After getting blown out by Minnesota, Northwestern now faces an Iowa team coming off a loss to Wisconsin. The Hawkeyes were held to 156 total yards on offense.

Northwestern never really got its footing in the game against Minnesota. The Golden Gophers scored 13 unanswered in the first quarter. The Wildcats made it 13-7 at the start of the second quarter, but that would be the closest they would get.

The Wildcats were then outscored 28-7 to close out a 41-14 loss.

It wasn’t that Northwestern really turned the ball over a lot, the problem was scoring and some risky play calling.

There were a few times where the Wildcats could have taken the points in Golden Gopher territory, but they chose to go for it and turned it over on downs. Combine that with a lackluster offense, and you get a blowout.

The Wildcats stole a win in Iowa City last year, winning 21-20. Northwestern is 4-1 in the last five matchups of the series even though the series heavily favors Iowa, who has a 51-28 record all-time against Northwestern.

Pat Fitzgerald discussed the matchup with Iowa, and what it will take for his team to get back on track.

Here’s what the Northwestern head coach had to say about the Iowa game: