Hawkeyes' Jake Rudock discusses second-half failures
IOWA CITY, Ia. – Jake Rudock threw 107 passes this season without an interception.
Iowa's junior quarterback saw that streak end Saturday on his 108th attempt.
"Obviously, we want it back," Rudock said of a play that altered the course of Saturday's Cy-Hawk showdown. "It's just one of those things, and unfortunate."
Rudock and the Hawkeyes were in control, leading 14-3 early in the third quarter, when he dropped back on a third-and-5 play from his own 22-yard line.
Tight end Jake Duzey was running down field, then stumbled.
"I was trying to throw it on a spot for him, try and back-shoulder him a little bit," Rudock said. "He was saying he was tripping up.
"Even if he wasn't, maybe he doesn't catch it either way."
Sophomore safety T.J. Mutcherson hauled in Rudock's pass, giving Iowa State possession at the Iowa 32-yard line.
The Cyclones scored their first touchdown six plays later, pulling within 14-10.
Things started to unravel for the Hawkeyes after that.
Rudock completed 10 of 13 passes for 103 yards before halftime, and rushed seven times for 34 more yards and touchdown. He was 6-of-11 for 43 passing yards in the second half.
"We'll have to see what they were doing different," Rudock said. "They gave us some different looks on certain packages.
"We had checks. We talked about it, figuring out what we wanted to do."
The Cyclones kept Rudock out of his comfort zone, sacking him a total of four times.
Iowa didn't have much success on the ground, either, rushing for 59 yards in the final 30 minutes.
"You can say what you want to say, and everyone is going to have their opinions and whether we should have run the ball more," Rudock said. "The film will tell, but you can make opposing arguments to any call that we make."