On Monday, the Big Ten conference announced their players of the week honors and a funny thing happened. Adam Korsak, who was easily the best Rutgers player on Saturday and had a career day punting the football, was not selected as the Special Teams Player of the Week. Instead, Ohio State’s punter, Drue Chrisman, won it instead. Let’s compare the stats for each punter on Saturday:
Chrisman averaged 43.0 yards on three punts, two of which he pinned inside the Cincinnati’s 5 yard line. Very good game, the kid did his job en route to a 42-0 blowout for the Buckeyes over the Bearcats.
Korsak averaged 47.6 yards on ten punts, two of which went 50+ yards with a long of 69 yards. In addition, seven of his punts were downed inside the 20 yard line and three were downed inside the 5 yard line. An all-time performance and Korsak single handedly kept Rutgers in the game in the first half. The final score would have definitely been worse if not for the big and accurate leg of the sophomore Aussie. No offense to Chrisman, but Korsak was robbed. To Chrisman’s credit, he agreed.
Thanks but my man @AdamKorsak balled out this week... weird being on the other side of this https://t.co/LAEMGryxKp— Drue Chrisman (@DChrisman91) September 9, 2019
As Rutgers fans, we are sadly used to not getting respect within the Big Ten, especially from the media and other fan bases. I first saw this tweet from a reporter from The Athletic and I was happy to see it.
That Rutgers' punter didn't get B1G special teams player of the week is honestly an outrage. https://t.co/lEPXLUDysb— Chris Vannini (@ChrisVannini) September 9, 2019
Then national reporter for The Athletic, Nicole Auerbach, who has always been fair and supportive of Rutgers, pointed out that it was more than Scarlet Knight fans and the media who had a problem with the Big Ten snub of Korsak.
Iowa fans are ratio-ing this tweet in support of the Rutgers punter! https://t.co/4xl2jMbJVd— Nicole Auerbach (@NicoleAuerbach) September 9, 2019
Low and behold, many Iowa fans replied to the Big Ten’s tweet announcing the Special Teams Player of the Week with outrage and some wit too. There were so many, I tried to pick the 15 or so best ones. There were probably over 50 when I checked recently and I’m sure there are more now. Here are best Iowa fan tweets supporting Adam Korsak and letting know the Big Ten they messed up.
You know you screwed up when #Hawkeye fans tell you an award should go to the opposing teams punter.— gabe havel (@gabehavel) September 9, 2019
Gabe hit the nail on the head. But there is so much more......
Dude from Rutgers is the reason it wasn’t 60-0.— It’s football season (@AJFreebs) September 9, 2019
Very true, AJ.
Did you not watch Iowa/ Rutgers game? Rutgers punter was insane— Christopher Boten (@botenc) September 9, 2019
Accusing the Big Ten of not watching the game made me giggle.
Are you serious with this choice? did you not watch the Iowa-Rutgers game? I get Rutgers didn't win the game, but their punter single handedly kept them in the game as long as they were. Iowa's punter was trading booming kicks with him. It was nuts, this choice is just lazy!— rickhawk22 (@rickhawk22) September 9, 2019
Well said, Rick.
This is garbage. Korsak had twice as many punts inside the 5, and seven total inside the 20, and zero touchbacks in 10 attempts. Averaged almost 48 yards per punt Single handedly kept the score within 60 points. It's the kind of punting our ancestors painted about on cave walls.— Creighton M (@Creighton_Mc) September 9, 2019
Creighton actually writes for our friends at Off Tackle Empire, which is even more of a coup that a non-Rutgers writer from their site was defending RU. Loved it! By the way, read this very good piece and hot take on the state of Rutgers from our friend Zuzu.
Why the hell didn't Adam Korsak get it?!?!? This is trash.— Matt, Dr. Bunny Keeper (@05HAWKI) September 9, 2019
The keeper of bunnies went straight to the point.
