Off to its best start since 1982 the University of Dubuque football team plays host to Wartburg. Coach Vince Brautigam has seen the fortunes change for the program since taking over in 2001. After winning only seven game his first five years at the helm the Spartans are riding a six game winning streak dating back to last year.
Brautigan says everyone is excited about the start and the players now have the experience that makes a difference. Wartburg is also 3-0 and something needs to give in this one. Dubuque is averaging 300 yards of rushing per game while the Wartburg defense is giving up only an average of 42 yards on the ground.
Brautigan says everyone is pointing out those stats, but he says it comes down to how well they execute the run and the pass. Brautigam says they will try to be balanced on offense led by quarterback Jermar Jackson. He says people look at Jackson as a runner, but he can also pass. This year he says people have tried to take away the pass and Jackson will run.
Brautigam feels the game will be decided by special teams and whoever gets the best field position throughout the day and limits their turnovers and penalties.