All of Saquon Barkley's wizardry on an incredible night would have been for nothing if McSorley couldn't calmly lead the Nittany Lions down the field in the final minutes.
McSorley finished with 284 yards passing on 48 tries.
The Nittany Lions and the Hawkeyes are playing a very oddball game right now. No other way to describe it.
Penn State football and Iowa are locked in a weird slugfest. Penn State again drove the ball pretty far into Hawkeye territory. Penn State held Iowa to 273 total yards, 46 percent of which came on the three Iowa touchdown plays.
For now, Smith is focusing on enjoying the journey ahead with No. 4 Penn State, which is ranked its highest since 2008 and has legitimate national title hopes for the first time in recent years.
Iowa: The Hawkeyes' defense, led by preseason All-American linebacker Josey Jewell, played its heart out.
The Coplay, Pa., native is the leader among all players on Power Five conference teams in all-purpose yards, averaging 218 per game.
Will Penn State lose this game? Survive those two games, and the Nittany Lions will be set up for two monster tilts: vs. MI on October 21 and at Ohio State on October 28.
Traditionally, a non-conference slate of Akron, Pitt, and Georgia State, is exactly what PSU is used to seeing early on, but in this day-and-age with the College Football Playoff, voters are looking for way more in their possible candidates for that final four. And they barely had enough points. The Nittany Lions are 12-1/2-point favorites. This probably shouldn't have been as sweaty a situation in the fourth quarter as it turned out to be. Time of possession? 39:39 to 20:21 for Penn State.
A pass interference call, Penn State's seventh penalty of the night, kickstarted Iowa's next drive, and Wadley broke free for his second explosive play of the half on a 35-yard touchdown run for a 19-15 lead with 1:42 to go. "The guy is special", Franklin said of Barkley. "We just didn't finish drives".
Notre Dame running game vs. Michigan State defense.
Butler, a graduate transfer from Nevada, has carried the ball 36 times for 158 yards in three games with the Hawkeyes and was a two-time 1,300-yard rusher with the Wolfpack in 2016 and 2015. They were going to go for it on 4th down and short but a delay of game forced the Lions to punt.
Penn State's Saquon Barkley rushed for a career-high 211 yards and one touchdown. Penn State had 29. Nobody's asking him to change that, either.
"I wouldn't say we struggle in the red zone".
"I definitely feel better", said Nelson, who also missed four games during his sophomore season because of an undisclosed injury. "Coming off the Loyola game, where we didn't have our best performance, I was really proud with how our kids responded". They have to get Akrum Wadley and the running game going.
"I think that's when you can be really good". Penn State's most trying stretch, against the undefeated Wolverines on October 21 followed by at No. 10 Ohio State on October 28, comes in about a month.