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Penn State: Tall volleyball players are tall; 2 matches on BTN this weekend

Kabbes and Slay utilize heightThe Collegian
A profile of a pair of Katies from Raleigh, N.C., Kabbes and Slay and their height. Maybe in a few weeks, we can look forward to a Redhead volleyball players are redheads story too. :)

The Lady Spikers are ranked #11 headed into a weekend of home matches. Friday night, #112 Iowa visits for a 7 p.m. Big Ten Network telecast. Saturday night, #2 Nebraska returns for a 8 p.m. telecast.

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PENN STATE NITTANY LIONS 13 Iowa Hawkeyes 3

After leading the Penn State Nittany Lions 90 yards down the field, QB Matt McGloin threw an interception in the end zone late in the third quarter. Iowa took over at the 20 yard line and I thought to myself, “this is where the Hawkeyes turn it around and come back to beat Penn State.” Then something unusual happened — Iowa didn’t come back and Penn State marched down the field and scored the game’s only touchdown to win.

It has been a long time since a Penn State football game was as fun as the one on Saturday. The Nittany Lions reverted to crog-magnon football — fun the up the middle over and over again. They did it for the best reason, because they could. The PSU offensive line had perhaps its best game since the 2007 Outback Bowl when the stream-rolled over the Tennessee Volunteers. Late in the game, the Lions pounded the ball down Iowa’s throat 10 straight times before a McGloin 2 yard touchdown pass to TE Kevin Haplea. Slias Redd, Curtis Dukes and Joe Suhey combined to have only run less than 4 yards as the Hawkeyes were worn down. It was beautiful.

Penn State had almost 36 minutes of possession. Part of that is because the Hawkeyes ran with no-huddle at times, but mostly it was because Penn State controlled the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball. After an initial field goal drive, Iowa did not threaten much. Despite facing a weakened Penn State secondary, Iowa could not take advantage of it. The defense was more aggressive than normal with more blitzing that we have seen in a long time from coordinator Tom Bradley. Gerald Hodges was the main attacker and he had his best game thus far. The defensive backs had a great day containing the Iowa wideouts who came in with a bit of acclaim.

The PSU quarterback situation is nearly resolved, at least in most of the fans eyes. Terrible end zone interception aside, McGloin looks more comfortable as the signal caller and has had a better season. Rob Bolden may have more upside, but he has not shown it yet. 3 for 7 with all catches coming off of deflections (including one off of an official foot!) hasn’t helped his cause. He looks lost out there. I feel for him, he got thrown into a tough situation being a true freshman starter last year, but if anything he’s regressed. McGloin however, may be improving, though anybody can hand off 10 times in a row. Right now, McGloin is the best answer for the Nittany Lions.

The Nittany Lions are now 5-1 and 2-0 in the Big Ten with Purdue (3-2, 1-0) on the way for Homecoming next Saturday at noon.

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PENN STATE NITTANY LIONS vs. Iowa Hawkeyes


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KICKOFF: 3:30 p.m.

TV: ABC (Pennsylvania, Big Ten country and the West) or ESPN (DC, Upper New England, lower MidWest, the Southeast) – Coverage Map. Commentators: Dave Pasch (play-by-play), Chris Spielman, Urban Meyer (analysts), Quint Kessenich (sideline).

TICKETS: Good seats still available

BLUE WHITE ROUNDTABLE: Penn State vs. Iowa

Penn State has beaten Iowa in Beaver Stadium ONCE since I matriculated. Unbelievable. Due to the uneven nature of the series, I will predict Iowa victory until proven otherwise.

Go STATE, beat HAWKEYES!

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Good seats still available (and cheap) for Penn State vs. Iowa

“Plenty of Good Seats available”Black Shoe Diaries
Due in part to the infamous STEP program as well as apathy about the current condition of Penn State football, there are plenty of good seats still available for the Penn State vs. Iowa game this Saturday. It is kind of hard to believe that it has come to this so quickly. This is a game against a solid Big Ten team with whom the Nittany Lions have history (most of it bad) and it is going to be 76° out. I would be there if I could — I might have to go to Homecoming now.

Tickets are available directly from Intercollegiate Athletics or if you are smart, StubHub where they are going below face value. Who knows, maybe they’ll be less than $40 a pair from scalpers.

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Blue White Roundtable: Penn State vs. Iowa

We’re two days away from the Nittany Lions and the Hawkeyes — Adam Collyer of Black Shoe Diaries gives us these Blue White Roundtable questions:

BSD: Are we about to see the second coming of the 6-4 spectacular?

