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Post-Game Quotes: Iowa

Sept. 30, 2017

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Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio

Opening statement...
It was a huge win for us. I'm very excited for our football team. Spartan Nation showed again tonight.  Our defense played extremely well. There were big plays in the first quarter of the game. Felton Davis had a big game. Plus two turnovers, so a big one is we don't give up any turnovers. They get two. Obviously, that's big in any football game. You can see that. Emotionally, we played extremely well and just kept hammering, kept coming knowing that it would take all four quarters and then some to make it through. That's the way it always is versus Iowa. We bothered (Akrum) Wadley pretty well. I think he had 30 yards. We put him in situations - we wanted third-down situations. We really controlled the ball in field position on the game. I'm very happy for our guys. (Brian) Lewerke played well; can't audible on third-and-one, that makes your head coach upset. Big play on the scramble at the end of the game to give us another couple minutes on the clock, which I thought was huge. They used their timeouts and took clock away. Another white knuckle game - what you love. It keeps you going.

On whether it was a typical game against Iowa...
Yeah it really was. We look back at all the games, really, since we've come here in 2007. Every game has been tight. Every game has been pretty much low scoring games. They haven't been scoring-fests where you're going to win 38-35. They've been tight games, and have played very well defensively. I thought that happened again tonight. We've come to expect it and that's why I said we needed it.

On Brian Lewerke's decision making...
I thought he played pretty well. He found some guys. We had some big catches out there and then we sort of stall out when we cross the 50. I thought that Cody White made a huge play. Cam Chambers made a huge play for a first-down. Those are two first-down plays. Also, Laress Nelson had a great catch, a huge catch on a third-down play. I thought he made good decisions and played the ball effectively. Other than that one decision (audible), he played pretty well.

On shifting the focus to Michigan...
We have 24 hours before we get to that. You have that in the back of your mind pretty much the entire year. We'll wait on that for tomorrow. Our guys will enjoy the night and come ready to go on Monday. They'll be off tomorrow so they'll be ready on Monday.

On Lewerke connecting with Felton Davis and finding a rhythm...
I thought he played well, especially in the first quarter. I've talked about the throws that he made. Those were good throws. The only mistake I thought he made was probably on the audible that one time. Quarterbacks are going to make decisions. Obviously, if it connects it's a huge play, but you're playing to percentages a little bit there. I thought he played well. Our guys are going to continue to get better and better. We have a young football team. You're going to see guys just like Felton have a big game coming out. You've seen some other guys have those types of games. We've got to put it all together as we continue on. The most important things are that we are 1-0 in the Big Ten Conference right now, which that was our goal. A big, big win versus Iowa. We're 3-1 overall but 1-0 in this conference and that's what we lean on right now and focus on.

On whether the offense not turning over the ball or the defense holding Iowa's points was more important...
I think both of those are equally important. If you can't run the ball, good things usually happen. We kept them down there, especially in the first half, minus 10 or so. The plus two turnovers really were huge because not only that, it took points off the board, really, especially the first one. I thought we got pressure on the quarterback. He got out a couple times, but we got pressure on him. I thought Harlon Barnett called a great game. Our coaches did a great job on both sides of the ball. Tough sledding in there offensively, running the football. Kevin Jarvis started, so a true freshman started at right offensive guard. That's a lot for a true freshman. He played the entire game and I thought he did pretty well. That's a lot to ask of him the entire game. David Beedle was out. We're working at it and we're grinding it out. I thought our special teams' punting game was outstanding. Jake Hartbarger had a huge punt at the end of the game, and then had to re-do it but another good punt. Those are positives.

On how the team responded to the loss against Notre Dame...
We're going to play. We're going to play hard. We're going to play with energy. We're going to compete. Last week, I didn't think we tackled as well. Maybe it's the week off. I thought we tackled well and spaced it much better. Sometimes, especially early in the season, you're not tackling effectively. Maybe it's because you had a week off or maybe not. We'll find out as we go forward because I'm sure we're going to play other players that are very, very good. Wadley's a good running back. I think he was second in the conference maybe in rushing. I believe. He's a  good running back. They lean on him, and he's an effective runner. He's a good player. Iowa has good players.

On how much he enjoyed this win...
I wasn't smiling too often out there. It was pretty intense. It was a big win, and it's in Spartan Stadium. It was a gut win. When you win with guts, or you win with toughness or you win with effort, that makes your coach happy especially when you play under pressure. We keep talking about how pressure is a privilege. When you play under pressure, and you win, good things follow you usually. We're just going to keep getting better. We're going to focus on one play at a time and one game at a time and continue to get better. That was a huge win for us.

