Indy Post Game: Jake Christensen Q&A

Iowa quarterback Jake Christensen spoke with the media after the Hawkeyes 38 to 20 loss to the Indiana Hoosiers on Saturday. He was asked several questions in a somber interview room, and here are his answers...

Q: Was it one of those days where there just wasn't a rhythm?

Jake Christensen: I don't know. We just didn't get it done. I don't know how else to describe it.

Q: What was the reason for 10 sacks?

Christensen: I could be holding the ball too long. They played well, you give credit to them. They just beat us.

Q: Did they do different than what you saw on film?

Christensen: No, not really.

Q: What can the offense take out of this game?

Christensen: I don't know. I don't know that you can take much out of it. A loss is a loss. We are pretty upset right now and we have to learn from it and try to get back next week.

Q: What is the most frustrating part of this loss for you?

Christensen: It's a loss. There is nothing more frustrating than losing. There is not one in particular point, knowing they came in here and beat us at home.

Q: Last week looked like a step forward. This week a step back.

Christensen: Yeah. Anytime you lose at home, it's frustrating. I don't really know what to say about it.

Q: What was it like in the pocket? There didn't seem to be a lot of time.

Christensen: The protection was good for the most part. They made some plays. We all made mistakes and we will try to correct them. We win and lose as a team, we do everything together. We all take the blame and we have to move forward.

Q: How do you rally back now, being 0-2 in the Big Ten?

Christensen: We don't have a choice. We have to go. We have to do whatever it takes to win.

Q: Were you surprised in how fast Indiana was up 21-0?

Christensen: It was quick. They had that one unfortunate play, the fumble. They played well. It's hard not to. They have a good offense and defense.

Q: Seems like all the breaks were going their way.

Christensen: I don't know about that. We had a ‘Hail Mary', that is a good break our way. They just played well. They outplayed us today.

Q: With all those sacks, were you wondering what was going on?

Christensen: When they had a couple sacks at the end, I was trying to hold the ball and get a play downfield and let it develop. They had a twist one time and got to me. When you have a desperation formation, a play takes a while. It's not their fault.

Q: Are you concerned about your protection?

Christensen: We don't lose confidence in each other. There are going to be mistakes and bad plays.

Q: You guys were having success running the ball, did you have to go away from it because you were behind?

Christensen: We were still running the ball in the fourth quarter and we were behind. It's a fine line. You want to get a first down, and that stops the clock. But you have to throw it to get back in the game

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