John Clay, the big, bruising 248-pound Badger running back who anchors the Wisconsin offense, averages 104.9 rushing yards per game and has scored 10 touchdowns – four more than any other running back in the Big Ten.
On the Thursday afternoon before IU’s matchup against Illinois, senior safety Collin Taylor ran out onto the practice field as he normally does. Except this time, he heard the voice of IU co-defensive coordinator Joe Palcic yell to him.
In a 42-24 loss at Iowa, the Hoosiers, for the second consecutive week, saw a comfortable lead disappear and a previously dominated game lost. Again, the game featured an unstoppable IU team in the first half and a group of patsies in the second.
For the second week in a row, the Hoosiers were up by a double-digit margin at halftime against a Big Ten opponent.
Facing a Hawkeye team known for forcing turnovers, challenging quarterbacks and shutting down opponents to end games, IU’s offensive production all but vanished in the second half.
IOWA CITY, Iowa — Heading into halftime, IU held a 21-7 lead against the undefeated No. 7 Iowa Hawkeyes. The Hoosiers were poised to pull off the biggest win of their season. But then they played the second half.
The Hawkeyes (8-0) are led by a veteran defense that is among the nation’s best. This season, Iowa is top-20 in the country for total defense, passing defense, scoring defense and turnovers gained. It also leads Bowl Championship Series teams in interceptions with 15 on the year.