The Penn State Nittany Lions held the Iowa Hawkeyes offense to no touchdowns, which hadn't been done by anyone in four years. Penn State grinded out the win, running the ball all over the Hawkeyes defense for a total of 231 yards. Running back Silas Redd had 142 yards on the ground on 28 carries to help Penn State dominate the time of possession.
The quarterback duo of Matthew McGloin and Rob Bolden was ineffective initially, but once Penn State realized McGloin was able to move their offense in the second half, the Lions began to pull away. McGloin ended the day going 12 for 19 with 133 yards, one touchdown and one interception. McGloin sunk the dagger on a play action fake late in the fourth quarter to put Penn State up over Iowa 13-3.
The Penn State defense forced turnovers in the second half, intercepting Iowa quarterback James Vandenberg twice. Iowa entered the game with the best passing attack in the Big 10, but was limited to just 169 yards in the air and 84 yards on the ground. Iowa's preseason All Big 10 running back Marcus Coker was bottled up all game long, getting just 74 yards on the ground.