Hinkel: "We just didn't execute"

Iowa receiver Ed Hinkel met with the media following Saturday's 23-3 loss to Iowa State. Read what he had to say about the team's performance in this premium transcript.

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Q: Do you think Jason (Manson) was nervous at all?

Ed Hinkel: I don't think so. Jason's not really one to get real worked up. He's always kind of cool, calm, and collected. He's kind of like Coach Ferentz is. He never gets too high, too low. I thought he did a great job when he was in there. Like I said, I don't think we fell off one bit having him in there.

Q: You guys made a lot of mistakes that are uncharacteristic of you guys. How do you explain those?

Hinkel: I don't know, it's tough. Obviously they were forcing us into a lot of the turnovers, they did a great job of taking the ball away and things like that. We've just got to get back to work.

Q: What happened on the first interception?

Hinkel: Which one was the first one?

Q: The one where I think you went one way, you went the other, the one he got hurt on?

Hinkel: I really don't know. They were in cover 2 and Drew just threw it up over there. I think it was a little bit of both of us were wrong on that play. I could have done a little better job of trying to break it up, he could have maybe made a little bit better decision as well.

Q: The way Iowa State played last week against Illinois State affect the way you guys prepared for this game at all? Did you guys maybe get a bit softer?

Hinkel: Not at all. We knew to kind of ignore their game last week. We knew they had a great team, we knew they'd be ready for us. They're ready for us every year. We were ready, we were ready to play, we just didn't execute.

Q: Four turnovers in the first half, you guys got down early, did that change your game plan, get you guys out of your rhythm?

Hinkel: I don't think it changed our game plan a whole heck of a lot. We just didn't get into a rhythm. We couldn't get things moving.

Q: It seemed like you were almost spinning your wheels all day.

Hinkel: I don't want to say it got frustrating, but it just seemed like we could never get anything going. I thought we were going to have something going after the first drive of the second half. We really never got it going.

Q: You guys have been here before over the last couple seasons, 2-2 last year. What do you take out of this to get your season back on track?

Hinkel: First of all, we have to learn we can't turn the ball over. We learned that lesson early last year as well. We just have to get back to work and keep getting better and hopefully we're in a better position a couple weeks from now.


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