The Iowa football squad is riding loftier after two sequent blowout victories that somewhat softened the accident of two frustrating losses to open the season.
And so which version of the 2-2 Hawkeyes will we see this Saturday, in a ii:30 p.m. trip to surprisingly winless Penn State (0-four)? Hopefully for fans, it’s ane that can erase the demons of several years’ worth of gut-wrenching defeats against the Nittany Lions.
That’s why we’ll exist tuned into the Big X Network watching. That’south why Chad Leistikow and Mark Emmert volition be on-site at Beaver Stadium to relate the action. Danny Lawhon of the Register’due south staff volition be post-obit the TV broadcast along with you to add his thoughts, too.
Enjoy the game!
And we’ve reached a final score. Iowa wins its third game in a row, this one by a 41-21 count. It’s Kirk Ferentz’due south 100th win in Large Ten Conference play, and he’s just the 4th coach to reach that mark in this league. Onward to Nebraska for the Black Friday game. The Hawkeyes are 3-ii. Thanks for post-obit forth with us!
Daviyon Nixon’s proper noun appears the 2nd time this fourth quarter. This time, he corrals the brawl when it reaches his easily on a poor pass from Sean Clifford, and he nimbly scampers seventy yards for a choice-half-dozen. That’ll do it. 41-21 now and we’ll run out the remaining portion of the clock shortly.
Penn State halts Iowa’s iii rushing attempts, using all tis timeouts in the process. Penn Land returns Taylor’s punt to the Iowa 43. We’re at 2:53 to play, Penn Land needing two touchdowns to win.
Down 13 points, after a four-minute bulldoze, with iii:27 to get, on a fourth-and-17 near midfield … Penn State punts. They have all 3 timeouts, but that’south not a winning decision. A first downwardly from Iowa will officially table salt things abroad, but that’s a game-over type of conclusion if I’ve e’er seen ane.
It’s notquite over. Iowa’s drive stalls inside the x. Duncan boots a 24-1000 field goal, and it’southward 34-21 with seven mintues and modify to play. Nosotros’re in 1-more-stop sort of territory.
An exhale. Daviyon Nixon bats a low throw from Clifford into the air, and Chauncey Golston runs nether information technology for an interception. Iowa is in the blood-red zone with under 10 minutes to become. A touchdown would put this game away for seemingly the second time.
And we’re officially at “interesting” territory. Iowa gets one kickoff downward on its ensuing drive, but a punt comes at the 12-minute mark. Tory Taylor forces a fair grab at the 10-thou line. But Penn State has the ball with a window to a miracle improvement now.
Tertiary quarter: Iowa 31, Penn State 21
5:07 p.one thousand.:
Well, this game just got into the odd range of being simply uncomfortable enough for worry-warts to sweat. Keith Duncan pushed a 50-yard field-goal wide right, and so Sean Clifford throws a bomb to a wide-open Jehan Dotson for 68 yards and a score. The two-point endeavor is good, and it’s 31-21 now …
Spencer Petras got a niggling anxious on a kickoff-down snap on an Iowa drive in the terminal 4:thirty of the third quarter, with the ball squirting out and existence recovered by the Nittany Lions’ Lamont Wade. One play later, tight end Brenton Strange breaks a couple tackles on his way to a 28-yard touchdown off a pass from new quarterback Sean Clifford. The extra-point try from Ankeny native Jake Pinegar was missed because of a bad concord. Information technology’s 31-xiii now.
In that location is half-dozen:45 left in the third quarter, and Penn Land’southward offense has run 1 play … resulting in a Dane Belton sack and Zach VanValkenburg fumble recovery. The Hawkeyes’ run game overtook that 12-play, 54-yard bulldoze that chewed half dozen:thirteen and was capped by Petras’ 3-yard sneak on third-and-2 from the 3-yard line. And then on brand. Iowa 31-seven.
The stats are closer than the score and then far. Iowa holds only a 12-x advantage in first downs. 3rd-downwardly efficiency is 3-for-6 for the Hawkeyes, compared with 3-for-viii for Penn State. Iowa has the two quaternary-downwardly stops, and has collected the fumble off the awful pitch. Disciplined teams take advantage of those mistakes; bad teams, which Penn State is on its way to proving itself to be, in 2020, drib the brawl. Figuratively and literally.
— Danny Lawhon
2d quarter: Iowa 24, Penn State 7
Iowa’s 24-7 halftime lead is about as impressive as it sounds, with Spencer Petras maybe having his best game to engagement (12-of-eighteen, 140 yards, no turnovers) and the run game producing 83 yards and 3 touchdowns. After that early on chunk drive by Penn State, QB Will Levis hasn’t gotten anything going. And the Hawkeyes get the second-half kickoff and could really brand a statement.
