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Final

(24) Wisconsin 28

(6-2, 4-1 Big Ten)

Iowa 9

(5-4, 2-3 Big Ten)

Coverage: ABC/ESPN2

12:00 PM ET, November 2, 2013

Kinnick Stadium, IOWA CITY, IA

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#24WIS 0 7 7 1428
IOWA 3 3 3 09

Top Performers

Passing: J. Stave (WIS) - 144 YDS, 2 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: J. White (WIS) - 19 CAR, 132 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: J. Pedersen (WIS) - 3 REC, 73 YDS, 1 TD

James White leads No. 24 Wisconsin to win at Iowa

Associated Press

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Wisconsin didn't need a monster game out of Melvin Gordon to beat Iowa.

The Badgers converted a pair of second-half interceptions into touchdowns that turned a close game into an easy win over the Hawkeyes.

James White ran for 132 yards and a pair of late TDs as 24th-ranked Wisconsin beat Iowa 28-9 on Saturday for its third straight win.

Joel Stave added two touchdown passes for the Badgers (6-2, 4-1 Big Ten), who are bowl eligible for the 12th year in a row.

"The turnovers were huge for us. I'm proud of the young men of this program for how they played," Wisconsin coach Gary Andersen said. "They kept on fighting and battling and we were fortunate to get some points out of it."

Wisconsin's Pat Muldoon intercepted Iowa backup C.J. Beathard at the Hawkeyes 25-yard line with 7:43 left, setting up an 11-yard TD run by White. Stave also found Jared Abbrederis for a 20-yard touchdown after Jake Rudock was intercepted in the third quarter.

White added a 2-yard touchdown with 1:35 left for the Badgers, who won despite a season-low 62 yards rushing from Gordon.

Not that Gordon -- a former verbal commit to Iowa -- minded being held under 140 yards for just the second time in eight games.

"Overall, man, we just needed this win just as a team," Gordon said.

Rudock had 109 yards passing for the Hawkeyes (5-4, 2-3) before leaving the game in the third quarter with what coach Kirk Ferentz said was a sprained left knee.

Ferentz said he thinks Rudock should be fine for next week's game at Purdue.

Iowa's offense failed to score a touchdown for the first time this season despite three trips deep into Wisconsin territory.

"If you're going to play a good team like Wisconsin, you're not going to beat them if you don't capitalize on those opportunities," Ferentz said.

In a game where field position and ball security was crucial, Iowa made its first huge mistake midway through the third quarter.

The Badgers made the Hawkeyes pay a play later.

Rudock threw a terrible ball into coverage that was picked off by Darius Hillary at the Iowa 20. Stave then found a wide-open Abbrederis for a touchdown and a 14-6 lead -- Abbrederis would subsequently leave the game with a chest injury.

"I definitely think that was a momentum shift for us. It gave us a lot more energy and then for them it was the exact opposite. They kind of shut down a little bit. We thrive off of that," Hillary said.

Iowa was still down 14-9 when Beathard, in the first meaningful action of his career, threw a pass that bounced off the head of one of his linemen. Muldoon caught the deflection, and White essentially clinched the game three plays later.

Beathard had 70 yards on just 4 of 16 passing.

"It's a tough situation to go into," Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said. "We're not in desperation mode but it's a pretty tough uphill climb at that point -- and playing against an excellent defense. It's a tough way to go."

Iowa couldn't get much going on the ground either, even though Wisconsin linebacker Chris Borland was held out because of a strained hamstring.

Starters Mark Weisman and Damon Bullock combined for just 21 yards rushing.

The wind and a pair of strong rush defenses were major factors as both teams struggled to move the ball early.

The Badgers erased nearly two quarters of offensive futility with one big play.

An unpressured Stave found Jacob Pedersen alone near the Iowa's 5-yard line, and Pedersen strolled into the end zone for a 44-yard TD grab and a 7-6 Wisconsin lead with 1:49 left in the first half.

It was the first time Iowa had trailed at the break all season.

The Hawkeyes certainly had their chances, though.

Iowa got inside the Badgers 12-yard line three times, but had to settle for field goals of 28, 22 and 29 yards from Mike Meyer. The Hawkeyes were held to just three points in the second half by an opportunistic Wisconsin defense.

"The turnovers played a key role in this football game. When these two teams play for years to come it's going to be just like that," Andersen said.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
WIS
IOWA
1st Downs1515
Total Yards362289
Passing144179
Rushing218110
Penalties7-604-30
3rd Down Conversions4-154-18
4th Down Conversions1-12-4
Turnovers12
Possession32:0627:54

Passing Leaders

WisconsinC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Stave11/191447.621
IowaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Rudock12/241094.501

Rushing Leaders

WisconsinCARYDSAVGTDLG
White191326.9259
Gordon17623.6013
IowaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Canzeri55811.6043
Rudock4184.507

Receiving Leaders

WisconsinRECYDSAVGTDLG
Pedersen37324.3144
Abbrederis33010.0120
IowaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Powell34314.3038
Bullock33913.0024

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERWISIOWA
FG06:20Mike Meyer 28 Yd
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03
SECOND QUARTERWISIOWA
FG04:52Mike Meyer 22 Yd
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06
TD01:49Jacob Pedersen 44 Yd Pass From Joel Stave (Jack Russell Kick)
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76
THIRD QUARTERWISIOWA
TD07:34Jared Abbrederis 20 Yd Pass From Joel Stave (Jack Russell Kick)
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146
FG00:38Mike Meyer 29 Yd
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149
FOURTH QUARTERWISIOWA
TD06:29James White 11 Yd Run (Jack Russell Kick)
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219
TD01:35James White 2 Yd Run (Jack Russell Kick)
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289

Research Notes

Entering this Saturday... Iowa has had a halftime lead in every game this season. They have gone on to lose 3 of those games. With Wisconsin leading 7-6 late in the 2nd quarter, that streak is about to come to an end.

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