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Thorson 1-yard run gives Northwestern 17-10 OT win over Iowa

EVENSTON, Ill. (AP) After completing a short pass, quarterback Clayton Thorson saw two defenders approaching running back Justin Jackson and thought it was a mismatch - against the defense.

Jackson's 23-yard reception on third-and-9 set up Thorson's 1-yard touchdown run as Northwestern rallied from a sluggish first half for a 17-10 overtime victory over Iowa on Saturday.

''I saw two guys in the open field and I'm like, `Oh, they've got no chance,' so I knew at that point we were getting the first down,'' Thorson said. ''And then, when we he kept pushing forward, `I'm like holy cow, we're gonna score.'''

Jackson broke tackles and fell 1 yard short of the end zone.

''Man, tired legs,'' he said jokingly. ''Saw the end zone, it was right there. So close.''

Said coach Pat Fitzgerald: ''A great player making a big-time play.''

Following Northwestern's score, Iowa moved the ball to the 18-yard line, but Nate Stanley's pass for Noah Fant on a fourth-and-3 play fell incomplete, ending the game.

''Can't take my eyes off the ball and have to keep working so it won't happen again,'' said Fant, who had a 7-yard TD reception in the first half.

Thorson finished 21 of 36 for 192 yards. Jackson rushed for 93 yards rushing on 25 attempts and had five receptions for 38 yards. Jackson now has 4,732 career yards to pass Anthony Davis (Wisconsin) for eighth place on the Big Ten's all-time rushing list.

Stanley was 19 of 33 for 223 yards with a touchdown and an interception and Akrum Wadley rushed for 90 yards on 26 carries to lead Iowa (4-3, 1-3).

''We just didn't execute the way we did in the first half,'' Stanley said. ''We came out and made some mistakes we didn't make in the first half.''

Iowa, which averaged 138.7 yards rushing before Saturday, was held to 89 yards.

''We're a better team when we can run the ball efficiently,'' coach Kirk Ferentz. ''It's always been that way. That is our plan, that'll continue to be our plan. We'll try to do a better job there.''

The Hawkeyes tied the score at 10 on kicker Miguel Recinos' 48-yard field goal with 1:30 remaining in regulation. Iowa won the coin toss before overtime and decided to play defense first.

Northwestern, which trailed 7-0 at the half, tied the score on a 6-yard run by Jeremy Larkin in the third quarter and took a 10-7 lead midway through the fourth on a 30-yard field goal by Charlie Kuhbander.

''I thought today was just a great Big Ten defensive battle,'' Fitzgerald said. ''I think two really good defenses, two really physical football teams just went toe-to-toe.''

THE TAKEAWAY

Iowa: Middle linebacker Josey Jewell - the conference leader in tackles entering the weekend with 70 - didn't play because of a shoulder injury. Free safety Brandon Snyder (knee) also was held out. The Hawkeyes thrived on defense early in spite of the losses, but seemed to tire late.

''I think we kind of wore them down with our tempo,'' Jackson said. ''They don't play too many guys.''

Northwestern: The Wildcats were shut out in the first half and then went three-and-out - losing 5 yards in the process - on the first offensive possession of the second half. But the game's momentum may have swung when NU punter Hunter Niswander got off an 80-yard punt to pin Iowa back to its 3-yard line. The Hawkeyes had to punt after five plays. The Wildcats then put together 12-play, 66-yard touchdown to tie the score at 7.

''That was just another piece of the momentum shifting our way,'' Thorson said. ''A huge punt.''

UP NEXT

Iowa: The Hawkeyes host Minnesota on Saturday.

Northwestern: The Wildcats host Michigan State on Saturday.

