But the Nittany Lions didn't do a ton in the passing game until the final drive - when McSorley's final pass was right on the money.
Penn State and coach James Franklin are 4-0 this season after beating Akron, Pitt, Georgia State and Iowa.
This felt like that game, but one could argue that it shouldn't have.
As a team, the Nittany Lions out-blocked (11.0-6.0), and out-dug (60-53) the visiting Hawkeyes and helped slow down the Iowa offense. There's no disputing any of that, it's just how much people want to harp on those things as opposed to the simple fact that PSU won.
That sounds like a blowout recipe.
For many reasons, the Penn State defense is different this season: it's healthier, deeper, more experienced and more opportunistic.
Easy to pull the argument in either direction.
No team is going to stay with Penn State just in the kicking game, but Iowa has a potentially good one in Miguel Recinos, who is 3 for 3 on field goal attempts and has connected twice from beyond 40 yards. The Hawkeyes recently lost 0-3 to Loyola University Chicago, and they open up Big Ten play against Penn State on September 22.
Penn State has looked about as good as anyone three weeks into the season. Barkley is the first Penn State player to have 10 or more receptions since DaeSean Hamilton had 14 catches against Ohio State in 2014.
"I was just walking back and forth trying to get my team ready", Allen said.
There's something to that. "They've got to spend more time to put this kind of stuff in in practice for us". It's the first time an Auburn player has scored five rushing touchdowns since Peyton Barber did it against San Jose State Spartans in 2015. They were all on display Saturday night. That left the job to R-freshman Will Fries, who seemed to do OK. Iowa came close to delivering a crushing blow to Penn State's College Football Playoff case, but the Nittany Lions rode McSorley and some sensational running from junior tailback Saquon Barkley past one of the most daunting matchups on their conference schedule.
That wasn't near the goal line, of course.
Offensive coordinator Joe Moorhead made the call. Quarterback Brian Lewerke is the teams leading rusher while running back LJ Scott has gotten off to a relatively slow start with only 125 yards against defenses that aren't Big Ten defenses.
Iowa sacked McSorley four times and more often was able to contain him, building a wall and then batting down throws. It's a matter of us doing well against them and them doing well against us. A Nittany Lion service error followed by a kill from Kelsey O'Neill brought up two set points for the Hawkeyes, who finished the set on the 13th kill of the night from Claire Sheehan. Of course. My gut says Iowa, my head says Penn State, and you know that saying, "always trust your gut".
Take his first career touchdown catch - which sparked Penn State's 52-0 rout of Georgia State on Saturday - as an example.
Iowa (3-1) took over at its 20 with 2:42 remaining and scored quickly.