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

by Olga Hunt September 26, 2017, 0:28
Penn State Beats Iowa on Final Play Behind Saquon Barkley's Huge Performance

McSorley stood strong in the pocket, looked over the middle and tossed a laser between a pair of Iowa defenders. 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.

Penn State grabbed the first two point lead of the fourth set at 10-8 on a kill from Lee.

Michigan State rebounded with its best drive of the night, knifing 75 yards in seven snaps for a touchdown.

"I think not having Mahon last week caused some challenges for us", Franklin said of the offensive line. The 6-1, 208-pound receiver had a 74-yard score earlier this year, and had a 69-yard touchdown Saturday against UNLV. His previous career best was 207.

"I'm going to talk to our guys about it being a really, really nice gesture by the University of Iowa to welcome Penn State since our original school colors are pink and black, " Franklin said.

"I've been a Hawkeye since growing up - my whole life", he said. He completed 31-of-48 passes for 284 yards on the night, while rushing for 61 yards on 17 attempts. That pick, which came late in the first half, led to a touchdown that gave Iowa a 7-5 lead at the half. The Hawkeyes hadn't even crossed midfield in the half until that interception and 33-yard return by linebacker Josey Jewell.

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

He said Barkley "is making runs that are impressive and he can catch the ball out of the backfield" and stressed the need to gang-tackle the 230-pound junior.

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. It's just one of those games, one of the magical night games in Kinnick we all love, where wonderful things can happen.

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

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Although with this game being quite out of reach for a win, that's what we said against MI in 2016.

Penn State had to convert a fourth down and two from their 40-yard line.

Catch it, will ya: Brandon Polk dropped a completion that would have sustained a Penn State possession in the second quarter. Then the Nittany Lions have a bye ahead of a two-week stretch that'll define their season, playing MI at home and Ohio State on the road to end October.

The Spartans begin Big Ten play against Iowa at 4 p.m. Saturday at Spartan Stadium.

Penn State running back Saquon Barkley is a Heisman front runner.

The real tests are still to come, but it doesn't look like Penn State's defense is going to be a problem.

That quick first step and exceptional athleticism separates Barkley from his peers. For that, they have nobody to thank but Saquon Barkley.

Barkley rushed for 211 yards and a touchdown in the 21-19 Nittany Lion victory. He intercepted a pass and broke up two others.

Freddie Swain caught a 5-yard touchdown pass from backup quarterback Luke Del Rio with 43 seconds remaining to cap No. 20 Florida's rally from a 13-point, fourth-quarter deficit that beat Kentucky 28-27 on Saturday night.

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