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Scoring Summary
Overtime
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD
14-C.Kuhbander extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
10
17
Touchdown
18-C.Thorson runs 1 yard for a touchdown.
5
plays
25
yds
pos
10
16
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 1:35
91-M.Recinos 48 yards Field Goal is Good.
11
plays
44
yds
03:55
pos
10
10
Field Goal 8:11
14-C.Kuhbander 30 yards Field Goal is Good.
12
plays
57
yds
05:27
pos
7
10
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 7:23
14-C.Kuhbander extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
7
Touchdown 7:23
28-J.Larkin runs 6 yards for a touchdown.
13
plays
76
yds
04:24
pos
7
6
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 0:40
91-M.Recinos extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
0
Touchdown 0:40
4-N.Stanley complete to 87-N.Fant. 87-N.Fant runs 7 yards for a touchdown.
5
plays
83
yds
01:48
pos
6
0
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Team Stats
1st Downs 14 21
Rushing 5 12
Passing 9 8
Penalty 0 1
3rd Down Conv 5-17 4-16
4th Down Conv 1-3 3-6
Total Net Yards 300 327
Total Plays 66 82
Avg Gain 4.5 4.0
Net Yards Rushing 89 147
Rush Attempts 33 46
Avg Rush Yards 2.7 3.2
Net Yards Passing 211 180
Comp. - Att. 19-33 21-36
Yards Per Pass 6.4 5.0
Sacked - Yards Lost 2-12 3-12
Penalties - Yards 6-50 5-40
Touchdowns 1 2
Rushing TDs 0 2
Passing TDs 1 0
Other 0 0
Turnovers 2 0
Fumbles - Lost 1-1 0-0
Int. Thrown 1 0
Punts - Avg 6-53.0 5-50.8
Return Yards 28 69
Punts - Returns 1-0 3-34
Kickoffs - Returns 1-28 1-12
Int. - Returns 0-0 1-23
Kicking 2/3 3/3
Extra Points 1/1 2/2
Field Goals 1/2 1/1
Safeties 0 0
1234 OTT
Iowa 4-3 0703010
Northwestern 4-3 0073717
211 PASS YDS 180
89 RUSH YDS 147
300 TOTAL YDS 327
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
N. Stanley 4 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
57.6% 223 1 1 118.3
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
57.7% 1513 16 3 144.2
N. Stanley 19/33 223 1 1
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
A. Wadley 25 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
26 90 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
145 573 4
A. Wadley 26 90 0 22
I. Smith-Marsette 6 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 4 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
5 15 0
I. Smith-Marsette 2 4 0 6
T. Young 28 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 4 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
29 114 0
T. Young 2 4 0 3
N. Stanley 4 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 -9 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
24 -39 0
N. Stanley 3 -9 0 3
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
M. VandeBerg 89 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 90 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
18 276 2
M. VandeBerg 3 90 0 61
N. Easley 84 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
4 45 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
31 326 4
N. Easley 4 45 0 26
N. Fant 87 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 31 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
16 232 4
N. Fant 3 31 1 17
T. Young 28 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 23 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 23 0
T. Young 1 23 0 23
T. Hockenson 38 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 18 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
12 175 1
T. Hockenson 2 18 0 9
I. Smith-Marsette 6 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 6 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
10 117 2
I. Smith-Marsette 2 6 0 7
A. Wadley 25 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 5 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
18 263 3
A. Wadley 3 5 0 10
B. Smith 12 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 5 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 15 0
B. Smith 1 5 0 5
B. Ross 36 FB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
0 0 0
B. Ross 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
B. Bower 41 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
10-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
10-2 0 0.0
B. Bower 10-2 0.0 0
B. Niemann 44 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
8-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-3 0 0.0
B. Niemann 8-3 0.0 0
M. Rugamba 5 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 0.0
M. Rugamba 6-0 0.0 0
A. Hooker 27 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-1 1 0.0
A. Hooker 6-1 0.0 0
M. Nelson 96 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 1.0
M. Nelson 5-0 1.0 0
J. Gervase 30 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
J. Gervase 5-1 0.0 0
N. Bazata 99 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 1.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 1.5
N. Bazata 4-2 1.5 0
J. Jackson 15 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 2 0.0
J. Jackson 4-0 0.0 0
A. Nelson 98 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
A. Nelson 4-0 0.0 0
K. Ward 26 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
K. Ward 3-1 0.0 0
G. Jansen 53 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
G. Jansen 2-0 0.0 0
P. Hesse 40 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 0.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-2 1 0.5
P. Hesse 2-2 0.5 0
C. Lattimore 95 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
C. Lattimore 1-1 0.0 0
K. Welch 34 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
K. Welch 1-0 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
M. Recinos 91 K
IN-GAME FG XP
1/2 1/1
SEASON FG XP
6/8 21/21
M. Recinos 1/2 48 1/1 4
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
R. Gersonde 2 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
5 52.6 1
SEASON NO AVG IN20
8 47.0 1
R. Gersonde 5 52.6 1 61
C. Rastetter 7 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
1 55.0 0
SEASON NO AVG IN20
26 40.3 0
C. Rastetter 1 55.0 0 55
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
I. Kelly-Martin 21 RB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 28.0 28 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
