Wisconsin and Iowa met Saturday, November 11, 2017, in a college football game in the Big Ten West. Find the score, stats and analysis below.
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FINAL: Wisconsin 38, Iowa 14
Wisconsin 38, Iowa 14 (7:02 4Q): Wisconsin is pouring it on against the Hawkeyes. Alex Hornibrook finds A.J. Taylor for a 5-yard touchdown. The rout is on.
Wisconsin 31, Iowa 14 (11:05, 4Q): Wisconsin running back Bradrick Shaw scores an 8-yard touchdown, and that just may be enough to put away this game. Badgers wide receiver Danny Davis came up with a huge 28-yard catch to help set up the score.
Wisconsin 24, Iowa 14 (0:00, 3Q): Badgers inside linebacker T.J. Edwards comes up with a huge interception of Iowa quarterback Nate Stanley just before the third quarter ends. Stanley had thrown 12 touchdowns and no interceptions against ranked teams this season. Wisconsin’s defense has been exceptional.
‘Wisconsin 24, Iowa 14 (6:10, 3Q): Badgers outside linebacker Leon Jacobs returns a fumble 21 yards for a touchdown in one of the biggest plays of the game. Iowa quarterback Nate Stanley wasn’t ready for the snap, and the ball just sat on the turf with nobody able to secure it. What a huge momentum shift in this game after Josh. Jackson’s interception return for a touchdown.
Wisconsin 17, Iowa 14 (7:45, 3Q): Wisconsin has out-gained Iowa 266-14 so far, yet the Hawkeyes trail by only three points. That’s what happens when the Badgers commit 4 turnovers. The fact Iowa is taking possession of the ball with a chance to take the lead is unbelievable.
Wisconsin 17, Iowa 14 (11:18, 3Q): Iowa’s Josh Jackson records his second pick-six today to breathe life into the game when it appeared Wisconsin was rolling. Badgers tailback Rachid Ibrahim tipped the pass into the air right to Jackson, who returned it 52 yards for the score. Alex Hornibrook has now thrown 3 interceptions today.
Pick, six, rinse, repeat.
Josh Jackson's last week has been pretty, pretty good. pic.twitter.com/9zvESKdrzU
— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) November 11, 2017
Wisconsin 17, Iowa 7 (Halftime): Wisconsin’s defense was simply spectacular during the first half. Iowa mustered only 20 yards of total offense. Hawkeyes quarterback Nate Stanley completed 3 of 10 passes for 5 yards. The defense is proving once again why it is one of the best in the nation. Last week, Iowa put up 55 points against Ohio State.
Wisconsin 17, Iowa 7 (1:19, 2 Q): Wisconsin receiver Kendric Pryor secures a spectacular 12-yard touchdown catch, perfectly timing his leap against Iowa cornerback Manny Rugamba. Despite 3 first-half turnovers, Wisconsin has a 10-point lead. That resilience has been the story of the Badgers’ remarkable season so far.
Wisconsin 10, Iowa 7 (6:58, 2Q): Badgers running back Jonathan Taylor loses a fumble, and Iowa takes over near midfield. Taylor has struggled to hold onto the football this season, and that marks his fourth lost fumble this season.
Wisconsin 10, Iowa 7 (8:55, 2Q): Badgers receiver Kendric Pryor scores on a 25-yard touchdown run off a reverse. There was some exceptional blocking in front of him on that play. The Badgers have their first lead. Moving the ball hasn’t been a problem for Wisconsin. But Wisconsin needs to cut down on its mistakes.
When you think @BadgerFootball, you think end around WR runs, right?
Hey, whatever works. 🤷 pic.twitter.com/VEA5DPYkuT
— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) November 11, 2017
Iowa 7, Wisconsin 3 (0:00, 1Q): Wisconsin’s defense has done its job, but the offensive miscues are just crushing the Badgers. Iowa was held to 22 yards rushing, while quarterback Nate Stanley has zero passing yards. Two Alex Hornibrook interceptions have slowed the Badgers, who actually have moved the ball well against the Hawkeyes.
Iowa 7, Wisconsin 3 (2:42, 1Q): Iowa’s Jake Gervase comes up with a big interception of Wisconsin quarterback Alex Hornibrook on a play-action pass down the field. Gervase broke well on a pass intended for receiver Danny Davis. That’s Hornibrook’s second interception today.
