IOWA CITY, Iowa — Iowa football coach Kirk Ferentz recapped what went wrong for the Hawkeyes in a 38-31 loss to Northwestern on Saturday.
ON THE LOSS: “Not a good way to finish this thing up. Ultimately, we didn’t play well enough. We didn’t coach well enough.”
ON WHAT’S NEXT: “As we move forward, we have to try to eliminate the things that have held us back. It’s a fine line between winning and losing. Things we have to get cleaned up, third down, stopping the run. The bottom line is we are a 3-2 footbal team. A lot of football left, but we clearly have to improve.
ON WHAT WENT WRONG: “A lot of it is self-inflicted. I’ll start with the penalties. Penalty situation. Little things that look semi-innocuous, the impact they have can be big.”
ON DESMOND KING AND RILEY McCARRON AS RETURNERS: “I thought our guys battled until the end. I thought the biggest positive was our kicking game. We thought we’d have an opportunity on both phases. Both guys, Desmond and Riley did a good job.
ON ALLOWING SIX SACKS: “I think it’s a little bit of everything. Protection, it’s not been everything it needs to be. Sometime it looks like nothing is happening and we are holding the ball. .. have to come up with better ways to get the ball out quicker.
ON IF THE COACHES HAVE A HANDLE ON THIS TEAM: “I don’t know if you ever get a handle on a team quite frankly. It’s a work in progress. Team week is an adventure. It’s been that way historically.
ON 30-PENALTY YARDS ON ONE DEFENSIVE PLAY: “I think the most dissapointing thing in that whole sequence was our whole poise. It got us an extra 15 yards. Penalty calls, good or bad, they are going to happen … we aren’t good enough to give up 15 yards … First thing you have to do if you want to win football games is not beat yourself.
AN UPDATE ON NORTHWESTERN’S BRETT WALSH: “Pretty crisp block by one of our players on the kick return. Everything Pat said sounds good. Just taking precautionary steps.”