Badgers win Heartland Trophy, down Iowa

Wendy's Big Show
November 09, 2019 - 6:53 pm
© Jeff Hanisch | 2019 Nov 9

© Jeff Hanisch | 2019 Nov 9

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MADISON-- The Wisconsin Badgers edged out a close one against the Iowa Hawkeyes on Saturday, winning the Heartland Trophy with a score of 24-22.

The Badgers were helped significantly early on by Danny Davis III who scored the first two Badger touchdowns.

The first was a 17-yard rush that put the Badgers in the lead 7-3. After aniother field goal for the Hawkeyes, Davis III would do it again; this time through the air. 

Wisconsin took a 14-6 lead into the halftime break. They would come out with a huge 27-yard TD pass that put the Badgers up by two scores.

The Hawkeyes would the march down the field on back-to-back possessions and score 10 unanswered points, cutting the lead to just 21-16 in the fourth quater.

Wisconsin responded with a 37-yard field goal to put the lead back up to 8 with under four minutes to play.

It didn't take long to show the importance of that field goal as the Hawkeyes scored a touchdown right away with a 75-yard pass from Nate Stanley to Tyrone Tracy Jr.. Iowa went for two, but were held short as Stanley attempted to scramble up the middle for the conversion but was stuffed by the Badgers defense. 

That would be enough for Wisconsin as they'd run the clock out and win the rivalry game 24-22 keeping their Big Ten Championship Game appearance hopes alive.

Jonathan Taylor had a huge day rushing for 250 yards on 31 carries, but failed to find the endzone. Meanwhile, Jack Coan was 16-25 for 173 yards, 2 TD's, and an INT. 

The Badgers will now need to root for Iowa to beat the undefeated Minnesota next week to set up a huge matchup at the end of the year between the Golden Gophers and the Badgers. 

 

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