Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Penn State-Iowa halftime update

IOWA CITY, Iowa --

Penn State-Iowa halftime update


IOWA CITY, Iowa --

1. Penn State goes ahead, 10-7, with another looooonnng drive. A couple of numbers here: The Lions have run 33 plays from scrimmage as opposed to Iowa's five. Penn State has had the ball for over 15 minutes. Iowa only for two. And yet, the Lions only lead, 10-7, with 12:32 to go before the half. Evan Royster provided the touchdown, running in from two yards out. Penn State was in a similar situation on their last possession, but threw an incomplete pass on second-and-2 from the goal. This time, they wised up and just ran Royster.

2. This is a nutty first half. The Lions uncorked another time-eating drive, but managed to only add three points to its lead. The score is 13-7 with just 55 seconds before the half and Iowa has to be ecstatic heading into the break down only six. Kelly's second field goal -- a 31-yarder -- ended a 16-play, 78-yard possession.

3. Penn State has added a few wrinkles on offense. Mostly, it entails Derrick Williams switching places with Daryll Clark and lining up in the shotgun behind center. Each time Williams has taken the direct snap he's run the ball. It's essentially the same play the Lions ran with Clark and Anthony Morelli in last year's Alamo Bowl.

4. Here are some first half stats: Penn State has run 47 plays to Iowa's 15. Penn State leads in time of possession, 23:34 to 6:26. Penn State has 203 total yards to Iowa's 70, 18 first downs to the Hawkeyes' 5. Penn State is 6 of 9 on third conversions. Royster has 17 carries for 74 yards and a TD. He's three carries away from setting a career mark. Clark has thrown for just 65 yards on 7 of 15 passing. Williams has 8 totes for 47 yards. Iowa's Shonn Green has nine carries for 59 yards and a TD.



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Joe Juliano has been a staff writer for The Inquirer for 30 years, covering covering Penn State football, Villanova basketball and other college sports, along with golf and the Penn Relays. This is his seventh season on The Inquirer’s Penn State beat. He previously covered the Nittany Lions for United Press International from 1976-84.

Joining Joe this season is Erin McCarthy, an intern for The Inquirer and a junior at Penn State majoring in print and digital journalism. This is Erin's first season on the Penn State football beat. She previously spent two summers as an Inquirer summer intern on the Pennsylvania and South Jersey desks. She is also an editor for the Daily Collegian, the university's student newspaper. A Delaware County native, Erin graduated from Episcopal Academy.

Reach Joe at jjuliano@phillynews.com.

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