College Football
Preview
Iowa at Pittsburgh
When: 12:00 PM ET, Saturday, September 20, 2014
Where: Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh coach Paul Chryst got a yearly look at Iowa as an offensive coordinator in the Big Ten and is hoping for better success this time around. Chryst and the Panthers aim to keep their undefeated record intact when they host the Hawkeyes on Saturday. Chryst’s Wisconsin offenses averaged 18 points in six games against Iowa to earn a 3-3 record, but his 2014 Pittsburgh squad is having little trouble moving the ball so far.

The Panthers are one of the top rushing offenses in the nation, averaging 344.3 yards on the ground while putting up 44.7 points, but face a Hawkeyes team that yields an average of 65.7 rushing yards. Iowa is motivated to bounce back after suffering a 20-17 loss to rival Iowa State on a last-second field goal last weekend. “It’s going to come down to who wants it more and that will determine who wins the battle,” Iowa defensive tackle Louis Trinca-Pasat told reporters. “We have an opportunity to make some plays and we accept the challenge.”

TV: Noon ET, ESPNU. LINE: Pittsburgh -6.5

ABOUT IOWA (2-1):
Trinca-Pasat anchors a line that has generated 19 tackles for loss in three games and is eager to play a physical game. “I love physical football, so this is a great test for us,” Trinca-Pasat told hawkeyesports.com. “It’s a test that we need especially since we are about to go into Big Ten play.” While the defense is strong, the offense is averaging 21.7 points and managed only three in the second half last week as quarterback Jake Rudock failed to throw a TD pass and was held to a season-low 146 yards.

ABOUT PITTSBURGH (3-0):
The Panthers’ rushing attack is led by James Conner, a former defensive lineman who is averaging 181.3 yards in the first three games. Conner is shouldering a heavy load with 31 or more carries in each of the last two contests and figures to get just as much work against Iowa’s bruising line. “You've got to work hard to get yards on (the Hawkeyes),” Chryst told reporters. “It’s a sound defense, and they've got good players. Whatever you get, you’ll earn. It’s fun to play them because nothing will be given.”

EXTRA POINTS

1. Pittsburgh has not started a season 4-0 since 2000.

2. The Hawkeyes enter the week one of eight teams nationally to not have allowed a rushing TD.

3. Conner needs 21 yards to surpass Tony Dorsett (564) for the highest rushing total through the first four games in Panthers history.

PREDICTION: Pittsburgh 20, Iowa 14
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk PF PA Home Away Grass Turf Conf
Iowa 2-1 L1 21.7 18.7 2-1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0
Pittsburgh 3-0 W3 44.7 15.0 1-0 2-0 1-0 0-0 1-0
Last Meeting
Iowa Pittsburgh
Date Away Home Tot Rus Pas Tot Rus Pas
9/17/11 PITT 27 IOWA 31 475 76 399 422 137 285
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Passing Player COMP % YDS TD INT
Iowa J. Vandenberg 64.6 399 3 1
Pittsburgh T. Sunseri 69.7 255 2 2
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
Iowa M. Coker 23 86 3.7 0
Pittsburgh R. Graham 22 97 4.4 0
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
Iowa K. Davis 10 129 12.9 1
Pittsburgh D. Street 7 138 19.7 1
Touchdowns Player TD
Iowa K. Martin-Manley 2
Pittsburgh D. Carswell 1
Season
Passing Player COMP % YDS TD INT
Iowa J. Rudock 68.4 718 4 1
Pittsburgh C. Voytik 58.0 284 5 2
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
Iowa M. Weisman 32 96 3.0 2
Pittsburgh J. Conner 81 544 6.7 8
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
Iowa K. Martin-Manley 19 147 7.7 0
Pittsburgh T. Boyd 11 140 12.7 4
Touchdowns Player TD
Iowa M. Weisman 2
Pittsburgh J. Conner 8
Quickchart Matchup
Iowa Off vs  Pittsburgh Def
377 yards
208.7 yards
3.6 yards/rush
2.3 yards/rush
6.2 yards/attempt
5.1 yards/attempt
Pittsburgh Off vs  Iowa Def
445.7 yards
320.3 yards
6.4 yards/rush
2.3 yards/rush
5.7 yards/attempt
7.3 yards/attempt