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.