Two weeks. Two challenging defenses. Zero potency in the Hawkeyes ground game.
“This is Big Ten football. It’s tough sledding a lot of the time. It doesn’t always come easy.” Iowa running back Toren Young said.
“It’s just on us, the offense, to push it through and… it could be a different story.” Iowa offensive lineman Tristan Wirfs said.
Penn State providing more rushing misery in Iowa’s 17-12 loss on Saturday.
“Credit to their defensive line,” Iowa sophomore offensive lineman Mark Kallenberger said. “They came off the ball, they did a really good job searching for the ball, pursuing towards the ball.”
The Hawkeyes have just 71 yards on 60 carries the past two weeks.
Kallenberger said that’s unacceptable for an offense with veteran experience.
“We have a lot of guys who are good with the run, we have a lot of returners. I think it’s frustrating, definitely, but we’ll come back next week throughout practice and work on it.”
The opponents are only have of the story with Iowa’s running game. The other, according to head coach Kirk Ferentz, is the constant offensive line shuffling that’s hurting the continunity.
“We’ve got some moving parts inside right now, but we’ll just keep pushing forward and we’ve just got to get better with our execution,” Ferentz said.
And Ferentz is confident once the run game improves, the offense will follow suit.
“We didn’t play good enough think week or last week against two really good football teams, but I think we have a good team that will get better as long as we keep our attitude the way we need to,” Ferentz said.
The lack of a running game isn’t the only issue for the Hawkeyes. They’ve actually lost fumbles each of the past two weeks, leading to field goals for their opponents.
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