IOWA CITY —
“But, all that being said, there were some good things out there, and that’s what we’re going to build off of and try to clean up the mistakes. We were just happy to get the win.”
For the second straight game, Iowa’s offense piled up the yards with 489 yards one week after 458 was not enough to hold off a fourth-quarter rally by Northern Illinois, who used a Mathew Sims field goal with four seconds left to win 30-27. After having its 21-point lead cut down to seven, the same margin NIU rallied from in the fourth last weekend, Iowa marched down the field on a 10-play, 65-yard drive that took up the next 4:18 and was capped by a Rudock run from two yards out to put Iowa up 14.
Missouri State (0-2) made one last run at getting back within a score, driving to the Hawkeye 14. Bears quarterback Kierra Harris had a second down pass picked off in the end zone by Tanner Miller with 6:50 to go; ending the last scoring threat for the Bears and former Northern Iowa head coach Terry Allen’s squad.
The victory was not only much sought after for Hawkeye fans to snap the longest losing streak since 2000, Ferentz’s second season as head coach, it was also much needed as Iowa heads into the annual in-state rivalry ‘Cy-Hawk’ showdown next Saturday. Iowa (1-1) travels to Ames to take on Iowa State (0-1) at Jack Trice Stadium at 5 p.m.
The Cyclones were off Saturday, getting two weeks to prepare for the Hawkeyes since losing 28-20 to Northern Iowa in its opener last weekend.
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