The Penn State Nittany Lions opened up Big Ten play on Saturday night on the road, which was a recipe for a possible upset for the fourth-ranked team in the country. It looked as if that's exactly what was going to happen before Trace McSorley found Juwan Johnson for a seven-yard touchdown pass as time expired for a 21-19 win over the Hawkeyes. The win snaps a three-game losing streak for Penn State as a ranked visitor in Iowa City. They lost as a No. 3 team in 2008, a No. 5 team in 2009, and as a No. 23 team in 2010. The game-winning touchdown pass capped off a 65-yard drive that lasted 1:42 to complete the comeback from a 19-15 deficit. Penn State had led 15-7 early on in the fourth quarter, before the Hawkeyes used a 70-yard touchdown pass from Nathan Stanley to Akrum Wadley, who also added a 35-yard scoring run to give the home team the lead. This fact was actually hard to believe for those watching the game, as the Hawkeyes were out-gained 579-273 in total offense by the defending Big Ten Champions, yet they were able to keep things interesting. The Nittany Lions used McSorley, as well as Saquon Barkley to rack up the yards. Barkley had 211 rushing yards, 94 yards on 12 catches, and 53 yards on kick returns. McSorley's game-winning touchdown was his only throwing score of the game, as he did finish with 284 yards through the air. The now 4-0 Penn State Nittany Lions will host Indiana in their first conference home game next Saturday, while the Hawkeyes hit the road for the first time in conference play next week against Michigan State.
TCU Tops Oklahoma State For Upset Win
It was a game full of offense, which was more than expected in the ranked Big 12 matchup on Saturday afternoon. In the end, it was the 16th-ranked TCU Horned Frogs pulling off the upset of No. 6 Oklahoma State on the road with a 44-31 victory. Darius Anderson ran for a career-high 160 yards and three touchdowns to lead the TCU offense, which paved the way to 466 total yards on the night. The defense also stepped up, forcing four turnovers, including two interceptions from quarterback Mason Rudolph. TCU used 14-point quarters in the second and third to pull away halfway through, as Anderson had scores of 28 and six yards in that span. Kenny Hill looked good throwing the ball for TCU, finishing with 228 yards and did not turn the ball over. Despite the two interceptions, Rudolph did compile 398 passing yards and two touchdowns for the Cowboys. His top two targets were James Washington, who had six catches for 153 yards, and Marcell Ateman, who also had six catches but for 100 yards. The loss was the first of the season for Oklahoma State, who looked to be on their way in to the Top 5 if they were able to pull off the big conference win. Anderson added a 42-yard touchdown run late in the fourth for TCU to squash any chance of a Cowboys' comeback. The Horned Frogs are now expected to move up in the AP Polls, as they will host West Virginia after enjoying a bye next week. Meanwhile, Oklahoma State looks to get back on track on the road against Texas Tech.
Knicks Deal Anthony to Thunder
The Carmelo Anthony saga in New York is officially over, which has much of the NBA breathing a sigh of relief, although, his landing spot may cause some havoc in the Western Conference. The Knicks deal Anthony to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Saturday afternoon, as they received Enes Kanter, Dough McDermott, and a 2018 second-round pick. The 33-year-old waived his no-trade clause for this deal, which teams him up with Russell Westbrook and Paul George for at least next season. Reports came out on Friday night that Anthony would only waive the clause for a trade to the Thunder, Cleveland Cavaliers, or the Houston Rockets. Both George and Anthony can become free agents next summer, as the former Knick and Nugget has two years and $54 million left on his current deal. Although, he does have a player option that he can decline for the 2018-19 campaign. Controversy surrounded the All-Star's entire tenure with the Knicks, with most of it coming from his disagreements with Phil Jackson, Despite Jackson no longer being with the organization, he still wanted to move on with his career and give himself a better shot at an NBA Title. The blockbuster trade will become official once Anthony passes his physical, which will take place on Monday afternoon in Oklahoma City.