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Hawks look to bounce back against Northwestern

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Iowa Defensive tackle Steve Bigach had this to say about the loss to Penn State, "The way I felt was embarassed. I know a lot of guys felt that way."

As Iowa tries to forget about an embarrassing loss to Penn State in front of a home crowd at Kinnick, a lot of fingers were pointed in every direction for who to blame. The Hawks didn't play well on offense, defense or special teams, but Senior James Vandenberg acknowledges himself as part of the blame.

James Vandenberg: "I mean obviously I take a lot of responsibility, to think I'm controlling a lot of the stuff we do. Offensive football is eleven guys, but at the same time it's my job to lead those guys."

Although Vandenberg completed less than half his attempts, his starting job is not in jeopardy according to Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz.

Kirk Ferentz: "To evaluate what happened Saturday any one player's performance or job status, it'd be tough to do because there wasn't much that went well."

Looking on to Northwestern, both defenses on average allow less than 23 points a game. However the Hawks need to be mindful of the Wildcats rushing attack led by Venric Mark. On top of that a two quarterback system with Trevor Siemian making a majority of the passes, and Kain Colter showcasing the mobile attack with eight rushing touchdowns this season.

 Micah Hyde said, "You have Kain Colter, put him at slot, put him out wide, running back, quarterback… Moving guys around it's really just generating huge gaps in the running game and that's what it comes down to."

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