It certainly wasn’t the ending Iowa Hawkeye fans were hoping for in the team’s season opener this past Saturday. The Hawkeyes lost a heartbreaker to Northern Illinois on a last second field goal. Watching the kick go through the uprights was devastating in itself for fans, but how the Huskies got in position for the game-winner, had to be even tougher for the Iowa faithful. It was all the result of Jake Rudock‘s late-game interception, in what happened to be his college football debut.
Other than the horrible interception, which all play-calling aside was just a bad read on Rudock’s part – the redshirt sophomore had a good debut. It wasn’t a debut for the ages, but Rudock managed the game on his way to 256 yards passing and two touchdowns. One touchdown came via the air, the other via his legs. The rushing touchdown had to get Iowa fans’ attention.
It’s been along time since the Hawkeyes have had a legitimate dual-threat QB, but it looks like No. 15 could finally be one of those players for the black and gold. He’s quick on his feet and that should be able to buy him time as he gets used to the game of college football. He has a good offensive line in front of him and three very capable backs behind him. The receivers showed promise in the opener and you can’t forget about his tight end safety valve, C.J. Fiedorowicz.
Saturday’s tough loss was not the way Iowa fans scripted the opener going down. However, it’s just one game it what looks like will be long career for Jake Rudock at Iowa.