Penn State vs. Iowa 9/23/17

Arum Wadley and the Hawkeyes are waiting to put their claws into No. 4 Penn State at Kinnick Stadium

They were sloppy. They made a bunch of mistakes. There's always a greater level of importance placed on the QB position at any level of play, but Barkley is alone at the top when it comes to players with the ability to take over a game.

He'll have more chances to prove it, too, especially in what should be back-to-back top-10 showdowns at home against MI on October 21 and on the road at Ohio State on October 28.

"I think not having Mahon last week caused some challenges for us", Franklin said of the offensive line. His previous career best was 207.

Penn State is the better team, they should win Saturday night but Iowa loves to play spoiler in this series.

"That was a Heisman-like performance".

Before Trace McSorley found Juwan Johnson for a crowd-silencing, walk-off score, the quarterback had to find his mojo. One play later, the Hawkeyes scored their only touchdown of the half in taking a 7-5 lead.

The match against Iowa will come in the midst of a four away-game stretch for the Huskers, as they travel to Purdue, Indiana, Iowa and Northwestern in a span of nine days in October.

The other three of those ended in a missed field goal, a blocked field goal and a punt.

The Lions had first-and-goal at the 2 early in the third quarter but once again failed to find the end zone.

Barkley had another highlight-reel run, this one for 44 yards, on the next drive as he sidestepped defenders on the sideline and picked up a big gain to the Iowa 31.

Seven seconds left, and Penn State faced a fourth-and-goal from the Hawkeye 7-yard line.

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They could have seen maybe the best running back in the country go up against one of the best linebackers. Albrecht added back-to-back kills for match point, and the Huskers clinched the sweep on her 19th and final kill of the night.

"We just had to be us", Penn State tackle Ryan Bates said. Penn State in giving up 126 ypg rushing on their end which to a Penn State fan could be concerning.

Catch it, will ya: Brandon Polk dropped a completion that would have sustained a Penn State possession in the second quarter.

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.

When they headed to Iowa City on Saturday evening, it looked like the spitting definition of a trap game for the Nittany Lions.

"On one of those carries, we know Saquon is going to do something that hits Twitter", said Charles Huff, who coaches Penn State's running backs and special teams.

Barkley's quick first-step punished the Hawkeyes on the edge.

Half full: Saquon Barkley is incredible. Barkley, who has 518 rushing yards and 257 receiving yards, is on pace for 2,325 total yards in the regular season. The Hawkeyes went for two, but PSU's Troy Apke broke up the pass. He connected on every pass he attempted in the first half, tossed just three incompletions on the night, threw for 201 yards and two touchdowns and averaged - averaged - 16.8 yards per attempt.

But as was the case in the first half, the Nittany Lions couldn't parlay chunk gains into points that would have provided peace of mind.

Penn State 21, Iowa 19: The Lions drove 80 yards in 96 seconds, converting a fourth-and-2 at their own 40 on a quick slant from McSorley to Saeed Blacknall.

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