Penn State vs. Temple: The High Five

See the highs and lows from the Nittany Lions’ 30-13 win over Temple in Beaver Stadium.

Penn State had a series of highs along with some lows from Saturday's victory over Temple. Review them here.


Bowled Over: With the victory over Temple, Penn State earned bowl eligibility with the squad's sixth win of the season. Despite the squad's struggles with depth and execution it's huge for the players to earn eligibility to a bowl with the new staff.

Grab It: Penn State's defense, in a word, destroyed Temple's offensive efforts in the second half with five turnovers on six possessions, including four interceptions. P.J. Walker seemed to be completely lost as the half progressed and was seemingly just tossing up balls that the Lion secondary grabbed time and again.

Ground It Out: PSU's ground game rolled up an impressive 254 yards on 47 carries, led by Akeel Lynch with 130 yards on 18 carries and a touchdown. Bill Belton also had a solid day with 92 yards on 19 carries and touchdown of his own. Nice to see the run game find some success.

Lockdown: Penn State's defense managed to largely shutdown Temple's run game and PJ Walker's mobility, allowing only 61 total run yards, 32 of which were from Walker.

Boot It: Sure, Sam Ficken had a a blocked field goal late in the clash, but Mr. Reliable nailed three other kicks, including a 50-yard beauty to put Penn State ahead in the second quarter. He was also perfect (3 for 3) on extra points.


Hack Job: Christian Hackenberg's issues continue, going 12 for 26 for a mere 122 yards no touchdowns and two interceptions. I expected a bigger day for Hackenberg against Temple, and I doubt I'm alone with that; it's rather baffling to see the underperformance continue.

Third World: Penn State managed to convert only four of 13 third downs, which snuffed out an array of drives, particularly in the first half.

Big Play: The defense played tough in this one, but the unit had a major breakdown on Walker's 75-yard touchdown pass to Jalen Fitzpatrick, who had 113 yards on only four receptions.

Lost Rock: Despite grabbing five turnovers, Penn State still lost the ball three times, which is completely unacceptable at this late stage in the season. Hackenberg's interception streak continues, which is a big liability for the squad and has to be addressed.

Crowded Out: The student section showing looked pathetic today.


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