Hawkeye kicker calls his performance unacceptable

Andrew Logue

Iowa place kicker Marshall Koehn kicks off against Ball State on Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014, at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City, Iowa.

IOWA CITY, Ia. – There's no point in mincing words: Iowa's kicking game is a mess.

The Hawkeyes missed three field goals Saturday, with Marshall Koehn failing twice and Mick Ellis once.

"We'll just keep working," coach Kirk Ferentz said. "Obviously, it wasn't a good day for either placekicker."

Koehn, a junior from Solon, is 2-for-5 this season, with misses from 37, 35 and 37 yards.

"Those are all makeable kicks," Koehn said. "I just wasn't hitting them like I wanted to. I'm glad I got one of them through to do a little something for the team."

Koehn also had three of his four kickoffs go into the end zone for touchbacks.

Still, he called his performance unacceptable. And it'll continue to be a cause for concern.

Coaches told Koehn after his second miss they were going to give Ellis a try. After Ellis missed a 29-yarder in the third quarter, it would have been tough to decide which of them should trot onto the field for a potential tying field goal late in the game.

"If it was longer, I was going to take the kick," Koehn said. "We got the win. That's all that matters.

"I've got to go evaluate myself, take a step back and think of what did I do wrong and how can I help this team get better."

Ferentz remained optimistic.

"I've seen those guys do good things in practice," he said. "I think they're quality guys. So we've just got to stay with them."