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Penn State Football: The Numbers on Ending a Four-Game Losing Streak at Kinnick Stadium

by on October 20, 2012 12:20 PM

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Penn State hasn’t defeated Iowa on the road since a 31-7 whooping in 1999, Kirk Ferentz’s first season with the Hawkeyes. Of course, Iowa would finish 1-10 and winless in the Big Ten that year.

Since then, it’s been all Hawkeyes, with the most memorable win happening in 2008, a 24-23 victory that derailed Penn State’s unbeaten season and chance at playing for a national championship.

Kinnick Stadium, sure to be electric Saturday night (8 p.m. kick/Big Ten Network) has not been the friendliest atmosphere for the Nits in the last decade.

"I've been away at Alabama, Ohio State, some places like that," senior defensive end Pete Massaro said, "and I'd say Iowa's stadium is pretty vicious.”

Said safety Jake Fagnano: "The fans are right on your back because your bench is five feet away from them. I'm sure for a night game they'll be pretty riled up."

Really, the history of this series is rendered meaningless because there’s a new sheriff patrolling the Penn State sideline, one who has shown he’s not going to play conservative, and, going hand-in-hand-with that, one who allows his quarterback to run the show.

But there are a couple of statistical trends that may need to end in order for Penn State to capture its first victory at Kinnick Stadium since that 1999 win.

Among them:

0: No Penn State quarterback left Iowa City with a QB rating of 100 or better.

To put in perspective just how futile quarterback play has been at times throughout this series, Matt McGloin enters Saturday’s game with a 134.6 QB rating, good enough to rank just 55th in the country among quarterbacks who played in at least 75 percent of a team’s games and had a minimum of 15 pass attempts per game.

0: No Penn State back has rushed for 100 yards. Bill Belton may get the start, but Zach Zwinak has hit that number in back-to-back games.

64: Highest receiving yardage total by a Penn State player comes from tight end Matt Kranchick in 2003. Brett Brackett, another tight end, finished with 63 yards in the 24-3 loss in 2010.

38.8: Average yards per punt in the last four games. Penn State’s Alex Butterworth, inconsistent throughout the season, is averaging 36.5 yards per punt this season.

61.7: Average completion percentage from opposing quarterbacks Ricky Stanzi, Nathan Chandler and Kyle McCann. Iowa starting quarterback James Vandenberg has completed just 57.4 percent of his passes this season.

Nate Mink covers Penn State football and news for He's on Twitter as @MinkNate.
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