To lose a bowl game, that hurts a lot. We didn't have the type of season we wanted, but we know we don't want this feeling again. We will get back on the grind in a few weeks. This program does not stop growing, we keep moving.
Q: Did it feel like 11 on 15 out there at times, with all of the penalties?
Yeah. (Pause). You saw it. When you have Big Ten against the SEC, I don't know what conference the refs were from (A reporter said Conference USA). Well, there you go. This is a big bowl game. Things move faster and the stakes were higher. That could have had something to do with it. I probably should not be saying this right now. But don't leave this out; Florida beat us today. They are well coached and they had a great game plan. I don't want to take away from that. We had some calls not go our way, but we had our chances. But the officials did not help.
Q: Did he look offsides to you?
If you go to any football game at any level and you can sit down the line and tell me…you tell me that you can't find one man that didn't go offsides each time, you would be lying to me. It's like holding. That can be called every play. Offsides on a kickoff…I don't know what to say about that. Whatever.
Q: It seems to be like it was important at least in your mind. Do you think about that during the game and can it affect you?
No. When you are playing, you are playing. We were pushing back. Come on, Clint got called for being physical. I don't know what to say about that. But still, Florida beat us today.
Q: Will it take a long time for this one to heal?
Yeah, definitely. We don't want this feeling again. We had it five times this season and we are determined to not feel like this again, period.
Q: Did you see what happened on the onside kick?
They called Chad offsides. It was a tough call, and it was made. I wish it would have gone our way but it did not. There is an offsides on every kickoff. That was a tough call to make at that point of the game.
Q: Florida seemed to dicate the pace early in the game.
They spread us out and came to play. The quarterback threw well. The guys were blocking up front. The important thing about this game was that we started slow but finished strong.
Q: Were you surprised they went for it at the end of the first half and in the fourth quarter?
No, when you have a coach like they have, they have tricks. They do things like that. You have to be prepared.
Q: What did you think of the personal foul penalty at the end of the first half?
That was a bad call. But it went against us and it gave them 15 yards and momentum and they ended the half with a score.
Q: What was the mood of the team at halftime?
We have been down before and have come back. We are not a team that will give up and lay down. We knew we were down 17, but we knew that if we stayed tough, we could put points on the board.
Q: What did Coach Ferentz tell you after the game?
We have nothing to be ashamed of. We should be proud of the way we finished the game and the season, we hung in tough and we fought to the end.
Q: You never quit and that seems what this team is about. Does that make the loss easier to take?
I don't know that you can be happy when you lose, but there is al ot to be thankful for and to be happy about. We were predicted to do things this year, and here or there we were inconsistent. It's how we played today.
Q: When you reflect on this year, do you feel it was successful in some ways, even though you didn't live up to your own expectations?
We started off like we did last year, we got beat bad in two games. We hit those two or three in a row and we lost in overtime and the last play the next week. We shot ourselves in the foot today to start. They started out fast and we didn't. They stopped our run. They made us one dimensional, and once they did that, they figured out how to make us go hot. That is good coaching on their part. They were smart. That is how football is.
Q: A lot was made last year about the carry over from the Cap One bowl. Does that cut the other way in a loss?
Last year we got done with it pretty early. That was one of the biggest plays in Iowa history, and once we got back and started working out, we got rid of it pretty quickly.
Q: What was going through your mind when you saw that first onside kick recovery?
I didn't see it. But I thought we had it back. I felt good, and we were really moving the ball well in the no huddle. A lot of things were going on in my head, because I call the plays in the two-minute drill.
Q: Will we see some no huddle next year?
I doubt it. We did it because they stopped the run early, and we needed to pick up our tempo. We moved it well but we just couldn't put it in.