Running back Justin Jackson’s 1-yard run put Northwestern on the board about 40 seconds into the second quarter.
Iowa quarterback Jake Rudock continued finding receivers deep down the field. He threw his first touchdown of the game to wide receiver Tevaun Smith about seven minutes into the quarter. He went 9/13 for 185 yards.
Iowa defensive lineman Louis Trinca-Pasat continued to antagonize quarterback Trevor Siemian. He notched his third sack of the half when Siemian seemingly ran into him.
Iowa running back Mark Weisman picked up right where he left off, scoring his third touchdown of the game with under a minute left. He had 17 carries for 92 yards in the half.
The Wildcats head into halftime down 38-7 and being outgained 298 yards to 54.