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Hawkeyes seek better passing game against Iowa St

FILE- In this April 14, 2012, filephoto, Iowa quarterback James Vandenberg talks with new offensive coordinator Greg Davis, right, during Iowa's annual NCAA college football spring scrimmage in Iowa City, Iowa. Vandenberg was supposed to be the player the
FILE- In this April 14, 2012, filephoto, Iowa quarterback James Vandenberg talks with new offensive coordinator Greg Davis, right, during Iowa's annual NCAA college football spring scrimmage in Iowa City, Iowa. Vandenberg was supposed to be the player the Hawkeyes could lean on early while they adjusted to Davis's new system. But Vandenberg averaged less than four yards per attempt in Saturday's narrow win over Northern Illinois, and running back Damon Bullock had to bail Iowa out with a late TD run.
Charlie Neibergall, File, Associated Press

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Nearly everyone assumed that Iowa would lean on senior quarterback James Vandenberg until the rest of the offense found its footing under new coordinator Greg Davis

But the Hawkeyes' passing game is a major concern with Iowa State (1-0) visiting Kinnick Stadium on Saturday.

Iowa (1-0) survived a fierce test from Northern Illinois last weekend, beating the Huskies 18-17 on running back Damon Bullock's 23-yard touchdown late in the fourth quarter.

Vandenberg threw for just 129 yards — averaging less than four yards an attempt — and was sacked six times. Though Vandenberg completed 21 of his 33 tries, none of them went for scores.