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VIDEO: James Franklin Postgame (Indiana)

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Helped out by a record-setting performance from Penn State wide receiver DaeSean Hamilton, the fourth-ranked Nittany Lions topped Indiana 45-14 to move to 5-0 on the year. Check in with head coach James Franklin following the win. 

Beaver Stadium Extra - Indiana

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Go behind the scenes with Penn State Athletics on football game day for exclusive interviews and a closer look at what's happening in Beaver Stadium. 

Penn State Honors Fran Fisher
Penn State paid tribute to an iconic voice, honoring Fran Fisher, who passed away recently at the age of 91, following a 30-year career with the Nittany Lions. Fisher's son Jerry joins Beaver Stadium Extra to talk about the tribute. 


THON Recognized in Beaver Stadium
Penn State cheerleader and THON public relations captain Jennie Worek talks preparations for the upcoming 2018 event, representing the largest student run philanthropy.

Penn State Student-Athletes Honored for Academic Excellence
Penn State took time to honor the accomplishments of its student-athletes, recognizing those who earned at least a 3.0 GPA. 

Neil Diamond Takes Beaver Stadium
Neil Diamond impersonator Tom Sadge takes the field during a break to sing "Sweet Caroline" to the Nittany Lion fans inside Beaver Stadium.

2017 Gameday Live - No. 4 Penn State vs. Indiana

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - No. 4 Penn State (4-0, 1-0 Big Ten) is set to return to Beaver Stadium Saturday, hosting Indiana (2-1, 0-1 Big Ten) for its "Generations of Greatness" game. 

Follow along with our live blog for up-to-the-minute information and join the conversation for in-game updates and exclusive content. 
Live Blog No. 4 Penn State vs. Indiana
 

2017 Gameday - No. 4 Nittany Lions Host Indiana

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RELATED LINKS: Gameday Central I Game Notes I Depth Chart I Tuesday Presser Roundup I Wednesday Practice Report I J. Moorhead Q&A I Monday Notebook I Behind the Scenes: Generations of Greatness I Nittany Lions in the NFL - Week 3 I Gameday Promotions and Reminders

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - No. 4 Penn State (4-0, 1-0 Big Ten) is set to return to Beaver Stadium Saturday, hosting Indiana (2-1, 0-1 Big Ten) for its "Generations of Greatness" game. 

Out to a 4-0 start for the first time since 2014 and the second time under the direction of head coach James Franklin, the Nittany Lions will look to extend their 10-game home winning streak, which is tied for the third-longest active streak in FBS. 

Penn State brought fans to the edge of their seats last week, in a dramatic 21-19 road win at Iowa, on the strength of a spectacular game-winning final drive ending with a 7-yard touchdown grab from quarterback Trace McSorley to wide receiver Juwan Johnson to clinch the victory. 

Once again, Penn State running back Saquon Barkley was simply sensational in the win, racking up a school-record 358 all-purpose yards at Iowa, including a career-high 211 rushing yards.

Alongside Barkley, McSorley's touchdown pass to Johnson as time expired marked his 19th consecutive outing with a touchdown pass. On the year, McSorley's 10 touchdown passes are second in the Big Ten, helping to pace an offense that's averaging 40.5 points per game.

The Nittany Lions have hardly had time to exhale though, with Franklin targeting a variety of different areas where improvement is needed for the Nittany Lions to continue emerging from each passing week at 1-0.

Turning the focus toward Indiana, the Hoosiers travel to Happy Valley for their first Big Ten road outing of the year, with Nittany Lions owning an unblemished 9-0 mark against IU at home in Beaver Stadium. 

"Obviously, Tom Allen is doing a great job there," Franklin said.0 Have a lot of respect for him and the Indiana program. Last year we battled with them and found a way to get a W." 

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What To Watch For - Penn State

1. Saquon Barkley doing Saquon Barkley
Penn State offensive coordinator Joe Moorhead called Barkley's performance at Iowa a microcosm of his unique skillset, from both running and catching the ball to pass protection. Outside of the career-high rushing performance, Barkley also totaled 94 receiving yards and 53 return yards. On the year, Barkley is ranked fourth in the Big Ten in both receptions per game (5.8) and receiving yards per game (83.8), with two receiving touchdowns on the year. All together, Barkley is still atop the FBS standings this week averaging 253.3 all-purpose yards per game.

"The kid has just done a fantastic job in his role, he has been a great teammate, a great leader and obviously when you have arguably the best player in the country on your team, you look to find ways to scheme to get him the ball because he's a game changer," Moorhead said. 

