Penn State lost quite a few notable players to injury during Saturday’s loss to No. 2 Iowa, including quarterback Sean Clifford and defensive tackle PJ Mustipher, and Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz said fans who booed certain Nittany Lions’ injuries weren’t stupid and smelled a rat, The Athletic’s Scott Dochterman reported.
Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said he felt bad for Penn State’s players who were legitimately injured but said fans who booed other so-called injuries “aren’t stupid” and “they smelled a rat.”
Ferentz said only one other time did he suspect an opponent took dives to stop momentum.
— Scott Dochterman (@ScottDochterman) October 12, 2021
In addition to Clifford and Mustipher, running backs John Lovett, Devyn Ford, safety Jaquan Brisker and defensive end Arnold Ebiketie also left the game with injuries. Ferentz, Dochterman reported, said he’s only suspected an opponent of taking a dive to slow momentum one other time.
With the loss, Penn State fell to 5-1 on the season and dropped back to No. 7 in the Week 7 AP Poll. With a bye week this week, the Lions will host Illinois in two weeks before heading to Columbus, Ohio for a huge game against Ohio State.