After a tough season-opening setback and a quick holiday break, the Hawkeye 10 @ 10 is moving on to a new week as Iowa prepares for Saturday’s home game with Missouri State.
Here is your daily dose of Hawkeye news and notes, something you can count at 10 a.m. weekdays at Hawkmania.com throughout the football season:
1. Hawkeye quarterback Jake Rudock is ready to move on after throwing an interception which led to Northern Illinois’ game-winning field goal Saturday.
“You have to have a short memory,’’ Rudock said. “That’s a big thing and something we talk about all the time. It’s one play at time, making sure that you don’t lose focus. Watch tape, learn from it and move on, that’s all you can do.’’
Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz saw nothing Rudock’s overall performance that would suggest a change behind center needs to be considered this week.
2. Rudock completed 21-of-37 passes for 256 yards against the Huskies, including a pair of passes caught by Jordan Cotton for gains of 58 yards.
“I think we did some good things in the passing game,’’ Cotton said. “There are things we need to work on, too, but it was decent start for us. We have to put the loss behind us and move on and get back to work. We have another game to get ready for.’’
3. Iowa won’t be the only team looking to rebound from a season-opening loss this weekend at Kinnick.
Missouri State dropped a 23-17 game to Northwestern State in its home opener last Thursday, the 10th straight nonconference loss for the Bears.
The Bears gave up touchdown runs of 30 and 4 yards and a game-deciding 51-yard touchdown pass in the final quarter of their loss.
Quarterback Kierra Harris led Missouri State with 51 yards rushing in addition to completing 17-of-33 passes for 189 yards.
4. Iowa receiver Kevonte Martin-Manley caught a career-high nine passes for 79 yards against Northern Illinois.
“It felt good to be out there and I’ve worked hard to get on the same page with all of our quarterbacks,’’ Martin-Manley said. “I felt like I was ready to start the season. It was quite enough to get us the win, but it’s a starting point and it’s what we learn from this that will make the difference starting next week.’’
5. It was no accident that Hawkeye senior Mike Meyer was sending ball after ball into the end zone on kickoffs.
Meyer reached the end zone on five kickoffs in the Hawkeyes’ season-opening loss to Northern Illinois.
“It’s something I’ve been working on all offseason, gaining the strength I need to down the ball in the end zone every time,’’ Meyer said. “It’s something I’ve got to keep working on and improving.’’
Meyer also converted on three extra-point tries against the Huskies, extending his string of successful attempts to 84.
6. Iowa City native Terry Allen is in his eighth season as the head coach at Missouri State.
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The former Northern Iowa and Kansas coach worked as an assistant at Iowa State from 2002-05 before taking over the Bears program. He has a 28-50 record as the head coach of the Missouri Valley Football Conference program which hasn’t reached the postseason at the current Football Championship Subdivision level since 1990.
7. Iowa’s offensive line did not give up a single sack in Saturday’s opener, one of five Big Ten teams to not allow a sack during the opening week of the season.
8. Missouri State finds itself adjusting in the backfield after losing starting running back Ryan Heaston, who gained 10 yards on four carries in the Bears’ season-opening loss to Northwestern State before suffering a broken collarbone.
Mikael Cooper-Falls, who ran for 41 yards on 12 carries last week, will start in place of Heaston and Vernon Scott will be his back-up. Pheonix Johnson, a freshman, is also expected to see action this week.
9. Northern Illinois quarterback Jordan Lynch and kicker Mathew Sims were named Monday as the Mid-American Conference players of the week for their work against Iowa. Lynch was honored for the fifth time in his career and Sims’ game-winning field goal led him to league honors for the third time.
In the Big Ten, Illinois quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase was named the league’s offensive player of the week after throwing for a career-high 416 yards and two touchdowns in the Illini win over Southern Illinois.
Northwestern’s Collin Ellis was named defensive player of the week after returning two interceptions for touchdowns in a win at Cal, while the Penn State duo of Sam Ficken and Christian Hackenberg were named the Big Ten special teams and freshman of the week, respectively.
10. Expect it to be another warm day at Kinnick on Saturday.
The current National Weather Service forecast for Iowa City calls for a high temperature of 90 degrees and mostly sunny skies for the Hawkeyes’ second home game of the season.