Wisconsin defeats Iowa, 28-17

Iowa held a late lead, but, in the end, Wisconsin had the game’s biggest drive in the closing minutes.


Nick Rohlman

Iowa tight end Noah Fant catches a touchdown pass in the first half of Iowa’s game against Wisconsin at Kinnick Stadium on Saturday, Sep 22, 2018. The score is tied 7-7 at the half.

Adam Hensley, Pregame Editor

After a head-scratching loss at home to BYU, Wisconsin bounced back at Kinnick on Sept. 22, beating Iowa, 28-17.

The Hawkeyes held a 17-14 lead until the Badgers drove 88 yards in 10 plays (burning up four-plus minutes) to score the go-ahead touchdown with roughly a minute to play. Badger quarterback Alex Hornibrook found A.J. Taylor, and Wisconsin led, 21-17.

Down by 7, Iowa quarterback Nate Stanley threw a ball to Ihmir Smith-Marsette, but it bounced off his hands and into the outstretched arms of Wisconsin linebacker T.J. Edwards.

Wisconsin added another touchdown for good measures on its final drive in garbage time.

Arguably the game’s biggest play came in the third quarter when Wisconsin punted. The ball bounced around near the Hawkeye 10, and Iowa special-teams Shaun Beyer touched it, seemingly accidentally. Wisconsin recovered and scored a touchdown to take a 14-10 lead.

Heading into Sept. 22, Iowa’s offense was a major question mark, but it looked sharp against Wisconsin. The Hawkeyes gained 370 yards of offense, 222 through the air and 148 on the ground.

Iowa quarterback Nate Stanley finished 14-of-23 for 222 yards, 2 touchdowns, and the late interception.

The Hawkeyes have a bye week before hitting the road and facing Minnesota on Oct. 6.

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