Iowa Offense Struggles Against No. 10 Wisconsin as Hawkeyes Fall 17-9

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IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Kinnick Stadium continues to be anything but a safe haven for the Hawkeyes this season as Iowa lost their third straight home game Saturday.

Iowa (5-3, 3-2) was outgained 423-236 in total yards by No. 10 Wisconsin (5-2, 2-2) and struggled to gain any footing against a tough Badger defense throughout their 17-9 loss. C.J. Beathard finished 17-of-33 for 153 yards passing while the Hawkeyes' normally dynamic backfield of Akrum Wadley and LeShun Daniels combined for just 79 yards on the day.

Wisconsin, along with timely first downs, was able to pound the rock with running back Corey Clement just enough to come away with the victory as he posted 35 carries for 134 yards and a touchdown.

With the road team winning its sixth consecutive game in this series and Wisconsin taking back the Heartland Trophy, Iowa's sudden hope of overcoming a disappointing start to the year and possibly contending for the Big Ten West title takes a significant blow.

The loss for Iowa, who still hasn’t defeated a ranked opponent at home since No. 13 Michigan on Nov. 5, 2011, was essentially sealed with 1:24 remaining when Wisconsin extended their lead to 17-6 with a 36-yard field goal.

In the closing moments of the first half, Iowa was on the verge of being down 14-3 until Kirk Ferentz's defense came up big by forcing Clement into a critical fumble at the Hawkeye goal line. Desmond King recovered the loose ball in the end zone before Iowa kicked a field goal to make the score 7-6 at halftime, but it ultimately wasn't enough.

Iowa will now head into their bye week before facing Penn State on the road on Nov. 5. The Hawkeyes also still have to face No. 3 Michigan and No. 8 Nebraska later this season.

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