"We had a lot of space in front of their back line and we were really trying to expose that", Haley Hanson said. But another Lewerke turnover, this time a fumble in his own territory, set up Notre Dame with a short field, which Wimbush turned into an 8-yard touchdown pass to Dexter Williams. His previous career best was 207.
Barkley put up 305 total yards against Iowa in a narrow victory that ended with a game-ending touchdown from quarterback Trace McSorley - a performance that has finally given quarterbacks Sam Darnold and Baker Mayfield a true contender. That pick, which came late in the first half, led to a touchdown that gave Iowa a 7-5 lead at the half.
The 2016 Nittany Lions - beset by injuries to starting linebackers Nyeem Wartman White, Brandon Bell and Jason Cabinda - gave up 131 points in the first four games to open the season: 13 to Kent State, 42 at Pitt, 27 to Temple and 49 to MI. But on fourth down, McSorley stood strong in the pocket and drilled the ball through a crowded end zone and into Johnson's chest. That's 40 offensive touches at a clip of just over 7.5 yards per.
He said Barkley "is making runs that are impressive and he can catch the ball out of the backfield" and stressed the need to gang-tackle the 230-pound junior. Penn State scored on a pair of field goals and a safety before the team managed to cross the goal line. In that game, the fourth of the season for Penn State, the Wolverines jumped to a 28-0 halftime lead after scoring touchdowns on four of their first five drives. In fact, Barkley proved last night that no team in the NCAA has a back that can compare to his abilities, as he was impervious to all the hexes that afflicted his teammates.
"Just for it to happen, it's insane to dream about", Johnson said. Then the Nittany Lions have a bye ahead of a two-week stretch that'll define their season, playing MI at home and Ohio State on the road to end October. It was the most points allowed by a Penn State defense over the first four games in the Big Ten era and the second-most in Penn State history. Eleven seconds to play. He finished with three catches for 105 yards in the Buckeyes' 54-21 win over UNLV.
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The Nittany Lions are 13-point favorites.
With a first-and-goal from Iowa's 10, McSorley took three easy yards on a throw to Mike Gesicki in the flat.
Saquon Barkley is getting Heisman Trophy hype for a reason.
Don't let a pair of breakdowns that resulted in two long touchdowns for Iowa's Akrum Wadley distract you from the fact that those two plays accounted for almost 40% of Iowa's total yardage all night. The Hawkeyes went for two, but PSU's Troy Apke broke up the pass. He connected on every pass he attempted in the first half, tossed just three incompletions on the night, threw for 201 yards and two touchdowns and averaged - averaged - 16.8 yards per attempt. The Nittany Lions have beaten Akron, Pitt and Georgia State by a combined score of 141-14.
Half empty: OK, let's dive into the numbers and see if there's a bit of a growing concern with the overall offense and passing attack.
Penn State has dominated the all-time series at 19-1. Barkley scored the game-winner on a wheel-route reception out of the backfield, racing past Wisconsin linebacker T.J. Watt.