Iowa Stuns No. 3 Penn St.; Alabama Wins for Saban

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 8, 2008 9:31 PM CST
Iowa's Daniel Murray (1) celebrates after kicking the game-winning field goal.   (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
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(Newser) – Iowa shocked third-ranked Penn State with a last-second field goal, all but eliminating Joe Paterno's hopes for a third national title, the Des Moines Register reports. Backup kicker Daniel Murray booted a 31-yarder to defeat the Nittany Lions 24-23. Elsewhere, No. 1 Alabama needed overtime to beat LSU 27-21, giving coach Nick Saban an emotional win at his former school, the AP notes. No. 2 Texas Tech crushed Oklahoma State, 56-20.

"We need to keep our heads up," said the 81-year-old Paterno after his team's first loss of the season. "We can still have one heck of a year." Penn State will now gun for the Big Ten title and a Rose Bowl berth, but the BCS championship is likely out of reach. "I knew I was going to make it," said sophomore kicker Murray. Iowa trailed 24-13 heading into the final quarter.