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    Northwestern Drops Decision to Iowa, 28-17

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM Tyrell Sutton had 116 yards and a touchdown Saturday against Iowa.
    Tyrell Sutton had 116 yards and a touchdown Saturday against Iowa.

    Nov. 3, 2007

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    EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern junior Tyrell Sutton had his first 100-yard rushing day since returning from injury, but Iowa scored a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns to earn a 28-17 come-from-behind win over the Wildcats on Saturday.

    With home games against Minnesota and Western Michigan remaining, Iowa (5-5, 3-4 Big Ten) needs just one more win to become bowl eligible.

    The Wildcats remain one win shy of bowl eligibility. Northwestern led Purdue 17-14 after three quarters last week, but was outscored 21-0 in the fourth quarter.

    Northwestern led 17-14 after three quarters Saturday against Iowa, but was outscored 14-0 in the fourth.

    Jake Christensen's 53-yard pass to Trey Stross down the left sideline set up a 2-yard touchdown run by Damian Sims with 7:44 left, giving Iowa its first lead of the game, 21-17.

    Northwestern (5-5, 2-4) had two chances to put it away, but C.J. Bacher threw interceptions on consecutive possessions -- one to Bradley Fletcher and the other to Charles Godfrey.

    Godfrey's interception with 5:08 left led to Sims' second score, an 8-yard run that gave Iowa a 28-17 lead.

    Bacher threw for 264 yards, a touchdown and three interceptions for the Wildcats. Sutton added 116 yards rushing and a score.

    The Hawkeyes trailed 14-0 after the first quarter -- getting outgained 196-11 -- but outscored Northwestern 28-3 the rest of the way to snap a two-game losing streak to the Wildcats.

    Northwestern got first-quarter touchdowns on a two-yard Sutton plunge and a two-yard completion from Bacher to Mark Woodsum.

    Iowa scored for the first time late in the second quarter, pulling within seven on Christensen's 20-yard touchdown pass to Stross with 49 seconds left.

    Adrian Clayborn blocked a 34-yard Northwestern field-goal attempt in the closing seconds of the second quarter to keep the score 14-7.

    Iowa then opened the second quarter with a 71-yard, 10-play drive to tie it at 14. Albert Young capped the drive with a 16-yard score, taking the handoff up the middle, juking toward a hole on the right and running untouched into the end zone.

    Trey Stross had 91 yards receiving and a touchdown for the Hawkeyes, who rallied from a 14-point deficit for the second straight week to win their third game in four tries.

    The Associated Press contributed to this story.