UNIVERSITY PARK -- A capsule look at Joe Paterno's weekly press conference.
Opponent: No. 17 Iowa (3-1)
Kickoff: 8 p.m.
Last time vs. Penn State: Iowa won, 21-10, last season at Beaver Stadium.
Line: Iowa is favored by 7
Cory Giger and Neil Rudel analyze Joe Paterno's press conference. Join them for this weekly video feature on altoonamirror.com.
No arguing results: Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz is 7-2 against Joe Paterno, who was asked several times Tuesday why the Hawkeyes have so much success against his team. "They just do a good job," Paterno said. "They recruit well. The kids play hard. They're disciplined. You gotta beat them. They don't beat themselves. Last year we thought we had them licked, and we made one or two mistakes and they took advantage of it. They blocked the punt at midfield, scored, and then they came back and intercepted a pass."
No extra frustration: Iowa has handed PSU its first loss each of the past two seasons, including on a last-second field goal when the Lions were ranked No. 3 in 2008. But JoePa says he doesn't harbor any extra frustration about the struggles against the Hawkeyes. "No, I think they've beaten us fair and square," he said. "I think we've had chances to win."
Punt protection: Penn State's scheme this year, with three blockers standing in front of the punter, was designed in large part because of Iowa's blocked punt that went for a game-changing TD last year. "We put a lot more emphasis on it because I felt we lost two ballgames last year because we didn't do as good a job as we could have in a special teams area," JoePa said. "We did change the punt formation because of the fact of personnel and timing it takes."
Iowa's loss uncharacteristic: The Hawkeyes saw their national title hopes dashed with a 34-27 loss at Arizona in week two. "They don't lick themselves," Paterno said. "The only game that I've seen Iowa really lick themselves in the last few years would have been that game at Arizona, when they kicked the ball around. Gave up the punt, the kickoff return and did a couple of things that were so unlike them."
Bolden's development: Freshman quarterback Rob Bolden made some big-time throws in the fourth quarter against Temple to lead PSU to a game-clinching touchdown. "There's an old saying, 'There's nothing that succeeds like success,'" Paterno said. "I think the fact he is able to do that should be good experience for him. It will help him in other situations. I thought it was good that we could do that."
-- Compiled by Cory Giger