WFY: I anticipate more scoring by both sides — that 6-4 game was something else. An amazing defensive effort by Penn State wasted by a simply incompetent offense. That being said, I’d take either 2004 Zack Mills or Michael Robinson over the current options.

I expect Penn State to get in the end zone once or twice on Saturday and the same for Iowa.

BSD: Most misleading statistic ever – Penn State gained over 400 yards against Indiana. What can they do to put the ball in the endzone this week against the Hawkeyes?

WFY: They ought not fumble or throw an interception inside the 10 yard line. Perhaps the 3:30 home kickoff will have them actually focused for a change.

I’d like to see them stretch the field a little more through the air by throwing to players other than just Derek Moye. Try and find Justin Brown more and how about a few throws to a tight end? Is Stephfon Green going to be back yet? Some screen passes to him sound pretty good, though I don’t have a lot of faith in the quarterbacks’ ability to throw them.

BSD: As rough as the passing game has been, is it possible that the running game has managed to be worse? What can Penn State do to free up some room to run for Silas Redd?

WFY: Penn State ought to try running Redd outside every now and then, maybe even pitch it to him. Let him use his speed! I think a big part of the running frustrations are due to playcalling. Would I like an offensive line that just runs over people? Of course, but until that happens, play to the backs strengths.

BSD: Even with the random drops, Derek Moye has been a fantastic wide receiver. Where does he rate amongst Williams, Butler, Norwood, and Bryant and Tony Johnson on your all-decade list?

WFY: The drops really bother me — I think he drops more of Bolden’s passes because Bolden throws harder which says his hands are not that good. I also think he’s not strong enough to be elite, he has trouble at time fighting for balls that DBs get their hands on (the Temple game comes to mind). I would put Moye only ahead of Tony Johnson on the all decade list.

BSD: Predictions?

WFY: Pain.

The Hawkeyes will have better Steelers uniforms than the Steelers. The Nittany Lions will keep it close enough for at least the first half to make it hurt. The Ombudsman will have post-game bourbon regardless of outcome, since it will be his birthday. Penn State will have to burn at least one timeout due to sideline confusion. Guido D’Elia will still play piped-in music instead of the Blue Band at inappropriate times. Joe Paterno will coach the whole game from the sidelines. Matt McGloin will remain shorter than Rob Bolden. ABC will show the field goal that ended the 2008 game and that blocked punt from 2009 more than I can handle. I will have at least one flashback to the rainy 1996 game that I’m still bitter about 15 years later. I’ll wish Anthony Morelli was quarterback again. Iowa 24 PENN STATE 13

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IOWA HAWKEYES 24 Penn State Nittany Lions 3

I cannot decide if the 24-3 score is worse than it looks or better than it looks. I guess that is what happens when you fall asleep in the fourth quarter. I missed the last Iowa touchdown.

Rob Bolden has poise, blah, blah, blah. What he really needs is wideouts who can catch the ball. In the first half, there were about 4 drops that killed drives. At one point he was 6-16 passing, but should have been 10-16. He finished 20-37, not great by modern standards. C’mon, give the true frosh a break.

I thought the offensive gameplan was pretty aggressive for Penn State on the road, but the execution was just not there. Will this make Joe Paterno go conservative on the road from here on out?

Rolling Bolden out worked out okay and kept him from getting killed from the Iowa defensive line.

The red zone offense is just terrible right now and that falls on the coaches and to a lesser extent, Bolden. Two drives in a row made it inside the 5 yard line and all Penn State got was 3 points. The clock management issues of the dark years seem to have returned. That cost Penn State a play at the end of the 1st half. They may have had to settle for a field goal attempt either way, but I’d rather they get the play off.

The game was over when Bolden didn’t score on 4th and goal.

How many times have we seen the Penn State defense give up early scores on the road and then settle down by the end of the 1st quarter? How many times has it been too late?

After the first few Hawkeyes series, the Lions defense seemed to either tackle Iowa running backs a yard behind the line or 9 yards downfield.

I lost count of the bad Anthony Fera punts.

Artificial turf Iowa? Shameful.

The Hawkeyes still look more like the Pittsburgh Steelers than the Steelers do though. My wife gets sick of me saying that every year.

This is the last trip the Nittany Lions will take to Iowa for a long time. Good.

The Penn State Football Story hasn’t been updated on youtube yet. Amazing how that tends to happen when the Nittany Lions lose.

Next week, Ron Zook and Illinois for Homecoming. Is Juice Williams still around?

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