Iowa 56, Northwestern 14
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) _ Paul Burmeister, making only his second college start, threw four touchdown passes Saturday and Ernest Crank returned an onside kick 43 yards for a score to lift Iowa to a 56-14 victory over Northwestern.
Iowa (5-6, 4-3 Big Ten) won its 19th straight against the Wildcats (2-8, 2-5), who haven’t beaten the Hawkeyes since 1973. Northwestern hasn’t won at Kinnick Stadium since a 28-3 victory in 1971.
Burmeister, who went to high school a mile from the stadium, filled in for injured Jim Hartlieb for the second straight week. The junior threw two scoring strikes apiece to Alan Cross and Jeff Anttila. He completed 17 of 28 passes for 283 yards before taking a rest in the third quarter with the outcome settled.
Cross and Anttila also had banner days against the No. 9 pass defense in the Big Ten. Cross caught nine passes for 137 yards and Anttila four for 74.
Cross’ 24-yard TD pass from Burmeister on Iowa’s opening drive put the Hawkeyes up 7-0 with just 3:08 gone in the quarter. Dennis Lundy’s 1-yard plunge with 1:48 left in the period forged a 7-7 tie but the Hawkeyes scored three times in the second quarter for a 28-7 halftime lead that put the game away.
Anttila started the outburst when he outraced Anthony Purkett and William Bennett to haul in Burmeister’s 45-yard TD pass at the 9:33 mark of the second quarter. Seven minutes later, Burmeister threw his third strike, a 5-yarder to Cross, for a 21-7 edge.
Northwestern, held to minus-1 yard rushing, went out on four downs for the second time in the quarter and Burmeister led the Hawkeyes on a 68-yard drive, capped by a 15-yard scoring pass to Anttila for a 21-point halftime edge. The drive was set up by a 48-yard pass from Burmeister to Ryan Terry, who bobbled the ball briefly before scooting down the left sideline and being knocked out of bounds at the Northwestern 15.
Terry’s 5-yard touchdown run at the 9:36 mark of the third quarter extended Iowa’s lead to 35-7. The Wildcats answered on the next possession, with quarterback Len Williams scoring on a 1-yard run to cap a 73-yard drive.
The Wildcats tried to surprise Iowa with an onside kick, but Brian Leahy’s kick bounced right to Ernest Crank, who easily outran the Wildcats to the end zone. The 43-yard kickoff return was the first for the Hawkeyes since Norm Granger’s 99-yarder against Indiana in 1981.
Iowa’s final scores came on a 1-yard run by Lew Montgomery 34 seconds into the final quarter and Terry’s 4-yard run with 11:24 left.