It’s not how you start, but how you finish.

That’s the message to take from Northwestern’s 21-20 victory over Iowa in Iowa City on Saturday afternoon.

The Wildcats got off to a rough start, with turnovers giving the Hawkeyes an early 17-0 lead. But the Northwestern rushing attack and defensive front end settled in and took charge of the game.

A steady dose of runs wore down the Hawkeyes’ defensive front line, and a pair of gutsy fourth down conversions called by Wildcats coach Pat Fitzgetald helped to swing momentum back to the Wildcats. While the offense didn’t come up with many big plays, the unit ran for 143 yards on the ground, with Isaiah Bowser carrying 25 times for 85 yards to go along with two touchdowns from Jessie Brown.

Petyton Ramsey was solid behind center completing 11-of-18 for 130 yards – he rushed for an additional 26 yards.

Fitzgerald had high praise for his squad after the game.