Sept. 17, 2005
Iowa Coach Kirk Ferentz:
“We showed some improvement today but also showed there is still some improvement needed.
He looked like the old Drew Tate today.
We’re very much still in the developmental stage as a football team. We’re going to have to make a lot of improvement this week.
(On the Ohio State Game) We definitely have our work cut out for us. Over three games we have not showed the consistency we need to have.
(On Damian Sims) Basically his heart’s not into playing defense and you certainly need that to be successful.
(On the run game) It’s going to be real important for us throughout the whole season.”
Northern Iowa Coach Mark Farley:
“I was pleased with our second half offense. Our offense moved the ball against a very good defense. We protected the quarterback well and our receivers caught the ball. Except for the fumbles, I thought our offense did a very good job.
(On the defensive side) it was a combination of what their offense did and what our defense didn’t, or wasn’t able to do. We couldn’t stop the run and that paved the way for their play action.
The reality is we played a very good football team, fell behind, and then came back to our game plan. We know what kind of football team we have now. Defensively, there were a couple of breakdowns for us. But Drew Tate is a good, smart quarterback. He did a good job of seeing what was going to happen when he came to the line of scrimmage.
There’s a lot we can build on offensively, and a lot we can learn from film on defense.”