10 23.4 28 0
I. Kelly-Martin 1 28.0 28 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
M. VandeBerg 89 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 0.0 0 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
4 9.3 0 0
M. VandeBerg 1 0.0 0 0
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
C. Thorson 18 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
58.3% 192 0 0 103.1
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
60.1% 1688 8 9 117.2
C. Thorson 21/36 192 0 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
J. Jackson 21 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
25 93 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
133 603 6
J. Jackson 25 93 0 11
J. Larkin 28 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
7 32 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
38 160 2
J. Larkin 7 32 1 7
C. Thorson 18 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
13 23 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
60 0 4
C. Thorson 13 23 1 21
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
M. Wilson 15 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
5 47 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
20 258 1
M. Wilson 5 47 0 17
B. Skowronek 88 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
4 40 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
25 344 2
B. Skowronek 4 40 0 18
J. Jackson 21 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
5 38 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
26 167 0
J. Jackson 5 38 0 23
G. Dickerson 9 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 30 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
24 261 1
G. Dickerson 3 30 0 11
F. Nagel 2 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 19 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
24 242 1
F. Nagel 2 19 0 12
C. Green 84 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 10 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
12 86 1
C. Green 1 10 0 10
R. Chiaokhiao-Bowman 81 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 8 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 21 1
R. Chiaokhiao-Bowman 1 8 0 8
R. Lees 19 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
13 183 2
R. Lees 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
P. Fisher 42 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
8-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-1 0 0.0
P. Fisher 8-1 0.0 0
J. Gaziano 97 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 2.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 2.0
J. Gaziano 6-0 2.0 0
N. Hall 32 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-3 0 0.0
N. Hall 6-3 0.0 0
K. Queiro 21 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-0 1 0.0
K. Queiro 5-0 0.0 0
M. Hartage 24 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-0 1 0.0
M. Hartage 5-0 0.0 0
G. Igwebuike 16 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-1 1 0.0
G. Igwebuike 4-1 0.0 0
A. Mayo 12 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 0.0
A. Mayo 4-2 0.0 0
B. Walsh 10 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
B. Walsh 3-0 0.0 0
S. Miller 91 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
S. Miller 3-1 0.0 0
T. Goens 54 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
T. Goens 2-0 0.0 0
T. Lancaster 1 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
T. Lancaster 1-1 0.0 0
J. Thompson 99 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-5 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-5 0 0.0
J. Thompson 1-5 0.0 0
A. Miller 95 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.0
A. Miller 1-2 0.0 0
J. McGee 41 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
J. McGee 0-1 0.0 0
B. Oxley 75 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
B. Oxley 0-1 0.0 0
J. Jackson 21 RB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
J. Jackson 0-1 0.0 0
J. Pace 4 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-0 2 0.0
J. Pace 0-0 0.0 1
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
C. Kuhbander 14 K
IN-GAME FG XP
1/1 2/2
SEASON FG XP
7/8 22/22
C. Kuhbander 1/1 30 2/2 5
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
H. Niswander 96 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
5 50.8 3
SEASON NO AVG IN20
35 43.5 3
H. Niswander 5 50.8 3 80
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
R. Lees 19 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 12.0 12 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
7 19.6 12 0
R. Lees 1 12.0 12 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
R. Lees 19 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 11.0 22 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
4 7.3 22 0
R. Lees 2 11.0 22 0
F. Nagel 2 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 12.0 12 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
4 3.5 12 0
F. Nagel 1 12.0 12 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 IOWA 25 4:07 12 47 Downs
9:28 IOWA 10 6:11 11 71 FG Miss
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
0:42 IOWA 10 0:00 3 8 Punt
10:59 IOWA 29 0:44 4 -4 Punt
5:46 IOWA 20 2:26 4 19 Punt
2:28 IOWA 23 1:48 5 77 TD
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:35 IOWA 3 1:37 5 14 Punt
7:19 IOWA 25 2:39 5 9 Fumble
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
0:10 IOWA 32 0:00 3 -2 Punt
8:02 IOWA 32 0:47 3 33 INT
5:30 IOWA 30 3:55 11 34 FG
OT POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
NWEST 25 4 7 Game
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
10:49 NWEST 28 1:15 4 18 Punt
3:12 NWEST 20 2:18 5 11 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:22 IOWA 47 1:52 7 18 Downs
10:03 NWEST 20 4:05 12 38 Punt
3:12 NWEST 20 0:34 4 13 Punt
0:40 NWEST 25 0:00 1 -1 Halftime
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:52 NWEST 22 1:04 3 -5 Punt
11:47 NWEST 34 4:24 13 66 TD
4:32 NWEST 16 4:17 13 52 Downs
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:38 NWEST 30 5:27 12 57 FG
7:05 IOWA 35 1:31 4 5 Downs
1:30 NWEST 25 1:24 3 12
OT POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
IOWA 25 5 25 TD