The Iowa Hawkeyes were coming off a lackluster performance against Rutgers on the road last week. However, they were able to escape with a victory. They welcomed in a Northwestern team that has struggled this season, but still had some weapons that Iowa needed to be concerned about.
The Hawkeyes opened up the game with the ball, but quickly punted from inside their own 20 yard line. Northwestern's Flynn Nagel returned the punt 47 yards inside Iowa's five yard line and Northwestern was in business early. It took two plays and Clayton Thorson found the end zone on a four yard run to give the Wildcats the early lead.
The teams would trade punts and Desmond King did his best Nagel impression and got the Hawkeyes down inside Northwestern's five yard line. Akrum Wadley tip-toed his way into the end zone a play later and we were all tied in Iowa City, 7-7.
The Wildcats would answer with a field goal and a touchdown with an Iowa punt sandwiched in between to make the score 17-7 and things were looking sort of bleak in Iowa City as the defense didn't look too sharp.
However, Iowa responded with touchdowns on back to back drives late in the second quarter to take the lead into the locker room at 21-17.
After the Wildcats punted to start the second half, the Hawkeyes went down and got a field goal to give them a touchdown lead. That is when things went south for Iowa. The Cats got touchdowns on three straight drives and scored 21 unanswered to extend their lead to two touchdowns at 38-24.
The Hawkeyes missed some key tackles and allowed Northwestern to get too much pressure on Beathard during this stretch of the game. Iowa did a great job responding as they marched 75 yards on 9 plays to cut Northwestern's lead to just 7 and we weren't done.
The teams traded punts and Iowa found themselves with the ball with about two minutes left in the game with a chance to tie it. Iowa connected on a few pass plays, but Beathard would wind up throwing his second interception of the season as Iowa fell 38-31 to the Wildcats on homecoming in Iowa City.