TEMPLE: Game Breakdown

The good, the bad and whatever it was the Owls were trying to do as Penn State rolled to 3-0 with another easy win at Beaver Stadium Saturday.

No. 5 Penn State wrapped up a stretch of three non-conference games to start the season with another easy win, this one a 31-6 victory over Temple at Beaver Stadium Saturday.

The Nittany Lions did it with a balanced attack that featured 186 yards rushing and 173 yards passing, and a defense that was once again dominating.

State now turns its attention to the Big Ten opener against Iowa at Beaver Stadium next week, a game that will feature an 8 p.m. kickoff, national television coverage and a “White House” theme.

But before looking ahead to the Hawkeyes, let's take a look back at the win over the Owls (0-2).

MAN OF THE HOUR: The PSU ground game got rolling as tailback Evan Royster finished with 134 yards and a score on 19 carries.

CLOSE SECOND: Linebacker Sean Lee had 10 tackles and a sack in the first half. He left the game in the fourth quarter with what was described as a minor lower leg injury. He did not meet the media after the game.

CLOSE THIRD: The PSU offensive line took a lot of heat for failing to open holes for the backs against the eight-man fronts of Akron and Syracuse. Temple played a more traditional defense and the line exploited it.

TURNING POINT: Trailing 14-3 in the second quarter, Temple faced a fourth and 1 from the PSU 35. Instead of running the ball, the Owls tried a gimmick play, with quarterback Vaughn Charlton pretending to bobble the snap and throwing an out pattern to receiver Michael Campbell. Lion rookie corner Stephon Morris read it perfectly and his coverage forced Charleton to overthrow the wideout. PSU punched in a touchdown on the following possession to take a 21-3 lead and that was that.

SOLID STRATEGY: Penn State had 36 rushes and 29 passes in the game. We liked the focus on the ground attack, especially because quarterback Daryll Clark seemed a bit off.

NUMBERS GAME: Temple has not scored a touchdown vs. the Lions in the last four games between the two teams.

BUSINESS AS USUAL: Eight different receivers caught a total of 17 passes for Penn State.

SPECIAL DELIVERY: We should just rename this one in honor of Lion punter Jeremy Boone, who averaged 47.8 yards on four boots, with two downed inside the 20.


• The disorganized mess that was the Temple sideline operation. Four years into the Al Golden era, this program looks as poorly run as ever. Burned timeouts due to confusion on offense. Delay penalties. Desperate trickeration that didn't work. We can see how this team lost to Villanova.

• The Penn State kickoff coverage team. Most of Collin Wagner's kicks are low and short, and the cover guys all seem to be struggling. Temple brought back five kickoffs for 124 yards.

• PSU running an end around pass for right-handed receiver Curtis Drake to the left side of the field. Drake had to turn to throw while rolling left and badly missed Derek Moye. It is much easier for a right-hander to throw while rolling right.

• The refs reviewing a roughing call on Boone. Who knew they could do that?

HIT SQUAD: Temple tight end Steve Maneri caught a short pass in the first quarter and was accidentally knocked silly by his own man -- receiver Jason Harper. Oops.

HIDDEN HERO: Tight end Andrew Quarless caught three passes for 45 yards. He lost a TD and big yardage on one of the catches when Drake was called for a block in the back.

LOST IN THE SHUFFLE: PSU middle 'backer Josh Hull and his mustache had 13 tackles, 1.5 of them behind the line.


• Junior linebacker Chris Colasanti replaced Hull for a series in the second quarter. He did not play in the first two games as the staff considered redshirting him. The redshirt is burned now.

• Left guard Johnnie Troutman made his first career start, replacing Matt Stankiewitch on the first team.

• Defensive end Jerome Hayes was not in uniform when the Lions arrived at the stadium. He wore shorts and a T-shirt, and spent time on the field trying to stretch his legs. But he later suited up and saw action. Hayes looked a bit hobbled -- he had one tackle -- but afterward defensive coordinator Tom Bradley denied there was anything wrong with him.

• Linebacker Navorro Bowman missed his second straight game with a groin injury. His availability for Iowa is not known at this point.

• Morris saw his most extensive action of the season, splitting reps with corner D'Anton Lynn. He had two tackles.

• The scoreboard above the north end zone has a new Penn State logo painted on it. The scoreboard over the south end zone still has the old Penn State logo.

• Wideout Graham Zug was on the sideline in the second half, with no helmet in sight. Zug received a knock in the head and the doctors held him out as a precaution.

UNANSWERED QUESTION: Are the Lions ready for an opponent that ended their national championship dreams last season?


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