For the first time since 2000 at Iowa, the Hawkeyes opened the season winless, with a 30-27 loss to Northern Illinois.
One throw was the difference and it's one that first year starter Jake Rudock wants back.
Rudock looked impressive in his first start, rallying the Hawkeyes from an early 10-point deficit.
But, tied at 27 with 1:24 to play in the game, Rudock eyed down receiver Kevonte Martin-Manley.
Northern Illinois corner Jimmie Ward jumped the route, leading to Mat Sims game-winning 36 yard field goal, ultimately doing to Iowa what the Hawkeyes did to the Huskies last year in Chicano - steal a win.
"They've won the MAC, they were at the Orange Bowl last year, it's no easy task for any team," Jake Rudock said. "It was good to play a good, tough team, but unfortunately we didn't get it done."
"You know, if we won the game it would have been great," Head Coach Kirk Ferentz said. "We lost. That's not so good. Our guys competed. We just didn't compete well enough and the did. To their credit, they competed better than we did. At least made the plays that you have to make."
"If it's not a tough loss, then you're not invested enough in it," Mark Weisman added. "We're all invested in it here. We just have to keep improving."
Iowa hosts Missouri State on Saturday. Kickoff is set for 11 a.m.
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