Wisconsin 28, Iowa 9—Final
It's official—the Heartland Trophy will stay in Madison, Wis.
After a rather lackluster first half, Wisconsin put its foot on the gas pedal and scored three touchdowns in the second half, running away with a 28-9 victory over Iowa.
Defense, or rather the lack of offense, was the story of the game, as was the disappearance of Melvin Gordon. But that's where senior running back James White stepped in, rushing 19 times for 132 yards and two touchdowns to help power the Badgers to victory.
Iowa's wasted opportunities, especially in the first half, came back to haunt it, as the Hawkeyes were forced to settle for three field goals after driving inside the Wisconsin 10-yard line each time. An injury that knocked out starting quarterback Jake Rudock didn't help matters, as Iowa failed to even put up 300 yards of total offense.
The score doesn't tell the story of how close this game was throughout, but the passing game finally began to click for Wisconsin in the fourth quarter. The Badgers were able to overcome injuries to star linebacker Chris Borland as well as receiver Jared Abbrederis to shut down the Hawkeyes offense and escape Iowa City with a win.
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