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IOWA CITY (KWWL) -

Two games in to the season the Iowa Hawkeye offense has been rolling. Ten times Iowa has made trips to the red zone, and ten times they've scored with nine of those being touchdowns. They say focusing on themselves has been the catalyst.

"As long as we focus on what we can do as a team, block, and run hard, complete and run routes well. We give ourselves the best chance to win," said C.J. Beathard who's thrown for four touchdowns in the early season.

The Hawkeyes will take the same philosophy in to this weekend facing the 5-time defending FCS champion North Dakota State Bison, a team Beathard says doesn't make many mistakes.

"They're a really sound defense,” said the Hawkeye signal caller, “They don't do anything stupid. Up field they play blocks, and they play good defense there."

Saturday will also be a bit of a homecoming for North Dakota State head coach and Waterloo native Chris Klieman, and he's bringing former Waterloo West running back Lance Dunn with him.

Dunn's made strides in his second season, leading the Bison rushing attack with 178 yards and two touchdowns including an overtime winner from Saturday against Eastern Washington. He's certainly gotten the attention of the Hawkeye defenders.”

“I see he's a very aggressive running back,” said senior Desmond King. “He's a guy that can get in to the open field, can run as well, get between the tackles and still break the tackles after the run.”

That's one reason of several the Hawks know they have to come ready play on Saturday.

“We respect every team we play,” said running back Leshun Daniels, “We've got to go in there thinking this is the biggest game of our lives."

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