"Being from Iowa, the outcome of one game really doesn't matter," the Class of 2014 prospect said. "I've been around Iowa football my whole life, so one game is not a big deal. I know what they're about."
Pierschbacher feels the same way about the Hawkeyes today as he did before the loss to the Cyclones. Iowa ranks among his top schools.
The Cedar Falls left tackle has visited Iowa more than any other program that is pursuing him. The 6-foot-5, 270-pounder also has been offered scholarships by Iowa State, Nebraska. Wisconsin and Northern Iowa.
"It was the same old thing, kind of," Pierschbacher said of his visit to Iowa City this past weekend. "It was just different being at a game. I had only been to one game before this. It was a big game. That was different than all of the other visits."
Growing up in Iowa, Pierschbacher had heard a lot about the Cy-Hawk rivalry. His appreciation for the in-state tussle grew after finally attending the yearly showdown.
"It was cool to see being from this state," he said. "It was big. I know Iowa is always loud and the fans really get into it. I wish it would have been more high scoring just to get the fans into it more, but it was neat to see that atmosphere."
Pierschbacher will be back at Iowa for another unofficial visit on Oct. 20 when the Hawkeyes play host to Penn State in primetime. He also is scheduled to see Michigan at Notre Dame (Sept. 22), Wisconsin at Nebraska (Sept. 29, night game), Michigan State at Wisconsin (Oct. 27) and Auburn at Alabama (Nov. 24).
"I tried to pick some good games," Pierschbacher said.
He did it well.