The Ottumwa Courier

November 2, 2013

One-sided start for Hawks yields only a 3-0 lead on No. 24 Wisconsin

Courier Staff Writer

IOWA CITY — Fans in the north end zone at Kinnick Stadium saw a good first half for their Iowa Hawkeyes.

The only problem is, they saw it from afar.

Iowa kept the ball on Wisconsin’s side of the 50-yard-line throughout the opening 15 minutes of play on Saturday. Despite not allowing a first down to the Badgers in the opening quarter and making four straight trips into Badger territory, Iowa had to got only a 28-yard field goal from Mike Meyer and owned only a 3-0 lead after owning the opening quarter.

Wisconsin’s vaunted offense was stalled right off the bat. Badger quarterback Joel Stave was hit by a blitzing Christian Kirksey on the third play of the game, leading to a pass that floated right into Tanner Miller’s hands for an early interception.

Iowa wouldn’t cash in on any points until a second stop on downs. After a 23-yard punt set up the Hawkeyes on the Badger 39, a 28-yard drive stalled at Wisconsin’s 11 before Meyer kicked home the only points of the period.

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