By ADAM JEWELL
In the 28-9 loss to Wisconsin, the Hawkeyes once again struggled not only in the second half of the game, but in the red zone as well. Against the Badgers, the Hawkeyes went 3-for-3 in red-zone scoring, however all three scores came on Mike Meyer field goals.
The struggles of the offense have been a focal point this season for Iowa, and the recent lack of red-zone scoring is no different.
“It’s frustrating, especially on Saturday,” coach Kirk Ferentz said. “When you get down there you need to make good with the opportunities. Certainly a touchdown would have made a difference.”
Running back Mark Weisman shares his coach’s sentiments saying, “We have to be more consistent and make more plays and stop shooting ourselves in the foot.”
The Hawkeyes are currently 26-for-35 in red-zone scoring (74%). However, the Hawks have only scored a touchdown 16 times while in the red zone (46%). Iowa looks to end their red-zone woes when they take on Purdue this weekend, a team that ranks near the bottom in total defense and points allowed and is dead last in red-zone defense. Through four Big Ten games thus far, teams playing Purdue are 17-for-17 in the red-zone, 15 of which are touchdowns. If Iowa wants to finish strong toward a possible bowl berth, this is the game to start that journey.
– Adam Jewell is a special contributor to Dear Old Gold.com