Dienhart: Penn State rides its Superman Saquon to a heart-stopping win

Arum Wadley and the Hawkeyes are waiting to put their claws into No. 4 Penn State at Kinnick Stadium

Countless times on Saturday night it felt like millions of people were sitting in their living room watching someone play a video game. He found Saeed Blacknall for 6 yards on a fourth-and-2, and an 18-yard completion to Johnson got the Nittany Lions into Iowa territory.

But the legacy of Kinnick night games could pose problems for the Nittany Lions, especially considering what happened previous year when Michigan's College Football Playoff hopes faded after losing at Iowa in Week 10.

Only Vanderbilt has stingier than Penn State's defense, which has allowed just 4.7 points a game.

Much like last season, when Penn State used a bevy of second-half comebacks to win the Big Ten after a 2-2 start, the Nittany Lions came through when it mattered.

If this game was during the day, I may be more inclined to take Penn State and the points, but night games add another dimension.

Why wasn't it? And on the macro level, did this night expose Penn State's flaws or give a tantalizing glimpse of its potential?

Easy to pull the argument in either direction.

Penn State had to convert a fourth down and two from their 40-yard line.

Penn State, for now, but Michigan, Ohio State and Wisconsin are lurking. McSorley then led a 12-play, 80-yard drive to keep Penn State unbeaten. 1-0 Big Ten) avoiding the same fate that met the 2008 team (ranked No. 3) when they were upset by the home-standing Hawkeyes (3-1, 0-1 Big Ten) by a final score of 24-23 on a last-second field goal.

There's something to that. "On top of that, we moved (Steven) Gonzalez over to the opposite guard, and I think that affected him a little bit So we weren't as clean as we've been".

Still, Iowa fell one play short of pulling the upset.

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The season-opening RT, Chasz Wright, was injured last week, reportedly a foot or ankle thing. Holman, who was questionable to play leading up to the match with an ankle injury, had a season-high 13 kills and hit.750.

Penn State 8, Iowa 7: Saquon Barkley had a 25-yard carry then a 16-yarder to set up first-and-goal at the 2.

That wasn't near the goal line, of course.

Offensive coordinator Joe Moorhead made the call during the timeout. Close to paydirt, the space shrinks.

Barkley put up 305 total yards against Iowa in a narrow victory that ended with a game-ending touchdown from quarterback Trace McSorley - a performance that has finally given quarterbacks Sam Darnold and Baker Mayfield a true contender.

"They did a good job with that, " McSorley admitted. One of the biggest plays of the game was when Miller blew up a pitch to Akrum Wadley to help the Nittany Lion defense record a safety.

For the first time, it was mentioned after the game that Barkley might have even more tools than Bush did. IN comes to the Beav Saturday. Its defensive coordinator than, Tom Allen, is its head coach now. To knock off Penn State, Iowa needed to short-circuit a supercharged Nittany Lions attack anchored by the nation's most dynamic backfield duo, McSorley and Barkley.

Hidden statistic: The Lions converted 3-of-4 fourth downs, including the last one.

Penn State's offense had plenty of chances to open a lead thanks to tremendous field position throughout the first half, but McSorley and Barkley could not take advantage.

"What happened in the second half is that we just stopped playing". "For us, that's a lot of time". "He reminds of a guy I played with in Detroit - Barry Sanders", former Iowa quarterback Chuck Long said on BTN.

"You ask anybody on our sideline, " tackle Ryan Bates said. He is the best player in the country.


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