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Iowa 41, Penn State 21: What Twitter Had to Say

Folks.... Penn State Twitter is NOT happy

NCAA Football: Iowa at Penn State Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Prior to the start of Saturday’s game at Beaver Stadium, Penn State fans were just hoping for a win.

Unfortunately, fans did not get what they so badly yearned for. Instead, the Nittany Lions are now 0-5 this season.

Even though Iowa moved the ball down the field on their opening drive, the Nittany Lion defense stiffened and forced a field goal. This was followed by a Penn State drive that culminated in a Keyvone Lee touchdown run.

Follow Lee’s touchdown run, the Nittany Lions appeared to have momentum. Unfortunately, that did not last long. The rest of the first half Penn State was physically manhandled and dominated. Especially the Nittany Lion defense and offensive line.

One of the few players who showed up today for Penn State’s defense was defensive end Shaka Toney.

Toney finsihed the game with a pair of sacks and a forced fumble. He had multiple TFLs, blew up multiple plays, and was one defensive end who did a great job of containing the edge on off-tackle runs by Iowa.

Fans were not happy with the play calling of offensive coordinator Kirk Ciarrocca, either.

While, for a variety of reasons, it’s difficult to put too much blame at the feet of Ciarrocca this season, there has been some questionable play calling. Especially in the red zone and on 3rd and 4th and short.

Throughout the game the Penn State defensive line was mauled. To be honest, this was one of the worst games I have ever witnessed from a Nittany Lion defensive end. The worst part is, the defensive line has been pushed around for much of the season.

After Will Levis fumbled for the third time, he was yanked from the game. This led to former starter Sean Clifford coming into the game. Cliff proceeded to complete his first two pass attempts, for 96 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

Unfortunately, Clifford’s hot start did not last. The rest of the way Clifford was 11/20 for 78 yards and two interceptions. We also saw a lot of what has plagued Clifford in the past (happy feet, poor throws, not reading the defense) return.

With 3:27 remaining in the game and trailing 34-21, James Franklin made the interesting decision to punt. This, rightfully so, did not sit well with Penn State fans.

Yes, it was 4th & 17. That said, when you’re trailing my multiple scored with less than 4:00 minutes to go in the game it HAS to be four down territory. Just has to. That was inexcusable by Franklin.

We’ll leave you with this, as Penn State is 0-5 for the first time in program’s history.