"Guys are locking into Iowa," E.B. Halsey

"Every game we go in is a big game. We look at Iowa as a team that had some tough losses, as we did. They're back home and they'll definitely be pumped up for that. Our main goal is to go out there and play with tremendous passion and enthusiasm and effort. That's the main thing we want to clean up from last week's performance."

...on winning on the road in college football:
"That's the great thing about college football, going on the road, a lot of people don't expect much of you. So to go into somebody else's house and get a win is exciting. That's what football is about."

...on the team's mentality and preparation:
"Guys are really locking into Iowa. They're a team that plays sound football. They're not going to beat themselves, they're not going to turn the ball over. So that's one of our main goals as an offense--not turning the ball over, not giving up sacks, not having any missed assignments. And on defense we can play with a little bit more passion, a little bit more emotion."

...on how the offense can improve:
"We have to get better as an offense in order for this team to be good. We left the defense out there a little bit too long. A ton of times, the defense gives us the ball back and we don't help by going three-and-out. The last game you can say a bunch of things about where we need to clean up, but I think the main thing is guys just settling down and playing football. We just have to slow down and go out there and play football like we do in practice. Guys have to be able to take what we do in practice over to the games."

...on the number of younger players in key roles:
"When you have a lot of young guys, the best thing for them is to get out there and play. Some guys we're throwing them in there to make plays early, probably sooner than they want to be. But that's just the situation they're in, so we're asking some guys to grow up pretty quickly."

...on using the Michigan State game as a reminder:
"In a game like that, a lot of things went wrong. It's just a kind of a ruler where you go back and say 'Listen, remember Michigan State, where we didn't execute and they put up 60 points on us' and everybody feels terrible about that. When coaches don't feel the energy or they feel like guys aren't giving it their all, I'm sure they're going to use that. As a leader on this team, I'm going to constantly remind guys about that."

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