Iowa was off to a phenomenal start to the 2019 season.

The Hawkeyes were 4-0, had beaten their rival in Iowa State and had outscored their opponents 134-34. All was well. Then, though, Iowa traveled to Michigan and lost 10-3.

The Hawkeyes’ offense struggled mightily.

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Following the seven-point loss to Michigan, Iowa hosted Penn State. The Nittany Lions were ranked No. 10 in the country and Iowa had a chance to right its wrong from a week ago.

The Hawkeyes lost that game too, though, 17-12. Again, the offense never got going.

On Tuesday, the players spoke with the media about where the team’s morale is now that it is a 4-2 football team:

There’s no question that Iowa needs and is hungry for a win. At 4-2, if it wants to do any serious damage in the Big Ten, it can’t lose another game.

The Hawkeyes host Purdue for a noon ET kickoff on Saturday and the game will be televised on ESPN2.