December 16 2017

Ezekiel Elliott shouts out Saquon Barkley: 'Man is unreal'

December 16 2017, 03:04 | Clarence Walton

Associated Press

Associated Press

"You focus on not just being a one-dimensional back".

The Hawkeyes are looking to avenge a 41-14 beatdown they took at the hands of Penn State a year ago, and will try to upset a top-five Penn State team under the lights at Kinnick Stadium for the second time in 10 years.

So by the time in the fourth quarter - when Barkley leaped over one defender - got hit by a second, landed on his left foot and somehow managed to convert a 3rd-and-7, the Whitehall High graduate asserted his status as the most dynamic player in college football.

"For sure, I think James will be out through the bye week", Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz said, via the university's team website.

Turns out, Trace McSorley was just saving his best throw for the end.

"Two words", Ferentz said. A game that will be played under the lights in Iowa at 7:30 PM ET on ABC will set the tone for what should be an exciting Big Ten season.

Junior defensive end Torrence Brown, who was injured in last week's win over Georgia State, did not make the trip. Not only that, but with a fresh new QB, new defense and receivers, makes this game challenging as well offensively against this Nittany Lion defense. Both games will be at the Iowa Soccer Complex.

Wikberg started the day off with a singles win but then fell to No. 1-seed Jennifer Kerr of Columbia, 6-1, 6-1. "Even after that, there's no Big Ten game that's easy to win".

That game, like Michigan-Iowa, also came in Week 10, and it all but officially ended Penn State's bid for a national title. And he ran past Jewell on an impossibly stutter-step on Penn State's game-winning drive. Both teams come into this game with an impressive 3-0 start to the season.

But before the decisive final snap, the Nittany Lions got it in the end zone only once. Penn State handled Iowa 41-14 at Beaver Stadium a year ago. While the game was awesome, and Iowa was one play away from the upset win, it's hard to understand how the Hawkeyes were even in such a position if you look at the box score. That includes two teams ranked in the Associated Press top 10 - MI and Ohio State.

Iowa was only 3 for 11 on third downs, and couldn't maintain drives.

Meeting expectations in terms of atmosphere shouldn't be a problem. Instead of being negative, it's about being positive.

That's what the Hawkeyes have heading into this game. MSU's Fitzgerald is the best quarterback no one is talking about. They need to control time of possession.

He just can't explain the phenomenon. "You can't give up, and guys have stepped up".

"You think you're good in high school, and you are good in high school", Barkley said. "Everything looks and feels a little different for a night game". "We've all seen that (Wadley) is a playmaker, and they have a big, strong-armed quarterback that they are able to take advantage of off the play-action pass", Franklin said.

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