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Hawkeyes move on to Wisconsin

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Akrum Wadley and Leshun Daniels ran wild on Saturday combining for 326 yards and 3 scores. This week when the Badgers come to town it's not likely to be so easy.

"They're going to bring it every snap, so you've got to make sure that you're mentally ready for the pounding that you're going to get," Iowa senior running back Leshun Daniels said of Wisconsin's defense, "because there's going to be plenty of plays that are going to be one, two yard gains."

"They just fly around to the ball and they're always going to the ball," agreed offensive lineman Ike Boettger, "None of them are afraid of contact. They're just a physical group of guys that are looking to get after it."

The Hawks hope to do the same as they look to hang on to the Heartland trophy just like they've already done with the Cy-Hawk trophy and Floyd of Rosedale. This game, however, seems to have more meaning as far as the rest of the season is concerned.

"It's one of the great opportunities for us to define our season just like last year when we played them," said Desmond King. The senior defensive back grabbed his first interception of the season last week against Minnesota, "It's going to define what kind of season we're going to have and what kind of team we have at this point."

According to Kirk Ferentz, the Hawkeyes need to be a team that responds well to adversity to beat a Badger squad that's held three top ten opponents under 15 points this season.

"I think our whole team is really going to have to be alert and really sound. All that being said, they're going to make some plays. They're good, and they're really disruptive defensively, so we have to weather that and fight through that."

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