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11:56 pm, October 9, 2021

Postgame recap: Iowa 23, Penn State 20

Perhaps the biggest game of the season did not disappoint, as No. 3 Iowa defeated No. 4 Penn State 23-20 in a top-5 matchup.

Penn State jumped in front early, taking a 17-3 lead behind two rushing touchdowns from RB Noah Cain and QB Sean Clifford. However, the game changed when Clifford exited the game with an injury in the second quarter. QB Ta'Quan Roberson replaced Clifford and struggled in a relief effort, completing just 35 percent of his passes for 34 yards and two interceptions.

Iowa's interceptions of Roberson were two of four on the day. The four interceptions give the Hawkeyes 10 total in the last two games, the most in the Big Ten in the last 25 years. While Iowa's offense struggled to capitalize off turnovers (3 points), QB Spence Petras made timely plays as he tossed two touchdowns. An underrated weapon for Iowa was punter Tory Taylor; his nine punts for 398 yards controlled the field-position battle.

The 23-20 victory marks the 12th straight win for the Hawkeyes, marking the longest win streak since the 2015 Big Ten West champion team. The win is also Iowa's first top-5 win since defeating No. 3 Ohio State in 2017.

Looking ahead, Iowa does not play another ranked team in its remaining regular-season schedule. The Hawkeyes control their destiny in the Big Ten.

Iowa football
11:42 pm, October 9, 2021

Final: Iowa defeats Penn State 23-20

In an AP top-5 matchup and Big Ten battle, Iowa has defeated Penn State 23-20.

See final stats below.

Final Stats: Iowa beats Penn State
11:36 pm, October 9, 2021

Interception 4 for Iowa! - Iowa 23, Penn State 20 | 4Q 2:13

Iowa CB Matt Hankins interecepted Penn State QB Ta'Quan Roberson on 4th-and-10. It's the fourth Hawkeyes interception of the game. After Iowa received celebration penalties, it will get the ball at the Penn State 40-yard line.

Penn State has one timeout left. If Iowa gets a first down, they win the game.

11:34 pm, October 9, 2021

Penn State gets another chance | 4Q 2:38

Penn State will start a late 4th-quarter drive at their own eight-yard line, down three points. With 2:38 remaining, the Nittany Lions have one timeout left
11:29 pm, October 9, 2021

Big 4th-down stop

On 4th-and-3, Iowa CB Matt Hankins flied up to make a huge tackle on a swing pass to Penn State RB Keyvone Lee. Iowa will take over on downs.

3:39 remains in the fourth quarter.

11:23 pm, October 9, 2021

Touchdown Iowa! - Iowa 23, Penn State 20 | 4Q 6:23

Iowa has taken the lead for the first time since the score was 3-0 after a 44-yard, one-play touchdown drive. QB Spencer Petras found WR Nico Ragaini on a cross-field pass, giving Iowa its longest play of the day. For Petras, its his second touchdown pass of the day.

11:14 pm, October 9, 2021

Iowa adds a field goal - Penn State 20, Iowa 16 | 4Q 8:08

Iowa adds a 36-yard field goal to pull within four points. It's K Caleb Shudak's third field goal of the day. Iowa began this drive at the 50-yard line, making it to the Penn State 8-yard line after a great catch and run by WR Keagan Johnson.

10:52 pm, October 9, 2021

The 4th Quarter is here! - Penn State leads Iowa 20-13

We are now in the final quarter of regulation with Penn State leading Iowa 20-13. Just a touchdown separates the third and fourth ranked teams in the country entering the final frame.

Check out the stats through three quarters below.

third quarter stats
10:44 pm, October 9, 2021

Iowa keeps the game in reach - Penn State 20, Iowa 13 | 3Q 1:36

Iowa made a 48-yard field goal to make this top-5 matchup a one score game. The Hawkeyes trail 20-13 after a 10-play, 45-yard drive. The drive began with a heavy dose of RB Tyler Goodson; he carried the ball on the first four plays, gaining 29 yards. 

