October 22, 2012 |
STATE COLLEGE - Bill O'Brien's Penn State team made a major statement in Iowa City on Saturday with a 38-14 hammering of Iowa. The Nittany Lions ran all over the Hawkeyes, and the statistics showed it. * Penn State outgained Iowa, 504-209; the Nits led, 24-0, at the half and scored their fourth touchdown 27 seconds into the second half; Penn State had 28 first downs, Iowa had 14; quarterback Matt McGloin had more rushing yards (26) than the entire Hawkeyes team (20). McGloin also threw quite a bit, collecting 289 yards and two touchdowns through the air, while running back Bill Belton rushed for three scores and 103 yards on 16 carries.
October 21, 2012 |
IOWA CITY, Iowa - At Kinnick Stadium, the visitors' locker room is painted pink - a psychological tactic intended to calm Iowa's opponent. But nothing is soothing about this 70,000-seat venue, where the Nittany Lions (4-2, 2-0 Big Ten) will face Iowa (4-2, 2-0) Saturday at 8 p.m. The forecast calls for a Midwestern chill. Fans clad in black and yellow will heckle, cheer, and do everything they can to cool down Bill O'Brien's red-hot Lions. Penn State is riding a four-game winning streak.
October 19, 2012 |
STATE COLLEGE - Penn State might be on a four-game winning streak, but Iowa has the momentum. That's coach Bill O'Brien's take, anyway. With his Nittany Lions (4-2, 2-0 Big Ten) coming off a bye week and Iowa (4-2, 2-0) coming off a double-overtime, 19-16, road win at Michigan State, it's a fair claim to make. "Our team needs to understand that, that it's one thing to have a bye week, but it's a whole other thing to be playing a team like Iowa," O'Brien said. Perhaps as a result of that momentum, Penn State is the three-point underdog to the Hawkeyes going into Saturday's 8 p.m. showdown in Kinnick Stadium.
October 18, 2012 |
There's a question mark at running back. The depth chart is in flux. The unproven but budding star is injured. For the first time this season, it's Penn State's opponent - and not the Nittany Lions - in this predicament. When Penn State (4-2, 2-0 Big Ten) faces Iowa (4-2, 2-0) at 8 p.m. Saturday at Kinnick Stadium, all eyes will be on how the Hawkeyes run game responds to adversity. Mark Weisman, a 6-foot, 225-pound bruiser who has emerged as one of the Big Ten's biggest surprises over the last four games, may not play after spraining an ankle late in last week's double-overtime win against Michigan State.
October 18, 2012 |
Bill O'Brien doesn't care about midseason praise. He doesn't buy into hoopla or hype. And the first-year Penn State coach definitely doesn't care about what is said on Twitter. So on Tuesday when O'Brien was asked about a Twitter post from senior cornerback Stephon Morris about facing Iowa - "We hate them, they hate us," Morris tweeted - O'Brien rolled his eyes and laughed. "Tweet this, spacebook that, whatever," O'Brien said. "We've got to go play the game. " Indeed, O'Brien is maintaining his "one game at a time" approach as the Nittany Lions (4-2, 2-0 Big Ten)
October 15, 2012 |
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Less than a month ago, Iowa was coming off a startling loss to Central Michigan. The Hawkeyes didn't look like a championship team in the Mid-American Conference, much less the Big Ten. Then the conference season started, and the turnaround was immediate. After Saturday's victory at Michigan State, Iowa is tied with Michigan atop the Legends Division heading into Saturday's big home game against Penn State (4-2, 2-0 Big Ten). "It's awesome, obviously. It's cool being at the top," tight end Jake Duzey said.
October 14, 2012 |
Mark Weisman ran for 116 yards and scored a tying touchdown in the final minute of regulation, and Iowa went on to beat Michigan State, 19-16, in double overtime Saturday in East Lansing, Mich. Mike Meyer kicked field goals in both overtimes, including a 42-yarder in the second that gave the Hawkeyes (4-2, 2-0 Big Ten) their first lead. Iowa then won it when Greg Castillo, a former St. Joseph's Prep standout and the son of Eagles defensive coordinator Juan Castillo, intercepted Andrew Maxwell's deflected pass.
October 11, 2012 |
STATE COLLEGE - Judging from what the Penn State players have to say, bye weeks ending hot streaks is a myth. Though Penn State has won four games in a row, players are taking the current bye week as a welcome break from a hectic season. "It's just nice to get a break," tight end Kyle Carter said. "A lot of people are gonna be able to go home. It's good to have it right now, during a four-game winning streak, right in the middle of the season to be able to come back strong for the last six. " The Nittany Lions (4-2, 2-0 Big Ten)
October 5, 2012 |
AS POLITICAL satires go, "Butter" is about as subtle as a slab of lard served on a slice of ham. Big, broad, but only fitfully funny, it takes a swipe at Iowa and Iowans. A few sucker punches land, thanks largely to a star-studded cast. But it never feels like anything but an outsider's nasty dismissal of the corn-fed corner of red-state culture. Jennifer Garner is cast amusingly against type as Laura, a real Lady Macbeth with a butter knife. She shouldn't have to take up that knife, but the Iowa "Mastery of Butter" judges have nudged her dairy-Degas, 15-time state fair butter-carving champ husband, Bob, out of competition.
October 1, 2012
DES MOINES, IOWA - Five weeks to Election Day, President Obama is within reach of the 270 electoral votes needed to win a second term. Republican Mitt Romney's path to victory is narrowing. To overtake Obama, Romney would need to quickly gain the upper hand in nearly all of the nine states where he and Obama are competing the hardest. Polls show that the president with a steady lead in many of them as Romney looks to shift the dynamics of the race, starting with their first debate Wednesday, in Denver.