On the first play of overtime, Rudock hit Tevaun Smith with a 14-yard completion to get Iowa on the march near the end zone. After back-to-back runs by Mark Weisman set up a third-and-6, Rudock floated a pass in the face of a Wildcat blitz for C.J. Fiedorowicz from eight yards out for the go-ahead touchdown.
“You don’t know if (Northwestern) is going to try to defend or bring pressure, and they brought the house it looked like,” Ferentz said. “You can’t block them all. (Rudock) did a great job of waiting until the last second and then had faith that C.J. would be in the right spot.”
Colter never got the ball into another teammates hands in overtime. A first-down sack by Drew Ott of the Northwestern signal caller, a scramble for three yards and pass broken up by King forced a fourth-and-8. Colter avoided two potential sacks on the final play, but was left to run for the Iowa 15 and was brought down nine yards shy by Lucas Trinca-Pasat, sending Kinnick Stadium into a frenzy.
“Just from where I stood, the coverage must have been excellent,” Ferentz said of the game’s final play. “It looked like (Colter) had nowhere to go with the football and then the good news is the guys up front stayed where they should stay. We didn’t get out of our lanes, so (Colter) didn’t have an ally to run through.”
Iowa (5-3, 2-2) also got some help in the Legends Division race minutes later when Minnesota upset No. 25 Nebraska, 34-23, handing the Cornhuskers their first conference loss. The Hawkeyes are back home next Saturday morning at 11 a.m. to host Wisconsin in the renewal of the ‘Heartland’ rivalry. Northwestern (4-4, 0-4) will continue searching for its first conference win at Nebraska next weekend at 2:30 p.m.