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Lions Roar Past Iowa On Final Play

26 September 2017, 12:31 | Stacy Ballard

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

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

The two programs didn't play until the Nittany Lions joined the Big Ten Conference.

Penn State hasn't visited Iowa since 2012, when Bill O'Brien was still coach, and none of the current players have ever played there. Although, don't take my word for it, I said this a year ago against MI, and well, we won. I've asked a lot of questions. A few hours later, another one did the same thing. Their sidelines are very tight. They may get ahead of us in practice sometimes, but we get some and they get some. "Everyone in the huddle was saying, 'Guys we got this".

One thing Iowa is known for is its pink visiting locker room, created to have some sort of psychological effect on the opposing players.

Franklin had some fun talking about that. I always want to be on top of my game, but there is a unique atmosphere and usually a pretty good opponent when we do get the chance to plat night, " Jewell said. "I think it's awesome".

Most deceiving statistic: Penn State outgained the Hawkeyes 579-273.

It's still a little early for serious Heisman talk - that award is fluid, on a week-to-week basis - but even had Iowa won this game, it didn't take away from what Barkley did and will continue to do for the Nittany Lions.

The Huskers (8-3, 1-0 Big Ten) won their sixth straight match against Penn State and gave the Nittany Lions (10-1, 0-1 Big Ten) their first 3-0 loss at home since October 18, 2003 against Minnesota. The New Jersey native was key to Iowa's upset win over MI last season, tallying 167 total yards against the Wolverines.

Parris Campbell, WR, Ohio State - Campbell is a big-play receiver who can stretch the field. Many of them weren't even on the trip a year ago.

Best pass: See play of the game. His odds dropped slightly, from 7-4 to 7-2, and he's now behind Penn State running back Saquon Barkley.

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Lastly, Shawn told me I needed to write in Haiku. He's the best all-around football player in college football. They really executed down the stretch when they had to.

Or 1994, when Penn State went 96 yards to beat IL and preserve an undefeated season.

Barkley is arguably the most dynamic back in the country, with 307 yards rushing (8.1 yards per attempt) and 11 catches for 241 yards.

"It's in his job description, pass protection", Franklin said. "The approach to the first half was great, the kids battled and worked hard, but we made too many mistakes that cost us points".

Linebacker Cam Brown also is expected back this week after missing the Georgia State game.

Penn State moved the ball effectively in the first half, but it stalled at the 1-yard line on one drive and had to settle for a field goal, while Davis later missed a 41-yard try. Akrum Wadley gives Iowa its own playmaking back, and the Hawkeyes look like a real threat to beat any Big Ten team when playing their best - especially if their best comes under the lights in Iowa City. "I'm just trying to do anything to help the team".

"To me, as a coach, there's a lot of value in that".

But next week, next month and next year, that drive will be ingrained in the minds of many. He's going to keep putting up gaudy numbers in a loaded Oklahoma State offense, and his National Football League future will likely help him with Heisman voters. And when I say a 'bobbled hold, ' I mean, the combination snap-hold.

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