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No. 4 Penn State beats Iowa 21-19 with TD on final play

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) It was happening like it had so often in the past.

A once-sluggish Iowa team had come to life in the fourth quarter at home under the lights, and another top-five opponent was set to go down.

Trace McSorley, Juwan Johnson and the resilient Nittany Lions flipped the script, scoring on the game's final play to survive a wild Big Ten opener.

Johnson caught a seven-yard TD pass as time expired and fourth-ranked Penn State rallied to stun Iowa 21-19 Saturday night.

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

''Felt like with (Johnson) we had a height advantage and we could slip him through the middle of the field,'' Penn State coach James Franklin said of the winning play.

Akrum Wadley had a 70-yard TD reception midway through the fourth quarter and a 35-yard touchdown run with 1:42 left to put the Hawkeyes (3-1, 0-1) ahead 19-15.

Penn State went 80 yards on 12 plays and just 1:42 to close out the game, and McSorley found Johnson in a crowded end zone on fourth down.

McSorley finished with 284 yards passing on 48 tries.

Wadley had 80 yards rushing and 75 yards receiving and Nate Stanley threw for 191 yards and two TDs for Iowa.

''It's a tough loss for all of us,'' Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said. ''You can see first-hand why they were the Big Ten champs last year.''

THE TAKEAWAY

Penn State: Michigan came into Iowa City in a similar spot a year ago and lost 14-13, so the Nittany Lions should be happy they avoided a loss that would've erased their margin of error for the playoffs. Barkley was unstoppable and Penn State's defense was brilliant. But the Nittany Lions didn't do a ton in the passing game until the final drive - when McSorley's final pass was right on the money.

Iowa: The Hawkeyes' defense, led by preseason All-American linebacker Josey Jewell, played its heart out. Wadley then put Iowa in position to make a major statement nationally, but the Nittany Lions simply made one more play than they did. ''This game sucks. But you've got to move on,'' said Jewell, who finished with 16 tackles.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

Third-ranked Oklahoma struggled with a winless Baylor on the road, and Iowa is clearly better than the Bears. But it's unclear if Penn State did enough to leapfrog the Sooners - who have a win over Ohio State to their credit.

SAQUON'S BRILLIANCE

Penn State faced a 3rd-down-and-6 up just 15-13 midway through the fourth quarter. McSorley threw a swing pass to Barkley, who was pinned to the sideline. But Barkley charged up the field, leapt over a Hawkeyes defender and got the first down - keeping alive a drive that burned the clock. ''The big difference in the game was that running back. He's a phenomenal player,'' Ferentz said. Barkley also caught 12 passes.

THE NUMBERS

Penn State ran 99 plays. Iowa had just 45. ...Stanley has thrown for 12 touchdowns against just one interception in his first four starts. ...Johnson finished with 92 yards on seven catches. ...Penn State gained 29 first downs, while Iowa had just 11.

HE SAID IT

''I cannot imagine there is a better player in all of college football. The guy is special,'' Franklin said of Barkley.

UP NEXT

Penn State hosts Indiana on Saturday.

Iowa plays at Michigan State next weekend.

