Lions lose to Iowa, sink to 0-5 for first time; Freiermuth out for year
UNIVERSITY PARK — For the first time in their history, the Nittany Lions are 0-5.
Penn State was drubbed by Iowa, 41-21, Saturday at Beaver Stadium, and it’s suddenly looking like a real possibility that the Nittany Lions could actually go through the season without a win.
For the fifth-straight game, the Nits found themselves down by double-digits in the first half, which ended with Iowa leading 24-7.
The Lions committed four turnovers — two interceptions and two lost fumbles.
“The story of the game and the story of the season has been turnovers,’ James Franklin said afterward. “We have to get it corrected.”
Quarterback Will Levis made his first start of the season, replacing Sean Clifford, and completed 13-of-16 for 106 yards. Levis also rushed 15 times for 34 yards but fumbled twice.
With the Lions down 31-7, Clifford entered in the third quarter and threw a pair of touchdown passes (to Brenton Strange and Jahan Dotson), bringing the Lions within 31-21 at the end of the third quarter, but they could get no closer.
Penn State was without tight end Pat Freiermuth, who is out for the season after having surgery for an injury suffered against Ohio State, Franklin confirmed after the game.
Iowa, now 3-2, won its third-straight game and broke a six-game losing streak to PSU.
The Lions visit Michigan on Saturday. Kickoff and TV plans will be announced Sunday.
The Mirror will have a full report in Penn State Extra on Monday.