After a hard fought battle on Saturday Iowa and Iowa State will now prepare for their final non-conference matchups this weekend. The Hawkeyes claimed a 17-10 victory on Saturday in Kinnick Stadium but had to hold off a second half rally by Iowa State. Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz says for awhile, it was eerily similar to two years ago. Ferentz says after scoring on the first drive of the game the Hawkeye offense was outplayed by the Cyclone defense. He says they had good spark in the first series and then that seemed to wear off.Next up is a visit to Arizona State to play a Sun Devil offense led by quarterback Andrew Walter. Ferentz says Walter is a fantastic player and it will be a big challenge on the road, although he expects to have a good contingent of Iowans.Iowa quarterback Drew Tate was 16 of 22 for 220 yards and a touchdown and says he is developing good chemistry with the receiving corps. He says they’re on the same page and know what he’s thinking and he says that’s a good thing in only the second game.The Cyclones will host Northern Illinois this weekend after narrowly missing a fourth straight win in Kinnick Stadium.ISU coach Dan McCarney says he was proud of his team, but says they didn’t make enough plays when they had to. He says there didn’t appear to be any physical mismatches on the field. McCarney says they came in believing they could win the game.
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