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Some interesting facts about the Iowa Hawkeyes

The Hawkeyes are currently on a three game losing streak. Dating back to last season they have lost their last seven consecutive Big Ten contests.

The last time Iowa and Penn State met was the imfamous 6-4 offensive shootout of 2004.

Iowa has won the last five games against Penn State and the last four games played in State College. Penn State has not beaten Iowa at home since 1994.

Sophomore quarterback Jake Christensen has completed 54% of his passes for 1066 yards, 9 TD, and 2 INT.

Albert Young is the leading rusher with 356 yards, but Damian Sims also sees a lot of carries and has 282 yards of his own. Both guys each have one touchdown on the year.

Iowa has been decimated with injuries at several key positions. Linebacker Mike Klinkenborg was the leading tackler before suffering a concussion two weeks ago. Free safety Devon Moylan also suffered a concussion against Wisconsin. Both players are descibed as "iffy" for this game.

Junior wide receiver Andy Brodell tore a hamstring and is out for the year. Mackey Award candidate tight end Tony Moeaki is out for a month. Iowa is turning to a bunch of freshmen and sophomores in the receiving game.

Iowa quarterbacks have been sacked 20 times this year.

On paper it looks like a glaring advantage for Penn State. But then that turnover margin statistic sticks out like a sore thumb doesn't it?

Team Comparison
Iowa Penn State Advantage
Rushing Offense (ypg) 132 164
Passing Offense (ypg) 204 223
Pass Efficiency Offense 118.0 130.95
Total Offense (ypg) 336 387
Scoring Offense (ppg) 19.4 32.8
Rushing Defense (ypg) 85.4 87.0
Passing Defense (ypg) 182 178
Pass Efficiency Defense 116.1 102.4
Total Defense (ypg) 267.4 265.0
Scoring Defense (ppg) 14.6 15.0
Net Punting (yards) 33.1 38.8
Punt Returns (yards) 13.0 14.9
Kickoff Returns (yards) 22.0 21.9
Turnover Margin 1.0 -0.2
Sacks Per Game 2.4 3.8
Tackles for Loss 5.6 9.8
Sacks Allowed Per Game 4.0 2.2