Tyler Goodson Iowa
10:29 pm, October 9, 2021

Penn State field goal opens the second half scoring - Penn State 20, Iowa 10 | 3Q 6:40

Penn State opens the second half with a 44-yard field goal. QB Ta'Quan Roberson played well coming out of halftime, completing two passes for 17 yards while rushing for 26 yards on the drive. Iowa LB Deontae Craig stopped the Penn State drive with a sack on an Iowa blitz.

10:12 pm, October 9, 2021

Sean Clifford OUT for second-half

QB Sean Clifford exited the locker room at halftime not in uniform. His replacement in the second half will be QB Ta'Quan Roberson.
9:56 pm, October 9, 2021

First Half Recap

Penn State leads Iowa 17-10 after the first half. The story of this first half was injuries and interceptions. 

During the first half, the following Penn State players were injured: DL Davon Ellis, DL PJ Mustipher, S Jaquan Brisker, QB Sean Clifford, S Jonathan Sutherland. While some players have returned, the biggest injury question mark for the Nittany Lions entering the second half is whether or not Sean Clifford will make his return. For Iowa, top cornerback Riley Moss suffered an injury during the first half.

The first half of this game saw four total interceptions; Penn State's defense grabbed one interception while Iowa's defense snatched three passes out of the air. The Hawkeyes now have forced 19 turnovers this season; they lead the nation in the category entering the game. CB Riley Moss snagged his FBS leading 4th-interception in the second quarter.

Despite the turnovers, Penn State leads by a touchdown entering the second half thanks to two touchdown drives of 75 and 35 yards, respectively. To score in the second half, the Nittany Lions may have to turn to backup quarterback Ta'Quan Roberson, who replaced the injured Clifford in the second quarter. 

Penn State will receive the second-half kickoff.

PSU vs Iowa
9:52 pm, October 9, 2021

Halftime: Penn State leads Iowa 17-10

Two quarters are in the books! Penn State leads Iowa 17-10 after the first half. See first half stats below

First Half Stats
9:45 pm, October 9, 2021

Riley Moss picks off the backup!

CB Riley Moss snagged his fourth interception of the season, this time intercepting backup-quarterback Ta'Quan Roberson. In total, the Hawkeyes have three interceptions today. Unfortunately for Iowa, Moss suffered an injury celebrating his interception.

9:42 pm, October 9, 2021

QB Sean Clifford heads to the locker room

After taking a hit, Penn State QB Sean Clifford exited the game, heading into the locker room. His replacement at QB is Ta'Quan Roberson.

9:22 pm, October 9, 2021

Iowa makes it a one-score game - Penn State 17, Iowa 10 | 2Q 7:08

After a replay review, Iowa WR Charlie Jones's touchdown stands. QB Spencer Petras found Jones on a nine-yard flat route for the score. Petras seems to have found his groove, standing in the pocket making big-time throws.

9:10 pm, October 9, 2021

Penn State adds to their lead - Penn State 17, Iowa 3 | 2Q 12:31

Penn State K Jordan Stout kicked a field goal to cap off a 14-play drive.  The highlight of the drive came  when Sean Clifford took off for a 22-yard run on a 3rd-and-7. The run put the Nittany Lions in field goal range at the Iowa 17. 
8:59 pm, October 9, 2021

1st quarter update: Penn State leads 14-3

Penn State leads 14-3 after the first quarter. The story of the 1st quarter was turnovers. Iowa intercepted Sean Clifford on his first pass attempt of the game. Later in the quarter, the Hawkeyes and Nittany Lions got interceptions on back-to-back possessions. So far, Iowa has scored three points off turnovers while Penn State has scored seven points off turnovers.

See first quarter stats below.

1st Quarter Stats
8:47 pm, October 9, 2021

Clifford does it himself - Penn State 14, Iowa 3 | 1Q 3:21

QB Sean Clifford adds to Penn State's lead with a designed quarterback run from four yards away. Penn State now has a two-possession lead.

