No. 22 Wisconsin (6-2, 4-1 Big Ten) had a narrow lead at halftime at Iowa (5-4, 2-3 Big Ten) but in the second half it became the James White show. Wisconsin’s running back had two touchdown runs in the fourth quarter to help the Badgers pull away from Iowa, winning by a score of 28-9.
White rushed for 132 yards to lead all players in the game. He averaged 6.9 yards per rushing attempt and had a long run of 59 yard against a solid Iowa defense. White’s performance was one of the bright spots for a game that lacked much else to get excited about.
The two teams combined for eight first down conversions out of 33, although they did combine to go three out of five on fourth down.
With the win Wisconsin officially becomes bowl eligible for the 12th straight season. The Badgers also remain one game behind Ohio State in the Big Ten Leaders Division standings. The Buckeyes routed Purdue today and remain undefeated, so Wisconsin’s chances of a third straight trip to Indianapolis are probably pretty slim at this point.
Wisconsin takes a rare step out of conference play in November next week when they host BYU in Camp Randall Stadium. The Badgers play three of their final four games at home, including next week’s game against BYU. Iowa will get a chance to rebound next week when they visit Purdue. A win over the Boilermakers will make Iowa eligible for postseason play after missing out of the postseason in 2012.