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[Live Blog] No. 12 Penn State vs. Iowa

Greetings from Beaver Stadium, Penn State fans! James Franklin and his No. 12 Nittany Lions will host Iowa for a primetime kickoff on Big Ten Network. We’ll have live updates throughout tonight’s conference showdown on this page, including analysis, photos, tweets, and more. Here’s the media information you’ll need and here are our staff predictions.

Fourth Quarter

6:27 — Penn State shut the door on Iowa with a nine-play, 85-yard drive to reach 7-2 (5-1 Big Ten) on the season. Thanks for following along, folks!

9:24 —  Iowa scored its second touchdown of the night with six minutes and change left in the ballgame. Troy Apke slipped and Jerminic Smith blew by him up the middle for a 36-yard score. 41-14 Nittany Lions.

12:54 — The Nittany Lions kept their offense chugging along the next time out. McSorley handed a jet sweep to backup quarterback Tommy Stevens, who rounded the left corner and bowled over a few Hawkeyes for a 13-yard touchdown run. Penn State outdid its 511-yard offensive output against Purdue by reaching 512 with nine minutes still on the clock.

14:41 — Koa Farmer provided an outstanding blind-side sack on Beathard to force another Iowa punt. Penn State would take over at its own 42 thanks to another nice bounce.

14:49 — Troy Apke’s first career interception set up an immediate strike from McSorley to Barkley from 44 yards out. Davis’ PAT gave Penn State a 34-7 lead less than 20 seconds into the final quarter.

Third Quarter

2:42 — Iowa’s next drive ran into the fourth quarter with Penn State holding onto a 20-point lead, 27-7.

7:08 — Penn State put the first points of the second half on the board thanks to a 37-yard Tyler Davis field goal, giving the Nittany Lions a 27-7 lead. It looked like they would punch it in for a touchdown, but Blacknall’s catch on the goal line was called back after a video review.

8:53 — Kevin Givens came up with a sack on Beathard to eventually force another punt by the Hawkeyes. The ball took a favorable bounce and stuck on the 50-yard line to give Penn State great field position.

alexbauer-647812:19 — The Nittany Lions couldn’t get much going their next offensive series, as McSorley took a sack and Barkley was dropped for a two-yard loss. Gillikin’s punt took a spin sideways but stopped on the 11-yard line.

15:00 — Iowa went 14 yards on four plays before punting the ball away to Thompkins, who let it bounce out-of-bounds at the Penn State 29.

Second Quarter

4:18 —  Barkley broke the 1,000-yard mark once again on Penn State’s half-ending drive. The Coplay, Pa., native headed into the break with 12 carries for 116 yards and a touchdown. The Nittany Lions settled for a 30-yard field goal from Tyler Davis to make it 24-7 as time expired.

7:58 — Iowa grabbed 29 quick yards as Beathard hit Jerminic Smith up the middle for its biggest offensive play of the night. A roughing-the-passer call on Jason Cabinda gave the Hawkeyes first and goal, and they would make it 21-7 on a 12-yard pass from Beathard to Akrum Wadley.

10:28 — Penn State wasted little time taking a three-touchdown lead as McSorley found a wide-open Mike Gesicki from 44 yards out. However, the refs said his knee hit just before the goal line, and called it a 43-yard gain. McSorley took it in himself the very next play to make it 21-0 with 7:48 to play in the half.

13:35 — Thompkins fielded the Iowa punt in traffic and picked up two yards to the Penn State 20. McSorley found Chris Godwin for a big first down before Barkley went 57 yards to the house to give the Nittany Lions a 14-0 lead.

First Quarter

:27 — The Hawkeyes got a single play off before time expired in the first quarter.

5:13 — McSorley took another big shot after pulling the read-option on Penn State’s next drive, which eventually ended in a Blake Gillikin punt. Irvin Charles was called for kick-catch interference on Desmond King, though, and Iowa took over at its 29-yard line.

7:32 — Iowa couldn’t get much going its second time out either, as the Nittany Lions forced a punt from Ron Coluzzi to DeAndre Thompkins, who called for a fair catch at the Penn State 11.

8:56 — Penn State picked up 45 yards on first down as McSorley delivered a dime to Chris Godwin down the middle. The Nittany Lions would see their 30-yard field goal attempt blocked, however, giving Iowa the ball back on its 20.

alexbauer-638212:43 — C.J. Beathard led a solid Iowa drive into Nittany Lion territory, but it stalled on the Penn State 35-yard line as the senior quarterback was stuffed on a fourth-down sneak.

15:00 — Iowa won the toss and elected to defer its choice to the second half. Freshman Miles Sanders took the opening kick back 48 yards to set up a quick Penn State scoring strike. Saquon Barkley went up and over a Hawkeye before Trace McSorley hit Saeed Blacknall in the back-left corner of the end zone from 19 yards out. Tyler Davis’ PAT was good and the Nittany Lions went up 7-0.


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Ethan Kasales

Ethan’s a senior journalism major who grew up in Lemont, a few minutes from campus. When he’s not covering Penn State sports, you can usually find him golfing or teaching snowboarding at Tussey Mountain. Feel free to email him at [email protected]

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