No. 24 Hawkeyes fall to No. 7 Penn State

UNIVERSITY PARK, Penn. – The No. 24/22 Iowa Hawkeyes were defeated by No. 7/7 Penn State, 31-0, on a rainy Saturday night at Beaver Stadium.

The Nittany Lions outgained the Hawkeyes 397 yards to 76 yards and ran 97 plays to Iowa’s 33.

Cade McNamara connected on 5-of-14 passes for 42 yards. Deacon Hill connected on 1-of-2 passes for 14 yards.

The Hawkeye rushers were led by Kamari Moulton with 18 yards on six rushes. Erick All led the team in receiving with 35 yards on three receptions.

Jay Higgins led Iowa with 18 tackles (10 solo) followed by Nick Jackson with 13 tackles (eight solo) and Jackson led the team with 2.5 tackles for loss.

Tory Taylor punted seven times for 366 yards with four punts being downed inside the 20-yard line.


“Needless to say, disappointing game and disappointing outcome for us. We never got into a position to put stress on our opponents. Credit goes to them, they’ve got a really good football team. Played pretty much flawless tonight, obviously we helped them along. Turnovers didn’t help and some penalties. Outside of that, not a lot to say. Tough loss for us, we will move forward, the biggest thing is to get back to work tomorrow so we can learn from this. It is all about pushing forward, lotta football left right now, that is going to be the key thing as we move forward.”


  • On Penn State’s second drive of the game the Nittany Lions use drove 53-yards over 17 plays and 7:28 before connecting on a 46-yard field goal.
  • After an Iowa turnover Penn State drove 39 yards over 10 plays and Drew Allar connected with Khalil Dinkins for a nine-yard touchdown.
  • On the opening drive of the second half Penn State drove 75 yards over 6:50 and 15 plays to score on a two-yard touchdown pass from Allard to Tyler Warren.
  • The Nittany Lions scored on a seven-yard touchdown pass from Allar to Warren to cap a 12 play 71-yard drive that elapsed 5:50.
  • Following an Iowa fumble Penn State used eight plays to go 19-yards and connect on a three-yard touchdown pass from Allar to KeAndre Lambert-Smith.
  • Iowa’s three linebackers – Jay Higgins, Nick Jackson and Kyler Fisher – combined for 38 tackles in the game.
    • Higgins finished with 18 tackles (10 in the first half), including 10 solo stops. It is his second game this season (and third of his career) finishing with 10 or more stops.
      • Higgins’ 18 tackles are the most by a Hawkeye since Jack Campbell had 18 against Colorado State in 2021.
  • Jackson had a season-high 13 tackles, including 2.5 tackles for loss. It is his first game with 10 or more tackles as a Hawkeye and 21st game in his career.
    • Fisher had a career-high seven tackles.
  • DL Ethan Hurkett had a career-high nine tackles. DL Yahya Black and DL Joe Evans both had career-highs with seven tackles.
  • P Tory Taylor had a season-long 62-yard punt in the second quarter. Taylor punted seven times for 366 yards for a career-best 52.3 average.
  • Iowa was shut out for the first time since 2000.
  • The Hawkeye defense finished with a season-high six tackles for loss, including a team-best 2.5 TFL for LB Nick Jackson.
  • Iowa lost its first fumble of the season on its second possession. Penn State turned the turnover into three points – the first points an opponent has scored off a turnover this season.
  • Penn State won the toss and deferred. The Hawkeyes have played 305 games under head coach Kirk Ferentz. Iowa has opened the game on offense 223 times (142-81). The Hawkeyes have opened the game on defense 82 times (47-35).

The Hawkeyes return to action Sept. 30, hosting Michigan State at Kinnick Stadium. The game will kick off at 6:30 p.m. (CT) and be televised live on NBC/Peacock.