identity and looking for a consistently strong effort took major
strides in both directions in Kinnick Stadium.
Again facing a strong team and a fourth quarter deficit, Penn
State made the plays when it had to in handing Iowa its first
loss, 41-27. The Nittany Lions improved to 2-2 in the Big Ten.
Many of the plays which turned the game in favor of the Lions
were made by a collection of seniors intent on making the 1995
season another worth remembering.
Having led, 17-7, in the second quarter, the Lions saw their lead
disappear early in the fourth quarter, trailing 27-24. For the
second time in the game, senior tailback Stephen Pitts took the
ensuing kickoff 43 yards to midfield, ripped off runs of 15 and
19 yards and Brett Conway's second field goal made it 27-all with
11:21 to play.
Penn State's run defense had been solid all day and senior end
Todd Atkins delivered consecutive sacks for -17 yards on Iowa's
next possession. The Lions took over at the Iowa 35 and
following a 12-yard burst by senior fullback Jon Witman, Wally
Richardson lofted a 13-yard scoring strike to senior Bobby
Engram, who made sure one foot got down in the back of the end
zone. The touchdown reception was the 26th of Engram's brilliant
career, lifting him past Kenny Jackson, his position coach, in
the school records book.
Leading 34-27 with 6:07 to play, Iowa drove to midfield, but
safety Kim Herring snared his third interception of the season to
stop the host's last threat. An 18-yard romp by senior Mike
Archie set-up a gorgeous 43-yard aerial from Richardson to
Engram, who leapt high in the end zone for the clincher with 3:09
to go. Iowa got to near midfield again, but Clint Holes made his
second theft of the year and the Lions ran out the clock for
their most important win to date in '95.
Having suffered a stress fracture in his right foot in the
pre-season, Pitts had just two carries for two years entering the
Iowa fray. But he was outstanding vs. the Hawkeyes, accumulating
284 all-purpose yards, third-highest in school history and the
most for a Lion since Curt Warner's school record 341 all-purpose
yards vs. Syracuse in 1981. Pitts had 12 carries for 134 yards
(11.2), with five attempts of 15 yards or better. He also gained
150 yards on six kickoff returns with two 43-yard efforts.
Archie gained 82 yards, and, combined with freshman Curtis Enis' 79
yards, the three tailbacks gained 295 of State's 317 rushing
yards. The return of senior tackle Keith Conlin bolstered the
senior-laden offensive line, which opened up massive holes and
protected Richardson. Witman tied his career-high with three
touchdowns. The Lions had 10 plays which gained 20 yards or
better and gained 519 yards.
Engram made seven catches for 150 yards for his 14th 100-yard
effort, earning his eighth school record with his 26th and 27th
Atkins earned a career-high three sacks for -23 yards on the day,
as State recorded eight sacks and held the Hawkeyes to 53 yards
rushing, 210 below their average. Linebacker Gerald Filardi made
10 stops, linebacker Aaron Collins had 10, with two tackles for
-11 yards, and Herring added eight hits to his interception.
Atkins had six tackles among his three sacks and tackle Brandon
Noble had seven hits, including two tackles for -14 yards.
Senior linebacker Terry Killens had two stops for -13 yards as
The victory was Penn State's 10th consecutive on the road, eight
of which have come against Big Ten competition.
Defense Delivers vs. Hawkeyes
The Penn State defense faced another stern test in Iowa, which
entered the game averaging 263.8 yards rushing, tops in the Big
Ten and sixth in the nation.
While the Hawkeyes did find some success throwing the ball, the
Lion defense was superb against the run, limiting the hosts to 53
yards on 32 attempts, an average of 1.7 yards per carry and more
than 200 yards below their average! Leading rusher Sedrick Shaw
brought a 142.6 ypg average into the game, but was held to 93
yards on 17 carries. Iowa's rushing total was the lowest for a
Lion opponent this season, as Penn State recorded eight sacks for
-63 yards. Senior defensive end Todd Atkins led the way with a
career-best three sacks for -23 yards and senior linebacker Terry
Killens made 1.5 for -11 yards.
When Iowa turned to the pass late in the game, the State defense
stiffened, making interceptions on the Hawkeyes' last two
possessions. Following Bobby Engram's go-ahead score, junior
safety Kim Herring grabbed his third theft of the year at the
50-yard-line and four plays later, Engram's second TD sealed the
deal. Junior Hero Clint Holes then made his second pick of the
year to stop Iowa's last drive.
Junior inside linebacker Gerald Filardi paced the Lions with 10
tackles (6 solo), outside linebacker Aaron Collins made 10 hits,
with two tackles for -11 and Herring added eight hits to his
Playing in a conference which last week had six of the nation's
top 14 rushers, Penn State is allowing only 108.0 yards on the
ground and 2.9
yards per attempt.
SCORE BY PERIODS
Iowa 7 7 6 7 - 27
Penn State 10 7 7 17 - 41
PS-Witman, 1 run (Conway kick)
I-Odems, 19 pass from Sherman (Bromert kick)
PS-Conway, 42 FG
PS-Witman, 1 run (Conway kick)
I-Dwight, 29 pass from Sherman (Bromert kick)
I-Bromert, 22 FG
PS-Witman, 1 run (Conway kick)
I-Bromert, 26 FG
I-Shaw, 19 run (Bromert kick)
PS-Conway, 26 FG
PS-Engram, 13 pass from Richardson (Conway kick)
PS-Engram, 43 pass from Richardson (Conway kick)
TEAM STATISTICS I PS
First Downs 23 27
Total Net Yards 427 519
Net Yards Rushing 53 317
Net Yards Passing 374 202
Passes (Att-Comp-Int) 28-21-2 24-10-1
Punts-Average 4-36.8 3-36.7
Fumbles-Lost 2-1 1-0
Penalties-Yards 5-40 6-33
Individual Statistical Leaders
PS-Pitts 12 for 134; Archie 13 for 82; Enis 8 for 79; Witman 12 for 39
I-Shaw 17 for 93; Filer 4 for 11
PS-Richardson 10 of 24, 202 yds, 2 TD, 1 Int.
I-Sherman 21 of 28, 374 yds, 2 TD, 1 Int.
PS-Engram 7 for 150; Milne 2 for 41;
Scott 1 for 11
I-Slutzker 8 for 167; Dwight 6 for 94; Shaw 4 for 65
PS-Filardi 6-4-10, 1 TFL for -4; Collins 9-1-10, 2 TFL for -11; Herring
5-3-8; Noble 4-3-7, 2 TFL for -14; Atkins 4-2-6, 3 sacks for -23
I-Robinson 11-3-14; Diaco 8-3-11; Jackson 9-1-10