IOWA CITY, Ia. — Is anything more painful than losing?
According to Iowa quarterback Jake Rudock, not being able to finish a football game comes close.
“You want to play the whole game,” Rudock said. “You want to play all snaps.
“That’s a competitor. All the guys on the team, we want to compete and play as best we can.”
Rudock suffered a knee injury in the second half of a 28-9 home loss against Wisconsin and did not return, but he is listed as the starter for Saturday’s 11 a.m. game at Purdue.
“I think he’ll be sore maybe,” coach Kirk Ferentz said, “but I think everybody is going to be good to go.”
Rudock was hurt while attempting a pass from his end zone with 7:48 left in the third period.
“Got hit, knee kind of buckled a little bit underneath me,” he said. “It was just aggravated a little bit.”
The pass was intercepted, capping a day in which Rudock went 12-of-24 passing for 109 yards and no touchdowns.
Rudock thought he might return. Instead, C.J. Beathard came in.
“I’d say any guy on our roster, if they get banged up a little bit, everybody wants to go back out,” Rudock said. “It’s really kind of a decision made by multiple people, including yourself.”
Beathard went 4-of-16 passing for 70 yards and also threw an interception.
“It’s a tough circumstance to enter into because they (Wisconsin) were playing well,” Ferentz said. “But he did some good things. He’s been practicing well. It wasn’t a big surprise to us.
“We feel confident in him.”
When it was done, however, Iowa had turned in its most frustrating offensive effort of the season.
The Hawkeyes scored a total of nine points in four red-zone chances.
“It’s hard to put a finger on exactly what it is,” Rudock said. “We need to have that not-take-no-for-and-answer (attitude). Understand, ‘hey, we need to get into the end zone.’”
It was a subpar showing for Rudock, who has been solid for most of his first yerar as the starter – including a game-winning touchdown pass against Northwestern.
He’s completing 59.8 percent of his attempts through nine games.
“I’d say we’ve continued to progress,” Rudock said. “Offensive football is just like defensive football. If one guy messes up, the whole play can get blown up.
“Sometimes you can get away with it here and there. … That doesn’t happen very often.”
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