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Two-Minute Drill: Updates From the Iowa Postgame
by Tony Gerdeman

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Iowa Hawkeyes (4-3, 1-2) took a 17-10 lead into the half, but couldn't hold on as they were outscored 24-7 in the second half. A few members of the Hawkeye team spoke with media, including head coach Kirk Ferentz. Here are the highlights.

Kirk Ferentz Updates

* Ferentz was happy with the first half performance, but said “You don't get prizes for playing a good first half. You have to play the full 60 minutes.” He said they'll use what they learned this week to make the team better the next time out.

* On Braxton Miller, he said that Miller is dangerous throwing and running. “That one play there to the right in front of our bench was kind of deja vu all over again of 2010. It came at a real critical situation with a little different field position, but there aren't a lot of players that can make that kind of play and credit to him, he did a great job.” He later referred to this as “a Terrelle Pryor moment.”

* Ferentz said that quarterback Jake Rudock played well and was very poised. He said the Iowa coaches put a lot of pressure on Rudock throughout the week, and he handled himself well. “However many years I have had in coaching, I can never remember coming [to Ohio Stadium] against a weak opponent. I thought he was very poised out there and he continues to grow each week.”

* On the three tight end sets (which Luke Fickell said they had never seen on film and took them some time to adjust to), Ferentz said, “That's a position we've felt good about going back even to the spring. It just worked out here a little bit. We thought it might help us. Part of the idea is to possess the football and score points. I think for the most pat we got what we wanted accomplished out of that.”

* Asked if they had a plan to contain Miller, he said it's “easier said than done”.

* Ferentz said Ohio State took control in the second half and they just couldn't get a stop on defense when they needed it.

* On Carlos Hyde: “He's as good as you're going to find. He's a big, strong powerful guy and he can move too.”

* Ferentz said playing against Ohio State's offense is “a little bit like playing 12 guys” because of the talent at receiver, running back and quarterback.

Jake Rudock Updates

* On the Duzey 85-yard touchdown pass: “It was a momentum swing, but then again I'm not a big momentum guy because each play is so different.”

* Rudock said they had good tempo on offense in the first half and the offensive line did a great job moving the line of scrimmage and protecting him. They just didn't have the ball enough in the second half to continue doing the same.

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