(Eds: With AP Photos.) By LUKE MEREDITH AP Sports Writer Iowa lost again last weekend, its seventh straight defeat dating to last season and its first in an opener in 13 years.
And yes, it came against MAC school Northern Illinois, a team the Hawkeyes had beaten eight times in a row. It didn't help that the game swung on a late interception by new quarterback Jake Rudock.
But don't mistake a loss for lost confidence.
Even in defeat, the Hawkeyes (0-1) showed signs that the misery of last season soon could be a thing of the past.
Rudock played well in his debut. The running game showed signs of progress and Iowa's defense appears to be in decent shape heading into Saturday's game with FCS school Missouri State. There are hopes of ending a losing streak that has hung over the program for nearly 11 months.
''There were an awful lot of good things out there that were being done. I thought we moved around well on defense. Certainly on offense, we did some things better than we've do...