IOWA: The High Five

Penn State headed back on the road after a bye and appeared rested, refreshed and rambunctious against the Iowa Hawkeyes.

Penn State had a fast, efficeint night against Iowa, exorcising the conference streak of not winning at Iowa since 1999 along the way.

Here is a look at the highs

The High

Fast and Furious: After an initial stalled drive Penn State found its grove and came out with some efficient play on both sides of the ball. The offense rolled up 506 yards and the defense allowed 198 and only 20 rushing yards.

Big Mac: Matt McGloin orchestrated an impressive evening, going 26 for 38 for 289 yards and two touchdowns. He also spread theall around to ten different receivers, relying heavily on his tight ends.

Ring the Bell: While there have certainly been doubts and concerns with running back Bill Belton as the season has pressed on, he made a statement tonight, with 16 carries for 103 yards and a hat-trick (3) of touchdowns on the ground. Belton certainly showed he can have a strong performance and also protected the ball well.

Roof Goings: Ted Roof's defense was in short, impressive, containing Iowa's ground game to a mere 20 yards on 23 carries (0.9 YPC). James Vanderberg could barely find his receivers, hitting just 17 of 36 passes for 189 yards with one late touchdown and two interceptions.

Get Carter: PSU seems to have different heroes emerge every game and Kyle Carter took the reigns this time around with six catches (a few pretty clutch) for 85 yards. He's certainly shown he has the size and speed to serve as a go-to target.

Bonus High

Power Lines: Against a team that tradtionally is known for controlling the trenches, PSU's lines dominated the line of scrimmage and flat out manhandled the Hawkeye lines much of the game. Again 500+ yards on offense and 20 yards rushing from Iowa.

Low Four:

Broken Call: A formation penalty on a kickoff, a pass interference call on a ball 15 yards over the head of the receiver that goes 15 yards out of bounds? The officials were decent much of the game, boy did they have some lapses.

Drop Down: Sure, Allen Robinson grabbed six ctches for 39 yards and a touchdown, but he could conceivably at least doubled that and had a touchdown or two more if not for a few drops. It may be nit-picking with a win like this, but Robinson talks regularly in his conference calls about improvng his game, and this is a key area.

Drop Out: Who would have thought Zach Zwinak would have had two fumbles in this game? He's shown previousy he has a knack for protecting the ball, but in this one all things considered he had an of night.

Leave It: Penn State rolledupa lot of yards and a lot of points, but also left a lot of opportnities o added scores unfullfilled with dropped touchdown passes and a missed field goal.


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