Hawkeyes address offensive struggles versus Wisconsin

Iowa managed just 66 yards in the loss, the fewest in Kirk Ferentz's tenure

MADISON, Wisconsin - A week after putting up 55 points against Ohio State, the Hawkeyes offense hit rock bottom here at Camp Randall Stadium against Wisconsin. Iowa failed to convert any of its 10 third down chances or even score an offensive touchdown against a Wisconsin defense that lived up to its top-15 national ranking.

"Top to bottom you'd be hard-stretched to find a weak point on it," said Sean Welsh, Iowa senior offensive lineman. "And there's also the scheme they run too. They've found a way to make it effective." 

Effective is an understatement. Wisconsin's 3-4 scheme held Iowa to just 66 total yards in the entire game -- the lowest in Kirk Ferentz's tenure.

"We don't run into it a lot," Welsh said. "Over the years, they've found a way to really run it well. Kind of write the book on it." 

The Hawkeyes couldn't get out of their own way either. Turnovers, dropped passes and miscommunication helped turn the game into a laugher. Iowa junior offensive lineman James Daniels said the Badgers also pounced on every opportunity.

"The way the defense played was amazing," Daniels said. "They capitalized off those mistakes and you can't beat a defense like that if all 11 players on the offense aren't executing at their best."
 
"We're not good enough offensively not to execute cleanly," said Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz. "Little misthrows, little inches make a difference there. Then if we do have a catchable ball, we've gotta catch it. When we do play clean football, we have a chance to do some good things."

The chances are dwindling. With only two regular-season games remaining, it appears Iowa offensive identity is consistently inconsistent.

"We're the same team that played pretty good last week, same guys," Ferentz said. "We're gonna put it behind us and focus on beating our next opponent. That's really all you can do win, lose or draw."

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