Late interception sets up season-opening win for NIU

Late interception sets up season-opening win for NIU
August 31, 2013, 7:00 pm
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Associated Press

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Mathew Sims hit a 36-yard field goal with four seconds left, and Northern Illinois rallied to beat Iowa, 30-27, on Saturday in the season-opener for both teams.

NIU quarterback Jordan Lynch threw for 275 yards and three touchdowns for the Huskies, who scored 10 points in the final 5:05 to record their first win over the Hawkeyes.

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Northern Illinois cornerback Jimmie Ward intercepted Iowa's Jake Rudock with 1:17 left. He brought it to the Hawkeyes' 30-yard line, setting up the game-winning kick from Sims.

Rudock threw for 256 yards, a touchdown and two picks in his debut for Iowa, which lost its seventh straight game dating back to last season.

The Hawkeyes also lost their first opener since 2000.