PSU's McSorley misses 2 series vs Iowa after getting sacked

Kristopher Nichols
November 1, 2018

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.

McSorley stayed on the sideline and missed two series, including one where backup quarterback Tommy Stevens ran for a tying touchdown.

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

The senior quarterback, barely 6-feet tall and 200 pounds but able to carry Penn State's offense, has started 35 straight games and only has two more left at Beaver Stadium. Yes, there is still a tremendous amount of work still to be done, but as the team is starting to be confronted by the dreaded injury bug, new players are getting chances to show what they can do to help Penn State this season. He also led a short drive late in the first half to set up Jake Pinegar's career-best 45-yard field goal to make it 17-all.

Update: McSorley returned a couple of series later with a limp.

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"I wasn't really going to know until I got out there", said McSorley, who finished with 167 yards passing and 63 rushing. No. 2 behind Sacca is Christian Hackenberg, with 38 starts - 12 in 2013 under head coach Bill O'Brien, then 13 under Franklin in both 2014 and '15.

If Penn State lost the game to Iowa, there was a good chance their season could spin out of control with MI and Wisconsin left on the docket. On Penn State's first possession, he broke free for a 51-yard touchdown run to give the Nittany Lions their first lead, 24-17, with 12:10 left in the third quarter.

Quarterback Nate Stanley looked nothing like the signal caller who tossed 10 touchdowns over a two-game span just a few weeks ago. Tight end Noah Fant seemed to be trying to tell one of his teammates that the original play was off. "I just tried to rush it with the play clock running down". By hanging on, they dodged their first three-game home skid since 2015.

Penn State entered last weekend's contest at IN looking to kick a two-game losing streak to the curb.

Blackledge led Penn State to its first national championship in 1982, and as a starter he was 29-4, with records of 8-1, 10-2, and 11-2 from 1980-82. Iowa is likely to drop.

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