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Hawkeyes look to solve turnover problems


(Iowa City, IA)  It's pretty simple, if you don't have the ball, you don't score.  If you don't score, you don't win.  Recently that's been the problem for the Iowa Hawkeyes  Right off the bat the past 2 weeks, things just didn't go well for the Hawks--

"Our last 2 games we've opened up with pretty good drives, moved it down inside the 25 both times, turned it over both times," recalled Head Coach Kirk Ferentz.

Recently the red zone's been the dead zone for Iowa  Last Saturday against Michigan State the Hawkeyes turned the ball over twice inside the Spartans 20 with one fumble and one Stanzi interception.

Offensive guard Seth Olson knows that's a problem. "If we could just finish some of the drives, even if we could just not turn the ball over and kick some field goals, we could put ourselves in a better position to win."

While turnovers have been the Hawkeyes' illness so far, Saturday's game against Indiana may not be the remedy as the Hoosiers sacked Jake Christiansen 9 times last season, and you can bet they'll be coming after Ricky Stanzi.

"We did some things well in the game last year," recalled Ferentz, "but penalties and protection weren't two of those things we did well.  We're not going to win this year if we allow that to happen."

Stanzi believes that the key to reacting and getting better is having an idea on what the Hoosier defense will do before they do it.  "Just go out there instead of thinking 'what are they going to do?' just react now because you've been watching it all week, and you're familiar with it, but the only way to get better at that is to watch the film."

The Hawkeyes hope that's enough to end their mid-season skid.

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