Three takeaways from No. 10 Penn State's 17-12 victory over No. 17 Iowa

The Nittany Lions’ custom of rotating four running backs in every game to this point may be coming to an end if freshman Noah Cain has any say about it.

The 5-foot-10, 206-pound Cain runs with power and rarely goes down on the first hit, and head coach James Franklin notes he almost always falls ahead when he’s going down.

Penn State appeared to be in good shape to extend its lead in the third quarter after linebacker Jan Johnson recovered a fumble at the Iowa 16, and tight end Pat Freiermuth appeared to score when he lunged over the goal line to finish a 16-yard pass from Sean Clifford.

But after a lengthy review, the referee ruled that Freiermuth’s knee touched down with the ball a foot short of the goal line, even though television commentators said the touchdown should have stood.

Jake Pinegar kicked a 33-yard field goal to end one of the strangest drives seen in some time.

The Hawkeyes did what they do – trying to establish the run, play-action passes, a strong defense – and the Lions did not appear as smooth on either side of the football as they had been.

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