SUBHD: Injuries continue to plague PSU
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Joe Paterno said redshirt freshman tight end Garry Gilliam may be lost for the season with a left ACL injury, hurting a position in which Penn State already was weak.
"I said to doc, 'God, can we play one game without losing a football player for the season?" Paterno said.
Right tackle Lou Eliades was lost for the year last week with an ACL injury.
Defensive tackle Jordan Hill suffered an ankle injury, but JoePa said, "I think he'll be all right."
SUBHD: Stanley, Thomas, Ware absent
Defensive end Sean Stanley and cornerback Derrick Thomas didn't make the trip, costing the Lions two key reserves who had been seeing a lot of playing time.
"Classwork," Paterno said. "They did a couple things I thought they could have done better."
Defensive tackle Brandon Ware also stayed home, again, as Paterno said, for academic reasons. He also said Ware is "way behind" and has struggled all summer.
SUBHD: Davie on JoePa's successor and PSU-Pitt
Bob Davie may not have been successful as Notre Dame's head coach, but he has developed into a well-spoken and opinionated color commentator.
Davie, a Pennsylvania native and former assistant coach at Pitt, called Saturday's game for ESPN, and the Mirror caught up with him beforehand to discuss several topics.
On Joe Paterno's successor:
"I hate to even talk about what kind of job that is after Joe because who knows when that's going to be. But you can go all around this country, and I think every college football coach with experience would tell you that's a premier job in the country. If you've ever been to Penn State, ever been around that town on a football Saturday, seen the facilities, know the tradition, that's a premier job.
"Now, the only negative is you have to follow Joe Paterno, which sometimes is kind of difficult. But without question it's unanimous that's one of the top jobs in the country."
But what about the potential pay restrictions, with PSU president Graham Spanier having said the school won't pay an exorbitant amount?
"Money will be no factor," Davie said. "You'll have the top coaches lined up.
"Let me ask you something: Do you think $2 million in State College is going to go a long way? I mean, I think you'd take it if they offered you $2 million. So we get a little bit carried away with all the numbers. Put it this way: If they call me and offer me $1 million, I'll take it. That's a great job."
He doesn't, by the way, expect a call. "Nah, I'm just kidding," Davie said. "I wouldn't be considered to be on the list."
Davie was Pitt's linebackers coach when the Lions throttled the No. 1 Panthers, 48-14, for one of the program's most memorable wins in 1981.
"Bringing up some bad memories," Davie said with a laugh. "I remember we had a great football team, and I remember the momentum of that game when Penn State took over was shocking. You know, I've never seen something unravel as fast as that unraveled."
Davie, unsolicited, then went into the PSU-Pitt series.
"Whatever Pitt and Penn State have to do to play, they should do it," he said. "I mean, it's really a shame to me. And I know all the pros, I know all the cons, I've heard a lot of the reasons that all kind of make sense maybe to different factions. Pitt and Penn State need to play. That's too good of a rivalry.
"I just know they should play, and somebody should step up in that state. If you went across and polled people in the state of Pennsylvania, they want that game. That's too good of a game."
Davie talked about PSU playing Youngstown State, Kent State and Temple, smiled and said, "C'mon on now, Pitt and Penn State ought to be playing."
SUBHD: Clark tweets support
Daryll Clark never had any success against Iowa the past two years, struggling big time in losses, but he tried to motivate his alma mater on Twitter.
"Let's go boyz. Let's make it happen tonight," Clark tweeted Saturday afternoon. Later, during halftime, Clark posted, "New HALF!!! Just keep playin."
Even Clark was questioning the playcalling in the red zone. After Michael Zordich was stopped short on third-and-goal at the 1 in the third quarter, Clark tweeted, "Fb dive?? Cmon."
SUBHD: Personnel report
WR Shawney Kersey played in the game, when not long ago he wasn't sure he even wanted to be on the team. Kersey missed the week of practice following the Kent State game and was considering transferring, only to return to practice Monday. ... Defensive tackle DaQuan Jones played for the first time, becoming the sixth true freshman to see action this season. ... True freshman LB Glenn Carson saw action early in the first quarter. ... Eric Latimore and Pete Massaro started at the DE spots, while Jack Crawford was benched again and came in as a reserve.
SUBHD: Iowa coordinator remains out
Hawkeye defensive coordinator Norm Parker missed his fourth straight game for diabetes-related complications.
Parker, 68, was hospitalized Sept. 10 and has endured another amputation, the Cedar Rapids Gazette reported Saturday. Parker previously had toes amputated and has worn a cast most of the last 14 months, the paper reported.
Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz has not designated a coach in charge of the defense until Parker returns.
(Compiled by Cory Giger and Neil Rudel)