Hawkeyes did what they wanted, when they wanted

'People talking negatively about us, really allowed us to just come out & play'

IOWA CITY, Iowa - Kirk Ferentz and his staff might have been the only believers in Iowa's offense before Saturday.

"We've got a belief in our people and we've got a belief in our system," Ferentz said. "Not that this is a breakout moment but you hope at some point you see you're gaining some traction. We haven't had a lot of those yet. We've just kind of been hit-and-missing in a lot of different areas, just haven't had the kind of consistency in any one area that you need." 

The Hawkeyes were more than consistent against Ohio State, bludgeoning the Buckeyes for a season-high 55 points. The total was the most ever for Iowa against Ohio State and the most the Buckeyes had surrendered since 1994. 

It was also was one of the most impressive offensive displays in Ferentz's 19-year tenure. The Hawkeyes did what they wanted, when they wanted, beginning with quarterback Nate Stanley.

"Nobody, you know, outside of our football facility and complex and our fans, thought that we would have a chance," Stanley said. "So I think that just that pressure of, you know, just being able to go out and play without any repercussions, people talking negatively about us, really allowed us to just come out and play."

Ferentz was impressed with Stanley's poise in the pocket.

"I think probably my favorite play is the one where he's got the guy bringing him down and he finds a way to get the ball in the end zone there for a touchdown," Ferentz said. 

The offensive outburst was especially sweet for James Daniels and Sean Welsh -- two Ohio natives who'd never even played the Buckeyes until the big 55-24 win on Saturday. 

"I've been talking trash to everybody back home, like literally all year," Daniels said. "'When we play Ohio State, we're gonna beat 'em, we're gonna beat 'em.' Nobody believed me. It's great. Especially to do that to Ohio State, like THE Ohio State." 

"It's hard to put into words really," Welsh said. "I remember saying that last year after the Michigan game like I was kind of at a loss for words...same situation here."

Another strong offensive performance will be necessary next week in Madison. The Hawkeyes travel and take on the undefeated Badgers in another Big Ten showdown, their third top-10 matchup of the season. 

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