7-0 had been done before. 8-0 had been done before. 9-0 had been done before. 10-0 had never been done before, though, for the Iowa Hawkeyes. It has now. The 2015 Iowa football team has done what many thought unimaginable by beginning the regular season with 10 victories.
It hasn't been the easiest path as adversity as hit time after time with injuries, last second finishes, and tough road contests. Through it all they have managed to stick together as one and come out victorious each and every time.
It has been a dream season for the Hawkeyes and one they couldn't have ever anticipated.
"I didn't ever imagine 10-0," wideout Tevaun Smith said. "We always had that goal of winning every game. To be here and not lose a game yet is good for us and it's exciting."
The Hawkeye players don't always let a win sink in or reflect on their accomplishment but they did not hold back on what this victory meant to them and the program.
"It's been a lot of fun," center Austin Blythe admitted. "It's something special. I'll remember this forever. The honorary captains always come back and talk about moments like this. Coming into this season this is what I wanted to happen as a senior. I wanted to be a part of a team that Coach Ferentz references 10 years from now."
"It's just awesome," fellow senior Jordan Canzeri shared. "Being my last year, this happening is an amazing feeling."
It's great," signal caller C.J. Beathard noted about being unbeaten through the first 10 games and setting a school record. "It's a tribute to this team in how hard we have been working this year and all offseason."
Not everyone is taking the moment in. Tight end Henry Krieger Coble, who had a monster game and a few clutch catches in tight windows, knows he'll be able to appreciate it more in the future.
"It's something I'll think about down the road," he pointed out. "It is awesome to compete and play in an atmosphere like this. It's great and I try to enjoy every minute of it."
It has already been a special season for the Iowa Hawkeyes but they have their eyes set on an even bigger prize. They all know tough opponents remain and their complete focus will be required to come out on top.
"We just haave to keep going through the week focused with another team coming in ready to give us their best shot," cornerback Desmond King mentioned. "Right now we're just focusing on the next team."
"We're not satisfied," Canzeri told a group of media members. "It's about being humble and hungry. When it comes to Monday, it is time to focus on Purdue. It's driving us to keep focusing one game at a time. We're not focusing on the big picture. It's here and it's something we're working for."
"We're just thinking about the next game," Krieger Coble stated. "We just want to win the game (and the Big Ten West title) will take care of itself. We know what really will lead to victory and that's everyone doing their job. We don't think farther than that. We're just thinking about beating Purdue."