Quick-cap: Lions Pounce on Temple

The Nittany Lions were expected to win big against Temple — consider the 34-point spread — and that is just what they did, dominating the Owls from the outset and commanding a 31-point lead at halftime.

Though Joe Paterno was not present on the sideline for the first time since 1977, his Penn State team managed to pull together a victory in his absence. Despite Anthony Morelli's shaky start, throwing an interception on the first Penn State drive, the defense managed to get the ball right back, creating a turnover. This was representative of the Owls' inability to take advantange of any opportunities against PSU's staunch defense.

Morelli ended the day with a 12-for-22 effort for 159 yards, one touchdown and one interception. He was relieved early in the third quarter by Daryll Clark, who ended the day 4-of-7 for 32 yards.

The Lions spread the ball around through the air, hitting 11 different receivers. The air attack was led by Jordan Norwood, who had four catches for 33 yards, and Andrew Quarless, who had two receptions for 33 yards. In terms of the ground game, Tony Hunt rolled up 167 yards on 16 carries and three rushing touchdowns. He also pulled in two passes for 25 yards and a touchdown.

On defense, Paul Poslsuzny led all tacklers with seven take-downs, a sack and a forced fumble, while Dan Connor and Sean Lee had six tackles each. Connor had a forced fumble and Lee had an assisted sack.

The PSU defense allowed just 74 yards and two first downs, while the offense managed to pick up 411 yards and 189 first downs.

The Nittany Lions continued to mount drives together in the second half, scoring 17 points, including a 1-yard rushing touchdown by Clark.

Penn State is now 7-4 on the season with its final regular season game next week at home against Michigan State at Beaver Stadium. Stay tuned to FOS for complete coverage of the Temple victory.

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