Brooks feels responsible for touchdowns

Strong safety in coverage on two Iowa scores

IOWA CITY, Iowa—With the score tied 7-7 late in the second quarter Saturday, Iowa quarterback Drew Tate fired a pass down field to Clinton Solomon, who had gotten well behind safety Robert Brooks. Solomon caught the pass at the 15 and cruised in for a 51-yard score, giving the Hawkeyes a lead they never relinquished.

"He just got behind me. It's something that I can't do as a safety. Something that the coaches talk about all the time," Brooks said. "Quarterback scrambled for a little bit, [Solomon] got behind me. It resulted in a touchdown."

Tate had avoided pressure on the play and stepped up in the pocket, but Brooks said he was not concerned with whether the Iowa signal-caller would take off running.

"I was just busy covering my man and he got behind me," Brooks said. "I didn't even see the backfield. I was looking at my receiver the whole time."

Brooks was also in coverage when Tate hooked up with Scott Chandler for a 12-yard score to the front right corner of the end zone, which gave Iowa a 21-7 third-quarter lead.

Brooks was in much tighter coverage on that play but was displeased with his performance.

"Get the ball out, intercept the ball," Brooks admonished himself. "Just make a play, force an incompletion. Do something."

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