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Penn State vs. Iowa: Lions Take 6-3 Lead To Half

Matthew McGloin wasn't his best on his first drive of the game that led to Penn State's second field goal of the day, but he did what he had to do to put points on the board. He was 5-7 passing on the drive for 75 yards, compared to Rob Bolden's 3-6 for 31 yards on his first drive.

These two teams are chewing up a lot of clock. It'll be a surprise of both get more than three drives each in the half. Welcome to Big Ten season, folks.

Iowa comes out after Penn State's field goal and is forced into a three-and-out by the Nittany Lions' defense. Quarterback James Vandenberg missed on all three of his passes on the drive as Penn State brought good pressure.

McGloin remains Penn State's quarterback on drive No. 3. He comes out and hits Devon Smith for 21 yards to get the Lions in to Hawkeye territory.

Stephfon Green, suspended by coach Joe Paterno for the first five games this season, just entered the game for the first time all year on 3rd-and-9. He caught a screen pass from McGloin but was gobbled up for a loss of four yards. Penn State is forced to punt.

After getting the ball back, Iowa elects to take its offense to the ground, running three straight times for a first down. Vandenberg picks up another first down with a scramble up to his own 44-yardline. The Lions' defense rebounds, however, as Khairi Fortt slices through for a sack. That play ends the half and Penn State will take a 6-3 lead into the locker room.

We'll have stats here in a minute on SB Nation Pittsburgh. Stay tuned.

Photographs by dizfunk used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.