After an epic 16-10 win against juggernaut Indiana (gross exaggeration), the Nittany Lions (4-1, 1-0) come home to the friendly confines of Beaver Stadium for their Big Ten home opener against Iowa (3-1, 0-0).
In the recent past, Iowa has been ranked and PSU has struggled to beat them. The Hawkeyes have won the last three and lead the overall series 12-11. Iowa isn’t the team of old, however it did beat Pitt and its only loss came at Iowa State in three OTs. Marcus Coker has rushed for 380 yds and 3 TDs for Iowa, while QB James Vandenberg is 81-129 for 1095 yards, 10 TDs and one INT. Marvin McNutt has caught four of those touchdown passes in racking up 413 receiving yards.
On the other side of the ball, the Penn State D is ranked seventh in the nation, surrendering only 12.00 points per game, having held four of their first five opponents to 10 points or fewer for the first time since 1996.
For Penn State on offense, it looks like it will be Mc Bolden under center again as JoePa refuses to pick one QB. FYI if you rearrange the letters in their names you can spell A LOT of things, including “Tend to climb Mr. Bologna.” That pretty much sums up what I think of the dual quarterback situation.
Silas Redd is the Nittany Lions’ leading scorer with four touchdowns on the ground. He’s averaging 4.7 yards per carry. Meanwhile Derek Moye has put up the best receiving numbers: 26 catches for 443 yards and 3 TDs. I hesitate to even compare the QBs’ numbers because of the weird playing situation but I feel as though I must. For your perusal:
Matt McGloin 44 of 76, 625 yds, 4 TD, 0 INT
Rob Bolden 39 of 85, 455 yds, 1 TD, 4 INT
Saturday presents another winnable game for Penn State. If they keep going at this pace, the Nittany Lions will have a strong base and solid record for when they face their ranked opponents, currently Illinois (19), Nebraska (14) , and Wisconsin (4) from the end of October through November.
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Written by Stephanie Geosits