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Penn State vs. Iowa 2012: Nittany Lions cruise to 38-14 win

The Penn State Nittany Lions won their fifth in a row by defeating Iowa Saturday.

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Hill, Carter take home Big Ten awards

The Penn State Nittany Lions are playing extremely well as of late, beating the Iowa Hawkeyes 38-14 at Kinnick Stadium Saturday on the road to run their record to 5-2.

With the team performing well, a few individuals to receive recognition this week were defensive tackle Jordan Hill, winner of the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week, and tight end Kyle Carter, who took home the Big Ten Freshman of the Week award, according to Ben Jones.

Carter, a Delaware native, led the team in receiving with six catches and 85 yards on the evening. The freshman had as many as six receptions just once before, nabbing a half-dozen against the Ohio Bobcats in the season opener.

Hill was also a force, totaling nine tackles (seven solo) and a sack in Penn State's victory over the Hawkeyes. A senior, Hill has proven to be one of the more reliable players for head coach Bill O'Brien and his staff.

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Penn state puts together solid perforance in Iowa

The Penn St. Nittany Lions football program put together a solid performance on Saturday, defeating host Iowa Hawkeyes, 38-14, in a Big Ten Conference game. The Nittany Lions (5-2, 3-0 Big Ten) used a 103-yard, three-touchdown performance from sophomore running back Bill Belton to remain unbeaten in league play. Quarterback Matt McGloin finished 26-for-38 with 289 passing yards and two touchdowns and no interceptions.

The victory was Penn State's fifth straight, however, according to the SB Nation blog Black Shoes Diaries the Nittany Lions could have won by more.

While you revel in a 38-14 win, I'll be annoyed it wasn't 52-7.

The settle-for-nothing-more-than-perfection attitude comes from Nittany Lions head coach Bill O'Brien, who wasn't pleased with his team's first-half performance, despite being ahead 24-0.

When he was interviewed coming out of the tunnel at halftime, O'Brien told the Big Ten Network sideline reporter that he considered it 0-0, that Penn State had left too many points on the board. He wasn't resting on the 24-0 lead his team had built up in the first half. He, like me, knew it should have been more.

To read Black Shoes' full recap of Saturday's game click here.

Penn State's next game will be Saturday against the visiting Ohio State Buckeyes. The contest is schedule to start at 5:30 p.m. ET on ESPN.

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