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Iowa starts strong, but Northwestern chipping away at halftime

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Iowa running back Akrum Wadley has scored two touchdowns to help power Iowa to a 16-10 halftime lead at Northwestern. The Hawkeyes ran out to a 16-0 lead, but the Wildcats have started to chip away at the lead heading into the break.

Iowa opened the scoring with a 36-yard field goal off the leg of Marshall Koehn in the first quarter, but the Hawkeyes reached the end zone twice in the second quarter. Wadley ripped off a 35-yard run on the first play of the second quarter to put the Hawkeyes up 9-0, and Wadley added a second touchdown from a much shorter distance four and a half minutes later to make it 16-0. Northwestern’s Christian Jones later caught a short touchdown pass from Clayton Thorson to get on the board. A short field goal later in the first half made it just a six-point game.

Barring a surprising collapse by Iowa, it would appear as though the Hawkeyes are well on their way to continuing their undefeated season. Keep in mind the Hawkeyes already have a win against Wisconsin under their belts and there is no Ohio State, Michigan or Michigan State on the schedule this fall for the Hawkeyes. Iowa has become the team to chase in the Big Ten West and is looking to take another step toward Indianapolis for the Big Ten Championship Game this afternoon in Evanston.