This is disgraceful. You betray a very tiresome Buckeye prejudice and you punish an absolutely remarkable -- unique in my lifetime -- performance by the Rutgers punter. I really don't know how you could do this to Rutgers and that kid. Take the rest of the week off. Get serious.— Radical Radials (@EchelonRight) September 9, 2019
The old Ohio State bias may have reared it’s ugly head and Iowa fans weren’t standing for it one bit. Thanks guys!
You have got to be kidding. Did you not watch the Rutgers punter against my Hawkeyes? In that game, he was the best I've ever seen. WTF?— Kristina (@KristinaKat75) September 9, 2019
Kristina dropping some truth.
Iowa fans when it’s not the Rutgers punter pic.twitter.com/eBi0X7yBxq— Jack Bacon (@Jrbacon50) September 9, 2019
You know when a Walter White gif is used, the outrage is real.
Remember the end of Rocky 4, when the Russian crowd was cheering for Rocky? @AdamKorsak won over the hearts of Hawkeye fans everywhere last Saturday when he put on a damn punting clinic.— Brian Fausett (@BFaus) September 9, 2019
This was a bad call, Big Ten. pic.twitter.com/JTHM8mi9S3
Brian pulled out a Rocky 4 reference and it warmed my heart. Then he used a gif from Game of Thrones. Well played, Brian, well played.
Since you obviously missed it @B1Gfootball, here's one of Rutgers P Adam Korsak's FOUR(!) punts inside the 3 against Iowa. Had SIX punts inside the 11 with no touchbacks. It's not too late to correct the blue blood mouth love and give it to the right guy pic.twitter.com/BD03JkjKgi— Heavens! (@HeavensFX) September 9, 2019
Why not make your point with straight facts and highlights? Heavens with a refreshing approach.
Rutger's Korsak should have gotten it and it's not even close. Guy was an artist. -Iowa Fan— Back in Black (@HastHawk) September 9, 2019
Korsak was an artist on Saturday. It was beautiful and Iowa fans appreciated the hell out of it.
Dear Big Ten you need to reconsider. This is completely absurd that the Rutgers Punter didn't win. Sincerely an Impressed Hawkeye Fan.— Rob Dominacki (@dominator5d) September 9, 2019
Keep them coming and excellent use of the word absurd.
@RUAthletics punter should win this. Rescind your pick and do the right thing. @OhioStateFB may have had a good game, but dude from Rutgers was on a different level. - Hawk fan— HawkInATX (@HawkInATX) September 9, 2019
I don’t think the Big Ten has ever rescinded a weekly honor award before but I appreciate this Hawkeyes fan’s effort from Texas.
Hell Iowas punter did no worse then this and he was outshined 3 x over by the Rutgers punter. That dude gave Rutgers a punchers chance in the first half— GPinTN (@GPinTN1) September 9, 2019
I love the “punchers chance” reference and it’s completely valid in this case.
#Rutgers dude was ROBBED!! smh pic.twitter.com/YKxrjzLELN— Tom Kraft (@k6tmk6) September 9, 2019
The most interesting man in the world gets it.
Live look at the Big Ten picking this guy over the Rutgers punter who was an absolute savage Saturday. pic.twitter.com/CRldvZxVXz— Cody Clark (@DSPcobra16) September 9, 2019
And how could I not end with a Seinfeld reference? You’ve been Constanza’d Big Ten.
In all seriousness, this is the type of sportsmanship that makes college sports great. Thanks Iowa fans, we look forward to sharing beers with you at the tailgate in Piscataway in 2022. Hopefully, Rutgers will give you a much more competitive game then and our punter won’t be nearly as involved.
UPDATE: Our friends at Black Heart Gold Pants made their best effort to right a wrong here.
UPDATE #2: Vote for Korsak for the Ray Guy Punter of the week from this link in the tweet.
UPDATE #3: Korsak named Ray Guy Punter of the Week!!! We did it!