Iowa sophomore quarterback Jake Rudock runs to the huddle for the first time.
(to himself) Alright Jake this is it. Finally, all the hard work these last two years is going to start paying off right now. I know you can do it.
Rudock slows down
What? Did I drink some bad Gatorade?
Hey Jake are you going to come to the huddle? Lets go!
Well, go on. We’ll do this together.
Jake, I’m your quarterback spirit guide.
No, no, no, no. This is crazy, I’m just nervous. You know first game and all.
Oh, I understand. I know everything about you, after all I’m your spir-
Yeah, spirit guide. You said that.
Hey… Lets… Go… The clock is ticking.
OK, OK. Left cross, 34 flood belly.
Rudock takes a short three-step drop
Look at Kevonte!. Look at Kevonte.
Rudock completes his first pass
One quarter later, Rudock rolls out
I’m not seeing anybody, you might want to just keep it.
The 6’8 tight end, he’s got position.
Rudock throws a touchdown
Who is he talking to out there?
Oops, burrito’s coming up again.
The Hawkeyes are on the move again
Do you see that bald eagle sitting on top of that flag pole? Majestic.
Hello? Ah, hell, I’ll do it myself.
Rudock dives into the end zone.
Beautiful, just beautiful man.
Thanks a lot, thanks — wait you’re still talking about the Eagle aren’t you?
With the score tied late in the fourth quarter, Iowa gets the ball back one last time.
This is my time, the fourth quarter, and with my help it can be your time too. Are you ready to become a legend?
Guys, guys we got this one in the bag. Let’s bring home that first victory. I-right, 84 gorilla monsoon, on two.
The Hawkeyes approach the line
I’m thinking the out route on this one.
I don’t know. They’ve come close to grabbing one of those. I’m thinking C.J.
If you don’t want be an American hero, then I guess I’ll have to be one for you.
Stanzi inhabits Rudock’s body and throws an out route. It is intercepted and returned into field goal range.
On the sideline
What happened? I… I think I blacked out.
Dude, you threw an interception. Why would you throw that out route?
My bad. I thought we had it, you really need to get into that weight room. What kind of arm is that?
Ricky Stanzi, you are no longer my spirit guide. Go talk about bald eagles with somebody else.
(Still right next to Rudock) Ummm. I think I’m going to get you some water. I think the heat might have gotten to you.
Beathard walks to the cooler
Hey, make sure to grab him a cool towel too. He’ll appreciate that.