Penn State Beats Iowa on Final Play Behind Saquon Barkley's Huge Performance

Sizing up Big Ten football as we (kinda) launch into conference season

His misses in this one came from 41 yards out in the 31 yards out in the second quarter and from 31 yards out in the fourth quarter with 2:42 left. A pair of long touchdowns by Akrum Wadley seemed to put the Hawkeyes in position to do so again.

"I know there's been a lot of talk a little bit about avenging last year's game or revenge factors, that type of thing", Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said during his press conference Tuesday. McSorley's offense then rattled off back-to-back first-down plays with McSorley running for a 12-yard gain and then completing a pass to Juwan Johnson for an 18-yard gain.

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. Trace McSorley and Penn State's receivers could not have picked a better time to start making plays after largely being knocked off their game by Iwoa's defense all night. The Spartans threatened to pull within 21-14 until their third and costliest turnover of the first half, an L.J. Scott fumble at the goal line that took six points off the board and handed Notre Dame the ball at the 20-yard line.

On offense, Penn State have five drives of 10 plays or more, and got a combined total of 10 points from them.

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

Simone Lee had 15 kills and 13 digs to lead the Nittany Lions.

Barkley became the seventh player in Penn State history to reach 3,000 yards. Josey Jewell recovered. The Hawkeyes moved into field-goal territory where the offense stalled. 1-0 Big Ten) avoiding the same fate that met the 2008 team (ranked No. 3) when they were upset by the home-standing Hawkeyes (3-1, 0-1 Big Ten) by a final score of 24-23 on a last-second field goal.

Firstly, without stopping Barkley, this game is going to be a complete nightmare, quite like past year.

Even though the Iowa offense was thoroughly outplayed in the first 30 minutes, the Hawkeyes hung around and took a 7-5 lead into halftime. That's exactly what Penn State star Saquon Barkley did in the 21-19, last-second victory that shattered Iowa dreams and kept hopes alive for a Nittany Lion ideal Season.

More than a smattering of boos could be heard at Kinnick Stadium as the swarming Nittany Lions defense was in total command.

Why he's top-five: Penn State had a very soft schedule through their first three games of the season, but Iowa proved to be Penn State's and Barkley's coming out party.

McSorley led Penn State 80 yards in 12 plays for the win.

Picked among the Big Ten West favorites, Nebraska instead is 1-2 with losses to OR and Northern Illinois and a narrow win over Arkansas State.

On Oct. 26 that year, Penn State beat Lafayette 6-3 when Cooper French fielded a punt and lateraled to Yutz Diedrich, who scored on about a 60-yard return.

Big picture, Penn State might have been able to survive a loss Saturday.

The Nittany Lions have prepared with plenty of loud music on the practice field this week, attempting to simulate the environment that will greet Penn State tonight. One play later, the Hawkeyes scored their only touchdown of the half in taking a 7-5 lead.

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