A few final Iowa-Penn State factoids
September, 26, 2009
By Adam Rittenberg | ESPN.com
Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- The specialists are on the field warming up, and the rain is still coming down pretty hard. Predictably, they're playing Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Have you ever seen the rain?"
A few facts about this game before kickoff:
- Penn State has never won the Big Ten without winning its league opener. The Lions beat Minnesota in 1994 (season opener), Northwestern in 2005 and Illinois last season. Penn State is 6-10 in Big Ten openers since joining the league.
- The visiting team has won 13 of the 21 games in this series. Six of the teams' last nine game have been decided by seven points or fewer.
- Iowa begins Big Ten play on the road for the ninth time in 11 years under head coach Kirk Ferentz.
- Two of Iowa's five overtime games have come against Penn State, both at Beaver Stadium.