NCAA Game Summary - Iowa at Northwestern|
(Saturday, November 13th)
Final Score: Northwestern 21, (13) Iowa 17
Evanston, IL (Sports Network) - Dan Persa threw two fourth-quarter touchdown
passes, including a 20-yard strike to Demetrius Fields with 1:22 remaining,
and Northwestern rallied to beat 13th-ranked Iowa, 21-17, and deliver a
crushing blow to the Hawkeyes' Big Ten title dreams.
Persa, who suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon on the go-ahead score and will
miss the remainder of the season, connected on 32-of-43 tosses for 318 yards
and added a rushing touchdown for the Wildcats (7-3, 3-3 Big Ten).
Ricky Stanzi was 23-of-41 for 270 yards with two touchdowns for Iowa (7-3,
4-2), which avoided an upset last week on the road against Indiana,
needing a late touchdown drive and a dropped ball in the end zone by the
Hoosiers' Damarlo Belcher in the final minute to escape. The Hawkeyes weren't
so lucky on Saturday.
After struggling to move the ball in the first half, Stanzi orchestrated a
pair of scoring drives in the third quarter, throwing a pair of touchdown
passes to two different receivers.
Iowa grabbed the lead as Stanzi capped the Hawkeyes' opening possession of the
second half by finding Marvin McNutt in the end zone from five yards out.
After the Wildcats were forced to punt, Stanzi hit a streaking Derrell
Johnson-Koulianos on a post route in stride for a 70-yard TD catch, putting
the visitors up 17-7 with 6:01 to play in the third.
Northwestern safety Brian Peters intercepted Stanzi in the fourth quarter,
setting the Wildcats up at their own 15-yard line. Persa led the team down the
field and capped a 13-play drive with a six-yard touchdown pass to Jeremy
Ebert with 6:21 remaining.
"We lost because I threw a stupid interception, and they switched the
momentum," Stanzi said. "I didn't see the right guy."
The Hawkeyes punted the ball away, and Persa covered 91 yards in 11 plays,
converting a triumvirate of third downs along the way before Fields' reception
gave Northwestern the lead.
Iowa then drove into Northwestern territory, but Stanzi's desperation heave to
the end zone on fourth down hit the turf, sealing the win for the Wildcats.
"I could not be more proud or pleased of our senior class," Northwestern head
coach Pat Fitzgerald said. "They will now be tied with last year's class as
the winningest class in program history during the modern era. What a special
day for them. They've earned it and they deserve it."
Persa's two-yard touchdown run accounted for all the scoring in the first
quarter. Northwestern had a chance to extend its lead in the second quarter,
but Stefan Demos missed a 40-yard field goal.
Iowa managed to get on the board late in the half as Mike Meyer made a 32-yard
field goal with 24 seconds remaining.
Northwestern was 9-of-16 on third downs, while Iowa finished 2-of-14 on third-
down conversions...Drake Dunsmore caught eight passes for 65 yards for the
Wildcats...Johnson-Koulianos had 104 yards on five receptions, while McNutt
made seven grabs for 72 yards...Northwestern has won five of the last six
11/13 20:47:05 ET