Iowa City, IA (Sports Network) - Northwestern scored a pair of second-quarter touchdowns in a span of just over six minutes immediately following an injury to Iowa quarterback Ricky Stanzi, as the Wildcats pulled off a 17-10 upset of the eighth-ranked and previously-undefeated Hawkeyes at Kinnick Stadium.
Stanzi was hurt with 11:46 left in the second quarter and Iowa holding a 10-0 lead. He walked off the field under his own power, appearing to favor his right leg, after a sack and a fumble in the end zone.
Marshall Thomas recovered the loose ball in the end zone for a Northwestern touchdown and the Wildcats added another score on a Dan Persa touchdown pass following an interception of redshirt freshman James Vanderberg a few minutes later.
Northwestern (6-4, 3-3 Big Ten) held Iowa without a point the rest of the way and won for the second time in its last three games. The Wildcats also won at Kinnick Stadium for the third straight time.
The Hawkeyes (9-1, 5-1) entered the day fourth in the BCS standings, but saw their dreams of a possible national championship dashed with Stanzi on the sideline.