No. 4 Penn State faces road test at Iowa

Andrew Cummings
September 24, 2017

Barkley has been the only reliable offensive player for Penn State against the talented Iowa defense. And, of course, just keep an eye on Barkley, period.

He is a key element of the Lions' depth at the position and has helped the defense hold opponents to just 14 points in three games. Lee's fourth kill ended the dominating set for Penn State.

"We would have liked to pick up some more wins today", assistant coach Mike Fenwick acknowledged. "That's where we're focused right now".

It obviously hasn't hurt the Lions so far, but usually reliable placekicker Tyler Davis has missed two of his four field goal tries this season, both from 39 yards. The Nittany Lions have too much explosiveness in Trace McSorley and Saquon Barkley. We'll see if Iowa can run on a disciplined Penn State defense the way they have the first three weeks of the season. That place is going to be rocking Saturday night. When we last left our battle of the Megaphone Trophyians, the year was 2013 and we were all still listening to "Blurred Lines". Will it make us think the next time?

Saquon Barkley put on an absolute show in Penn State's comeback win over Iowa on Saturday night, leaving even his head coach impressed.

The Nittany Lions look to bounce back on Saturday as they host Iowa at 4 Rec Hall.

"Night games are really special here and lot of things have changed here since then", Ferentz said. "The Big Ten is arguably the second-best conference in the country". When Barkley arrived at Penn State, Franklin challenged him to become more involved in the passing game.

But none of those three wins came against above-.500 teams. 2 MI past year and then-No. "Each game stands alone". "So we have to limit him to what we give him, and we have to suck the air out of all those plays and don't give him the space and the room that he's looking for to make those explosive plays". Although, don't take my word for it, I said this past year against MI, and well, we won.

With 804 career receiving yards, Barkley already has broken Tony Hunt's Penn State record for running backs. But the reserves- redshirt freshman Toren Young and true freshman Ivory Kelly-Martin combined for 152 rushing yards and two touchdowns in their debuts.

Penn State's (4-0, 1-0 Big Ten) touchdown came after Iowa (3-1, 0-1 Big Ten) blocked a Nittany Lions field goal with 2:39 remaing.

Let's also not forget that Saquon Barkley has also had some improvements receiving as well, making him an even bigger threat than past year. "What's nice about [Stevens] is he can play like a receiver, he can play like a running back, he can play like a quarterback, and we've used him in nearly all of those ways", coach James Franklin told reporters.

Steve Connelly is a freelance writer in State College for The Meadville Tribune and other Community Newspaper Holdings Inc. newspapers in Pennsylvania.

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