Iowa (5-3, 2-2) defeated Northwestern (4-4, 0-4) today inside Kinnick Stadium, 17-10, in overtime.
Iowa is 6-3 all-time in overtime games, 2-1 inside Kinnick Stadium. Today was Iowa’s first overtime game at home since 2007 (W, 34-27 vs. Michigan State, Oct. 27, 2007).
Iowa scored touchdowns on its first and last possessions of the day.
Iowa opened the game with a touchdown drive for the second time this season and the second time in as many weeks. Iowa drove 74 yards on 14 plays, capped by a 3-yard touchdown run by RB Damon Bullock. The touchdown rush was Bullock’s first this season.
Iowa scored a touchdown on its first possession in overtime. The Hawkeyes went 25 yards on four plays. WR Tevaun Smith opened the drive with a 14-yard reception. TE C.J. Fiedorowicz closed the drive with an 8-yard touchdown reception.
Iowa was penalized just two times today. Iowa has committed three or fewer penalties in each of its last four games (Minnesota 1, Michigan State 3, Ohio State 3, Northwestern 2).
Iowa won the turnover battle for the fifth time this season. The Hawkeyes are 4-0 when winning turnover margin (Missouri State +1, Iowa State +1, Western Michigan +2, Minnesota +1, Northwestern +1).
Iowa held Northwestern scoreless in the first quarter. The Hawkeyes have held their opponent scoreless in the first quarter six times this season.
Iowa held its opponent scoreless in the first half for the fourth time this season (Missouri State, Iowa State, Minnesota, Northwestern). It marked the first time this season Northwestern was shutout in the opening half.
Iowa led 10-0 at half. The Hawkeyes have held a halftime lead in every game this season.
The Iowa defense recorded six sacks today, a season high.
Northwestern’s scoring drive in the fourth quarter (29-yard field goal) was the longest drive by an Iowa opponent this season (16 plays, 8:38).
K Mike Meyer kicked a 38-yard field goal in the first quarter, his 55th career field goal. Meyer ranks No. 2 all-time in career field goals. Only Nate Kaeding has more career field goals (67).
K Mike Meyer was successful on two PAT attempts, increasing his streak to 107 consecutive PATs, the fourth-longest active streak in the nation and fifth best all-time in the Big Ten.
K Mike Meyer scored five points today (1 FG, 2 PAT) to raise his career total to 291 points. He passed Rob Houghtlin (290) second place on the all-time scoring list. Only Nate Kaeding has more career points (373).
TE C.J. Fiedorowicz caught two passes today, including the eventual game-winning touchdown, to extend his streak of consecutive games with a reception to 26. Fiedorowicz has 76 catches for 321 yards over the last 26 games, and has caught all eight career touchdowns during the streak.
LB James Morris recorded eight tackles, including 2.5 for loss, two sacks, and recovered one fumble against Northwestern. Morris now has 357 career tackles. He moved past Matt Hughes (354) for No. 8 on the all-time. With his sack in the first quarter, LB James Morris became the first FBS player this season with at least three interceptions, three sacks, and 50 tackles.
The Hawkeyes have converted on 108 consecutive PATs without a miss or block, and 38 consecutive games without a missed or blocked PAT, the seventh-longest streak of any school in the nation.
The Iowa defense recorded six sacks today, a season-high and its highest total since recording six sacks against Florida International on Sept. 6, 2008.
James Morris 2-5
Anthony Hitchens 1-1
Drew Ott 1-1
Louis Trinca-Pasat 1-1
Mike Hardy 1-1
Northwestern won the toss and elected to defer to the second half. Iowa has started the game on offense in 148-of-182 games under Kirk Ferentz, including five times this season. The Hawkeyes started on offense against Northern Illinois (L, 30-27), at Minnesota (W, 23-7), against Michigan State (L, 26-14), at Ohio State (L, 34-24) and against Northwestern (W, 17-10).
Iowa hosts Wisconsin on Saturday, Nov. 2 at 11 a.m. inside Kinnick Stadium.
PAT FITZGERALD QUOTES
Opening Statement: Obviously, congratulations to Iowa, they made the plays down the stretch that winners make and we didn’t. We put ourselves back in the second half and I thought we adjusted well. The two plays at the end of the game are inexcusable. The penalty and then fumbling the football, and then we went into overtime and we go in reverse on the first play and it looks like we blew protection on the fourth down play. So credit the Hawkeyes, they did a nice job but we have to get things fixed on offense. We’re beating ourselves, we’re not good enough, nobody in the country is good enough to beat two teams. You lose the turnover battle, very disappointing, very disappointing to say the least. We have to go back to work Tuesday like I know the guys will and find a way to get it fixed.
Q: Do you have any more buttons to push offensively?
A: Yeah, absolutely, I mean do your job and don’t get penalties. It was unbelievable the amount of penalties today. I’ll look at the tape on the bus ride home but it looked like guys just weren’t moving their feet and made some bad choices at the end of the game that hurt us. We were moving the ball, we had momentum, and that took us back 15 yards. You just can’t do that, especially after the quarterback has already run by the guy.
Q: Are guys spots on the line this week?
A: I’m not ready to answer those types of things. We need to win football games, that’s the bottom line. So, yeah my job is on the line. I’ll answer that, I’ll answer that. Every game is critically important so I’m not very happy right now.
Q: Will it be harder to get the guys going again?
A: I don’t think it will be harder to get them back but it’s hard to win and we have to do things that winners do.
Q: How do you think Colter looked today?
A: I thought he played his tail off, I thought he played like a warrior. I thought he played possessed; he was out there trying to make every play. I’m really proud of him.
Q: What adjustments were made after the first drive from Iowa?
A: We didn’t make any adjustments; we just talked about how to control our gaps. I thought at times we did a really good job and at other times we got reached by two guys. You can’t do that and expect to win.
Q: About the end of the game.
A: We were playing to win the game. We wanted to see what happens, we got a third down stop and they were kicking into the wind so you knew they were going to have to go for it. It’s catch 22.