IOWA CITY -- The Iowa football team fell to Wisconsin, 28-9, on Saturday. Iowa was held without a touchdown, threw two interceptions inside its own 25-yard line, and lost quarterback Jake Rudock for most of the second half with an injury.
The Hawkeye defense was outstanding in the first half. Iowa started with the ball in Wisconsin territory three times on their first four possessions, but had to settle for field goals. Iowa came away with just six points and 131 yards at halftime -- and once punted from Wisconsin's 35-yard line.
Wisconsin finally struck with 1:49 remaining in the half, when Jacob Pedersen beat the Hawkeye secondary deep for a 44-yard touchdown reception. That gave the Badgers a 7-6 halftime lead.
In the third quarter, Rudock threw an interception from his own end zone, and appeared to limp off the field. Wisconsin quarterback Joel Stave threw a touchdown pass on the next play, and Rudock didn't return to the game.
Backup quarterback C.J. Beathard threw a fourth-quarter pass that bounced off an Iowa lineman's helmet, up into the air, and into the Badgers' hands. That led to a James White touchdown run that put the game out of reach for the Hawkeyes.
Another James White touchdown run with less than two minutes remaining finished off the scoring.
Iowa allowed 220 rushing yards on the game. Beathard finished 4-16 for 70 yards, and Rudock was 12-24 for 109. Canzeri provided a minor spark with 5 carries for 58 yards, but Mark Weisman was limited to 15 yards on 9 carries.
The Hawkeyes fell to 5-4 on the season.Check thegazette.com this afternoon for full coverage.