Des Moines Register reporters Rick Brown and Andrew Logue discuss the Iowa Hawkeyes' come-from-behind win against Ball State at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City on Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014.
IOWA CITY, Ia. –
Brandon Scherff was down in a heap in the end zone. Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said his heart was in his throat as medical personnel attended to his Outland Trophy candidate.
Scherff left the game with a knee injury in the second quarter, but returned before halftime. The Hawkeyes' all-Big Ten left tackle said after the game that his knee locked up. The 6-foot-5, 320-pounder from Denison said he'll have the knee checked Sunday to confirm that everything is fine.
"The good news is his knee was stable when they examined it," Ferentz said. "He's really a tough-minded guy. For him to come back and do what he did is a positive."
Scherff got injured after trying to chase down Ball State defensive lineman Blake Dueitt, who had picked up Jonathan Parker's fumble and returned it 35 yards for a touchdown.
"That was a great hustle play on his part," Ferentz said. "That was the good news. We had one of those up in Michigan State a couple of years ago. More than a couple of years ago, a decade ago."
Ferentz was referring to another Iowa left offensive tackle, Robert Gallery. He chased down a Michigan State player after a turnover in a game at East Lansing, Mich., in 2003. That play was a big reason why Gallery won the Outland Trophy that season and was the second player taken in the 2004 NFL Draft.
"It was a great effort play on (Scherff's) part," Ferentz said. "He was just trying to help us out after a turnover. When he stayed down that was not a good feeling, obviously."
Ike Boettger, a redshirt freshman from Cedar Falls, filled in for Scherff for two series before he returned.
It was Boettger's first game action as a Hawkeye.
"He jumped in there and did a nice job," Ferentz said. "He came out of the bullpen, and seemed to hold his own out there."