OTTUMWA — After losing three straight games coming into Saturday and after allowing Iowa to run right down the field for an opening-drive touchdown, a third-quarter scoring drive may have been exactly what Northwestern needed to turn it all around.
Kain Colter completed the best Wildcat drive of the day at Kinnick Stadium with a 10-yard touchdown pass to Dan Vitale. The play provided the only points of the third quarter to Northwestern (4-3, 0-3), who closed within 10-7 against Iowa (4-3, 1-2) in a Big Ten battle both teams desperately need.
Northwestern opened the second half drive up to midfield before a James Morris sack stalled the drive. After failing to move the ball on its first drive of the half, however, Iowa gave the ball right back to Northwestern, leading to the drive that snapped the shutout for the Wildcats.
Iowa opened the day driving down the field for a 14-play, 74-yard touchdown series. That drive, which featured 13 straight runs for 65 yards, ended with Damon Bullock’s three-yard run into the end zone to put the Hawkeyes up 7-0.
Iowa’s only other scoring drive, an 11-play, 42-yard march in the second quarter, provided the Hawkeyes with the difference-making 38-yard field goal by Mike Meyer. Those three points allowed Iowa to maintain a slim lead going into the fourth quarter.
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