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

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

It was happening like it had so often in the past.

But the legacy of Kinnick night games could pose problems for the Nittany Lions, especially considering what happened previous year when Michigan's College Football Playoff hopes faded after losing at Iowa in Week 10. On Sunday, they will play their toughest game of the season thus far against the No. 7 Penn State Nittany Lions. They helped Penn State complete an epic 21-19 come-from-behind victory over Iowa, a win that sent ripples throughout the nation and is sure to grace SportsCenter repeatedly over the next 24 hours.

Iowa has the chance for a season-defining win on Saturday night under the lights against No. 4 Penn State.

Best call: Iowa caught Penn State in a blitz, and Nate Stanley found Akrum Wadley for a 70-yard touchdown to pull the Hawkeyes within 15-13 with 10:02 left in the game.

For the third straight week, running back Saquon Barkley carried his incredible form collecting 142 receiving yards against the Panthers last week.

The decisive moment: a walk-off touchdown pass as time expired, on fourth-down throw from Trace McSorley to Juwan Johnson. Franklin also has to be pleased with the emergence of big-play receiver Saeed Blacknall, who was held without a catch in the first two games but had 64 receiving yards and a score against Georgia State.

"We're disappointed with the loss", Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said.

NITTANY NOTES: Penn State confirmed that defensive end Torrence Brown will miss the rest of the season because of an injury.

Iowa has the tools to move the chains and grind out drives against Penn State's defense, but the key for the Hawkeyes will be to provide some offensive help for Wadley and to slow down a Penn State offense with Trace McSorley, Mike Gesicki and a wide receiver unit that is unsafe at any given moment.

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For Penn State the objective is simple: keep winning. A game played in the teens is awfully hard to imagine here.

The defense has two shutouts in the first three games. Wadley then put Iowa in position to make a major statement nationally, but the Nittany Lions simply made one more play than they did.

More than a smattering of boos could be heard at Kinnick Stadium as the swarming Nittany Lions defense was in command. With Iowa spoiling Penn State title hopes in the past, expect the Lions to be extra focused to avoid having history repeat itself.

Penn State has won its past three conference road games - at Purdue, Rutgers and IN - after not claiming a single away victory through five straight Big Ten games IN 2014-15.

This isn't new for Barkley, who has been catching passes since high school. "They're good during the morning games, too, but when those night games come around and we give them something to cheer for, it's pretty special". "He's a phenomenal player", Ferentz said.

Penn State settled for a 19-yard field goal on its third drive of the game, and trips to the red zone largely proved elusive otherwise before halftime. "He got open a little quicker than I thought, which is why I had to step my foot in and just rifle it in there".

"Our team believes", Franklin said.

Other Hawkeye programs hosted recruits as well, including 2018 men's basketball commitment Joe Weiskamp of Muscatine who is taking his official visit over the weekend. "We've all seen that (Wadley) is a playmaker, and they have a big, strong-armed quarterback that they are able to take advantage of off the play-action pass", Franklin said.