2. O-Line Improvements
For Franklin, one of his takeaways headed into this week centered around the offensive line improving its ability to hold blocks, sustaining in the run game and of course, protecting McSorley. With a few different combinations to the starting lineup in the last two games, Franklin is confident that the Nittany Lions will continue to get better. 

"I'd say probably about where we thought they were going to be, but I did think there's still a lot of room for growth and improvement there up front, and I think that's what we're going to need to happen in every area for us to continue playing and finding a way to get W's on Saturdays," Franklin said.

3. Dangerous Wideouts
Penn State's talented group of wide receivers will no doubt be an exciting matchup when it comes to the Indiana secondary. With a variety of options, it's hard to tell who might be stepping forward, even in a game-winning situation. Four different wide receivers have caught at least one touchdown pass on the year, and that's not even counting tight end Mike Gesicki's four touchdown grabs. 

Although he didn't have a touchdown catch in the win against Iowa, Franklin was particularly pleased with Saeed Blacknall's 6-yard grab during the game-winning drive. 

"You know, what a huge play in the game," Franklin said. "[Blacknall] Had not had a whole lot of action this year. You go to a veteran player at a critical time, makes the play. So that's a big one."

What To Watch For - Indiana

1. Hoosier Defense
Early this week, Franklin pointed to Allen's defensive mind, noting that among things IU prides itself, defense is atop the list.

Talented in a variety of areas, the Hoosiers return All-American linebacker Tegray Scales, who highlighted the season-opener with a game-high 12 tackles against No. 2 Ohio State. One of IU's team captains, Scales is atop the team standings averaging 8.7 tackles per game, including 5.7 solo stops, which is second in the Big Ten.

"I think his greatest strength is in the box, you know, getting the defensive line lined up, making adjustments and being a physical, downhill player from tackle-to-tackle," Franklin said. "I think probably the area that he's improved over the last couple years is outside of the box, you know, being able to make plays on the perimeter running from sideline-to-sideline." 

2. Another Special Teams Threat
On the year, Penn State has proved effective in neutralizing potential special teams threats, limiting the likes of Quadree Henderson, just to name a single example. For IU, J-Shun Harris II took a punt return back 70 yards for a touchdown against Georgia Southern. Marking his second consecutive with a punt return for a touchdown he become as one of just two in IU history to return a punt for a touchdown in back-to-back games. 

"I think he is No. 1 in the Big Ten and maybe No. 2 in the country in punt returns," Franklin said. "So once again, we've got a special teams guy that's going to be a major factor that we have to deal with."

3. Leader of the Offense
Indiana also returns veteran quarterback Richard Lagow, who the Nittany Lions have identified as a top priority in executing the Hoosier offense. 

Leading an up-tempo offense that currently ranks fourth in the Big Ten in passing offense (267.3) and fifth in scoring (35.7), Lagow completed 40 passes in the season opener against Ohio State, finishing with 410 yards for his second career 400-yard game.

"Offensively, comes down to their quarterback, [Richard] Lagow, No. 21. Big, strong, can really throw the ball into tight windows, very accurate," Franklin said.

A top target for Lagow, is wide receiver Simmie Cobbs Jr. A preseason All-Big Ten selection, he highlighted the IU season-opener against Ohio State with 11 catches for 149 yards and one touchdown, marking his fifth-career 100-yard game. Atop the team standings, Cobbs is ranked second in the Big Ten in receptions per game (6.0) and seventh in receiving yards per game (76.0).

"I think Simmie Cobbs is the difference-maker for them that they missed last year," Franklin said. "The plays they made against Ohio State were just fantastic, the two of them. The back-shoulder fades, the over-the-shoulder fade balls, making the catch on the sideline, contested catches, guys hanging all over him and coming down with circus catch after circus catch."

The Final Word -
Saturday marks Penn State's "Generations of Greatness" game, set to honor the pride and tradition of the rich Nittany Lion football history. With custom throwback uniforms as the centerpiece of the game, the new threads feature elements spanning generations of Nittany Lion history. Fans can also expect throwback changes to the Beaver Stadium end zones as well as game day elements from music to scoreboard design.

Moorhead: 'Our Best Football is Still Ahead of Us'

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Penn State offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Joe Moorhead took time for this week's assistant coaches conference call to talk Nittany Lion football during Indiana week.

Catch up on the Q&A session with a few highlights.

The Best is Still Ahead
When asked how close the Nittany Lion offense is to reaching its full potential, Moorhead noted that although Penn State's offensive may be putting up impressive numbers, the best is still yet to come. 

