Final score: #17 Iowa 19 Illinois 10

Brief recap: A week after its biggest win of the season, Iowa had its hands full with a fresh and rest Illinois team that was coming into Iowa Stadium riding a four-game winning streak. During that stretch the Illini were able to force 12 turnovers in those games, a huge reason for their success. Iowa’s ability to hang onto the football this week was a major reason why the Hawkeyes were able to avoid a letdown in the final home game of 2019. A low-scoring affair, but Iowa played with a lead for most of the game, with the only tie coming in the first quarter at 7-7. Kicker Keith Duncan did his thing, knocking down 4-of-6 field goal attempts in the win. Nate Stanley also had a huge day, throwing for over 300 yards, hitting Ihmir Smith-Marsette four times for 121 yards, on Senior Day. While the Illini were able to keep the score close, three turnovers was too much to overcome.

Key moment: Clinging to a 16-10 lead late in the game, Iowa was able to milk more than 5 minutes off the clock on a 9-play, 36-yard drive that resulted in a 29-yard field goal for Duncan. That drive was enough to make it a two-score game and too much for Illinois’ offense to overcome. The Illini have forced several turnovers in those situations over the last four games, but the Hawkeyes

Key stat: Forcing three turnovers proved to be huge for the Hawkeyes, limiting Illinois’ time on the field. In a one-possession game, turnovers are often the difference. That was certainly the case this weekend.

Key player: Once again, Duncan was the difference in the ballgame for the Hawkeyes. Knocking down 4-of-6 field goal attempts in November is no easy feat. Now, Duncan owns the B1G record for most field goals made in a season with 26.

What it means for Illinois: The winning streak has come to an end but let’s not ignore the awesome run Illinois had, ripping off four-straight victories. And, the Illini still have a chance to lock up a winning season this year if they get a win over Northwestern next weekend. It was a tough fight for Illinois, but there were just too many mistakes to overcome.

What it means for Iowa: A 10-win season is still within reach for the Hawkeyes, and what an accomplishment that would be for Kirk Ferentz and company. Stanley ended his home career at Iowa the right way, throwing for over 300 yards and notching one more victory under his belt. Now, Iowa is onto its final rivalry game of the season against Nebraska in hopes of finishing the year 9-3.