Was this possibly the worst way for Northwestern and quarterback Dan Persa to start a game? Maybe.
With Northwestern driving at the Iowa eight-yard line in the first quarter, Persa dropped back to pass and was looking for a receiver in the end zone. He alluded a tackle, but couldn't wiggle free from a second one and ended up throwing an interception to Hawkeye free safety Tanner Miller -- who promptly ran it down the home sideline for a 98-yard touchdown. Miller's touchdown ties the longest interception return in Iowa history.
So not only did the Hawkeyes go up 10-0 with 4:08 to play in the first quarter, but Persa limped off the field. He did return on the Wildcats' next series, but continued to platoon with backup Kain Colter.
Colter has been on the field constantly during the Wildcats' offensive series, where he has split time between receiver and quarterback.