"I think, you know, the old saying that no one rises to low expectations - every time that we take the field our expectation level when a possession begins, it's going to end with a touchdown," Moorhead said. "To this point in the season, we are averaging 40, close to 500 yards of total offense, but I do think that we have more in us. I do think we have to continue to improve on a weekly basis with our preparation, our play calling and our execution, but I definitely think that our best football is still ahead of us."


Barkley Shining Bright
For Moorhead, Penn State running back Saquon Barkley has reached a point where there isn't much left in terms of surprise when it comes to his incredible play-making ability.

"I don't think that anything the kid does can surprise you anymore," Moorhead said. "I think the Iowa game was a microcosm of the kid's skillset. 350-plus all-purpose yards, he did it on the ground, did it catching the ball, did a very good job in pass protection. I don't get to see every player in the country on a weekly basis but if there's a better one, I'd be hard pressed to believe it. The kid has just done a fantastic job in his role, he has been a great teammate, a great leader and obviously when you have arguably the best player in the country on your team, you look to find ways to scheme to get him the ball because he's a game changer." 

Gesicki's Progress
When asked about what he believes is the next step for tight end Mike Gesicki, Moorhead was pleased with the progress the Preseason AP All-American has made, only building off of a solid 2016 season this year. 

"I think Mike has done a fantastic job in the pass game building off of the things that he did last year," Moorhead said. "It's great to have a target like Mike up the field, particularly in the red zone where he can create matchup problems. The things that Mike identified coming into the season as areas he wanted to improve, his blocking and his ability to run after the catch, are two things that I think he has done a very good job of thus far and he's certainly a guy like Saquon [Barkley], like the receiving guys, like Trace [McSorley], he's a guy who can really break open the game and help us continue with our explosiveness."

Creating Situations for Success
Moorhead was asked just how much goes into play calling when it comes to a decision to go with a tried and true call or opt for a call that might help the Nittany Lions get better in an area of weakness. 

"I don't think we're going to try to do things - to major in the minors, we're not going to do things that we're not particularly good at," Moorhead said. "We're really going to try to put a game plan together that, I mean it sounds cliché, that maximizes our strengths and minimizes our weaknesses and in those situations where we need to be a little bit better running between the tackles, I think we're fifth or sixth right now in the country in yards per carry right now and Saquon averages a first down essentially every time he touches the ball. It's really just a matter of trying to create an advantageous situation either by numbers in the run game or matchups in the pass game and putting the kids in the best situation to be successful."

Practice Report - Indiana Week

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 UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Penn State head coach James Franklin met with members of the media following practice Wednesday evening at the Lasch Football Building during Indiana week. Linebacker Jason Cabinda followed Franklin with a media session to preview Saturday's matchup.

Upping Tempo
Cabinda noted that Penn State practices have largely been up tempo in an effort to keep practices tougher than situations presented on game day, especially with Indiana coming Saturday. 

"It's hard to simulate it on the scout team so we started today instead of going two minute, we changed the plans up and did a tempo period, offense versus defense and not really the way our tempo is, fast, we have the ability to do that although we don't do that very often," Franklin said. "We did that in practice today against the one defense and against the two, not for very long but just to get a little bit of that before Saturday."

Speed Matters                        
For Cabinda, Penn State's increased speed on defense has certainly made a difference this year.

"It's a lot easier to squeeze the air out of things," Cabinda said. "Nowadays a lot of your runs and plays are to the outside, out to the perimeter and now we have the speed to get out there. A lot offenses aren't really running that up the middle, fullback, a lot of offenses are going away from that. So right now, having the speed that we have and having guys who can cover and also play well in the run game is a huge advantage."

Cabinda's Thoughts on the Throwback
Like most Nittany Lions, Cabinda is thrilled for the white cleats, just one piece of Saturday's Generations of Greatness uniform. 

"I'm happy we're able to do it this year," Cabinda said. "It's a nice switch up. When they first unveiled the uniforms and they had Josh [McPhearson] as the model for it and he came into the team room, I think everybody went crazy it was pretty cool."

Behind the Scenes: Generations of Greatness

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - It was mid-June when Penn State unveiled plans for its Generations of Greatness game, now just a few days from arrival. Highlighted of course by a custom uniform design incorporating select pieces and elements representative of a proud tradition, the throwback transformation doesn't just begin with pulling on new threads.                  

While the program remains focused on Indiana, there's still a bit of excitement surrounding an entire game dedicated to honoring those who have come before them.

