By Nick Filipowski, Weekend Sports Anchor - bio | email
Iowa is now 2-2 in Big Ten play.
Evanston, Ill. (KTIV) -
Aside from a field goal on its opening drive and scoring the final two touchdowns of the game against Northwestern, the offense and defense for Iowa was virtually nonexistent in a 28-17 loss.
The Hawkeye offense struggled to move the ball in the first and second half, punting five times and also turned it over on downs twice.
Defensively, Kain Colter and Venric Mark tore through the defense, each running for more than 160 yards as the Hawkeyes gave up 349 rushing yards to the Wildcats.
It's the most rushing yards allowed by Iowa since giving up 433 to Indiana back in 2000.
"They outplayed us," Head Coach Kirk Ferentz said. "We didn't do the things necessary to win. It's disappointing."
"I thought we moved the ball pretty well. We just were punching it down when we got to the 20, 25 yard line. We weren't able to get things done," quarterback James Vandenberg added. "And, against a team like that that's able to score points, you have get seven and we weren't able to put drives together."
The loss drops the Hawkeyes to 2-2 in the Big Ten. They'll try to snap their current two-game skid Saturday against Indiana.
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