STATE COLLEGE — Penn State dropped three spots to No. 7 in the latest Associated Press Top 25 Poll following its 23-20 loss at then-No. 3 Iowa on Saturday.
The Hawkeyes vaulted to No. 2 on the strength of their win against the Nittany Lions and the loss of then-No. 1 Alabama to Texas A&M late in the day.
Georgia moved to No. 1 in the AP poll for the first time in the regular season since 1982. American Athletic Conference member Cincinnati claimed No. 3 in the latest AP rankings. Alabama fell to No. 5.
Big Ten East members Ohio State (No. 6), Michigan (No. 8) and Michigan State (No. 10) round out the conference’s representatives in the top 25.
Penn State (5-1, 2-1 Big Ten) led Iowa, 17-3, in the second quarter before starting quarterback Sean Clifford headed to the locker room with an undisclosed injury. Clifford returned to the sideline wearing a T-shirt in place of his jersey at the start of the third quarter. He did not return to the game.
Iowa outscored Penn State, 20-3, during Clifford’s absence.
Penn State backup quarterback Ta’Quan Roberson was 7-of-21 passing for 34 yards with two interceptions in relief of Clifford.
The Nittany Lions are idle this week, then host Illinois at noon on Oct. 23.
Penn State has remaining games against AP-ranked teams Ohio State (Oct. 30), Michigan (Nov. 13) and Michigan State (Nov. 27).