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A.J.’s Annihilations: Defense Pitches Another Shutout

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Iowa heads to the bye week after easily dispatching Northwestern.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: OCT 26 Iowa at Northwestern
No ma’am, your team still hasn’t scored against the Hawkeyes.
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The Hawkeyes shutout Northwestern 20-0 on a rainy day in Evanston. The win moves Iowa to 6-2 as they move into their bye week and then an upcoming road trip to Wisconsin where they play the pivotal game of the year for the Big Ten West crown.

Game Notes:

A.J. Epenesa had five tackles including a half a sack and helped anchor the defense in an effort where the game was never really in question. Iowa’s defense is fourth in the country in terms of points allowed at 10.1. Phil Parker’s unit is seventh in the country in yards given up per game (266.4) and rushing yards per game (89.0) while they are 14th in passing yards per game (177.4).

Iowa was focused on the run against Northwester, rightfully so, and that limited the sack opportunities. Epenesa and his fellow linemen did their job occupying the offensive line and let Geno Stone and Dillon Doyle do a lot of the tackling as they had seven each.

In the video below, Epenesa is pretty candid about his performance as well as quick to praise many of his teammates. I like his ability to understand what went right and what went wrong and to take ownership.

2018 Annihilations: 10.5

2019 Annihilations: 3.5

This Week Last Year: Iowa 36, Purdue 38

The loss to Purdue last year was a big gut punch. Purdue QB David Blough threw for 333 yards including 146 yards and three touchdowns to WR Terry Wright. Epenesa had two tackles and a sack in the loss.

Up Next: Bye

Coach Ferentz mentioned that the bye week would be used to give the team some time off and rest as they prepare to take on Wisconsin.