Northern Illinois used a 36-yard field goal with :04 seconds left in the fourth quarter to defeat Iowa, 30-27, Saturday inside Kinnick Stadium. The loss snapped Iowa's streak of 12-consecutive wins in a season opener.
Six Hawkeyes made their first career starts today - two on offense and four on defense. First time starters include QB Jake Rudock, WR Don Shumpert, DE Drew Ott, DT Carl Davis, SS John Lowdermilk, and DB Jordan Lomax.
Iowa won the toss and elected to receive. Iowa has started the game on offense in 144-of-175 games under Kirk Ferentz. Iowa is 16-15 in the games it has started on defense under Ferentz.
Iowa scored 24 points in the first half, its highest scoring half since putting up 24 points Sept. 29, 2012 vs. Minnesota. Iowa's 17 second quarter points marked the Hawkeyes' highest scoring quarter since putting up 14 points against Purdue on Nov. 10, 2012.
The Hawkeyes have converted on 84 consecutive PATs without a miss or block. Iowa has gone 31 consecutive games without a missed or blocked PAT.
Kickoff temperature was 86-degrees, the highest for a Hawkeye season opener since August 26, 2000 (Arrowhead Stadium vs. No. 8 Kansas State).
QB Jake Rudock finished his Hawkeye debut 21-37 for 256 yards, including one touchdown and two interceptions. Rudock spread the ball around, connecting with nine different Hawkeyes. He also rushed four times for 20 yards and 1 touchdown.
LB Christian Kirksey forced and recovered a fumble in the second quarter, returning it 52 yards for his third career touchdown. Kirksey returned two interceptions for touchdowns in 2012 (vs. Minnesota, at Indiana). The last Iowa player to return a fumble for a touchdown was Micah Hyde (9 yards, vs. Purdue, 11/10/12).
K Mike Meyer was perfect in two field attempts and three extra-point tries. Meyer connected from 28 yards to tie the score, 10-10, in the second quarter, and extended Iowa's lead to 27-20 with a 44-yard field goal in the fourth quarter. Meyer was perfect on three extra-point attempts, extending his streak of consecutive made PATs to 84.
K Mike Meyer has made a school-record 84 consecutive PAT attempts, the ninth longest streak in conference history. Entering today, that active streak ranked third in the nation (Baylor's Aaron Jones, 107; Northwestern's Jeff Budzien 101). Meyer's last PAT miss was in a 37-6 win over Michigan State on Oct. 30, 2010 in Iowa City.
WR Kevonte Martin-Manley recorded a career-best nine receptions.
TE C.J. Fiedorowicz scored his fifth career touchdown, an 11-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter (6:42) to give Iowa a 17-10 lead.
RB Mark Weisman recorded his fifth career 100-yard game. Wiesman carried 20 times for 100 yards.
Iowa returns to the field Sept. 7 when it hosts Missouri State inside Kinnick Stadium (11 a.m. , BTN).