1. Green Machine: This month's FOS Magazine cover boy, Stephfon Green, had an impressive outing, showing off his blistering speed with some phenomenal cuts, shifts, shimmies and even a lowered shoulder or two. With an eye-popping 14.7 yards per carry (132 yards on nine runs and a touchdown) Green shredded the Owl defense on the way to the first 100+ yard performance of his career.
2. A Bow-Man Among Boys: Navorro Bowman is turning in one impressive linebacker, and not just because of the traditional reads and technique he displays on the field, but the all-out speed that allows him to quickly cover the wing, drive plays East-West and pullout plays in the backfield. Bowman had an interception, three sacks, 11 tackles, one forced fumble. And how about the 'giddy-up' he showed on the 29-yard interception run back?
3. Yes, No or Maybin?: When Larry Johnson threw out pressure against the Temple pocket, chances are you saw defensive end Aaron Maybin breaking the corner and either collapsing the pocket or pulling down the quarterback. The combination of his size, speed and tenacious style of play make him a tough load for his offensive assignments to handle. Maybin had five tackles, three for loss and two sacks on the day.
4. More Quarless: Sure, he had his share of off-field screw-ups, but observers have indicated that Andrew Quarless has been putting in the (often extra) work to get back into the good graces of his team. Can't hurt his campaign when he lays out some nice blocks and also pulls in four balls for 50 yards against Temple. Welcome back No. 10, hopefully we see you stick around.
5. Kelly Kicking for the Books: In case you have not noticed Kevin Kelly is kicking his way up the Big Ten all-time scoring record ladder for kickers. Kelly is currently at 335 kicking points (he has a touchdown and two-point conversion to his credit as well). The all-time Big Ten kicking scorer is Minnesota's Dan Nystrom with 367 points.
The game was not one that saw all positives. Here are some of the lows from the Temple win:
1. Go For Cover: Props to the Owl return game, and Shelton who had 149 kick return yards on three returns, including a 74-yard scamper, but PSU coverage was full of gaps. Giving up 221 kick return yards to Temple is unacceptable and needs to get buttoned up as Big Ten play commences.
2. Stalled Start: Penn State sure got off the blocks with a stumble. Sure, they managed to get back into their groove, with 31 points in the second quarter. But the first quarter was ho-hum. The first three drives resulted in two punts and an interception. Though the next five drives all saw scores (four TDs and one FG).
3. Ball Bumblin': An interception, a fumble, oh and the first "true" sack PSU gave up this season (Clark s 'Cuse fumble counted as a sack). OK, sure, PSU overcame them with ease, but the Lions need to get the mis-steps out of their system now, because a more formidable team will capitalize on those types of trip-ups.
4. Short Order: Why PSU's coaches insist on running wide toss routes to the short side of the field continues to baffle. With so much space to the open side, that's one of the ingredients you need to cook up a big play from Williams, Green or Powell. Why stick them in rush hour traffic to the short side?
5. Silent Masses: Sure it was Temple, but the crowd seemed to show up late, leave early and show little emotion throughout the contest. Maybe the fans were "saving themselves" for PSU's Whitehouse (wear white for Illinois) next week.
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