IOWA CITY — It took a little longer to end a game that seemed to fly by.
When it did finally end, only one team flew off the sidelines in a wild celebration.
Iowa overcame a second half rally by Northwestern, scoring a touchdown on fourth play of overtime before the Hawkeye defense stopped versatile Wildcat quarterback Kain Colter on a fourth down scramble to seal a wild 17-10 Big Ten win at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City.
“There’s not a lot of great things that come from losing, not a lot of bad that comes from winning, either,” Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz said. “It was good for us. It’s been a while since we’ve been in the victory locker room and this one came hard.”
Coming into Saturday’s game, Iowa had lost two straight games in which the Hawkeyes held a halftime lead only to fall in the second half. It appeared Northwestern was poised to make it three straight second half defeats after rallying to tie the game at 10-10 with a third quarter 10-yard touchdown pass from Colter to Dan Vitale and a 29-yard field goal by Jeff Budzien midway through the fourth quarter.
After Mike Meyer missed a potential go-ahead field goal for the Hawkeyes from 41 yards away, Northwestern used three straight Stephen Buckley runs to move to Iowa’s 30 late in regulation. A holding penalty on a Colter run moved Northwestern back 15 yards and a fumbled pitch to Mike Trumpy allowed Iowa freshman Desmond King to end the drive with a recovery at midfield.
“He’s a confident player. Maybe sometimes too confident,” Ferentz said of King. “He’s a confident guy that just doesn’t seem to be overwhelmed.”
Iowa drove the ball all the way to Northwestern’s 32 before sack and near turnover of Hawkeye quarterback Jake Rudock dropped the Hawkeyes out of field goal range. A fourth-down pass with 15 seconds left was picked off C.C. Ariguzo to seal a regulation tie between the two teams.
On the first play of overtime, Rudock hit Tevaun Smith with a 14-yard completion to get Iowa on the march near the end zone. After back-to-back runs by Mark Weisman set up a third-and-6, Rudock floated a pass in the face of a Wildcat blitz for C.J. Fiedorowicz from eight yards out for the go-ahead touchdown.
“You don’t know if (Northwestern) is going to try to defend or bring pressure, and they brought the house it looked like,” Ferentz said. “You can’t block them all. (Rudock) did a great job of waiting until the last second and then had faith that C.J. would be in the right spot.”
Colter never got the ball into another teammates hands in overtime. A first-down sack by Drew Ott of the Northwestern signal caller, a scramble for three yards and pass broken up by King forced a fourth-and-8. Colter avoided two potential sacks on the final play, but was left to run for the Iowa 15 and was brought down nine yards shy by Lucas Trinca-Pasat, sending Kinnick Stadium into a frenzy.
“Just from where I stood, the coverage must have been excellent,” Ferentz said of the game’s final play. “It looked like (Colter) had nowhere to go with the football and then the good news is the guys up front stayed where they should stay. We didn’t get out of our lanes, so (Colter) didn’t have an ally to run through.”
Iowa (5-3, 2-2) also got some help in the Legends Division race minutes later when Minnesota upset No. 25 Nebraska, 34-23, handing the Cornhuskers their first conference loss. The Hawkeyes are back home next Saturday morning at 11 a.m. to host Wisconsin in the renewal of the ‘Heartland’ rivalry. Northwestern (4-4, 0-4) will continue searching for its first conference win at Nebraska next weekend at 2:30 p.m.
“You just have to stay grounded and stay focused on what’s going to help you win,” Ferentz said. “I don’t think this game will tough to illustrate that point. This thing was hard all the way and it was that way for both teams.”
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No. 19 Oklahoma State runs past Iowa State 58-27
AMES – Desmond Roland ran for a career-high 219 yards and four touchdowns and 19th-ranked Oklahoma State routed Iowa State 58-27 on Saturday for its third straight win.
Quarterback Clint Chelf had 163 total yards in his second start of the season for the Cowboys (6-1, 3-1 Big 12), who ran for a season-high 342 yards.
Oklahoma State scored 14 points in a 2- 1/2 minute stretch late in the third quarter to extend its lead to 45-20. Roland ran 58 yards for his third touchdown of the day, and Tyler Johnson took a fumble 54 yards for a TD with 4:17 left in the third.
Sam Richardson had 95 yards passing and a touchdown for Iowa State (1-6, 0-4) before leaving the game late in the first half after an apparent blow to the head.
After a blistering start, Oklahoma State let Iowa State sneak back into the game by halftime.
The Cowboys blew past the hapless Cyclones with a dominant third quarter.
Roland broke at least four tackles during his 58-yard TD run, the longest of his career, to put Oklahoma State up 38-20.
Cowboys linebacker Joe Mitchell then stripped Ernst Brun, and Johnson deftly maneuvered through a crowd of Cyclones and found the pylon for a back-breaking score.
Chelf, who got the starting nod over J.W. Walsh, was just 10 of 26 passing for 78 yards. But he added 85 yards rushing and a touchdown for the Cowboys -- who had 179 yards rushing in just the third quarter.
Iowa State was coming off the most lopsided loss in school history, having been throttled by No. 6 Baylor 71-7 last weekend in Waco.
The Cowboys made the Cyclones look just as bad in the first 10 minutes.
Roland opened the scoring with a 2-yard touchdown run, and Justin Gilbert made it 14-0 Cowboys by taking a Richardson interception back 31 yards.
Oklahoma State pushed its lead to 21-0 on an 8-yard TD pass from Chelf to Charlie Moore midway through the first quarter.
To that point, Iowa State had given up an astounding 92 points in the 69:15 dating back to the start of the Baylor game.
But instead of burying the Cyclones, the Cowboys allowed them to climb right back into it.
Quenton Bundrage caught TD passes of 22 and 20 yards -- the first from Richardson, the second from backup Grant Rohach -- to help Iowa State pull within 28-20 by halftime.
But there would be no repeat of 2011, when the host Cyclones stunned the Cowboys in double overtime and ruined their shot at a national title.
Rohach finished with 97 yards passing for Iowa State, which converted just 4 of 20 third downs and punted 11 times.