NW Week: Jake Christensen Q&A

Iowa quarterback Jake Christensen didn't have the greatest statistical day of his career on Saturday, but like NFL signal callers Eli Manning and Vince Young, who also threw for fewer than 60 yards this past week, his team won the game. Read what Jake had to say heading into this week's contest...

Q: What is the key to winning on the road?

Jake Christensen: It's all about starting fast and getting their crowd out of the game. If you let them get into the game it works against you. The better we do early on the better we will get later in the game.

Q: Do you think this team has made strides this season, this offense?

Christensen: I think we have come really close, especially through learning what guys are made of and their attitudes and how hard we will work. It has been positive. We work harder with a loss than a win. It's human nature to want to kind of back off and some people think the season is lost. We are very confident that we can finish strong.

Q: Talk about what Northwestern poses on defense.

Christensen: They are an aggressive team. As a team, they pose something to our program. They have beaten us the last two years. I was talking with Mattison the other day and he has never beaten Northwestern. We know we will get their best shot in Evanston. Two years they beat us late in the game. We have to be ready for them.

Q: Going back and looking at your 15 passes, what did you see?

Christensen: The one play that stuck out to me was the post to James. If that is a little tighter, we seal the game there and don't need overtime. Other than that it was good to get the throw in overtime. 2nd and 20 is not an ideal situation for our offense. It was good to see us get a long conversion when we needed it.

Q: How much have you grown through this season? You have been through a lot of adversity.

Christensen: It has been tough. It starts to wear on you mentally, but Coach does a great job in keeping us up and focused on the positive things. We have done some positives in our losses, too. We try to limit our mistakes and build on the good things.

Q: Coach said your confidence hasn't waned, he likes that you are still up.

Christensen: You can't afford in football, especially at quarterback to have a lack of confidence. You have to stay even. That is how I have been raised, takes things with a grain of salt and be level all of the time and that is what I am trying to do.

Q: Some folks have said that you can't be fairly evaluated this year due to so many moving parts on offense. What do you think about that?

Christensen: I don't know. I don't focus on outside evaluations. The only ones that matter is the coaches and me. Fans, they don't really 100% understand what we are trying to do on each play. It might look bad, but something could have happened that they have no idea about. It's one of those things where you can't pay attention to that, you just listen to your coaches.

Q: Do you think this team's ups and downs have correlated with being home or away?

Christensen: I don't know. The first half, we looked like we were on the road. It's tough to say. That second half built our confidence and hopefully we can take that to Evanston.

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