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

26 September 2017, 12:30 | Nina Perez

How Saquon Barkley became Penn State's top receiving threat

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

On the field this year, Fitzpatrick has 15 tackles and three pass breakups - including two in Week 4 in the big win over Vanderbilt Commodores. Outscoring opponents 141-14, those results were never in doubt.

The moment I can't get out of my head from Iowa's 21-19 loss Saturday night to Saquon Barkley is the one in the fourth quarter when Barkley leaped over an Iowa defender - airborne and vulnerable - and deflected the blow of sophomore Amani Hooker.

One drive with an ending that'll be remembered for years to come.

"Before I answer any questions, I want to apologize for what happened at the end of the game", he said.

"We have the confidence comes from playing against this offense". Two missed field goals, a costly interception at the end of the first half, and a couple of big Iowa plays kept the Hawkeyes agonizingly close all night. He hit 31-of-48 passes for 284 yards with a touchdown and interception.

Save for Iowa picking off McSorley deep in Penn State territory which resulted in a touchdown throw on their first play of the drive, there's a good chance Iowa doesn't even score in the first half. 3 Penn State in 2008. The Nittany Lions outgained the Hawkeyes, 579-273.

"A night like tonight's can really improve Juwan's confidence", Franklin said.

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

Worst penalty: Iowa interfered with Lion punt returner DeAndre Thompkins in the second quarter, costing the Hawkeyes 15 yards and giving PSU possession at the Hawkeyes' 38. James Franklin burned his final timeout.

Half full: Trace McSorley is a victor, clutch and a great leader.

"We've got to get ready for the noise". The Nittany Lions needed every one of them.

The Hawkeyes did a terrific job of taking the Nittany Lions out of their big-play comfort zone and forced a veteran collection of skill players to methodically work to position Penn State to score.

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

"Being down 1-0 is a good opportunity to tie the game and being able to take it into overtime", she said, "and being down 2-0 makes it a lot bigger feat".

Adjusting on the fly and drawing up a new version of the play, it was truly backyard football. Defensively, the Nittany Lions are just as strong as last season's team. 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. Johnson and Hamilton were running crossing post patterns, and McSorley fit the ball in a "windshield wiper" window. Barkley is the first Penn State player to have 10 or more receptions since DaeSean Hamilton had 14 catches against Ohio State in 2014. Looked like we had him stopped, and the next you know he's going further down the road, " Ferentz said. Well, he got to it.

As much as it was terrific concentration on Johnson's part - securing the game-sealer - all the credit in the world goes to McSorley for the winning march. That's 40 offensive touches at a clip of just over 7.5 yards per.

As the clock waned, it was on the quarterback to guide his teammates to victory.

Franklin was on point about the myriad issues facing the Nittany Lions in a hard road game at night in a tough place to play.

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