You wanted action? You got it in the third quarter.
Penn State and Temple combined for 21 points in 65 seconds. The Lions scored 14 of them, and lead 20-13 at the end of three.
It appeared Penn State would just have to salt the game away after Bill Belton's 8-yard touchdown run less than a minute after Akeel Lynch's 38-yard TD scamper. The Lions led 20-6, but only for 11 seconds, as Temple quarterback PJ Walker hit a wide-open Jalen Fitzpatrick for a 75-yard touchdown strike to pull Temple back within a score.
After three quarters, Penn State is outgaining Temple 318-203, including a 207-48 advantage on the ground. Christian Hackenberg is 11 of 23 for 111 yards and two interceptions, while Lynch has a game-high 110 rushing yards on 15 carries. Belton has 77 yards on 15 carries.
Penn State leads 6-3 at halftime on the strength of a Sam Ficken 51-yard field goal. The score, which came at the halftime horn, was set up largely in part by a Temple unsportsmanlike conduct penalty.
It was a woeful half of football otherwise; all three scores were field goals, and the two teams have a combined 216 yards of total offense. Penn State is outgaining the Owls, 167-49. Temple has just eight rushing yards.
The Lions offense is still stuck in a rut. Christian Hackenberg is 9 of 18 for 86 yards, and he also has an interception. Akeel Lynch has a game-high 47 yards on 13 carries.
Temple will receive the second half kickoff.
The Lions (5-4) took a 3-0 lead when Sam Ficken connected on his 50th career field goal from 29 yards out. It came after a Bill Belton touchdown run was wiped out by a holding call. Temple's Austin Jones was then good on a 31-yard kick after the Owls' picked up good field position off a Belton fumble.
After 15 minute, Penn State is outgaining Temple 89-38.