Penn State 27, Iowa 7 Penn State Nittany LionsIowa Hawkeyes
October 6, 2007
Beaver Stadium - University Park, PA
Attendance: 108,951
Kickoff Time: 3:30 p.m. EDT
Score by Quarters 1 2 3 4 Score
Iowa 0 0 0 7 7
Penn State 0 13 7 7 27

Scoring Summary
2nd 09:59 PSU - Kevin Kelly 24-yard field goal
  01:08 PSU - Derrick Williams 24-yard pass from Morelli (Kelly kick)
  00:00 PSU - Kevin Kelly 53-yard field goal
3rd 08:36 PSU - Rodney Kinlaw 12-yard run (Kelly kick)
4th 12:47 IOWA - Trey Stross 11-yard pass from Christensen (Murray kick)
02:15 PSU - Rodney Kinlaw 23-yard run (Kelly kick)

UNIVERSITY PARK — Penn State offenses, of late, have not been known for final-minute heroics. You would have go back even further to find a Penn State offense that did much of anything in the final minute of the first half, when Joe Paterno’s teams, whether ahead or behind, tend to let the clock expire as they trot into the tunnel.
  So what were the 108,951 perspiring fans in Beaver Stadium to think Saturday as they watched the Nittany Lions tear off 44 yards in 25 seconds, then saw Kevin Kelly boot a 53-yard field goal as time expired?
  “I thought that part of the game was probably as well as we’ve done anything in the clutch so far this year,” Paterno said.
  It was, and it was the closest thing any part of Penn State’s comfortable 27-7 win over struggling Iowa came to “clutch.” But it also might have been what the Nittany Lions needed after two straight losses in which they were anything but clutch.
  The Nittany Lions (4-2, 1-2 Big Ten) piled up 256 yards rushing and held the Hawkeyes (2-4, 0-3) to 54 yards through the first three quarters, but Penn State needed a quick 10-point flurry in the final 70 seconds of the first half to open up a game that, early on, had the uneasy look of the last meeting between these teams.
  Rodney Kinlaw, who had a career-high 168 yards rushing as the Nittany Lions began to adjust to life without Austin Scott, lost a fumble on the game’s opening possession, and Penn State totaled just 36 yards on its next three drives.
  Then Penn State’s defense forced the Hawkeyes to punt from their own 4-yard line, and Derrick Williams’ 18-yard return, to the Iowa 34, set up the Evan Royster Show.
  The redshirt freshman tailback, who had carried the ball just one time since the season opener, carried it six straight times, apparently crossing the goal line from four yards out on the last. After replay, however, the officials ruled that Royster had been down at the 2, and after Mickey Shuler’s false start penalty and Morelli’s third-down incompletion, Penn State had to settle for Kelly’s 24-yarder with 10 minutes remaining in the half.
  Two possessions later, it was beleaguered quarterback Anthony Morelli’s turn to go to work. Starting at his own 20, Morelli completed 6-of-7 passes for 98 yards, the last a 24-yard touchdown to an insanely open Williams, who caught a touchdown for the second straight game.
  Morelli’s only incompletion during that drive was an end-zone drop by Chris Bell. He wasn’t finished with the first-half scoring, either.
  After another Iowa three-and-out, during which Penn State used a pair of timeouts, the Nittany Lions took over at their own 20 with 31 seconds left. Royster picked up 17 yards on a draw play, Deon

Rodney Kinlaw

Butler grabbed a 3-yard pass at the sideline and Morelli threw a laser to a diving Andrew Quarless for 24 yards to the Iowa 35-yard line. A spiked pass set up Kelly’s 53-yarder, the longest field goal by a Penn State kicker since Massimo Manca made one of the same length in 1985.
  The kick earned Kelly a chest bump from an exuberant Morelli and sent the Nittany Lions into the locker room, for the first time this season, with some excitement. That carried over into Penn State’s opening possession of the second half, an 11-play, 81-yard drive capped by Kinlaw’s 12-yard touchdown run with 8:36 left in the third quarter that made it 20-0.
  The momentum didn’t carry into the fourth quarter, when Morelli threw a pair of interceptions and Jake Christensen led Iowa on an eight-play, 86-yard scoring drive capped by his 11-yard touchdown pass to Trey Stross. But Morelli finished 18 of 31 for 233 yards and his first Big Ten win of the season.
  “His timing was a little better today,” Paterno said. “Some of the criticism I’ve had of him is timing, when he’d wait too long and wasn’t sure about certain things. Today he seemed to pick up things better, he had more confidence in what he saw and threw the ball on time a little better.”
  The fans, many of whom expressed their wishes to see backup Daryll Clark this week, booed a few of Morelli’s early completions and sarcastically cheered when he threw a pass away under pressure in the fourth quarter. He shrugged it off after the game.
  “It comes with the territory, the position,” said Morelli, who was in good spirits during his first talks with reporters in two weeks. “If you don’t have such a good game once in a while, they’re gonna call for the backup. They did the same thing when Zack (Mills) was here, and I was a freshman.”
  The Nittany Lions, who host No. 5 Wisconsin (which lost 31-26 at Illinois on Saturday) this coming Saturday, must still prove that they can be consistent on offense and proficient in pressure situations against teams that will put up more resistance than the Hawkeyes, who have lost their last eight conference games.
  The final drive of Saturday’s first half was a sign that they’re getting closer.
  “Hopefully it does help us,” Butler said. “We know we have playmakers on this team, we’ve just got to get guys to make those plays. We’re always a dangerous offense. Hopefully we’ll get on a roll and start making those plays more consistently.”

