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Things got a little crazy in Iowa City last Saturday night -

Keith Duncan's 33 yard field goal gave Iowa a win over a top 2 team for the first time in 31 years.

Ben Niemann/Iowa Junior Linebacker said,

"I really don't think confidence was an issue for us. It really hasn't been like that. We haven't doubted ourselves or anything like that, but that just shows we can play with anybody in the country."

In the ensuing melee - quarterback C-J Beathard chucked his helmet to the ground - soon after the headware allegedly took an impromptu tour of Iowa City.

C.J. Beathard/Iowa Senior Quarterback said,

"Greg, our equipment guy told me, I guess one of the cops walking down the street saw a kid wearing it downtown or something like that. That's what I heard."

It's been a few days, so things have calmed down just a bit here in Iowa City, and the focus, that's moved on to Illinois, a team the Hawkeyes have beaten in 10 of the last 13 tries.

Josey Jewell/Iowa Junior Linebacker said,

"They're another good Big Ten team. They're going to come out ready to play. We've got to stay focused during this game. They've got a good running back and they switch their quarterbacks.around there, so it's just another game that we have to be ready for."

The goal for the Hawkeyes - who kept a prolific Michigan offense out of the endzone the final 38 minutes of Saturday's win - is to avoid a let-down against an Illini team that's won just 3 games -

and even though a Big Ten title is out of the question - the Hawks still have a lot to play for.

Keegan Render/Iowa Sophomore Guard said,

"Making a bowl game and winning the bowl game. I know we haven't won one in 5 or 6 years, so we're playing for that and we're also just playing for the seniors to make sure they go out on top."

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