Penn State survives road test at Iowa on final play

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

He found Saeed Blacknall for 6 yards on a fourth-and-2, and an 18-yard completion to Johnson got the Nittany Lions into Iowa territory.

"Night games at Kinnick, they're special, " Iowa center James Daniels said.

Penn State outgained the Hawkeyes 579-273, out-rushed them 295-82, had 29 first downs to Iowa's 11, possessed the ball for a hair under 40 minutes and ran a insane 99 offensive plays to Iowa's 45.

For most of the night, penn state's offense wore number 26.

That sounds like a blowout recipe. Penn State's Heisman Trophy candidate was absolutely incredible on Saturday night. Johnson's 30 points vs. Missouri are as many as Missouri's team has scored over its last three games combined.

The Iowa fans did their part by wearing either black or gold depending on what section they were in, creating a ideal striping effect in the stands except for those few vacant seats in the end zones and a small swath of white where the Penn State fans Saturday.

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On that drive, Penn State leaned on Barkley, who converted a crucial fourth-and 1 with 5:38 left to keep the drive alive.

Worst kick: Tyler Davis pulled a 41-yard field goal left in the second quarter. Akrum Wadley gives Iowa its own playmaking back, and the Hawkeyes look like a real threat to beat any Big Ten team when playing their best - especially if their best comes under the lights in Iowa City.

There's something to that. "On top of that, we moved (Steven) Gonzalez over to the opposite guard, and I think that affected him a little bit So we weren't as clean as we've been".

The season-opening RT, Chasz Wright, was injured last week, reportedly a foot or ankle thing. He is dealing with a leg injury, but expect to play Saturday.

That wasn't near the goal line, of course.

Offensive coordinator Joe Moorhead made the call during the timeout. Trace McSorley has thrown for 753 yards and nine touchdowns while also rushing for 137 yards and two scores.

After taking a hard hit on his first snap in relief of McSorley, Stevens threw a dart over the middle for a 35-yard touchdown to Saeed Blacknall.

"They did a good job with that, " McSorley admitted. I always want to be on top of my game, but there is a unique atmosphere and usually a pretty good opponent when we do get the chance to plat night, " Jewell said. IN comes to the Beav Saturday. The Boilermakers (2-1) opened with a seven-point loss to Louisville, and their 34-3 win at Missouri boosted confidence. It'll be interesting to see how Moorhead processes it, too. Until the drama of the final few minutes, he stole the show, even if Penn State's miscues - including an interception late in the second quarter that set up an Iowa touchdown - and struggles in the red zone kept the game close for the duration. And when a game is statistically lopsided as this one was, it's on the coaches when the score isn't as decisive.

But then the Lions would have had to win out from here.

It has been one year since Penn State's last regular-season loss, a 49-10 rout to MI in Week 4 of 2016.

"Just for it to happen, it's insane to dream about", Johnson said. "For us, that's a lot of time". "I thought their quarterback really stepped up in that possession", Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said.

"You ask anybody on our sideline, " tackle Ryan Bates said.

Because he's the best all-around player in college football.

They seemed OK with it.

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