STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — The Iowa Hawkeyes (5-4, 3-3 Big Ten) were throttled in every possible way in a 41-14 loss to No. 12 Penn State (7-2, 5-1) on Saturday night. Here’s what Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz had to say after the game.
Ferentz’s opening statement
- “We came into tonight into a hostile environment. … Certainly none of us expected this type of game.”
- “We weren’t capable of responding.”
- “Offensively, third down, fourth down, lack of conversions in the first half.”
- “There wasn’t much good out there tonight.”
On offense: “It’s concerning right now. … We’ve got to score points.”
On defense not setting an edge: “They started to run the quarterback and put a lot of pressure on you and they can throw it down the field. They’re a great team.”
On wide receivers not getting separation: “The cavalry isn’t coming.”
What was message to players: “There’s nobody in our locker room who’s not hurting right now. It’s not the standard, it never will be the standard.”
“I’m surprised. I thought we’d come in here and compete well. I thought we’d have a chance to win the football game.”
On calling Raider defense vs. third-and-5: “In retrospect we would have loved to have that play back.”
On outside noise and staffing: “I’ve coached long enough where we’ve had games like this. … We have to look at everything, obviously.”
On TE George Kittle: He was re-injured in the game and won’t be healthy the rest of the season.