Without its starting quarterback, No. 4 Penn Articulate right couldn’t withhold on long ample on the freeway against No. 3 Iowa.
The Nittany Lions took a 14-3 lead into halftime, however lost senior QB Sean Clifford to an hurt toward the terminate of the half. That left backup Ta’Quan Roberson, who hasn’t performed as an alternative of garbage time, to leer his first well-known action. And he needed to develop that in Kinnick Stadium, one amongst the most antagonistic freeway environments within the country.
Predictably, it did no longer trail correctly. The Hawkeyes stormed lend a hand within the 2nd half and pulled out a 23-20 victory to remain undefeated and hand Penn Articulate its first loss of the yr.
The Penn Articulate defense held on for a whereas, however Roberson and the offense right couldn’t get in sync. Penn Articulate would possibly well presumably muster finest 68 yards and three sides within the 2nd half whereas the Iowa offense chipped away. Repeatedly backed up of their very contain territory because of precision punting from Tory Taylor, the Nittany Lions committed a bevy of unsuitable starting up penalties and couldn’t get the relaxation going.
The Iowa offense, within the intervening time, chipped away on the lead.
Two self-discipline objectives from Caleb Shudak minimize the PSU consequence in 20-13 unhurried within the third after which 20-16 midway throughout the fourth. Iowa within the damage went ahead when Spencer Petras hit Nico Ragaini on a play-action pass for a 44-yard touchdown with 6: 26 to play.
Penn Articulate would drive right previous midfield on its next drive, however a Roberson pass to Keyvone Lee on fourth-and-3 became as soon as brief of the sticks, giving Iowa the close it mandatory.
From there, Iowa cruised to a monster victory.
What does this imply for Iowa?
Now 6-0, Iowa has yet one more spectacular victory to add to its College Soccer Playoff candidacy. The obvious favourite in a mediocre Enormous Ten West, the Hawkeyes have finest division opponents on their time table the reduction of the manner.
An undefeated sage coming into the Enormous Ten title sport is no longer out of the inquire. This defense lived up to the hype by forcing four Penn Articulate turnovers — two interceptions by Clifford and two extra by Roberson.
Penn Articulate has a remarkable defense, however the Iowa offensive line and working sport had been ready to lean on the PSU entrance for long ample to have some success because the sport progressed. Tyler Goodson is one amongst the higher working backs within the country and Petras shook off a unhurried starting up to develop some expansive throws when it mattered.
The excellent project for Kirk Ferentz and his group will be avoiding a letdown because the Hawkeyes is generally favored in every sport attractive forward.
What does this imply for Penn Articulate?
Here’s a brutal loss for PSU, absolute self belief. The Nittany Lions, in spite of about a early turnovers, had been entirely up to the mark early on. All the issues changed when Clifford went out.
Taking part in in such a tricky atmosphere, Roberson never no doubt had a lot of an opportunity. He neglected some starting up receivers, however there had been also drops and blueprint too many penalties.
Now 5-1, Penn Articulate is going to must hope Clifford’s hurt is minor first and vital. PSU has a bye next week earlier than web hosting Illinois on Oct. 23. The game after that is a day out to Columbus to face mighty Ohio Articulate.
Penn Articulate has a remarkable crew, however this season would possibly well presumably trail downhill rapid if Clifford is out for a well-known duration of time. If Clifford can approach lend a hand, there’s loads left on the table for the Nittany Lions.