Walk-on fullback Mark Weisman rushed for 113 yards and three short touchdowns as Iowa held off Northern Iowa 27-16 on Saturday. James Vandenberg added 228 yards passing for the Hawkeyes (2-1), who beat the Panthers, a Football Championship Subdivision program, for the 15th straight time despite losing backs Damon Bullock and Greg Garmon to injuries.
Mark Weisman rushed for 41 yards and one touchdown, and the Iowa Hawkeyes now lead 24-16. Iowa made its lead 24-13 when Weisman ran two yards to paydirt on the last play of a four-play, 75-yard drive. The key play on the Hawkeyes’ drive was James Vandenberg’s 51-yard pass.
Iowa’s front seven stepped up in the second quarter, allowing Northern Iowa to gain just 20 rushing yards, and the Hawkeyes have taken the lead 17-13.
In the first quarter, Northern Iowa’s David Johnson stood out. He ran for 27 yards and one touchdown and caught one pass for 30 yards, and the Panthers lead 10-7 at the end of the first quarter. Northern Iowa struck first when Johnson pounded in a one-yard touchdown run, the final play of an eight-play, 83-yard drive. Sawyer Kollmorgen’s 30-yard pass to Johnson from the 24-yard line pushed the Panthers into enemy territory.
Every week, I rank the Big Ten’s slate of games. Where does your team’s Week 3 game fall on my list? Find out in this post. Remember, on gameday, BTN.com editors provide Rapid Recaps with quarterly updates from every game. And at the end of each game, I post my Saturday Snap Reactions.
Wow. Last week didn’t go so well. It was a not a pretty scene, as we sat, mouths agape, in the BTN green room and watched the Big Ten Conference suffer through a difficult Saturday. And that wasn’t just because Gerry DiNardo was drooling. Sorry, too easy. Not true. Though he did pull out his ubiquitous hankie a few times.
Another Saturday looms. And, I still have questions. For example, can the Iowa offense finally get started? Here are my most pressing queries for each Big Ten team entering Week 3. Read all of my Big Ten coverage here and don’t forget to send any of your questions my way for my weekly Big Ten Mailbag.
Every week, BTN.com’s Brent Yarina (@BTNBrentYarina) and Tom Dienhart (@BTNTomDienhart) offer their predictions for each Big Ten football game. We also provide a poll for all of the games so fans can vote for their winners. After two weeks, it’s Tom and BTN.com fans on top, at 19-5, while Brent is in the cellar, at 17-7. See our Week 3 predictions and choose your winners in this post.
While the Big Ten took its lumps last week in going 6-6, it has a great chance to get healthy this Saturday with a collection of games against largely inferior foes that all will take place in Big Ten venues. Without a doubt, the marquee matchup is Notre Dame at Michigan State. And Cal at Ohio State could be decent. After that, it’s a mixed lot.