IOWA CITY — Adrian Clayborn was the first one into Iowa’s interview room. This was barely 10 minutes after the game ended. He still felt the pain defeat.
His voice quaked after a couple questions. He eventually broke down and left the room.
He returned with tears in his eyes. It was that kind of day for the Hawkeyes, who fell 31-30 to Wisconsin at Kinnick Stadium.
“Our defense didn’t play its best the whole game,” said Clayborn, who had a sack, a forced fumble, a QB hurry and five tackles. “Their offense deserved it.”
Strange day for the Hawkeyes’ defense, which has carried the Hawkeyes for the last however long. The Hawkeyes’ defense hadn’t buckled like this since Ohio State landed 200-plus rushing yards on it last season.
Clayborn and his defensive mates found themselves in the position of explaining it away Saturday.
“It feels so weird,” Clayborn said. “The defense didn’t step up when we needed it, but that’s kind of the way it’s been going this year.
“We’re missing something. We’ve got to find it.”