Penn State QB returns to game, leaves again

Tommy Stevens

IN ran a eye-popping 100 offensive snaps against the Nittany Lions defense that had a hard time sustaining pressure and getting off the field in third down opportunities.

Sure, Iowa is still a team that relies offensively on its running backs and tight ends.

Without context, you might think Penn State's quarterbacks weren't all that spectacular against the Hawkeyes. We need more players having a bigger impact on the game on offense.

A three-year starter, McSorley entered Saturday with 1,462 passing yards on the season along with 11 touchdowns.

McSorley also spoke to the media Tuesday, and as expected, he denied that there's too much responsibility on his shoulders.

Penn State quarterback Trace McSorley suffered what appeared to be a right leg injury during Saturday's game against Iowa.

Miles Sanders had, statistically, his second-worst game of the season after rushing for just 62 yards on 17 carries. Lion receivers have dropped 22 passes this season, among the most in the country by any team.

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Penn State: QB Trace McSorley has been asked to do a ton lately. The freshman kicker from Iowa added a 49-yarder in the third quarter and 44-yarder in the fourth. Leake, a sophomore, finished with 140 yards rushing, including scores of 64, 27 and 43 yards.

The game was as wild and wacky as they come.

Over the past four games, McSorley has carried the ball 72 times, meaning there have been 72 opportunities for defenders to hit him.

Then, after Iowa quarterback Nate Stanley threw his second interception of the game, one that at the time appeared to hammer the final nail into the Hawkeye coffin, the defense forced a Nittany Lion three-and-out, giving the offense one final shot. McSorley already has rushed for a career-best 565 yards and eight touchdowns.

Simply put, the potential is there for Penn State to go through this pivotal stretch 3-0 or 0-3. This performance could be just what Pinegar needed for confidence and a turnaround.

DE Shaka Toney has recorded five sacks in seven games to lead the Penn State pass rush.

No. 17 Penn State will have a say in who plays for the Big Ten championship even if it is unlikely to be the Nittany Lions. The Hawkeyes lost on the last play a season ago at home and were embarrassed 45-14 the last time they played in Beaver Stadium.

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