College football | Around the Big Ten: Iowa blows another lead, then beats Wildcats in OT
Iowa celebrates after lineman Louis Trinca-Pasat brought down Northwestern quarterback Kain Colter on fourth down in overtime to seal the victory.
Iowa 17, Northwestern 10, OT: Iowa’s C.J. Fiedorowicz isn’t easy to cover near the goal line.
Forget about marking the 6-foot-7 tight end one-on-one.
Fiedorowicz caught an 8-yard touchdown pass from Jake Rudock in overtime and Iowa went on to beat visiting Northwestern yesterday. Rudock rolled to his right and lofted a pass to his big tight end in the left corner of the end zone.
“You have to give a lot of credit to the O-line and to Jake for throwing a great ball,” Fiedorowicz said. “I just ran underneath it and did my job.”
The Hawkeyes (5-3, 2-2 Big Ten) nearly blew another game after leading 10-0 at halftime. Instead, Iowa snapped a two-game losing skid and handed Northwestern (4-4, 0-4) its fourth straight loss.
The Hawkeyes led at halftime in each of their three losses this season. Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said it’s been a learning experience for his team.
“That’s something we’ve obviously emphasized,” Ferentz said. “Hopefully, it’s a great step for our team, a positive step, and it will certainly be easier to critique and build off this than a loss, that’s for sure.”
Iowa’s stingy defense was excellent again. The Hawkeyes recovered two fumbles and totaled
12 stops in the backfield.
Iowa recorded a season-high six sacks — including one on the final play of the game when Louis Trinca-Pasat pulled down Northwestern’s Kain Colter to seal the win for the Hawkeyes.
Rudock completed 19-of-27 passes for 169 yards — none bigger than the third-down pass to Fiedorowicz in overtime.
Michigan State 42, Illinois 3: Connor Cook threw for three touchdowns and Michigan State’s defense locked down Illinois yesterday on the way to a road win.
Cook finished 15-of-16 for 208 yards, setting a Michigan State (7-1, 4-0 Big Ten) record for passing efficiency just a week after he was grilled for failing to move the ball against Purdue.
Tailback Jeremy Langford had 104 yards on
22 carries and two touchdowns for the Spartans.
Almost half of Illinois’ (3-4, 0-3) offense came on the game’s opening drive, a 12-play, 53-yarder that ended with a field goal and a 3-0 lead that pumped a little optimism into a homecoming day crowd.