Quarterback Matt McGloin had yet another impressive showing, going 26-38 with 289 yards passing and 2 TDs, but the player offensive player of the game for the Nittany Lions was running back Bill Belton.
Belton, who has missed 3 of the first 7 games due to injury, scored his first touchdowns of the season on an 11 yard run in the 2nd quarter, and then two touchdowns in the red zone in the 3rd and 4th, as well as 103 yards on the ground.
The Nittany Lions had 504 yards of total offense and since head coach Bill O’Brien took over Penn State during the offseason, the Nittany Lions offense has outscored opponents 66-0 in the first quarter. Five minutes into the 2nd quarter, and Penn State was already winning 24-0.
Penn State opened up the scoring early and often eight minutes into the ballgame with a 31 yard touchdown pass from McGloin to back up TE Jesse James. Five minutes later, Allen Robinson notched his 8th TD grab of the year with an 8 yard pass from McGloin. From there, the Penn State offense never looked back and were able to take a 31-0 lead 30 seconds into the 3rd quarter, to seal the win. Coach O’Brien is the first Penn State coach since Dick Harlow in 1915 to win five straight games in their first season as head coach.
The Iowa offense, led by Senior QB James Vandenberg, were held scoreless until bad special teams play by Penn State led to a
92 yard kickoff return for a touchdown less than a minute into the 4th quarter. Vandenberg would eventually find receiver Keenan Davis for an 18 yard touchdown reception, but by then the game was virtually over. To add to the disappointing night, the Hawkeyes also had two starting offensive linemen go down in the first drive of the game, three plays apart from each other.
Senior LB Michael Mauti is proving every week why he should be a first round draft pick this April in the 2013 NFL draft. Mauti had an interception on Iowa’s first drive of the 3rd quarter as well as 7 tackles on the day. This puts Mauti at 64 tackles and three interceptions on the year.
Mauti’s leadership will be needed more than ever as the Nittany Lions (5-2, 3-0 Big Ten) will host #7 Ohio State next week at Beaver Stadium. The Hawkeyes (4-3, 2-1 Big Ten) will travel to Ryan Field to play against Northwestern.