Upset alert: Iowa's offense stalls, Hawkeyes trail Illinois at the half
Iowa has won four straight games, but that streak may be in some jeopardy against Illinois on Saturday afternoon.
The Hawkeyes trail 14-13 at the break after a rough first half.
Neither team was great offensively in the first half. Iowa actually out-gained Illinois 187-158 through two quarters. However, Illini quarterback Brandon Peters got the better of Spencer Petras.
Peters completed 8-of-11 passes for 101 yards and two touchdowns. Petras was less efficient, completing 10-of-18 throws for 142 yards and a score.
Both teams struggled to run the ball. Iowa averaged 2.5 yards per carry while Illinois was at 3 yards per attempt. Iowa’s Tyler Goodson is the leading rusher at the half with 36 yards.
The big difference came on third down. While Iowa was just 2-for-9, Illinois put up an excellent 4-of-8 mark in the first half. That allowed the Illini to keep the chains moving and score touchdowns while Iowa settled for field goals.
Iowa is trying to win its fifth straight game after dropping the first two of the season. If the Hawkeyes win out, they could be in the mix for a premier bowl game. Iowa is currently ranked No. 19 in the College Football Playoff rankings.
Iowa has defeated Illinois six straight times entering today.