The two-point conversion failed when safety Troy Apke broke up the pass. "This is what we do".
Added Penn State defensive end Shareef Miller: "He's a real shifty guy, a playmaker". But Marcus Allen forced and Grant Haley recovered a fumble that turned out to be a big play in the game in the second half.
In the Penn State game, Iowa had four chances that missed by inches, while in the Ohio State game, the Hawkeyes missed a chance to tie the game late with a shot from 2 yards out, but it went wide. "We can put a lot of stress on a D because you don't know what we're going to hit you with".
Why he's top-five: An undefeated quarterback for USC will always be in the mix for the Heisman trophy, but Sam Darnold has earned the attention. With 3,090 career rushing yards, he sits in seventh place on Penn State's career rushing yards list.
"I can not imagine there is a better player in all of college football".
It appeared the Lions were about to start pulling away, as they have in so many similar situations over the past year, but this time their offense just never clicked for most of the fourth quarter.
The Nittany Lions are better than Iowa.
"We were able to continue pushing", McSorley said, "getting better and better". Stanley completed 13 of 22 passes for 191 yards and two scores. The Sun Devils, coming off losses to San Diego State and Texas Tech, had blown a 17-point lead before the final drive. James Franklin agrees. "That's not who we are, and that's not who he is". It's not a stretch to say Barkley could be better than all of those players before he's finished. For now, here's how we see the league stacking up after four weeks of football. As sound as coordinator Joe Moorhead's offense is, it's very dependent on having vertical space to work in. The Nittany Lions responded with a 4-0 to take control of the set.
No. 4 Penn State's do-it-all backup has emerged as another option in a loaded offense.
"Next weekend is going to be super important", senior captain Karly Stuenkel said.
Iowa rushed six, and the Nittany Lions picked it up. They were sloppy. They made a bunch of mistakes. Johnson and Hamilton were the primary targets.
Bates, guarding the quarterback's blind side at left tackle, remembers it vividly. "I'm just trying to do anything to help the team". "When I was out there, I was playing for him".
It went over Amani Hooker's head and outstretched fingers and into Johnson's breadbasket.
He'll have more chances to prove it, too, especially in what should be back-to-back top-10 showdowns at home against MI on October 21 and on the road at Ohio State on October 28.
"I feel like he's going to come up with some new way no one's ever seen before to all make us kind of go, 'Whoa.' You've got to let him do what he does".
The play was more hard than it looked, Barkley said, particularly that over-the-shoulder catch.
McSorley knew he had man coverage. But he was 7 for 11 and accounted for every yard on the Nittany Lions' 80-yard touchdown drive to win the game. "He steps up in big moments". Not after a night in which they faced a lock-down defense and slowly found ways to punch holes in it. Then the Nittany Lions have a week off ahead of a two-week stretch that'll define their season, playing MI at home and Ohio State on the road to end October.
McSorley threw a swing pass to Barkley, who was pinned to the sideline.
Tommy Stevens will take over as Penn State's starting quarterback eventually. Whoever watched that final 112 seconds unfold will remember where they were when it happened. He converted a fourth-and-two pass to Saeed Blacknall to keep the game alive.