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Road warrior Hawks get set for Maryland

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IOWA CITY (KWWL) -  This Iowa Hawkeyes are headed in to uncharted waters when they travel to College Park for the first time to face a hostile crowd at Maryland's Byrd Stadium.

The Hawkeyes, however,  seem to be bucking the trend. Out of 5 regular season losses the past 2 seasons, only one has come away from Kinnick Stadium. Players like Carl Davis say they feed off their opponents negative energy.

"I love it when we come out and everybody's booing us," said Davis, "You hear all that smack talk from them. I build energy off it honestly."

So do a lot of the Hawkeyes apparently. Iowa's already come from behind to win games at Pitt and at Purdue. They say their bond and a mature mind-set has been key when they travel --

"When you go in to hostile territory, you've got 70,000 people, plus, screaming at you, yelling at you and against you, said senior linebacker Quinton Alston, "It just keeps you closer together. We have to get closer on the sidelines to talk to each other."

As Jake Rudock points out, however, there's also something to be said about home fan support. He got a lot of it after tossing a pair of touchdown strikes last week against Indiana. For him, getting a chance to play at home and away is pretty special.

"I like doing both. I like coming down, helping our fans, getting our fans crazy," said the junior quarterback, "and at the same time I like going in to hostile environments. It's always different."

Different is good for Carl Davis as he's once again looking forward to being the villain.

"I feel like us as a defense, we feel like the bad guys coming in there, and there's nothing like going in to somebody's house and getting the W."
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