Oct 27, 2012; Evanston, IL, USA; Northwestern Wildcats running back Tyris Jones (3) prepares for the game against the Iowa Hawkeyes at Ryan Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-US PRESSWIRE

Big Ten: Northwestern beats Iowa 28-17 at Ryan Field


The Northwestern Wildcats football program took care of business at home Saturday against the Iowa Hawkeyes, winning 28-17 at Ryan Field.

This game was all about quarterback Kain Colter, who accounted for four touchdowns on the day. However, Venric Mark also had a valiant performance.

Mark used his lightning-rod speed in the first half to record 95 yards on seven carries, helping the Wildcats lead the Iowa Hawkeyes 14-3 at halftime. Colter complimented Mark by rushing for 66 yards on 11 carries, completing two passes for 21 yards and finding the end zone twice. However, Colter did not slow down at the half.

Colter finished the game with 26 carries for 166 yards rushing and three touchdowns. He also completed six passes for 80 yards, one touchdown and an interception. Mark tallied 16 carries for 162 yards in total. Receiver Christian Jones nabbed one reception for 47 yards and a TD.

For the Hawkeyes, running back Mark Weisman left the game after getting injured early in the game. He finished with nine carries for 21 yards on the day. Backup Damon Bullock carried the ball 22 times for 107 yards, but never had a rush that was longer than nine yards. QB James Vandenberg struggled; however, he completed 24 passes for 214 yards.

Northwestern (7-2, 3-2 Big Ten) has an open week coming up, but will travel to Michigan Stadium to take on the Wolverines Nov. 10. Iowa (4-4, 2-2 Big Ten) will travel to Memorial Stadium to play against Indiana next Saturday.

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