No. 9 Iowa Snaps Wisconsin 20-3
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IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) _ Brad Banks threw for 256 yards and two touchdowns as No. 9 Iowa snapped a five-game losing streak against Wisconsin with a 20-3 victory Saturday.
Iowa’s defense, ranked second in the nation against the run, held the Badgers to 74 yards and 133 overall.
Banks threw TD passes of 21 yards to Maurice Brown and 23 to tight end Dallas Clark. Banks finished 16-of-26 passing and added 36 yards rushing to help the Hawkeyes (9-1, 6-0 Big Ten) maintain its slim lead in the conference.
Wisconsin (6-4, 1-4) struggled offensively all day. Quarterback Brooks Bollinger was injured late in the first half and didn’t return. Bollinger finished 2-of-9 for 46 yards.
Badgers running back Anthony Davis was held to 34 yards in 16 carries.
Iowa, without starting running back Fred Russell, rushed for just 92 yards, but Banks helped the Hawkeyes pull away in the second half.
Banks hit Clark for 37 yards down the middle, then connected with C.J. Jones for 22 yards to set up Nate Kaeding’s 30-yard field goal, his 22nd straight over the last two seasons. The streak was broken later in the third quarter when Kaeding missed from 27 yards.
The first half was a defensive struggle, with Iowa holding the Badgers to just 31 yards rushing and three first downs. Iowa’s offense, which often has scored early this season, failed to mount a consistent drive until the second quarter.
Iowa scored first when Nate Kaeding hit a 32-yard field goal midway through the second quarter.
The Badgers responded on their next possession, driving 72 yards in 11 plays, capped by Mike Allen’s 26-yard field goal. The Badgers blew an opportunity to score a touchdown on the drive when Jerone Pettus dropped a pass in the flat with no defenders between him and the goal line.
Late in the second half, Iowa forced the Badgers to punt from deep in their territory and took possession at the 45 with 2:14 remaining. Banks ran for 12 yards, then hit Maurice Brown on passes of 18 and 9 yards before finding Brown alone in the end zone for a 21-yard TD, giving Iowa a 10-3 halftime lead.
Brown had six catches for 107 yards, his fourth 100-yard game of the season.