Josh Jackson’s second interception return for a touchdown had pulled Iowa within a 17-14 score midway through the third quarter, but Nate Stanley was unable to get his hands on a snap. The fumble following a 9-yard loss was recovered by Leon Jacobs and returned by the Wisconsin senior linebacker 21 yards for a touchdown with 6:10 remaining in the quarter, sparking a run of 21 unanswered points by the Badgers.
After piling up 487 yards of offense a week earlier against third-rated Ohio State, including a season-bests 243 yards on the ground, the Hawkeyes’ rushing attack was unable to get anything going against Wisconsin. Iowa finished with 66 total yards, including just 25 rushing yards on 26 carries. That number were impacted by four sacks totaling 37 yards in losses, but as a team the Hawkeyes averaged just under one yard per carry, their worst effort of the season.
"It’s hard to explain how things can look so different from one week to the next. Usually, it’s a combination of things, and that’s probably the case in the game, too. There were plenty of things we didn’t do as well as we did against Ohio State, and Wisconsin had a lot to do with that. They deserve plenty of credit because they played a great defensive game." — Iowa offensive lineman Sean Welsh
SEPT. 2;Iowa 24, Wyoming 3
SEPT. 9;Iowa 44, Iowa State 41 (OT)
SEPT. 16;Iowa 31, North Texas 14
SEPT. 23;Penn State 21, Iowa 19
SEPT. 30;Michigan State 17, Iowa 10
OCT. 7;Iowa 45, Illinois 16
OCT. 21;Northwestern 17, Iowa 10 (OT)
OCT. 28;Iowa 17, Minnesota 10
NOV. 4;Iowa 55, Ohio State 24
NOV. 11;Wisconsin 38, Iowa 14
NOV. 18;Purdue, TBA
NOV. 24;at Nebraska, 3 p.m.