IOWA CITY — Two weeks down, and two times for Jake Rudock to use his legs to get him to the end zone in his Hawkeye career.
But who would have guessed that would be the only time the Hawkeyes would reach the end zone in the entire first half against Missouri State?
The sophomore quarterback, who rushed for one of two touchdowns he helped the Hawkeyes produce last week in his first ever college start against Northern Illinois, ran for his second score in his second career start. Rudock scored on a six-yard dash after reversing his field to the right to complete an 11-play, 69-yard drive to put Iowa up 7-0 after the first quarter against FCS opponent Missouri State Saturday at Kinnick Stadium.
But amazingly, despite a lopsided statistical edge over the Bears from Springfield, Missouri, the Hawkeyes couldn’t add any more points to the 7-0 advantage in the opening half. Iowa had three more trips into Missouri State territory in the second quarter, none of which led to scores, as a missed 33-yard field goal by Mike Meyer and a pair of punts inside the Missouri State 40 left Iowa only up a touchdown at 7-0.
The halftime margin was the exact same seven points Iowa led Northern Illinois by at halftime last week. Iowa rallied from a 10-0 deficit against the Huskies to take a 24-17 advantage by the break on Rudock’s first touchdown run in the final minute before the half, capping a 302-yard first half of offense for the Hawks.
Iowa put up another 204 yards in the opening half against the Bears. But Rudock, who had most of his 275 passing yards against Northern Illinois in the first half last week, passed for just 95 yards against a Missouri State team that entered Iowa City off a 23-17 loss at home to Northwestern State last weekend while Iowa battled defending Mid-American champ and Orange Bowl qualifier Northern Illinois to a 30-27 decision.