Welcome to our quarter-by-quarter updates for Penn State's home contest with Temple. We will switch this story to a quick game recap shortly after the action ends.
Strong special teams play gave Penn State great field position early. And the Nittany Lions capitalized on their second series, as Trace McSorely hit a wide open Chris Godwin over the middle and Godwin raced 52 yards for a touchdown. The PAT made it 7-0.
But the momentum was short-lived. On the first play of Temple's next drive, Phillip Walker hit Romond Deloatch for a 67-yard gain to the PSU 8. Following a short delay while injured S Marcus Allen left the field, RB Jahad Thomas took a jet sweep to the end zone. It was the first touch of the year for Thomas, who missed the previous two games with an injury. And it tied the score at 7-7.
The offensive fireworks continued when PSU got the ball back. The Lions promptly went 69 yards in 13 plays to go in front 14-7. The drive was notable because State did it without RB Saquon Barkley, who left the game early with what seemed to be a shin injury. Three different backups carried on the drive, with redshirt freshman Andre Robinson converting a key third-and-11 on a draw and then scoring from three yards out for his first career TD.
The quarter ended with Penn State driving into Temple territory again.
Score At End Of Quarter: Penn State 14, Temple 7
Penn State seized control of the game early in the second, going 53 yards in nine plays for a TD. The drive included a Robinson plunge on fourth-and-1 to keep things alive and a 14-yard pass from McSorley to Brandon Polk. McSorley scrambled from two yards out and slipped just inside of the pylon for the 21-7 lead.
After dominating all quarter, the PSU defense got sloppy in the final minute, allowing Temple to go 52 yards in six plays for a 45-yard Austin Jones field goal with :04 left in the half.
Score At End Of Half: Penn State 21, Temple 10
TE Mike Gesicki made a 52-yard circus catch early in the third to give PSU a first-and-goal. But a botched reverse and then a holding penalty killed the drive. Tyler Davis salvaged things with a 40-yard field goal to give the Lions a 24-10 lead.
Penn State did more damage to itself late in the third quarter, when McSorley was intercepted by Randall Delvon and he returned it 17 yards to the PSU 9. The Owls took four plays to get in, but Walker got the job done on fourth-and-goal from the 1 as he spun into the end zone after rolling right. The PAT made it 24-17.
The quarter ended with PSU deep in Owl turf. Attendance was announced at 100,420.
Score At End Of Quarter: Penn State 24, Temple 17
Penn State marched down to the Temple 8, but again poor play surfaced at a bad time. Barkley was dropped for a five yard loss on second and 4. The Lions ultimately had to settle for another Davis field goal, this one from 30 yards. The score was 27-17 with 12:45 left in the game.
Penn State later forced a three-and-out by the Owls, But the punt hit PSU's Amani Oruwarie, and Delvon recovered at the PSU 1. State forced a third-and-goal from the 2. Another Thomas sweep made it 27-24.
Barkley countered with a 55-yard TD bolt and PSU was out in front more comfortably, 34-24.
Temple drove into PSU territory, but when facing a fourth-and-6 from the 17 — and trailing by 10 — the Owls opted for a 30-yard Jones filed goal attempt to get within a TD. It was good and these score was 34=27 with 2:10 left.
DaeSean Hamilton recovered the onside kick. With only one timeout, Temple was pretty much finished. A John Reid interception sealed it for PSU.
Score At End Of Game: Penn State 34, Temple 27