N Iowa-Iowa Capsule

Sports

September 15th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Associated Press

Northern Iowa (1-1) at Iowa (1-1), 2:42 p.m. (Big Ten Network) – HEAR THE GAME ON KJAN beginning at 12:30 TODAY!

Series Record: Iowa leads 14-1

WHAT’S AT STAKE

Northern Iowa can finish what it started three years ago when it almost stunned the Hawkeyes. Iowa needs to bounce back after two sluggish games and prove it has a chance to be a decent team in 2012.

KEY MATCHUP

Northern Iowa QB Sawyer Kollmorgen vs. Iowa’s secondary. Kollmorgen has been sensational as a freshman with 6 TD passes and no picks. But Iowa is 14th in the nation in passing defense behind a veteran group of defensive backs

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Northern Iowa: RB Carlos Anderson. The speedy senior is a threat from the backfield and in returning punts and kicks. Anderson is obne player who can shift a game in Northern Iowa’s favor with one play.

Iowa: QB James Vandenberg. He’s got no touchdown passes, and his interception with 1:11 sealed a 9-6 loss to Iowa State last week. Iowa needs Vandenberg to start playing like one of the Big Ten’s quarterbacks.

FACTS & FIGURES

Iowa’s only loss to Northern Iowa came in 1898…Panthers coach Mark Farley picked up his 100th win last Saturday when Northern Iowa routed Division II Central State 59-0…The Hawkeyes and Panthers have each allowed just 26 points through two games…Iowa linebacker Anthony Hitchens had 19 tackles last week, the most for a Hawkeye in seven years.