Penn State vs. Iowa: Report Card

Penn State vs. Iowa: Report Card

The run defense has been really good, allowing just 97 yards per game on the ground.

The Nittany Lions could have taken an 18-13 lead with 2:28 left in the fourth quarter, but came up empty on a 15-play, 75-yard drive when Anthony Nelson blocked Tyler Davis' 31-yard field-goal attempt.

On a 4-and-goal from the seven-yard line with four seconds remaining, senior quarterback Trace McSorley found junior wide receiver Juwan Johnson in the back of the end zone to lift No. 4 Penn State, 21-19, over Iowa at Kinnick Stadium. He was very, very good as a freshman and great as a sophomore, overshadowed by Dalvin Cook and few others last season. On Sunday, they will play their toughest game of the season thus far against the No. 7 Penn State Nittany Lions. It's as devastating for Iowa as it is awesome for Penn State.

That sounds like a blowout recipe.

Iowa didn't do much offensively most of the night, but it took advantage of Penn State mistakes and caught the Lions' defense in a couple of blitzes in the fourth quarter.

Easy to pull the argument in either direction. Iowa only had 19 points, just 11 first downs and 273 total yards.

But Penn State got to work from their own 20-yard line to put together what must be considered this generation's version of "The Drive".

He'll be better in the future because of the experience he gained against an aggressive Penn State defense which tested Stanley physically and mentally. "We'll be trying to replicate their band and whatever songs they play in the stadium, try to get our guys ready for that for our first road game this year". It's just one of those games, one of the magical night games in Kinnick we all love, where awesome things can happen.

There's something to that. Holman, who was questionable to play leading up to the match with an ankle injury, had a season-high 13 kills and hit.750.

Penn State running back Saquon Barkley is a Heisman front runner.

That wasn't near the goal line, of course. Barkley's 4,222 career all-purpose yards has him now in sixth place.

Iowa sacked McSorley four times and more often was able to contain him, building a wall and then batting down throws. "Our focus right now, our motivation is basically to play our best for 60 minutes, and that's what it's going to take to be victorious". It was the first winning touchdown scored on the final play by the Lions since a 6-3 victory over Lafayette in 1929, according to PSU historian Lou Prato. Franklin didn't even flinch when he was asked about that play-call and Barkley's role in it after the game. IN comes to the Beav Saturday.

As for IN and coach Tom Allen, the Hoosiers are 2-1. It'll be interesting to see how Moorhead processes it, too. Penn State is still in position to claim both, thanks to Barkley, McSorley and a big-game poise that paid off in a massive way in the waning seconds on Saturday.

We all thought we had seen this game before.

But then the Lions would have had to win out from here. The Nittany Lions steamrolled through their first three opponents at home by a combined score of 141-14, and their bevy of offensive stars shined brightly in last week's rout of Georgia State.

Two fierce battles with the top two teams in the Big Ten bodes well. "For us, that's a lot of time". We know what we're seeing, and it's a little faster, a little stronger and a little sleeker than everything else on the field.

"We have the confidence comes from playing against this offense".



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