Iowa mauled by Wisconsin, offensive questions arise in lopsided loss

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Iowa lost 38-14 to Wisconsin in on Saturday in Camp Randall Stadium. The eighth-ranked Badgers controlled the entire game in the same way the 20th-ranked Hawkeyes did in their 55-24 win over No. 13 Ohio State last weekend.

The loss dropped Iowa to 6-4 and 3-4 in Big Ten play on the season Wisconsin is 10-0 and 7-0 in league action.

What we learned

The offense is still a work in progress: The 487 total yards from the Ohio State game didn’t carry over. The Hawkeyes didn’t struggle putting together first downs. They struggled to gain yards. Iowa gained 66 total yards as the Wisconsin defense dominated. The Badgers held Iowa to -2 total yards in the second quarter and didn’t allow a third down conversion for the first 38 minutes of the contest.

Run for the win: Yet again, the Iowa-Wisconsin game came down to controlling the line of scrimmage and the run game. The Badgers did it and won. The Hawkeyes didn’t and lost. Wisconsin moved the ball consistently, churning out 247 rushing yards as running back Jonathan Taylor gained 157 yards. Iowa rushed for only 25 yards.

The slim Big Ten West Division hopes are gone: Any chance Iowa had of claiming the west division title disappeared at about the time Wisconsin’s Tyler Biadasz pancaked cornerback Manny Rugamba on the 25-yard reverse touchdown by wide receiver Kendric Pryor in the second quarter. Any crazy November run to the top of the division required a win over the Badgers.

Player of the Game

Josh Jackson, who else? The Iowa cornerback recorded two interceptions for touchdowns. His first came on the opening series when he stepped in front of a pass from Wisconsin quarterback Scott Hornibrook and went 43 yards for the score. His other one came in the third quarter as he went 52 yards for the touchdown.

Play of the Game

Take your pick. Was it Jackson’s first or second pick six? The second required impressive hand-eye coordination to haul in the tipped pass. The first required all of his displays as a cornerback — coverage, reading a play, breaking on the ball at the right time. The first one gets the nod.

What’s next?

Iowa hosts Purdue on senior day on Nov. 18. The game time and channel are yet to be announced. The Hawkeyes won 49-35 last season. They rushed for 365 yards in the victory.

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