Iowa hosts Penn State on Saturday Night

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IOWA CITY(KWWL)–

Two years — two heatbreaking losses —

“Looking back at those games it can definitely be frustrating to see that we came so close — and you fall short.”

Last season – with a chance to go ahead late — a goalline interception sealed the Hawkeyes fate —

one year earlier — under the lights of Kinnick — Trace McSorley and Juwon Johnson hooked up on the final play of the game to stun Iowa in a 21-19 win —

but the Hawks made it clear this week — they’ve moved on —

“Last year is last year. The year before that is the year before that. None of that matters.”

What does matter is that Penn State comes in with the second best scoring defense in the country — leading the nation with 5 sacks per game — which is significant just one week after the Hawkeyes gave up 8 sacks in Ann Arbor —

“They have great athletes, much like that team we played last week in Michigan, so we know they’re going to pin your ears back and rush extremely hard.”

And while Penn State’s defenders have been stout all year — so has the Hawks — which is the third best scoring defense in the country — and they’ve got another advantage with a wild crowd under the lights of Kinnick —

“They’re already loud and crazy, but when you turn those lights on it’s like a whole another notch.”

“The crowd’s going to be in to it. The players are going to be in to it. It’s going to be a wild game.”

and the Hawkeyes aren’t just playing to end their own streak — but also that of the Big Ten West — Penn State has 11 straight wins against the West division — and Iowa would love to see that stopped under the lights — In Iowa City — Mark Woodley — News Seven KWWL —

Rick Coleman

Rick Coleman

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