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Janarion Grant will test the Hawkeyes almost every way imaginable today when Iowa opens its conference schedule with an 11 a.m. game at Rutgers. The Scarlet Knights (7-1-1) were able to keep Northwestern scoreless for the first time on their season.

That's because the Hawkeyes forgot what got them to 12-0 in 2015 during last week's 23-21 loss to North Dakota State.

Hawkeyes cornerback Desmond King stepped on Grant's right leg at the end of the play and Rutgers' dynamic receiver was knocked out of the game.

"It's tough because we get one day to prepare and then we get one day to prepare at Illinois", Werneke said. It's certainly not going to be sustainable to rely on an offense that can only score 14 points a game and it's unreasonable to expect the defense to allow just one touchdown each outing.

Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said his team made too many mistakes in losing to a good team.

The Hawkeyes have won seven consecutive road games (the final road game at IL in 2014, all five road games in 2015, first road game of 2016). That's where it has to start, " linebacker Ben Niemann said. "I think we did a really nice job of that for two weeks, but last week, it wasn't just awful, but enough of those, and it affects the game, especially if you play a good football team, and it'll be the same way the next nine ballgames".

MISCELLANEOUS Iowa's first scoring drive went 99 yards, 8 plays, 1:30. Iowa will look to bounce back against a mediocre Rutgers team this Saturday.

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Iowa linemen James Daniels and Sean Welsh returned after missing last week.

"You know, if you want to go back to last year, last year's team really did a nice job of navigating a lot of tricky situations that way", Ferentz said.

He already owns a share of the Big Ten career record by returning five kicks for touchdowns, including an 84-yard return for as score against Howard two weeks, and the 5-foot-10 Florida native leads the conference with his average of 32.5 yards per return. The two have combined for 414 yards and six touchdowns on the season. Now starting quarterback CJ Beathard and the Iowa Hawkeyes look to get back to their winning ways as they hit the road today and travel east for today's game.

Rutgers will no doubt copy the Bison blitz plan, which will test Iowa's protection.

Shannon Brooks, the team's leading rusher past year, returned from a broken foot that kept him out of the first two games and netted 85 yards and a score on 13 carries for the Gophers (3-0).

That could be a problem for the Hawkeyes, who struggled to get any stops last week, especially in the second half.

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