“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, which 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.
“We lost one last week and that’s how I’m looking at it, so we’re 1-1 right now, and I’m just happy,” Ferentz said. “The best we could do is get to 1-1 and we’ll try to build from that.”
For Allen, who was making his return to his hometown of Iowa City, the day was one that produced a lot of positives for his FCS Missouri State squad.
“Let’s put it together, and we have 10 more games to win. If we can improve on the effort we had (Saturday), we can win a lot of those,” Allen said after losing in just his second trip to Iowa City.
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