IOWA CITY, Ia. – Just when it seemed Northwestern would break Iowa’s football heart again, the Hawkeyes survived.
Jake Rudock’s 8-yard touchdown pass to C.J. Fiedorowicz on third-and-7 lifted Iowa to a 17-10 win in overtime at Kinnick Stadium.
“C.J., he’s a big dude (6-foot-7),” Rudock said of his winning toss. “We were able to get the ball out there and make a big play.”
The Wildcats failed to score on their lone possession of the extra period, with Louis Trinca-Pasat making the clinching tackle on quarterback Kain Colter.
Colter began the week questionable with an ankle injury, but hit his stride in the second half.
He brought the Northwestern offense to life with a perfectly placed pass to Dan Vitale, covering 31 yards.
Colter and Vitale connected again on a 10-yard touchdown pass, pulling the Wildcats within 10-7.
The score was eventually tied 10-10 on a 29-yard field goal by Jeff Budzien with 9:09 to play.
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Early on, it was the Hawkeyes who displayed a few tricks.
On certain third-and-long situations, the defensive linemen stood upright — instead of getting in a stance — and three rushers would pursue the quarterback, while eight dropped into coverage.
Freshman linebacker Reggie Spearman saw extensive snaps in that alignment, ending one Northwestern drive by splitting blockers and chasing down Mike Trumphy for a loss.
Anthony Hitchens forced a fumble, punctuating another defensive stand.
The Wildcats were shut out in the first half for the first time since 2007.
Offensively, Iowa started crisply, then faltered.
The Hawkeyes opened with a 14-play, 74-yard drive that ended with Damon Bullock’s 3-yard touchdown run.
Another possession ended with overthrowing Kevonte Martin-Manley on a potential touchdown pass.
Mike Meyer’s 38-yard field goal gave Iowa a 10-0 cushion at the break.
It could have, and should have been more.
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