Ferentz Pleased with Progress After Purdue

Kirk Ferentz survived some anxious moments Saturday as his team overcame a slow start to knock off upset-minded Purdue. The Iowa Coach discussed the resiliency of his team and how he views it has it heads into its first bye week.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Kirk Ferentz is at again. Two weeks after a his Iowa team lost to rival Iowa State at home, creating a fan frenzy, the Hawkeyes leave here Saturday at 4-1 following their second road win in eight days.

"After we lost a game, the best we could do was 4-1. It's pretty simple. That's as far ahead as we've looked. We've got a lot of rough spots. Nobody wants to hear this but my experience, this is 16 years, I can't remember us every humming at the end of September. That's the goal. That's where we have to get," Ferentz said.

Purdue jumped out to a 10-0 lead here Saturday at Ross-Ade Stadium as a double-digit underdog. The Hawkeyes rallied from a double-figure deficit for the second week in a row.

"The good thing is these guys work hard, they're resilient, they're fun to be around, they're good young people. If we do things right, we'll get better. We've been able to play a lot of guys the last couple weeks which has a chance to be a positive but only if we make it," Ferentz said.

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