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Iowa-Northwestern game notes

Iowa-Northwestern notes courtesy of University of Iowa:

• Iowa’s defense has held every opponent under its rushing average this season. Northwestern averages 175.7 rushing yards per game.
• Northwestern has lost three straight and is 0-3 in the Legends division. Iowa has lost two straight, and is 1-2 in the Legends division.
• Northwestern has allowed 22 sacks this season, the highest total in the Big Ten. Iowa’s defense has recorded eight sacks this season.
• Iowa has allowed just five sacks this season, the seventh-best total in the country. Northwestern’s Tyler Scott leads the Big Ten with five sacks and ranks second with eight tackles for loss.
• Iowa has been successful on 50-percent of its third-down attempts (54-108) this season, tied for the second-best conversion rate in the conference and 14th nationally. Northwestern’s defense has allowed opponent’s to convert on 44.4-percent of third downs (10th best in the league).
• The Hawkeyes have allowed only four red-zone touchdowns this season, the lowest total in the country. Iowa’s red-zone defense is fourth in the conference (11-14, .786). Northwestern leads the Big Ten in red zone efficiency. The Wildcats have scored on 28-of-29 (.966) trips inside the red zone, including 17 touchdowns and 11 field goals.
• Iowa and Northwestern are among the Big Ten’s least penalized teams. The Hawkeyes and Wildcats have been flagged 33 and 34 times, respectively. Iowa has committed three or fewer penalties in each of its last three games (Minnesota 1, Michigan State 3, Ohio State 3).
• Iowa’s Mike Meyer and Northwestern’s Jeff Budzien are among the best placekickers in the conference. Budzien leads the Big Ten with 12 field goals made, while Meyer ranks third with nine. Meyer has connected on 105 consecutive PAT attempts. Budzien has made a Big Ten-record 127 consecutive PATs.
• Iowa is tied with Alabama and Florida State for fewest rushing touchdowns allowed (2). Before the Ohio State game on Oct. 19, Iowa was the only school in the nation to have not allowed a rushing touchdown this season. Hawkeye opponents had rushed 215 straight times between rushing touchdowns, dating back to the third quarter of the final game of 2012.
• Iowa has held 5-of-7 opponents scoreless in the first quarter this season. Northern Illinois – in the season opener — is the only team to reach the end zone against Iowa in the opening quarter. Northwestern has scored 41 first-quarter points.
• Iowa’s B.J. Lowery and Northwestern’s Collin Ellis have each returned two interceptions for touchdowns in a single game. Lowery had two scores in a win over Western Michigan, while Ellis had two scores in Northwestern’s win at California.

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