On how Brian Lewerke compares to previous quarterbacks...
It's tough to say. They made some mistakes early on too, but when Connor Cook was a sophomore, he went 13-1 so that's the standard. It's a bit tough from there, but that's the standard. When Kirk (Cousins) was a sophomore quarterback, I think that was 2009, we went 6-6, maybe, and played in the Alamo Bowl. You're going to make mistakes out there. There's a lot going on. There's a lot of pressure and a lot of intensity. They've got good players on the opposing team. They've scouted you, and they've practiced for you. As long as you come to compete, and he'll do that, that's all I can ever ask. Our players will do that. They'll come to compete, and they'll play.

On the pressure from the front lines...
We do some different things, but schematically we were pretty much the same as we've been. We do some different things, just like everybody. You've got to win up front and you've got beat your man. You're playing a big zone team. You can't get reached and you can't get scooped. In other words, if they're going that way you've got to have the edge. If they're coming this way and you're inside, you can't get scooped out of there and create gaps. We've got to stay square, and to play square our linebackers have to play square. You probably saw all of our numbers square, and when that happens, good things usually follow that. That's the schematics of it, but I thought we played well up there and we gave a lot of different looks. We brought some pressures, some third-down and a lot of different things. It was very positive. I thought we played well on third-down.

On the importance of using Jake Hartbarger as a weapon...
It's huge, and I've been saying I've been waiting because Jake Hartbarger has tremendous talent. I've been waiting for a couple years when he was a redshirt freshman and redshirt sophomore for him to start punting like he's going to the fair. When you go the fair and everything is going well for you, you have a lot of confidence that you can shoot the hoops. You go over and pitch a penny. You can do all these different things and you can just enjoy going out there punting. That's where he's at right now. He can punt very, very well and he knows that. He's in rhythm. Sometimes we're out-punting the coverage, but we've had great coverage at this point.

On protecting the football toward the end of the game...
I think we did throw it on one of those maybe. When we got down to the end there, we just needed to take the clock and punt it away if we can't get the first down. They were going to have to use their timeouts, and once they were out of timeouts that clock was going to run. We couldn't risk stopping it.

On the development of the freshmen Tre Person and Kevin Jarvis...
Tre Person has done a great job in practice. If you practice well, and you play well. Grayson Miller is out with a slight injury. He could've played but in an emergency role. That front side safety, you need to be able to cover. He can cover very well. He's active and he's been active in practices and I thought we've got to give him a chance to play. With that being said, I thought David Dowell played very well today. I thought our entire defense did, and our secondary as well.

Michigan State Co-Defensive Coordinator Mike Tressel
 

On the defense's performance tonight...
I'm proud of our players. We knew that that game was going to come down to the very last series, and indeed it did. The guys expected that, and they embraced it. A couple of other things I was real excited to see was pressure on the quarterback consistently, communication on the football field. Definitely proud of them because they knew it was going to be 60 minutes.
 
On how much the defense needed this game...
We prepared for the game like it was going to be an old-style football game and certainly Iowa's running game year in and year out; is just awesome. They coach as well as anybody in the country. We prepared like it was going to be an old school game. I think we have confidence right now. I don't think we lost our confidence after last week, but it certainly grows when you play a game like that.
 
On the defensive pressure...
Actually, you look at our third-down package we dropped eight into coverage quite a bit as the game went on as well. We were able to cut loose Brandon Randall and Demetrius Cooper and just those two guys... they had the ability to get pressure on their own and they did that. They did a better job of that, they embraced that challenge. When we were in a base defense, the d-tackles knew that this game was going to be on their shoulders. They knew when you played Iowa, d-tackles have to win and they did. They did a great job.
 
Michigan State Co-Offensive Coordinator Dave Warner
 
On the importance of holding onto the football this game...
Obviously, it's very important to hold onto the football. If you've been watching us the past three weeks, we've obviously put the ball on the ground. Holding onto it today was big; it was a key. Especially when you're in a battle like we were today. Our defense was playing great. We were playing against a great defensive self. Moved the ball a little bit the first half, not obviously as much as the second half. Just holding onto the football is always key.
 
On the difference between the first and second halves...
I can't say. I don't know; I'd have to see it on film. We had some creases the first half. We're getting some four-yard gains, three-yard gains. Didn't get any big gains. Second-half I just didn't see anything there. Not sure, we'll have to evaluate on film. Obviously not good enough.
 
