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Iowa beats Missouri State, 28-14

Mark Weisman, running back
Mark Weisman, running back

IOWA CITY – It wasn’t the dominating performance many Hawkeye fans wanted, but the Iowa football team got a much-needed victory Saturday, beating Missouri State 28-14.

Iowa rushed for 296 yards and four touchdowns to earn a 28-14 win over Missouri State today. It was the first meeting between the schools.

Iowa’s defense forced five three-and-outs and limited the Bears to 12 first downs and 197 yards total offense. The Hawkeyes limited Missouri State to five first downs and 67 yards total offense in the first half.

QB Jake Rudock complete 19-of-28 passes for 193 yards, and rushed 7 times for 33 yards, including two rushing touchdowns.  Rudock spread the ball around, connecting with 10 different Hawkeyes.

Tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz and WR Kevonte Martin-Manley each extended their streak of consecutive games with a reception to 20. Fiedorowicz finished the game with three receptions, while Martin-Manley hauled in three passes.

Linebacker James Morris recorded six tackles to raise his career total to 305. Morris ranks No. 16 on Iowa’s career tackles list, trailing Mike Wells (313) for No. 15 on the all-time list. Morris also recorded his second career forced fumble.

Running back Mark Weisman recorded his sixth career 100-yard game. He rushed for 180 yards, including two touchdowns, on a career-high 30 carries. His 180 rushing yards is the second highest total of his career (217 vs. Central Michigan, 9/22/12). He surpassed the century mark with a 10-yard touchdown run in the third quarter. He is the 42nd Hawkeye in school history to gain 1,000 career rushing yards.

Iowa is one victory away from capturing win No. 600 in program history. The Hawkeyes’ overall record is 599-531-39 (.529). Iowa returns to the field Saturday, Sept. 14 at 5 p.m. (CT). The Hawkeyes travel to Ames, Iowa, to face Iowa State in the annual Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk Series. Fox Sports 1 will televise the game.

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