Brian Ferentz entered the 2022 season already under scrutiny, and that certainly did not change during Week 1.

In the season opener, the Hawkeyes did not crack 200 yards of offense with punter Tory Taylor accounting for nearly 500 yards of punting. Quarterback Spencer Petras also completed less than 50% of his passes with 4.4 yards per attempt.

Ferentz addressed the media on Wednesday, and he shouldered accountability for the issues. He also said he maintains faith in both Petras and backup QB Alex Padilla moving forward.

Ferentz also admitted he was “surprised” by the first appearance of the season. He went on to say the “gut reaction is to panic” but knows the Hawkeyes cannot do that as they work to fix the issues.

Hopefully, the offense looks better with a rivalry test against Iowa State this week. Iowa is currently riding a 6-game winning streak over the Cyclones but will need the offense to be much better to get a win this time around.