Iowa vs. Northwestern Postgame Notes

Oct. 26, 2013

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Iowa (5-3, 2-2) defeated Northwestern (4-4, 0-4) today inside Kinnick Stadium, 17-10, in overtime.

Iowa is 6-3 all-time in overtime games, 2-1 inside Kinnick Stadium. Today was Iowa’s first overtime game at home since 2007 (W, 34-27 vs. Michigan State, Oct. 27, 2007).

Iowa scored touchdowns on its first and last possessions of the day.

  • Iowa opened the game with a touchdown drive for the second time this season and the second time in as many weeks. Iowa drove 74 yards on 14 plays, capped by a 3-yard touchdown run by RB Damon Bullock. The touchdown rush was Bullock’s first this season.
  • Iowa scored a touchdown on its first possession in overtime. The Hawkeyes went 25 yards on four plays. WR Tevaun Smith opened the drive with a 14-yard reception. TE C.J. Fiedorowicz closed the drive with an 8-yard touchdown reception.

Iowa was penalized just two times today. Iowa has committed three or fewer penalties in each of its last four games (Minnesota 1, Michigan State 3, Ohio State 3, Northwestern 2).

Iowa won the turnover battle for the fifth time this season. The Hawkeyes are 4-0 when winning turnover margin (Missouri State +1, Iowa State +1, Western Michigan +2, Minnesota +1, Northwestern +1).

Iowa held Northwestern scoreless in the first quarter. The Hawkeyes have held their opponent scoreless in the first quarter six times this season.

Iowa held its opponent scoreless in the first half for the fourth time this season (Missouri State, Iowa State, Minnesota, Northwestern). It marked the first time this season Northwestern was shutout in the opening half.

Iowa led 10-0 at half. The Hawkeyes have held a halftime lead in every game this season.

The Iowa defense recorded six sacks today, a season high.

Northwestern’s scoring drive in the fourth quarter (29-yard field goal) was the longest drive by an Iowa opponent this season (16 plays, 8:38).

K Mike Meyer kicked a 38-yard field goal in the first quarter, his 55th career field goal. Meyer ranks No. 2 all-time in career field goals. Only Nate Kaeding has more career field goals (67).

K Mike Meyer was successful on two PAT attempts, increasing his streak to 107 consecutive PATs, the fourth-longest active streak in the nation and fifth best all-time in the Big Ten.

K Mike Meyer scored five points today (1 FG, 2 PAT) to raise his career total to 291 points. He passed Rob Houghtlin (290) second place on the all-time scoring list. Only Nate Kaeding has more career points (373).

TE C.J. Fiedorowicz caught two passes today, including the eventual game-winning touchdown, to extend his streak of consecutive games with a reception to 26. Fiedorowicz has 76 catches for 321 yards over the last 26 games, and has caught all eight career touchdowns during the streak.

LB James Morris recorded eight tackles, including 2.5 for loss, two sacks, and recovered one fumble against Northwestern. Morris now has 357 career tackles. He moved past Matt Hughes (354) for No. 8 on the all-time. With his sack in the first quarter, LB James Morris became the first FBS player this season with at least three interceptions, three sacks, and 50 tackles.

The Hawkeyes have converted on 108 consecutive PATs without a miss or block, and 38 consecutive games without a missed or blocked PAT, the seventh-longest streak of any school in the nation.

Instant replay was not used today.

Northwestern won the toss and elected to defer to the second half. Iowa has started the game on offense in 148-of-182 games under Kirk Ferentz, including five times this season. The Hawkeyes started on offense against Northern Illinois (L, 30-27), at Minnesota (W, 23-7), against Michigan State (L, 26-14), at Ohio State (L, 34-24) and against Northwestern (W, 17-10).

Iowa hosts Wisconsin on Saturday, Nov. 2 at 11 a.m. inside Kinnick Stadium.

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