Iowa was victorious yet again on Saturday night when they dug in and clawed their way to a win over Pittsburgh, 27-24. It was a game that appeared like it was headed to overtime, but after a good return from Desmond King, the Hawkeyes decided to be aggressive offensively instead of being content on heading into an extra period.
The Hawkeyes cruised past Illinois State in the opener and afterwards the Redbirds head coach Brock Spack had strong compliments for the Iowa football team. It was no different when Pat Narduzzi of Pittsburgh stepped up to the mic following the Panthers' last second loss to Kirk Ferentz's squad. Despite the heartbreak, Narduzzi issued a fair share of positive comments about the foe that had just beaten his group.
"Iowa is a good football team," he said immediately after the loss. "Kirk (Ferentz) has them playing well. Theyr'e sound. They made some plays today."
Narduzzi did single one player out on offense that his defense struggled against and sent lofty praise his way.
"C.J. Beathard was on fire all day," Narduzzi shared. "He's a good quarterback. We knew that coming in. Whether we brought three men or six men, he did a great job. He threw some darts in there. He's a good quarterback. They're going to win a lot of games with a good quarterback."
The Hawkeye defense has stood out in the early portion of their schedule, particularly their run defense which came into the game allowing less than two yards per carry. The Panthers averaged just over two yards a carry but the Pittsburgh coach pointed out their secondary being a strong point as well.
"Iowa has a good football team and a really good defense," Narduzzi stated. "They play some real good coverage. They're well coached back there."
Iowa moves to 3-0 on the year and continue to impress opposing coaching staffs. It's safe to say they're beginning to grab the attention of some folks throughout the country.