Saquon Barkley named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week
- Author: Regina Holmes Sep 26, 2017,
Sep 26, 2017, 0:30
IN head coach Tom Allen praised Penn State's Trace McSorley and Saquon Barkley on Monday, saying, "There's not a quarterback/tailback combination in the country right now that's playing at a higher level". McSorley looked over the Hawkeyes' defense, saw something he liked, ran up to the line and appeared to call an audible.
"The most important thing is that our guys believed", PSU coach James Franklin said. Iowa's offense may have been stuck in mud most of the night, but it managed to grind Penn State into a low-scoring slog.
Iowa (3-1) took over at its 20 with 2:42 remaining and scored quickly. If Iowa cannot hamper Barkley and the very mobile Trace McSorely, this game could get very out of hand.
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.
They could have seen a team get outgained 579-273 and nearly win the game.
One thing Iowa is known for is its pink visiting locker room, created to have some sort of psychological effect on the opposing players. Once in the red zone, it all came down to one final play with four seconds left.
Del Rio, who relieved Feleipe Franks in the second half, completed 9 of 14 passes for 74 yards. Barkley's 358 all-purpose yards are 10th all-time in Big Ten history.
Wadley, like the rest of the offense, had trouble getting into a rhythm to start.
Trace McSorley got famous throwing footballs over defenses. The crowd will be alive at Kinnick Stadium for what should be a physical football game.
"We had a lot of space in front of their back line and we were really trying to expose that", Haley Hanson said. Barkley gained 16 yards on a play that should've gone nowhere. His previous career best was 207. Saquon Barkley accounted for 211 yards and two touchdowns against Iowa a year ago in the trashing in Happy Valley.
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"That was a Heisman-like performance". I've said all I can say. With the spotlight the brightest, McSorley stepped up with a touchdown pass to Juwan Johnson for the walk-off touchdown. One play later, the Hawkeyes scored their only touchdown of the half in taking a 7-5 lead.
It obviously hasn't hurt the Lions so far, but usually reliable placekicker Tyler Davis has missed two of his four field goal tries this season, both from 39 yards. But on fourth down, McSorley stood strong in the pocket and drilled the ball through a crowded end zone and into Johnson's chest.
It appeared the Lions were about to start pulling away, as they have in so many similar situations over the past year, but this time their offense just never clicked for most of the fourth quarter.
Although with this game being quite out of reach for a win, that's what we said against MI in 2016. With 3,090 career rushing yards, he sits in seventh place on Penn State's career rushing yards list. The Hawkeyes are just 1-2 against the spread and are an underdog for the first time this season.
Penn State grabbed the lead early in the second half and had multiple chances to increase the margin, but the Iowa defense kept holding them off. The Hawkeyes recently lost 0-3 to Loyola University Chicago, and they open up Big Ten play against Penn State on September 22.
Jewell went 33 yards before being taken down at the 21. The Nittany Lions maintained a small lead until Louis knocked down her 12th kill to give the Hawkeyes a 19-18 lead, forcing a timeout from Penn State.
That quick first step and exceptional athleticism separates Barkley from his peers.
Half full: Saquon Barkley is incredible.
That's when McSorley, Barkley and the rest of the Penn State offense marched 80 yards in 1:42 for the victor, a walk-off touchdown that silenced the 66,000 strong in Iowa City.
Barkley's 8-yard scamper midway through the third period gave the Nittany Lions a little breathing room at 15-7. The Hawkeyes went for two again, but Stanley's pass was incomplete. Penn State lost its only contest at the Horseshoe against the Buckeyes, which came in 2015.