Temple has not defeated Penn State since a 14-0 victory on Oct. 18, 1941. The teams tied 7-7 in 1950.
After missing two field goal attempts, Penn State converted a fourth-and-1 on the 3 late in the fourth. Zordich then scored to make it 14-10.
Aided by a defensive penalty, the Owls drove to 34 on their final possession. Mike Gerardi was sacked on fourth down to end the drive and the upset bid.
Watching from the press box because of injuries again, Joe Paterno improved to 28-0 vs. the Owls.