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[Live Blog] Penn State vs. Temple

Greetings from Beaver Stadium, Penn State fans! James Franklin’s Nittany Lions are undoubtedly in need of a win over Matt Rhule and Temple, who came out on top in Philly last year for the first time since 1941. We’ll have live updates throughout today’s noon “Stripe Out” on this page, including analysis, photos, tweets, and more. The game will air live on Big Ten Network. Here’s the media information you’ll need and here are our staff predictions.

Fourth Quarter

:37 — Temple ran out of time and James Franklin’s Nittany Lions pick up a close 34-27 win. Thanks for following along with us.

2:10 — Matt Rhule elected to go for the onside kick and the Nittany Lions will start with great field position and a one-score lead at the Temple 45. Joe Moorhead slowed down the offense significantly and went with Barkley twice to start running out the clock.

7:20 — Temple drove deep into Nittany Lion territory but an eventual false start pushed it back to the 26-yard line and the Owls would bring Jones on to kick a 34-yard field goal. Penn State still on top 34-27.

8:10 — Penn State got the touchdown it so desperately needed on an electric 55-yard run from Saquon Barkley on second and five. Davis’ PAT makes it 34-24 Penn State as the Nittany Lions finally get some breathing room.

Saquon Barkley

12:45 — Walker and Jahad Thomas connected for a 15-yard gain but the Owls were forced to punt. Penn State made contact with the ball on the return and after an official review, Temple started with first and goal from the one-yard line. Thomas scored a two-yard touchdown to draw the Owls within three points of the lead, 27-24.

15:00 — Penn State couldn’t move the chains to start the fourth quarter, so Tyler Davis was back on the field for a 30-yard kick to stretch the home team’s lead to 27-17.

Third Quarter

1:56 — Nick Scott brushed off a big hit on the ensuing kick return for 17 yards. DaeSean Hamilton picked up a pass interference call over the middle to give the Nittany Lions an automatic first down. Hamilton was off to the races shortly on a 45-yard gain to set up first and 10 from the Temple 14 as time expired in the third quarter.

4:15 — Trace McSorley threw an untimely interception before the Nittany Lions could get anything going offensively. Temple started at the Penn State nine-yard line but the defense held strong to force fourth and goal from the one. Walker went airborne for the touchdown before the Owls saw their PAT blocked only for an offsides call on Penn State to leave it a 24-17 ballgame.

9:03 — Temple quarterback Phillip Walker heaved a deep incompletion over Kirkwood’s head before taking a four-yard sack. Manny Bowen nearly came up with an interception but Walker’s pass fell to the turf, setting up third and nine from the Penn State 47. Walker thought he had a touchdown to Marshall Ellick but a block-in-the-back was called on the Owls. Temple was forced to punt after Robert Windsor decked Walker as he let it go on third and 21. John Reid went out-of-bounds at the Penn State nine.

Robert Windsor

12:53 — Saquon Barkley was swallowed up for a loss on first down but luckily the Owls grabbed hold of his facemask, giving Penn State a fast first down. Trace McSorley sidestepped a defender and riffled a 52-yard pass to Mike Gesicki, who came up with an incredible one-handed grab. But a costly holding penalty pushed the Nittany Lions back to second and goal from the 31. Tyler Davis would stay perfect with a 40-yard field goal to boost Penn State’s lead to 24-10.

15:00 — Joey Julius’ kickoff sails into the end zone for a touchback. Penn State got a quick three-and-out to start the second half on a high note defensively. John Reid was taken down at the Nittany Lions’ 30.

Second Quarter

:38 — Temple quickly drove into Nittany Lion territory before the half as Walker kept going to the sideline with short passes to give the Owls a shot at a field goal, which Austin Jones capitalized on from 45 yards out to cut Penn State’s lead to 21-10 with :04 seconds to go before the half. Temple squibbed the kick and Penn State will take a knee.

2:33 — Penn State struggled to get the two-minute drill going before the half as a holding call pushed it back to the Temple 41-yard line. The Nittany Lions were forced to punt and Blake Gillikin’s boot sailed into the end zone for a touchback.

7:15 — Temple got its offense going, thanks in part to a Nittany Lion holding call, but soon Phillip Walker had the Owls rolling in Penn State territory. Manny Bowen came up with a huge sack on second down. Temple would eventually go for it on fourth down and Brent Pry’s defense stopped them cold.

10:29 — Redshirt freshman tight end Jon Holland made his first appearance on offense this season. Andre Robinson continued his strong outing in relief of Saquon Barkley, who has only one carry thus far. The Nittany Lions orchestrated a long drive into Temple territory. McSorley hit his high school teammate Brandon Polk for a big first down before he get lit up by a Temple defender. After taking a roughing-the-passer call, McSorley rolled right and dove for the pylon and a 21-7 Penn State lead. It was also his first rushing touchdown for the Nittany Lions. The play was reviewed and confirmed.

12:44 — The Nittany Lions stepped up again on defense to force the three-and-out. John Reid with a nice return but holding on Penn State gives it the ball at its own 47.

Miles Sanders

15:00 — Penn State picked up its drive at the Owls’ 35 with Miles Sanders in the backfield. McSorley fumbled the first snap and lost nine yards. Miles Sanders showcased some impressive open-field instincts to give Penn State a chance to go for it on fourth and three. Temple called a timeout to assess its options. Sanders burst around the left edge of the line for 19 yards and a huge first down. But he would fumble the following play and give the Owls a chance to get back in the game.

First Quarter

2:50 — Penn State forced another punt and thankfully Nyeem Wartman-White was able to hop up and run around after taking a hard hit on punt coverage. The Nittany Lions have the ball at the Temple 35-yard line as time expires in the first quarter.

8:54 — Penn State got off to a nice start offensively as McSorley found DeAndre Thompkins then Mark Allen moved the chains. Back-to-back offsides calls on Temple helped Penn State pick up a key first down in Owl territory. Andre Robinson subbed back in and injected some momentum into the offense. He capped the drive off with his first collegiate touchdown from three yards out to give Penn State a 14-7 lead.

Andre Robinson

9:35 — P.J. Walker found Romond Deloatch for a 67-yard gain to the Penn State eight. Jahad Thomas, who is fighting through a dislocated thumb, found the end zone the following play and Austin Jones’ PAT was good to make it 7-7.

10:17 — Redshirt freshman Andre Robinson came on at running back in the second series, taking the opening handoff three yards. Trace McSorley broke the floodgates with a 52-yard touchdown pass to junior Chris Godwin on second and seven. Tyler Davis’ PAT makes it 7-0 Penn State.

Chris Godwin DaeSean Hamilton

12:17 — Penn State’s defense came up big with a three-and-out of its own. John Reid took the ensuing punt return for a nice gain but the Nittany Lions were called for holding, setting up first down from their own 45.

15:00 — Temple wins the opening toss and defers its choice to the second half. Brandon Polk is deep to return to the opening kickoff. The speedy sophomore took it back 35 yards to Temple’s 43. The Nittany Lions went three-and-out despite the excellent field position. Blake Gillikin’s punt was downed spectacularly at the Temple one-yard line.

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Ethan Kasales

Ethan’s a senior journalism major who grew up in Lemont, a few minutes from campus. When he’s not covering Penn State sports, you can usually find him golfing or teaching snowboarding at Tussey Mountain. Feel free to email him at [email protected]

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