Oh, Kirk Ferentz. Iowa had the ball 4th and 5 from the Wisconsin 20 with 5:25 remaining. The Hawkeyes trailed 14-6. A touchdown plus two point conversion would have tied the game.
Instead of going for it, Iowa attempted the field goal (missed). The field goal would have cut the lead to 14-9 and meant…Iowa still had to score a touchdown. Going for it there was so obvious a decision I questioned in our slack chat why ESPN bothered to have the field goal range marker on the screen.
Kirk Ferentz was asked about the the field goal attempt after the game (2:50 mark). He has the situation spelled out for him, insuring he was not referring to the correct call to kick down 17-6. He thought Iowa had to score twice.
Here is a transcript.
Ferentz often gets ripped for zealous conservatism. But, whether that’s a math error and not factoring in the two-point conversion it’s a massive brain fart in a key situation. Probably an optimal time to point out Ferentz just signed an extension through January 2026.