Rob Report: Penn State

Senior Writer Rob Howe checks in with news, notes and observations from Iowa's 21-10 victory against No. 5 Penn State Saturday night in Happy Valley.

STATE COLLEGE, Penn. - Notes from the Iowa win against Penn State here on Saturday.

All-Dressed Up: Iowa players in uniform for the PSU game:

QB - Stanzi, Vandenberg, Weinke.

RB - Robinson, Wegher, O'Meara, Gimm, Morse, Leppert, Brinson,

WR - Davis, Chaney, Sandeman, Johnson-Koulianos, McNutt, Stross, Nordmann.

TE - Reisner, Moeaki, Griggs, Herman.

OL - Koeppel, Zusevics, Richardson, Kuempel, Vandervelde, Haganman, Doering, Gettis, Reiff, Eubanks, Ferentz, Calloway.

DL - Clayborn, Daniel, Binns, Klug, Daniels, Bigach, Ballard, Hundertmark, Nardo, Meade.

LB - Davis, Johnson, Edds, Tarpinian, Angerer, Peterson, Nielsen, Hunter.

DB - Sash, Speivey, Hyde, Castillo, White, Nielsen, Swanson, Rowell, Lowe, Cato, Herbst, Prater, Conklin, Castillo, Greenwood.

ST - Donahue, Schulze, Murray, Mossbrucker.

Injury Report: Bryan Bulaga missed his third consecutive game with an undiclosed non-football related injury. He did make the trip.

Tony Moeaki (ankle) dressed in uniform and went through warm-ups gingerly. He did not see action for a second straight week.

Derrell Johnson-Koulianos returned after missing last week with a leg injury.

Greg Castillo came back after missing the last two weeks with a leg injury.

Special Teams: Who played on which units against Penn State:

Kick Return - Chaney, Daniel, Gimm, Reisner, O'Meara, Tarpinian, Nielsen, Speivey/Wegher, Leppert, Daniels, Cato.

Kick Coverage - Murray, Swanson, White, Lowe, Hyde, , Brinson, Cato, Johnson, Davis, Tarpinian, Rowell.

Punt Return - O‘Meara, Lowe, Greenwood, Hyde, Chaney, White, Davis, Cato, Rowell, Nielsen,

Punt Coverage - Donahue, Lowe, Spievey, Sash, Edds, Morse, Nielsen, O‘Meara, Schulze, Tarpinian, Johnson.

Quick Notes:

-On Penn State's first touchdown, much of the Iowa defense bit on play action, including Speivey, who was beat by at least five yards and could not catch up over the final 30 yards.

-Johnson-Koulianos in late in first quarter. He came up with catch on the second play.

-Binns made two big plays during Iowa's safety in the second quarter.

-Kuempel came in as a tackle eligible on a second and third and short in the second quarter.

-Nick Sukay roughs Donahue, who does a great acting job, in the first half.

-Penn State made it four straight games without allowing a first-half touchdown.

-Late in the third quarter, Iowa went from a first and 10 on the PSU 38 to a sack, a delay of game and an interception.

-Royster tipped the ball picked off by Angerer.

-Iowa won it's first road game against a Top 5 team since knocking off Illinois in 1990.


Penn State Punter Jeremy Boone - I honestly don't know. I was just in my normal mode. I just had my head down on the ball and the next think I knew (Clayborn) took it right off of my foot and then I looked back and the guy scooped it up and was off to the end zone.

Daryll Clark - Every time we had an opportunity to put some points on the board, whether it was three points or a touchdown, something seemed to happen. When we would get something going, an interception or a mistake would happen. It just knocked all of our rhythm out of our offensive drives. They took advantage of our mistakes every time. Iowa is a good football team. They were solid on defense. The opportunities we had, we didn't take advantage of.

Joe Paterno on Kirk Ferentz - He's a fine coach obviously and he's got a fine staff. They're doing a good job with them. I think that's a credit to him and his staff and the kids he has. I think that quarterback he has, has become a really good football player. He doesn't get all the publicity all the people do around the country, but he's a guy that's steady and solid. The offensive line is really big time.

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