The Ottumwa Courier

Iowa Sports

October 19, 2008

Greene Party: Hawkeyes rumble by Badgers

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Shonn Greene just keeps getting better — and the resurgent Hawkeyes are following his lead.

Greene rushed for a career-high 217 yards and four touchdowns and Iowa pounded reeling Wisconsin 38-16 on Saturday, sending the Badgers to their first 0-4 start in the Big Ten since 1996.

Greene had touchdown runs of 52, 34, 34, and 12 yards for the Hawkeyes (5-3, 2-2 Big Ten), who have answered a three-game losing streak with a pair of blowout wins.

Greene, who didn’t even play football last fall while sorting out his academics at a community college, became the first Iowa player to rush for four touchdowns since Tavian Banks did it against Iowa State in 1997.

Greene is also the first Division I player in the country with over 100 yards in his first eight games of the season, and he’s done it while averaging 6.5 yards per carry.

“Shonn has been giving us a spark all season long,” Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said. “He’s very determined, he’s very tough-minded and he’s a guy that can spark a football team.”

A spark is one of the many things the Badgers (3-4, 0-4) are missing. They followed up a humiliating home loss to Penn State by allowed their most points to Iowa since 1978.

Wisconsin, which reached as high as No. 8 in the polls in late September, has been outscored 86-23 the past two weeks. Dreams of a Big Ten title and a berth in the Bowl Championship Series have been replaced by questions about whether the Badgers can snap out of their funk in time to even make it to a bowl game.

“It’s a mental thing, it’s a discipline thing, it’s an everything thing,” Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema said. “We need to improve what we do in all three phases of the game.”

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