Penn State vs. Iowa: Report Card

"This is what we do". The point is, though, that Pry's Guys held on long and consistently enough for the Nittany Lion offense to finally figure out how to find the end zone.

For Penn State the objective is simple: keep winning. Outscoring opponents 141-14, those results were never in doubt. Iowa's offense may have been stuck in mud most of the night, but it managed to grind Penn State into a low-scoring slog.

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

"There weren't a whole lot of times we did it in practice where I actually caught the ball", Stevens said.

"People that appreciate football, (that last drive) was a clinic", Barkley told reporters after the game, per The Daily Collegian. Now, the season is only four games old, so we won't get carried away with these numbers. Yet.

Barkley put up 305 total yards against Iowa in a narrow victory that ended with a game-ending touchdown from quarterback Trace McSorley - a performance that has finally given quarterbacks Sam Darnold and Baker Mayfield a true contender.

The Iowa fans did their part by wearing either black or gold depending on what section they were in, creating a flawless 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. The Nittany Lions responded with a 4-0 to take control of the set.

"It's in his job description, pass protection", Franklin said.

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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.

The Hawkeyes are looking to avenge a 41-14 beatdown they took at the hands of Penn State a year ago, and will try to upset a top-five Penn State team under the lights at Kinnick Stadium for the second time in 10 years. James Franklin burned his final timeout.

But with McSorley and Barkley leading the charge, that lead wouldn't last.

Only Vanderbilt has stingier than Penn State's defense, which has allowed just 4.7 points a game. As sound as coordinator Joe Moorhead's offense is, it's very dependent on having vertical space to work in.

If you thought Penn State used up all of its magic last season, think again.

According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, Penn State is the favorite on the road in this game, as the Nittany Lions are getting odds of -11 points against the Hawkeyes. No Big Ten team has a more impressive win on its résumé right now than Penn State.

"I knew we were gonna score, " Barkley said.

Adjusting on the fly and drawing up a new version of the play, it was truly backyard football.

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Simone Lee had 15 kills and 13 digs to lead the Nittany Lions. The Hawkeyes are just 1-2 against the spread and are an underdog for the first time this season. Johnson and Hamilton were running crossing post patterns, and McSorley fit the ball in a "windshield wiper" window. "I'll probably get yelled at while we're watching film, but I just turned around and watched the play", Bates said with a smile. "There's a linebacker and he jumped up, and I'm like, 'Oh, s***.' And it went over his head".

In their only Big Ten game to date, IN played Ohio State IN its 2017 season opener and lost 49-21. Well, he got to it. He's only going to catch more passes, particularly if defenses press the run.

Da'Ron Payne, DT, Alabama - The projected first-round pick helped the Crimson Tide shut out Vanderbilt in Nashville, holding the Commodores to just 78 total yards.

That much is unquestioned after Saturday night.

The Lions are going to have to get the ball down the field to the wideouts more, although a seven-catch day by the big, gifted Johnson is a sizable step forward.

Minkah Fitzpatrick, DB, Alabama Crimson Tide: Fitzpatrick has been a star in the Crimson Tide defensive backfield since the moment he stepped foot on campus, but he's making an even bigger impact off of it.

John Cappelletti won the Heisman Trophy for Penn State in 1973.

"How many has he missed now, two this year?" Whoever watched that final 112 seconds unfold will remember where they were when it happened.

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