Iowa-Northwestern: Recap, score, analysis for Week 8 game (October 21, 2017)

Iowa fell to 1-3 in Big Ten play and 4-3 overall with a 17-10 overtime loss to Northwestern on Saturday at Ryan Field.

The Hawkeyes scored first on a 7-yard pass from Nate Stanley to Noah Fant with 40 seconds left in the first half. The Wildcats rallied with 10 points to take the lead, but the Hawkeyes knotted up the score at 10-10 on a 48-yard field goal by Miguel Recinos with 1 minute, 30 seconds left.

In overtime, Northwestern quarterback Clayton Thorson connected with running back Justin Jackson on a 23-yard pass on third and 9 to put the ball at the Iowa 1. The Wildcats scored two plays later on a Thorson sneak.

Iowa moved to the Northwestern 18, but Stanley’s fourth-down pass fell incomplete.

Iowa-Northwestern live updates, score

2:11 p.m. (OT) — On fourth and 3 at the Northwestern 18, Iowa quarterback Nate Stanley fired a pass at an open tight end Noah Fant, who dropped it. The Wildcats win 17-10.

2:06 p.m. (OT) — On third and 9 at the 24, Northwestern quarterback Clayton Thorson hit running back Justin Jackson short. Jackson then juked and ran to the 1-yard line. Two plays later, Thorson sneaked in for the touchdown. With the extra point, Northwestern leads 17-10. Iowa has the ball now.

2:03 p.m. (OT) — Iowa wins the toss and elects to play defense. Northwestern has the ball first with the wind at its back.

1:50 p.m. (Q4, 1:30) — After Iowa’s offensive line jumped offsides on fourth and inches, Iowa kicker Miguel Recinos knocked in a 48-yard field goal to tie the game at 10-10. Northwestern chose to run out the clock. We’re heading to overtime.

1:40 p.m. (Q4, 5:30) — Iowa’s offense continues to struggle. In the second half, the Hawkeyes have 23 total yards. On third and 8, Iowa quarterback Nate Stanley and wide receiver Ihmir Smith-Marsette were crossed up. Smith-Marsette ran short and Stanley threw long. Northwestern safety JR Pace intercepted the pass and brought it back to Iowa’s 35. Northwestern failed to do anything with the possession and lost the ball on downs. Northwestern still leads 10-7.

1:31 p.m. (Q4, 8:07) — Northwestern has gashed the Iowa defense repeatedly in the second half. The Wildcats drove from their 30 to the Iowa 9 where they faced third and 4. Iowa defensive tackle Nathan Bazata sacked Northwestern quarterback Clayton Thorson for a 5-yard loss. But Northwestern kicker Charlie Kuhbander kicked a 30-yard field goal to give the ‘Cats a 10-7 lead.

1:15 p.m. (Q3, 0:00) — The Wildcats drove from their 16 to the Iowa 32, but Clayton Thorson’s fourth-down pass fell incomplete. On first down, Iowa quarterback Nate Stanley was sacked by Northwestern defensive end Joe Gaziano for a 7-yard loss. It was the final play of the third quarter. Game tied, Iowa 7, Northwestern 7.

12:55 p.m. (Q3, 7:19) — Northwestern drove 66 yards in 4 minutes, 28 seconds to tie the game 7-7. On third-and-15 from Iowa’s 49, quarterback Clayton Thorson scrambled up the middle for 21 yards to move the ball inside the 30. Five plays later, Jeremy Larkin ran in from the 6-yard line.

12:43 p.m. (Q3, 13:35) — Iowa hit Northwestern quarterback Clayton Thorson on all three plays of the series, including a sack. But Northwestern punter Hunter Niswander drilled an 80-yard punt to put the Hawkeyes down to the 3-yard line. It was the fourth-longest punt in Northwestern history and longest since 1995.

