Weisman now has 13 TDs this season.


For the Iowa football program, losses tend to raise more eyebrows than wins.

So there was little celebrating Saturday when the Hawkeyes became bowl-eligible for the 13th time in 14 seasons.

"I'm not going to lie, it feels good right now," linebacker Quinton Alston said. "We're just trying to get to a warmer climate, a championship game."

The Hawkeyes (6-2 overall, 3-1 Big Ten) qualified for college's football's postseason by notching their sixth victory against Northwestern.

They've failed to appear in a bowl game just twice since kicking off the 2001 season, finishing 6-6 in 2007 and 4-8 in 2012.

The Big Ten now has seven teams available to bowl selection committees this season.

"It's a significant stepping stone, in the right direction," running back Mark Weisman said. "You can't get to seven wins until you get to six.

"We have higher aspirations … but no wins come easy. You enjoy every win you can get."

Alston also sees this as a starting point.

"Six wins just gets you the bus in front of the building," he said. "We've got to keep treating each game as a playoff game and we'll move the bus."