Penn State survives Iowa with touchdown on the final play


Penn State's non-conference opponents have a combined 2-6 record - both wins coming against FCS opponents - and have been blown out in those losses.

"Our team believes", Franklin said.

Thoughts on the game and who wins? "However we get it done, that's how we're gonna get it done". The defense has been pulling their weight for the most part.

Penn State ran five plays inside Iowa's 3-yard line on two different drives on which Penn State wound up settling for field goals.

The play was more hard than it looked, Barkley said, particularly that over-the-shoulder catch. "He never stops believing".

That said, they have allowed 150 or more rushing yards in each of the last two games, which is one thing against Pittsburgh, but completely another against Georgia State.

This season, Barkley has accounted for 300+ yards on 38 attempts with three touchdowns.

Butler, a graduate transfer from Nevada, has carried the ball 36 times for 158 yards in three games with the Hawkeyes and was a two-time 1,300-yard rusher with the Wolfpack in 2016 and 2015.

Down by four, Penn State needed to go 80 yards to win the game. Barkley also caught 12 passes.

Barkley was quick to credit McSorley for engineering the victory.

The Lions have a new snapper and holder this season, so Franklin said the most important thing is to get everyone on the same page.

"Tough place to play obviously", senior linebacker Brandon Smith said. But we will have to move on. The Nittany Lions drove 65 yards on 12 plays, including a fourth down conversion in their own territory, to avoid the upset at Kinnick Stadium. The Nittany Lions outhit the Hawkeyes.366 -.201 on the match.

Further, Barkley at receiver is among Penn State's best assets to draw coverages from other players, notably tight end Mike Gesicki.

McSorley atoned for costly errors at the end of the second and third periods. Jewell is also a preseason All-American and the Hawkeyes' leading tackler. Each team finished with one blocked field goal.

"Two words", Ferentz said. "It's got to be a full defensive team game for both teams".

The name of the game in the first half was defense.

Iowa led 7-5 at halftime when a Josey Jewell interception set up a Stanley to Nick Easley touchdown catch with just 37 seconds left in the first half.

All of which served as a prelude to his most remarkable feat of the night, a 10-yard reception in which he turned toward McSorley to haul in a screen pass, leapt clean over Iowa junior defensive back Josh Jackson, sustained a tackle mid-air, somehow landed on his feet and kept his balance, then kept chugging along to pick up a few more yards. The Hawkeyes had only one first down until the 4:34 mark of the second period.

"I'm trying to think of the last time we played a back like this, other than past year", Ferentz said, referring to Barkley's 167-yard game against the Hawkeyes.

The Hawkeyes are going to want to control the clock to limit the chances Penn State's offense to score if they have any shot and that is going to start with Nathan Stanley, Akrum Wadley and keep the chains moving. The Penn State running back tallied 368 all-purpose yards along with one touchdown. Six schools will open up the 2017, 9-game slate of conference games this weekend mixed in with Michigan State and Notre Dame trying to make the battle for the Megaphone Trophy Great Again. The Nittany Lions have too much explosiveness in Trace McSorley and Saquon Barkley. It was a gutty throw by McSorley, who was off his game on this night. The Hawkeyes will need something to hit that extra gear, but Ferentz expects the same "electric" atmosphere he's used to at night.