Penn State defeats Iowa with walk-off Trace McSorley touchdown

Penn State defeats Iowa with walk-off Trace McSorley touchdown

Iowa tried for two again and failed to connect on the pass.

Iowa fell to 5-4 overall, 0-2 in the Big Ten.

"I thought our defense played unbelievably well", said Penn State head coach James Franklin, "and probably hasn't got enough credit this yet for as well as they're playing".

McSorley hit Johnson for 12 yards on the first play to the 32.

O'Korn was forced into action when starting quarterback Wilson Speight left late in the first quarter with an undisclosed injury, and the former Houston starter came up every bit as big as the Wolverines' defense in the second half.

Barkley had an incredible night making Hawkeye tacklers miss with his sensational footwork. It was a gutty throw by McSorley, who was off his game on this night.

McSorley hit tight end Mike Gesicki for 3 yards to the 7, then the quarterback misfired on back-to-back passes to set up fourth-and-goal with 4 seconds left.

Things changed quickly in the fourth quarter, though. He raced up to the line to let everyone know the audible, then went back in shotgun and took the snap. If Gesicki hadn't pulled a linebacker out of the middle, McSorley wouldn't have had a throwing lane. If Iowa cannot hamper Barkley and the very mobile Trace McSorely, this game could get very out of hand.

All spring and summer, Penn State coaches and players talked up Johnson as a guy who would take a huge step forward in his production this season.

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The thing about Barkley is, he never stops moving his legs. Saquon Barkley is adding 307 rushing yards and three touchdowns.

While McSorley provided the knockout punch with a laser pass, make no mistake about it: This was Barkley's night.

"There was a play where he was surrounded by four guys on the sideline and seemed like he didn't make a move and somehow squirted out down the sideline with no room to operate", McSorley said. One play later, the Hawkeyes scored their only touchdown of the half in taking a 7-5 lead. The Hawkeyes hadn't even crossed midfield in the half until that interception and 33-yard return by linebacker Josey Jewell. The course will play approximately 6,250 yards and par is 72. The Nittany Lions outhit the Hawkeyes.366 -.201 on the match. For that, they have nobody to thank but Saquon Barkley. Having given up just 14 points so far, Penn State enters the clash against Iowa with a 19-1 touchdown scored to touchdowns allowed ratio, which is best in the conference.

With 804 career receiving yards, Barkley already has broken Tony Hunt's Penn State record for running backs. With the loss went a chance to prove they could win a marquee game and reach a lofty status in the SEC.

"That boy's different, y'all saw that", said defensive end Shareef Miller, who tackled Iowa's Akrum Wadley in the end zone for a second-quarter safety. Penn State's Heisman Trophy candidate was absolutely incredible on Saturday night. As Barkley rode, the offense tried to gather itself and find a way through the Iowa's exuberant defense.

Etling finished 10-of-17 for 188 yards and two touchdowns. The Hawkeyes went for two, but PSU's Troy Apke broke up the pass. Penn State in giving up 126 ypg rushing on their end which to a Penn State fan could be concerning. Other Nittany Lions running backs such as Curt Warner (10th, 1982), Ki-Jana Carter (4th, 1994), Curtis Enis (5th, 1997) and Larry Johnson (3rd, 2002) came close.

Stanley has been the lynchpin for a much-improved passing attack for the Hawkeyes.

Saturday's victory, as a two-touchdown favorite, showed Penn State that it's getting everybody's best shot now and that its schedule is going to play tougher this year.

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