8:43 pm, October 9, 2021

Penn State responds with an interception of their own

Penn State S Jaquan Brisker picked off a tipped pass to get the Nittany Lions their first turnover of the day. It's Brisker's second interception on the year.

8:40 pm, October 9, 2021

Iowa gets second interception of the day!

Penn State QB Sean Clifford looked for WR Jahan Doctson downfield but found Iowa S Jack Koerner instead. It's the second interception for the Hawkeyes in the first quarter. The Hawkeyes led the nation in forced turnovers entering this week and have kept up the pace.

8:27 pm, October 9, 2021

Penn State scores the first touchdown! - Penn State 7, Iowa 3 | 1Q 8:37

A ten-play drive ended with a Noah Cain two-yard touchdown run to give Penn State their first points.

8:18 pm, October 9, 2021

Hawkeyes strike first! | Iowa 3, Penn State 0

Iowa kicked an early field goal to capitalize off the Penn State turnover. The Hawkeyes lead 3-0.
8:15 pm, October 9, 2021

Interception Iowa!

Hawkeyes LB Jestin Jacobs intercepted Nittany Lion QB Sean Clifford on the first Penn State drive.

8:06 pm, October 9, 2021

We're underway

No. 4 Penn State at No. 3 Iowa has kicked off. Iowa received the opening kick
1:51 am, October 8, 2021

How to watch Penn State vs. Iowa

Get ready for a Big Ten battle in Week 6. It's No. 4 Penn State against No. 3 Iowa, with both the Nittany Lions and the Hawkeyes trying to get a win that sends a statement to the Big Ten and the rest of the country.

  • Time: 4 p.m. ET
  • Date: Saturday, Oct. 9
  • TV channel: Fox
  • Streaming:
  • Location: Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City, Iowa

Click or tap here for a complete list of Week 6 TV info.

Joseph Cress | USA TODAY Sports Images Iowa football fans Iowa fans are sure to come out for this top 10 matchup.
1:50 am, October 8, 2021

Previewing Penn State vs. Iowa

No. 4 Penn State will visit No. 3 Iowa in a big-time Big Ten battle. The top-5 matchup has the potential to be a season-defining win for both teams.

Leading the Penn State offense in the top-5 matchup is long-time quarterback Sean Clifford. In Penn State’s turnaround from 0-5 to 5-0, Clifford has a 160.5 passer rating, completing 70.8 percent of his passes against AP Top 25 competition. Clifford’s top target has been WR Jahan Dotson, a touchdown machine with six on the year. Elsewhere, the Nittany Lions use a running back rotation led by RB Noah Cain.  

On defense, Penn State is coming off a shutout of Indiana. Penn State has been dominant defensively all season; it’s been a big part of why the Nittany Lions have two wins over ranked opponents this year. Where the Nittany Lions have truly shined has been the red zone, allowing just five touchdowns on 15 drives. With a talented interior that features DT Derrick Tangelo, DT PJ Mustipher, and LB Ellis Brooks, yards are hard to come by on the Penn State defense. The emergence of CB Joey Porter Jr. has also limited opposing passing opportunities.

In the age of spread offenses, Iowa’s offense is ‘old-school’. The Hawkeyes love to run the ball, handing the ball off over 54 percent of the time. Many handoffs go to RB Tyler Goodson, who’s scored seven rushing touchdowns averaging 5.3 yards per carry. When Goodson checks out of the game, RB Mekhi Sargent keeps the offense running smoothly, scoring seven rushing touchdowns of his own. The dominant rushing attack keeps things easy for QB Spencer Petras, allowing him to be an efficient passer. The Hawkeyes traditional offensive formula has equaled success all season long.

