October 20, 2012 at 9:51 PM
Bill Belton cruised into the end zone nearly untouched and placed his index finger in front of his mouth. Yet, the Iowa fans didn't need to be told — they were already silenced.
The running back's 11-yard rushing touchdown continued Penn State's domination of the Hawkeyes, giving the Nittany Lions a 24-point cushion with 5:53 to play in the half. The touchdown was set up by DaQuan Jones' fumble recovery, leaving the Lions just 14 yards from the end zone.
The score gave Belton his first rushing touchdown of the season of the season.
Meanwhile, Sam Ficken started the scoring off in the second quarter with a 34-yard field goal, his fourth of the season.
The kick came on a fourth and three on Iowa's 17-yard line, a spot where Bill O'Brien has typically attempted to convert on fourth down. But, after the Lions failed to convert on a fourth down at the beginning of the quarter, O'Brien shocked many by sending the field goal unit onto the field.
The Hawkeyes' longest drive of the game was aided by a 31-yard reception by Keenan Davis on a third and six. However, despite making it to the Penn State 19-yard line, Iowa came up empty handed after a missed 37-yard field goal by Mike Meyer, his second miss of the game.
Penn State's tight ends finished the first half with a combined 147 yards, led by Kyle Carter, who caught for 85 yards.
With the dominating first half, the Lions have now outscored opponents, 110-23, in the first half this season.
Penn State — Matt McGloin: 18/28, 196 yards and 2 TD's
Iowa — James Vandenberg: 7/15, 94 yards (with a lost fumble)
Penn State — Bill Belton: 8 carries, 68 yards, 1 TD
Iowa — Mark Weisman: 5 carries, 9 yards
Penn State — Kyle Carter: 6 catches, 85 yards
Iowa — Keenan Davis: 2 catches, 53 yards
Penn State — Jordan Hill: 6 tackles, 2 TFL
Iowa — Tom Donatell: 6 tackles