Hawkeyes Own Halftime Edge

Northwestern found the scoreboard late in the second quarter, which cut into the deficit. Iowa leads Northwestern 17-7 at halftime.

Trailing 17-0, Northwestern responded. A combination of Dan Persa and Kain Colter led the Wildcats on a 13-play, 65-yard touchdown drive, which was capped off with a Persa touchdown pass to Jeremy Ebert.

Iowa was in full control from the start. Leading 3-0 after a Mike Meyers field goal, the Hawkeyes struck again as Tanner Miller intercepted Dan Persa and returned it 98 yards for a touchdown.

Early in the second quarter, James Vandenberg connected with Keenan Davis for a 47-yard touchdown pass—that coming one play after a 33-yard connection to Davis.

Demetrius Dugar, who is making his first start of the season, appeared to be the guilty party on the two completions, as Davis was left wide open. However, Dugar would redeem himself later with an impressive diving interception.

Northwestern quarterback Dan Persa completed 17 of 23 passes for 113 yards and a touchdown. NU's leading rusher is Kain Colter with 56 yards on the ground. Colter also finished the first half with 54 receiving yards on five catches.

Iowa's offense compiled just 177 yards of offense in the first half. The Wildcat defense held the Hawkeyes to 0-3 on third-down conversion attempts.

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