No. 18 Iowa traveled to face No. 17 Penn State and the Hawkeyes came up just short, losing 30-24.

Iowa was driving down the field with under 1:00 left, but couldn’t find the end-zone. Penn State stopped the Hawkeyes’ final play and moved to 6-2 overall.

The Nittany Lions may not catch the winner of Michigan-Ohio State at the end of the year, but beating a top 20 team in Iowa is always satisfying. After the game, Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz spoke with the media.

In particular, he brought up Nittany Lions QB Trace McSorley. McSorley was dinged up for a portion of the game, but when he came back in, he gave Penn State exactly what it needed.

Ferentz talked up the senior signal caller and the leadership he brings to Penn State:

Ferentz knows how special McSorley is. As does Penn State, of course.

When the final whistle blew, McSorley had 167 yards passing, 1 TD and 1 INT. He added 63 yards and another score on the ground.

Statistics don’t speak, though. And McSorley does much more than what some numbers can say.