By Chris Palmquist
IOWA CITY, Iowa—The Iowa Hawkeyes used a dominant ground game and withstood a late rally to even their record at 1-1 with a 28-14 win Saturday over Missouri State.
The win snapped a seven-game losing streak for the Hawkeyes, dating back to last season.
Iowa rushed for 296 yards as a team, led by junior running back Mark Weisman's 180 yards. Weisman and quarterback Jake Rudock each scored a pair of touchdowns on the ground.
Iowa scored first when Rudock scored his first touchdown on a six-yard run with just over five minutes remaining in the first quarter. That was, however, the only scoring Iowa could muster in the half against the FCS-level Bears.
Weisman scored twice in the third quarter to give the Hawkeyes a 21-0 lead and it looked as though Iowa might cruise to victory. Early in the fourth quarter, however, the Bears broke the shutout on a 27-yard pass from Kierra Harris to Julian Burton.
Missouri State was able to get within a score on the ensuing drive when Rudock's pass was intercepted and returned for a touchdown by Rique Bentley.
"That was a real tough sequence for us," said Iowa Head Coach Kirk Ferentz. "We give up a touchdown and then right on the next possession give up the touchdown the other way on the pick six. That was a really tough play. But one thing about him, he's a resilient guy. He went right back to work and did a good job finishing the game for us."
Rudock scored five minutes later on a two-yard run to end the scoring.
Iowa travels to Ames next Saturday to take on the Iowa State Cyclones. That game will be at 5 PM on Fox Sports 1.