With a chance to wrap up the Big Ten West Division early, Northwestern will be in need of some offense in the second half in Iowa City. The good news is they may not need a ton of offense after halftime. No. 21 Iowa leads Northwestern at halftime 3-0, thanks to a field goal by Miguel Recinos from 46 yards out with just over a minute to play in the first half.
The first nine possessions between Northwestern and Iowa yielded eight punts and one turnover on downs. I’m honestly not going to waste your time breaking down what has transpired beyond that. This was to be expected, however, as both teams are built with a good defensive focus and have quarterbacks that are capable of making some things happen but struggle to do so in games like these. Defense is controlling the game at this point and that should continue in the second half.
Northwestern had 82 yards of offense in the first half, with Clayton Thorson recording 41 passing yards.Iowa has put together 184 yards of offense but has struggled to take advantage of field position in the puntfest.
Northwestern will clinch the Big Ten West division with a win at Iowa and a Purdue loss at Minnesota. Purdue was trailing Minnesota 13-3 at halftime of that game, which would bode well for Northwestern if they can get some points on the board in the second half.