Penn State‘s mistakes continue to plague the team in loss to Iowa, 41-21. The Nittany Lions (0-5) were heavily outmatched by a resurgent Iowa Hawkeyes (3-2) Saturday at Beaver Stadium.
Two interceptions, two fumbles, and an inability to convert third downs spelled doom for PSU. Will Levis (13 of 16 106 yards) had early success by running the ball (15 for 34) but Iowa adjusted and closed that avenue. Spencer Peters (18/28 186 yards) the Iowa QB started sluggishly but persevered when it mattered.
The Iowa defense was the story in this one. The Lions must have felt there were four Nick Niemanns on the field as Niemanns had an unworldly 13 tackles… in the first half! And 17 for the game.
How dominant was Iowa? With 8:15 left in the third quarter, Penn State ran its first play of the half which resulted in a fumble. The Nittany Lions were on the short end of a 24-7 score when the first half ended.
How frustrating has the season been? Penn State has been outscored in the first half by a margin of 117-33 which includes a 73-20 at Beaver Stadium.
Will Levis threw two interceptions before giving way to Sean Clifford (12-22 174) yards with a pair of touchdowns but his downfall continues to be turnovers as he threw two interceptions. Clifford did manage to make an early impact with two quick touchdowns that seem to invigorate the Lions.
The euphoria was quickly ended when Davion Nixon intercepted a Clifford pass and rumbled 71 yards and with 1:58 to play, Iowa iced the game and went on to pick up their third consecutive victory, 41-21.
Dis and Dat
Penn State falls to 0-5 for the first time in their 134 year history. How costly were the turnovers? Iowa scored 24 of their points after a turnover. Jahan Dotson caught 8 passes for 179 yards and a touchdown for Penn State. On the other side of the ball, Mekhi Sargent gained 101 yards on 15 touches and a pair of TDS for Iowa.
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