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Iowa QB Spencer Petras more comfortable by the week as he preps for Badgers

Spencer Petras’ full body of work this season as the starting quarterback for the University of Iowa was summed up against Illinois last week.

After a shaky start, Petras got the offense rolling as the No. 19 Hawkeyes (5-2) pulled away with a 35-21 victory against the Illini. Iowa scored 35 unanswered points after trailing 14-0. After starting the game 2-for-5 passing and being sacked twice, Petras spoke with his receivers on the sideline and shared a simple message.

“I just told them to stay with me,” Petras told reporters. “It can’t be fun for them when I’m struggling.