IOWA CITY, Iowa – Jack Campbell wasn’t going to go down the highway of criticizing Iowa’s offense.
The Hawkeyes’ 7-3 win over South Dakota State on Saturday at Kinnick Stadium was all in regards to the protection, which produced 4 of the factors with two second-half safeties.
Iowa’s offense spent the day getting booed for its struggles — the Hawkeyes had simply 166 yards of offense and the identical variety of punts (10) as first downs.
However requested if the protection felt it was their accountability to safe the win, Campbell stated it was a staff effort, even when the statistics didn’t present it.
“While you’re within the locker room, you’re one staff, one unit,” stated the senior linebacker, who had 11 tackles and produced one of many safeties — a deal with of South Dakota State working again Isaiah Davis ultimately zone. “I’m by no means going to level fingers.
“I’m by no means going to complain.”
Campbell wasn’t happy on the boos that acquired louder because the offense slowed down — “I hate to interrupt it to you guys, however they’re extra than simply soccer gamers,” he stated.
There have been, in fact, the web rumblings from Iowa followers about changing quarterback Spencer Petras, who was simply 11 of 25 passing for 109 yards.
Coach Kirk Ferentz, although, isn’t within the alternative speak.
“I nonetheless have loads of confidence in him,” Ferentz stated of Petras. “I believe the noise on the skin might be lots louder than it’s inside. I’ve whole confidence.”
Petras has his personal confidence.
“The trick is, we are going to get it down,” he stated. “We’ve our first sport, we acquired our first win, now let’s get again to who we’re.”
WHO THEY ARE, PART 1
If something, this sport was precisely who the Hawkeyes are — a protection that comes up with factors (we’ll get to that shortly), and particular groups that management area place.
Of Tory Taylor’s 10 punts, seven have been downed contained in the Jackrabbits’ 20-yard line. One was corralled on the 2-yard line, one was stopped on the 1, which led to Campbell’s deal with of Davis one play later.
“At one level, I stated, ‘This child is a freak,’” South Dakota State coach John Stiegelmeier stated. “That could be a highly effective weapon. That’s a part of their protection, and the truth is our area place was actually robust loads of the time.”
“I’m a reasonably relaxed man on the market,” Taylor stated. “I simply try to catch it and kick it as far and as excessive as I can.”
WHO THEY ARE, PART II
Iowa’s protection had 4 touchdowns final season, one of many extra prolific defenses at scoring.
Getting two safeties is an efficient solution to begin this season.
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“We put a few fires out,” cornerback Terry Roberts stated.
However the Hawkeyes did a great job of simply retaining the Jackrabbits from doing something, regardless of the sector place. South Dakota State didn’t have a drive longer than seven performs, and the longest drive was simply 26 yards.
It acquired to the purpose the place Stiegelmeier stated the Jackrabbits have been going to think about something on the Iowa aspect of the 50-yard line to be four-down territory.
“We by no means had that likelihood,” he stated.
Iowa’s offensive struggles didn’t put any warmth on the protection, Campbell stated.
“We simply do what we’re informed to do,” Campbell stated. “We signed up for this. There shouldn’t be any strain. Regardless of the rating, (the sport) is on our shoulders.”
“We’re at all times attempting to carry a bodily model of protection,” stated security Quinn Schulte.
The Hawkeyes have been with out large receiver Keagan Johnson and Nico Ragaini, together with working again Gavin Williams.
However Petras stated lacking these gamers shouldn’t have an effect on the offense.
“I don’t essentially assume that affected how we referred to as the sport,” he stated. “I’d say we did a reasonably good job of making use of a few of the ideas that look nice on tape and as we began to go, we had some very nice performs on the market. I don’t assume we have been restricted in any respect from a play-calling standpoint.”
“Definitely we’re higher with all people wholesome,” Ferentz stated. “We have by no means been deep sufficient actually on both aspect of the ball, and I hate to have anyone out.
“The truth is that if guys aren’t there and in the event you do not assume they are going to be there, you then simply have to seek out one other solution to get the job performed, if you’ll.”
Leshon Williams changed Gavin Williams, and rushed for 72 yards on 24 carries.
The one criticism he had was with the one misplaced fumble he had deep in South Dakota State territory.
“I ran the ball laborious,” he stated. “I had one little you-know-what.”
Arland Bruce IV was the one large receiver with a reception. He was focused 10 instances, with 5 catches for 68 yards.
He is aware of assistance is on the way in which as soon as Johnson and Ragaini get again.
“We in all probability have 12-13 video games left,” Bruce stated. “These guys are going to be again within the subsequent few weeks. The fellows that we had in in the present day, they did an incredible job and it was their first time getting sport expertise. I believe transferring ahead we’re going to be simply nice.”