NCAAF Game Recap - Penn State at Iowa
Sat Oct 12, 2019 7:30 PM EDT

Ala
47
TxAM
28
F
FlaSt
14
Clem
45
F
SCar
20
UGA
17
F(1OT)
Fla
28
LSU
42
F
Okla
34
Tex
27
F
MSU
0
Wisc
38
F
USC
27
ND
30
F
PSU
17
Iowa
12
F
Colo
3
Oreg
45
F
Hawaii
37
Boise
59
F
Utah
52
OreSt
7
F
Mich
42
Ill
25
F
WaSt
34
AzSt
38
F
Lou
62
Wake
59
F
UVA
9
MiaFL
17
F
TxTch
30
Bayl
33
F(1OT)
Mem
28
Temp
30
F
Cin
38
Hou
23
F
App
17
ULLaf
7
F
Syr
10
NCSt
16
F
ULMon
24
TxSt
14
F
ColSt
35
NM
21
F
MiaOH
16
WestMI
38
F
Toled
7
BGSU
20
F
MisSt
10
Tenn
20
F
MD
14
Purd
40
F
Rut
0
Ind
35
F
GATec
23
Duke
41
F
Ball
29
E Mi
23
F
OD
17
Marsh
31
F
NMSt
28
C Mi
42
F
NIU
39
Ohio
36
F
Kent
26
Akr
3
F
BYU
23
SoFL
27
F
UConn
7
Tul
49
F
SJSU
38
Nev
41
F
UNLV
34
Vand
10
F
IASt
38
WVU
14
F
URI
17
VaTec
34
F
MidTN
13
FlAtl
28
F
GASt
31
CoCar
21
F
UAB
33
UTSA
14
F
Fres
24
AF
43
F
Army
8
W Ky
17
F
NorTx
27
SMiss
45
F
Miss
27
Mizzu
38
F
UMass
21
LaTec
69
F
Char
23
FLInt
48
F
Navy
45
Tuls
17
F
Neb
7
Minn
34
F
Ark
20
KY
24
F
Wyo
22
SDSU
26
F
Wash
51
Ariz
27
F

Penn State 17, Iowa 12

Oct 12, 2019, 7:30 PM EDT

Final

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(10) Penn State (6-0)

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(17) Iowa (4-2)

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No. 10 Penn State holds off No. 17 Iowa 17-12
Sun Oct 13, 2019 12:09 AM

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) On the road against one of the best defenses in America, 10th-ranked Penn State won the turnover battle and converted on third downs to survive yet another tough trip to Iowa.

Noah Cain ran for a 5-yard touchdown with 5:17 left and Penn State held off the 17th-ranked Hawkeyes 17-12 on Saturday night, its first win over a ranked opponent this season.

Cain finished with 102 yards for the Nittany Lions (6-0, 3-0 Big Ten), who extended their winning streak over the Hawkeyes (4-2, 1-2) to six games.

"This is a team. You're going to have to earn it," Penn State coach James Franklin said about the Hawkeyes. "The defense has been great all year. We leaned on them heavily."

A matchup between two of the nation's top defenses turned when Iowa's Nate Stanley threw an interception near midfield with 9:22 remaining. Penn State drove 35 yards on a gassed Iowa defense, and the last of three straight runs by Cain made it 17-6.

The Nittany Lions gained just 294 yards. But they were 10 of 19 on third downs against a defense ranked fourth in scoring defense entering play, and they scored 10 points off of two Iowa miscues.

"We grinded it out," Franklin said.

Iowa pulled within 17-12 when Stanley found Brandon Smith for a 33-yard TD pass with 2:31 to go. The Hawkeyes' two-point try failed though, and Cain converted a crucial third down that ensured that Iowa never saw the ball again.

The Hawkeyes have dropped back-to-back games by just 12 points after its first 4-0 start since 2015.

"We're doing the right things. We've just got to do a little better," Iowa defensive end A.J. Epenesa said.

Up 7-6 late in the third quarter, Penn State recovered a fumble at Iowa's 16 and Sean Clifford connected on an apparent touchdown pass to Pat Freiermuth that was overturned on review. Iowa then held the Nittany Lions at the 1-foot line, and two straight holding calls forced them to settle for a 33-yard field goal.

KJ Hamler caught seven passes, including an acrobatic 22-yarder for a TD, for Penn State.

Stanley threw for 286 yards, but the Hawkeyes ran for just 70 yards on 30 attempts.