12:16 p.m. (Q2, 0:40) — On third-and-1 from the Northwestern 7, the Hawkeyes lined up with two tight ends and two running backs. Quarterback Nate Stanley found Noah  Fant open for a touchdown. With the extra point, the Hawkeyes lead 7-0 with 40 seconds left in the half. The Wildcats kneeled to end the half. Iowa leads 7-0.

12:12 p.m. (Q2, 2:18) — Iowa quarterback Nate Stanley connected with Matt VandeBerg on a long go route for 61 yards to put the ball on the Northwestern 16-yard line. VandeBerg got past the Wildcats defense and Stanley didn’t overthrow him, which was crucial.

12:10 p.m. — (Q2, 2:40) — Iowa employed the Raider defensive alignment for the first time this year on Northwestern’s third-and-10. the odd alignment forced Wildcats QB Clayton Thorson to scramble and pick up only 3 yards. Another punt, still 0-0.

12:01 p.m. — (Q2, 5:46) — Northwestern moved to the Iowa 32 and faced fourth and 6. But a false start call on tackle Marshawn Slater forced the Wildcats to put, which resulted in a touchback. Still 0-0.

11:49 a.m. (Q2, 10:03) — Iowa has outgained Northwestern 136-47 but has nothing to show for it. Game tied 0-0.

11:24 a.m. (Q1, 3:12) — Iowa drove from it 10 to the Northwestern 19 but a third down sack and a missed field goal kept Iowa from scoring. Game tied 0-0.

11:14 a.m. (Q1, 9:28)— Northwestern’s drive stalls at its 46. Iowa had a different look on defense with Matt Nelson replacing Cedrick Lattimore at defensive tackle and Manny Rugamba replacing Michael Ojemudia at cornerback. In addition, middle linebacker Josey Jewell is out with a shoulder injury, which moved outside linebacker Ben Niemann to the middle and Kevin Ward starting outside. Free safety Brandon Snyder is out, and Jake Gervase got the start there.

11:09 a.m. (Q1, 10:49) — After the opening kickoff, Iowa drives from its 25 to the Northwestern 28. The big play was a 26-yard fade completion from Nate Stanley to Nick Easley. But the Hawkeyes stalled at the 28 with three straight incompletions, including a fourth-down pass from Stanley to Akrum Wadley that was broken up by linebacker Nate Hall.

Iowa-Northwestern pregame information

10:58 a.m — Northwestern wins toss and defers. Iowa will receive.

10:45 a.m. — A ton of NFL scouts initially were on the list to attend the game. They include scouts from the Buffalo Bills (2), Kansas City Chiefs, Chicago Bears, Denver Broncos, Detroit Lions, Minnesota Vikings, New Orleans Saints, New York Giants and Tennessee Titans. Also, the Saskatchewan Roughriders have a scout in attendance.

10:32 a.m. — Matt Nelson working with the first-team unit  at defensive tackle. Jake Gervase the starting free safety, Amani Hooker at strong. Manny Rugamba back as starting cornerback ahead of Michael Ojemudia.

10:28 a.m. — Per Iowa radio, Josey Jewell and Brandon Snyder injuries are considered more week-to-week and should be available for Minnesota. Cornerback Manny Rugamba will play today after a leg injury. Offensive lineman Boone Myers can play in case of emergency.

10:18 a.m. — Running back James Butler dressed in full uniform and has a big brace on his right elbow.

10:11 a.m. — Here’s a rundown of some pregame information. Neither Iowa middle linebacker Josey Jewell (shoulder) or free safety Brandon Snyder (knee) will play today. Ben Niemann will move from outside linebacker to middle linebacker, and Kevin Ward will start at outside linebacker. Jake Gervase will replace Snyder at free safety. Iowa media relations director Steve Roe said the two are out “hopefully for the short term.”

10:05 a.m. — Iowa running back James Butler made the trip and participated in pregame warmups without an elbow brace.

