Clobbered In 2016, Can The Hawkeyes Get Revenge Against Penn State?

Stevens gives Lions another big weapon

Stevens gives Lions another big weapon

DeAndre Thompkins is one of just two punt returners in the nation with at least 200 yards, Saquon Barkley adds a threat to the kickoff return game the Nittany Lions have not seen in years and head coach James Franklin has preached about his team's ability to succeed in the coverage game. And it's fair to call it greatness now. No other way to describe it.

Fifth-year senior Brendan Mahon, who missed last week's game against Georgia State with an undisclosed injury, returned to the starting lineup at right guard, allowing Steven Gonzalez to go back to his customary left guard position. On the next play, and the first play the Hawkeyes ran in Penn State territory, Stanley connected with Nick Easley for a touchdown and a 7-5 Iowa lead. Maryland is averaging 57 points after opening the season with consecutive 50-point games for the first time.

Taylor Louis' 17 kills paced the Hawkeyes (12-3, 1-1), who have never beaten the Nittany Lions in 51 meetings.

Kinnick Stadium, a graveyard for top-five teams, almost claimed fourth-ranked Penn State as another victim Saturday night. He set a school record with 358 all-purpose yards in a game, and he finished with 305 yards from scrimmage on offense.

Ferentz said Tuesday the plan is to utilize all three running backs Akrum Wadley, Toren Young, and Ivory Kelly-Martin against the Nittany Lions.

There is to be no more talk of "offensive issues" or "freezing kickers" or "Pitt". And they barely had enough points.

Barkley shredded the Hawkeyes front seven with several of his signature jump-cuts, hurdles and hesitation moves en route to a career-high 211 rushing yards, marking the first time since the opener against Akron that he cracked the century mark. More vital: It also means the Nittany Lions are still in control of their destiny. This probably shouldn't have been as sweaty a situation in the fourth quarter as it turned out to be. Penn State had the ball for almost 40 minutes.

The score completed a 12- play, 80-yard drive which took 1 minute, 42 seconds and erased the 19-15 lead Iowa had taken on a 35-yard touchdown run by Akrum Wadley.

Josey Jewell vs Saquon Barkley - We've already mentioned the success and dominance of Barkley.

"We had a lot of yards", Franklin said. "We've got to get ready for the noise". But it somehow kept making plays at the most-vital times, kept making fourth-down stops or forcing field goal tries. Since Franklin became Penn State coach in 2014, the Nittany Lions have won both of their games against the Scarlet Knights at High Point Solutions Stadium. Moral of the story: When you outgain a team 579 yards to 273, you better not be fighting for your lives with 7 seconds to play. They'll put the game away in the 4th quarter, when the Hawkeyes defense is worn down.

The Nittany Lions bottled up the back a year ago, but they know he poses a problem yet again.

Saquon Barkley had 211 yards rushing and 94 yards receiving for the Nittany Lions (4-0, 1-0), who outgained Iowa 579-273 but almost blew a game that could've been crippling to their postseason hopes. Penn State had 29.

Now, Allen will look for another at Kinnick Stadium against a quarterback who has thrown just one this season - Nate Stanley, who helped guide Iowa to a 3-0 in nonconference play. "I think we all would when you still have this many tickets remaining", Taylor said.

"I can not imagine there is a better player in all of college football". "I don't think we played great tonight in the red zone, but I wouldn't paint it with that broad of a brush". "The big difference in the game was that running back". When he has the ball, good things will happen.

The offense doesn't have to change dramatically to be both, but it can't be this stubborn. Penn State's most trying stretch, against the undefeated Wolverines on October 21 followed by at No. 10 Ohio State on October 28, comes in about a month.

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