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No. 17/16 Penn State Holds Off No. 18 Iowa
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – A gutsy effort by senior quarterback Trace McSorley, big stops on defense and three 40-plus yard field goals by true freshman kicker and Iowa native Jake Pinegar led No. 17/16 Penn State past No. 18 Iowa, 30-24, in Big Ten football action Saturday in Beaver Stadium.
Iowa (6-2, 3-2) threatened late, but the Penn State defense (6-2, 3-2 Big Ten) came up with two big stops in the final minutes to preserve Penn State’s lead. Senior safety Nick Scott halted a drive at the Nittany Lion 2-yard line with his second interception in as many weeks with 3:18 remaining, and then after Iowa regained the ball at its own 23 with 1:23 remaining and managed one first down, but time ran out after three-straight incomplete passes brought up fourth down. On the fourth down play, Iowa’s Nate Stanley was forced to pitch in desperation to offensive lineman Tristan Wirfs. Wirfs gained 15 yards but was pulled down by Penn State defenders Micah Parsons and John Reid to end the game.
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No. 18/16 Penn State Wins at Indiana, 33-28
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Senior quarterback Trace McSorleyrushed for 107 yards and two touchdowns and was aided by big plays on defense and special teams, as No. 18/16 Penn State defeated Indiana, 33-28, in Big Ten football action Saturday afternoon in Memorial Stadium.
McSorley’s 34-game streak with a passing touchdown came to an end but his 327 yards of total offense and two scores led the Penn State (5-2, 2-2 Big Ten) offense. Running back Miles Sanders added 126 all-purpose yards, catching a team-best six passes for 54 yards and rushing 15 times for 72 yards and a touchdown.
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Penn State-Michigan State Game Notes
No. 8 Penn State returns to action following a bye week and will take on Michigan State in its Homecoming and annual Stripe Out game Saturday afternoon in Beaver Stadium. Television coverage begins at 3:30 p.m. on BTN.
The Nittany Lions look to return the Land Grant Trophy to its shelves. Penn State took possession of the trophy in 2016 with a 45-12 victory which also clinched the Big Ten East Division title, but its fellow pioneering land-grant institution reclaimed it with a last-second field goal last season.
Homecoming Game Set for 3:30 p.m.’
Following the bye week, the No. 11-ranked Nittany Lions host #20/19 Michigan State for a Homecoming contest Oct. 13 at 3:30 on either FS1 or BTN. In addition, the game will also be available on the Penn State Sports Network (2 p.m. airtime) and GoPSUsports.com.
This is the fourth time Penn State will square off against Michigan State in a Homecoming game. The Nittany Lions lost to the Spartans in 1946 (19-16), tied them in 1948 (14-14) and lost in 1951 (32-21). Penn State owns a 71-22-5 record all-time on Homecoming, including wins in 11 of its last 13 games.
Nittany Lions in the NFL – Week Four
A total of 34 Penn State football alumni are populating the rosters of 21 National Football League teams. The Nittany Lions are perennially a top-20 program in producing players in the NFL. Each week throughout the year, GoPSUsports.com provides updates on the exploits of these former Nittany Lion greats.
Cornerback Trevor Williams was one of the most impactful Nittany Lion alums in Week 4, helping the Los Angeles Chargers earn a two-point win over fellow Penn Staters Robbie Gould and Garry Gilliam and the 49ers. Williams intercepted a San Francisco pass at the 2-yard line and flipped the field, returning it 86 yards to setup a field goal. He also recorded a career-high eight tackles.
Penn State Hosts ESPN’s College GameDay Saturday
ESPN’s College GameDay Built by The Home Depot program will be live from Penn State on Saturday, Sept. 29, ahead of the Nittany Lions’ primetime meeting with No. 4 Ohio State at 7:30 p.m. on ABC. This is the 18th time College GameDay has been at the site of a Penn State game.
College GameDay will be appearing at a Penn State game for the third consecutive season, joining the 2017 Michigan and Ohio State contests and the 2016 Big Ten Championship Game.