It was another struggle for the Iowa offense and a second straight frustrating loss to a ranked team, as Penn State remained undefeated Saturday night at Kinnick Stadium.
Final score: No. 10 Penn State (6-0, 3-0) 17, No. 17 Iowa (4-2, 1-2) 12
It was a similar story as last week's Iowa loss, 10-3 at Michigan — at least until Brandon Smith made one of the catches of the year for a 33-yard touchdown with 2:31 remaining.
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But it came too late, as the Hawkeyes were unable to get the ball back and Penn State kneeled out the clock.
Iowa gained 356 yards of offense, but still struggled on the ground with just 70 rushing yards.
The Nittany Lions scored 10 points off two Iowa turnovers, converting a Tyler Goodson fumble into a 33-yard Jake Pinegar field goal in the third and a Nate Stanley interception into a 5-yard Noah Cain TD run in the fourth.
KJ Hamler caught seven passes for 61 yards and the go-ahead score in the second quarter. Cain ran for 102 yards on 22 carries.
Keith Duncan was 2 of 3 on field goals for the Hawkeyes, who trailed 7-6 at halftime.
IOWA — Keith Duncan 47 field goal (3-0 IOWA, 2:12 1st)
PSU — KJ Hamler 22 pass from Sean Clifford; Jake Pinegar kick (7-3 PSU, 8:36 2nd)
IOWA — Duncan 24 field goal (7-6 PSU, 0:20 2nd)
PSU — Pinegar 33 field goal (10-6 PSU, 2:08 3rd)
PSU — Noah Cain 5 run; Pinegar kick (17-6 PSU, 5:17 4th)
IOWA — Brandon Smith 33 pass from Nate Stanley; PAT pass failed (17-12 PSU, 2:31 4th)