10:01 a.m. — Welcome to Ryan Field in Evanston, Ill., for today’s Iowa-Northwestern game.

Iowa-Northwestern game time, information

Iowa and Northwestern kick off at 11 a.m. CT on Saturday, Oct. 21.

  • Time: 11 a.m. CT kickoff 
  • Date: Saturday, October 21
  • Location: Ryan Field, Evanston, Ill.
  • Weather: 66 degrees with winds from the south at 10-20 m.p.h.
  • The line: Iowa -1

What TV channel is showing Iowa-Northwestern?

ESPN2 has the 79th meeting between the Hawkeyes and Wildcats. Jason Benetti calls play-by-play, Kelly Stouffer provides analysis and Kris Budden patrols the sidelines. 

How can I watch Iowa-Northwestern online?

ESPN3 and the WatchESPN app provides live streaming of the game.  Click here for more information.

How can I listen to Iowa-Northwestern on the radio?

You can listen to the Hawkeyes-Wildcats game on Sirius 135/XM channel 195. For Iowa action, 600 AM (WMT-Cedar Rapids), 1040 AM (WHO-Des Moines) and 800 AM (KXIC-Iowa City) are the flagship radio stations. Gary Dolphin is the play-by-play broadcaster with Ed Podolak as the color analyst and Rob Brooks as the sideline reporter.  Click here for other Iowa radio affiliates. 

For the Wildcat point of view, Dave Eanet, Ted Albrecht and Adam Hoge call the action on 720 AM (WGN-Chicago).  Click here for other Northwestern radio affiliates.

The TuneIn app also provides radio coverage.

Iowa-Northwestern preview

Iowa’s Kirk Ferentz and Northwestern’s Pat Fitzgerald – the Big Ten’s longest-tenured coaches – go head-to-head for the 12th consecutive year in a heated, yet respectful, rivalry.

The Hawkeyes (4-2, 1-2 Big Ten) remain on the fringe of the Big Ten West Division race, while the Wildcats (3-3, 1-2 Big Ten) seek to make a push toward a third consecutive bowl game appearance.

Northwestern won last year’s battle 38-31 in Iowa City. Iowa won the three previous games, including a 40-10 triumph in 2015 when both teams were ranked in the top 20. In the 11 previous meetings between Ferentz and Fitzgerald, the Wildcats hold a 6-5 advantage.

Both coaches expect a fierce battle.

“Typical of Northwestern, you pretty much know what to expect,” Ferentz said. “They’re a good football team, they’ve got good players. This is a veteran Northwestern team. They’re very well-coached, play hard start to finish, and like you’d expect, it’s going to be a 60-minute ball game.”

“There is consistency, there is toughness, there is physicality,” Fitzgerald said. “There are playmakers across the board in all three phases. A lot of consistency when you think about Iowa. A lot of physicality.”

The Wildcats and Hawkeyes feature two of the league’s best running backs. Northwestern’s Justin Jackson became the leading rusher in school history last week at 4,639 yards to move into ninth in Big Ten annals. He needs just 47 carries to become the fifth player in Big Ten history to reach 1,000 career carries. Jackson has faced Iowa three times and rushed for a combined 295 yards and 2 touchdowns. Last year, he ran for 171 yards and scored on a 58-yard run.

“He’s one of the best backs to play in our conference,” Ferentz said.

The Hawkeyes are led by running back Akrum Wadley, who ranks 10th in Iowa history with 2,246 rushing yards. His 5.6 yards per carry rank third among Iowa running backs with at least 2,000 career rushes, behind Shonn Greene and Tavian Banks (5.9). In three games against Northwestern, Wadley has 345 rushing yards and 7 touchdowns. In 2015, Wadley rank for 204 yards and tied a school record with 4 rushing touchdowns.

“I think the best game was the Northwestern game that I played,” Wadley said. “That was probably at the top of the list.

“That was like a turning point. Yeah, that was my first and only 200-yard game. … So far.”

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