IOWA CITY, Iowa — Iowa football coach Kirk Ferentz broke down how the Hawkeyes lost 23-21 to North Dakota State on Saturday.
ON THE LOSS: “Painful anytime you lose. Not a lot of value that takes place when you use a game unless you learn from it. Probably only good thing is we have nine games to go … This will hurt for a while and we’ll get back to work tomorrow and see what we can do.”
ON IOWA NOT PLAYING ITS BEST: “A lot of little things in first half, both sides of the ball. They ended up moving it pretty easy, easier than we would have liked. Added on offense it was little things, protecting the football.”
ON THE OFFENSIVE LINE PLAY: “We didn’t measure up.”
ON JAMES DANIELS NOT PLAYING: “He didn’t practice much this week. He should be able to go on Monday.”
ON NORTH DAKOTA STATE: “That is a good football team. They play hard, tough and physical and they’ve been doing it for a while. They’re the better team than us.”
ON THE INABILITY TO RUN THE BALL: “You hope that isn’t the case. I’ll go back to the mistakes. We hit a big run on them and got them called back.” Ferentz proceeded to say it was a lot like baseball where you allow a big hit late in a game and it costs your team.
ON THE FINAL OFFENSIVE SERIES: “Our goal was to get two first downs. They had two timeouts left. You run the ball twice and get one yard, I don’t know if we got that, that puts pressure on you.”