BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – A pair of Iowa seniors exited Saturday’s game here at Memorial Stadium with ailments. The sideline was no place for them.
Linebacker Cole Fisher and Tevaun Smith, a receiver, both said watching their team fight to get to 9-0 would have been too painful. If they were cleared, the were competing.
Fisher left the game in the first quarter. He said a migraine headache was affecting his peripheral vision.
“It wasn’t a concussion,” he said. “I’ve had a few people ask me but it wasn’t that. I get migraine headaches from time to time and my perisperhal vision gets real splotchy and it’s really hard to see and focus. That’s what was going on and I had to take myself out of the game.
“The headache isn’t even that bad. It’s the vision. I usually take some ibuprofen. It only lasts about 20 minutes.”
Fisher only ended up missing one series with Iowa’s offense sustaining a long drive allowing his medication to kick in. He played the rest of the game.
Smith sustained a vicious hit in the second quarter from Hoosiers Linebacker T.J. Simmons, who was ejected from the game for targeting. The Iowa receiver tried to get up but fell forward onto the turf. After being examined by trainers for several minutes, he walked to the sideline with help.
“I think I got a helmet to the back and when I tried to get up I couldn’t put weight on my left leg. I also got hit in the head pretty hard but no concussion. I was a little dazed but I’ll be alright,” Smith said.
The Toronto native recovered quickly and jumped back into the action in the second half. He finished with four receptions for 55 yards.
“There was no doubt (he was going back in). I didn’t plan on staying out. Now there’s only three games left but I was thinking I’m not going to finish this season coming out in one of the games that are really important,” Smith said.
Said Iowa Coach Kirk Ferentz: “That’s how these guys are. They want to be out there. It’s going to take a lot to keep many of them off the field.”
OTHER INJURIES: Jordan Canzeri and Ike Boettger, both nursing ankle injuries, dressed for the game and went through warm-ups. Neither played in the contest, however. Boettger switched to street clothes before kick-off.
Ferentz said Canzeri, a senior running back, was cleared to play but he didn’t show enough in practice this week for Ferentz to bring him back. The New York product returned to practice on Wednesday, the coach said.
“His arrow is going up faster than we would have anticipated and he was cleared to play but I’d like to see more volume of work in practice. The good news based on what we saw Wednesday, Friday and then (Saturday), there’s not reason to think he won’t be back next week as long as we don’t have a setback,” Ferentz said.
Running Back Akrum Wadley tweaked his ankle during Saturday’s game. Ferentz said he didn’t think it was anything major.
Defensive End Nate Meier had his arm in a sling after last week’s game against Maryland. He played start to finish against Indiana.
“He was sore this week,” Ferentz said. “Is he going to make it? Is he not going to make it? I felt like he would just because of the way he is, too. You talk about another tough guy. And there he was. He was out there playing.”
Strong Safety Miles Taylor’s left knee had ice wrapped around it during postgame interviews Saturday. He said he banged it up but he’s fine and he should be ready to go next week against Minnesota.
MAKING THE TRIP: Iowa players in uniform for Saturday’s game.
QB (4) – Beathard, Wiegers, Boyle and Cook.
RB (7) – Canzeri, Plewa, Mitchell, Daniels, Cox, Wadley, Kulick.
WR (8) – Falconer, Hillyer, J. Smith, T. Smith, Parker, Vandenberg, Stone, Mccarran
TE (6) – Duzey, Wisnieski, Kittle, Pekar, Krieger Noble.
OL (12) – Myers, Ferguson, Daniels, Ward, Croston, Walsh, Welsh, Ferentz, Blythe, Simmons, Boettger, Render.
DL (11) – Nelson, Bazata, Johnson, Hulett, Meier, Terlouw, Hesse, Gressel, Ekakitie, Spears, Brincks.
LB (7) – Perry, Mends, Bower, Jewell, Fisher, Hockaday, Niemann.
DB (11) – King, Jackson, Gervase, Draper, Snyder, Ward, Fleming, Taylor, Lomax, Mabin. Fair.
ST (4) – Kidd, Koehn, Kluver, Recinos.
SPECIAL TEAMS: How Iowa lined up on special teams units Saturday.
Kick Return – Snyder, Hockaday, Bower, Kittle, Perry, Falconer, Cox, Klick, McCarron, Plewa, King.
Kick Coverage – R. Ward, Snyder, Perry, Bower, Koehn, Hockaday, Riemann, Fisher, Gair, Fleming, Draper, Mends.
Punt Coverage – Kidd/Koehn, Plewa, Kluver, McCarron, Jackson, Fisher, Hulett, Jewell, R. Ward, Snyder, Perry.
Punt Return – Iowa did not return a punt and went punt safe on all of IU’s attempts.
EXTRA-POINTS: The Hawkeyes are 9-0 for the first time since 2009, the second time under Kirk Ferentz, and the second time in school history…Iowa is 5-0 in the Big Ten for the third time under Kirk Ferentz. Iowa opened 5-0 in the Big Ten in 2009 (5-0) and 2002 (8-0)…QB C.J. Beathard is 10-0 as Iowa’s starting quarterback, a record that includes a 5-0 mark on the road, a 5-0 mark at home, and a 6-0 mark in the Big Ten…DB Desmond King recorded his eighth interception of the season in the fourth quarter. He leads the nation in the category and ties the Iowa school record for interceptions in a single season, joining Lou King (1981) and Nile Kinnick (1939)…Wadley’s 65-yard touchdown run on Iowa’s first possession was a career long. Wadley rushed for 120 yards on 12 carries. He has two 100-yard rushing games this season, three in his career…WR Jacob Hillyer set career bests in receptions (4) and receiving yards (53)…Linebacker Josey Jewell led Iowa in tackles with 15 (11 solo).