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Hawkeyes in danger of missing bowl

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Iowa has to win two of its final three games to reach a bowl. Iowa has to win two of its final three games to reach a bowl.

After scoring two touchdowns in the span of 12 seconds to take an early 14-0 lead Saturday against Indiana, Iowa's offense and defense struggled as the Hawkeyes they dropped their third straight game.

For just the third time this season, Iowa was held to less than 100 yards rushing.

In losses to Iowa State and Penn State, the Hawkeyes failed to eclipse the century yard mark on the ground.

After allowing just two opposing receivers all season to amass more than 100 receiving yards, Indiana's Cody Latimer and Kofi Hughes both accounted for more than 100 yards through the air.

"I thought we improved this week," Head Coach Kirk Ferentz said.  "I thought were a better football team than we were a week ago, so it's our mode of operation. We'll try to improve.  We played hard enough, got good leadership but we got to play cleaner if we expect to win."

"It's tough as a defense. You can't give up that many big plays," Micah Hyde said.  "But, even after that, I thought that we would still win the game.

Iowa will try to halt its current three game skid Saturday against Purdue. The Hawkeyes will have to win two of their next three to become bowl eligible.

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