Iowa football Game Report: Wisconsin 38, Hawkeyes 14

Hawkeyes crushed in Madison

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Notes and numbers from No. 20 Iowa’s 38-14 loss to No. 8 Wisconsin Saturday in Madison, Wis.

 

Play of the game

The Set Up — As “over” as this game felt, it wasn’t with about six minutes left in the third quarter.

Iowa faced a third-and-10 from its 30.

It was just 17-14 Wisconsin. Yes, Iowa’s offense was cornerback Josh Jackson and his two pick-sixes, but, playing along here, Iowa was alive and in a game where it had just five first downs, it had one on this drive.

What Happened — Junior center James Daniels snapped the ball before quarterback Nate Stanley was ready.

Stanley wasn’t looking and the ball hit him in the hip and skittered all over the turf.

There was a scrum.

The Result — Linebacker Leon Jacobs was in the back of the pile, standing at one point, and then the ball squirted out of the back.

Here’s how well coached Wisconsin is: Jacobs saw the ball and didn’t just dive on it. He knew he’d score a touchdown if he picked it up cleanly. He knelt, and before he controlled the ball, he popped back on his feet and then sprinted untouched 21 yards for a touchdown.

From there, the Badgers led 24-14 and the heat was turned on in the Iowa buses.

Three-and-ouch

Iowa’s offense went back into mundane mode and then some after a one-week explosion of goodness against Ohio State in its 55-24 win.

The Hawkeyes had six three-and-outs in the first half alone, and totaled just 20 yards in the half. That it wasn’t a blowout by halftime is because Iowa forced three turnovers in the half, the first a pick-six by stellar Hawkeye cornerback Josh Jackson.

Things didn’t get any better after halftime.

Offensive

The numbers aren’t great for Iowa. They aren’t mediocre, either. Just bad. Very bad.

The 66 total yards was a program-low under Kirk Ferentz, and that includes a 1-10 season in 1999. The previous low was 100 in a 44-7 loss at Arizona State in 2004.

The Hawkeyes didn’t have an offensive touchdown in that game, either, with their score coming on a punt-return by Walner Belleus, who finished his college career at the University of Dubuque.

Badgers get fresh

Wisconsin entered this game with a depleted receiving corps. Their top wideout, sophomore Quintez Cephus, was hurt the previous game at Indiana and ruled out for the season this week with a leg injury. Senior Jazz Peavy, who is quite good himself, is out with a leg problem of his own.

But freshman receiver Kendric Pryor rushed 25 yards for his first career touchdown, then caught a 12-yard scoring pass from Alex Hornibrook, both in the second quarter.

Fellow frosh Danny Davis had a game-high four receptions for 74 yards.

Iowa’s wide receivers had a total of four catches in the game, and their tight ends T.J. Hockenson and Noah Fant combined for one catch, a 6-yarder.

Bowls o' plenty

In this era, bowl games associated with the major conferences pretty much have their teams chosen for them rather than vice versa, but that doesn’t stop them from sending representatives to games.

Whether they dressed warmly enough for this one may have been debatable, but reps from the Citrus, Peach, Fiesta, Orange, Outback and TaxSlayer bowls had seats waiting for them in the Camp Randall Stadium press box.

The press box food fare for the bowl folks included bratwursts and beer cheese soup. In Wisconsin. Who’d have thunk it?

Another Wisconsin winner

Friday night, the Wisconsin team managers defeated Iowa’s managers 19-7 in their annual Rusty Toolbox flag football game.

That made seven straight Toolbox triumphs for the Badgers in the series, that dates to 1991.

Great Dayne

Wisconsin’s honorary captain was Ron Dayne, the Badgers’ Heisman Trophy-winning running back in 1999. In his final home game, he rushed 27 times for 216 yards against Iowa in a game that clinched an outright Big Ten title for Wisconsin and made Dayne the NCAA’s all-time rushing leader.

Injury report

Iowa safety Amani Hooker didn’t play because of a leg contusion. He was replaced in the starting lineup by senior Miles Taylor, who made his 30th career start.

Hawkeye cornerback Manny Rugamba had an ankle injury in the third quarter and was replaced by Michael Ojemudia. Iowa defensive end Matt Nelson also left the game with an injury.

Wisconsin came in as the injury-ravaged team, with receivers Cephus, Peavy and George Rushing out. Starting linebacker Chris Orr and tight end Luke Benzschawel also missed the game due to various leg woes.

Next game

Iowa hosts Purdue Saturday at 2:30 p.m. (BTN). The Boilermakers (4-6, 2-5) lost to Northwestern Saturday night, 23-13.

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