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Peterson: Iowa vs. Northwestern game notes

[ 0 ] October 27, 2012 |

Player of the game

No matter the situation, Iowa had no answer for Northwestern quarterback Kain Colter, who led all rushers on Saturday afternoon with 166 yards and three touchdowns on 26 carries/scrambles. Colter’s performance produced the most rushing yards by a quarterback against Iowa’s defense since Indiana’s Antwaan Randle El rushed 19 times for 187 yards and scored two touchdowns in 2000.

Odds and Ends

Iowa had five quarterbacks in uniform: kick holder John Wienke, James Vandenberg, Jake Rudock, Cody Sokol and C.J. Beathard, a true freshman.

Matt Tobin moved from left guard to left tackle, replacing injured Brandon Scherff. Redshirt freshman Jordan Walsh was at left guard, and Austin Blythe replaced injured Andrew Donnal at right guard.

True freshman defensive lineman Drew Ott played for the first time. “We felt with five games left, that we’d get him in the water,” Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said. “Let him swim a little bit.”

Lost in the shuffle

Instead of trying a 41-yard field goal, Iowa went for it on fourth-and 3 from the Northwestern 24-yard line in the fourth quarter. A successful kick would have meant a 28-20 deficit with 1:44 to play. The do-or-die pass play failed and sealed the game a little earlier. “We gave it some thought,” Kirk Ferentz said of the field-goal try. “We were moving the ball in that quarter, and I just felt like it was our best option.”

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About Randy Peterson: Randy Peterson covers college football, college basketball and the Iowa Cubs for the Des Moines Register. Randy can be reached at randypeterson@dmreg.com or on Twitter via @RandyPete View author profile.

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