Despite a heroic effort from its Heisman contender and nearly twice as many total yards as Iowa, No. 4 Penn State found its postseason aspirations in early trouble as it trailed by a touchdown with less than two minutes remaining. The Nittany Lions then embarked on a 12-play, 65-yard drive and, facing fourth-and-goal with four seconds remaining, threw the game-winning touchdown as time expired. The Nittany Lions earned their second 4-0 start in four years while the Hawkeyes dropped their conference lidlifter for the first time since 2011, falling just short of their fifth 4-0 start under head coach Kirk Ferentz.
Player of the game
Nittany Lions running back Saquon Barkley racked up a school-record 358 all-purpose yards. The junior rushed for 211 yards and a touchdown on 28 carries and added 94 yards on 12 receptions.
Penn State, which has won the past four meetings, improved to 15-12 all-time against Iowa.
The Nittany Lions have won 10 consecutive Big Ten games – the second-longest conference winning streak in school history.
Hawkeyes running back Akrum Wadley, who ran for 80 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries, added four receptions for 75 yards and a score.
Penn State quarterback Trace McSorley completed 31-of-48 attempts for 284 yards and a touchdown, marking his 19th consecutive game with a passing score.
The Nittany Lions amassed 579 yards and 29 first downs while holding the Hawkeyes to 273 yards and 11 first downs.
Penn State finished 6-for-18 on third down while limiting Iowa to 3-for-11.
McSorley’s touchdown streak was in danger until the senior connected with Juwan Johnson for the game-winning, seven-yard touchdown pass as time expired.