Wasted , for the fourth straight week, was a superb effort by Tom Bradley's defense, which held the Hawkeyes to 11 drives of four plays or fewer.
At least somebody showed up.
PSU's defensive line controlled an Iowa side that pummeled Ohio State for 33 points the week earlier. The Lions registered 11 tackles for loss -- including three sacks -- and swatted down six of Iowa quarterback Drew Tate's passes.
PSU was simply too fast and determined.
The group is playing on another level. It is championship-caliber.
If only the offense had its back.
But in the team's five losses, to Boston College, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Purdue and Iowa, the Lions' offense has compiled 30 points.
That number is borderline criminal.
PSU rush end Matt Rice, ferocious off the corner for the fourth straight game, was asked how the season would be different if the Lions' offense could consistently score 17-20 points.
"We'd be undefeated," he said quickly.
And why is the offense so bad? Why is the play calling so mind numbingly stupid and predictable?
Robinson was asked afterward, "Who's running the offense?" He eventually responded: "A combination of Coach Hall and Jay Paterno."
A combination? Of Hall and Joe’s son, Jay?
Wide receivers coach Mike McQueary and tight ends coach Bill Kenney were right at the edge of the field, seemingly discussing a play before signaling it in to the offense. And a few paces behind them, apparently uninvolved with the negotiations, stood Galen Hall, Penn State's first-year offensive coordinator.
It wasn't that Hall was on the field, rather than up in the booth like most offensive coordinators -- Penn State coach Joe Paterno maintains that Hall prefers to stay on the sidelines, putting quarterbacks coach Jay Paterno upstairs.
That sounds like quite a combination. Galen Hall is standing by himself on the sidelines with his hands in his pockets and Jay Paterno is up in the booth, with the headset on, running the offense.
Well, why not? Why shouldn't Jay run the offense? He was, after all, when I was at Penn State, the fourth string quarterback on his father's team behind such Penn State legends as Tom Bill and Tony Sacca. So he’s well qualified, and it shows.
Never mind Joe's failing ability and dwindling energy, this is exactly the kind of disaster that inevitably happens when an utterly unqualified and incompetent son tries to follow in his father’s footsteps.
For example, there's this:
And then there's this:
See what I mean?