On being more conservative due to ball security issues...
Not really. Obviously we put a big emphasis on it again, but it comes to the point where guys got to go out and do their thing. The touches the first-half versus the second-half were just based off of rotating guys in, who we thought would get the job done.
 
On the receiving group who will travel next week...
Yeah, I mean, we'll travel six or seven probably next week. We're playing six, I believe, which is good. We haven't done that in the past where as doing it is keeping us fresher. Those guys are starters that's keeping us fresher, I believe, so we're able to play a little bit faster in the third and fourth quarter. Week to week guys step up. Felton (Davis) stepped up again today, made some great catches. We had various guys that stepped up. Cody (White) had a nice catch for us today. It's different guys; we trust them all which is the big thing right now.
 
On the contribution of the young receivers...
Obviously it's huge and to be perfectly honest with you, Coach Salem's rotating those guys in pretty freely, which again goes back to the confidence that we have in them. To be perfectly honest with you, there's times I'm not aware that those younger guys are in there because we do feel they can run our offense, pretty much anything we need them to do they've been doing. They've had opportunities to do. They got it done today, so I think it's just an example of how those guys have come along and I think where they're at right now as far as being able to go out and make plays for us.
 
On Iowa's defense in the second-half...
They're a great defense and they don't change a whole lot. They did pack the box more in the second-half. Normally they're a team that can handle the run with six guys in the box, depending on the formation, six or seven guys in the box. The second-half they started bringing an extra guy down low a little bit, challenging us when we're trying to eat the clock and be a little bit conservative as far as our pass calls. I think that kept us from moving the ball and putting more points on the board. We can't do it week in and week out. We can't rely on the defense the second-half like we did today.
 
On the Davis-Ojemudia match up...
I don't think there's anything necessarily to match up. I think we just started the game off with a pass to Felton, play-action pass that we felt. We try to mix it up a little bit early in the game and helped us out. Those first few passes that went to Felton weren't necessarily planned that way. Have earlier calls that we go to and just sort of jumped around a little bit and ended up going his way a couple times. That's basically Brain (Lewerke) making good reads. Those weren't all directed to go at Felton, and they ended up going there in the end because Brian did a good job going through his read progression.
 
On Brian (Lewerke)'s decision making this week...
He's a competitor. He knows that he made some bad decisions last week, and he emphasized it this week. Not that we haven't before, but that was a big thing for him this week. He took a big step. I told him that after the game. I think he took a big step forward today as far as being the quarterback that we need him to be. We just need him to keep going in that direction. We can say that about a lot of guys. A lot of young guys took a big step today, and we just need to keep pushing in that direction.

Iowa Head Coach Kirk Ferentz

Opening remarks...

It was a frustrating and very disappointing loss for our football team. I thought we had a solid week of preparation to get ready for this ball game, and that certainly didn't show up in all areas. One thing about league play in the Big Ten, it's going to be tough every week, and this is certainly a witness of that, and it's really tough to be if you're hurting yourself with penalties, turnovers, and that really became a very big factor in this game today. So, needless to say we got work to do in all areas, we'll go back to film tomorrow, take a look at this game, and see what we can learn from it, then go back to work on Monday and see what we can do about it moving forward.

We're all frustrated certainly with the game today. Tip our hat to Michigan State, they did a good job, and, like I've said all along, we've got a good group of players, so we'll learn from this and we'll grow, and after today the only importance is next Saturday's game, so that's kind of where we're at right now.

Last thing, I just found out about Coach [Joe] Tiller's passing, and needless to say that's something really sad since I think many, many people, certainly me, and I think that Joe's, in my mind, one of the best coaches I've ever seen or had a chance to coach against. To think about the job he did at Purdue for so long, what he did at that program is just absolutely amazing, and beyond a first-class human being, I mean as good as they get, so just I think that all of us are very, very saddened by that.

On Iowa's running game gaining momentum...
That's something we're going to have to try to figure out and get corrected, and neither team ran the ball real successfully today, outside [Michigan State's] quarterback, he did a good job. But I'm more focused on our team, certainly, and that's something we're going to have to work on.

On turnovers by young players...
That was really one of [WR] Brandon [Smith]'s only touches this year, I don't know how many he's had total, but trying to do a little bit too much probably on that play, instead of taking what was there. So I'd say it's the same as Ihmir [Smith-Marsette], but somewhere in the circumstance he's going to have to grow through that and hopefully better the next time at it. And, [QB] Nate [Stanley]'s done a lot of good things, but that [turnover] certainly, it kind of looked like a freak play from where I was standing and watching the replay. A tough opportunity there, but we just got to play through those things.

