IOWA CITY, Iowa — Penn State coach James Franklin referred to as out Iowa followers who booed his defensive gamers receiving medical consideration shortly after the No. 2 Hawkeyes beat the No. 7 Nittany Lions 23-20 at Kinnick Stadium on Saturday.
“I do have a little bit of a hard time with our players getting hurt, and the fans and the coaches and the staff booing our players,” Franklin advised reporters outdoors the locker room Saturday. “They don’t run a tempo offense. It was not part of our plan.”
Tuesday, Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz responded, and it was terse.
“First of all, I know a couple of players were legitimately hurt,” Ferentz mentioned. “I know that. I saw one sitting on the bench. I just had, for whatever reason, like there was an opening, I saw him and I know he had an ice bag on his leg.
“Obviously, I know the quarterback didn’t come back. I hope those guys are well. I don’t know what their status is. Nobody wants to see anyone get hurt. Nobody. But I think it’s probably a reaction to a couple of guys that were down for the count then came back a play or two later. Our fans aren’t stupid. They’re watching, they know what’s going on.”
Then Ferentz’s rhetoric intensified.
“I’ve been here 23 years. I think that’s only the second time we’ve seen that kind of stuff going on,” Ferentz mentioned. “I know it’s a topic nationally right now; it was one of the discussions of the rules making. Nobody quite knows the answer to it. I also know for a fact, there are two people in our building that have been places where ‘scuba’ or ‘dive,’ err ‘scuba’ and ‘turtle’ were the code words.
“We don’t coach it. Haven’t really been exposed to it. But our fans thought they smelled a rat, I guess, I don’t know, and they responded the way they responded.”
Trainers aided 5 totally different Penn State defensive gamers in the course of the top-five matchup, and the boos from Iowa followers intensified practically each time a participant was damage. Nearly all of them got here after Iowa large performs.
The first was early when star defensive deal with P.J. Mustipher was injured 5 performs into the opening sequence. Late within the first quarter, following a 20-yard run from Iowa operating again Tyler Goodson, Penn State security Jaquan Brisker left the sport with an obvious left shoulder damage. Iowa guard Cody Ince additionally injured his shoulder on the play. Ince walked off the sector whereas trainers attended to Brisker.
Midway by means of the second quarter, Penn State lineman Chris Stoll was helped by medical personnel after apparently injuring his left elbow. That got here throughout Iowa’s first landing drive after a Goodson 4-yard carry and two performs after Iowa hit a 22-yard move.
One sequence later within the second quarter, after Penn State linebacker Ellis Brooks blasted Iowa huge receiver Arland Bruce following an 11-yard achieve, security Jonathan Sutherland was helped by trainers after successful from Ince.
Midway by means of the third quarter, in an incident that Iowa special-teams coach LeVar Woods mockingly re-enacted on the sideline, Penn State defensive lineman Arnold Ebiketie fell down with out contact and wanted consideration after an 18-yard Goodson carry.
“You’re hearing the boos,” Fox broadcaster Joel Klatt mentioned on the telecast. “You know why you’re hearing the boos? Every time Iowa gains more than 10 yards or 12 yards, there’s somebody who goes down on the Penn State defense. There’s been an injury after every big play that Iowa has had. The fans here recognize that, and they are upset by it.”
“I didn’t really see much of what actually happened, if they ever got hit or anything,” Iowa guard Kyler Schott mentioned. “That’s all up to the fans’ discretion, and they thought they’re faking it so the fans let them know what they thought. If I was actually hurt, though, and was on the ground, I wouldn’t appreciate it, but it is what it is. If they thought I was faking it, I mean, it happens.”
In 2011, Michigan State seemingly employed a tactic of faking accidents towards Iowa each time the Hawkeyes went hurry-up on offense.
“When an offense is moving like that the smart move is to just go down and just take your time and don’t kind of rush through it,” Michigan State defensive tackle Jerel Worthy said at the time. “That’s what we went out there and did.”
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