By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The No. 17 Penn State Nittany Lions defeated No. 18 Iowa Hawkeyes on Saturday. The Nittany Lions won 30-24 over the Hawkeyes at Beaver Stadium in University Park, Pa.
Penn State improved to 6-2 on the season. They are now 3-2 within the conference.
The Nittany Lions are now tied within their East Division with the Michigan State Spartans and the Maryland Terrapins with their 3-2 conference marks. However, PSU has the best overall record of the three.
Penn State has won two straight games.
Iowa fell to 6-2 on the season. They are also 3-2 in conference play.
The Hawkeyes are now tied within their West Division with the Purdue Boilermakers and the Wisconsin Badgers, who are also 3-2. Iowa also has the better record of the three teams.
This loss snapped their three-game win streak.
Nittany Lions quarterback Trace McSorley — who left the field with an apparent leg injury early in the second quarter — went 11 of 25 for 167 yards. He also had a touchdown and an interception.
McSorley had 12 carries for 63 yards and a touchdown. Miles Sander had 17 carries for 62 yards. Tommy Stevens had five carries for 18 yards and a touchdown.
K.J. Hamler had five receptions for 96 yards. DeAndre Thompkins had five receptions for 59 yards. Pate Freiermuth had an 18-yard touchdown reception.
Hawkeyes quarterback Nate Stanley went 18 of 49 for 205 yards. He also had two interceptions.
Colten Rastetter also went 1 of 1 for 10 yards and a touchdown.
Mekhi Sargent had 16 carries for 91 yards. Toren Young had seven carries for 18 yards.
T.J. Hockenson had three receptions for 63 yards. Noah Fant had five receptions for 56 yards. Brandon Smith had four receptions for 42 yards. Sam Brincks had a 10-yard touchdown reception.
Penn State had 13 second-half points. McSorley scored on a 51-yard rushing touchdown. Jake Pinegar also made two field goals.
Iowa had just seven second-half points. Geno Stone scored on a 24-yard interception return for a touchdown.
The game was tied at 17 all at halftime. Iowa’s Rastetter hit Brincks for a 10-yard touchdown reception. Miguel Recinos also made two field goals.
The defense also had two safeties.
Penn State’s Stevens had a three-yard rushing touchdown. McSorley hit Freiermuth for an 18-yard touchdown reception.
Pinegar also made a 45-yard field goal.
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