Cats make Big Ten ti­tle game

South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Sunday) - - Sports -

Trey Ser­mon es­capes the tackle of Calvin Bundage dur­ing Ok­la­homa’s vic­tory Satur­day.

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Isa­iah Bowser ran for

165 yards and a touch­down and North­west­ern up­set Iowa 14-10 on Satur­day to clinch a spot in the Big Ten cham­pi­onship.

It’s the first Big Ten West divi­sion crown for North­west­ern, which last won the con­fer­ence ti­tle in 2000.

The Wild­cats (6-4, 6-1) now await their op­po­nent for the league ti­tle game next month in In­di­anapo­lis.

Ben­nett Skowronek’s acro­batic 32-yard TD catch in the fourth quar­ter gave the Wild­cats a 14-10 lead.

After a first half that yielded just three to­tal points on a field goal from Iowa kicker Miguel Recinos, the scor­ing ramped up in the sec­ond.

Bowser hit a hole for a

34-yard touch­down to give the Wild­cats their first lead of the game.

After Recinos missed a field goal to re­spond, Iowa safety Jake Ger­vase in­ter­cepted Clay­ton Thor­son’s pass off a tip.

Iowa, ranked No. 21 in the Col­lege Foot­ball Play­off rank­ings, cashed in just two plays later with Nate Stan­ley’s 28-yard TD pass to Ih­mir Smith-Marsette.

The Hawkeyes had a chance to tie the game late in the fourth, but North­west­ern’s Cameron Ruiz forced Mekhi Sar­gent to fum­ble, and the Wild­cats jumped on it.

Iowa had one fi­nal chance with un­der two min­utes to go, but an­other fum­ble by Ivory Kelly-Martin ended its chances.

Stan­ley threw for

269 yards and a touch­down for Iowa (6-4, 3-4), losers of three straight.


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