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Penn State falls to Iowa and drops to 0-5 for first time in school history

STATE COLLEGE — For the first time in their history, the Nittany Lions are 0-5.

Penn State was drubbed by Iowa, 41-21, Saturday at Beaver Stadium, and it’s suddenly looking like a real possibility that the Nittany Lions could actually go through the season without a win.

For the fifth-straight game, the Nits found themselves down by double-digits in the first half, which ended with Iowa leading 24-7.

Quarterback Will Levis made his first start of the season, replacing Sean Clifford, and completed 13-of-16 for 106 yards. Levis also rushed 15 times for 34 yards but fumbled twice.

With the Lions down 31-7, Clifford entered in the third quarter and threw a pair of touchdown passes (to Brenton Strange and Jahan Dotson), bringing the Lions within 31-21 at the end of the third quarter, but they could get no closer.

Penn State was without tight end Pat Freiermuth, who was out with an undisclosed injury.

Iowa, now 3-2, won its third-straight game and broke a six-game losing streak to PSU.

The Lions visit Michigan on Saturday. Kickoff and TV plans will be announced Sunday.

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