What's important is that Michigan State won the 2016 edition of the rivalry and that they would not win another game the rest of the way.
The Nittany Lions' front-runner status will be put to test Saturday night at Iowa, where Michigan's unbeaten season crashed to earth past year and where Penn State suffered the same fate in 2008. McSorley looked over the Hawkeyes' defense, saw something he liked, ran up to the line and appeared to call an audible. In that game, the fourth of the season for Penn State, the Wolverines jumped to a 28-0 halftime lead after scoring touchdowns on four of their first five drives.
Instead, the Nittany Lions escaped Kinnick Stadium with a 21-19 victory that could have been much wider. On offense, PSU is putting up 469 yards per game.
Considering the team had amassed just 33 yards of offense prior to the score, the Hawkeyes needed a minor miracle, and they got it due in large part to Brincks' hustle and muscle.
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.
As for IN and coach Tom Allen, the Hoosiers are 2-1. As Penn State failed again and again to deliver a knockout punch, the game felt more and more like another Iowa heist. 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.
McSorley hit Johnson for 12 yards on the first play to the 32.
Barkley's quick first-step punished the Hawkeyes on the edge.
That it is. And while it was one of his most important plays of the day, it wasn't one of the several all 66,205 fans - yes, even the Iowa fans - will remember from Saturday. In his 37th career start on Saturday night, Allen did a little - and a lot - of everything.
Barkley caught 28 passes a year ago, the most memorable in the Big Ten championship game against Wisconsin.
Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz said the goal for the team was to make it to the fourth quarter.
McSorley stood strong in the pocket, looked over the middle and tossed a laser between a pair of Iowa defenders. They were sloppy. They made a bunch of mistakes. It's not anything new for Iowa to give good teams fits, no matter how good Iowa appears to be at any given moment. That can only give you hope, but for now, it's looking like a Penn State win fair and square.
Beyond the sting of the loss, there were some good things to take from Iowa's play against Penn State on offense and even on special teams.
"That was a Heisman-like performance".
Best kick: Penn State's Blake Gillikin pooched a punt to the Iowa 1 that Irvin Charles alertly downed, keeping the Hawkeyes in an early field-position hole.
What he has to show: At this point, his game against Oklahoma on November 4 will be the be all end all for Rudolph's Heisman chances.
"A couple of times we picked them up, when Trace had that fumble and they blocked our field goals", Cabinda said. "And it doesn't allow the defense to have the last say of what they want you to do".
He trusted Johnson to cleanly run a route Penn State wideouts never really run: a post. 3 Penn State in 2008. Iowa held North Texas to just 93 yards in the second half last week. Penn State's offense must find ways to spread the wealth, which it usually does. Eleven seconds to play.
Set 2: Holman and Albrecht took over in set two as they accounted for a 5-0 run with three straight kills and then went in on two straight blocks for an 8-4 Husker lead. He also ran 17 times for 61 yards, battling through some inconsistency to hit the biggest pass of the night ... and one of the biggest of his awesome career. He intercepted a pass and broke up two others.
Senior Simone Lee (Menomonee Falls, Wis.) was a key cog in the Nittany Lions recuperation from their loss to Nebraska on Friday evening. He converted a fourth-and-two pass to Saeed Blacknall to keep the game alive. Albrecht responded with her 12th kill of the match, and Stivrins also terminated for a 21-17 Husker advantage.