Penn State Finally Beats Iowa

Penn State’s defense caused three fourth-quarter turnovers, the Lions’ Silas Redd ran for 142 yards and quarterback Matt McGloin may have finally earned the starting job as the Nittany Lions defeated Iowa 13-3 Saturday in Beaver Stadium. Penn State’s win was its first against Iowa (3-2) since 2007, and only its second in 10 games.

The victory upped the Nittany Lions’ record to 5-1 on the season (2-0) in the Big Ten and certainly will silence an ever-growing chorus of naysayers. At least for a week.

In the fourth quarter PSU linebacker Nathan Stupar recovered a fumble, and Lion safeties Malcolm Willis and Nick Sukay both intercepted Iowa quarterback James Vanderberg on fourth-down plays.

Redd did his part by carrying for 142 yards on 28 carries, and fellow Lion back Curtis Dukes added 60 yards on nine carries.

Anthony Fera kicked a pair of 20-yard field goals for Penn State, which has made 7 of its last 8 field goals after a 1 of 6 start.

Penn State’s lone TD came in the fourth quarter, at the end of a 51-yard drive, when McGloin threw a 2-yard scoring pass to tight end Kevin Haplea. The Lions ran the ball 10 of the 11 plays on the drive.

That TD was a redemption of sorts for McGloin, who earlier in the half threw an interception in the end zone while trying to force a pass to receiver Derek Moye.

Ron Bolden started the game at quarterback, but McGloin finished it. Both QBs led Penn State on 80-yard-plus drives in the first half that led to field goals.
Iowa’s only score was a 23-yard field goal by Mike Meyer in the second quarter.

McGloin completed 12 of 19 passes for 133 yards, while Bolden was 3 of 7 for 31 yards, and he was almost intercepted twice.

The win gives Joe Paterno 406 victories, just two away from tying Eddie Robinson for No. 2 on the all-time college coaching victories list.

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