Jake Duzey's eight-catch day marred by costly fumble

Rick Brown

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Jake Duzey caught a career-best eight passes Saturday.

"I just happened to be the guy who was open," Duzey said. "Jake (Rudock) threw it to me a few times, and I messed up once."

Iowa was leading, 14-7, and faced a second and 10 from its own 34 on the Hawkeyes' first possession of the second quarter. Rudock found Duzey, who made the catch and headed up field. But he fumbled after getting first-down yardage, and Maryland recovered on the Terrapins' 47.

"I guess I just wasn't holding the ball good enough, and it popped out," Duzey said.

Instead of Iowa regaining momentum generated from its 14-0 start, the Terrapins got a field goal in the possession to cut the deficit to 14-10.

"Turnovers are never a good thing," Duzey said. "They always flip the momentum to the other team. You can't do that."

Duzey was kicking himself after the miscue.

"It's a pretty bad feeling, knowing you lost your team momentum with a crucial turnover at a pretty crucial point of the game," Duzey said.