The Ottumwa Courier

October 26, 2013

LIVE: Fast start keys Iowa to lead in fast-moving first half

SCOTT JACKSON
Courier Staff Writer

OTTUMWA — A 14-play, 74-yard opening drive provided Iowa with most of its offense for the entire first half as the Hawkeyes added a Mike Meyer 38-yard field goal in the second quarter to take a 10-0 lead into the half.

The game moved a rapid pace, finishing the first half in just over 70 minutes. The Hawkeyes (4-3, 1-2) had just 81 more yards of offense, most coming on the 42-yard drive for a field goal in the second quarter, while Northwestern (4-3, 0-3) gained 82 in the second quarter.

The Wildcats put one drive that reached scoring territory, moving all the way to Iowa’s 34. Mike Trumphy’s first down run to that point, however ended with the ball being forced out of the hands of the Wildcat running back by Anthony Hitchens. James Morris recovered the fumble to stall the best drive of the game for Northwestern.

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