October 21, 2012 at 9:50 AM
IOWA CITY, Iowa. -- Here's Bill Belton's day by the numbers:
12: The number of days ago Belton tweeted: "I'm going to make all you doubters look stupid. Watch!"
3: The number of touchdowns Belton scored.
21: The number of points Belton scored.
6.4: The average number of yards Belton had per carry
103: The total number of yards Belton rushed.
0.007: The percent of the trip from Kinnick Stadium to State College that Bill Belton ran.
136: The amount of yards Belton is behind Zach Zwinak for Penn State's team lead.
98: The percentage of more rushing yards Belton had than Zwinak against Iowa. Zwinak led Penn State in rushing in the three games before Iowa.
415: The percentage of more rushing yards Belton had than Iowa.
It's one game, and Belton was by no means lights out. Still, this is the guy Silas Redd said would turn some heads (Redd said this before he transferred to USC). Then Belton injured his ankle in the first game of the season, and eventually Zwinak became Penn State's go-to tailback. It was revealed that Belton's ankle had never fully healed until this week.
As Belton waited, he had to deal with some negativity from people who were impatient with his recovery.
"I had a lot of people saying a lot of things to me and it kind of built up after a while," Belton said. "I just wanted to get back and be healthy again."
Coach Bill O'Brien said he saw "a little bit more juice" from Belton over the bye week, and he opted to give him the bulk of the work against a tough Iowa defense.
Belton added that he's not frustrated with the committee system, but he took that negativity and used it as fuel.
"It didn't frustrate me," Belton said. "It just gave me motivation. That's just how I took it and I ran with it."
No pun intended.