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Iowa City, Iowa - The Wisconsin football team couldn't hold No. 9 Iowa after the half, as the Hawkeyes used 10 third-quarter points to pull past the Badgers, 20-3, Saturday afternoon. UW (6-4 overall, 1-4 Big Ten) also lost quarterbacks Brooks Bollinger and Jim Sorgi due to injuries during the course of the game.
"Jim's okay," coach Barry Alvarez said after the game. "We'll just have to wait and see where Brooks is."
Defense and penalties kept the game scoreless in the first quarter as Iowa (9-1, 6-0) tallied just two first downs and Wisconsin put up just one. Iowa kept their first possession of the second quarter alive by converting on two third-and-three situations. Nate Kaeding put Iowa on the board with a 32-yard field goal to finish the drive.
The Badgers put together an impressive response, tallying four first downs on a 72-yard, 11-play drive. Bollinger kept the drive alive with a 29-yard pass to a crossing Brandon Williams on third-and-14.
Iowa used excellent field position to regain the lead late in the first half. Starting on Wisconsin's 45-yard line with 2:14 to play, Iowa scored in one-minute and six seconds on five plays. Iowa quarterback Brad Banks threw a 21-yard touchdown strike to Maurice Brown to put the score at 10-3 at the half.
The Hawkeyes increased their lead in the third quarter with another Kaeding field goal and a Dallas Clark touchdown. Banks hit Clark for a 23-yard score at 6:25 in the third.
The Badger offense just couldn't get going Saturday as Anthony Davis was held to 34 yards on 16 carries. Jonathan Orr led the Badger receiving corps with six catches for 83 yards. Sorgi led the Badgers' triad of quarterbacks completing eight of 17 passes for 85 yards.
Davis surpassed the 1,000-yard mark for the second-straight season to give UW a 1,000-yard rusher for a league-record 10th-straight year.
Wisconsin takes on Illinois next week in Madison.
Badgers fall 20-3
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