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Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Missed Two Point Conversion 0:00
9-T.McSorley kneels at IOW 3 for -1 yard.
plays
yds
pos
21
19
Touchdown 0:00
9-T.McSorley complete to 84-J. Johnson. 84-J. Johnson runs 7 yards for a touchdown.
12
plays
80
yds
01:36
pos
21
19
Missed Two Point Conversion 1:42
4-N.Stanley incomplete. Intended for 89-M.Vandeberg.
plays
yds
pos
15
19
Touchdown 1:42
25-A.Wadley runs 35 yards for a touchdown.
4
plays
95
yds
01:00
pos
15
19
Missed Two Point Conversion 10:02
4-N.Stanley incomplete. Intended for 38-T.Hockenson.
plays
yds
pos
15
13
Touchdown 10:02
4-N.Stanley complete to 25-A.Wadley. 25-A.Wadley runs 70 yards for a touchdown.
3
plays
74
yds
01:30
pos
15
13
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 5:16
95-T.Davis extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
15
7
Touchdown 5:16
26-S.Barkley runs 8 yards for a touchdown.
8
plays
75
yds
03:07
pos
14
7
Field Goal 10:46
95-T.Davis 21 yards Field Goal is Good.
7
plays
54
yds
2:26
pos
8
7
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 0:37
91-M.Recinos extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
5
7
Touchdown 0:37
4-N.Stanley complete to 84-N.Easley. 84-N.Easley runs 21 yards for a touchdown.
1
plays
21
yds
00:06
pos
5
6
Safety 7:45
25-A.Wadley to IOW End Zone for -3 yards (48-S.Miller). to IOW End Zone for -3 yards safety.
plays
yds
pos
5
0
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 1:10
95-T.Davis 19 yards Field Goal is Good.
11
plays
66
yds
4:40
pos
3
0
Team Stats
1st Downs 29 11
Rushing 15 3
Passing 14 6
Penalty 0 2
3rd Down Conv 6-18 3-11
4th Down Conv 3-4 0-0
Total Net Yards 573 269
Total Plays 99 45
Avg Gain 5.8 6.0
Net Yards Rushing 295 82
Rush Attempts 51 23
Avg Rush Yards 5.8 3.6
Net Yards Passing 278 187
Comp. - Att. 31-48 13-22
Yards Per Pass 5.8 8.5
Sacked - Yards Lost 3-6 1-4
Penalties - Yards 2-10 -8--60
Touchdowns 2 3
Rushing TDs 1 1
Passing TDs 1 2
Other 0 0
Turnovers 2 1
Fumbles - Lost 1-1 1-1
Int. Thrown 1 0
Punts - Avg 4-39.8 7-41.1
Return Yards 77 104
Punts - Returns 1-4 1-4
Kickoffs - Returns 4-73 3-67
Int. - Returns 0-0 1-33
Kicking 3/5 1/2
Extra Points 1/1 1/1
Field Goals 2/4 0/1
Safeties 1 0
1234T
4 Penn State 4-0 3210621
Iowa 3-1 0701219
278 PASS YDS 187
295 RUSH YDS 82
573 TOTAL YDS 269
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
T. McSorley 9 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
64.6% 284 1 1 117.0
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
66.1% 1037 10 3 158.2
T. McSorley 31/48 284 1 1
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
S. Barkley 26 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
28 211 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
66 518 4
S. Barkley 28 211 1 44
T. McSorley 9 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
17 61 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
40 198 2
T. McSorley 17 61 0 15
A. Robinson 6 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
4 19 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
8 55 1
A. Robinson 4 19 0 8
M. Sanders 24 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 6 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
6 63 1
M. Sanders 1 6 0 6
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
S. Barkley 26 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
12 94 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
23 335 2
S. Barkley 12 94 0 15
Ju. Johnson 84 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
7 92 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
14 197 1
Ju. Johnson 7 92 1 18
D. Hamilton 5 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 46 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
11 209 1
D. Hamilton 2 46 0 23
M. Gesicki 88 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
5 25 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
17 148 4
M. Gesicki 5 25 0 7
D. Thompkins 3 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 14 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
8 80 0
D. Thompkins 2 14 0 7
M. Sanders 24 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 6 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 6 0
M. Sanders 1 6 0 6
S. Blacknall 13 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 6 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
4 70 1
S. Blacknall 1 6 0 6
J. Holland 18 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 1 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 9 0
J. Holland 1 1 0 1
B. Polk 10 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 37 1
B. Polk 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
J. Cabinda 40 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
J. Cabinda 5-1 0.0 0
Ma. Allen 2 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-0 1 1.0
Ma. Allen 5-0 1.0 0
C. Campbell 1 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
C. Campbell 4-0 0.0 0
S. Miller 48 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
S. Miller 4-0 0.0 0
T. Apke 28 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 1 0.0
T. Apke 3-1 0.0 0
C. Cothran 52 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
C. Cothran 3-0 0.0 0
C. Brown 6 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
C. Brown 2-0 0.0 0
P. Cothren 41 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
P. Cothren 2-0 0.0 0
M. Bowen 43 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
M. Bowen 2-0 0.0 0
T. Brown 19 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
T. Brown 1-0 0.0 0
G. Haley 15 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 2 0.0
G. Haley 1-0 0.0 0
B. Smith 47 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
B. Smith 1-0 0.0 0
R. Windsor 54 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
R. Windsor 1-0 0.0 0
K. Farmer 7 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-2 0 0.0
K. Farmer 0-2 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
T. Davis 95 K
IN-GAME FG XP
2/4 1/1
SEASON FG XP
4/8 20/20
T. Davis 2/4 21 1/1 7
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