Iowa 7, Wisconsin 3 (5:43, 1Q): Wisconsin marched all the way down to the Iowa 1-yard line, but a false start on reserve tight end Kyle Penniston backs up the Badgers on third down. Alex Hornibrook throws incomplete, and Wisconsin is forced to settle for a 23-yard field goal from kicker Rafael Gaglianone. Turnovers and penalties have been issues for Wisconsin all season, and it’s continuing early against Iowa.
Iowa 7, Wisconsin 0 (13:30, 1Q): Iowa defensive back Josh Jackson intercepts Wisconsin quarterback Alex Hornibrook for a 43-yard touchdown. Hornibrook has now thrown an interception in every Big Ten game this season. It hasn’t come back to bite the Badgers yet, but the Hawkeyes are good enough to make them pay today. Jackson intercepted Ohio State quarterback 3 times last week. Awful start for Wisconsin.
2:08 p.m.: Safety D’Cota Dixon and defensive end Isaiahh Loudermilk are dressed and going through warm-ups. That could be a big development for Wisconsin, which has had to overcome injuries all season.
1:45 p.m.: Check out our pregame Facebook Live video from the Camp Randall Stadium press box. I run down my three keys and offer my score prediction:
12:10 p.m.: Wisconsin has arrived at Camp Randall Stadium for a huge showdown against Big Ten West rival. Watch the Badgers’ exit the team bus, greet fans and walk through the famed Camp Randall Memorial Arch.
Wisconsin-Iowa football picks, odds
The line: Wisconsin -12
Wisconsin and Iowa have one of the most storied histories in the Big Ten, and the teams have played some memorable affairs in recent seasons.
Wisconsin defeated Iowa 17-9 last season in Iowa City for the Heartland Trophy in a game that saw Badgers running back Corey Clement rush for 134 yards with a touchdown. It marked a crucial victory for Wisconsin that helped put the Badgers back on a path toward winning the Big Ten West. Wisconsin had lost consecutive games against Michigan and Ohio State but ran the table over its final six regular season games to win the West.
In the game, the Badgers employed a two-quarterback system with Alex Hornibrook and Bart Houston. Hornibrook completed 11 of 19 passes for 197 yards, while Houston completed 4 of 6 passes for 59 yards, which included a touchdown to tight end Troy Fumagalli.
Wisconsin’s defense allowed only 236 yards on 60 plays and held Iowa without a touchdown for the first time all season. Hawkeyes quarterback C.J. Beathard threw for 153 yards passing.
The last time Iowa ventured to Camp Randall Stadium occurred in 2015, when the Hawkeyes earned a hard-fought 10-6 victory. That victory helped pave the way for Iowa’s magical 12-0 regular season.
Iowa running back Jordan Canzeri rushed for 125 yards, and the Hawkeyes took advantage of four turnovers by Wisconsin quarterback Joel Stave. The Hawkeyes won despite not scoring in the second half for the first time since 2007.
Stave lost two fumbles, including a critical turnover midway through the fourth quarter at the Iowa 1-yard line. He tripped over an offensive lineman’s foot while attempting to hand the ball off to tailback Taiwan Deal. Wisconsin had one more drive to try to win the game and reached the Iowa 16-yard line. But Stave’s fourth-down pass to Fumagalli was incomplete with 36 seconds remaining.
Wisconsin’s rushing attack struggled during that matchup. Deal rushed for 59 yards, and tailback Dare Ogunbowale rushed for 28 yards. In total, the Badgers finished with 86 rushing yards.
This season, Iowa is coming off a huge 55-24 victory that boosted the Hawkeyes to No. 20 in the latest College Football Playoff rankings. For Wisconsin, which is ranked No. 8 in the poll, it provides an opportunity to earn a crucial win that will enhance the Badgers’ strength of schedule.
Badgers running back Jonathan Taylor collected his school-record fifth Big Ten Freshman of the Week honor after rushing for 183 yards with a touchdown against Indiana last Saturday. Taylor leads the Big Ten in rushing and ranks No. 4 nationally at 152.0 yards per game. He also has scored a league-high 12 rushing touchdowns.
Wisconsin’s defense ranks No. 4 nationally in scoring defense, allowing 13.3 points per game, and is No. 5 in total defense (267.8 yards per game). Wisconsin leads the Big Ten with 14 interceptions this season. Iowa is second in the conference with 13 interceptions, led by defensive back Josh Jackson’s 5 interceptions. He picked off Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett 3 times last week.
Wisconsin leads the all-time series against Iowa 45-43-2.
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