|Date of game: 11/1/2014
Recap: Iowa vs. Northwestern
Iowa City, IA (SportsNetwork.com) - Mark Weisman rumbled his way to 94 yards and three touchdowns on the ground, as the Iowa Hawkeyes dismantled Northwestern, 48-7, in Big Ten Conference action inside Kinnick Stadium.
Jake Rudock completed 12-of-19 passes for 239 yards and a touchdown to help the Hawkeyes (6-2, 3-1 Big Ten) become bowl eligible for the 13th time in 14 seasons. Akrum Wadley added 106 rushing yards and a score on 15 carries.
Despite having two weeks to prepare, the Wildcats (3-5, 2-3) dug themselves a 24-0 first-quarter hole en route to their third straight loss. Trevor Siemian completed only 8-of-18 passes for 68 yards and was sacked five times in the loss. True freshman running back Justin Jackson was a bright spot, as he rushed for 96 hard-fought yards on 24 carries and came up just short of his fourth straight 100-yard rushing game.
Iowa found the end zone on the game's fourth play from scrimmage when Weisman scored on an eight-yard run.
Following a 48-yard field goal from Marshall Koehn on the Hawkeyes' second drive, Weisman scored again on a 14-yard run to stake Iowa a 17-0 lead after three possessions.
Iowa's special teams came through with a big play less than two minutes later, as Ben Niemann blocked and recovered a punt in the end zone.
Following a Hawkeyes turnover deep in Northwestern territory, the Wildcats got on the scoreboard with a one-yard touchdown plunge by Jackson at the 14:21 mark of the second quarter.
However, Iowa responded with two unanswered touchdowns to close out the opening half. Rudock found Tevaun Smith for a 31-yard scoring strike at the 8:11 mark, then Weisman notched his third TD on an eight-yard run with 54 seconds remaining until intermission.
Following a scoreless third quarter, Iowa capped the scoring with a 24-yard field goal by Koehn and later a five-yard TD run by Wadley in the final frame.
The Hawkeyes' 48 points were their most in a Big Ten game since 2005. They finished with 262 rushing yards and 483 yards of total offense on the day, both season-highs.Game Notes