Saquon Barkley named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week

Sizing up Big Ten football as we (kinda) launch into conference season

On Saturday night the Nittany Lions went into one of the toughest night environments in the Big Ten at Kinnick Stadium and knocked off the Iowa Hawkeyes by a score of 21-19.

Still, Iowa fell one play short of pulling the upset.

Del Rio, who relieved Feleipe Franks in the second half, completed 9 of 14 passes for 74 yards. The upset was avoided when wide receiver Juwan Johnson got his first career touchdown reception to win the game in the final seconds. "Defenders, when they play against me, I notice on film they really try to take space away from me". He hit 31-of-48 passes for 284 yards with a touchdown and interception.

Michigan State opened the second half with a Matt Coghlin field goal, but Notre Dame answered that field goal and then some with a 9-yard Deon McIntosh touchdown run.

The Nittany Lions are 13-point favorites.

As for the quarterback, "McSorley's just special".

Penn State's defense had two bad plays that ended up nearly costing them dearly, but they made up for it with their play in-between those two scores and kept the offense in the game long enough to go win it.

Through the first half, Iowa gave up just 5 points 2 on a safety - even though the Lions made it into Iowa territory six times.

The former IN high school standout entered Penn State with sub-4.7 40-yard-dash speed and his long strides coupled with his cutting ability made him a good dual-threat candidate to lead Moorhead's offense. That's 40 offensive touches at a clip of just over 7.5 yards per. Other Nittany Lions running backs such as Curt Warner (10th, 1982), Ki-Jana Carter (4th, 1994), Curtis Enis (5th, 1997) and Larry Johnson (3rd, 2002) came close.

Sophomore Anthony Nelson also played a vital role on defense, putting together 5 tackles, 2 pass breakups, and a blocked field goal in the fourth quarter to hold Penn State to a 1-point lead with just under three minutes left to play.




They could have seen maybe the best running back in the country go up against one of the best linebackers. In fact, Barkley proved last night that no team in the NCAA has a back that can compare to his abilities, as he was impervious to all the hexes that afflicted his teammates.

Penn State 8, Iowa 7: Saquon Barkley had a 25-yard carry then a 16-yarder to set up first-and-goal at the 2.

"We had nearly two minutes, and three time-outs left, " McSorley said. Mayfield's next chance to improve his odds will be at home against Iowa State on October 7. Survive those two games, and the Nittany Lions will be set up for two monster tilts: vs. MI on October 21 and at Ohio State on October 28.

That quick first step and exceptional athleticism separates Barkley from his peers.

In two games against the Hawkeyes, Barkley now has 569 all-purpose yards (167 rushing, 44 receiving in the 2016 game).

The Iowa offense, which had been dormant for most of the game, went 74 yards and 80 yards in the fourth quarter.

Saquon Barkley is getting Heisman Trophy hype for a reason.

Christian Kirk, WR, Texas A&M - The junior finally broke out thanks in part to a 81-yard TD pass from Kellen Mond in a win over Arkansas.

Stanley has been the lynchpin for a much-improved passing attack for the Hawkeyes. And, honestly, this is a game Penn State deserved to win. Barkley was an 18-wheeler driving through a swarm of gnats.

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