Hawkeyes might have been too confident entering Minnesota

Rick Brown
A general view of the Minnesota Golden Gophers huddling in the first half against the Minnesota Golden Gophers at TCF Bank Stadium.

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Louis Trinca-Pasat said that Minnesota wanted Saturday's Big Ten Conference game more than Iowa.

For the Hawkeyes' senior defensive tackle, that was not an easy admission to make.

"As a competitor, it sucks and it (ticks) me off," Trinca-Pasat said after the 51-14 loss at TCF Bank Stadium. "We wanted to win. They fought and showed they wanted it more. That's why the score was the way it was. Simple as that."

Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz hinted that his team might have been feeling too good about themselves after a 48-7 victory over Northwestern the week before. Trinca-Pasat didn't argue that point.

"That could have been the case," Trinca-Pasat said. "You can't get too high when we win. You have to stay focused."

Now Trinca-Pasat is in a position, as a senior leader, to get this team ready to play Saturday at Illinois.

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"Everyone is looking up to you," Trinca-Pasat said. "You have to learn what you did wrong, take it like a man and move on to the next day, the next week, and practice harder."

Canzeri doesn't play: Ferentz said that running back Jordan Canzeri, who hasn't played since suffering a high ankle sprain against Maryland Oct.18, was cleared to play before Saturday's game. But when the score got away from the Hawkeyes in a hurry, he decided to rest him another week.

"He wasn't 100 percent, but he could have played," Ferentz said. "Why add to the carnage?"