Penn State crunches Temple 45-3

The Nittany Lion offense did not score early, but in the second quarter they scored often on the way to a rout of the Temple Owls.

No. 15 Penn State (3-0) defeats Temple (1-2) 45-3 at Beaver Stadium Saturday.


Joe Paterno walked out onto the field during team workouts, but he was walking very slowly. It's likely that if Paterno doesn't slow down on his own, this leg problem will become a real issue as the season wears on.

Opening/First Quarter

Paterno came onto the field, but he is moving very slowly, and simply walked to the sideline rather than through the band with the team. The Nittany Lions won the opening toss and deferred. On the opening drive, Temple moved to a first down, but the drive was stopped at midfield by an Aaron Maybin sack. A fumbled punt was recovered by Scirrotto and returned to midfield where the Lions went to work.

The Penn State offense sputtered after picking up just one first down, but the Nittany Lions were able to down the ensuing punt on the Temple 2 yard line. Adam DiMichael did not return to the field for Temple's second series, but Temple was again able to pick up just one first down behind backup Chester Stewart before the Lions stopped the drive. Maybin picked up his second sack of the quarter.

Temple got the ball right back on the first play of the PSU drive, as Clark overthrew Brett Brackett, and the ball was picked off. A proceedure call then backed up the Owls near midfield. The Lion defense stiffened, and Temple went nowhere on the drive, punting away to Penn State 3 plays later.

The Penn State offense again sputtered, but Temple was unable to do much more, and with under 2 minutes remaining in a scoreless first quarter, the Temple punt rolled into the end zone and the Nittany Lions set up the offense at the 20 yard line.

2nd Quarter

Penn State wasted no time getting on the board in the second quarter. On the first play, Stephon Green broke free for a 18 yard gain to the Temple 19, and on the next play, Daryll Clark hit Brett Brackett for a touchdown over the middle, demonstrating that even on a slow day, the Nittany Lion offense can strike quickly.

Temple went nowhere on the next drive, but after the punt, Clark immediately hit Williams at midfield to start the next Penn State drive. A few plays later, Evan Royster broke free for a 32 yard touchdown right up the gut. The score was Royster's 7th touchdown of the year, and gave the Lions a 14-0 lead less than 5 minutes into the 2nd quarter.

Temple's Travis Shelton nearly broke the kickoff for a score with a 74 yard return. He was run out of bounds by Knowledge Timmons. On the following play, Stewart was intercepted by Penn State's Tony Davis, putting a quick stop to the Owl threat.

Clark immediately passed to Butler for a 49 yard gain, turning the momentum back in favor of the Lions. Another pass to Green set up the Lions in the red zone. On the next play, Clark called his own number, scampering 11 yards up the middle for another Penn State score. Nittany Lions 21, Temple 0.

Temple went backwards on a pair of sacks on the next posession, and a 15 yard penalty on the punt for interfering with the punt return man set up the Lions in Temple territory once again. Several plays later, Clark tossed a 17 yard touchdown strike to Graham Zug with just under 5 minutes remaining in the half. Nittany Lions 28, Temple 0.

Again the Owls sputtered, and Pat Devlin led the Lion offense back onto the field with 2 1/2 minutes to play. Following a sack, the drive sputtered at the Temple 27 yard line, and Kevin Kelly came on to boot a 44 yard field goal to close out the first half scoring. Nittany Lions 31, Temple 0.

Third Quarter

Joe Paterno moved to the press box, and Penn State was unable to move the ball in their first possession of the second half, and Jeremy Boone was forced to punt to the Owls. Aided by a big gain on a screen and a 15 yard face mask call on Drew Astorino, Temple moved the ball inside the Nittany Lion 10 yard line, where the drive stalled. A 26 yard field goal broke the shutout. Nittany Lions 31, Temple 3.

Following a 13 yard Clark pass to Brackett, Stephfon Green turned on the afterburners for a 69 yard touchdown run to increase the Penn State lead. Nittany Lions 38, Temple 3.

A big punt return and a couple of completions set the Owls up at midfield, but the PSU defense rose to the occasion, and a Gaines sack sealed the deal. Temple's punt rolled into the end zone and the Lions went to work. Temple made short work of the Penn State offense, however, and after a 3 and out, Boone punted the ball back to the Owls. After a negative series, a Temple punt gave the Lions posession near midfield. Aided by a face mask call, and a Brent Carter first down run on 4th and 4, Penn State was knocking on the Temple red zone as the third quarter expired.

Fourth Quarter

One minute into the quarter, Chaz Powell finished the drive with his second rushing touchdown of the year. Penn State 45, Temple 3.

On the next Temple drive, Navorro Bowman picked off a pass from Temple quarterback Stewart, and returned the ball to the 1 yard line. A face mask on Temple was waived off, but a block below the waist by Penn State on the return was enforced moving the Lions back to the 20. Three plays later, Brent Carter fumbled into the end zone, and Temple recovered to take over on the touchback.

Temple was unable to move the ball, and following the punt, the Nittany Lion offense was led back onto the field by Paul Cianciolo, who began serving the Owls a steady diet of Brandon Beachum. After driving to the Temple 35 yard line, the drive stalled when the Lions were unable to convert a 4th and 6. Again, the Owls were unable to move.

Penn State drove back near midfield with Cianciolo under center, but turned the ball over on downs after failing to convert a 4th and 8. Temple drove toward the red zone, but Knowledge Timmons stepped in front of a Stewart pass for another Penn State interception at the 10 yard line. With under 2:00 remaining in the game, the Nittany Lions kept the ball on the ground to run out the clock.

FINAL: Penn State 45, Temple 3

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