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The Day The Hero Was A Hero
Jack McCallum
September 24, 1984
An opportune tackle by hero back Michael Zordich helped underdog Penn State win 20-17 over Iowa
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September 24, 1984

The Day The Hero Was A Hero

An opportune tackle by hero back Michael Zordich helped underdog Penn State win 20-17 over Iowa

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In the shadow of Todd Blackledge, now a rookie starter for the Kansas City Chiefs, for one place. Strang wound up 11-of-27 for 157 yards against Iowa and was at his best during a 13-play, 82-yard second-quarter drive. The final play was a 24-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Herb Bellamy that put Penn State up 13-3. Harmon returned the ensuing kick-off 50 yards to the Nittany Lions' 44. Six plays later, with just four seconds left in the half, he scored on a run that closed the gap to 13-10.

In the second half, Penn State's offense stopped Strangling itself. Early in the fourth quarter, Strang went over on a one-yard sneak after marching the Lions 61 yards in 11 plays. Long countered with a TD sneak of his own after leading the Hawkeyes on an even more impressive 80-yard drive to make the score 20-17 with 10:01 to go.

But when Iowa got the ball back, Zordich came up with the big hit that made a hero out of the hero.

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