IOWA CITY, Iowa — Iowa isn’t using the 41-14 loss to Penn State last year, or Nittany Lions running back Saquon Barkley saying the Hawkeyes basically quit, as motivation.
But that doesn’t mean they are forgetting about it either. The Hawkeyes aren’t using what happened last season as a rallying cry. Instead, they are a reminder of why they need to be prepared against the fourth-ranked team on Saturday (7:30 pm, ET, ABC).
“It does stick with you, especially us guys that played,” guard Boone Myers said. “We aren’t really using that. We are using that as a chip on our shoulder, but this year it’s a new year and a new game.”
Linebacker Josey Jewell remembers the comments and it irritates him.
“A little bit,” Jewell said. “That’s fine I guess he said that. But I think just go balls out all the time.”
It needs to be because the Hawkeyes can’t afford a repeat. The Nittany Lions jumped out to a 21-0 first-half lead. Iowa never slowed down Penn State, which gained 599 total yards. It was the most yards the Hawkeyes allowed since 1999.
Barkley said he thought the Hawkeyes didn’t want to be on the field anymore in the second half.
“Everyone in the program was embarrassed,” defensive end Parker Hesse said. “We didn’t feel good about how it went that night.”
Barkley’s comments aren’t being posted throughout the locker room. The Hawkeyes don’t need it. They aren’t calling this a revenge game, but they do feel the need to prove something.
“If it doesn’t bother you then you shouldn’t be playing the game obviously,” linebacker Bo Bower said. “You get your teeth knocked in like that, again, you know you did stuff wrong during that game and just mentally not coming into the game ready to go.”