Iowa Defense Shuts Down PSU Freshman, 24-3

No. 17 Iowa jumped out to a 10-0 first quarter lead to down No. 22 Penn State on Saturday night 24-3.

Iowa City – Penn State head coach Joe Paterno summed it up well, "you have to beat them, they don't beat themselves."

No. 17 Iowa jumped out to a 10-0 first quarter lead to down No. 22 Penn State on Saturday night 24-3.

The Nittany Lions' offense had been hindered by Iowa in their last few meetings, and it was no different on Saturday night.

The Hawks front seven proved to be too much for true-freshman quarterback Robert Bolden. After only managing to put up three points against Alabama weeks ago, Bolden found the Iowa defense and 70,000 fans in attendance to be just as tough.

In the middle of the 3rd quarter, the Hawks stopped the freshman on fourth-and-goal from the one yard line to keep a 17-3 lead. Penn State's offense was never able to recover after that point.

In the fourth, Iowa's Shaun Prater returned an interception 33 yards for a TD with 1:27 left, to put Iowa up 24-3. Bolden threw for 212 yards, going 20 for 37 in the process.

"It kind of gives me an extra boost to watch our defense, because they're exciting," sad Iowa receiver Marvin McNutt. "They're going to give me momentum."

The Iowa defense did an even better job containing All-Big Ten running back Evan Royster. The senior, who passed on an early chance for the NFL last year, managed only 56 yards on 10 carries.

"It's a big momentum boost,"McNutt said. "The offense can feed off that and the defense can feed off that."

Stanzi threw for 227 yards and a touchdown, completing 16 for 22 passes. The senior had one interception, but most of the night managed to make great decisions under center.

Iowa has now won eight of the last nine meetings with Penn State. The 21 point win is the largest margin of victory over Penn State in the two's series.

Iowa running back Adam Robinson rushed for 95 yards on 28 carries, proving to be the workhorse in the Hawks offense again. No other Iowa running back recorded a carry.

Iowa now has a bye week, before traveling to Ann Arbor to face Top 20 Michigan.


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