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(Saturday, October 26)
Final Score: Iowa 17, Northwestern 10 (OT)
Iowa City, IA (SportsNetwork.com) - Jake Rudock threw the deciding touchdown pass to tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz in overtime, as the Iowa Hawkeyes escaped with a 17-10 win over the Northwestern Wildcats in a Big Ten Conference tilt at Kinnick Stadium.
Rudock finished with 169 yards on 19-of-27 passing and was also intercepted once. Running backs Mark Weisman and Damon Bullock combined for 108 yards and a touchdown on the ground to help the Hawkeyes (5-3, 2-2 Big Ten) avoid a third straight loss.
Stephen Buckley had 17 carries for 99 yards for the Wildcats (4-4, 0-4), who were dealt their fourth straight loss. Kain Colter completed 11-of-14 passes for 104 yards and a TD, but the mobile quarterback was also sacked five times and found very little room to run.
Iowa opened the game with a 14-play, 74-yard drive that lasted five and a half minutes. Bullock punctuated the drive with a three-yard touchdown run to stake the home team an early 7-0 lead.
The Hawkeyes pushed the margin to 10-0 on Mike Meyer's 38-yard field goal with just under 10 minutes remaining in the second quarter.
The score would remain that way until the 4:44 mark of the third quarter, when Colter finally got the Wildcats on the scoreboard with a 10-yard touchdown pass to Dan Vitale.
NU tied the score at 10-10 on Jeff Budzien's 29-yard field goal with 9:09 to play in the fourth quarter, and the game eventually went to overtime to settle the outcome.
Iowa got the ball first in the extra session and Rudock threw an eight-yard touchdown pass to Fiedorowicz. Louis Trinca-Pasat sealed the win for the Hawkeyes with a sack of Colter on 4th-and-8 from the 23-yard line.
Both teams tallied 19 first downs, but Iowa simply managed to come through with the big plays in overtime. NU's Mike Trumpy lost two fumbles on the day.
10/26 16:27:55 ET
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