Kirk Ferentz and his Iowa Hawkeyes came up just short on Saturday night of pulling another great upset. The Hawkeyes fell to No. 4 Penn State, 21-19, on a last-second touchdown.
Ferentz addressed the media after the loss, which bumped Iowa to 3-1 on the season. Here are some highlights of his press conference:
Ferentz’s opening statement:
“We’re all really disappointed with the outcome of the football game tonight, but I think I speak on behalf of the entire coaching staff, just incredibly proud of the effort and the toughness our guys played with. They just did a heck of a job. We told them at the beginning of the week they’re going to have to really compete out there hard and play with tremendous effort and hustle every snap, and I think that’s what the team did tonight. We played a really good football team. That game is illustrative of what it takes to win in the conference.”
Ferentz had high praise for Penn State running back Saquon Barkley, who went off for 305 yards from scrimmage (211 rushing, 94 receiving) and one touchdown.
“I don’t know if I’ve seen many better or any better in my 19 years back here.”
On keeping the game close despite not having as good as offensive numbers as Penn State:
“Our guys fought, simple as that. That’s the beautiful thing about football. There’s a lot of ways to win games, and we knew coming into this game we would have to make it a team victory, which means having to come up with some plays in special teams, offense, defense. We didn’t drive the ball consistently like they did, but we came up with some big plays at some critical times, some good responses, but just came up a little bit short unfortunately.”
On Penn State’s blocked field goal:
“I asked the officials about that, and they said it was a legal play. It’s a little bit of a gray area, I guess, but the officials said that they watched it and they felt like it was legal.”