Northwestern won the toss and deferred to the second half. Iowa has started on offense in 81 of its last 89 games. The Hawkeyes have started the game on offense in 83-of-95 games under Kirk Ferentz. Iowa has started on offense in nine of ten games in 2006.
Iowa failed to score on its opening possession. Iowa has not scored on its first drive in 10 games. Northwestern recorded a five-play, 80-yard touchdown scoring drive on its first possession. Four of Iowa's opponents (Syracuse, Iowa State, Ohio State and Northwestern) have opened the game with touchdown drives.
Dominique Douglas now tops the Iowa freshman receiver charts in both receptions and yards. Douglas caught seven passes for 78 yards today. The seven receptions are a season-high for a Hawkeye receiver. The Detroit native now has 39 receptions for 534 yards. Kahlil Hill held the previous record of receptions (35), while Danan Hughes had the record for receiving yards (471). Both Hill and Hughes were redshirt freshmen.
Young rushed 18 times for 72 yards. His 72 yards moved him past Levi Mitchell and into 10th in career rushing at Iowa. The junior tailback now has 1,967 career yards and is only 33 yards from 2,000.
Iowa's defense was led by Mike Klinkenborg. The junior linebacker racked-up a career-high 16 tackles, including a sack for a loss of seven yards. His previous best was 14 stops vs. Purdue. LB Edmond Miles recorded 10 tackles, including two for loss. Miles was one tackle shy of matching a career high.
QB Drew Tate returned to action today after missing last week's contest vs. Northern Illinois due to injury. Tate completed 18-27 passes for 147 yards and had two interceptions. Tate falls to 14-3 in games started in Kinnick Stadium.
Northwestern forced three Iowa turnovers (a fumble and two interceptions). The Wildcats scored a touchdown on a two-play, six-play drive after a Drew Tate fumble in the second quarter. Northwestern, who intercepted Iowa in the red zone in the second period, had a deflected pass intercepted by Miguel Merrick in the red zone to halt its drive at the end of the second period. The Wildcats also intercepted Tate late in the fourth period, which did not result in any points.
Iowa forced two Northwestern turnovers (two interceptions). DB Miguel Merrick intercepted a pass inside the red zone at the six-yard line with seconds left in the half that did not result in any points. DB Charles Godfrey collected a theft in the third period that resulted in a seven-play, 54-yard drive, culminating with a three-yard RB Damian Sims touchdown run. Sims now has a team-best six touchdowns in 2006.
Instant replay was not used today, marking only the second Iowa game this season in which replay was not utilized. The other game was Iowa's home contest vs. Purdue (10/7).
P Andy Fenstermaker punted five times for 208 yards (41.6 average). Two of his four kicks were downed inside the 20, including one on the three. He had a long punt of 48 today.
FB Champ Davis and OL Dace Richardson both returned to action today. Davis missed the Northern Illinois contest after being injured at Michigan (10/21), while Richardson missed games at Michigan and vs. Northern Illinois after getting injured at Indiana (10/14). Davis only saw action on special teams, while Richardson started at left tackle.
Today marked the first time Iowa was limited to seven points at home since a 13-7 loss to Wisconsin on Oct. 28, 2000.
Today was Iowa's 23rd straight sellout, dating back to the 2003 season. The last Hawkeye game not sold out was vs. Buffalo (9/6/03). All seven home contests this season are sold out.
Iowa hosts Wisconsin in its home finale next Saturday (11:03 a.m., ESPN) before closing the regular season at Minnesota (Nov. 18, TBA).