By Harvey Hoffman

Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said that understands why Hawkeyes fans booed when some Penn State players were injured in last Saturday’s 23-20 Iowa win.

Ferentz noted 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 an ice bag on his leg.

“I hope those guys are well, I don’t know what their status is,” Ferentz said.

“Nobody wants to see anybody get hurt. But I think probably [the booing] is a reaction to, there were a couple of guys that were down for the count and then were back a play or two later. Our fans aren’t stupid. They’re watching, they know what’s going on.

“I’ve been here 23 years and I think that’s only the second time we’ve seen that kind of stuff going on.”

After Iowa’s 23-20 win, Penn State coach James Franklin expressed disappointment about the booing, noting that the Hawkeyes don’t run an up-tempo offense, which recently has led to defenses feigning injuries around college football.