Stanley and Iowa offense struggle in loss to Penn State

Stanley and Iowa offense struggle in loss to Penn State

Stanley and Iowa offense struggle in loss to Penn State

But the Nittany Lions squandered that lead and lost 27-26.

This play from the first half against Penn State is more evidence of that. The fifth-year senior has averaged 18 carries in each of the last four games and is on pace to throw 98 fourth-quarter passes after dropping back 74 and 76 times in the fourth quarter each of the last two seasons.

McSorley also spoke to the media Tuesday, and as expected, he denied that there's too much responsibility on his shoulders.

Penn State now enters perhaps their toughest three game stretch of the season with home games against Iowa and Wisconsin sandwiched around a showdown at MI. Iowa's allowed just two teams to gain 100 rushing yards this season.

With quarterback Alex Hornibrook missing the game because of a concussion and the defense without several injured starters, it was simply a rough afternoon for Wisconsin.

Penn State hasn't lost three straight at home since 2015.

Oh knows that Trace McSorley is the lifeblood of the Penn State offense, which is what has made the 2018 season a challenge at times for the Nittany Lions. He caught five passes for 66 yards last week versus Michigan State. If they can't, they'll fall short of their lofty expectations and find themselves finishing their season in a lower-tier bowl game. Iowa's rangy defensive line is among the top units in the country so offensive coordinator Ricky Rahne may have to get more creative to keep the rush away from McSorley.


The Hawkeyes struggled offensively with quarterback Nate Stanley going 18 of 49 for 205 yards and two interceptions. Stevens led a short drive late in the first half to set up Jake Pinegar's career-best 45-yard field goal to make it 17-all at the break.

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Miller had a quieter day with just two tackles, but he didn't even need to have a spectacular day thanks to Gross-Matos' heroics.

After one quarter of play, Iowa leads Penn State by a score of 12-7 after forcing a safety in the opening minutes of the game.

After losses to Ohio State and Michigan State, both at home, Penn State will have a hard time getting back into the East Division race.

The Penn State Nittany Lions were supposed to be in a heated battle for the Big Ten East, but that dream has nearly totally evaporated for James Franklin's team.

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