IOWA CITY, Ia. — Jake Rudock doesn’t like to rate his own play on the field.
“I hate that question,” Iowa’s starting quarterback said Saturday. “But I probably did some good things.”
Rudock did record his first victory as a college quarterback, passing for 193 yards and rushing for 33 more and a pair of touchdowns in a 28-14 victory over Missouri State.
“He’s more confident, more composed,” said receiver Kevonte Martin-Manley, who has caught 12 Rudock passes over the first two games. “He’s feeding off us. We’re feeding off him.”
Rudock completed 21-of-37 passes for 256 yards in a season-opening loss to Northern Illinois. He also threw two interceptions, and one of them turned into the Huskies’ winning field goal in the final minute.
Rudock faced some adversity again Saturday. Iowa took a 21-0 lead into the fourth quarter. But after the Bears scored on a 27-yard Kierra Harris to Julian Burton connection with 14 minutes 25 seconds remaining, disaster struck.
On Iowa’s first play of the ensuing possession, Rudock’s pass to C.J. Fiedorowicz was intercepted by Rique Bentley and returned 28 yards for a touchdown. A safe lead was down to a one-possession game.
Rudock responded, marching his team 65 yards in 10 plays for a touchdown. Rudock attempted just two passes in the drive and completed one. But it came in a key spot: he found Martin-Manley for seven yards on a third-and-7 play at the Missouri State 36 to keep the drive alive. Five plays later, he scrambled right, looked to pass to a wide open Fiedorowicz in the end zone but instead tucked it in and scored on his own.
“It was a huge drive,” Rudock said. “We had to respond. We had given them some hope there. We needed to put the game away, and put an end to their comeback.”
As he did last week, Rudock was able to put the adversity behind him and move forward.
“You have to have a short memory in this game, or it’s going to get to you,” Rudock said.
Rudock, who has a team-high three rushing touchdowns this season, got out of a few jams with his feet Saturday. That was an unanswered question entering the season, since quarterbacks aren’t allowed to get hit during practice or scrimmages.
“That’s good for me, because our defense would be killing me,” Rudock said. “You just make the play as you can.”
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