Rob Report: Penn State

HN.com Senior Writer Rob Howe checks in from the press box at Beaver Stadium after Iowa fell, 27-7, to host Penn State. In this report, there is a travel list, an injury report, plus news and notes from the game.

STATE COLLEGE _ Hawkeyes that were in uniform in State College -

QB - Christensen, Stanzi, Farnsworth. Nelson.

RB - Young, O'Meara, Brown, Pugh, Busch, Williams, Murphy, Morse, Sims

WR - Stross, DJK, Sandeman, Chaney, Evans, Cleveland, Nelson

TE - Myers, Sabers, Peterson, Reisner,

OL - Vandervelde, Olsen, Eubanks, Calloway, Meade, Aeschliman, Doering, Koeppel, Bulaga, Kuempel,

DL Geary, Clayborn, Hundertmark, Blum, Narinskiiy, Ballard, King, Iwebema, Kroul, Mattison.

LB Gattas, Humpal, Edds, Angerer, Coleman, Hunter, McGrath, Moses, Tarpinian, Johnson.

DB Everson, Bernstine, Godfrey, Fletcher, Dalton, Tillison, Greenwood, Dalton, Shada, Gardner, Kuchel, Morrow,

ST - Schulze, Olsztra, Murray, Signor, Donahue

INJURY REPORT: Linebacker Mike Klikneborg and safety Devan Moylan did not play. They missed their second straight week after suffering concussions during the Wisconsin game. Bryon Gattas started at MLB for Klinkenborg and Brent Greenwood started the first game of his career at free safety.

Linebacker Mike Humpal (stinger) and DE Kenny Iwebema (lower leg) came out of the game in the fourth quarter. Both came back into the game. Iwebema then exited later with a right arm injury but again returned.

Ferentz said that Moylan enjoyed a good week of recovery, and Klinkenborg was feeling much better the last few days.

Dace Richardson didn't not travel to Happy Valley due to a knee injury. He was replaced in the starting lineup by Julian Vandervelde, who played right guard. Seth Olsen moved out to tackle.

Wide receiver Trey Stross played despite being left off the depth chart this week due to an injured hamstring. The sophomore led Iowa with five receptions for 69 yards and the team's only touchdown.

QUICK SLANTS:

Colin Sandeman returned to punt returner after coming out of last week with an elbow injury.

Penn State fans began booing Anthony Morelli and the Nittany Lion offense at the 9:37 mark of the first quarter. Later in the game, they applauded him when he threw the ball away when pressured. The senior threw two interceptions.

The teams combined for 71 net yards in a scoreless first quarter. Iowa had 27.

Penn State running back Evan Royster entered the game with nine carries for 71 yards this season and only hard one carry for one yard in the previous four games. With Austin Scott out for the game, Royster rushed 16 times for 88 yards on Saturday. The Nittany Lions ran 50 times for 256 net yards. They were the first team to rush for over 200 yards against Iowa since Northwestern did it last season (225).

Iowa defensive lineman Adrian Clayborn returned a kick 19 yards in the second quarter.

True freshman Jacody Coleman entered the game at mike linebacker for Gattas in the middle of the second quarter. First-year player Christian Ballard entered the game in the third quarter for Mitch King. Mattison moved inside and Ballard played end. Morrow came in in the third quarter at safety. Bernstine, Hundertmark and Everson also played on defense.

Kevin Kelly's 53-yard field goal right before halftime was longest of the PSU junior's career.

Chad Geary attempted to sub in for Iwebema in the fourth quarter but Kenny waved him off. It looked like Iwebema was injured on the previous play, but he didn't want to come out.

Iowa's Ryan Donahue punted 11 times for 497 yards (45.2 per punt). He punted 10 times for 10 times for 34.4 per try at Wisconsin on Sept. 22.

Iowa running backs Albert Young and Damian Sims combined for just 17 carries (46 yards) and five catches for 16 yards. Both players were requested for postgame interviews but didn't show. Young, a New Jersey native, did have a lot of family and friends at the game.

Five different Penn State receivers caught three balls with four of them gaining at least 40 yards.

Iowa win the turnover battle 3-0 Saturday. Iowa has not lost the turnover battle in any of its first six games and holds a 13-5 turnover edge this season.

This is the first time Iowa has began 0-3 in conference play since 1999 and only the third time since 1979. The Hawkeyes did not finish above in any of those seasons.


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