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Iowa tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz was visibly upset when quarterback Jake Rudock opted to waltz into the end zone untouched from 2 yards out to provide the Hawkeyes with their final touchdown in today's 28-14 win over Missouri State. The senior who found himself open in the back end of the end zone threw open his arms as Rudock collected his second touchdown of the afternoon. Rudock continued to hear about it as the pair stood on the sidelines. "Yeah, C.J. gave me plenty of crap about it,'' Rudock said. "I told him, 'C.J., calm down. You understand why I did it and he understands. If he didn't want the ball, then I'd worry.'' Rudock, who had thrown an interception earlier in the fourth quarter that was returned for a score, said he simply made the smartest play available to him at the time. "It was one of those where you could flick it over there or you could walk in with it,'' Rudock said. "You don't have to worry about a throw that you might miss or you might him in the wrong spot.'' Fiedorowicz is among a deep group of tight ends that Rudock is working to get involved in the offense this season. This afternoon at Kinnick, he took steps in that direction. Fiedorowicz was the only tight end to catch a pass in Iowa's season-opening loss to Northern Illinois, pulling down two balls for 15 yards. Today against Missouri State, Hawkeye tight ends were active participants among the 10 receivers who caught passes. Fiedorowicz, Jake Duzey and George Kittle combined for seven receptions against the Bears, accounting for 104 of Iowa's 193 receiving yards in the game. It was a sign of the potential that exists within a group which will figure into the Hawkeyes' gameplanning to varying degrees from one week to another depending on the opponent. "We're going to continue to take what defenses are giving us,'' Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said. "We have five tight ends that we feel good about and we will use them a lot of ways.'' Fiedorowicz and Duzey caught three passes apiece today, with Fiedorowicz gaining 31 yards and Duzey 26. Kittle covered the other 47 yards with his first collegiate reception, illustrating with every step why Ferentz has talked about the potential he sees in the son of former Hawkeye offensive lineman Bruce Kittle. "Those guys can all make plays,'' Iowa reciever Kevonte Martin-Manley said. "They showed today what we've been seeing all along in practice.''

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