Postgame Quotes: Iowa 24, #13 Michigan 16

Nov. 5, 2011

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Michigan Head Coach Brady Hoke

(From Michigan Sports Network postgame show)

On miscues against Iowa ... "We didn't play Michigan football like we wanted to in the first half. We had an interception when we were driving to try to score at the end of the half; we dropped a snap on a PAT, which we can do 1,000 times and never drop it. There's a lot to learn from the game, but I'm proud of these kids. I'm proud of how they fought. They kept swinging. We were not perfect by any means, but they stayed together, they fought together, and that's what Michigan football has been for years."

On Denard Robinson throwing the ball ... "We had good routes, he had good time -- they weren't going to pressure all game until he got down to the red zone a little bit -- but I thought he did a nice job moving us down the field. He got his elbow hit on the one, but I think he responded well. We continue to grow as a team and he continues to grow as a quarterback."

On third-and-short stop by defense ... "[Iowa] had a hard time running the ball. They broke a couple through there and the one for the touchdown late that really stings, but I think our guys did a nice job playing run defense. We need to do better on third downs, but you could just feel that part of it. We have a long way to go. This one stings and it's going to sting for a day and then we're going to go back to work."

(From postgame press conference)

On final two possessions of first half ... "We were trying to make a play and we put the ball on the ground. That led to a field goal. The interception down there going in, it swings the game when you don't have the ball and you don't score."

On the defense ... "At times, we rose up and played pretty good third- and fourth-down defense. The third-down stop there late was huge, but we need to do a better job on that. I think they were 4-of-12 on third-down conversions, which defensively is okay."

On missed opportunities ... "There are always six to eight plays in a game that are really going to define when you're playing a good football team, when you're playing a team on the road. You can think back and there are six or eight of those plays that really determines who executed and who didn't."

On Junior Hemingway bouncing back from early drops ... "Junior's a prideful kid. These are all prideful kids. He didn't try to drop any balls I can tell you that. It's good to see a guy who's played a lot of football come back from adversity."

On the message to the team ... "It's still November, there's a lot of game left. There's a lot of football to be played, there's a lot of things at stake. Number one, we've got 24 seniors who are going to play their last three guaranteed football games at Michigan. We're always going to coach for them and we're always going to play for them."

On turnovers ... "Turnovers always hurt. That's one thing that we've done, I'd say a good job, of taking care of it and the ball security. The thing that we missed today was that we didn't get any back. That's where we've got to revisit why and those kinds of things."

U-M Junior Safety Jordan Kovacs

On the game ... "It was a dog fight, and we knew we were going to be in a dog fight all game. I'm proud of the guys and how they fought back, but it's a tough loss. We need to learn from it."

On third-and-short stop ... "It was no secret what they were going to do. They wanted to pound us with (Marcus) Coker, and I think the linebackers did a good job; the defensive line did a good job of filling their gaps and making plays. They were big plays for us."

On watching the offense drive from the sideline ... "It's tough to watch. It was an exciting finish but tough to watch. Like I said, it was a tough loss, but we're going to have to learn from it."

On moving on from the loss ... "You remember the taste. You forget about it after tomorrow and improve, watch the game film, and it's on to Illinois next week."

U-M Junior Quarterback Denard Robinson

On postgame emotions ... "They are everywhere. We had some ups and downs. We kept fighting, and that's one of the good things that we did, but we came out slow. We need to do way better in the first half."

On focusing on the next game ... "Coach always tells us, 'Don't let one game beat us twice.' We just need to get back on the road and beat Illinois."

On the final drive ... "Every Thursday we work on that, we just need to execute. We need to do everything better."

U-M Senior Tight End Kevin Koger

On making sure the team is focused on Illinois ... "I'm just going to try to motivate the guys. We're still in contention for the Big Ten title, you can't tell what everybody's going to do for the rest of the season. I just try to motivate guys and let them know that it's not the end of the world. We're not going to win every game, so we just need to move on."

On emotions of the game ... "In the first half, we came out and had a couple turnovers. We were a little down on ourselves, but we came in at halftime and Coach Hoke picked us up and we went out and the defense played great in the second half. We got a little momentum, we just came up a little short in the end."

On the final drive ... "I think it's a testament to Coach Borges' play calling. I thought he called some phenomenal plays and put guys in a position to make plays and they did. The last couple plays were chaotic, but he made the right call. Junior (Hemingway) was out of bounds, but we still need to put the ball in the end zone."

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