"It's really fun, actually trying on some new uniforms and build something that everyone can enjoy is very exciting and something exciting to see," wide receiver Juwan Johnson said. "I want to see myself in the uniform. It's going to be something different, something new and refreshing for everyone to see." 

Early this week, the Nittany Lion equipment staff began the process of swapping out traditional game day uniforms to those with custom elements featuring jerseys with block numbers, white trim on the sleeves and a Nittany Lion shrine icon anchored on the front collar, just to name a few.

Among blue-striped pants, striped socks and glove changes, game day helmets also underwent a transition this week, as equipment staffers unscrewed blue facemasks to replace with gray facemasks, originally worn by the Nittany Lions from 1959-86. Helmets were also carefully numbered, representing an element on display from 1959-61 and later from 1967-74. 


Perhaps an element that's most popular among the team though, the white cleats, needed a bit more than week-of transitioning. 

"I've never really worn white cleats before, ever," Johnson said. "So I'm actually wearing some white cleats for once and it's kind of fun, it will be interesting to see."

Penn State has actually already tested out its Generations of Greatness cleats, allowing ample time for each Nittany Lion to adjust to a crucial piece of game day gear well in advance. 

"It feels really good, we have them on in Sunday practices, trying to break them in and get a feel for them to try to showcase them on Saturday," Johnson said. 

As early as last week, Penn State facilities and groundskeepers began the process of switching the end zones at Beaver Stadium to reflect a throwback diamond pattern. Leaving time to old paint to grow out before maintenance, diamond designs appeared on the end zones early this week.


As Penn State assistant marketing athletic director Brad Keen noted on reveal day, going beyond the ultimate throwback uniform means transforming game day into the ultimate throwback game experience.

Behind the scenes, Keen and his staff have been responsible for game day Generations of Greatness elements including everything from scoreboard design and music selection to lining up honorary captains. 

"For the playlist, we went through every year from the 1940's, '50s, '60s, '70s and took a look at the top 10 songs from each year," marketing manager PJ Mullen said. "We obviously can't get to every song, but I have all of top songs from each decade in a folder to be able to mix in throughout the game, whether it's during timeouts, transitioning into breaks or other areas like that."

Working alongside venue display partner ANC, Penn State drew inspiration from a variety of throwback looks to craft a unique retro design to illuminate the scoreboards in Beaver Stadium. Now approved and ready to go, standard run throughs on Wednesday and Friday will provide a last look before game day.

Outside of the football team, Penn State's cheer and dance teams will don historic uniforms, with the Blue Band set to compliment with music selections spanning the generations. 

Tuesday Roundup - Indiana Week

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Penn State head coach James Franklin took to the podium Tuesday afternoon for his weekly press conference to preview Saturday's upcoming Generations of Greatness game against Indiana. Franklin was joined by wide receiver Juwan Johnson and tight end Mike Gesicki for a pair of media sessions.

With takeaways from last week noted, Franklin mentioned that Penn State's ability to execute in critical situations made all the difference, but they didn't turn out for the better by chance.

"The thing I'm most proud of is situational football which we spent a lot of time on," Franklin said. "Two areas, specifically: The two-minute, the game-winning drive there. That's something we do all the time. As you guys know, we take actual situations in games. So we're going to do that situation again (Wednesday) in practice. Tuesday is just speed-on-speed, seven-on-seven, either normal downs, third down or red zone. So today we will do red zone skelly, ones versus ones. Tomorrow, we'll do the two-minute situation from Saturday because it's such a good two-minute situation, two time-outs, 80 yards to go, those type of things. But that makes me real proud that we work a lot on those things and it worked out." 

Amidst the Indiana preparations though, Penn State is also thinking a bit about Generations of Greatness, highlighted by custom throwback jerseys, set to make their debut Saturday.

"I think having this generations of greatness game and honoring the tradition that we have here at Penn State with our uniforms going back to all the different teams and kind of taking a piece of everyone's uniforms and putting it together on Saturday, it's going to be cool," Gesicki said. "I know all the players are looking forward to it, so it's definitely something we're excited about." 


On The Quote Board -

- Franklin on balancing Barkley related to what the team needs are week to week.

"You know, I think we all know he's a special player. How we handle him during camp, how we handle him during practice during the week, how we use him during the season, I think we all see he is a special, special talent and an impactful player in so many different ways, more so than I have ever been around. Can't imagine there's a better player in all of college football."

- Gesicki on the progress that Johnson has made since arriving at Penn State.

