IOWA CITY, Iowa - Northwestern Coach Pat Fitzgerald didn't mince words when talking about his team's 48-7 loss here to Iowa on Saturday. He said there was plenty of blame to go around in a performance as bad as the Wildcats put forth.
"I'm incredibly disappointed in our play today. I thought we had a couple of good weeks of preparation and I think the game started the way it went the rest of the day. Obviously, it starts with me and our staff. We have to look at things that we can do better and we have to look at our personnel. We had a lot of guys play very poorly today," Fitzgerald said.
The Hawkeyes scored on their opening drive following a 65-yard kickoff return by Jonathan Parker. By the time the first quarter expired, the home team held a 24-0 lead.
"It just looked like we got down and then all of a sudden we tried to make too many things out of one play and you can't do that on the road against a physical football team," Fitzgerald said.
The Hawkeyes out gained the visitors, 483-180. Northwestern finished 4 of 15 on third down.
The Wildcats fell to 3-5 overall on the season and 2-3 in the Big Ten. They're scheduled to play host to Michigan next week.
Watch what else Fitzgerald said about his team's day in Kinnick Stadium: