Halftime Thoughts: Penn State 7, Iowa 6

By Jarrod Prugar on October 12, 2019 at 9:15 pm
Oct 12, 2019; Iowa City, IA, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions quarterback Sean Clifford (14) is sacked by Iowa Hawkeyes defensive end Chauncey Golston (57) as offensive lineman Michal Menet (62) and offensive lineman Will Fries (71) look on during the first quarter at Kinnick Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports
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It was another slow start offensively in the first quarter, but luckily there are two quarters in every half. The Penn State defense did its job holding Iowa to three field goal attempts despite long, time consuming drives.

  • With the success Sean Clifford has had early this season it's hard to remember he's only a sophomore starting for the first time in his collegiate career. That age and experience showed against Iowa as the signal caller was out of sorts to start the game as the Nittany Lions struggled to get the offense going in the first half. No surprise there wasn't a lot of success early for him as this is his first real test on the road in a tough environment.
  • The Penn State defense couldn't stay off the field as a result of the offensive woes in the first quarter. That being said, the Nittany Lions defense did a spectacular job in limiting the damage the Hawkeyes were able to do on the scoreboard limiting them to three points in the first and three in the second quarter. 
  • Iowa did a solid job taking advantage of what the Penn State defense was giving them even though it wasn't much. They ran the football well to the weak side, but I'd expect the defensive front to shut that down in the second half. 

With two of the best defenses in the country, there's a good chance the scoreboard will not be lit up very often. It's going to be imperative the Nittany Lions come out in the second half and notch a momentum sustaining drive.