In our weekly column, we check in on some of Penn State's past football opponents and what’s going on with the teams the Nittany Lions have already faced.
Akron Zips (4-4)
Bombed by the Rockets
The Akron Zips had their first MAC loss 48-21 to the now 6-1 Toledo Rockets. Toledo had 626 yards of total offense, led by quarterback Logan Woodside, who threw for 304 yards and five touchdowns on 17-of-24.
Toledo scored 21 unanswered points in the first quarter for a 21-0 lead. Akron had their first touchdown in the second quarter on a trick play to tight end Kobie Booker, and held the Rockets to just a field goal for a Toledo 24-7 lead at the half. But in the third quarter, Toledo scored 14 more unanswered points, leading 38-7. Akron scored two touchdowns in the fourth, but Toledo scored 10 and the Zips couldn’t keep up.
Zips quarterback Thomas Woodson went 18-of-33 for 205 yards and two touchdowns. Wide receiver Tra'Von Chapman only managed 70 yards and a touchdown on six receptions.
Defensively, Ulysees Gilbert, Ibrahima Camara and Jamal Davis led the Zips with eight tackles each.
Up Next: Buffalo Bulls (3-5)
Pitt Panthers (3-5)
The Pitt Panthers upset the Duke Blue Devils 24-17, breaking a two-game losing streak.
Pitt scored first with a Darrin Hall 79 yard touchdown. Duke had a field goal before the half but Pitt held the lead 7-3. In the third quarter Duke scored 14 unanswered points, but Pitt followed with an impressive 92 yard touchdown run by Hall, breaking a 100 year old school record.
One of the biggest game moments was a disputed catch in the fourth quarter. Ben DiNucci threw downfield to Jester Weah, but replays showed the Blue Devils with the interception. The call was simultaneous possession, giving the Panthers the ball, which set up a Hall touchdown minutes later.
With Pitt up 21-17, a field goal brought the score to 24-17. In the last 45 seconds of the game, Panthers’ safety Jordan Whitehead had an interception to seal the deal. Whitehead also snagged a team high 10 tackles for the day.
Hall rushed for career highs of 254 yards and three touchdowns. Qadree Ollison carried three times for 17 yards. Quarterback Ben DiNucci was just 8 of 18 for 149 yards but didn’t turn the ball over.
Up Next: Virginia Cavaliers (5-2)
Georgia State Panthers (3-3)
Lost to Troy
After a three-game winning streak, the Georgia State Panthers had their first Sun Belt loss, 34-10, to the Troy Trojans.
The Panthers took the lead 3-0 in the first quarter, but the Trojans responded with a 49-yard touchdown pass for the 7-3 lead. Two more Troy touchdowns made the score 21-3 at the half. The Trojans scored 13 more points in the second half, and the Panthers only scored 7 more in the fourth quarter on a three yard pass to Penny Hart.
Georgia State quarterback Conner Manning completed 25 of 40 passes for 255 yards and a touchdown, but was sacked four times. The Panthers were held to just 52 rushing yards.
Glenn Smith led the Panthers with eight catches for 70 yards, and Tamir Jones finished with 75 yards on five catches. Hart was held to just five catches for 32 yards and a touchdown.
Up Next: South Alabama (3-4)
Iowa Hawkeyes (4-3)
Lost to Northwestern
In an overtime heartbreaker, the Iowa Hawkeyes lost 17-10 to the Northwestern Wildcats .
The first quarter was scoreless, but in the second quarter the Hawkeyes took a 7-0 lead. In the third quarter, Northwestern tied the score 7-7 then took a 10-7 lead in the fourth on a field goal. With just 1:30 left in the game, Iowa’s Miguel Recinos had a career-long 48-yard field goal to tie the game at 10.
In overtime, the Hawkeyes couldn’t stop a quarterback sneak by Wildcat Clayton Thorson that led to a Northwestern 17-10 win.
Iowa quarterback Nathan Stanley finished 19-of-33 for 223 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Iowa's offense was limited to just 89 rushing yards.
Hawkeye running back Akrum Wadley rushed 26 times for 90 yards, and wide receiver Matt VandeBerg had three receptions for a season high 90 yards with a career-long 61-yard reception.
On the Iowa defense, linebacker Josey Jewell -- the conference leader in tackles with 70 -- didn't play because of a shoulder injury, and safety Brandon Snyder also didn’t play. Bo Bower had 12 tackles, and Ben Niemann had 11 tackles and a pass breakup.
Up Next: Minnesota Golden Gophers (4-3)
Northwestern Wildcats (4-3)
Defeated the Hawkeyes
The Northwestern Wildcats beat the Iowa Hawkeyes 17-10 in overtime.
Overall, Northwestern finished with a 339-312 advantage in total offense, passing for 192 yards and rushing for 147 more.
Northwestern's all-time leading rusher, senior Justin Jackson, had 93 yards in the game, moving him into eighth place all-time on the Big Ten career rushing yards list at 4,732 yards.
Wildcats’ quarterback Clayton Thorson completed 21-of-36 passes for 192 yards, along with 23 rushing yards and the game-winning rushing touchdown. Macan Wilson led all Wildcat receivers with a career-high five receptions for 47 yards.
On the defense for Northwestern, Joe Gaziano had a career-high six tackles and two sacks and two tackles for a loss, and Alonzo Mayo had a career-high seven tackles.
Up Next: Michigan State (6-1)
Indiana Hoosiers (3-4)
Stopped by the Spartans
The Indiana Hoosiers just can’t catch a break this season, losing 17-9 to the No. 16 Michigan State Spartans.
It was a game of field goals with no touchdowns scored until the fourth quarter.
In the first quarter, Indiana recovered a Michigan State fumble at the Spartan 15 to set up a field goal, putting Indiana in the lead 3-0. In the second quarter, the Spartans responded with a field goal to tie 3-3 at the half.
The Hoosiers took the lead 6-3 in the third quarter, then kicked another field goal in the fourth to go up 9-3.
The Spartans took possession with 9:07 left to play in the game and scored to go ahead 10-9. The Hoosiers couldn’t score again, and with just 1:49 left in the game, the Spartans ran it in for a touchdown for a final nail in the coffin and a 17-9 win.
Indiana kicker Griffin Oakes made three field goals, giving him 63 for his career, tied for the ninth most in Big Ten history.
Simmie Cobbs Jr. (53 yards) and Luke Timian (33 yards) each had a game-high seven receptions. Hoosier quarterback Peyton Ramsey completed 22 passes for 158 yards.
Indiana safety Chase Dutra led the team with a career-high 14 tackles while linebacker Chris Covington recorded a career-high 11 tackles 2 TFLs and a sack.
Up Next: Maryland Terrapins (3-4)