Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Penn State Drubs Iowa, 41-14, Wins Fifth Straight Barkley, Mcsorley Lead Potent Attack

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Penn State Drubs Iowa, 41-14, Wins Fifth Straight Barkley, Mcsorley Lead Potent Attack

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UNIVERSITY PARK ? This didn't have the makings of a trap game for Penn State.

It was more like a bear trap game.

Because there were several precedents for the steel jaws of an Iowa team to slam down on a promising Nittany Lions season.

The Hawkeyes did it most famously in 2008, beating a 9-0 team and wrecking its national championship hopes. Two years later, Iowa defeated a team that had started 3-1, putting it on path to a 7-5 record.

And Iowa's 6-4 victory in 2004 ? despite failing to record any extra-base hits or power-play goals ? won't soon be forgotten. No matter how hard people try.

Not this time, however.

Penn State defeated Iowa, 41-14, before a crowd of 106,194 at Beaver Stadium Saturday night for its fifth consecutive victory, running its record to 7-2 [5-1 in the Big 10].

The Hawkeyes slipped to 5-4, 3-3 in the conference.

Penn State scored on its first possession and never looked back. It built up a 24-7 advantage at the end of the first half, by which time Saquon Barkley had run for 116 yards to put him over 1,000 for the season.

That total includes a 57-yard touchdown run during the second quarter, when Barkley ran over the Hawkeyes defenders he didn't run past to push Penn State's lead to 14-0.

Barkley fleshed out his night's work 19 seconds into the final quarter, pulling in a 44-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Trace McSorley.

Barkley was the headliner, as usual, but backup quarterback Tommy Stevens got some attention when he scored on a 13-yard jet sweep in the fourth quarter.

The Nittany Lions' domination of the first half was reflected in its advantage in total yards [348-128], first downs [13-7] and average yards per play [9.2-5.1].

There appeared to be only two significant negatives for Penn State before it put the game out of reach.

Offensive tackle Brendan Mahon left the game after the first play and did not return. …

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