Iowa WR Nick Easley gave the Hawkeyes the lead right before halftime in Saturday’s thrilling defeat to No. 4 Penn State.
The walk-on made 2 catches for 27 yards as Iowa pushed back against Penn State all night long in front of a raucous Kinnick Stadium crowd.
“It was a crossing route in the first half. I don’t really know what happened to be honest with you. We’ll be able to see it what happened. You’d think your face mask would stop that, but apparently not.”
Easley is from Newton, Iowa, and was an All-American JUCO WR at Iowa Western Community College. Easley leads the Hawkeyes in catches (18) and is second in receiving yards (189).
“Certainly I feel like I’ve improved a lot as a player. I can credit that to our coaches, Coach Copeland, Matt VandeBerg, Nate Stanley, guys helping me get better but this one really hurt. This loss stings but we’ve got to bounce back from it.
Iowa QB Nate Stanley complimented Easley after the game, especially his toughness.
“I think we have a pretty good relationship,” Stanley said. “He busted his butt all winter and all summer and fall camp to really put himself in the position he’s in and his work ethic in practice translates over to the field.
“I know he’s a tough guy and he’s going to do everything he can for the team.”