IOWA CITY — Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz says it will be about performance and not the atmosphere when the 3rd-ranked Hawkeyes host 4th-ranked Penn State. It will be the biggest game in Kinnick Stadium since the one versus two showdown with Michigan in 1985.

Ferentz says the players need to remain focused on the task at hand.

Ferentz was Hayden Fry’s offensive line coach for the 1985 game against Michigan.

Ferentz says Penn State has a lot more experience in games like these and will take a big effort from the Hawkeyes.

Kickoff on Saturday is scheduled for shortly after 3 o’clock with the pre-game at 1 o’clock on AM-1300 KGLO



CEDAR FALLS — Northern Iowa faces a difficult challenge this week when the 12th-ranked Panthers visit 5th-rated North Dakota State in Missouri Valley Conference play. This will be the first tough road test for quarterback Theo Day, who has led the Panthers to three straight wins.

That’s UNI coach Mark Farley who says after playing in front of limited crowds in the spring he likes big games on the road.

Farley says North Dakota State always features an outstanding defense and this season is no different.

Kickoff in Fargo on Saturday is scheduled for 1 o’clock



— high school volleyball last night
St. Ansgar 3-0 Newman (25-5, 25-9, 25-14)

North Butler 3-0 Rockford (25-22, 26-24, 25-12)
Lake Mills 3-0 Forest City (25-15, 25-21, 25-22)
Bishop Garrigan 3-0 West Hancock (25-17, 25-16, 25-18)
North Union 3-2 Garner-Hayfield-Ventura (25-20, 25-27, 23-25, 25-19, 15-17)



MAHCHESTER — The Clear Lake boys finished fourth and the girls finished sixth at the West Delaware cross country invitational on Tuesday. The Lions boys finished with 145 points, with Tipton winning the event with 57. Leo Tolentino had Clear Lake’s best finish, ending 19th in 17:15. Western Dubuque won the girls team title with 89 point, with Clear Lake 8th with 181. Addison Doughan had Clear Lake’s best finish, ending 4th in a time of 19:38. See the full results by clicking here



DIKE — The Newman girls and boys cross country teams finished seventh at the Dike-New Hartford Invitational. The Newman girls finished with 212 points, with Denver finishing first with 51 points. Osage was ninth with 276 while Charles City was 10th with 278. Katelyn Johnson of Osage finished second with a time of 18:42. Newman’s best finish was from Maggie McBride, who was 23rd in 20:50. Grundy Center won the boys title with 78 points, Charles City was second with 88, while Newman had 171 points. Osage was 10th with 294. Jacob Vais of Charles City finished fourth in 17:05, Ryan Kelly of Newman finished eighth in 17:15. See the full results by clicking here



DES MOINES — Both of the Clear Lake and Newman cross country teams are ranked in the latest rankings from the Iowa Association of Track Coaches. The Lions boys are 11th in Class 2A, with Danville/New London being the top team. Forest City’s boys are ranked 20th in 2A. Clear Lake’s girls are 13th in 2A, with Mid-Prairie of Wellman on top. In Class 1A, the Newman boys are 11th with Earlham being the top team. Central Springs is 9th. The Newman girls are 8th, with Logan-Magnolia leading 1A. See the full rankings by clicking here