By Dallas Jones
IOWA CITY, Iowa – If I told you the stars of the biggest game in college football this weekend were kickers, you would probably assume it was an Iowa football game. You would also be correct in that thought. The legs of punter Tory Taylor and kicker Caleb Shudak shined the brightest. What some would call the most “Iowa way to win,” pinning Penn State inside of the twenty yard line six times.
While Shudak was a perfect 3-3 on field goals, also knocking in both of his extra point attempts. Fans showed their appreciation after the game by chanting “MVP” to Shudak and showing lots of love. His three field goals today now have him at a total of 11 on the year with 12 attempts.
Tory Taylor finished the game with nine punts, combining for 398 total yards, with an average of 44.2 yards per punt. His best of the day at 53 yards in the fourth quarter. It is also worth noting that on the opposite side of the field, Penn State’s punter Jordan Stout, put on an elite punting performance as well. He averaged over 50 yards per punt on his five attempts, totaling 252 yards.
Head Coach Kirk Ferentz and Sophmore DL Logan Lee shared their thoughts on the performance of the special teams unit:
Former Iowa QB passes away: The Iowa football family lost a member this past Wednesday when former quarterback Tom Poholsky passed away suddenly. Poholsky was found dead in his Dallas hotel room while on vacation, according to The DenverChannel.com.
Poholsky was a husband and a father of two children. He coached at Evergreen High School in Colorado for three years. Poholsky also worked with some of the players on his team since they were in third grade. Poholsky played at Iowa from 1986-89 under Hayden Fry.
Poholsky was president of the Youth Football Association for more than four years before moving on, according to The DenverChannel.com.
Injury Report: DB Riley Moss was helped off the field with 1:31 left in the second quarter favoring his left knee. Coach Ferentz is “optimistic” about the injury.