On the loss of his grandfather:
Emotionally it's been a tough week, but just to come out here and win and just certainly get out and make it down to State College and play the game, that's what he would have wanted, so that's what we tried to do and to win the game is icing on the cake.
On beating Penn State again:
We're excited. We're excited. There's not a single person on this team who's lost to Penn State and we didn't want to start that today and to get five in a row on a team in a program like that, it's pretty damn special.
On the final score:
It's bizarre. Bizarre. The score is bizarre. It's like an ALCS score, 6-4 or something, but I don't care. I don't care if we beat them two nothing. In the end, in November a win's a win and I've been around long enough to know long. Six, four, yeah, I'll remember that one.
On the win:
I think the coaches had us pretty fired up.
We just wanted to go in there and prove that we could come out of here with five in a row.
On if he is 100 percent healthy:
Not 100 percent yet, but I know the trainers did a great job of at least giving me the chance to play and hopefully it keeps on improving every week and by Tuesday I'll be ready to practice. I know it's gonna be sore tomorrow, but it's something you gotta deal with.
On why the Hawkeyes were able to pull this one out:
I think the game today was definitely the type of game that during doubledays and when we were practicing against our offense, the type of things I envisioned for the season was the type of game that we played today and I think we're even capable of doing that week in, week out, or maybe even getting better.
On Playing for Coach Ferentz:
You guys know how coach Ferentz is. He's a classy individual. He's very personal. He broke it to us in a great way on Tuesday, told us all about his father, how he loved the Hawkeyes and he knew every one of us and then he came back Friday night and he addressed it a little bit again, but then it was all business, he's that type of guy. He doesn't want to direct any attention on himself I think even in a time like that where we all understand that he's having a tough time and that maybe we could console him, but he still wanted to be about the team and he made that a point and I respect him for doing that type of stuff.
I guess I can't speak for everybody, but me personally, I don't think there could have been a better thing for coach to come in here to Pennsylvania where he's from, he was just here all week mourning with his family and we come out here and get a win for him. I'm definitely proud of what we did today for coach.
When he broke the news on Tuesday, it was definitely an emotional deal and there were definitely some tears shed in the huddle after practice, so it was a good thing for our team I think.
On being able to stay focused during emotional week:
We have Friday night meetings and he made sure he made it in for that and it was business as usual.