Owls Sack Penn State In Opener

Struggling offense, key injury on defense lead to upset loss in Philadelphia.

PHILADELPHIA — Things were going along smoothly for Penn State in the second quarter vs. Temple here Saturday. The Nittany Lions were up 10-0, and the Owls did not seem to be in any danger of scoring.

Then Mike linebacker Nyeem Wartman injured his left knee while on the punt coverage team. He was lost for the game.

With its play-caller out, the PSU defense turned mortal. The Lion offense, meanwhile, reverted to the awful form it showed much of last season, allowing Christian Hackenberg to be sacked 10 times and failing to open holes for the running game.

The upshot was a 27-0 Temple run into the fourth quarter that led to a 27-10 Owl victory. It was Temple’s first win over PSU since 1941.

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