Wisconsin football team falls to 5-5 after loss to Iowa

Badgers’ offense struggles
NEW Media Staff

The Wisconsin football team struggled offensively and lost 24-10 to Iowa on Nov. 12 in Iowa City, Iowa.

The loss dropped the Badgers to 5-5 overall and 3-4 in Big Ten play.

Wisconsin actually outgained Iowa 227-146 on the day, but three turnovers cost the Badgers.

The Badgers scored first on a 24-yard field goal from Nate Van Zelst and led 3-0 after a quarter. Iowa grabbed the lead after blocking a Wisconsin punt and scoring a touchdown two plays later.

Wisconsin had a chance to grab the lead late in the half with a touchdown, but instead quarterback Graham Mertz was intercepted, and the Hawkeyes returned it 32 yards for a touchdown to make it 14-3.

The Badgers got back in the game with a touchdown drive in the final two minutes of the second quarter. Mertz connected with receiver Keontez Lewis for a 51-yard score to cap the drive.

Mertz was intercepted again on the first possession of the second half, but Wisconsin’s defense was able to keep Iowa off the scoreboard.

The Hawkeyes upped their lead to 11 with a touchdown early in the fourth quarter and then tacked on a late field goal to seal up the game.

Wisconsin’s third turnover was also by Mertz, as he fumbled late in the game after being sacked. The Badgers also fumbled three other times in the game.

Mertz ended up completing 16 of his 35 pass attempts for 176 yards. He was also sacked four times.

Running back Braelon Allen was limited to 40 yards on 17 attempts. Lewis led the team with 71 receiving yards, while receivers Chimere Dike and Skyler Bell had four grabs for 46 yards each.

Linebacker Maema Njongmeta led Wisconsin with 11 total tackles, including one sack. Linebacker Jordan Turner had 10 total tackles and a sack, while linebacker C.J. Goetz tallied nine tackles.

Linebacker Nick Herbig registered three sacks, a forced fumble and eight total tackles, while safety Hunter Wohler had six total tackles. Linebacker Darryl Peterson recovered the fumble Herbig forced.

Wisconsin will need to win one of its its remaining two games to become bowl eligible. The Badgers head to Lincoln, Nebraska to battle the Cornhuskers at 11 a.m. on Nov. 19 and will end the year hosting Minnesota at a to be determined time on Nov. 26.