Scores

Final

Iowa 3

(3-2, 0-1 Big Ten)

Penn State 13

(5-1, 2-0 Big Ten)

Coverage: ABC/ESPN

3:30 PM ET, October 8, 2011

Beaver Stadium, UNIVERSITY PARK, PA

1 2 3 4 T
IOWA 0 3 0 03
PSU 3 3 0 713

Top Performers

Passing: M. McGloin (PSU) - 133 YDS, 1 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: S. Redd (USC) - 28 CAR, 142 YDS

Receiving: M. McNutt (IOWA) - 4 REC, 73 YDS

Penn State shuts down Iowa in defensive slugfest

Associated Press

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Penn State grounded Iowa's best-in-the-Big Ten passing attack, Silas Redd ran for 142 yards and Matt McGloin capitalized on a fourth-quarter turnover with a touchdown pass in a 13-3 win Saturday.

Clinging to a 6-3 lead with 14:21 left, linebacker Gerald Hodges sacked quarterback James Vandenberg and forced a fumble recovered by Nate Stupar at the Iowa 49.

The Nittany Lions (5-1, 2-0) pounded away at the tired Hawkeyes with 10 straight runs to the 2 before McGloin rolled right to find wide-open tight end Kevin Haplea a 13-3 lead with 8:08 to go.

It was more than enough cushion for Linebacker U's tough defense. Vandenberg threw two interceptions over the last seven minutes and Iowa (3-2, 0-1) stumbled in its conference opener after a bye last week.

As was the case the previous two weeks, Joe Paterno coached the first half from the sideline before retreating to the press box after halftime. The 84-year-old Hall of Famer is getting over a sore right shoulder and pelvis suffered when receiver Devon Smith accidentally ran into him at practice Aug. 7.

It was the Hawkeyes absorbing the big blows on Saturday.

Iowa seemingly regained momentum in the tense affair after Micah Hyde intercepted a poor throw by McGloin in the end zone on third-and-5 from the 6, thwarting what had been a nice drive that started the Nittany Lions 4.

But as it has all season, Penn State's defense came through again.

Hodges got to Vandenberg on the blitz on third-and-7 from the Penn State 45, forcing a fumble that had the 105,00-plus fans rocking creaky Beaver Stadium.

Vandenberg finished 17 of 34 for 169 yards, while tailback Marcus Coker had 74 yards on 18 carries.

Coach Joe Paterno opted to go with the ground game after the fumble recovery, rotating carries for Redd, bruising backup tailback Curtis Dukes (60 yards on nine carries) and fullback Joe Suhey before McGloin found Haplea for a TD.

The sophomore tight end exchanged leaping high fives with teammates as blue-and-white fans frolicked in the stands. Not only did the score give Penn State a 10-point lead, but Haplea also scored his first career touchdown.

It only got worse from there for Iowa.

Safeties Malcolm Willis and Nick Sukay each picked off Vandenberg down the stretch. Then Penn State's defense sacked the quarterback on three straight plays with less than three minutes left to push Iowa to a 4th-and-39 from their 1.

Iowa had come into the game averaging nearly 38 points and 281 passing yards a game.

Anthony Fera's two first-half field goals made up for more early red zone hiccups for Penn State, which again rotated McGloin and Rob Bolden at quarterback with middling results.

McGloin again looked a little better and finished 12 of 19 for 133 yards, while Bolden was 3 of 7 for 31 yards.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
IOWA
PSU
1st Downs1621
Total Yards253395
Passing169164
Rushing84231
Penalties3-155-50
3rd Down Conversions7-165-14
4th Down Conversions1-31-1
Turnovers31
Possession24:0635:54

Passing Leaders

IowaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Vandenberg17/341695.002
Penn StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
McGloin12/191337.011

Rushing Leaders

IowaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Coker18744.1016
Vandenberg12100.8014
Penn StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Redd281425.1017
Dukes9606.7018

Receiving Leaders

IowaRECYDSAVGTDLG
McNutt47318.3025
Davis3268.7011
Penn StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Brown34214.0016
Moye24221.0023

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERIOWAPSU
FG01:36Anthony Fera 20 Yd 03
SECOND QUARTERIOWAPSU
FG10:51Mike Meyer 23 Yd 33
FG04:59Anthony Fera 20 Yd 36
FOURTH QUARTERIOWAPSU
TD08:08Kevin Haplea 2 Yd Pass From Matthew McGloin (Anthony Fera Kick) 313