Saturday, September 22, 2012
Instant analysis: Penn State 24, Temple 13
By Josh Moyer
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Twelve different Owls coaches have barked orders from the sideline and more than 1,500 players have graduated from the two schools since Temple last beat PSU in 1941.
After Saturday's 24-13 Penn state victory, the Owls will have to wait two years for another shot to break that 71-year streak.
Penn State dominated a Temple team that struggled with the passing game and couldn't bottle up the Lions' young offense. Temple was outmatched and couldn't rebound even as Penn State struggled finishing its drives in the first half.
Penn State improves to 2-2 with the win, while Temple drops to 1-2.
It was over when: Quarterback Matt McGloin topped an 11-play, 80-yard drive with his second rushing touchdown of the day in the third quarter. Penn State led 21-3 at that point, and that TD put the game away over a Temple team that struggled moving the ball upfield.
The game ball goes to: McGloin. He had another strong first half and finished 24-of-36 for 318 yards, one passing touchdown and two rushing TDs. He spread the ball around to nine receivers so Temple couldn't key in on just one guy.
Stat of the game: 254. That's the yardage difference between Penn State's offense and Temple's.
What it means: Temple has an experienced secondary, and some PSU players believed this would be the stiffest test yet for the Lions' young offense. This showed McGloin & Co. will be a threat all season. And it showed Temple still needs some seasoning before it competes with the bigger teams.
What we learned: Chris Coyer can definitely run the ball ... but passing appears like another story. He twice missed wide-open targets for sure touchdowns, and he couldn't take advantage of the soft spot in Penn State's defense.
Best call: On fourth-and-5 from Temple's 41-yard line, coach Bill O'Brien decided to go for it in the first quarter -- and his play call paid off. McGloin managed to avoid a sack and found Allen Robinson for a 41-yard touchdown. The play put Penn State ahead 7-0.