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Despite loss to Penn State, Iowa's defense remains strong

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Tommy Stevens

Penn State started their contest with Iowa in the worst possible way, giving up a safety, a field goal, and then a fake field goal touchdown.

Junior cornerback Amani Hooker led the Iowa defense with six tackles and sophomore cornerback Geno Stone was able to intercept an attempted Trace McSorley pass, but the Hawkeyes defense did not look capable of stopping Penn State's offense after the first quarter.

Penn State quarterback Trace McSorley missed two series against No. 18 Iowa with an apparent right leg injury after being sacked in the second quarter Saturday.

The final play perfectly encapsulated the weirdness of Penn State-Iowa. IN ran a eye-popping 100 offensive snaps against the Nittany Lions defense that had a hard time sustaining pressure and getting off the field in third down opportunities. Penn State won the game 33-28, but the game was to be a measuring stick for all three phases of the Nittany Lions game.

It looks like Iowa will be pulling out all the stops against Penn State on Saturday.

McSorley was 4-for-8 passing for 54 yards with a touchdown before exiting the game. That ranks him No. 11 all-time in the Big Ten, but he's just 1,278 yards from vaulting to 11,791 yards, which would place him No. 3 all-time among Big Ten total offense career leaders, trailing only a pair of quarterbacks, Purdue's Drew Brees (12,692 yards) and Ohio State's J.T. Barrett (12,697).

Franklin has said in his weekly press conferences Pinegar needs to translate his practices to gamedays.

Penn State will travel to Ann Arbor next week for a 3:45 kickoff against the No. 5 Michigan Wolverines. But Stanley threw a quick pass toward star tight end Noah Fant, who was not looking. What's the secret to that? I don't really know as far as the secret to it.

All-in-all, a win is a win, and the Nittany Lions needed one just to get the unsavory taste of the past few weeks out of their mouth.

"Nutrition is a big part of it. Getting enough sleep". Kind of being able to understand the beating that your body takes through the course of a season and understanding that you need to be able to come in, get extra time stretching at night or whatever it might be.

Scott jumped up and made the interception.

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