Iowa forces 4 turnovers, tops No. 19 Wisconsin 10-6
MADISON, Wis. (AP) Jordan Canzeri ran for 125 yards and Iowa took advantage of four turnovers by Wisconsin quarterback Joel Stave to upset the 19th-ranked Badgers 10-6 on Saturday.
Tight end George Kittle caught a 1-yard touchdown pass from C.J. Beathard in the second quarter for the only touchdown in the game and Iowa (5-0, 1-0 Big Ten) beat a ranked opponent for the first time in its last 10 attempts.
Stave was intercepted twice by Iowa cornerback Desmond King and lost two fumbles, including midway through the fourth quarter on Iowa’s 1-yard line. The Wisconsin quarterback tripped and lost the ball while attempting to hand off to freshman Taiwan Deal. Iowa’s Faith Ekakitie recovered.
Wisconsin (3-2, 0-1) had its 10-game winning streak at Camp Randall Stadium snapped, and lost for only the eighth time in its last 79 home games dating to 2004.
The Badgers started their final drive on their 47 and drove to the Iowa 16, but Stave’s fourth-down pass to Troy Fumagalli fell incomplete with 36 seconds to go.
Wisconsin typically has a stronger running game than Iowa, but the Hawkeyes out-rushed the Badgers, who played without injured starter Corey Clement.
Canzeri’s strong play made up for a mediocre performance by Beathard, who was 9 of 21 for 77 yards with one interception and one fumble lost.
Deal had 15 attempts for 59 yards and starting halfback Dare Ogunbowale had 11 carries for only 28 yards as Wisconsin managed 86 rushing yards and was 4 of 13 on third-down conversions. The Badgers averaged 188 yards rushing in its first four games.
Despite the turnovers, Wisconsin only trailed 10-6 midway through the fourth quarter when Wisconsin’s Joe Schobert stripped Beathard and recovered the fumble at the Iowa 27. The Badgers drove to the Iowa 1 and tried to run Deal, at 6-foot-1, 220 pounds, up the middle.
But Stave tripped and dropped the ball while falling. Deal tried to dive onto the ball, but Iowa recovered to end Wisconsin’s best chance to score in the fourth quarter.
Iowa played without its leading receiver, Tevaun Smith, and left tackle, Boone Myers, out with injuries. Wisconsin’s leading receiver, Alex Erickson, was injured in the third quarter and did not return.
The Hawkeyes scored all of their points in the second quarter after a pair of Stave turnovers.
Before allowing Iowa’s TD, the Badgers had played 115 minutes, 2 seconds without allowing a touchdown dating to the season-opening loss to Alabama. Wisconsin scored its only points on a pair of 46-yard field goals by Rafael Gaglianone in the first and third quarters
King has five interceptions this season.
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