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Highs and Lows - Iowa

There were plenty of highs for the Nittany Lions as Penn State went into Kinnick Stadium and emerged with a dominating 38-14 win over Iowa. Check out the highs and lows below.

McGloin finished the night with 289 yards, two touchdowns and zero turnovers.

GAME BALL (OFFENSE) - Matt McGloin - Penn State

McGloin continued his fine season with another stellar performance against the Hawkeyes. The senior finished the night completing 26 of 38 passes for 289 yards and two touchdown, while running for 26 yards.

GAME BALL (DEFENSE) - Jordan Hill - Penn State

Penn State's man in the middle up front fought through double teams and made his presence felt all game long. The senior led the Nittany Lions in tackles with nine, two of those coming behind the line of scrimmage. He also recorded one sack and dominated on the inside.

GAME BALL (SPECIAL TEAMS) - Jordan Cotton - Iowa

Special teams weren't a high mark for either side, but Cotton managed to shake loose for a 92-yard kick return touchdown to put the Hawkeyes on the board in the fourth quarter.

PLAY OF THE GAME - Penn State went with the fade to tight end Kyle Carter on a fourth down in the first quarter, and the redshirt freshman went over top of Iowa standout corner Micah Hyde for a fantastic grab and a fresh set of downs. The big gain set up a touchdown that put the Nittany Lions up 14-0.

BEST PASS - Penn State quarterback Matt McGloin showcased the progress that he's made since the arrival of Bill O'Brien with a 31-yard touchdown toss to Jesse James in the first quarter. McGloin avoided the rush and improvised as he found James between two defenders to put the Nittany Lions up 7-0.

WORST PASS - Penn State sealed the deal as linebacker Mike Hull picked off a James Vandenberg offering that was well off the mark late in the fourth quarter.

BEST RUN - Penn State running back Bill Belton broke loose up the right sideline for his longest run of the season - a 23-yarder - in the first quarter.

WORST RUN Up 31-0, Penn State elected to go for it on fourth down at its own 36-yard line. There looked to be a miscommunication between center Matt Stankiewitch and quarterback Matt McGloin, who looked surprised by a quick snap and the subsequent quarterback sneak went nowhere.

BEST CATCH - Iowa wide receiver Kevonte Martin-Manley had to go full extension to grab a James Vandenberg offering in the first quarter that turned into a spectacular gain of 18 yards.

WORST DROP - Penn State had a shot to put an exclamation point in the fourth quarter as Matt McGloin looked downfield to a streaking Allen Robinson, who had a step, but Robinson could not come up with what would have been his second touchdown of the night.

WORST FUMBLE - Penn State was inches from going up 38-0 in the third quarter, but Nittany Lions running back Zach Zwinak had the ball swatted away just before he crossed the goal line. The Hawkeyes hopped on the loose ball for a touchback.

BEST KICK - Penn State kicker Sam Ficken has been anything but reliable so far this season, but he punched through a 34-yarder in the second quarter to put the Nittany Lions up 17-0.

WORST KICK - Penn State's Alex Butterworth went rugby style on his first attempt of the night and didn't get all of it, as the kick rolled out of bounds at the Iowa 37 for a net of 24 yards.

BEST RETURN - It came too little, way too late, but Iowa returnman Jordan Cotton scooted 92 yards for the Hawkeyes first points of the ballgame.

BEST TACKLE - Penn State defensive end C.J. Olaniyan went airborne and flattened Iowa quarterback James Vandenberg for a sack in the fourth quarter.

WORST TACKLE - Penn State cornerback Stephon Morris has had a good season as a tackler, but couldn't keep Iowa receiver Keenan Davis in front of him as the Hawkeye shook loose for a 22-yard gain.

BEST HIT - Penn State defensive ends Pete Massaro and Anthony Zettel both had clean runs at James Vandenberg in the fourth quarter and sandwiched the Iowa quarterback just after he got rid of the ball.

BEST SACK - Iowa needed a spark on a third down in the second quarter, but Penn State seniors Jordan Hill and Michael Mauti stepped up and buried James Vandenberg for a 9-yard loss.

BEST PICK - Iowa quarterback James Vandenberg found Penn State linebacker Michael Mauti wide open and hit him right in the hands for Mauti's third pick of the season.

BEST CALL - As has been the case all season, Penn State went with the hot hand at running back. On Saturday night it was Bill Belton's turn, and the sophomore went over 100 yards for the first time in his career in a three-touchdown performance.

WORST CALL - Penn State cornerback Stephon Morris was flagged for pass interference in the end zone in the third quarter, but the throw from James Vandenberg wasn't even close to being catchable. Regardless, the Hawkeyes got the call.

HEADS UP AWARD - Iowa quarterback James Vandenberg dropped the ball as he looked downfield for a receiver and Penn State defensive tackle DaQuan Jones hopped on the loose ball. The Lions went up 24-0 two plays later.


Nothing technical about this analysis, Penn State put a pounding on the Hawkeyes on both sides of the football, putting up 504 yards of total offense while only allowing 191. The Hawkeyes were unable to get going on the ground, gaining just 21 yards on 23 carries.

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