Oct. 16, 2010
U-M coach quotes courtesy of the Michigan Sports Network postgame show
Player quotes from the Michigan locker room
Michigan Head Coach Rich Rodriguez
On Michigan being its own worst enemy ... "No question. The penalties were ridiculous, especially in the first half. The turnovers are inexcusable. We're not good enough to have those things and beat anybody, let alone a good Iowa team."
On the fight to get back in the game in the fourth quarter ... "Yeah, you better not quit. Why would you quit? The game is 60 minutes so you're trained to play for 60 minutes. The guys did that. We just had opportunities in the end and we needed to make stops on defense or make a play on offense and all of the sudden the crowd is back into it and we have a chance to win the game. We just didn't do that. We have to clean up some things. The attitude of the kids is good. The effort is good, but the execution has to be better."
On putting up yards against a good Iowa defense ... "They are very good defensively. I thought our guys made some plays. Junior Hemingway made some plays. Our quarterbacks made a few plays, but they were offset by our mistakes. We could be a really good team, especially offensively if we eliminate the mistakes. It's the second week in a row were there was a penalty or a turnover in scoring position that we can't have. We have to clean that up."
Iowa Head Coach Kirk Ferentz
On today's game ... "We're certainly thrilled to get the victory. It didn't come easy; we expected it to be a tough game and it turned out to be. That's what you expect in conference play, on the road, and playing a team that's very talented. We're thrilled to get the win. I thought our guys played hard. We came out with good energy and good effort, playing hard the full 60 minutes. We certainly had some ups and downs, but it was some good learning situations for us. Most importantly, the guys competed and fought hard and we got the victory."
On quarterback Ricky Stanzi's performance ... "Rick's really been leading our football team in a great fashion, and today I thought he played an excellent game. Coming on the road makes it a little bit tougher for us; this was only our second road game. We didn't handle things so well the first time around. I thought he did a great job of getting us in and out of plays, making sure we were secured. He did a great job of spreading that ball around, getting it where it had to be. I'm certainly happy for him. All of our seniors have done a really good job."
On a mistake-free football game ... "You're always hoping to minimize mistakes. That is how we try to play; that's just the way we are built, but it's easier said than done. I thought our guys did a good job of protecting the football, first and foremost. I thought we came up with a couple takeaways, and certainly the last one was huge for us. That was a great play by Troy Johnson, who did a great job stepping in for Jeff Tarpinian, another senior who was injured. Those are big in any game and certainly in conference play."