Respect for Iowa

Badgers have not defeated Hawkeyes in four years

The University of Wisconsin football team has not beaten its opponent for Saturday's game, Iowa, since a 34-28 win on Nov. 3, 2001. As should be expected, then, Badger players fielded plenty of questions this week pondering why the Hawkeyes have been such a tough team to deal with.

"They just play good, fundamental football," senior wide receiver Brandon Williams said. "They are solid in their front four and their linebackers. (Chad) Greenway and (Abdul) Hodge are some of the best in the country. We are just going to have to be fundamentally sound. We can't make mistakes. Can't cause too many turnovers. We have to create some turnovers. It will just be an up-and-down game. It will be a four-quarter game. We just trying to come out with a victory any way we can."

"They are a physical team," Sanders said. "They are a very well-coached team. Drew Tate, he's an athlete. He's out there running around, throwing the ball around. They are just a very tough team."

Junior quarterback John Stocco could be excused if he harbored unpleasant memories of past Iowa games. Two years ago Stocco rallied a moribund Badger offense in the fourth quarter, only to have his potential game-winning pass knocked away by Iowa safety Sean Considine. Last season in Iowa City Stocco struggled, throwing a pair of interceptions in a 30-7 loss.

"I don't know about extra motivation but it seems like they've had our number the last few years," Stocco said. "I think our guys are just really excited to have another opportunity to play them. We know we are going to have to improve this week because they are a good football team. It should be a special day for us."

"I think they're always physical and they're always fundamentally sound," Stocco said. "They're not going to give you anything… They don't blitz a whole lot or do a whole lot of different things, they're just really good with what they do. You've got to earn everything against them."

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