IOWA CITY — First, he went over the 1,000-yard mark. Then, he went over 100 yards for the second time in as many games.
And along the way, Mark Weisman went over the goal line twice just when Iowa needed someone to do so badly.
The junior running back sparked Iowa’s offense with a huge third quarter in which Weisman set a career milestone on a 37-yard burst, giving Weisman 1,009 career yards on the dash to the Bears’ 11.
Ironically, Weisman would actually be stopped four plays later on a fourth down run at the Missouri State 2 as Iowa was held without points for the fourth straight possession inside Bears territory. However, Weisman would soon break through with a pair of scoring runs as Weisman broke free for touchdown runs of 10 and three yards to cap back-to-back possessions to close out the third quarter.
By the time the quarter ended, Iowa was up 21-0 and Weisman had his second straight 100-yard rushing day. After gaining 100 yards last weekend in a 30-27 loss to Northern Illinois, the redshirt transfer from the Air Force produced 68 of his 120 yards in the third quarter on the way to helping Iowa finally open some breathing room against the Bears.
Iowa had been held to just one score, a Jake Rudock six-yard touchdown run, in five trips to the Missouri State territory prior to the first of Weisman’s two touchdowns. The Hawkeyes had been held to a pair of punts inside the Missouri State 40, a missed 33-yard field goal attempt and the failed fourth down conversion earlier in the third quarter.