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[Live Blog] Penn State vs. Temple

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Good morning and welcome back to football, Penn State fans! The Nittany Lions travel to Temple’s Lincoln Financial Field for their season-opener. We will have updates throughout the game on this page, including game analysis, photos, and more. Here’s the media information you’ll need, and here’s our staff’s game predictions.

Fourth Quarter

0:00: That’s how this one will end. A surprising loss comes after allowing 27 unanswered points. We’ll have post-game coverage soon. Thanks for following along.

4:18: Temple’s next possession wound the game down even further. This has been the case for a while, but it’s all but over.

9:12: Temple got the ball back after a short, sack-filled possession and quickly marched down the field and killed some clock before adding three points with 5:41 to go.


13:12: Temple’s next drive was helped out by a defensive pass interference call. Jahad Thomas scored another easy touchdown. It was ugly.

15:00: Hackenberg got sacked then Penn State punted. Yeah.

Third Quarter

1:00: Farmer’s return went for 25 yards as the offense tried to show some life. The quarter came to a close with that not happening.

1:28: Hackenberg’s telegraphed throw led to a lineman interception that was run back to the two-yard line. Soon after, P.J. Walker casually jogged in the touchdown to make the score 17-10 Temple.

4:30: The Owls’ next drive almost ended early when a ball went right through linebacker Jason Cabinda’s arms. Instead, the home team picked up a first down, but ended up having a tough fourth-down call to make soon after. Temple opted to punt from the 39-yard line for a touchback.

6:23: Koa Farmer returned the ensuing kickoff to the 35-yard line and absolutely leveled a coverage man on the way. DeAndre Thompkins made his first touch on the next play, an end-around that went for zero yards. The next play saw Hackenberg appear to squeeze a ball in near the sideline to Chris Godwin, but the play was reviewed and it was ruled incomplete. Yet another sack meant that the Lions had to punt.

10:00: Temple marched down the field thanks to a nifty handoff-turned pass that completely fooled the defense. A tipped ball found a Temple receiver a few plays later, and the drive continued until the Owls kicked a 40-yarder to tie the game 10-10.

11:32: Barkley tallied his first collegiate carry while Kyle Carter and DeAndre Thompkins saw the field for the first time. Temple took over at its own 20 as the third possession in five minutes came to an end.

13:08: The Owls took over at the 15-yard line and started the drive off with a loss of yards thanks to Garrett Sickels. The latest three-and-out gave the Lions the ball back four minutes into the half.

15:00: The opening kick went out of bounds and Penn State started the drive at the 35-yard line. Lynch continued his shifty running on the first play of the drive, but the next set of downs was the Lions’ last and they punted the ball away.

Second Quarter

2:00: Temple’s previous drive ate 93 yards and a lot of clock. Penn State took over in its own territory following a solid Koa Farmer kick return. Another three-and-out led to a Temple possession near its own endzone, where the Owls then punted with six seconds left.

9:05: Penn State’s short offensive possession ended with Dan Pasqueriello punting the ball to Temple’s seven-yard line. On the eventual third-and-12, a big catch-and-run brought the Owls into Penn State territory. They moved the chains again, but Carl Nassib blew past the offensive line for a 12-yard sack. Temple drove all the way to the two-yard line before getting stopped twice. The third attempt, a wide run, resulted in Temple’s first points and a 10-7 lead for Penn State.

10:54: Nyeem Wartman-White went down during the punting play. On the first play of Temple’s next drive, Brandon Bell came hard around the outside for a sack-and-strip, which Penn State recovered at the Owls’ 43.

13:01: The punter for the Owls was certainly their best player early. Almost all of his early punts ended up beyond Penn State’s 20-yard line. Saquon Barkley played his first few snaps in uniform but never touched the ball. Brandon Polk picked up a first down, Hackenberg was sacked on the next play, and a pass intended for Gesicki fell incomplete. Another sack brought up fourth down and a punt.

15:00: Temple continued its possession around midfield and immediately ran for almost no yardage.

First Quarter

2:00: P.J. Walker’s second-down screen pass was caught and then his receiver immediately fell for a loss of two yards. On third-and-four, Temple called a timeout and then made a first down as the quarter came to a close.

4:11: The Lions quickly found themselves in a third-and-12 situation and immediately punted on fourth down.

6:34: Temple’s third possession was also its third without a first down. Mark Allen returned the punt with four minutes to go in the first quarter.

8:33: Penn State took over with a 3-0 lead and started off with four and five-yard runs from Akeel Lynch and Hackenberg before a Temple offsides call gave Penn State a first down. Hackenberg’s pass was almost intercepted on the following play, but two plays later, Akeel Lynch busted off a 42-yard run and gave Penn State a 10-0 lead.

10:47: Temple’s second possession was barely better than the first. The Owls nearly converted a first down early thanks to a broken Marcus Allen tackle, but punted on their second straight three-and-out.

12:40: The Nittany Lions’ first offensive play was a 33-yard scamper by Brandon Polk. Geno Lewis converted a first down two plays later as the offense kept marching. Joey Julius converted his first field goal try with 10:47 to go in the quarter to give his team a 3-0 lead. Hackenberg targeted Geno Lewis five times on five throws on the drive.

15:00: Penn State won the coin toss and deferred to Temple. Joey Julius kicked the season off and Temple’s offense started at the 15-yard line.


Pregame festivities included a huge tailgating crowd for the sold-out game and Temple fans staying classy.

The jerseys look as good as advertised.

The calm before the storm.
nick scott
Nick Scott took a reflective moment before the game.

A huge tailgating crowd is hanging around on Broad Street. Looks to be about 50/50 Temple and Penn State fans.

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Doug Leeson

Doug is a sophomore and Onward State's Assistant Managing Editor. Dislikes: popcorn, Rutgers, and a low #TimberCount. Likes: "Frozen," Rec Hall, and you. Contact him via email at [email protected] or on Twitter @DougLeeson.


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