Penn State is bowl eligible after 30-13 win

The Lions clinched their sixth win by beating back Temple at Beaver Stadium.

Third quarter

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.

Halftime

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.

First quarter

Penn State and Temple are tied at three after one quarter. Both sides failed to score touchdowns with red zone field position.

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.

Penn State's offense has looked good in spurts thus far. Christian Hackenberg is three of four for 31 yards, while Akeel Lynch has 29 yards on five carries and Belton 28 on eight.

After 15 minute, Penn State is outgaining Temple 89-38.


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