B. Gillikin 93 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
4 39.8 3
SEASON NO AVG IN20
15 43.6 3
B. Gillikin 4 39.8 3 52
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
S. Barkley 26 RB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
3 17.7 24 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
7 22.9 24 0
S. Barkley 3 17.7 24 0
M. Sanders 24 RB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 20.0 20 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 20.0 20 0
M. Sanders 1 20.0 20 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
D. Thompkins 3 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 4.0 4 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
11 18.7 4 1
D. Thompkins 1 4.0 4 0
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
N. Stanley 4 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
59.1% 191 2 0 162.0
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
61% 846 12 1 164.4
N. Stanley 13/22 191 2 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
A. Wadley 25 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
19 80 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
79 338 2
A. Wadley 19 80 1 35
N. Stanley 4 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
4 2 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
12 -24 0
N. Stanley 4 2 0 4
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
A. Wadley 25 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
4 75 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
10 227 2
A. Wadley 4 75 1 70
I. Smith-Marsette 6 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 37 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
6 73 2
I. Smith-Marsette 2 37 0 29
N. Easley 84 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 27 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
18 189 3
N. Easley 2 27 1 21
M. VandeBerg 89 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 27 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
10 107 1
M. VandeBerg 2 27 0 22
N. Fant 87 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 13 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
8 102 3
N. Fant 1 13 0 13
I. Kelly-Martin 21 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 12 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 12 0
I. Kelly-Martin 2 12 0 6
T. Hockenson 38 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
5 70 1
T. Hockenson 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
J. Jewell 43 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
13-1 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
13-1 1 0.0
J. Jewell 13-1 0.0 1
A. Hooker 27 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
12-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
12-1 0 0.0
A. Hooker 12-1 0.0 0
M. Rugamba 5 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
8-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-1 0 0.0
M. Rugamba 8-1 0.0 0
B. Bower 41 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-0 0 0.0
B. Bower 7-0 0.0 0
M. Taylor 19 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
M. Taylor 5-1 0.0 0
N. Bazata 99 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
N. Bazata 4-1 0.0 0
B. Niemann 44 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
B. Niemann 4-1 0.0 0
J. Jackson 15 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-1 2 0.0
J. Jackson 4-1 0.0 0
A. Nelson 98 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 2.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 2.5
A. Nelson 4-1 2.5 0
B. Reiff 91 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 1 0.0
B. Reiff 2-1 0.0 0
S. Brincks 90 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
S. Brincks 2-1 0.0 0
P. Hesse 40 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 1 0.0
P. Hesse 2-0 0.0 0
A. Epenesa 94 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 1.0
A. Epenesa 2-0 1.0 0
M. Nelson 96 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
M. Nelson 1-1 0.0 0
M. Ojemudia 11 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
M. Ojemudia 1-0 0.0 0
C. Lattimore 95 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.5
C. Lattimore 1-1 0.5 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
M. Recinos 91 K
IN-GAME FG XP
0/1 1/1
SEASON FG XP
3/4 13/13
M. Recinos 0/1 0 1/1 1
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
C. Rastetter 7 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
7 41.1 2
SEASON NO AVG IN20
19 40.3 2
C. Rastetter 7 41.1 2 53
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
I. Kelly-Martin 21 RB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
3 22.3 30 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
7 21.4 30 0
I. Kelly-Martin 3 22.3 30 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
J. Jackson 15 DB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 4.0 4 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
3 8.3 4 0
J. Jackson 1 4.0 4 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 PSU 25 5:31 11 31 Punt
8:32 IOWA 45 0:47 3 -3 Punt
6:07 PSU 33 4:57 10 66 FG
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:03 PSU 40 3:21 9 37 FG Miss
8:59 IOWA 38 0:44 3 -2 Punt
7:32 PSU 35 1:34 6 33 Downs
1:52 PSU 6 0:57 5 73 INT
0:32 PSU 18 0:00 1 -2 End of Quarter
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:07 PSU 42 2:21 6 55 FG
8:23 PSU 25 3:07 8 75 TD
3:42 PSU 16 3:30 8 36 Fumble
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:30 PSU 20 1:50 3 6 Punt
9:55 PSU 12 7:08 16 75 FG Miss
1:36 PSU 20 1:36 12 80 Game
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
9:22 IOWA 9 0:43 3 1 Punt
7:36 IOWA 10 1:16 3 5 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
0:57 IOWA 18 0:41 6 11 Punt
10:38 IOWA 23 1:30 3 3 Punt
8:07 IOWA 1 0:22 2 -1 Safety
5:53 IOWA 32 3:50 7 4 Punt
0:43 PSU 21 0:06 1 21 TD
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 IOWA 25 1:44 3 0 Punt
10:38 IOWA 23 2:14 5 52 Fumble
5:00 IOWA 30 1:10 3 6 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
0:05 IOWA 45 0:05 5 22 FG Miss
11:32 IOWA 26 1:30 3 74 TD
2:42 IOWA 20 1:00 4 65 TD