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In Other Words: Iowa vs. Northwestern

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Here are some snippets from around the country on the Iowa Hawkeyes, who host Northwestern on Saturday at Kinnick Stadium:

Iowa has played seven games and lost four fumbles, one more than the Hawkeyes lost all of last season. In fact, the Hawkeyes are only plus-one in turnover margin. A trademark of Kirk Ferentz’s teams is that they take care of the ball. Iowa hasn’t finished with a negative turnover margin since 2006. “It’s been read and reported by everybody,” Ferentz said at his press conference Tuesday. “When we’re ahead of the turnover takeover deal, we’re in the win column.”

http://espn.go.com/blog/ncfnation/post/_/id/86087/3-point-stance-iowa-wins-when-careful

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The Iowa defense watched the 2012 Northwestern video a lot this offseason. Like a lot a lot.

The play that immediately jumped into defensive tackle Carl Davis’ mind was Wildcats running back Venric Mark cutting through Iowa’s defense and going 72 yards from NU’s 1-yard line.

“Yeah, that’s one play I looked at. I looked at that one 10 or 12 times,” Davis said. “I watched and asked what could I have done better? That play started with my leverage. I was a little bit too high. I don’t think that’ll happen again this year. I feel like I play with a different leverage now and I feel like I understand the game a little bit more.”

http://thegazette.com/2013/10/23/a-tough-kind-of-learning/

 

 

 

 

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