Iowa/PSU Simulation: Overview

Each week, we fire up the Xbox 360 and see what NCAA Football 2008 thinks might happen this week. As Iowa travels to Penn State, most fans believe it will be a defensive battle. That wasn't far from the truth, with one team coming out ahead 20-17. Find out who in this free simulation update.

Iowa, coming off a tough loss at home to Indiana at Kinnick, rolled into State College looking to bounce back. Iowa took the opening kick down into Penn State territory, with Austin Signor hitting a 45 yard field goal to put the Hawkeyes up 3-0. Two drives later, Penn State had first and goal at the 5, before the Hawkeyes picked off a pass to end the threat.

Penn State put together two scoring TD drives, late in the first and in the middle of the second quarters to put Iowa behind the 8 ball with an 11 point lead going into the half.

They added to their lead in the first half on a Kevin Kelly field goal, putting the Lions up 17-3. The Hawkeye offense awoke from its slumber in the third quarter, with a 19 yard touchdown strike to Derrell Johnson-Koulianos. After another three-and-out, the Hawkeyes hit quickly with a 53-yard pass down the sideline to Derrell Johnson-Koulianos, giving him his second score of the day.

With 2:00 left in the game, Kevin Kelly hit a 49 yard field goal to put the Lions up 20-17. The Hawkeyes couldn't quite pull out the win, however, falling 20-17 after failing to convert a fourth down near midfield.

SCORING SUMMARY

First quarter
Iowa - Austin Signor 45 yard FG, 3-0
PSU – Anthony Morelli to Derrick Williams, 30 yard TD pass, 3-7
Second Quarter
PSU – Austin Scott, 1 yd TD run, 3-14
Third Quarter
PSU – Kevin Kelly 22 yard FG, 3-17
Iowa – Jake Christensen to Derrell Johnson-Koulianos, 19 yard TD pass, 10-17
Iowa – Jake Christensen to Derrell Johnson-Koulianos, 53 yard TD pass, 17-17
Fourth Quarter
PSU – Kevin Kelly 49 yard FG

STATS

Offense
Jake Christensen – 17-32, 270 yards, 2 TD, 2 INT
Albert Young – 24 att, 39 yards
Derrell Johnson Koulianos – 4 receptions for 93 yards, 2 TD
Paul Chaney – 3 receptions for 56 yards
Tom Busch: 3 recrptions for 21 yards
Brandon Myers – 2 receptions for 33 yards

Defense
Mike Humpal – 8 tackles, 1 tfl
Bryan Mattison – 8 tackles, 4 tfl, 1 sack
Mitch King – 6 tackles, 5 tfl, 1 sack
Brett Greenwood – 4 tackles, 2 picks
AJ Edds – 6 tackles, 1 INT
Jordan Bernstine – 3 tackles, 1 tfl, 1 int


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