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Vandenberg Lifts Iowa Past Northwestern 41-31
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) -- James Vandenberg threw for 224 yards and two touchdowns as Iowa beat Northwestern 41-31 on Saturday night, snapping a three-game losing streak to the Wildcats.

Marcus Coker added 124 yards rushing and two TDs for the Hawkeyes (4-2, 1-1 Big Ten), who won despite allowing 495 yards and 29 first downs to Northwestern.

Iowa blew a 17-0 second-quarter lead, then pulled ahead 24-17 on Coker's 1-yard TD run with 13:55 left. Vandenberg pushed the lead to 31-17 on a 35-yard TD pass to Marvin McNutt, and Coker's 1-yard touchdown run with 3:56 to go sealed just Iowa's second win over Northwestern in seven tries.

Dan Persa threw for 246 yards on 31 of 40 passing for the Wildcats (2-4, 0-3), who dropped their fourth straight game.

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