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Hawks prepare for Wisconsin's Gordon

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IOWA CITY (KWWL) -  It's rare to see more than half the questions at Iowa football's weekly press conference focus on just one guy. That, however, was exactly the case with Wisconsin coming to Kinnick Stadium on Saturday.

It's not often that's we're playing a team that just had a guy for 400 yards on the ground,” said Iowa Coach Kirk Ferentz, referring to the Badgers' Melvin Gordon.

In fact, that scenario's only happened twice in NCAA history. Last Saturday was one, when Gordon hammered Nebraska for an FBS Division record 408 rushing yards.

That puts a lot of pressure on an Iowa defense that's struggled against the rush at times this season.”

It's going to take our best football,” said Ferentz, “We're going to have to play really well at all 11 positions."

We have to prepare as a whole defense to just rally to the ball,” agreed senior linebacker Quinton Alston, “all out effort and hustle to the ball, just get him on the ground."

The guy looking to take down the Hawkeyes this Saturday, nearly was one. Melvin Gordon verbally committed to Iowa before deciding to join the Badgers. On Tuesday, Kirk Ferentz compared him to an ex-girlfriend.

"We dated for a while. He picked the home state school. It's not usually a big news headline, but now that's the way it went."

If the Hawks can get by Gordon and the Badgers, they could put themselves in a prime position to reach the Big Ten title game when they host Nebraska the following week.

We worked all year to have meaningful games in November,” said senior defensive back John Lowdermilk, “and this is definitely a big, huge game in November. It's a big challenge for us."

I think we have a very talented team right now,” said senior defensive tackle Carl Davis, “We've got good coaches and we've got guys that are hungry.”
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