Iowa enters the game leading the nation in forced turnovers with 16. Last week, the Hawkeyes forced seven turnovers, intercepting six passes. The ball-hawking defense is led by two of college football’s best cornerbacks, CB Matt Hankins and CB Riley Moss. Also in the Iowa secondary is S Jack Koerner, a talented player in his own right. The front-seven is highlighted by DE Zach VanValkenburg, a sixth-year senior that is a force on the edge. If the Iowa defense continues its playmaking ways, it could take over this game. 

Both Penn State and Iowa enter the game with impactful defenses that make game-changing plays. In what’s shaping up to be a classic Big Ten-style game, expect a competitive, physical game in Week 6.

1:44 am, October 8, 2021

AP Poll Update

Iowa ranks ahead of Penn State in both the AP Poll and the Coaches Poll after Week 5. Here's what the rankings look like:

AP Poll Ranking Coaches Poll
Alabama 1 Alabama
Georgia 2 Georgia
Iowa 3 Iowa
Penn State 4 Penn State
Cincinnati 5 Oklahoma
Oklahoma 6 Cincinnati
Ohio State 7 Ohio State
Oregon 8 Michigan
Michigan 9 Oregon
Michigan State 11 Michigan State
Oklahoma State 12 Oklahoma State
Arkansas 13 Notre Dame
Notre Dame 14 Kentucky
Coastal Carolina 15 Coastal Carolina
Kentucky 16 Arkansas
Ole Miss 17 Ole Miss
Auburn 18 Florida
Wake Forest 19 Auburn
Florida 20 Wake Forest
Texas 21 Clemson
Arizona State 22 NC State
NC State 23 Texas
San Diego State 25 Arizona State

Penn State and Iowa play at 4 p.m. ET on Saturday, October 9th. Here's the rest of the Top 25 schedule:

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1:43 am, October 8, 2021

Penn State vs. Iowa: Series history

Since Iowa defeated Penn State 41-21 in 2020, each team has gone undefeated. Also in 2020, Iowa ended a six game losing streak in the series, the longest in series history. At home, the Hawkeyes trail the series 5-10. Penn State owns the largest margin of victory in series history with a 61-21 win in 1994. That 1994 Nittany Lions team was named national champions by a number of media outlets.

Penn State leads the series 17-13. Here are all the meetings since 2000:

Date Location Winner Score
Nov. 21, 2020 State College, PA Iowa 41-21
Oct. 12, 2019 Iowa City, IA Penn State 17-12
Oct. 27, 2018 State College, PA Penn State 30-24
Sept. 23, 2017 Iowa City, IA Penn State 21-19
Nov. 5, 2016 State College, PA Penn State 41-14
Oct. 20, 2012 Iowa City, IA Penn State 38-14
Oct. 08, 2010 State College, PA Penn State 13-3
Oct. 10, 2010 Iowa City, IA Iowa 24-3
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Penn State vs. Iowa: How they stack up

Penn State and Iowa were ranked 4 and 3 in the latest AP Poll, respectively. Here's how they stack up based off of this season's results.

Penn State vs. Iowa
Penn State 2021 STATs Iowa
5-0 (2-0) Record (Conf) 5-0 (2-0)
No. 4 AP rank No. 3
30.0 Points per game 31.74
12.0 Points allowed 16.0
418.6 Yards per game 368.6
286.0 Pass yards per game 197.6
132.6 Rush yards per game 171.0
313.0 Yards allowed per game 313.8
202.6 Pass yards allowed per game 206.1
110.4 Rush yards allowed per game 107.6
Sean Clifford
1336 yards (11 TDs, 3 INT)
Passing leader Spencer Petras
1569 yards (9 TDs, 5 INT)
Noah Cain
187 yards (3 TD)
Rushing leader Anthony Richardson
762 yards (7 TD)
Jahan Dotson
446 yards ( TD)
Receiving leader Ihmir Smith-Marsette
345 yards (3 TD)
Brandon Smith
32 total tackles (5 TFL, 1 SK)
Defense Nick Niemann
77 tackles (2.5 TFL)