Late pick pre­serves vic­tory

Baltimore Sun Sunday - - FRONT PAGE -

STATE COL­LEGE, Pa. — Nick Scott in­ter­cepted a pass to thwart Iowa at the Penn State 2 with 3 min­utes, 18 sec­onds left and the No. 17 Nit­tany Lions held on to avoid a third straight home loss with a 30-24 win Sat­ur­day over the No. 18 Hawkeyes.

Penn State (6-2, 3-2 Big Ten) needed one last de­fen­sive stand to hold off Iowa (6-2, 3-2), which got to the Nit­tany Lions 44 with less than a minute left.

On fourth-and-10 with 7 sec­onds left, Penn State’s pass rush swarmed Nate Stan­ley, who flipped back­ward to of­fen­sive tackle Tris­tan Wirfs. The 300pounder rum­bled 15 yards be­fore be­ing dragged down with no time left.

It was a fit­ting end to an odd game with lit­tle sus­tained of­fense. Iowa scored on two safeties and a touch­down pass by punter Colten Rastet­ter to de­fen­sive tackle Sam Brincks on a faked field goal in the first half. Penn State played three se­ries in the se­cond quar­ter with­out start­ing quar­ter­back Trace McSor­ley.

McSor­ley was sand­wiched by two Hawkeyes de­fend­ers as he tried to scram­ble and stayed down, grab­bing his right leg. The Beaver Sta­dium crowd fell silent as ath­letic train­ers at­tended to the se­nior. He got up with as­sis­tance and had help to take a few steps be­fore walk­ing off on his own with a limp. The 6-foot, 202-pound McSor­ley has started 35 straight games for Penn State since the start of the 2016 sea­son.

McSor­ley be­gan the se­cond half and broke free for a 51-yard touch­down run.

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