Since Saturday, there has been a lot of social media chatter between fans from the two schools. There is a large portion of the Penn State fanbase that has claimed they would have easily won had Sean Clifford not been injured in Jack Campbell. Following the game, Penn State coach James Franklin began his post game press conference by addressing the fact that he was upset by the Iowa fans booing stoppages in play for a downed Penn State defensive player.
Tensions grew even more after Kirk Ferentz spoke during his Tuesday press conference and addressed Franklin’s complaint. Uncharacteristically, Ferentz came out guns blazing giving detailed code words, “scuba” and “turtle”, teams have used to indicate a defensive player needs to stop play. Ferentz wasn’t having any of what Franklin was spewing and said that Iowa fans, “smelled a rat”.
Iowa fans were on edge the entire game. They even mockingly booed the opening kick falling off the tee. Nearly 70,000 Hawkeye faithful were ready to go and truly impacted the game.
All the false starts a little bit ago. Was loud. pic.twitter.com/S2pcgvccJ4— Michael Graham (@michaelgraham) October 9, 2021
The Iowa players took notice as well with quotes like:
“I’ve never been a part of something like that. That was a great experience just having all of the fans come out like that. That was the loudest experience I’ve ever had in my entire life.” - Logan Lee
“The fans today were on another level. I’ve never seen anything like it. It was rowdy and I will truly never forget what today was like. It was mind-blowing.” - Nico Ragaini
“That was probably the hardest part of the game, getting through that mosh-pit. I’m not gonna lie. I might have a slight concussion from the amount of times I got hit on the head.....just kidding...don’t tell the trainers. The energy that our fans brought today was amazing.” - Tyler Linderbaum
In honor of YOU, I’ve made a little tribute video. (Scuba) dive on in.