IOWA
INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS
Rushing Att Gain Lost Net TD LG
Young 13 44 0 44 0 9
Christensen 11 35 33 2 0 16
Sims 4 2 0 2 0 1
 
Passing Att Comp INT Yds TD LG
Christensen 29 16 0 146 1 33
 
Receiving No. Yds TD LG
Stross 5 69 1 33
Chaney 3 14 0 9
Young 3 10 0 5
Cleveland 2 37 0 21
Sims 2 6 0 6
Johnson-Koulianos 1 10 0 10
 
Punting No. Yds AVG LG In20 TB
Donahue 11 497 45.2 57 4 2
 
Returns PR KOR INTR
Johnson-Koulianos - 2-62 -
Chaney - 2-61 -
Clayborn - 1-19 -
Greenwood - - 1-3
Godfrey - - 1-2
 
Field Goal Attempts
None
 
Defense T TFL S Int. FF FR
Humpal 6-6-12 1.0-5 - - 1 -
Kroul 5-5-10 1.5-3 - - - -
Shada 6-1-7 - - - - 1-0
King 3-4-7 2.0-15 2.0-15 - 1 -
Godfrey 5-1-6 - - 1-2 - -

Starting Lineups
PENN STATE
INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS
Rushing Att Gain Lost Net TD LG
Kinlaw 28 168 0 168 2 23
Royster 16 88 2 86 0 17
Williams 1 11 0 11 0 11
Norwood 1 5 0 5 0 5
TEAM 1 0 1 -1 0 0
Morelli 3 0 13 -13 0 0
 
Passing Att Comp INT Yds TD LG
Morelli 31 18 2 233 1 37
TEAM 1 0 0 0 0 0
 
Receiving No. Yds TD LG
Butler 3 55 0 37
Quarless 3 48 0 24
Williams 3 44 1 24
Norwood 3 44 0 30
Golden 3 15 0 6
Royster 2 11 0 16
Brackett 1 16 0 16
 
Punting No. Yds AVG LG In20 TB
Boone 5 224 44.8 48 3 0
 
Returns PR KOR INTR
Williams 3-24 1-19 -
Hahn - 1-8 -
 
Field Goal Attempts
Kelly 2nd 09:59 24 yds Good
Kelly 2nd 00:00 53 yds Good
Kelly 3rd 03:19 43 yds Missed
 
Defense T TFL S Int. FF FR
Lee 3-8-11 - - - - -
Connor 3-6-9 2.0-9 1.0-8 - - -
King 5-0-5 - - - - -
Baker 3-1-4 - - - - -
Evans 2-2-4 2.0-10 2.0-10 - - -
TEAM STATISTICS
  IOWA PSU
FIRST DOWNS 8 26
Rushing 3 14
Passing 4 11
Penalty 1 1
NET YARDS RUSHING 48 256
Rushing Attempts 28 50
Yards Gained Rushing 81 272
Yards Lost Rushing 33 16
NET YARD PASSING 146 233
Passes Attempted 29 32
Passes Completed 16 18
Had Intercepted 0 2
TOTAL OFFENSIVE PLAYS 57 82
TOTAL NET YARDS 194 489
Avg. Gain Per Play 3.4 6.0
Fumbles: No. - Lost 1-0 2-1
Penalties: No. - Yds. 6-41 5-42
No. of Punts - Yards 11-497 5-224
Avg. Per Punt 45.2 44.8
Punt Returns: No. - Yds. 0-0 3-24
Kickoff Returns: No. - Yds. 5-142 2-27
Interceptions: No. - Yds. 2-5 0-0
Fumble Returns: No. - Yds. 0-0 0-0
Miscellaneous Yards 0 0
Possession Time 23:38 36:22
3rd Down Conversion 3 of 16 9 of 17
4th Down Conversion 0 of 2 0 of 0
Sacks By: No. - Yds. 2-15 5-32
 
PSU PARTICIPANTS (51) - 1 King, 2 Williams, 3 Butler, 4 Golden, 5 Hayes, 7 Scirrotto, 9 Rubin, 10 Quarless, 10 Sargeant, 11 Davis, 12 Wallace, 14 Morelli, 15 Gbadyu, 17 Clark, 19 Bell, 20 Kinlaw, 21 Timmons, 22 Royster, 23 Kelly, 24 Norwood, 29 Jeffries, 32 Carter, 34 Hahn, 40 Connor, 41 Boone, 42 Ganter, 43 Hull, 44 Federoff, 45 Lee, 46 Sales, 47 Gaines, 48 Evans, 50 Lucian, 54 Hill, 57 Mauriello, 57 Shipley, 59 Maybin, 63 Toriello, 64 Ohrnberger, 73 Landolt, 76 Cadogan, 77 Eliades, 81 Coakley, 82 Shuler, 83 Brackett, 85 Ogbu, 89 Lyons, 90 Taylor, 91 Odrick, 93 Baker, 97 Koroma.