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"As he was being brought down for a potential game-ending sack, Stanley tossed the ball to 6'5", 320-pound offensive lineman Tristan Wirfs, who seized the opportunity and ran for 15 yards before getting tackled 29 yards short of the goal line.

Nick Scott intercepted a pass to thwart Iowa at the Penn State 2 with 3:18 left and the No. 17 Nittany Lions held on to avoid a third straight home loss with a 30-24 victory Saturday over the No. 18 Hawkeyes.

One of the questions going into Beaver Stadium was how the Hawkeyes would deal with Nittany Lion tailback Miles Sanders, who had put up 884 yards of total offense. The only scores for the Hawkeyes came on special teams and defense.

Many expected the game to be a shootout, with lots of points scored, with Penn State ultimately finding a way to pull it out in the second half.

Senior quarterback Trace McSorley had a solid game, throwing for 167 yards and a touchdown as well as scoring one touchdown on a 51 yard run. The Hawkeyes leave Happy Valley with the same record as the Nittany Lions.

It was not a banner day for quarterback play.

McSorley was 4-for-8 passing for 54 yards with a touchdown before exiting the game. Stanley completed just 18 of 49 passes for 205 yards with no touchdowns and two interceptions. That ranks him No. 11 all-time in the Big Ten, but he's just 1,278 yards from vaulting to 11,791 yards, which would place him No. 3 all-time among Big Ten total offense career leaders, trailing only a pair of quarterbacks, Purdue's Drew Brees (12,692 yards) and Ohio State's J.T. Barrett (12,697). I think, for me personally, what made it such a tough loss to swallow is that we have already seen this happen four games ago against Wisconsin.

McSorley missed extended action on Saturday vs. Iowa, his longest time out of the lineup since he assumed the starting reins for the September 3, 2016 season-opener against Kent State in Beaver Stadium - a 33-13 victory, when he was 16 of 31 passing for 209 yards, and had 14 carries for 47 yards.

All is not lost for the Hawkeyes, who host Northwestern on November 10 and could jump back into the Big Ten title game race with a win.

Bad mistakes and performances at the most inopportune times were once again the down fall of the Iowa football team.

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