IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) -- Maybe Iowa quarterback Brad Banks will
finally get noticed. Even on his own campus.
Banks completed 17 of 30 passes for 275 yards and two touchdowns
as the Hawkeyes (No. 10 ESPN/USA Today, No. 9 AP) maintained their lead in the Big Ten
with a 20-3 victory over Wisconsin on Saturday.
Banks is a big reason the Hawkeyes are 9-1 (6-0 Big Ten) and
have a chance at getting to the Rose Bowl for the first time in 12
years. Yet the senior isn't as recognizable as some of the star
players from other top 10 teams.
"People still don't notice me around here,'' he said.
In addition to his passing, Banks ran for 36 yards and made two
play-fakes that helped get his receivers open for scores.
"We're definitely not trading Brad Banks for anybody,'' said
coach Kirk Ferentz. "He's done a great job of leading our football
Wisconsin (6-4, 1-4) had beaten Iowa five straight times, but
the Badgers struggled offensively all day.
Quarterback Brooks Bollinger was injured late in the first half
and didn't return. He finished 2-of-9 passing for 46 yards and had
just 6 yards rushing. Running back Anthony Davis was held to 34
yards on 16 carries, and Wisconsin gained just total 215 yards.
"We go out and play hard-nosed defense,'' said Iowa defensive
lineman Colin Cole. "We came in trying to stop the run, and I
think we did that pretty well today.''
Badger coach Barry Alvarez said his team simply failed to
"We were beaten by a very good football team,'' he said. "We
came in thinking we could establish the running game, but we never
did. I'm not making excuses, but they just out-executed us.''
Without starting running back Fred Russell, Iowa rushed for just
92 yards, much of it in the first half. But the Hawkeyes pulled
away in the second half by opening up the passing game to exploit
the eight- and nine-man fronts used by the Badgers.
On its first possession of the third quarter, Banks hit Clark
for 37 yards down the middle, then connected with C.J. Jones for 22
yards to set up Nate Kaeding's 30-yard field goal, his 22nd
straight over the last two seasons. The streak was broken later in
the third quarter when Kaeding missed from 27 yards.
Later in the third, Banks threw a 23-yard TD to tight end Dallas
Clark on a nifty fake screen that left Clark all alone in end zone.
The first half was a defensive struggle, with Iowa holding the
Badgers to just 31 yards rushing and three first downs. Iowa's
offense, which often has scored early in games this season, failed
to mount a consistent drive until the second quarter.
Iowa scored first when Nate Kaeding hit a 32-yard field goal
midway through the second quarter.
The Badgers responded on their next possession, driving 72 yards
in 11 plays, capped by Mike Allen's 26-yard field goal. The Badgers
blew an opportunity to score a touchdown on the drive when Jerone
Pettus dropped a pass in the flat with no defenders between him and
the goal line.
Late in the second half, Iowa forced the Badgers to punt from
deep in their territory and took possession at the 45 with 2:14
remaining. Banks ran for 12 yards, then hit Maurice Brown on passes
of 18 and 9 yards before finding Brown alone in the end zone for a
21-yard TD, giving Iowa a 10-3 halftime lead.
Brown had six catches for 107 yards, his fourth 100-yard game of
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