EVANSTON, Ill. — Fourth down. 1 yard to go. Iowa needed to gain 36 inches to keep alive its hopes for a potential game-winning touchdown in the final 95 seconds.
But the opportunity ended before it started after offensive tackle Tristan Wirfs jumped offsides. The penalty forced Iowa to settle for a field goal. It forced overtime, but delayed the inevitable.
Iowa struggled to move the ball against Northwestern, and the inability of the offense to keep drives alive was the biggest cause of the Hawkeyes’ 17-10 overtime loss Saturday.
“That’s embarrassing,” running back Akrum Wadley said.
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