Outback Postgame Transcript - Kenny Iwebema

Kenny Iwebema spoke with the media following Monday's 24-31 loss to Florida in the Outback Bowl. Read what he had to say in this premium transcript.

Q: What was going through your mind when you thought you had the onside kick at the end?

Kenneth Iwebema: Everybody was ecstatic on the sidelines because we thought we were about to make a comeback. Nobody on the sideline thought there would be an offside call.

Q: It seems like that was the way it went today.

Iwebema: There were just mistakes that we made. I mean you cannot blame the officials. Yeah, there may have been some questionable calls but we still have to play the game. That is just part of football – bouncing back from the ups and downs.

Q: Tough to say it right now, but you had to be pretty proud of that comeback.

Iwebema: Our guys just kept fighting until the end. It is a good thing and the best thing about this loss. We saw the best part about this team – that we keep fighting.

Q: Florida assistant coach Greg Mattison grabbed you at the end of the game – what did he say?

Iwebema: He said we played a good game. I knew him from before when he came to my high school. He said good game and then I congratulated him on the win.

Q: What will you take away from playing with the seniors, especially Hodge and Greenway?

Iwebema: Just the preparation getting ready for the game. Staying focused and doing whatever we have to do for a win. That is something I will never forget. It is something you always see in Iowa seniors.

Q: Were you shocked about the defensive penalty on you (grabbing facemask – helmet contact)?

Iwebema: I did not know they called the penalty on me. That is a huge part of football. The guys in the locker room told it was helmet to helmet contact called on me. I am not going to say I didn't do it, because I did. I am going to lie to you. It is a running back from the other team crossing the line of scrimmage so I am going to tackle him. I was looking through his helmet at his ear wax.


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