On field position affecting the offense...
It didn't make things any easier today, part of the challenge there is that it's going to happen during the course of the season. It was three times in the first half today, and what we're going to have to do is move the ball out there, not necessarily sustain a drive for a score, but move the ball out so we can change field position, and [Michigan State] did a better job of that today, especially in the first half, I thought that was, for the first half, they put us in a bad position by driving it and then punting it where we had our work cut out and then couldn't flip it back the other way.

On getting off to a strong start...
At every game it's a different scenario, and certainly they had us on our heels, they drove the ball, sustained drives, and created good field position for themselves when they weren't scoring. All that being said, I don't think it was a great first half for us by any stretch. Coming out, out of half time, we knew we had a chance, we were going to have the ball first, had a chance to go down and score and we're at a 10-point game at that point. So there's no reason why we couldn't win the game in the second half, but those two turnovers certainly didn't help us, and, to [Michigan State's] credit, they forced those things so credit goes to them on that.

Michigan State Quarterback Brian Lewerke

On being young and performing well...

I think defense was incredible today; they stepped up when we needed them when the offense, you know, wasn't finishing drives like we needed to. So I think they definitely were the better of the two today.

On Felton Davis' rhythm in the game...
Yeah, I think Felton did a great job of getting off the DBs. He got open, and I trust him every time I throw him the ball. And that touchdown on the open route we actually haven't thrown that ever in practice. It's never really open but you know, it opened up today, and I was glad to see him make plays.

On decision making...
Yeah, I think I made good decisions, when to throw the ball, when to force and when to not. Obviously, we have no turnovers today, so it was a big plus. Our defense did a great job of getting the ball out of Iowa's hand., I think we're plus two in the turnover margins when that happens, you know, that's a recipe for success.

On third down run during last offensive possession...
Going into the game we knew that if we got into a third down, third and long situation Iowa was going to run two man, and they've been doing it all season, and ever since we've played them so, I knew, I was looking to throw the ball obviously when defense plays two man and no one has the quarterback so, that was the case there, I just took off and ran and tried to get into as many arms as I could.

On being able to get the passing game going...
Yeah, I think their game plan was to stack the box and make me use my arm to win. I think they did a decent job with that. I think we had almost a 100 yards rushing so, it's not as many as we normally want, but, I think the receiver's stepped up and made the plays when they needed to, and I when that happens you're going to win the game."

On what made them test the passing game this week...
I think no matter who we go up against. We're not going to be shy about taking the defense. We're not going to be shy about going at a guy. I have trust in my receivers. I have trust in Felton (Davis) that no matter who we go against they're going to make plays.

On having a variety of playmakers...
I think we have a ton of playmakers at receiver, and I think no matter who they guard, who they key, even if they do this on the other end of the ball, if they sometimes cover the guy, our other five receivers in the rotation will step up and make plays."

Michigan State senior linebacker Chris Frey

On going back on the field after last drive...
So, last night we had a team meeting, we had a team movie, and we watched the final fight of the movie "Southpaw," and we knew the type of team that they were, and Coach D told the team this is going to be a 12-round fight. This is just like going to war, going to a boxing match. You know; we went into that last series like it's the twelfth round. It's time to finish it. Obviously, we want to win the game so that was the mentality that we went out on the field with; we wanted to pressure the quarterback and cover up the spots that they'd been throwing the ball."

On success versus Iowa's running game...
Honestly, we just came in to practice this week with a different mindset. We had a really good feeling about what they were going to do, and we executed when we needed to; we got pressure on their side of the line. We were very good fast plug defense and we made plays.

On his pride in the young defensive players stepping up on the team...
We're really excited for the guys that we have on this team. We have a lot of young guys, we played a lot of freshman tonight, Tre Person, a kid that came into camp and I honestly from day one thought he was going to play first game this year. I mean, he's got a fire in his heart and he loves this game. But, everybody of the freshman and sophomore young guys playing really well right now, we're really excited because they're just going to continue to get better throughout the season. And every week every rep that they get is just going to make them a better player and, you know, they're going to learn from their mistakes and we're excited for what they have to offer this team and the plays that they've been making.

