GAME PREVIEW: (13) Snow vs. (6) Iowa Western

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SANDY -- No. 13 Snow College Badgers will kickoff for the seventh straight year in the Top of the Mountains Bowl on Saturday; this year's opponent is a second year powerhouse, No. 6 Iowa Western Community College.

Iowa Western (9-1) comes into the game after suffering their only loss of the season nearly a month ago in a rematch against Ellsworth Community College which it had beat just a week earlier.

"They (Ellsworth) didn't allow big plays in the passing game," said Snow Head Coach Steve Coburn.

Snow (9-2) will attempt to do the same as they go up against Iowa Western which is sure to spread the field and get one-on-one coverage for their receivers.

Along with a stellar passing game Iowa Western brings the No. 12 running back in the nation to the game in Jalen Singleton who averages 92 yards per game.

Iowa Western doesn't rely solely on offense to score though, freshman Wes Smith has returned three kicks for touchdowns and averages 22 yards on kick/punt returns.

"We're going to do the same that we always do," said sophomore special team's leader Braden Frampton. "We'll go full speed and won't back down."

Several of Snow's players spoke of the fast physical defense Iowa Western is bringing to Salt Lake this weekend. They have the No. 14 defense in the nation allowing 228 yards per game.

"We're going to have to go out in the first quarter and hit them hard. We're going to play smash mouth football," said Snow's sophomore running back Matt Wright. "We're going to set the tone early and make plays happen."

Both teams come to the game after having extra time off to recuperate and knowing that this is their sophomores' last chance to suit up with the team. The game will kickoff at noon at Rio Tinto Stadium.

Notes: Snow has the No. 1 placekicker in the nation in Alex Sweat who has made 54 of 54 PAT's and 19 field goals. Iowa Western has the No.8 place kicker in Cody Dickson who has made 47 of 49 PATs and eight field goals.

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