Penn State keeps winning, throttles Iowa
Nittany Lions score game's first 38 points in cruising to victory
IOWA CITY, Iowa — Matthew McGloin threw for 289 yards and two touchdowns and Bill Belton rushed for three touchdowns as the visiting Nittany Lions cruised to a one-sided victory over the Hawkeyes.
Penn State (5-2, 3-0 Big Ten), which has won five in a row, led 24-0 at halftime, rolling up 304 yards on 50 plays while holding Iowa to only five yards rushing. The Nittany Lions finished with a 504 to 209 edge in total yards and scored the game’s first 38 points.
Both of McGloin’s touchdown passes came in the first quarter when Penn State took a 14-0 lead. His first, a 31-yarder to freshman tight end Jesse James, capped a 9-play, 84-yard drive while his second, an 8-yarder to sophomore wide receiver Allen Robinson, came three plays after McGloin connected with freshman tight end Kyle Carter for 34 yards on fourth-and-3 at the Iowa 45.
Belton scored his first three touchdowns of the season of runs of 11, 3 and 5 yards, the last of which upped the Nittany Lions’ lead to 38-0 with 14:25 left in the game. Jordan Cotton return the ensuing kickoff 92 yards for a touchdown to finally get the Hawkeyes on the board.
Iowa (4-3, 2-1), which has been plagued by a series of injuries in the offensive line, finished with only 23 yards rushing on 22 attempts. James Vandenberg completed 17 of 36 passes for 189 yards and a touchdown but was also intercepted twice.
GAME NOTEBOOK: Iowa placekicker Mike Meyer, who had connected on 13 straight field goal tries entering the game, missed two in a row in the first half from 49 and 37 yards. … McGloin, who entered the game leading the Big Ten in passing with an average of 249.8 yards per game, has thrown for 200 yards or more in five consecutive games. … Penn State has outscored opponents 66-0 in the first quarter this season.