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September 3, 2013

Rudock's INT leads to crushing loss for Iowa

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa was roughly 30 yards away from possibly snapping a six-game losing streak that has hung over the program's head for nearly a year.

One big mistake from new Hawkeyes quarterback Jake Rudock helped keep the skid going for at least another week.

Mathew Sims hit a 36-yard field goal with four seconds left and Northern Illinois rallied to beat Iowa 30-27 on Saturday in the season opener for both teams.

Jordan Lynch threw for 275 yards and three touchdowns for the Huskies, who scored 10 points in the final 5:05 to give coach Rod Carey his first win.

Northern Illinois safety Jimmie Ward intercepted Rudock at midfield with 1:17 left. He brought it to the Hawkeyes 30-yard line, setting up the game-winning kick from Sims.

"We were trying to complete a pass, move the ball down the field and I thought we had a good situation there, really did," Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said. "But turnovers are tough to overcome, and we had three of them."

Rudock threw for 256 yards, a touchdown and two picks in his debut for Iowa, which lost its seventh straight game dating back to last season.

For most of the afternoon, the Hawkeyes did a decent job containing the explosive Lynch — who last season became the first Football Bowl Subdivision quarterback to throw for over 3,000 yards and rush for more than 1,500.

Lynch showed why he's among the nation's best quarterbacks with the outcome in doubt.

He engineered a 6-play, 75-yard drive in just 1:37, tying the game at 27 with a 33-yard TD pass to Da'Ron Brown with 5:05 left in the fourth quarter.

Lynch also rushed for a team-high 56 yards and didn't commit a turnover as the Huskies got some payback for an 18-17 loss to Iowa in Chicago last season.

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