By Chris Palmquist
Iowa City, IA—In its last eight games at Kinnick Stadium, the University of Iowa has seven losses. Since Kirk Ferentz won his 100th game for the Hawkeyes last Oct. 13, Iowa is on a seven-game losing streak.
The Hawkeyes played tough against a BCS team from last year Saturday, but were unable to break through. Northern Illinois used a field goal with four seconds remaining on the clock to beat the Hawkeyes 30-27 and stun the crowd in Iowa City.
Sophomore Jake Rudock made his first start at quarterback for Iowa. He completed 21 of 37 passes for 256 yards and a touchdown, while adding one more on the ground. He threw two interceptions, the second of which set up the game-winning field goal.
After the Iowa defense forced Northern Illinois to punt in a 27-all deadlock, Rudock was intercepted by Jimmie Ward with just over a minute remaining, giving the Huskies the ball. Mathew Sims kicked a 36-yard field goal later on the drive.
"That's probably one we'd like to have back, but that's football," Ferentz said. "It was just a good play on their part and bad on ours."
The Hawkeyes host Missouri State on Saturday at 11 AM. The game can be seen on the Big Ten Network.