THE TAKEAWAY

Penn State: The Nittany Lions survived their toughest road challenge outside of a trip to Ohio State on Nov. 23. Penn State was on the road against a talented team with a jacked-up crowd, and yet the Nittany Lions were the ones making the plays that made the difference.

Iowa: The Hawkeyes nearly went back-to-back games without a touchdown. Granted, Michigan and Penn State are really good on defense. But Iowa can't continue to lean on its own defense to keep it in games. At 1-2 in the league and with Wisconsin looking like one of the best teams in America, the Big Ten West doesn't look so winnable anymore. "We've just ended up shooting ourselves in the foot," Stanley said.

PIVOTAL MOMENT

Penn State was facing a third-and-10 at Iowa's 35 after Stanley's interception. But Clifford broke right on an option, kept it, burst through a hole and gained 11 yards to extend what proved to be the game's winning drive. "He didn't necessarily play his best game. But he was gutsy," Franklin said. "That was a big-time play."

THE NUMBERS

Clifford was 12 of 24 for 117 yards, snapping his streak of five straight games with at least 200 yards passing. ... Freshman Tyler Goodson led Iowa with 35 yards rushing, though he lost a fumble that won't help his chances of winning the starting job. Starter Mekhi Sargent had just 18 yards on nine tries. ... Penn State punter Blake Gillikin placed five of his seven kicks inside Iowa's 20-yard line. ... Iowa, which at one point this season went three games without a turnover, fumbled three times and lost one. ... Penn State has 52 points off of turnovers through six games.

HE SAID IT

"I've got confidence in our football team," Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said. "We didn't play good enough this week or last against two really good football teams. I think we have a good team."

POLL IMPLICATIONS

Penn State might move up a few spots. Iowa might struggle to hang onto its spot in the Top 25 after back-to-back losses.

UP NEXT

Penn State hosts Michigan on Oct. 19.

Iowa hosts Purdue next Saturday.

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Passing

PSU Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
S. Clifford 24 12 50.0 1 117 22 0 78.0
Iowa Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
N. Stanley 43 25 58.1 1 286 36 1 76.3

Rushing

PSU Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
N. Cain 22 102 4.6 12 1
S. Clifford 16 52 3.3 11 0
Iowa Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
T. Goodson 8 35 4.4 29 0
T. Young 7 22 3.1 9 0

Receiving

PSU Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
K. Hamler 7 61 8.7 22 1
P. Freiermuth 2 25 12.5 15 0
Iowa Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
B. Smith 7 86 12.3 33 1
I. Smith-Marsette 5 72 14.4 36 0

Fumbles

Iowa F FL
N. Stanley 1 0
T. Goodson 1 1

Returning

PSU KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
K. Hamler 3 16.0 0 19 1 5.0 0 5
Iowa KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
I. Smith-Marsette 2 21.0 0 29 0 - 0 0

Punting

PSU Punt Yds Avg LgPu
B. Gillikin 7 295 42.1 62
Iowa Punt Yds Avg LgPu
M. Sleep-Dalton 5 175 35.0 53

Takeaways

PSU Int Yds InTD
J. Brisker 1 4 0

Team Stats Comparison

PSU Iowa
Points For 17 12
Total Yards 294 356
Rushing Yards 177 70
Passing Yards 117 286
Passing Completions / Attempts 12/24 25/43
Turnovers 0 2
Interceptions Thrown 0 1
Fumbles - Lost 0/0 3/1
First Downs 20 21
Penalties - Yards 8/80 1/5
Time Of Possession 52:52 8:08
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 10/19 8/18
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 0/0 2/2
Punts - Average Yards 7/42 5/35

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter PSU Iowa
Iowa 12:48 FG Keith Duncan 47 yd FG 0 3
2nd Quarter PSU Iowa
PSU 6:24 TD KJ Hamler 22 yd pass from Sean Clifford (Jake Pinegar kick) 7 3
Iowa 14:40 FG Keith Duncan 24 yd FG 7 6
3rd Quarter PSU Iowa
PSU 12:52 FG Jake Pinegar 33 yd FG 10 6
4th Quarter PSU Iowa
PSU 9:43 TD Noah Cain 5 yd run (Jake Pinegar kick) 17 6
Iowa 12:29 TD Brandon Smith 33 yd pass from Nate Stanley (failed 2pt pass) 17 12

Game Information

Stadium: Kinnick Stadium, Iowa City, Iowa
Attendance: 69,034
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