Under Kirk Ferentz, Iowa has gone 8-2 against Penn State going into a showdown at Kinnick Stadium.
The Hawks had built some momentum winning their last two games and with hosting a young Bill O'Briens team, the Hawks had a shot to be atop the Big Ten Legends division.
In going for its third straight win Saturday night, Iowa got off to a rough start in the 38-14 loss. Penn State quarterback Matt McGloin threw for two touchdowns in the first quarter and the Nittany Lions would build a 38-0 lead before Iowa snapped the shutout on a long kickoff return by Jordan Cotten.
Iowa mustered only 20 yards of rushing while giving up over 500 total yards, leaving several question marks for the black and gold.
James Vandenberg, Hawkeye quarterback said, "We didn't execute in any phase of offense, we didn't throw it well, we didn't catch it well, we didn't run it well, we didn't block well. We didn't do anything you have to do to win, we have to get that cleaned up."
Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz added, "We didn't block them well, we didn't execute well, run or pass, we couldn't get anything going tonight at all, period."
4-3 Iowa looks to respond when they visit 6-2 Northwestern next Saturday. The Hawks broke their 3 game skid against the Wildcats last year with a 41-31 win in Iowa City. Kickoff is set for 11 am on ESPN 2.
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