Even Brandon Scherff was surprised that he played vs. Cyclones

Andrew Logue
Brandon Scherff a game-time decision for Hawkeyes today

IOWA CITY, Ia. – Even Brandon Scherff had his doubts.

Iowa's all-America left tackle wasn't sure if he was going play after having his knee scoped early last week, but he returned to practice Thursday and led his teammates onto the Kinnick Stadium field Saturday against Iowa State.

"They told me it would be at least a week if not two weeks," Scherff said of his recovery time. "The trainers did a heck of a job, and I felt ready to go. So I told them that."

Scherff gave up an early sack, but also paved the way for Jake Rudock's 5-yard touchdown run in the second quarter.

"I felt good," Scherff said. "Fatigued, but coming off surgery or a scope like that, I was just trying to do it for the team."

Rudock's scoring run put Iowa ahead 14-3, but the Hawkeye offense never really got in sync offensively.

Scherff made no excuses, even when it came to his knee.

"It feel 100 times better than it did last week," Scherff said. "I'm fine. I got the chance to play, and that's what I dreamed of, playing my senior year."

The status of defensive end Drew Ott was also a little uncertain after a car struck him on Monday while he was riding his moped.

He played, again, with mixed results.

Ott batted down a pass in the second quarter and made a key tackle of Iowa State quarterback Sam Richardson on a third quarter third-and-2.

But the Hawkeye pass rush gradually faded, giving Richardson time to pass the Cyclones to a win.

Ott finished with three tackles.