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Penn State leads Iowa in field-goal battle

Remember 6-4?

We can't have the same score in today's Iowa-Penn State meeting, but this game is shaping up as the same kind of defensive struggle as the Nittany Lions lead 6-3 at the half. (Adam's 12-10 prediction looks pretty good right now).

Both teams had time consuming drives -- Penn State had two that lasted a combined 14-plus minutes -- and so there were only seven possessions in the first half. And neither could reach the end zone. The Nittany Lions moved the ball to the Iowa 2-yard line one drive and to the 3 on the other but had to settle for field goals. Bad red-zone production has haunted Joe Paterno's team all year long.

Rob Bolden started at quarterback, but Matt McGloin played from the second series on and was the much better player. McGloin completed 8-of-10 passes for 93 yards and made the downfield throws Bolden simply can't right now. If McGloin doesn't play most if not all of the second half, it will be baffling.

Meanwhile, the Penn State defense is again playing great in shutting down James Vandenberg and the Iowa offense. The Hawkeyes moved the ball well a couple of times but just couldn't finish off drives as the Nittany Lions defense stiffened.

The game is so close that one big play in the second half might make the difference. Or maybe just a couple more field goals.