Q: Talk about finally everything coming together all in the same game for this team.
Brian Ferentz: I think we grew up today. It was very apparent, but we really grew up, we took some strides today. This feels a lot better than what we've been doing the last two weeks. W were in a different situation, too. We weren't out front, we came into halftime, and I think the game was evenly played, but the score, obviously, we were trailing. When we came out in the second half with a little bit of a chip on our shoulder, we just decided we were going to go to war.
Q: Was that the atmosphere in the locker room at halftime?
Ferentz: Yeah. Not to be denied, was the atmosphere. We were backed up into a corner, going into this game we're not bowl eligible. Things obviously haven't been going the way we would have anticipated or wanted them to go, and we're like a caged animal. We had to come out swinging, there were no other options.
Q: Your dad said, "Oh yeah, we got a bowl, I guess we thought about that a time or two this week." Is that something that' just nags at you this week?
Ferentz: Yeah, it's always in the back of my mind that we're not bowl eligible. This is a situation we're not familiar with, since 2001. We're used to being bowl eligible after 7 or 8 games. Here we are, game 10, going into game 10 not eligible. I'd be lying to you if I said that wasn't one thing that I was thinking about this week. Obviously you're more concerned with the game and the game plan, but that's in the back of your mind, without a doubt.
Q: Best effort, you think, start to finish?
Ferentz: I think we put it together today. You want to go our every week and play your best game, and I think we were able to do that this week. Maybe the last two times out we certainly were not able to do that. I think today we put our best game together.
Q: Talk about what you remember of Barry Alvarez at Iowa.
Ferentz: Coach Alvarez, honestly, I don't have many memories of him from when I was younger, Coach Fry obviously dominates those memories, but I know he and my dad are close, they're good friends, and I know my dad has a tremendous about of respect for him as a football coach and a person. To me, he must be a hell of a coach and a hell of a person, if he has that kind of respect, I trust my father's judgment. I have the utmost respect for him and he's had a great career here, I certainly wish him nothing but the best.
Q: Talk about next week, senior day in Kinnick for you guys.
Ferentz: It's going to be emotional. My mom's been teasing me, I should bring a box of tissues out there, I'll probably need the more than she will. It'll be emotional, and that's the way it should be. The good news is we're playing for something, we're playing for better bowl position. It feels good to say that. It's a rivalry game, we're playing for Floyd, it's going to be a pretty emotional day.
Brian Ferentz talked about the team's mentality throughout this game, earning bowl eligibility and looking forward to Senior Day at Kinnick next week in this premium transcript