Really odd decision past James Franklin to get for it on fourth-and-2 near midfield. Simply that’s what he did, and Iowa took over after an incomplete laissez passer and really put some separation betwixt these teams going into halftime. Mekhi Sargent’s second 1-grand TD run capped an impressive drive. That’due south twice that the Eagle defense force has forced turnovers on downs with stout play in the middle of the line. Penn Country has been able to go nothing going since taking that 7-iii lead. Iowa gets the football to outset the second half besides. —
Jack Koerner and Nick Niemann played a game of “meet at the QB” on fourth-and-ane, and they and the entire Iowa D stuffs Will Levis. Phil Parker adjustments have worked. Jack Campbell’s presence at middle linebacker seems to be helping.
Perhaps Iowa has figured out the nail-rima oris mindset Penn State was trying to bring into its pistol run game. The Hawkeyes stuffed the Nittany Lions on both a third-and-2 and fourth-and-i on attempted runs up the gut. Nick Niemann shut down Penn Country quarterback Will Levis behind the line of scrimmage at the Hawkeyes’ 40 to finish the drive. The Nittany Lions drop to 6-for-13 on fourth-downwards conversions on the year. Iowa has a chance to bust this open a fleck with 4 minutes remaining in the half.
Iowa once again showing resiliency later on being knocked astern past a penalisation. One play after Ihmir Smith-Marsette was flagged for holding, Spencer Petras stepped back and connected with Nico Ragaini for 26 yards on second-and-sixteen. That set upwardly a terrific catch by Sam LaPorta nearly the goal line and an easy ane-yard touchdhown run by Mekhi Sargent. Hawkeyes using a nice mixture of run and laissez passer to continue Penn State defence on its heels. —
Iowa had one poor play on that touchdown drive, an illegal formation penalisation that backed Hawkeyes up 5 yards. No affair. Tyler Goodson took a handoff from the 10-yard line on a misdirection play and had to make linebacker Jesse Luketa miss, which he did with a stutter-step. And then he beat cornerback Joey Porter Jr. to the pylon for his sixth touchdown of the flavour. Iowa running game has been impressive and so far. —
3:15 p.one thousand.:
Accept never seen Iowa use three RBs and no-QB formation before, only it did to success, with Mekhi Sargent going for eight yards. Iowa gained 9.6 yards per play in the start quarter, then Tyler Goodson with a shake-and-bake 10-yard touchdown run. What an respond by the Hawkeyes, who lead x-7.
Mekhi Sargent ends the beginning quarter with a couple of slices through the middle of the Penn State defense. He’s got 42 yards on just three carries. Iowa with 65 ground yards through fifteen minutes. It’ll be first and goal for the Hawkeyes once the 2d xv minutes gets underway.
— Danny Lawhon
Kickoff quarter: Penn State vii, Iowa 3
Phil Parker is going to need to suit. Because Iowa can’t stop the quarterback run. Will Levis already with 44 yards on seven carries and the forepart iv is beingness manhandled by the O-line. Penn State vii-3, the beginning Nittany Lions lead since the season opener confronting Indiana.–CL
2:55 p.one thousand.:
A starting time that feels pretty skilful for Iowa, considering it was facing third-and-8 from its own 24 and turned a sixteen-grand grab from Sam LaPorta into momentum and three points. Petras overshot Tyrone Tracy Jr. on what should’ve been a first-and-goal, but he as well delivered a few squeamish tosses to Brandon Smith (who wasn’t targeted last calendar week). Keith Duncan with a sigh of relief equally be narrowly makes a 40-chiliad field goal (just inside the correct upright) after missing his last two attempts. 3-0 Hawks.
In what should amount to a de facto Big Ten East title game, Ohio Land survives a 14-point rally by Indiana to triumph 42-35 after the Hoosiers’ attempts at multiple laterals on the last play of the game go awry. Ohio Land is at present v-0 and poised to exist viii-0 heading into a conference championship tilt, with games simply against Illinois, Michigan State and Michigan left on the calendar. Hardly a gauntlet.
Other than the third-and-12 conversion for 13 yards, Iowa’due south defense with a strong start series. Nice plays from Chauncey Golston and Seth Benson. A large holding call on Julius Brents, though, wipes out Charlie Jones’ big punt return. Iowa starts at its own 22. Penn Country has immune an opening TD bulldoze in each of its last three games.— Chad Leistikow
Kirk Ferentz is not worried nearly who the Penn State quarterback will exist, in his Big X Network interview. He wants rest on crime — surprise, surprise, Function Two — and he’s still weirded out by no fans in road venues. “It’s like something out of a science fiction movie,” he said.
Penn State will be without TE Pat Freiermuth today. That’s a significant loss. Notwithstanding the game is a “pick ’em” so it sure seems similar there’due south an expectation out there that the Nittany Lions could get their first win of the season. All of Iowa’s chief starters are healthy and accounted for. I’m watching field conditions; some Iowa players were slipping in warmups after a light rain here in Happy Valley.
Good afternoon, all! The Large Ten Network’s pregame prove is underway, and — surprise, surprise — an interview with Penn State head coach James Franklin still did not reveal a starting quarterback today for the Nittany Lions. The covert operation will terminal until kickoff. … Chad and Mark will be chiming in shortly.— Danny Lawhon