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Who stood out for Wisconsin in its 17-9 win at Iowa?

BadgerNation awards the game balls for No. 10 Wisconsin’s 17-9 victory over the Iowa Hawkeyes.

OFFENSE

Quintez Cephus – The true freshman had only one reception on the day, but it came on one of the game’s biggest plays. Leading 7-6 in the third quarter, Cephus reeled in a 57-yard reception on a throw from Alex Hornibrook to set up a Corey Clement touchdown. It was the longest play of the game and a crucial one that altered the outcome of the game.

Corey Clement – Wisconsin’s star running back did almost everything a fan could ask for in Saturday’s victory over Iowa. Despite an ill-advised fumble on the one-yard line, Clement was the best player on offense for Wisconsin - rushing for 134 yards on a career-high 35 carries and one score.

Bart Houston - Although he lost the starting job earlier this season, Houston has never publicly griped about returning to a backup role. Instead he’s maintained that he’s willing to do whatever it takes to help the team. That’s exactly what happened when Houston was put on the field in the second quarter and led the Badgers on an eight-play, 58-yard drive that he capped with a 17-yard touchdown pass to Troy Fumagalli. Leading two drives, Houston finished 4-for-6 for 59 yards and the aforementioned touchdown.

Dare Ogunbowale - Ogunbowale only had 10 rushing yards on two carries, but the senior tailback was active in the receiving game, especially early on in the contest. Ogunbowale was able to display his quickness and agility by reeled in four receptions for 51 yards. All four of his receptions went for first downs.

DEFENSE

Jack Cichy - A week after being named the Big Ten’s Defensive Player of the Week, Cichy continued his impressive string of performances with a team-high 10 tackles and one quarterback hurry. Although he injured his left shoulder in the first half, Cichy gritted it out until he was replaced in the fourth quarter.

T.J. Watt - The junior outside linebacker was once again a strong part of Wisconsin’s increasingly impressive defense. Watt recorded five tackles but had a team-high 1.5 sacks against Iowa. He has seven sacks and 9.5 tackles for loss on the season.

Wisconsins defensive line – A group award here because it’s hard to out just one of UW’s rotation. Even without sophomore nose tackle Olive Sagapolu, Wisconsin’s front held Iowa to 83 rushing yards and were responsible for the Badgers delivering consistent pressure on Iowa quarterback C.J. Beathard.


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