Ferentz noted on Tuesday that Penn State quarterback Sean Clifford did not return to the game after leaving early in the second quarter and that he could see another Nittany Lions player on the bench with a sack of ice on the leg.
“I hope these guys are doing well, I don’t know what their status is,” Ferentz said. “No one wants to see someone get hurt. But I think probably [the booing] is a reaction to, there were a few guys who were down for the account and then were back a room or two later. Our fans are not stupid. They watch, they know what’s going on.
“I’ve been here for 23 years and I think it’s only the second time we’ve seen this kind of thing happen. “
After Iowa’s 23-20 win, Penn State coach James Franklin expressed disappointment over the boos, noting that the Hawkeyes are not executing a quick attack, which has recently led the defenses to fake injuries. around college football.
“I have a little trouble with our players who are injured and the [Iowa] the fans, coaches and staff booing our players, ”Franklin said. “To all the folks in Iowa, this was not part of our plan. He would not be. You are not performing a tempo violation. We’ve had guys who got hurt, and I don’t know if I necessarily agree. I don’t think that’s the right thing for college football, booing guys when they get injured no matter what. “
Ferentz noted on Tuesday that the false injuries drew more attention, as the American Football Coaches Association asked the NCAA Football Rules Committee to address the model. He said Iowa has two staff members who worked on programs that encouraged them, using code words such as “spacesuit” and “turtle.”
“We don’t train it, we haven’t really been exposed to it,” Ferentz said. “But our fans thought they smelled like a rat, I guess, I don’t know, so they responded like they responded. “
Ferentz also announced that defensive back Riley Moss will likely miss a few weeks due to a knee injury sustained during an interception at the end of the first half against Penn State. Moss, who leads the Big Ten in both interceptions (4) and interceptions returned for touchdowns (2), does not need surgery.
The Iowa No.2 hosts Purdue this week ahead of an opening week.