Penn State hits pivotal three-game stretch, beginning with hosting Iowa

Penn State hits pivotal three-game stretch, beginning with hosting Iowa

Penn State hits pivotal three-game stretch, beginning with hosting Iowa

But the Nittany Lions squandered that lead and lost 27-26. The 1-2 punch of running back Miles Sanders and McSorley could make things extremely hard on the Iowa defense. However, Penn State was able to come-from-behind and pull out a 30-24 victory. Yes, there is still a tremendous amount of work still to be done, but as the team is starting to be confronted by the dreaded injury bug, new players are getting chances to show what they can do to help Penn State this season.

McSorley ranks fifth in the Big Ten in rushing yards with 554 through seven games, and that's already a career high, topping his 491 yards last season.

We can tell you Oh is leaning toward the under, but his much stronger play is on the side. No. 17 Penn State opened as a 5.5-point favorite heading into the game, but No. 18 Iowa hasn't gone quietly thus far.

Penn State quarterback Trace McSorley was sandwiched by two Hawkeyes defenders as he tried to scramble and stayed down, grabbing his right leg.

In a season that started with College Football Playoff ambitions, No. 17 Penn State enters Week 9 in a position where roles are reversed from what might have been expected to start the season. He caught five passes for 66 yards last week versus Michigan State.

Over the past four games, McSorley has carried the ball 72 times, meaning there have been 72 opportunities for defenders to hit him. Finally his 44-yard field goal was clutch with about eight minutes to go as it forced Iowa to need a touchdown to take the lead.

Tommy Stevens played the next two series at quarterback for Penn State, scoring on a 3-yard run that was set up by John Reid's 41-yard interception return. Iowa's rangy defensive line is among the top units in the country so offensive coordinator Ricky Rahne may have to get more creative to keep the rush away from McSorley.

Twitter was blowing up Saturday evening as the Iowa football team blew an important game against a tough Penn State Nittany Lion program. This performance could be just what Pinegar needed for confidence and a turnaround.

If McSorley is out for the rest of the game it would be a huge blow to the Penn State offense.

The weather played a major factor in the game with the rain and cold causing several mistakes on special teams and accounted for a few dropped passes.

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