Scores

Final

Iowa 28

(5-5, 3-4 Big Ten)

Northwestern 17

(5-5, 2-4 Big Ten)

12:00 PM ET, November 3, 2007

Ryan Field, Evanston, IL

1 2 3 4 T
IOWA 0 7 7 1428
NW 14 0 3 017

Top Performers

Passing: J. Christensen (EIU) - 299 YDS, 1 TD

Rushing: T. Sutton (NW) - 23 CAR, 116 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: D. Johnson-Koulianos (IOWA) - 8 REC, 119 YDS

Iowa 28, Northwestern 17

Associated Press

EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) -- Jake Christensen threw for 299 yards and Damian Sims ran for a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns, leading Iowa to 28-17 comeback win over Northwestern on Saturday.

Trey Stross had 91 yards receiving and a touchdown for the Hawkeyes, who rallied from a 14-point deficit for the second straight week to win their third game in four tries.

With home games against Minnesota and Western Michigan remaining, Iowa (5-5, 3-4 Big Ten) needs just one more win to become bowl eligible.

The Wildcats, meanwhile, blew a chance of becoming bowl eligible for the second straight week. Northwestern led Purdue 17-14 after three quarters last week, but was outscored 21-0 in the fourth quarter.

Northwestern led 17-14 after three quarters yet again against Iowa, but was outscored 14-0 in the fourth this time.

Christensen's 53-yard pass to Stross down the left sideline set up a 2-yard touchdown run by Sims with 7:44 left, giving Iowa its first lead of the game, 21-17.

Northwestern (5-5, 2-4) had two chances to put it away, but C.J. Bacher threw interceptions on consecutive possessions -- one to Bradley Fletcher and the other to Charles Godfrey.

Godfrey's interception with 5:08 left led to Sims' second score, an 8-yard run that gave Iowa a 28-17 lead.

Bacher threw for 264 yards, a touchdown and three interceptions for the Wildcats. Tyrell Sutton added 116 yards rushing and a score.

The Hawkeyes trailed 14-0 after the first quarter -- getting outgained 196-11 -- but outscored Northwestern 28-3 the rest of the way to snap a two-game losing streak to the Wildcats.

After managing just 12 yards and no first downs in the first quarter, Iowa finally got a first down with 12:42 left in the second when Sherrick McManis was penalized for roughing the kicker on a Hawkeyes punt.

Iowa then scored for the first time late in the quarter, pulling within seven on Christensen's 20-yard touchdown pass to Stross with 49 seconds left.

Adrian Clayborn blocked a 34-yard Northwestern field-goal attempt in the closing seconds of the second quarter to keep the score 14-7.

Iowa then opened the second quarter with a 71-yard, 10-play drive to tie it at 14. Albert Young capped the drive with a 16-yard score, taking the handoff up the middle, juking toward a hole on the right and running untouched into the end zone.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
IOWA
NW
1st Downs1824
Total Yards369393
Passing299277
Rushing70116
Penalties7-1115-42
3rd Down Conversions3-146-16
4th Down Conversions0-00-1
Turnovers13
Possession28:3931:21

Passing Leaders

IowaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Christensen21/362998.310
NorthwesternC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Bacher27/542644.913

Rushing Leaders

IowaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Young16593.7116
Sims7304.3211
NorthwesternCARYDSAVGTDLG
Sutton231165.0118
Peterman2126.0010

Receiving Leaders

IowaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Jhn-Koulianos811914.9032
Stross39130.3153
NorthwesternRECYDSAVGTDLG
Lane36722.3025
Ward55410.8021

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERIOWANW
TD12:29Tyrell Sutton 2 Yd Run (Amado Villarreal Kick)
Drive: 7 plays, 73 yds, 2:31
07
TD03:32Mark Woodsum 2 Yd Pass From C.J. Bacher (Amado Villarreal Kick)
Drive: 13 plays, 75 yds, 3:58
014
SECOND QUARTERIOWANW
TD00:49Trey Stross 20 Yd Pass From Jake Christensen (Daniel Murray Kick)
Drive: 7 plays, 60 yds, 1:39
714
THIRD QUARTERIOWANW
TD10:46Albert Young 16 Yd Run (Daniel Murray Kick)
Drive: 10 plays, 71 yds, 4:14
1414
FG07:00Amado Villarreal 42 Yd
Drive: 9 plays, 41 yds, 3:46
1417
FOURTH QUARTERIOWANW
TD07:44Damian Sims 2 Yd Run (Daniel Murray Kick)
Drive: 8 plays, 85 yds, 2:21
2117
TD03:47Damian Sims 8 Yd Run (Daniel Murray Kick)
Drive: 3 plays, 30 yds, 1:18
2817