John Lowdermilk says he 'should have been benched'
IOWA CITY, Ia. – How bad did things get for Iowa's defense?
So bad, starting safety John Lowdermilk told reporters Saturday he should have been removed from the lineup.
"I just played pretty terrible today," Lowdermilk said. "I felt fine before the game, I just didn't play very good at all.
"I probably should have been benched."
The primary culprit was Indiana tailback Tevin Coleman, who finished with 219 rushing yards and had touchdown runs of 83, 45 and 69 yards.
"That's something we take pride in," defensive tackle Carl Davis said of stopping the run. "They did a good job and it's very disappointing.
"All I know is, I took on my block and then I saw the guy, he was just running down field."
Davis and defensive end Drew Ott may have turned the tide in the second quarter with their pass-rushing abilities.
They combined for a sack of Indiana quarterback Nate Sudfeld, knocking him out of the game, and backup Chris Covington never looked comfortable.
Covington, a true freshman, ended up 3-of-12 passing for 31 yards with two interceptions. His best play was handing off to Coleman.
"We've seen him on film before, and we knew he was a good runner," Lowdermilk said.
"But, yeah, there was obviously a difference.
"We knew they liked to do a lot of zone-read stuff with him. We knew we had to adjust to it."