The story of this game, aside from the Hawkeyes showing the kind of heart that we have all come to know and expect through the last several years, was Iowa's defense in the second half.
Iowa held Wisconsin back Brian Calhoun to 18 yards on 15 carries. Calhoun entered the game as the nation's fourth leading rusher.
Wisconsin tallied just 94 yards in the second half, and 68 of those yards came on Wisconsin's final drive of the game. The Badgers managed just 19 rushing yards on the day and 276 total yards on the day.
Albert Young gained 127 yards on the day on 26 carries. He also had four receptions for 45 yards. Drew Tate threw 34 passes, completing 24 of them for 224 yards and two touchdowns. His one interception came on a dropped pass by Ed Hinkel.
Hinkel returned to the lineup after missing Iowa's last three games. He caught four passes for 50 yards.
Mitch King had six tackles on the day, 3.5 for loss, including two sacks. Ken Iwebema also had two sacks on the day.
Iowa's win today is its sixth of the season, making the Hawkeyes bowl eligible for the fifth straight year. Iowa closes the regular season vs. Minnesota at home Nov. 19.
The win is Iowa's first road win over a ranked opponent since the Hawkeyes scored a 27-21 win in Madison (11/22/03). That Iowa win also marked Wisconsin's most recent home loss, snapping an 11- game home winning streak for the Badgers. This win also marks the first time Iowa has won a game, after trailing at halftime, since that 2003 win at Wisconsin.
Iowa maintains possession of the Heartland Trophy for the second straight season while taking a 40-39-2 series advantage. Iowa has won the last four overall mettings against the Badgers
The Iowa defense held Wisconsin to no points after the Badgers led 10-0 in the first period. The Badgers were held to 39 yards in third quarter and 55 in the fourth, for a total of 94 yards in the second half. Wisconsin gained 68 of its 94 yards in the second half on its final drive in the closing minutes.
Wisconsin becomes the first Iowa opponent since Ball State in the first game of the season to fail to score any points in the second half.
Wisconsin running back Brian Calhoun was held to a season-low 18 rushing yards and his scoring streak was snapped at 10 games.
After trailing 10-0, Iowa scored the next 20 points. The Hawkeyes had not scored 20 straight points since scoring the first 21 points of the game in a win over Illinois. Iowa's 14 points in the third period equaled its highest scoring third period of the season. Iowa also scored 14 third quarter points in a win over Illinois on Oct. 1. Iowa had not scored a second half touchdown in its previous two games.
Junior FB Champ Davis scored his first career touchdown on a six-yard pass reception in the third period. Davis entered the game with six receptions through Iowa's first nine games. He missed the final four games of last season due to injury.
Senior TE Ryan Majerus has his second career touchdown with a 13-yard reception in the third period. His other score came earlier this season in a win at Purdue.
Two seniors returned to the starting line-up. WR Ed Hinkel had not played since being injured in the win at Purdue (Oct. 8). CB Jovon Johnson returned as well after missing the Northwestern game due to injury. WR Calvin Davis, who missed the last two games, also returned to action, and sophomore RB Damian Sims returned after missing the Northwestern game.
RB Albert Young carried the ball 26 times for 127 yards, increasing his season total to 1,197 yards. His rushing total ranks sixth best in a single season at Iowa. He surpassed 100 rushing yards for the sixth straight game and seventh time (Iowa State, Illinois, Purdue, Indiana, Michigan and Northwestern) this season. Young has seven rushing touchdowns on the season and his career rushing total is now 1,289 yards. He also had 213 all-purpose yards, surpassing 200 all-purpose yards for the fourth time this season. Others games were Indiana, Purdue and Northwestern.
Iowa's most recent 1,000-yard rusher was Fred Russell in 2003 (282-1,355 yards). Young is the 11th Iowa running back to surpass 1,000 yards and 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.
Instant replay was used once today in the second period. The official call on the field that an Iowa pass was incomplete, was upheld.
Iowa's lost fumble in the final period marked just the second time this season Iowa has failed to score points after reaching the redzone. The previous non-score came vs. Northern Iowa (Sept. 17) when Iowa failed to score on four plays late in the 45-21 victory.
PK Kyle Schlicher scored eight points today (2 FGs, 2 PATs) to increase his career point total to 173. Schlicher moved into 10th place on Iowa's career scoring list.
QB Drew Tate completed 21-34 passes for 224 yards and two touchdowns. Tate has 36 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. Tate has thrown two touchdown passes or more in seven of 10 games this season. He has thrown two touchdown passes or more in 15 career games, including 12 of his last 15 games dating back to last year.
Iowa improved to 36-2 when leading after three periods, dating back to the 2002 season. Additionally, the Hawkeyes are now 14-8 in November under Coach Ferentz, including a 10-2 mark dating back to 2002.
LB Chad Greenway, with a game-high 12 tackles at Wisconsin , gives his 392 career stops. He ranks fifth on Iowa's career tackle list. Greenway has posted double digit tackles 24 times in his career, including nine times this year.
LB Abdul Hodge had eight tackles at Wisconsin to raise his career total to 415. He ranks fourth on Iowa's career tackle chart. Hodge has recorded double digit tackles 20 times in his career and six times in 2005.
Defensive linemen Ken Iwebema and Mitch King each registered two QB sacks at Wisconsin, while Ryan Bain also had one sack.
Iowa started the game on offense after Wisconsin won the toss and deferred. The Hawkeyes have started on offense in 71 of their last 77 games. Iowa has started on offense in 73-of-83 contests under Kirk Ferentz. The last time Iowa did not start on offense was at Purdue (10/8/05). Wisconsin 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).
Wisconsin became the first Iowa opponent to score in the first period since Purdue (Oct. 8) opened that game with a TD drive on its first possession. Iowa has outscored its opponents 105-30 in the first period this season.
Iowa failed to score on its opening possession for just the fourth time in 10 games. The Hawkeyes scored touchdowns on their first possession in games against Ball State, Northern Iowa, Illinois, Purdue, Michigan and Northwestern.