TEMPLE: Game Breakdown

The good, the bad and the ugly from Penn State's easy win against the Owls at Beaver Stadium.

The Penn State student section — what was left of it — began chanting “JoePa-Terno, JoePa-Terno” midway through the fourth quarter of the Nittany Lions' 47-0 beatdown of Temple at Beaver Stadium Saturday.

It was, obviously, in honor of legendary PSU coach Joe Paterno, who missed his first game since 1977 while recovering from surgery to repair leg injuries sustained in a sideline collision in a loss at Wisconsin a week earlier.

But even without Paterno in the house, the game went on. And, as usual, it featured its share of good, bad and ugly moments. Read on for our take on the game:

MAN OF THE HOUR: Running back Tony Hunt rushed for a career-high 167 yards on 16 carries for three touchdowns, and in doing so became only the sixth Nittany Lion to go over 1,000 yards in a season twice in his career. He also caught a TD pass.

TURNING POINT: Nittany Lion Derrick Williams took Jake Brownell's first-quarter punt near the right sideline, spun to reverse field and broke into the clear. He outraced the coverage for a 75-yard TD and 21-0 lead. Temple had pinned PSU inside its 20 on a punt on the previous play, but it was wiped out by an illegal formation penalty.

SOLID STRATEGY: Penn State turned the game over to its reserves midway through the third quarter. Smart move during a long season in which injuries have hurt the team.

NUMBERS GAME: Temple's total yards (74) and first downs (two) were the fewest ever against a Paterno-coached team. And if you were wondering, yes, this victory does count toward Paterno's career total.

BUSINESS AS USUAL: Penn State's sideline operation seemed to run smoothly even without Paterno. There were not apparent changes in which assistant coaches were on the sideline and which were in the press box.

SPECIAL DELIVERY: Williams' return is the obvious choice here. But we already talked about him so let's go with Kevin Kelly making both of his field goal attempts on a rainy night at Beaver Stadium.

WHAT'S UP WITH? All those penalties on the Owls. Temple was flagged eight times for 60 yards, many of them at key moments. Being young is one thing. Playing dumb is another.

HIT SQUAD: PSU linebacker Paul Posluszny drilled Owl QB Adam DiMichele in the first half, a scene made all the more vicious by a bloody gash on Posluszny's right arm. In the game, the senior became the first Lion to have at least 100 tackles in three different seasons.

HEADS-UP: Reserve defensive back Willie Harriott hustled downfield to make the final block (on the punter) on Williams' 75-yard punt return for a touchdown.

HIDDEN HERO: DiMichele was knocked around all game but kept getting up and trying to make plays. Easy to see why the Lions signed him as a defensive back a few years ago before he reneged to try his hand at college baseball.

LOST IN THE SHUFFLE: Offensive coordinator Galen Hall went out of his way to get several seldom-used receivers catches, with Mark Rubin, Kevin Cousins and James McDonald each bringing in one pass.


• The many signs conveying get-well wishes to Paterno? They included, “After 41 years, Joe can still take a hit,” and “Roll up your pant legs for JoePa.”

• The Penn State defense has now allowed one touchdown in the last 17 quarters? Wisconsin hit the end zone in the second quarter last week.

• QB Anthony Morelli passed 159 yards, giving him 2,007 on the season? It is the 11th time a PSU QB has passed the 2,000-yard mark.

• The second-team offensive line consisted of Mark Farris and Dennis Landolt at tackle, Austin Hinton and Gerald Cadogan at guard, and Ross Muir at center?

• Offensive tackle John Shaw missed the game with a leg injury and tight end Pat Hall sat out with a knee injury?

UNANSWERED QUESTION: When will you make your Outback Bowl plans?


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