Penn State-Temple Game Review

Get the lowdown on what is happening in the Nittany Lions' matchup with the Owls in Philly.


Penn State led the game 14-0 after one quarter of play.

The Owls opened the game with a long drive but failed to cash in when Jake Brownell missed a 23-yard field-goal attempt.

The Lions countered with a 9-play, 80-yard drive that culminated in quarterback Anthony Morelli's 15-yard touchdown pass to Jordan Norwood on the right side of the end zone.

On its next drive, Penn State survived a third-and-12 situation from its own 26 when Morelli scrambled and lauched a bomb to Derrick Williams. Williams outfought safety Jaiquawn Jarrett for a 52-yard gain.

On the next play, Morelli hit Norwood in the same area of the end zone as the first TD for a 14-0 lead.


Temple came back early in the second quarter with a long drive of its own, marching to the Lions' 13 before facing a fourth-and-goal. The Owls attempted a fake field goal, with quarterback/holder Vaughn Charlton rolling right to buy time.

Charlton hit tight end Kevin Armstrong for the apparent score. But Armstrong dropped the ball, drawing groans from the Temple fans in the house.

Penn State went three and out on its next series, giving the Owls solid field position. Charlton led them right down the field again. But another key mistake doomed the drive.

On second and long in the PSU red zone, the Owls attempted a double reverse, but the second pitch was fumbled. Lion linebacker Sean Lee picked up the loose pigskin.

Morelli then led Penn State on a drive deep inside the Temple red zone. On third and goal from the 3, he attempted to run into the end zone, but was hit by corner Anthony Ferla and fumbled. The ball was recovered by defensive tackle Andre Neblett at the 1-yard line.

Kevin Kelly made a 32-yard field goal just before the half to give Penn State as 17-0 lead at the break.


The teams exchanged punts early in the second half before Penn State plowed out on a drive from its own 1-yard line. After getting some breathing room with a first down, the Lions went completely away from the run, passing on eight straight plays to the Temple 44.

But on a second-and-3, Morelli was intercepted by defensive end Morris Blueford.

But the Owls went three and out on their series as the game degenerated into a taffy pull.

The uneventful quarter ended with the Lions driving near the Temple red zone and still holding the 17-0 lead.


Penn State began the final quarter hammering out yardage on the ground. On fourth-and-5 from the Temple 10, Kinlaw took a handoff and found a huge hole on the right side. He scored easily.

The TD and extra point gave PSU a 24-0 lead. Meanwhile, Kinlaw went over the 1,000-yard mark for is career, the 11th Lion to do so.

With 9:20 left in the game, Morelli hit Deon Butler on a 14-yard pass for a score and 31-0 lead, and fans began heading for the exits.

For the remainder of the game there was no further scoring, and the Nittany Lions headed home with a 31-0 win to run their record to 8-3.


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