Monday Morning Quarterback: Should Iowa be penalized for “Clapgate” or is it more of a case of no more Husker excuses?
Another one-score loss for the Huskers. While the defense played well enough to win this the game, the offense’s mistakes and turnovers were too much to overcome. Not scoring on the last four Husker possessions was brutal to watch. The curse lives on, and the Heroes Trophy stays in Iowa for the sixth straight year.
Husker center Cam Jurgens had an especially tough day against the Hawkeyes. There were at least four snaps that were off mark in the first half, including one that caused a 19-yard loss. At least two drives were snuffed because of the snapping issues. There were also snaps that were off the count, catching the rest of the offense off guard.
In the second quarter, coach Scott Frost said he talked to the officials about Iowa coaches clapping on the sidelines to affect the Husker timing and Jurgens’ snaps. The officials talked to Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz at halftime, but he supposedly said it was simply the Iowa coaches cheering on their players.
A tweet from a fan showed what Frost believed to be happening:
The physical execution was bad. But the early snap into 2AM that no one was ready for could be explained by the Iowa coach simulating a snap (clap) before the play. Check the coach out by graphic. @damonbenning pic.twitter.com/2dKdwAKoKy
— Steve Selk (@stevenselk) November 27, 2020
The postgame press conferences touched on the issue, with both Frost and Ferentz commenting.
Can't stop thinking about this gem of a soundbite from @AdamKruegerTV . pic.twitter.com/m4RWALcUtx
— Courtney Johns (@CourtneyJohnsTV) November 28, 2020
What do you think about Clapgate – is this something Iowa should be penalized for as dirty play, or do the Huskers need to stop making excuses?