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November 3, 2007

Hawkeyes win at Northwestern, 28-17

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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.




Northwestern: TYRELL SUTTON 2 YD RUN (AMADO VILLARREAL KICK)
Northwestern: MARK WOODSUM 2 YD PASS FROM C.J. BACHER (AMADO VILLARREAL KICK)
Iowa: TREY STROSS 20 YD PASS FROM JAKE CHRISTENSEN (DANIEL MURRAY KICK)
Iowa: ALBERT YOUNG 16 YD RUN (DANIEL MURRAY KICK)
Northwestern: AMADO VILLARREAL 42 YD FG
Iowa: DAMIAN SIMS 2 YD RUN (DANIEL MURRAY KICK)
Iowa: DAMIAN SIMS 8 YD RUN (DANIEL MURRAY KICK)
NorthwesternIowa
TOTAL FIRST DOWNS2418
TOTAL NET YARDS393369
Total Plays8870
Average Gain4.55.3
NET YARDS RUSHING11670
Rushes3334
Average per rush3.52.1
NET YARDS PASSING277299
Completions-attempted28-5521-36
Sacked00
Yards Lost00
TOTAL TURNOVERS31
Interceptions30
Fumbles Lost01
OTHER
Penalties57
Penalty Yards42111
Time of Possesion31:2128:39
Punts710
Punt Average4243.6
Return Yards4769
NorthwesternCMPATTYDSTDINTYDS/ATT
Eric Peterman (0)11130013.0
C.J. Bacher (0)2754264134.9
IowaCMPATTYDSTDINTYDS/ATT
Jake Christensen (0)2136299108.3
NorthwesternATTYDSTDAVG
Eric Peterman (0)21206.0
Tyrell Sutton (0)2311615.0
C.J. Bacher (0)8-210-2.6
IowaATTYDSTDAVG
Albert Young (0)165913.7
Jake Christensen (0)11-190-1.7
Damian Sims (0)73024.3
NorthwesternATTYDSTDAVG
Eric Peterman (0)65208.7
Ross Lane (0)367022.3
Tonjua (T.J.) Jones (0)21407.0
Mark Woodsum (0)1212.0
Tyrell Sutton (0)74005.7
Rasheed Ward (0)554010.8
Kim Thompson (0)340013.3
Jeff Yarbrough (0)1808.0
IowaATTYDSTDAVG
Derrell Johnson-Koulianos (0)8119014.9
Trey Stross (0)391130.3
Albert Young (0)2804.0
Tom Busch (0)1303.0
James Cleveland (0)443010.8
Paul Chaney (0)229014.5
Brandon Myers (0)1606.0




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