A season after having torn his ACL on the first play of the season, Kansas State quarterback Jesse Ertz was unable to make it through Friday night’s opener on the road against the No. 8 ranked Stanford Cardinal. Fortunately, it appears the injury–which caused Ertz to leave twice, the second time back to the locker room–is just leg cramps.
Ertz leaves the game going 7-for-15 through the air for 73 yards, in addition to carrying the ball 10 times in K-State’s rushing quarterback attack for 39 yards. On the first play in which he had to miss, back-up quarterback Joe Hubener threw an interception.
The team captain sophomore earned his starting role back in 2016 after having to watch Hubener start the majority of games last season while he was on the sideline. Ertz is the holder of the all-time Iowa state high school record for touchdowns with 98 while playing in Burlington, Iowa, but is yet to find that elusive first touchdown as a collegiate athlete.
It was only two years ago that Kansas State found themselves inside the Top 10 of the inaugural College Football Playoff rankings. That year they’d finish 9-3. But after losing Ertz at the beginning of last season, the Wildcats would finish below .500, going 6-7, while winning only three games inside the Big 12 Conference. They would need a three-game winning streak at season’s end (which came after a six-game losing streak) just to become bowl eligible.
After a trip to the locker room, Ertz would return to the game to back over at quarterback.