Rudock, Weisman Expected To Return For Purdue

By Scott Westerberg

IOWA CITY — Besides losing the game on Saturday, Iowa also lost quarterback Jake Rudock to a left knee injury on this interception that led to a Badger touchdown.

"I'm not going to go into detail about injuries and all that stuff, said the sophomore quarterback. "That's really a coach Ferentz issue but I mean I'm feeling all right."

"We expect everybody to be ready to go today," added coach Ferentz. "There's a couple guys that are sore as you might imagine, but the news on Sunday was a lot better than I thought it might be, so that was good news."

Rudock said he wanted to re-enter the game but the decision to hold him out had been made.

"Everybody wants to go back out. It's multiple people saying this, this, this. It's really a decision made by multiple people."

Mark Weisman finished with just nine carries and left early with an injury, but like Rudock he expects to return this week. Jordan Canzeri stepped in and had his best game of the season."

"Jordan gave us a little bit of a change-up in there and hit that one nice run and did a good job," remarked Ferentz. "He's been practicing really well, so we'll just play it a game at a time, try to do what's best but it's a little tricky trying to get four guys in."

Besides injuries, the big issue on Saturday was finishing drives with touchdowns instead of field goals.

"It's hard to put a finger on what it is," explained Rudock. "It's a little bit of just doing it. We need to do it. We need to have that, 'not take no for an answer' and just understand we need to get into the end zone and have the confidence that we will."

Coach Ferentz added, "The first two we just had some self-inflicted wounds that made it tougher and that part is disappointing."
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