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Hawks squander early lead, fall at Maryland 38-31

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 Iowa jumped out to a quick 14-0 edge, but gave up 24 straight points to Maryland as the Hawkeyes fell 38-31.

The Hawks gained possession just 5 seconds in to the game as Drew Ott picked off C.J. Brown on the first play from scrimmage. Five plays later Mark Weisman stormed in from 4 yards out for a quick 7-0 lead. Minutes later they capped off an 80 yard drive as Jake Rudock hit Henry Krieger Coble on a 2 yard strike to go up 14-0.

That's when things started going south. Maryland scored on 4 of their next 5 possessions. Jacquille Weii and Wes Brown each found the end zone on the ground, while back-up quarterback Perry Hills hit Stefon Diggs on a screen pass. Diggs took it 57 yards to the end zone for a 24-14 edge in the 3rd quarter.

Iowa struck back with Weisman's 2nd touchdown run of the day to pull within 3, but their next offensive possession turned in to disaster. Early in the 4th quarter, Rudock would get picked off by William Likely. Likely returned it 45 yards to put the Terrapins back on top 31-21.  Seven minutes later, Brown leaped over the pile on 4th and 1 for his second score of the game. Maryland would lead 38-21 late.

The Hawkeyes, however, put together a furious rally in the final minutes. Rudock his Jacob Hillyer on a short touchdown pass with under 3 minutes left to pull within 10. Hillyer then recovered an on-side kick, which would lead to a short Marshall Koehn field goal and just a 7 point deficit with 1:19 remaining.

After failing to recover the on-side kick, Iowa exhausted their time-outs and forced a Maryland 3 and out. With 80 yards in front of them, however, 59 seconds would not be enough. Jake Rudock's 4th down pass near midfield would fall to the ground with 5 seconds left on the clock as the rally came up short.

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