|Date of game: 11/15/2014
Recap: Illinois vs. Iowa
Champaign, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - Mark Weisman ran for a season-high 134 yards as the Iowa Hawkeyes topped Illinois, 30-14, in a Big Ten Conference tussle at Memorial Stadium.
Jake Rudock threw for two touchdowns and ran for another for the Hawkeyes (7-3, 4-2 Big Ten) in their final road game. All told, Iowa racked up a season-high 587 yards of total offense in the first head-to-head meeting between these two teams since 2008.
Despite having two weeks to prepare for this one, the Fighting Illini (4-6, 1-5) lost for the fifth time in their last six games. Wes Lunt was held to 102 yards and one touchdown on 14-of-25 passing in his first game back after missing the previous three with a broken fibula.
Hawkeyes defensive tackle Louis Trinca-Pasat notched the game's first score as he sacked Lunt in the end zone for a safety at the 4:55 mark of the opening frame.
Lunt needed only three plays to respond, however, as he found Mike Dudek for a 31-yard scoring strike to make it a 7-2 game.
But it was all Iowa the rest of the way. Rudock threw a one-yard touchdown to Ray Hamilton to put the visitors back on top with just under 11 minutes remaining in the half.
Those two hooked up again for a six-yard score late in the third quarter to finish off a 10-play, 71-yard drive.
The Hawkeyes stretched their lead to 23-7 at the 13:41 mark of the fourth quarter on a six-yard scamper by Rudock.
Later in the final frame, C.J. Beathard entered at quarterback for Iowa and tossed a 19-yard TD pass to Damond Powell to make it a 30-7 game with 8:05 to play.
Dudek caught a 31-yard TD pass from backup quarterback Reilly O'Toole with just under four minutes remaining, which accounted for the final margin.
Illinois lost at home for the first time in five tries this season and now must win out to become bowl eligible. The Illini host Penn State next weekend and then will travel to Northwestern for their regular-season finale.Game Notes