Knock, knock, knock

Sometimes opportunity is earned, other times it comes through injury. Four players got their first start of the season on Sunday due to the latter. Matt Bowen stepped in at strong safety and notched seven stops in place of Antuan Edwards, who broke his arm last week. Rookie Aaron Kampman joined fellow Iowa alum Bowen on defense, making his first start at left end in place of Vonnie Holliday, who has a torn pectoral muscle.<p>

"I felt pretty prepared for this game, I had a little bit (of butterflies), but once you go out for pre game warmups and start banging heads a little, as a player you just love that and the nervousness goes away," said Kampman, who logged six tackles. "You're just playing football."

Also making their first starts in Green and Gold were fullback Tony Carter, filling in for William Henderson, who sprained the MCL in his left knee and receiver Robert Ferguson who stepped in at split end when Donald Driver moved over to assume the wideout spot held by Terry Glenn who was slowed with headaches. Ferguson tied Driver for the team lead with five catches.

Center Mike Flanagan also saw his first ever action at guard, taking over when Marco Rivera's knee was losing strength. Frank Winters, who had filled in for Flanagan the previous three games at center while a broken bone in Flanagan's hand healed, resumed his spot in the middle of the line.

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