Joe Paterno channeled his inner Yogi Berra at his weekly press conference in analyzing Penn State’s chances at Iowa Saturday.
The series sits dead even at 11-11, with JoePa having coached all but one of the losses. Iowa has come back to win the last two games in dramatic fashion, and the Nittany Lions are hoping to stop that streak this weekend.
Last year a blocked punt and an interception did Penn State in at Beaver Stadium while the year before the Hawkeyes kicked a field goal on the last play of the game – all painful memories for the Nittany Lion faithful.
The good news, depending on how you look at it, is that PSU’s starting quarterback, Rob Bolden, was still in high school for both of those games. Bolden has declared through his play that the starting job is his. He played strong against Alabama in front of a hostile crowd, so I think he will do just fine in Iowa.
As for the rest of the team, Evan Royster and the running game finally started up against Temple last week. Special teams have improved and players have stepped up to meet JoePa’s challenge to play more aggressively. He still seems to want the secondary to dial it up even more, so let’s see what it does against Ricky Stanzi and his receivers.
This is truly an even matchup. Look, Alabama is a better team than PSU, while PSU really shouldn’t have been playing the likes of Youngstown, Kent State and Temple, but we all understand why they do it. Iowa-PSU should be a knock-down, drag-out fight. This, to me, is the Nittany Lions’ first true test of the season. If they stick to their guns and avoid mistakes, they should pass with flying colors.
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