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Snap Reactions: Is McGloin best QB in Big Ten?

Throughout Saturday’s Big Ten football action, senior writer Tom Dienhart offers his Snap Reactions from every Big Ten game. See his immediate thoughts from Penn State’s easy road victory at Iowa in this post. Penn State 38, Iowa 14 1. Penn State continues to impress, winning its fifth game in a row with an convincing 38-14 win at Iowa. The defense has exceeded expectations and seemingly improves each passing week, limiting the Hawkeyes to 191 yards. Is this really the same crew that couldn’t get off the field in the season opener vs. Ohio? 2. Penn State’s Matt McGloin

Belton, McGloin team up to help Penn State rout Iowa

Bill Belton ran for 103 yards and three touchdowns and surging Penn State throttled Iowa 38-14 on Saturday night for its fifth straight win. Matt McGloin threw for 289 yards and a pair of TDs for the Nittany Lions, who beat the Hawkeyes in Iowa City for the first time in 13 years. [RELATED: Dienhart: Is McGloin best QB in Big Ten?] Penn State (5-2, 3-0) took the suspense of this matchup between previously-unbeaten Big Ten teams by storming out to a 24-0 lead at halftime. The Nittany Lions scored again just 27 seconds into the second half to go

3rd quarter recap: Penn State 31, Iowa 0

Penn State is in the driver’s seat as it leads Iowa 31-0 after the third quarter. The Nittany Lions threw for 76 yards during the quarter. Penn State opened up the lead, 31-0, after Bill Belton pounded in a three-yard touchdown run to end a two-play, 45-yard drive. The key play on the Nittany Lions’ drive was Matt McGloin’s 42-yard pass. The Nittany Lions’ McGloin topped 200 yards passing for the game in the quarter, and has plenty of time to add to his 274 total yards through the air. Penn State is knocking on the door to begin the

2nd quarter recap: Penn State 24, Iowa 0

Penn State’s defensive line went crazy in the second, penetrating Iowa’s backfield so often that the Hawkeyes finished with negative rushing yardage, at minus-13 yards, and the Nittany Lions now lead 24-0. Penn State made its lead 17-0 when Sam Ficken kicked a 33-yard field goal on the last play of a 12-play, 64-yard drive. The Nittany Lions opened up the lead, 24-0, after marching down the field for a one-play, 14-yard drive that ended when. Penn State started in good field position when the Nittany Lions recovered a fumble. Penn State is set to receive to start the second

1st quarter recap: Penn State 14, Iowa 0

Penn State aired it out to the tune of 132 passing yards in the quarter, and the Nittany Lions lead 14-0 at the end of the first quarter. Penn State got on the scoreboard first, rattling off a nine-play, 84-yard drive that ended in a score when Matt McGloin and Jesse James combined for a 31-yard touchdown. Penn State opened up the lead, 14-0, after McGloin threw an eight-yard touchdown pass to Allen Robinson to end a nine-play, 69-yard drive. The Nittany Lions will start the second quarter with the ball at Iowa’s 30-yard line. Iowa’s Dominic Alvis had to

Numbers: Big stats for big Week 8 games

Week 8 in the Big Ten is chock full of intriguing games. Michigan-Michigan State has arguably been the most talked-about rivalry in the conference over the last five years – from Mike Hart’s “little brother” quip in 2007 all the way through the early-season derogatory comments about Denard Robinson on Twitter by some Michigan State players this season. I can’t wait to get it going Saturday at 3:30 ET on BTN/BTN2Go. But that’s far from the only compelling game this weekend. Nebraska-Northwestern is a huge one in Evanston with both teams needing a win in their quests to get to

Week 8: We predict all six Big Ten games

Every week,’s Brent Yarina (@BTNBrentYarina) and Tom Dienhart (@BTNTomDienhart) offer their predictions for each Big Ten football game. We also provide a poll for all of the games so fans can vote for their winners. After seven weeks, it’s Dienhart on top, one game ahead of fans and three ahead of Yarina. See our Week 8 predictions and choose your winners in this post. [RELATED: Week 8 Power Rankings | Week 8 Player Rankings | Week 8 Bowl Projections] SEASON RECORDS Tom: 48-14; .774 fans: 47-15; .758 Brent: 45-17; .726 Listen to Dienhart on Wednesday night’s “#BTNLive”

Best of Week 8: It's Denard v. Narduzzi Part III

This shapes up as an interesting week, with two key Legends Division clashes on a Big Ten menu that has six games. The headline clash is Nebraska at Northwestern. The Cornhuskers are coming off a bye week and still may be licking their wounds after allowing 63 points in a loss at Ohio State last time out. The Wildcats are coming off a gutty win at Minnesota that pushed them to bowl eligibility. The loser of this game will have two Big Ten losses and be behind the proverbial eight ball. The two front-runners in the Legends are in action

Dienhart: Mark Weisman latest AIRBHG victim

Looks like the Iowa running back hex continues. Sophomore sensation Mark Weisman didn’t appear on the depth chart released today by the school. He apparently hurt his right ankle in the Hawkeyes’ 19-16 double-overtime win at Michigan State last week after running 26 times for 116 yards. True freshman Greg Garmon and Jordan Canzeri are listed 1-2 for Iowa’s game vs. Penn State at home this Saturday. Garmon has dealt with an arm injury, while Canzeri hurt a knee in spring drills. [RELATED: Weisman lands on our Week 8 Player Rankings] Weisman has seemingly come out of nowhere to emerge

Swing at an AIRBHG pinata, support a good cause

Tired of the running back curse at Iowa? You know, the whole Angry-Iowa-Running-Back-Hating-God thing, affectionately known as AIRBHG? If you weren’t prior to last week, you are now. Mark Weisman, the popular and highly successful walk-on running back, injured his right ankle last week and is not listed on the depth chart for Saturday’s home game vs. Penn State. [RELATED: Tom Dienhart on Weisman injury, Iowa backfield] There’s a way for Iowa fans to release their frustration stemming from the recurring backfield issues, and support a good cause in the process. So, at noon ET Saturday, head on over to