Penn State scores on final play to beat Iowa

Jessica Allison
September 26, 2017

Play of the game: On fourth-and-goal from the Iowa 7, Trace McSorley threaded a touchdown pass through traffic to Juwan Johnson as time expired. There's a right tackle problem, one exposed by athletic, mobile D-ends like Iowa's Anthony Nelson, who appeared to have twice as many as his listed five tackles and one sack.

Del Rio, who relieved Feleipe Franks in the second half, completed 9 of 14 passes for 74 yards. He had a big game Saturday with seven catches for 92 yards, and his final grab will have its own place in PSU history.

Iowa sacked McSorley four times and more often was able to contain him, building a wall and then batting down throws. Although, don't take my word for it, I said this past year against MI, and well, we won.

Quarterback Trace McSorley delivered his best pass when it mattered most in what was otherwise a lackluster performance.

The other three of those ended in a missed field goal, a blocked field goal and a punt.

Still, Penn State is a 12-point favorite for a reason. 2017 has seen Michigan State start 2-0, though the wins have come against Bowling Green and a PJ Fleck-less Western Michigan in two very unauthoritative wins.

He helped Penn State survive in a place where several Big Ten teams have faltered at night, like MI previous year. Penn State in giving up 126 ypg rushing on their end which to a Penn State fan could be concerning.

Barkley is arguably the most dynamic back in the country, with 307 yards rushing (8.1 yards per attempt) and 11 catches for 241 yards.

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Penn State scored the only 10 points of the third quarter and led 15-7 after three, but saw the Hawkeyes come back to take the lead. In that game, the fourth of the season for Penn State, the Wolverines jumped to a 28-0 halftime lead after scoring touchdowns on four of their first five drives. In fact, Barkley proved last night that no team in the NCAA has a back that can compare to his abilities, as he was impervious to all the hexes that afflicted his teammates.

Iowa has a solid running back in Akrum Wadley, but even Ferentz didn't seem to want to make any comparisons between him and Penn State star Saquon Barkley.

"What happened in the second half is that we just stopped playing". Then the Nittany Lions have a bye ahead of a two-week stretch that'll define their season, playing MI at home and Ohio State on the road to end October. 2 Ohio State. The Nittany Lions went on to win the Big Ten Championship Game. Barkley broke off a highlight-reel 44-yard run down the left sideline, and the Lions later got another first-and-goal, this time from the 10. For that, they have nobody to thank but Saquon Barkley.

Moorhead doesn't have to change anything for Stevens if Penn State needs its backup to play his natural position.

Three plays later, Barkley took a short pass 15 yards to the Iowa 15.

Iowa rushed six, and the Nittany Lions picked it up.

Stanley has been the lynchpin for a much-improved passing attack for the Hawkeyes. Barkley scored the game-winner on a wheel-route reception out of the backfield, racing past Wisconsin linebacker T.J. Watt. On fourth-and-goal with 4 seconds left, McSorley found Johnson in the middle of the end zone for the game victor as time expired.

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