6/17
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 1/2 0/4
Punts - Average Yards 6/42 6/34

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter Iowa NW
Iowa 6:22 TD Tyrone Tracy Jr. 50 yd pass from Nate Stanley (Keith Duncan kick) 7 0
2nd Quarter Iowa NW
Iowa 2:35 FG Keith Duncan 40 yd FG 10 0
3rd Quarter Iowa NW
Iowa 9:37 TD Mekhi Sargent 1 yd run (Keith Duncan kick) 17 0
4th Quarter Iowa NW
Iowa 5:02 FG Keith Duncan 28 yd FG 20 0

Game Information

Stadium: Ryan Field, Evanston, Illinois
Attendance: 42,104
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