From the first snap of the game, Northwestern has controlled the line of scrimmage, giving them a comfortable 14-3 lead over Iowa heading into halftime.
For Northwestern, their rushing attack is firing on all cylinders.
Through two quarters of play, the Wildcats are averaging nine yards per carry thanks to the strong running of quarterback Kain Culter and running back Venric Mark. Culter has touchdown runs of five and two yards, with 66 total yards on the ground, while Mark has added 95 yards on just seven carries. His 72-yard run early in the second quarter set up the Wildcats’ second touchdown score.
As for the Hawkeyes, their offense has been able to move the ball, but has sputtered on third downs.
Quarterback James Vandenberg has completed 11 of 16 passes in the first half, and running back Damian Bullock has emerged on the ground for the Hawkeyes, with seven carries for 43 yards. Fullback Mark Weisman has 21 yards on the ground, but left late in the first half with an injury.
Despite all that, Iowa still has just three points on the scoreboard after a half of play.