Iowa 23, Purdue 21

Nov. 8, 2004

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Iowa Coach Kirk Ferentz:
“We are extremely pleased about getting the victory today. Purdue is an excellent football team and they play hard every week. They sure played hard today. What we saw today were two teams really battling outthere. It was a hard fought win.

Our guys are doing a great job defensively. They did a fantastic job today. Our front line is difficult to block and the guys behind were playing well too.

Every play was big, every sequence was big. It was an outstanding football game.

It just seems collectively, guys are getting the job done for us. I can’t give enough praise to our coaching staff. The credit goes back to our players; they’re the ones doing it. Our guys are playing with real heart. They don’t quit out there. They’re not afraid to fight. They give their best and that’s what is keeping us going right now.”

Purdue Coach Joe Tiller:
“We had some rookie mistakes in the first quarter. We sort of dug a hole for ourselves. I thought we would settle down and get things done, and in the third quarter we did.

It was a game of turnovers. I don’t have the stats here in front of me, but I think we probably had 4-5 turnovers, and it’s difficult to win when you do that.

I give `em (Iowa Hawkeyes) credit. They have a great defense. I don’t have to tell anybody that.

(Quarterback Brandon Kirsch)? He had some very positive things and some not so good things. That last interception was not a smart play and not good time management. But he made some great throws today.

(Iowa QuarterbackDrew Tate)? He’s a very good athlete. A very good competitor!

I thought we were emotional in the game. I think that lead to a couple things we did wrong. You have to play with your head, too.

This place (Kinnick Stadium) is one of the four toughest places in the league to play. My hat’s off to Iowa.”

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