Game Of Chance

Gerardi-Miller almost became the Flutie-Phelan of Temple football lore a year ago. Trailing Penn State, 14-10, the Owls had moved the ball into Nittany Lion territory in the closing minutes. On fourth down, Miller worked himself free in the secondary, Gerardi rolled right, spied his target and. … Sean Stanley sacked Gerardi at the Penn State 40, turning the ball over on downs and securing the win.

Gerardi-Miller almost became the Flutie-Phelan of Temple football lore a year ago.

Trailing Penn State, 14-10, the Owls had moved the ball into Nittany Lion territory in the closing minutes. On fourth down, Miller worked himself free in the secondary, Gerardi rolled right, spied his target and. …. Sean Stanley sacked Gerardi at the Penn State 40, turning the ball over on downs and securing the victory.

"I think about that play every day," said Miller. "We had talked on the sideline about doing whatever I could to get open, and. …"

After trailing most of the game, Penn State scored a touchdown with 2:42 to play to take a four-point lead. If Gerardi, a left-hander, had an extra half-second to square himself up and unleash a throw to Miller, it would have marked an historic victory.

Temple hasn't beaten the Nittany Lions since 1941, a span of 37 games which included a 7-7 tie in 1950.

In 2010, in Happy Valley, Temple led in the second half before star running back Bernard Pierce left the game with an injury and the Owls saw the advantage slip away in a 22-13 setback.

So while coach Steve Addazio was asked on this week's Big East Conference call if this Saturday's matchup against the Nittany Lions marked the Owls' best chance to get a win, it would appear that Temple has moved past finding the best chance to beat their in-state rivals.

Every year would appear to be another opportunity. Particularly with the sanctions coming down on the Penn State football program and Temple's move up to the Big East, the Owls should be competitive with the Nittany Lions in each of their future matchups in 2014, 2015 and 2016 even after this Saturday's solid possibility to earn a win.

"No," said Addazio if he approached this as the Owls' best opportunity to break the string. "We have to approach it like we're going into a hornet's nest. Penn State is a good football team and we have to go win a football game."

Will Saturday's matchup be a better chance than they had last year – a half-second and one throw away? It's hard to say, but it will be another chance.

And all Miller would like is another chance.

"It motivates you," said Miller. "To be in that position again."

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