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Why Rudock didn’t throw to wide-open receiver

[ 0 ] September 7, 2013 |
Jake Rudock finds a way into the end zone Saturday for his second rushing touchdown against Missouri State. (Bryon Houlgrave/The Register)

Jake Rudock finds a way into the end zone Saturday for his second rushing touchdown against Missouri State. (Bryon Houlgrave/The Register)

Sophomore Jake Rudock is not considered a dual-threat quarterback, but he still leads the Iowa football team with three rushing touchdowns in two games.

He even passed up an opportunity to throw what appeared to be an easy touchdown pass to wide open C.J. Fiedorowicz in the end zone.

Instead, Rudock tucked the ball away and scored on a 2-yard run with 9:57 left in the fourth quarter of Iowa’s 28-14 win Saturday against Missouri State. Fiedorowicz showed his frustration by throwing his arms in the air.

“Oh yeah, he was giving me crap,” Rudock said when asked if Fiedorowicz talked about the play on the sideline. “I told him, ‘C.J. calm down. You understand why I did it.’ And he understands.

“And if he didn’t want the ball, I’d be worried.”

Rudock went with the safer option instead of risking throwing an interception. He already had thrown an interception early in the fourth quarter that Missouri State linebacker Rique Bentley returned 28 yards for a touchdown.

“It was one of those where you flick it over there or you also could walk in for the touchdown,” Rudock said. “It was just a smarter play at the time. You don’t have to worry about a throw that you might miss or you hit him in a bad spot.”

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About Pat Harty: Columnist Pat Harty has been covering the Iowa Hawkeyes for the Press-Citizen since 1991. Originally from Des Moines, he currently writes columns and covers Hawkeye men's basketball for Hawk Central. View author profile.

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