Trace McSorley leaves game with apparent leg injury

Florence Fletcher
November 1, 2018

Twitter was blowing up Saturday evening as the Iowa football team blew an important game against a tough Penn State Nittany Lion program. A win for the Hawkeyes over Penn State would elevate Iowa quite a bit. The Hawkeyes lost on the last play a season ago at home and were embarrassed 45-14 the last time they played in Beaver Stadium. They have also become a sneaky playoff contender. Penn State has looked miserable in the two games since the close Ohio State loss - losing outright as a big favorite to Michigan State, and then failing to cover a two-touchdown number against Indiana.

"My concern right now is Trace is carrying too much of the load on offense", coach James Franklin said Tuesday.

Geno Stone's pick-6 sparked Penn State's offensive near-meltdown in the fourth quarter, cutting the lead to just 3 points.

"Bottom line, he's a victor", Ferentz said.

This year's edition of Penn State-Michigan will feature two vastly different teams than what they were last season and also two teams looking to spoil each other's season.

Meanwhile, Iowa is staging one of its anonymous marches through the Big Ten.

"We had a great defensive plan", Stone said. He has crunched the numbers and discovered a crucial x-factor that makes one side of the spread a must-play Saturday.

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Franklin has said in his weekly press conferences Pinegar needs to translate his practices to gamedays.

While McSorley pushed back on that, his workload has increased.

A three-year starter, McSorley entered Saturday with 1,462 passing yards on the season along with 11 touchdowns.

The Nittany Lions will have to defend those Iowa tight ends in the first half without starting safety Garrett Taylor, who will sit out after being called for a targeting foul last week against Indiana.

Nittany Lions WR KJ Hamler leads the team with 401 receiving yards on 22 receptions.

Without context, you might think Penn State's quarterbacks weren't all that spectacular against the Hawkeyes. Between the injuries and inconsistent play, there could be an opportunity for some younger players like Jahan Dotson, Cam Sullivan-Brown, and Daniel George to play.

With quarterback Alex Hornibrook missing the game because of a concussion and the defense without several injured starters, it was simply a rough afternoon for Wisconsin. Cornerback Matt Hankins (wrist) is more uncertain and could miss is fourth straight game. The senior won't start, but should see time in reserve.

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