Penn State vs. Iowa live stream
- Author: Zachary Reyes Sep 24, 2017,
Sep 24, 2017, 9:28
For those around the country waiting for No. 4 Penn State to face it's first true test of the season, they might get their wish when the Nittany Lions travel to Iowa City to open up Big Ten play against the Hawkeyes Saturday night for a 7:30 kickoff on ABC.
The Hawkeyes are 3-2 against top-25 teams in those games, including a 3-1 mark under Ferentz.
The $95 price is the highest ever for an Iowa home game.
Barkley was a one-man show at times. If Iowa is going to pull off the upset, they will need to slow him down. PSU took their third possession and drove 66 yards to the Iowa goal line, but had to settle for the field goal instead. Wadley, who had 234 yards through the first two games before sitting out much of last week's 31-14 win over North Texas with an ankle injury, has been practicing and is expected to play Saturday.
"Offensively, one of our issues a year ago was starting out slow", Penn State coach James Franklin said. "The big difference in the game was that running back".
One thing Iowa is known for is its pink visiting locker room, created to have some sort of psychological effect on the opposing players. Barkley may have only scored one touchdown, but he carried the ball 28 times for 211 yards and led all players with 12 receptions and 94 receiving yards.
On that drive, Penn State leaned on Barkley, who converted a crucial fourth-and-1 with 5:38 left to keep the drive alive.
Said linebacker Brandon Smith: "We're just going to have to focus on our own mentalities and bring our own energy".
Cothren was a key cog in Penn State's improbable run to the Big Ten title previous year, starting 13 games and earning honorable mention All-Big Ten honors from the league coaches.
Is No. 4 Penn State in danger of being upset on the road when it takes on Iowa tonight at 7:30PM ET?
The Nittany Lions outgained the Hawkeyes 579-273 overall, and they posted a whopping 295-82 edge on the ground.
When Barkley leapt over Iowa cornerback Josh Jackson to extend a fourth-quarter 3rd-and-6 pass play into a 10-yard gain, you were reminded that ultimately, this is a players' game.
The Penn State special teams also have been a threat. 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. That was a night running back Akrum Wadley began trending after he compiled 167 total yards.
Further, Barkley at receiver is among Penn State's best assets to draw coverages from other players, notably tight end Mike Gesicki.
"We realize we have to play at our best and our highest possible level if we're going to be competitive", Ferentz said. The Kinnick Stadium crowd will play a role, too.
RING DAY: Members of last season's Iowa baseball team received their Big Ten tournament championship rings Saturday prior to a fall exhibition game against the Ontario Blue Jays. Iowa is allowing just 19.3 points and 335 yards per game this season. But Barkley charged up the field, leapt over a Hawkeyes defender and got the first down keeping alive a drive that burned the clock.