Live updates: No. 3 Iowa football matches up against No. 4 Penn State

The Hawkeyes will take on the Nittany Lions in the first top-four matchup at Kinnick Stadium since 1985.


Jerod Ringwald

The Hawkeyes take the field during a football game between Iowa and Kent State at Kinnick Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021.

Chloe Peterson, Assistant Sports Editor

Hawkeye football is taking on No. 4 Penn State for a top-five Saturday afternoon matchup.

Both the Hawkeyes and the Nittany Lions are undefeated on the 2021 season at 5-0, and Iowa is hosting the first top-four matchup that doesn’t involve Ohio State and Michigan since 1962. Kinnick Stadium has not seen a top-four contest since 1985, when No. 1 Iowa took on No. 2 Michigan.

DI Pregame Editor Robert Read and Assistant Sports Editor Chloe Peterson are in the press box to cover the game. Follow along on Twitter at @dipregame and check back to this story for updates throughout the game. Other stories will also be posted to this weekend. The game is scheduled to kick off at 3:05 p.m. and will air on FOX.


Iowa opened as a 2.5 point favorite over Penn State, but the line has shrunk to IOWA -1.5 by Saturday.

Every player in Iowa’s two-deeps are available today. Senior offensive lineman Kyler Schott missed the first two weeks of the season with a preseason injury baling hay at his family farm, but recorded his first start against Maryland last Friday. Junior offensive lineman Justin Britt took limited snaps against Maryland last week, but is now fully healthy.

True freshman offensive lineman Connor Colby is listed as the first-string right guard against Penn State, and Britt lines up behind him. Iowa’s full starting offensive line includes redshirt freshman Mason Richman at left tackle, Schott at left guard, junior Tyler Linderbaum at center, Colby at right guard, and sophomore Nick DeJong at right tackle.

Coin toss: Penn State wins the toss, and defers. Iowa will receive in the north end zone to start the game.

13:07 1Q: Penn State defensive tackle PJ Mustipher is down, and helped off the field by trainers.

12:39 1Q: Iowa punts after Petras throws it to the Penn State sideline. Punter Tory Taylor records a punt downed at the 2-yard line.

12:35 1Q: Jestin Jacobs records an interception on Penn State’s first play of the game. Iowa takes over on Penn State’s 8-yard line.

11:08 1Q: Hawkeye kicker Caleb Shudak records Iowa’s first score of the game as he hits a 34-yard field goal. Iowa 3, Penn State 0. Iowa’s scoring play was four plays for minus eight yards.

8:37 1Q: Safety Jack Koerner is called for a pass interference, and Penn State scores a touchdown from Iowa’s 2-yard line. The extra kick is good, and Penn State leads, 7-3.

5:33 1Q: Koerner intercepts Penn State QB Sean Clifford’s pass in the Penn State end zone. Iowa will take over at the 20-yard line.

4:44 1QThe ball is tipped, and Petras throws his second interception of the season. Penn State takes back over at Iowa’s 39-yard line.

3:21 1Q: A 4-yard QB sneak by Clifford gives Penn State its second touchdown of the game. The extra kick is good, and Penn State leads, 14-3.

0:55 1Q: Iowa punts on fourth-and-12, and it sails into the end zone for a touchback. Penn State will take over on the 20-yard line.

12:31 2Q: Penn State hits a 32-yard field goal to end the first drive of the second quarter. Penn State 17, Iowa 3.

9:30 2Q: Penn State QB Sean Clifford is in the injury tent after a big hit from linebacker Jack Campbell.

7:08 2Q: Petras throws a 9-yard pass to wide receiver Charlie Jones for a touchdown. The kick by Shudak is good, and Iowa shortens the lead. PSU 17, Iowa 10.

6:46 2Q: Penn State QB Sean Clifford entered the locker room after a hit by Jack Campbell. Backup quarterback Ta’Quan Roberson will take over for the Nittany Lions.

5:30 2Q: Penn State goes three-and-out with three consecutive false start calls, and punts to Iowa’s 41-yard line.

1:30 2Q: Cornerback Riley Moss records an interception at midfield, but is down after the play. Moss limped off the field with assistance and went into the medical tent.

Half: Penn State 17, Iowa 10.

Penn State quarterback Sean Clifford is out for the game. Backup QB Ta’Quan Roberson will take over for the Nittany Lions.

Hawkeye cornerback Riley Moss has also been ruled out for the game, and backup Terry Roberts will replace him on the field.

6:40 3Q: Hawkeye Deontae Craig sacks Roberson at the 34-yard line, and Penn State will attempt a field goal that sails through the goal posts. Penn State leads, 20-10.

1:36 3Q: After Iowa cannot convert on third down, Shudak converts on a 48-yard field goal. Iowa is back within one possession, as PSU leads, 20-13.

0:18 3Q: Penn State punts from its own 30-yard line, and Jones is tackled on his reception. Iowa will take over at its own 15-yard line.

11:58 4Q: Taylor hits a 53-yard punt that is downed at the 1-yard line. Penn State will take over to attempt a 99-yard drive.

10:35 4Q: Penn State only gained three yards from its 1-yard line, and punts out of bounds. Iowa will start on the 50 yard line.

8:08 4Q: After a 48-yard completion to Keagan Johnson, Iowa cannot convert another first down. Shudak’s 35-yard field goal is good, and Iowa has cut its deficit to four points. PSU 20, Iowa 16.

6:35 4Q: After multiple false start and chopping block penalties, Penn State punts from its own 6-yard line to Penn State’s 44. Iowa will take over at midfield.

6:26 4Q: Nico Ragaini catches a 44-yard pass score a touchdown on the first play of the drive, and the extra point by Shudak is good. Iowa leads, 23-20.

3:39 4Q: Penn State cannot convert a fourth down, and Iowa takes over on its own 45-yard line.

FINAL: Iowa wins, 23-20.

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