|Date of game: 9/6/2014
Recap: Iowa vs. Ball State
Iowa City, IA (SportsNetwork.com) - Jake Rudock threw two touchdown passes in the final three minutes to lift the Iowa Hawkeyes to a 17-13 victory over the Ball State Cardinals in a non-conference thriller at Kinnick Stadium.
Rudock completed 33-of-52 passes for 322 yards and also paced Iowa (2-0) on the ground with 36 yards. Kevonte Martin-Manley tallied 70 yards on eight receptions, while Tevaun Smith reeled in six catches for 59 yards. Drew Ott anchored the Hawkeyes' defensive unit with 13 total stops, two tackles for loss and a forced fumble.
For the Cardinals (1-1), Ozzie Mann went 15-of-30 passing for 129 yards and Jahwan Edwards gained 81 yards on 21 carries. Eric Patterson made an impact for Ball State's defense with nine tackles, two stops for loss and a sack.
Neither side managed to produce any points in the opening 15 minutes. Ball State struck first as Blake Dueitt returned a fumble 35-yards for a touchdown with just over 13 minutes left before the intermission.
Iowa responded with a six-play, 67-yard drive which ended with a 26-yard field goal by Marshall Koehn. The Hawkeyes managed to drive inside BSU's red zone in the closing seconds of the first half, but Koehn's 37-yard field goal attempt was unsuccessful.
The Cardinals extended their advantage on the scoreboard at the 10:37 mark of the third frame, as Secor connected on a 37-yard field goal attempt. On the ensuing kickoff, Jonathan Parker fumbled and Aaron Taylor recovered at Iowa's 23-yard line to give the visitors a short-field for their next drive. BSU was unable to move the chains, but went ahead, 13-3, after Secor kicked a 27-yard field goal attempt through the uprights.
Iowa answered with an 11-play, 59-yard drive, however it walked away without any points once again after Mick Ellis missed a 29-yard field goal try.
The struggling Hawkeyes' offense finally got into rhythm late in the fourth quarter as Rudock engineered a 10-play, 69-yard drive which ended with a 12- yard touchdown pass to Derrick Willies. Iowa's defense forced a three-and-out on BSU's ensuing possession to return the ball to Rudock and company with 2:23 left in regulation. Rudock went on to complete all four of his pass attempts, including a 12-yard toss to Jake Duzey for a score at the one-minute mark.
The Cardinals' final possession abruptly ended when Ott jarred the ball loose when sacking Mann, whose fumble was recovered by Carl Davis.
Iowa managed to escape with the win despite Koehn and Ellis combining to make only 1-of-4 field goal tries. The Hawkeyes outgained the visitors, 455-219, in total yards of offense.Game Notes