On the way the game went...
We knew coming into this game what kind of game it was going to be. We knew it was going to be physical. They pride themselves on being tough; we pride ourselves on being tough. And we just wanted to show that we were the tougher team. We came, and we did everything we could and our coaching staff made the right calls. We had a strong fan base behind us. Spartan Nation really came out, and they made noise when we needed them to and I think it really affected what they did. But, overall I just think we played very well tonight, and guys stepped up.

On being focused down the stretch...
Something we really focus on throughout the entire camp, offseason, everything, something we really needed to do well this year when it comes down to crunch time in the fourth quarter we need to step up and take our game to the next level and that's something we've really been doing well. We struggled with it last week, but, week one week two and this week we picked up our game come fourth quarter and when we needed to.

Michigan State sophomore linebacker Joe Bachie

On the play of the defensive line...
Overall, I think we did great defensively. Our whole d-line was able to hold people up, which allowed me to run through and free. I give a shout out to our linebackers, and our defensive backs because they played great too.

How good is the defense playing...
Raequan (Williams) and Mike Panasiuk - they're playing great right now. Kenny (Willekes) is playing out of his mind. Coop (Demetrius Cooper) had a good day. I can go down that whole line. They're just working their butts off up front.

On whether or not it fun to play old- school football against a team like Iowa...
I like it because I get to come down hill and hit people. It was fun today. They were a great team that's very physical. It was just a fun game to be in.

On getting the ball after the field goal...
It was huge getting the ball back after that field goal. We've been talking all week that we need to get more turnovers, and something like that was huge to get our momentum going.

On the Big Ten opener...
Our mentality was that this has to be a must-win game. We knew it was going to be a fight. We talked about 12 rounds. There are three rounds in each quarter, and we took all 12 rounds of that fight.

On the play of the team today...
Jake (Hartbarger) did a great job punting the ball. We had a lot of fun out there. We knew it was a big match up. We knew that we had to show up for this Big Ten game. I was just excited for the whole defense. Offense struggled a little today."

Michigan State junior wide receiver Felton Davis III

On the rhythm with Brian Lewerke...
Well, like Brian said; we knew they were going to come out and try to play us man to man on like third down. We pride ourselves on third down conversions, especially when it's like third and six or more, you know, most likely you need a pass to get the first down. So, early in the game, Brian and I were connecting, and I had to let him know that he can have confidence in me when he put the ball in the air. And I'm going to come down with it. No matter what it is. So, I had a lot of confidence today.

On thinking he's going to have a career day...
I think that every day.

On having something to prove...
I mean, coming to Michigan State, like we pride ourselves on chips on our shoulders so, I feel like every time we step on the field as a whole, we have something to prove. And me personally, I know my first two years didn't really go as how I wanted them to I learned from Burb (Aaron Burbidge)and RJ (Shelton), and I sat there with them and I watched them make plays. And I know I have the same ability that they have to make plays. So, I have confidence in myself.

Michigan State junior punter Jake Hartbarger


On having a career day punting...
It is a great thing to do and, my team put me in a position to punt well.  I have been kicking well at this point. When the offense isn't getting points or production, it comes to us. So as a punting unit, we have to think about where we are going to put the ball and put it inside the 10-yard line.

On what he learned about punting from Mike Sadler...
I learned a ton from Mike. He was one of the best pooch punters at Michigan State, so it is a little hard to live up to his standards. It is pretty tough. When I came in my freshman year, he taught me pretty much everything. I have to give a lot of credit to him.  When we are inside the 50-yard line, pooch punting is a big part of the game. My whole freshman year he worked with me countless hours, whenever I wanted on and off the field.

Michigan State sophomore offensive tackle Cole Chewins

On the running game...
Obviously we weren't as effective as we wanted to be, but I feel overall as a team effort the defense helped us out and gave us great field position to try and give us great opportunities. Just on a positive note, we were just trying to tough it out and grind it out and continue to move forward.

On how the offensive line adjusts to a moving quarterback...
Brian (Lewerke) is very mobile. He does a great job of moving around in the pocket, and especially, he has the ability to scramble. When it comes down to it, the offensive line just needs to do a better job of finishing their blocks and just giving that little bit of extra effort to give him some more room.

On the emotions going into the Michigan game next week...
Obviously we all know what next week is about and it's a big game, but right now I think we're just focusing on the great team win that we had tonight and celebrating that.

On preparing for the matchup against Iowa...
They're a great football team and they were long bodies, big bodies too; so preparation-wise, we just had to work a lot on focusing on our technique and using our feet and our hands and that's what we tried to do.

