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Lions take aim at Iowa's strength and strike fast

Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Forget about the rain and the conservative offense it usually demands.

Penn State came out of the gate slinging, and the Lions went right at arguably Iowa's strongest defender. The most impressive thing about Daryll Clark's 79-yard touchdown pass to Chaz Powell was who it came against -- Hawkeyes cornerback Amari Spievey.

Spievey is regarded by many (including yours truly) as the best cornerback in the Big Ten. He has shut down many of the league's top wide receivers. And yet he got absolutely burned by Powell on the first play from scrimmage. The play marked the longest pass of Clark's career and the longest reception for Powell.

A quick note: Iowa senior tight end Tony Moeaki (ankle) is in uniform but hasn't entered the game.