Boxscore
Iowa 41, Northwestern 31
Saturday, October 15, 2011 7:00 PM
Location - Kinnick Stadium
Attendance - 70585

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 T
Northwestern 0 7 10 14 31
Iowa 10 7 0 24 41

Recap


Iowa exorcised some recent demons as the Hawkeyes scored 24 points in the fourth quarter after blowing a 17-point first half lead en route to a 41-31 victory over visiting Northwestern on Saturday.

Running back Marcus Coker rushed for 124 yards and two touchdowns as Iowa (4-2, 1-1 Big Ten) ended a three-game losing streak to their recent league nemesis.

Northwestern (2-4, 0-3), which has lost four straight, had won five of the previous six meetings against the Hawkeyes, including three straight in Iowa City.

Despite being outgained and having the ball for only nine minutes in the first half, Iowa raced to a 17-0 lead on big plays.

Leading 3-0 in the first quarter, Tanner Miller returned an interception 98 yards for a touchdown to make it 10-0. James Vandenberg, who passed for 224 yards and a pair of scores, hit Keenan Davis on a 47-yard touchdown pass midway through the second quarter for a 17-0 lead.

Northwestern scored late in the second quarter on a touchdown pass from Dan Persa to Jeremy Ebert, who finished with a career-best 13 receptions for 107 yards, to trail 17-7 at halftime.

The Wildcats scored 10 points in the third quarter to tie the game at 17-17 before Coker broke the tie with a 1-yard touchdown run with 13:55 left for a 24-17 Iowa lead, one it would not relinquish.

Iowa put the game away on a 35-yard touchdown pass from Vandenberg to Marvin McNutt, who tied a school record with his 21st career TD catch.

Northwestern totaled 495 yards of offense and had three quarterbacks throw a touchdown pass.
SCORING
Scoring Summary
1st Quarter - 11:17
Iowa   FG  Iowa 3 - Northwestern 0
1st Quarter - 4:08
Iowa   TD  Iowa 10 - Northwestern 0
2nd Quarter - 9:34
Iowa   TD  Iowa 17 - Northwestern 0
2nd Quarter - 3:54
Northwestern   TD  Iowa 17 - Northwestern 7
3rd Quarter - 9:06
Northwestern   TD  Iowa 17 - Northwestern 14
3rd Quarter - 4:19
Northwestern   FG  Iowa 17 - Northwestern 17
4th Quarter - 13:55
Iowa   TD  Iowa 24 - Northwestern 17
4th Quarter - 8:51
Iowa   TD  Iowa 31 - Northwestern 17
4th Quarter - 6:49
Iowa   FG  Iowa 34 - Northwestern 17
4th Quarter - 4:50
Northwestern   TD  Iowa 34 - Northwestern 24
4th Quarter - 3:56
Iowa   TD  Iowa 41 - Northwestern 24
4th Quarter - 2:34
Northwestern   TD  Iowa 41 - Northwestern 31
TEAMS

Team Records

  Northwestern Iowa
W/L 2 - 4 - 0 4 - 2 - 0
Conference 0 - 3 - 0 1 - 1 - 0

Team Stats

  Northwestern Iowa
Score 31 41
First Downs 29 17
3rd Down Efficiency 16-for-22
73%
1-for-7
14%
4th Down Efficiency 0-for-0
0%
1-for-1
100%
Total Yards 495 379
Rushing
Rushes-Net Yards 41-153 28-155
Average/Rush 3.7 5.5
Passing
Comp-Att 37-51 14-22
Passing Yards 342 224
Average/Pass Play 6.3 10.2
Penalties-Yards 5-31 4-40
Fumbles-Lost 2-1 0-0
Interceptions Thrown 1 1
Time of Possession 38:23 21:37

PLAYER STATS

Northwestern (2 - 4)
Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
D. Persa 30/39 242 1 1
T. Siemian 4/6 52 1 0
K. Colter 3/5 48 1 0
J. Ebert 0/1 0 0 0
Iowa (4 - 2)
Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
J. Vandenberg 14/22 224 2 1
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
K. Colter 12 76 6.3 0
A. Smith 12 60 5.0 1
T. Green 5 20 4.0 0
J. Schmidt 1 4 4.0 0
V. Mark 1 1 1.0 0
D. Persa 10 -8 -0.8 0
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
M. Coker 22 124 5.6 2
D. Johnson 3 18 6.0 0
J. Vandenberg 2 16 8.0 0
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
J. Ebert 13 107 8.2 1
K. Colter 6 71 11.8 0
D. Fields 3 40 13.3 0
R. Lawrence 1 35 35.0 1
D. Dunsmore 3 29 9.7 1
C. Brown 2 21 10.5 0
C. Jones 2 16 8.0 0
D. Moulton 1 9 9.0 0
J. Konopka 1 6 6.0 0
J. Schmidt 1 5 5.0 0
A. Smith 2 2 1.0 0
T. Green 2 1 0.5 0
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
K. Davis 5 109 21.8 1
M. McNutt 6 87 14.5 1
M. Coker 1 15 15.0 0
B. Rogers 1 7 7.0 0
K. Martin-Manley 1 6 6.0 0
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