Penn State Escaped an Upset Against Iowa

Penn State Escaped an Upset Against Iowa

There were 358 reasons on Saturday night at Kinnick Stadium, as he and his Penn State brethren got a last-second 21-19 win against Iowa. In this one, Johnson made Iowa pay.

Michigan State rebounded with its best drive of the night, knifing 75 yards in seven snaps for a touchdown. "Defenders, when they play against me, I notice on film they really try to take space away from me".

Barkley's performance was probably the most dominant by an opponent at Kinnick Stadium since Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon rushed for 200 yards on 31 carries and covered 64 yards on four pass receptions during a 2014 game against the Hawkeyes.

"A couple of times we picked them up, when Trace had that fumble and they blocked our field goals", Cabinda said.

Half full: Penn State's defense has allowed 33 points. 2017 has seen Michigan State start 2-0, though the wins have come against Bowling Green and a PJ Fleck-less Western Michigan in two very unauthoritative wins.

"But you look at (Penn State's) surrounding cast, the supporting cast, their entire offense, man for man, 11 guys, there's a reason why they won the championship last year and why they had such a good year".

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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. That's 40 offensive touches at a clip of just over 7.5 yards per. NFL.com analyst Daniel Jeremiah recently said Barkley is already a superior player to Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott, in large part due to his jaw-dropping elusiveness.

Set three started with Iowa taking an early 7-4 lead on a kill from Jess Janota, but Penn State stormed back, using a 4-0 to retake the lead.

The final drive ensured that a legendary night from Barkley would not be wasted.

If Iowa can keep Barkley from the end zone they'll greatly improve their chances at the upset, but stopping him doesn't necessarily mean that another Lion won't go off, but it does help a ton. Outside of star running back Saquon Barkley, it wasn't always pretty for Penn State on the road. To knock off Penn State, Iowa needed to short-circuit a supercharged Nittany Lions attack anchored by the nation's most dynamic backfield duo, McSorley and Barkley.

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

That quick first step and exceptional athleticism separates Barkley from his peers. Iowa held North Texas to just 93 yards in the second half last week. But the reserves- redshirt freshman Toren Young and true freshman Ivory Kelly-Martin combined for 152 rushing yards and two touchdowns in their debuts. Mcsorley completed a pass to Saeed Blacknall, his first catch of the night, for six yards and a first down. Simone Lee led the Nittany Lions with 22 kills, while Haleigh Washington and Ali Frantti chipped in 12 and 10 kills respectively. Penn State's offense must find ways to spread the wealth, which it usually does. The Hawkeyes went for two again, but Stanley's pass was incomplete. Barkley scored the game-winner on a wheel-route reception out of the backfield, racing past Wisconsin linebacker T.J. Watt.

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