Football Hawkeye will face the Penn State No.4 in a top-five clash on Saturday afternoon.
The Hawkeyes and Nittany Lions are both unbeaten in the 2021 season at 5-0, and Iowa hosts the first top-four clash that does not involve Ohio State and Michigan since 1962. Kinnick Stadium didn’t see a top-four competition. since 1985, when No.1 Iowa faced No.2 Michigan.
DI Pre-game editor-in-chief Robert Read and associate sports editor Chloe Peterson are in the press box covering the game. Follow us on Twitter at @dipregame and come back to this story for updates throughout the game. More stories will also be posted on dailyiowan.com this weekend. The match is scheduled to kick off at 3:05 p.m. and will be broadcast on FOX.
Iowa opened as a 2.5-point favorite over Penn State, but the line narrowed to IOWA -1.5 on Saturday.
All players from both depths of Iowa are available today. Senior offensive lineman Kyler Schott missed the first two weeks of the season with a preseason injury while putting hay on his family farm, but recorded his first start against Maryland last Friday. Junior offensive lineman Justin Britt took limited shots against Maryland last week, but is now very healthy.
True first-year offensive lineman Connor Colby is listed as the first right guard against Penn State, and Britt lines up behind him. Iowa’s full starting offensive line includes red-shirted rookie Mason Richman on left tackle, Schott at left guard, junior Tyler Linderbaum at center, Colby at right guard and second Nick DeJong on right tackle.
Prize draw: Penn State wins the toss and defers. Iowa will receive in the north end area to start the game.
13:07 1Q: Penn State defensive tackle PJ Mustipher is down and assisted off the field by coaches.
12:39 1Q: Iowa punted after Petras threw him on the Penn State sideline. Bettor Tory Taylor registers a punt at the 2-yard line.
12:35 1Q: Jestin Jacobs records an interception in the first game of Penn State. Iowa takes over on the Penn State 8-yard line.
11:08 1Q: Hawkeye kicker Caleb Shudak registers Iowa’s first score of the game as he hits a 34-yard field goal. Iowa 3, Penn State 0. Iowa’s scoring game was four plays for eight yards.
8:37 1Q: Safety Jack Koerner is called for pass interference and Penn State scores a touchdown from the Iowa 2-yard line. The extra kick is good and Penn State leads 7-3.
5:33 1Q: Koerner intercepts Penn State QB Sean Clifford’s pass in the Penn State end zone. Iowa will take over on the 20-yard line.
4:44 1Q: The ball is knocked over and Petras launches his second interception of the season. Penn State regains the upper hand on the Iowa 39-yard line.
3:21 1Q: A 4-yard QB by Clifford gives Penn State their second touchdown of the game. The extra kick is good and Penn State leads, 14-3.
0:55 1Q: Iowa kicked in fourth and 12, and he sails into the end zone for a touchback. Penn State will take over on the 20-yard line.
12:31 2Q: Penn State hits a 32-yard field goal to end the first practice of the second quarter. Penn State 17, Iowa 3.
9:30 am 2Q: Penn State QB Sean Clifford is in the injury tent after a big hit from linebacker Jack Campbell.
7:08 2Q: Petras throws a 9-yard pass to wide receiver Charlie Jones for a touchdown. Shudak’s kick was good and Iowa shortened the lead. PSU 17, Iowa 10.
6:46 2Q: Penn State QB Sean Clifford entered the locker room after a hit by Jack Campbell. Quarterback Ta’Quan Roberson will replace the Nittany Lions.
5:30 2Q: Penn State goes three-and-out with three consecutive false start calls, and punt at the Iowa 41-yard line.
1:30 2Q: Cornerback Riley Moss registers an interception in midfield, but is down after play. Moss limped off the field with help and entered the medical tent.
Half: Penn State 17, Iowa 10.
Penn State quarterback Sean Clifford is out for the game. Replacement QB Ta’Quan Roberson will replace the Nittany Lions.
Hawkeye cornerback Riley Moss has also been ruled out, and substitute Terry Roberts will replace him on the pitch.
6:40 3Q: Hawkeye Deontae Craig sacks Roberson at the 34-yard line and Penn State will attempt a field goal that crosses the goalposts. Penn State leads, 20-10.
1:36 3Q: After Iowa couldn’t convert on the third down, Shudak converted on a 48-yard field goal. Iowa is back to a possession as PSU leads 20-13.
0:18 3Q: Penn State kicks from his own 30-yard line, and Jones is tackled on his reception. Iowa will take over on its own 15-yard line.
11:58 4Q: Taylor hits a 53-yard punt that is shot down at the 1-yard line. Penn State will take over for a 99-yard run.
10:35 4Q: Penn State only gained three yards from its 1-yard line and is going out of bounds. Iowa will start at the 50-yard line.
8:08 4Q: After a 48-yard completion at Keagan Johnson, Iowa can’t convert another first down. Shudak’s 35-yard basket is good and Iowa has reduced its deficit to four points. PSU 20, Iowa 16.
6:35 4Q: After several false start and cutblock penalties, Penn State moved from its own 6-yard line to the Penn State 44. Iowa will take over in midfield.
6:26 4Q: Nico Ragaini catches a 44-yard pass and scores a touchdown on the first play of the drive, and Shudak’s extra point is good. Iowa leads, 23-20.
3:39 4Q: Penn State can’t convert a fourth down and Iowa takes over on its own 45-yard line.
FINAL: Iowa wins, 23-20.