Iowa (5-1, 9-1) loses their first game of the season to Northwestern (3-3, 6-4) at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City. Northwestern scored the last 17 points of the game to make it 17-10 final score.
This loss ends the Hawkeyes nine game and 13 game winning streaks as well as a chance to play in the BCS championship game.
Ricky Stanzi was injured in the beginning of the second quarter. This was a very costly injury since the offense never recovered from it.
James Vandenberg replaced Stanzi at center and was able to move the ball some towards the end of the game. He had an interception and no touchdowns for the game. He will get his first collegiate start on Saturday in Columbus.
The referees missed several penalties that could cause the game to go a different way. They missed three penalties on the Hawkeyes final drive that would put them in Northwestern territory. The biggest penalty they missed was facemask that Stanzi got when he was injured in the second quarter.
The Big Ten Conference should review the referees in this game and suspend them for the rest of the season for their actions. It is so interesting that no one lists who the referees were.
My opinion is that the line judge that missed the holding of Tony Moeaki should be fired. He was 20 feet from them when this happened. It clearly shows him favoring Northwestern over Iowa. They are not to favor any team in a game.
The Hawkeyes are still battling injuries from the Michigan State and Northwestern games.
Free Safety Brent Greenwood did not play in the Northwestern game. There was no update about his concussion.
Wide Receiver Colin Sandeman did not play in the Northwestern game as well. He is still healing from his concussion and an injury to his shoulder from the same play. He has a small chance to play next week.
Running Back Adam Robinson is out for the rest of the season. He was walking with a limp and without crutches on the sideline during the game.
Quarterback Ricky Stanzi is out for the rest of the season. His surgery was successful.
NEXT WEEKS GAMES
The Hawkeyes will try to rebound this Saturday as they travel to Columbus, Ohio to take on the Ohio State Buckeyes (5-1, 8-2). The winner will win be the sole Big Ten champions and have the automatic berth in the Rose Bowl. The Buckeyes are favored to win by 16 points by the odds makers.
Northwestern travels to Illinois (2-5, 3-6) on Saturday. Northwestern is now bowl eligible and will be facing Illinois team that has won the past two games.