Iowa completely throws away game against Penn State in ugly fashion

Herky the Hawk performs during game

It was a valiant effort that capped a cold, sloppy, back-and-forth afternoon, out of which Penn State emerged with a 30-24 win in Happy Valley that prevented a potential mini-spiral in State College and brought some clarity to the Big Ten West picture. Iowa would also need to beat Purdue, Illinois and Nebraska and hope that Wisconsin, who beat them earlier this season, loses at least one more game.

Penn State's punter isn't having as much fun today.

The final play perfectly encapsulated the weirdness of Penn State-Iowa.

It was a fitting end to an odd game with little sustained offense.

The Nittany Lions had lost their last two home games, to Ohio State and Michigan State, by blowing fourth-quarter leads.

As a starter since the season-opener in 2016, McSorley has led Penn State to records of 11-3, 11-2 and 6-2. In a weird trick play, Iowa punter Colten Rastetter threw a handsome 10-yard pass to. a defensive lineman? Yep. In his third time taking down the Hawkeyes, the Penn State quarterback didn't have his best game - Iowa was actually able to contain him - but he made plays when he needed to, especially with his feet.

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"I wasn't really going to know until I got out there", said McSorley, who finished with 167 yards passing and 63 rushing. Penn State won the game 33-28, but the game was to be a measuring stick for all three phases of the Nittany Lions game.

Pinegar added two field goals in the second half, including a career-long 49-yarder, to give the Nittany Lions a 27-17 advantage with 4:10 left in the third quarter. Stanley completed just 18 of 49 passes for 205 yards with no touchdowns and two interceptions.

Worst penalty: On fourth-and-1 from the PSU 48 in the second quarter - after a timeout, no less - Miller jumped offsides, gift-wrapping the Hawkeyes a first down.

Penn State outscored Iowa 13-7 in the second half after the teams went into the locker room tied at 17 after a wild first half that included Iowa tallying two safeties. But Stanley threw a quick pass toward star tight end Noah Fant, who was not looking. "I just tried to rush it with the play clock running down".

McSorley gave Penn State a scare when he went down in the second quarter with what appeared to be a right leg injury. Iowa is likely to drop.

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