"He deserves all of the success that he's having, because of all the time that he's put into it. There were times in the summer where I would call Juwan, trying to get food or something at night, and he's in Holuba [Hal] running routes or something like that."

- Johnson on what he remembers about the Saquon Barkley before Penn State.

"He's the same exact person. He's still the same Saquon that I knew when we were at The Opening. He hasn't changed a bit to be honest with you. I'm not saying this because I'm in front of a lot of people. He's the same person. Our relationship has grown. He's become a more mature person, and a better friend. So Saquon, he's awesome."

- Franklin on defensive coordinator Brent Pry

"I sit in the defensive meetings when he addresses the defense and just tremendous leadership and passion for what we do and how we do it. He's a guy that really understands the X's and O's and the schemes and how important they are but also the motivation and the development that also is such an important part of your jobs. He does a great job with his staff, you know, with the defensive staff. There's so much respect for one another and different opinions and perspectives and experiences in there."

- Johnson on the feeling when the extra work pays off

"You just have to invest in yourself honestly. I know sometimes I don't really feel like catching or I just have some extra school work. The school work is going to be there, you have to do it, but I just try to live in the moment and be present at the time."


- Gesicki on Penn State's two tight end set for a few snaps at Iowa

"The one play that we ended up running on that fourth-and-1 play was something that we didn't even practice to be honest with you. He just kind of drew it up right there, literally drew it up on a piece of paper and said: You're going to go here and you're going to go here and this is what you're going to do. That's kind of what you can do when you're Coach Moorhead and you're a football genius."

- Franklin on moving Kevin Givens out to defensive end at Iowa.

"I think that's kind of one of the storylines of the scenes that went into our success in that game is having Kevin rotate and feeling so good about guys like [Tyrell] Chavis and [Robert] Windsor and those guys behind him - that we can take one of those D-tackles and move him out and create a little bit more of experience on the edge and a little bit more size on the edge."

Monday Notebook: Indiana Week

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Fourth-ranked Penn State football is back from the road, having weathered its first Big Ten test of the season, now set to return to Beaver Stadium Saturday.

Saturday's matchup against visiting Indiana not only marks the 21st meeting between the two teams, but also a special outing too, as it's also Penn State's Generations of Greatness game. Game day will take on an entirely retro feel, with throwback uniforms on display for one day only. 

Penn State debuted its Generations of Greatness game details in mid-June, in the culmination of years of top secret planning and preparation. Elements of the custom uniform design date back as far as the 1940s, encompassing a variety of changes on through 2011.

In keeping with the throwback feel, take a look back at a few final notable performances from Penn State's dramatic road win at Iowa and where a few of those key contributions stack up, Generations of Greatness style.

A White Stripe on the Sleeve
Penn State head coach James Franklin noted postgame that the defense probably hasn't been given enough credit this year. While the stats might not fully reflect the final score, Penn State limited Iowa to just 82 net rushing yards.

Wearing jersey No. 19 in honor of teammate Torrence Brown, defensive end Shareef Miller wrapped up Wadley for a safety in the second quarter.

"It's an honor for me to wear his number because we're so close," Miller said. "Since I came to Penn State, he took me under his wing and he's like a big brother to me, so it was really good for me to wear that number."

Miller finished tied for second on the team with five tackles, all solo, behind linebacker Jason Cabinda (6). Miller also tied for first on the team with 2.0 tackles for loss. 

"Obviously he had a lot of inspiration knowing T [Torrence Brown] wasn't out there, he had a ton of TFLs and I'm really proud of him and the way he's playing right now," Cabinda said. 

Alongside Miller and Cabinda, safety Marcus Allen matched Miller with five tackles and two tackles for loss. Allen also added a sack in addition to forcing his fourth career fumble in the third quarter, which corner back Grant Haley then recovered, marking his first career fumble recovery, that set up a Penn State scoring drive resulting in an 8-yard touchdown run from running back Saquon Barkley.

Miller's safety is the second of the season for the Nittany Lions (Marcus Allen vs. Pitt), which marks the first time since 2004 that Penn State has recorded two safeties in a single season. 

How does that tie into Generations of Greatness? Although Penn State's uniform had a white stripe on the sleeve several times, it was present from 1992-2011, encompassing the 2004 season of course.

Numbers on the Side of the Helmet & A Gray Facemask
Penn State tight end Mike Gesicki has continued his steady climb up the Penn State career receiving yards list, with five catches for 25 yards against the Hawkeyes. With 1,066 career receiving yards, Gesicki passed Jimmy Cefalo (1,058; 1974-77), who would have worn a helmet with his number 44 on the side, in addition to a gray facemask.

