Clobbered In 2016, Can The Hawkeyes Get Revenge Against Penn State?

Clobbered In 2016, Can The Hawkeyes Get Revenge Against Penn State?”

He racked up eight tackles and was praised for helping limit the Owls to just 38 rushing yards in a 34-27 Penn State win.

The Nittany Lions have only given up one touchdown all season.

Iowa knows they need to win this game, and they know that PSU exudes confidence heading into this game. But teams have run well on the Hawkeyes. The New Jersey native was key to Iowa's upset win over MI last season, tallying 167 total yards against the Wolverines. Juwan Johnson is a matchup problem for Iowa, though. If anyone can solve the riddle, they can.

Saquon Barkley - The junior star has made his early case as a Heisman hopeful each time he has stepped onto the field this season. None of their starters weigh in at more than 310 pounds, in fact. That's not much to complain about when the offense is scoring as fast as the Nittany Lions were on Saturday. The Lions Trace McSorley averages 251 yards with 9 touchdowns and two interceptions. Will Iowa's defense put consistent pressure on big-play machine McSorley and win the turnover battle?

The Nittany Lion coaches have been preaching it all season, but teams are going to try to shut down Barkley - as Pitt largely did - leaving options for other Penn State impact players.

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.

With the Panthers focusing on Barkley, of course, he had perhaps his best game ever as a receiver, catching four passes for 142 yards and a dazzling 85-yard catch and run on which he stutter-stepped past ready Georgia State cornerback Chandon Sullivan and outran the entire Georgia State defense up the near sideline. "I have to give it to the trainers and the coaching staff; they've been doing a great job". They've been solid, but not spectacular.

Said linebacker Brandon Smith: "We're just going to have to focus on our own mentalities and bring our own energy". "You can't give up, and guys have stepped up". "The reality is we have a lot of players that weren't - that are playing for us now that weren't on the field".

"We overworked Akrum a little bit in that (Iowa State) game", Ferentz said.

The drive came after a fourth quarter comeback by the Hawkeyes, who scored on two Akrum Wadley touchdown runs to overcome a 15-7 Nittany Lions lead.

Although this game is going to be played at a sold out Kinnick Stadium, at night on ABC in front of a striped-out crowd, this is absolutely Penn State's game to lose. Also, half of his kickoffs have gone for touchbacks. For Barkley, it was a different goal, though: He wanted to work on making defenders miss, one-on-one, in the open field.

If this game was during the day, I may be more inclined to take Penn State and the points, but night games add another dimension. Penn State improves to 11-1 (1-1 Big Ten) on the year and will return to the court when they host IL on September 29th.

Connelly covers Penn State football for CNHI Pennsylvania Sports. Iowa took one play and turned it into a touchdown.

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