Brian Ferentz is feeling the pressure a bit in Iowa City this fall. As Iowa’s offense has continued to struggle, the embattled coordinator received an amended contract for the 2023 season.

As a part of that contract, it is stipulated that the Hawkeyes must average 25 points per game while winning 7 games (bowl game included) in order for Ferentz to keep his job. Iowa was hitting that mark after Week 3 when the Hawkeyes dropped 41 points against Central Michigan.

During Week 4, things came crashing down with a shutout loss to Penn State. The Hawkeyes were able to rebound in Week 5 and eclipsed 25 points as Cooper DeJean’s dramatic punt return touchdown and a late field goal gave the program a 26-16 win.

Unfortunately, those 26 points still leave Iowa a bit short of the 25 points per game goal. The Hawkeyes have just 111 total points through 5 games, leaving them 14 points shy of 125 points at this point of the season.

Also of note, Iowa’s starting QB Cade McNamara was injured during the win with Deacon Hill finishing the game. While McNamara’s full status is not known yet, it appears likely he will miss multiple weeks, putting extra pressure on the offense moving forward.