Gesicki has now totaled at least one grab in each of the last 18 consecutive games, with his final reception coming on a 3-yard catch in the final drive of the game.

Striped Socks
Barkley was seemingly unstoppable Saturday, logging a career-high 211 rushing yards in the win, marking his third career 200-yard game. His 211 rushing yards rank tied for 15th in Penn State program history alongside Eric McCoo (vs. Ohio State; 1999), Curtis Enis (vs. Ohio State; 1997) and Lydell Mitchell (at Iowa; 1971), who would have done so in striped socks, worn on game days from 1970-72. 

Barkley broke free for a 44-yard run in the third quarter before closing out the Nittany Lion scoring drive with his 8-yard rushing score.

Following a school-record 358 all-purpose yards at Iowa, Barkley is firmly slotted atop the FBS standings averaging 253 all-purpose yards per game headed into the week.

A Final Drive to Remember

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - As the team plane touched down in Happy Valley in the early morning hours following a gripping beginning to a 2017 Big Ten schedule, an air of excitement and energy was still swirling.

Just hours prior, the Nittany Lions silenced a fervent crowd of nearly 70,000 inside Kinnick Stadium as the final seconds of the game clock ticked toward zero.

With the outcome of the game hinging on one final play, Penn State head coach James Franklin called a timeout on fourth-and-goal to give the staff time to settle on just the right option. 

Juwan Johnson.

"We felt like with Juwan, we had a height advantage," Franklin said. "We could kind of slip him through the middle of the field. Trace hung in there and Will Fries and our offensive line battled to give us just enough time to get him through there."

With a margin of error reflected in mere inches, Penn State quarterback Trace McSorley found Johnson in exactly the right location for a 7-yard touchdown grab to lock up a 21-19 win.

Making the most of his first career touchdown catch, Johnson moved to the edge of the end zone and paused, or blacked out as he said. 

"I kind of dreamt about this," Johnson said. "This is the stuff that you dream about when you're so little and just for it to happen, it's just crazy to dream about and then it's crazy for it to happen in real life. When I caught it, it was just like a dream, I just dozed off, I just blacked out." 

Like Johnson also added though, when he came back from his delirious state, what's also crazy to him, is the way in which things line up, or how it just so happened that McSorley found him for the final play.

Johnson's heroics of course wouldn't be possible without McSorley, who embodied every sense of what Franklin calls the gut-it-win against the Hawkeyes.

"I told the guys in the locker room, 'if you look at any really good season, there's always one game where the team has to gut it out and find a way to win, and we were able to do that tonight,'" Franklin said.

While McSorley's 7-yard touchdown pass to Johnson will certainly loop on repeat for the most passionate of Nittany Lion fans, it wasn't the only heart-stopping situation where McSorley's performed. Sure, we saw it last year, even a bit earlier this year, but an even closer look is only few snaps prior to the end of Penn State's game-winning 12 play, 80-yard scoring drive in the final 1:42.

"He's amazing," Johnson said postgame about the certain special something that McSorley had. "He's literally magic. I don't know how he does it and I don't know how even Saquon [Barkley] does it but they make it happen and I'm just glad they're on our team."

McSorley found Johnson two times before the game-winner for catches of at least 12 yards, including an 18-yard grab to bring the Nittany Lions to the Iowa 24-yard line.

Helped out by an 8-yard run from running back Saquon Barkley, on third-and-10, Penn State called its first timeout of the drive with :58 on the clock staring down a fourth-and-2 situation.

"Two minutes, two timeouts, let's get it in the end zone," Barkley said, recounting what was streaming through his mind headed into the final drive.

Barkley later followed Johnson's 18-yard catch with a 14-yard grab and go from McSorley to set up first-and-goal at the Iowa 10-yard line.

Barkley of course, had been on all night, hurdling his way to a school-record 385 all-purpose yards, including his third career 200-yard rushing performance, that also saw him reach the 3,000 career rushing yards plateau as the seventh Nittany Lion in program history to achieve the milestone.

"The dude never ceases to surprise you with what he can do," McSorley said looking back on what he saw from Barkley in the win.

To circle back to Johnson though, perhaps things might not have lined up just as they did, if McSorley didn't come out of the break to find wide receiver Saeed Blacknall for a 6-yard catch, his only reception of the day and the one that gave the Nittany Lions a fresh set of downs to bring it home. 

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