Redshirt fredshman WR Andy Brodell started for the first time in his career. Brodell had three receptions for 39 yards on Iowa's opening scoring drive after having just two receptions for 23 yards in Iowa's first eight games. Brodell started in place of senior Clinton Solomon, who missed practice time this week due to the death of his grandfather.
Northwestern failed to score on its first possession. Only two Iowa opponents have scored (both touchdowns) on their opening possession this season (Purdue and Ohio State).
Iowa scored a touchdown on its opening possession on a 12-yard run by RB Albert Young. The Hawkeyes also scored touchdowns on their first possession in games against Ball State, Northern Iowa, Illinois, Purdue and Michigan. Iowa's opening scoring drive covered 78 yards in 11 plays.
With 14 points vs. Northwestern, Iowa has outscored its nine opponents 105-20 in the first period.
Senior CB Jovon Johnson did not play vs. Northwestern, ending a streak of 33 straight starts, dating back to the opening game of the 2003 season. Iowa has no defensive backs who have started all nine games this season. Johnson's starting streak was tied for the longest among Iowa players, as LB Chad Greenway and LB Abdul Hodge have not started 34 straight games.
RB Albert Young reached career-highs in rushing attempts, rushing yards and all-purpose yards. He carried the ball 38 times for a career-high 202 yards and two touchdowns. He also had a career-high 274 all-purpose yards. His 38 attempts rank as the fourth highest total in a single game and his 202 yards tied for ninth (Jim Jensen vs. Indiana, 10/18/75) for a single game. Jensen also had two touchdowns in that game.
His previous bests were 36 attempts for 165 yards rushing yards at Purdue earlier this season, where he also had 217 all-purpose yards. He surpassed 100 rushing yards for the fifth straight game and sixth time (Iowa State, Illinois, Purdue, Indiana and Michigan) this season. Young raised his season totals to 169 attempts for 973 yards, rushing for over 1,000 yards for the first time in his career. Young has seven rushing touchdowns on the season and he rushed for two touchdowns in a game for the third time this season.
Iowa's most recent 1,000-yard rushed was Fred Russell in 2003 (282-1,355 yards). Young becomes the 11th Iowa running back to surpass 1,000 yards. He is the fourth Iowa player to surpass 1,000 yards in a season as a sophomore. That was also accomplished by Tony Stewart in 1988, Sedrick Shaw in 1994 and Fred Russell in 2002.
Iowa's field goal drive to end the second quarter covered 88 yards in 14 plays. The 88-yard scoring drive is Iowa's longest of the season, surpassing an 85-yard TD drive vs. Michigan. Iowa also had a 14-play drive at Ohio State, but that drive resulted in no points.
Instant replay was used once today in the third period. A Northwestern pass that was ruled incomplete was changed to a completion.
DL Matt Kroul, a redshirt freshman, came up with first career interception early in the fourth period. The theft was the first turnover of the game and led to Kyle Schlicher's second field goal of the game.
PK Kyle Schlicher scored nine points today (2 FGs, 3 PATs) to increase his career point total to 165. Schlicher ranks 11th all-time in Iowa career scoring, one point behind David Hudson. Q
B Drew Tate completed 21-35 passes for 273 yards. He scored his third career rushing touchdown (first this season) in the first half on a 10-yard run. Tate has 34 career touchdown passes, which ranks fifth on Iowa's all-time QB list. The junior ranks fifth in both career passing yards and total yards.
Sophomore DB Adam Shada had his third interception of the season in the fourth period. Shada, starting for the third time this season, leads the team in interceptions.
Iowa came up with two interceptions vs. Northwestern, marking the first time this season Iowa has more than one interception in a game. Prior to the game the Wildcats led the Big Ten and ranked seventh in the nation in turnover margin (+10).
Iowa had a season high in plays (76) and first downs (26). Iowa had 74 offensive plays at Iowa State and 25 first downs vs. Illinois. Iowa had its third game of the season with no turnovers (Northern Iowa and Purdue).
With its second straight loss after leading at halftime and after three periods, Iowa falls to 32-3 when leading at the half and 35-2 when leading after three quarters, dating back to the 2002 season. Additionally, the Hawkeyes fall to 13-3 in October, dating back to 2002.
LB Chad Greenway, with 11 tackles today, moved into fifth place on Iowa's career tackle list, moving past LB Fred Barr. Greenway has 380 career stops. Greenway has posted double digit tackles 23 times in his career, including eight times this year.
LB Abdul Hodge had a game-high 12 tackles today to move past 400 career stops. He ranks fourth on Iowa's career tackle chart with 407. Hodge has recorded double digit tackles 20 times in his career and six times in 2005.