Playing it Safe

Center Stankiewitch says the Penn State offense has to cut loose against Temple this week.

After an ugly 27-11 loss to No. 3 Alabama Saturday, the Penn State offense has a key goal in mind as it looks to bounce back against Temple in Philadelphia this week.

"In big games, big plays are key — and executing those big plays," junior center Matt Stankiewitch said. "So what we have to do as an offense is cut down on our turnovers and strive for a zero- or one-turnover game."

He added, "We also have to make big plays as an offensive unit and that is our goal."

The Lions take on in-state the Owls Saturday, and know that they must stick by their goals to win.

"Temple always comes with a fire because it is another team from Pennsylvania," Stankiewitch said. "They have some guys we played with and some guys we played against (in high school), because there are a lot of guys from Pennsylvania, so it is kind of a rivalry that goes on."

But that is not all the offense is preparing for.

"Looking at film, Temple is a very high-intensity team," Stankiewitch said. "They are going to be flying off the ball and be wanting to make plays."

And making plays is something the Nittany Lions are ready to do, too.

"Their linebackers (and) their defensive ends are pretty decisive with their movements, and decisive to the gaps," Stankiewitch said. "Their linebackers look quick and look strong and they play with good leverage."

He added, "Our big thing is making sure our hands are in the right place and staying low so we can balance out that leverage."

And Penn State hopes to use that leverage to lead it to a win Saturday.


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