On being at the top of the list in the nation for pro-football focus' offensive tackles...
It is definitely a nice stat and honor, but I am never satisfied. I want to continue to work and help my team out to the best of my ability, whatever my role is or whatever my contribution is, I'm not trying to worry about things like that. I'm just trying to do my best and do my job.

Michigan State junior tight end Matt Sokol

On the game as a whole...
Yeah, it was a fist-fight game and we knew it would be going into this week, that it was going to be a fight all the way to the end. It was a great effort by both teams. I'm really proud of our guys, especially our defense closing that one out for us.

On winning the Big Ten opener...
I think tonight was a great example of what it takes to win in this conference. From here on out, every Big Ten team we play is going to be great competition, especially these guys next week; it's going to be a big game for us. We're going to have to play better than we did tonight and we are excited to get to work for this game next week.

On Brian Lewerke's decision making tonight...
I think he learned a lot from last week and I think that tonight he did a really good job; one taking care of the ball, and two, he made some really big plays for us. As he becomes, as the season goes on and he gets more starts and more time out there, along with myself, I just think he's going to keep growing as a player along with the rest of our offense and I'm really excited about that.

On not having any turnovers tonight...
Yeah, that's huge. You know last week, it's hard to win a game when the turnover margin is in their favor by that much. Turnovers are huge in every game we're going to be playing and it's something that we have to emphasize in every game going forward.

On matching up against Michigan's defense next week...
We have to find out what we did wrong and evaluate what we need to do better. We just have to play up to a much better level and as an offense we've got to be able to finish games and close them out. We did a good job doing what we need to do tonight but, we just have to learn from this game, learn what we can do better against a physical opponent like them and just move on and get better next week.

Michigan State senior defensive end Demetrius Cooper

On coming back from the offseason...
It's really a great opportunity for me and my family. Besides all the negative that went on, it's good for me to be back with this Michigan State football team. It's a blessing all in all. I'm just so excited to be back for my senior year after everything that went on.

On the possibility of not getting his opportunity...
They really care for us players as people. At the end of the day, they know people are going to make mistakes, but you just can't bash on people for mistakes. You know they took me out for a while, but gave me the opportunity to come back and now I'm here and playing for this team. I'm excited and looking forward to the rest of the season.

On the player he has become...
It hasn't done anything to my playing, but I'm a different person overall. It's time to grow up and not make childish mistakes that I have made. Those are just things I've learned from. It was a big responsibility from me outside of football, but as a person in life. Just realizing what if I wasn't playing football it could have been a lot worse. I just look at things and take them as a positive. It made me a better person, made me a better man, and made me go even harder as a football player.

Michigan State freshman cornerback Josiah Scott
 
On if the game is starting to slow down...
Yeah, big time. Just like I said earlier in the week, when we have the receivers we have going into every single day, the game really slows down for you at practices. Picking up the game is kind of easy.
 
On the attitude on the next play after getting beat...
I focus on playing the pass. Everybody's going to get beat once in the whole year. Nobody's perfect. Nobody's just going to give up zero catches every single day. You have to have the mindset that if I get beat once, oh well, just go out there and give your best and don't let it happen again.
 
On his first Big Ten game...
It was great being able to put that under my belt, so you know what to expect going forward. I feel like it was a really big jump.
 
On the Michigan game next week...
You kind of feel it going around. We really haven't talked about it yet. We focused on this game tonight. We came out there, and do what we have to do. Now we're going to get going tomorrow.

Iowa wide receiver Matt VandeBerg
 
On talking to his teammates...
You got to keep them up and you got to flush it and get ready for the next play. Now we will go back and look at the film and see if there was something that we could have changed.

On his consistency over the last 24 games...
It doesn't mean much unless it is 24 wins. As far as that kind of stuff, it really doesn't matter just as long as we get the win and as long as we win as a team.
 
On his involvement on the team...
I think just the way it happened. The coaches made a game plan to give us the best chance to be successful and I was able to have some touches.

On his team...
We just have to go back to work. I mean there's really nothing more to it. We just have to get back to work and playing Iowa football.
 
On their losses this season...
If we didn't win, we didn't win. At the end of the day whether we lost by two points or lost by thirty, at the end of the day we lost. Like I said we just have to go back to work.
 
On the passing versus running game...
Anytime you want to be an effective offense, you have to throw the ball and run the ball. You know we missed on a few deep balls again today, so that doesn't help the run game either. Just as an offense, we need to get better collectively.


 

 

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