By Tyler Devine
AMES, Iowa – Iowa's come-from-behind victory in overtime against Iowa State on Saturday was costly in one respect.
Senior right tackle Ike Boettger limped off the field in the fourth quarter with what Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz called an achilles injury. Boettger did not return to the game.
"I think it sounds like an achilles," Ferentz said. "If that's the case he's probably done for the season."
The Cedar Falls native made his 20th career start on Saturday for an Iowa offensive line that was at full strength with the return of junior center James Daniels.
Daniels missed the 24-3 victory over Wyoming in the season opener last Saturday because of an injury.
Redshirt freshman Alaric Jackson made his second consecutive start at left tackle and helped Iowa rush for 164 yards.
Senior Sean Welsh switched from guard to tackle in Boettger's absence and junior Ross Reynolds took over for Welsh at guard.
In for the long haul: Four of Iowa’s five touchdown drives in regulation were 89 yards or more (plays-yards: 10-76, 10-91, 11-94, 11-92, 7-89).
Nate the Great: Sophomore quarterback Nate Stanley established career highs in completions (27), attempts (41), yards (333), and touchdowns (5). He has eight touchdown passes in his first two career starts, more than any other quarterback in the Ferentz era.
He is the first Iowa quarterback with 300-plus passing yards and five-plus touchdown passes since Chuck Hartlieb vs. Northwestern in 1987.
Stanley also is only the second Big Ten Quarterback in the last 20 years with 300-plus passing yards, five-plus touchdown passes and zero interceptions in a road game.
Matt loves ISU: Senior receiver Matt VandeBerg had three receptions for 42 yards and one touchdown on Saturday
He is the only player in the Ferentz era to have a receiving touchdown in three different games against Iowa State. He has 19 receptions for 285 yards and three touchdowns in his last three meetings against Iowa State. He has at least one reception on 21 consecutive games played. He has 111 career receptions, 16th all-time.
Historically speaking: The Hawkeyes did something historically significant on Saturday. It was Iowa's fourth double-digit fourth-quarter comeback victory in the Ferentz era and the first on the road under Ferentz.
Above .500: Kirk Ferentz improved his record to 10-9 against Iowa State with Saturday's victory.
Iowa also has won three games in a row against the Cyclones for the second time under Ferentz. Iowa also woin three games in a row from 2008 to 2010.
Easley money: Junior receiver Nick Easley is the first player under Ferentz to have a touchdown reception in each of his first two career games. The preferred walk-on from Newton had a career and team-high seven receptions for 48 yards and one touchdown in Saturday's game. Easley has 11 receptions for 125 yards and two touchdowns in two games.
Spreading the love: Stanley completed passes to nine different receivers. Freshman receiver Ihmir Smith-Marsette (4), freshman tight end T.J. Hockenson (2), and senior running back James Butler (1) recorded their first career receptions as Hawkeyes.
Senior fullback Drake Kulick had a career-high two receptions for a career-high 29 yards. Kulick previously had just one career reception.
Clutch newcomer: Smith-Marsette made his first career start. The New Jersey native had four receptions for 36 yards and two touchdowns, including the game-winning 5-yard touchdown reception in overtime. He also carried once for nine yards