Penn State rattled off their fifth consecutive impressive victory on Saturday evening with a 41-14 win over the Iowa Hawkeyes in Happy Valley. A numerical palindrome outcome is always fun, especially when your team is on the higher end of it.
Offensive leaders Trace McSorley and Saquon Berkeley gave all in attendance plenty of reasons to be cheerful throughout a dominating 60-minute performance that has catapulted the squad near the top 10 of the overall rankings. This is truly surprising given that they began the year 2-2, and were reeling after a 49-10 loss in Ann Arbor against the Michigan Wolverines on the final Saturday of September.
The uptick squad now stands on the doorstep of representing the Big 10 East if things go their way over the final few weeks. Barkley’s hoofprints were all over the field after he scored on a huge touchdown run in the first quarter and caught a 44-yard touchdown in the second quarter.
Iowa came into the game determined to stack the box and prevent the run, but the Nittany Lions offensive attack basically rendered their plan obsolete. Third-down efficiency was huge, as Penn State converted on 50% of their attempts and Iowa achieved the sticks just twice in 10 attempts.
Net yards were also incredibly lopsided, as Penn State racked up just 1 yard short of 600 on the day and Iowa ran 52 plays for a total of 234 yards.
Penn State now stands on the doorstep of putting themselves in major contention for not only the Big 10, but a major bowl game with upcoming winnable games on the road against Indiana and Rutgers, and a finale at home against Michigan State.
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