STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Penn State running back Saquon Barkley didn’t use the phrase give up.
But that’s what is essentially what he described when talking about Iowa in the second half of a 41-14 loss to No. 12 Penn State on Saturday.
“You can see it when they don’t want to be there no more,” Barkley said.
He noticed when Iowa quarterback C.J. Beathard threw an interception to Penn State safety Troy Apke in the fourth quarter.
“After that pick, you could just tell the way we stormed the field,” Barkley said, “the way we took the field, it just felt different.”
The Nittany Lions scored a touchdown on their next play, a 44-yard pass from quarterback Trace McSorley to Barkley.
“You can kind of see it in the defensive demeanor,” Barkley said, “just the way they approach the field when you are gashing them and gashing them. That is the mentality we have and the mentality that (offensive coordinator Joe) Morehead instills in our offense, that killer mentality, finish them.”
Iowa never found a way to stop Penn State. The Nittany Lions scored a touchdown on their first possession and would score four more touchdowns.
The Hawkeyes allowed 599 total yards. It was the most since Wisconsin put up 604 in 1999. The 359 Penn State rushing yards were the third most by an opponent in since Kirk Ferentz became head coach.
This was the third straight game Iowa allowed at least 423 total yards.
“They ran a bunch of stuff that we thought they would,” Iowa linebacker Josey Jewell said. “There were a couple of small things, but we didn’t come to play.”
And Barkley noticed it.