Iowa had its undefeated season ruined today by Northwestern in part because starting Hawkeyes QB Ricky Stanzi injured his ankle in the second quarter.
(Facemask penalty would’ve negated Northwestern subsequent touchdown)
Video of the play shows Northwestern player Corey Wootton rolling onto the back of Stanzi’s right lower leg. But just before Stanzi went down, the quarterback appeared to have his head wrenched backwards by the right hand of Northwestern defensive tackle Jack DiNardo.
Video after the jump.
If there was a facemask on the play, it doesn’t appear it would’ve changed the nature of Stanzi’s injury. But if the Wildcats had been flagged, their subsequent touchdown would’ve been disallowed, which very well could’ve affected the outcome of the game.