The first half of Saturday’s game between Iowa and Wisconsin was not an overly exciting display for a rivalry game, as the two teams combined for a stretch of 12 straight punts back and forth.

It was the Iowa defense that suffocated Wisconsin, keeping the Badgers to just just 66 total yards at halftime. After Iowa was gifted a fumble by the Badgers deep in their own territory midway through the first quarter, they weren’t able to find the endzone, but settled for getting on the board with a 30-yard field goal.

Iowa kicker Keith Duncan hit two field goals in the half, of 30 and 45 yards and the Hawkeyes finished the half leading 6-0.

There was plenty of action in the second half to make up for the first.

Thanks to a 14-point third quarter, the Hawkeyes went on to bury the Badgers by a 28-7 final score, ending a run of four-straight Iowa losses and bringing the Heartland Trophy back to Iowa City.

For No. 16 Iowa, now 6-2, the win continues a flipped script from the start of the season, having won five straight games after dropping two-straight. Wisconsin (2-3), meanwhile, is winless since Nov. 14’s 49-11 victory at Michigan.

Iowa sophomore running back Tyler Goodson let it be known what the win meant to him, and how the Hawkeyes seniors feel about bringing home the Heartland Trophy.