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Missouri State at Iowa

Iowa beats Missouri State 28-14

By LUKE MEREDITH
AP Sports Writer
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IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) Jake Rudock and Mark Weisman each ran for a pair of touchdowns and Iowa beat Missouri State 28-14 on Saturday, snapping a seven-game losing streak dating back to 2012.

Weisman had 180 yards rushing for the Hawkeyes (1-1), who prevailed despite a somewhat shaky performance against an FCS opponent.

Weisman scored on runs of 10 and 3 yards to help the Hawkeyes take a 21-0 lead late in the third quarter. Missouri State answered with touchdowns on back-to-back plays from scrimmage early in the fourth quarter, pulling within 21-14 with 14:15 to go.

Rudock's 2-yard TD run put Iowa back ahead 28-14, and Tanner Miller sealed it with an interception in the end zone with 6:50 left.

Kierra Harris threw for 127 yards and a TD for Missouri State (0-2).

Even though the Hawkeyes had some early issues on offense, they still looked set to cruise to their first win in 11 months at the outset of the fourth quarter.

Ten seconds and 14 points later, Iowa found itself in a game that was suddenly much closer than it should have been.

The Bears finally got on the board with 14:25 left, as Julian Burton beat freshman cornerback Desmond King on a 27-yard TD reception. Rudock opened Iowa's next drive with a pass that was picked off by linebacker Rique Bentley, who took it back 28 yards for a TD.

Iowa answered with a 65-yard touchdown drive that consumed more than four minutes, and Miller's pick preserved some much-needed breathing room for the Hawkeyes.

Iowa's defense looked strong, holding the Bears to just 197 yards. But Iowa still led just 7-0 at halftime over a Missouri Valley Football school with just five wins over the past two seasons.

Iowa was plagued by dropped passes, negative rushes and a 33-yard missed field goal from Mike Meyer, usually a reliable kicker. The Hawkeyes had just one drive of note in the first half, a 69-yarder that ended with a 6-yard TD run from Rudock.

The Hawkeyes then drove to the Missouri State 2-yard line to open the second half, only to watch Weisman get stuffed on 4th-down-and-1.

Weisman redeemed himself a few minutes later, scoring from 10 yards out to give Iowa a 14-0 lead. Rudock then threw a perfect ball to George Kittle for a 47-yard reception, helping set up Weisman's second TD of the day.

Rudock threw for 193 yards in his second career start.

Though the Hawkeyes responded quickly to Missouri State's brief threat, they still have a lot to work on ahead of next week's rivalry game at Iowa State.

But so do the Cyclones, who had the weekend off after losing to FCS school Northern Iowa in their opener.

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Scoring Summary
IOWAJake Rudock 6 yd run (Mike Meyer kick)
IOWAMark Weisman 10 yd run (Mike Meyer kick)
IOWAMark Weisman 3 yd run (Mike Meyer kick)
MOSTJulian Burton 27 yd pass from Kierra Harris (Austin Witmer kick)
MOSTRique Bentley 28 yd interception return (Austin Witmer kick)
IOWAJake Rudock 2 yd run (Mike Meyer kick)
 
Team Stats
 MOSTIOWA
First Downs1225
Third Down Efficiency1-107-14
Fourth Down Efficiency1-10-1
Plays-Net Yards53-19786-489
Rushes-Yds23-7058-296
Passing Yds127193
Kick Return Yds6135
Punt Return Yds-310
Passes14-30-119-28-1
Punts8-3275-186
Fumbles-Lost2-10-0
Penalties-Yds4-5511-100
Time of Poss.21:4236:37
 
Individual Stats
RUSHING
MOST: Phoenix Johnson 7-26, Vernon Scott 6-18, Kierra Harris 6-18, Mikael Cooper-Falls 3-4, Cedric Miller 1-4
IOWA: Mark Weisman 30-180, Damon Bullock 10-40, Jake Rudock 7-33, LeShun Daniels 6-30, Jordan Canzeri 3-13, Damond Powell 1-2, Team 1--2
PASSING
MOST: Kierra Harris 14-30-127-1
IOWA: Jake Rudock 19-28-193-1
RECEIVING
MOST: Julian Burton 6-67, Dorian Buford 4-33, Maddy Johnson 2-24, Vernon Scott 1-5, Mikael Cooper-Falls 1--2
IOWA: C.J. Fiedorowicz 3-31, Jake Duzey 3-26, Kevonte Martin-Manley 3-24, Matt VandeBerg 2-17, Don Shumpert 2-15, Damon Bullock 2-14, George Kittle 1-47, Jacob Hillyer 1-7, Macon Plewa 1-7, Jordan Canzeri 1-5