OSU Postgame: Drew Tate

Iowa's junior QB had a second frustrating outing on Saturday in a 31-6 loss to Ohio State. Read what he had to say in this premium interview transcript.

Q: Is there a quick fix for the offense?

Drew Tate: Uhh. (Pause) What do you mean?

Q: I don't know, last year you guys seemed to find way. You found something and made something work last year.

Tate: Yeah, I don't know. Last we had a lot of help on the other side of the ball. I'm not saying we don't have it this year. It starts with me, I have to worry about myself before anybody else. I was out there doing things that I just had no control over and thought I did. We're just going to have go back and just like last year and just start practice a whole lot better. We still have no played, we're so close, we have all these leaks. We all haven't just played our best game all together yet, we're so close I think, we just keep leaving things out on the field.

Q: Have practices been good?

Tate: Ummm. Sometimes. We're just not real consistent, I think, in practicing. We'll have good days and bad days, then back to the bad days, and the good days.

Q: Has that kind of (shown up) in the games?

Tate: I think so. Now that we're in the Big 10, we're going to play some pretty good people, we just have to be on the same page with everybody in practice and it will all lead over to the game.

Q: Are defenses trying to keep you into the pocket more?

Tate: I don't know, they just did a really good job of keeping me between the tackles. They did a good job up front where I couldn't really step up. Their two tackles just kind of bull-rushed and contained. They're a good team, a great team, really. Very fast, very quick, they just had a good scheme.

Q: When they do contain you between the tackles, are you more comfortable on the run? Is that what you want to do?

Tate: It doesn't really matter to me. When I start running around I think bigger plays happen, but we need to make big plays when we're in between the tackles with me stepping up and throwing the ball.

Q: Your town is in the news this week, Baytown. Is everybody okay and everything?

Tate: I don't know.

Q: When did you last talk to your dad?

Tate: Yesterday, he was at the hotel.

Q: That was the first time you'd spoke since it hit?

Tate: No, I'd talked to him a couple times before, everyone's cell phones are down though.

Q: It seemed like when you went back to throw, Ohio State has most everything covered.

Tate: They did, they did a great job matching our routes. Every time they'd match everything, the running backs were open low a lot which was probably the reason for everything being covered up. I just didn't see him, I'd try and run, I got caught.

Q: Is that about as good a defense as you've had thrown at you?

Tate: I don't know. Arizona State last year was about the same way. Iowa State did about the same thing, it just seemed like we couldn't do anything on offense.

Q: When you do break the pocket and get out on the outside and run, is it hard to duplicate that? Last year you went to that a lot and it worked, is that hard to (duplicate)? It seems likes it's more out of a broken play situation.

Tate: That's pretty much what it is when you start running around, everything breaks up. They've got to respect either the run of the pass, it's hard for them to do both.

Q: Is it hard to make that happen? You can call the play, but...

Tate: I just pretty much take what the defense gives you. If you've got to get out, you've got to get out.


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