On Saturday night Iowa could have put their head down and gave up. They could have just gone through the motions out of halftime down 20. But they didn't. They found ways to get back into the game.
While some would say the loss hurts even more after the Hawks amazing comeback, I say it's a sign of the future. A future that should be bright. We have now learned an important thing about the Hawkeyes of 2010, a little adversity doesn't bother them.
"Anytime you lose it's disappointing, it doesn't feel good. If there was a positive, we were down 20 points at halftime (and came back)," said Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz on Tuesday. "We didn't dwell on it, we just went back out there and got to work. We tried to play the best we could. We put ourselves in a situation where it was a winnable game."
Some have doubts on how this team will respond to the loss. Some worry that the team won't recover from running back Jewel Hampton and linebacker Bruce Davis being out for the season. Don't be, Iowa showed on Saturday night that it's going to take a lot for them to throw in the towel.
"The attitude the team took after hitting a tough spot there was good. As long as we keep that same attitude, we can work on the other stuff," said Ferentz. "The team never quit and never gave hope that we could win the ball game..
"The attitude of the team is the starting point for everything."
If that is the case, Iowa is off to a good start.