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Hawkeye defense saves the day

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After giving up 3 straight scoring drives in Saturday's third quarter, the Hawkeye defensive unit clamped down in the 4th allowing for the biggest comeback win in school history. Coach Kirk Ferentz calls that progress.

Now the Hawks face a Louisiana-Monroe team that led 23rd ranked TCU well into the second quarter before calling by 3 touchdowns.

"They give you some unusual things that we're not used to seeing. It's going to eat up some practice time today, tomorrow, all week, to make sure we get everything covered." Ferentz added.

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And while the competition between the Iowa defense and the Louisiana-Monroe offense will be intense, it doesn't compare the internal competition between the Hawkeye defensive backs. Shaun Prater and Micah Hyde.

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"Me and Micah, we have a little thing about who's going to have the most interceptions this year, " said Prater.

However, the scoring's a bit more complicated.

Prater said, "A pick six is worth 3 (points)."

That gave Shaun Prater the edge after this touchdown return against Tennessee Tech.

Prater said, "A pick is worth one (point)."

With that Hyde closed the gap in the first half against Pitt.

Prater added, "And a game saving interception is worth 2 (points)."

And that happened with Hyde's pick to seal the game against Pitt on Saturday. Now, the 2 talented Iowa defensive backs stand toe to toe, and the stakes are high with a meal on the line at the end of the season...winner's choice.

Prater said, "Let me know what's the most expensive restaurant in town."

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