(Saturday, September 20th)
Final Score: (16) Penn State 45, Temple 3
University Park, PA (Sports Network) - Penn State showed off another of its offensive weapons in another lopsided victory, as running back Stephfon Green busted out for 132 yards and a touchdown in the 16th-ranked Nittany Lions' 45-3 rout of Temple at Beaver Stadium.
Green was part of a 303-yard rushing attack for the Nittany Lions (4-0) who have blitzed their first four opponents with a dynamic offense and an overshadowed defense. Evan Royster ran for 73 yards and each back scored a touchdown. As did quarterback Daryll Clark, who also completed 13-of-20 passes for 196 yards and two touchdowns with an interception.
Head coach Joe Paterno watched the first-half masterpiece from the sideline despite leg discomfort. He moved into the press box during the second half.
"My leg's okay. I just stand on it too long, and it aches," said Paterno. "But, you know, I'm probably babying myself."
Temple starting quarterback Adam DiMichele injured his right shoulder on Temple's first series when defensive end Aaron Maybin unloaded a big hit on the signal-caller. His replacement, Chester Stewart, had a rough day with three interceptions on 16-of-30 passing for 116 yards while also taking six sacks.
"It is going to be a while," said Temple coach Al Golden referring to DiMichele's status for the coming weeks. "I don't know what the complete diagnosis is. He will be out a considerable amount of time."
The Owls mustered just 16 net rushing yards and 138 total yards to Penn State's 546 yards of total offense.
A sloppy opening quarter included Clark's first interception of the season and an apparent right shoulder injury to DiMichele. The Nittany Lions also fumbled, though an offensive lineman recovered, and looked far less sharp than they had in the three previous contests.
The second quarter was much different.
A six-play, 80-yard march that spanned the end of the first and beginning of the second quarters ended in the end zone. Clark found Jordan Norwood for 15 yards at the drive's outset and Green's 27-yard jaunt came just before Brett Brackett scored his first collegiate touchdown on a 20-yard catch across the middle from Clark.
A 68-yard march took just over two minutes to give the Nittany Lions a 14-0 edge. Clark completed a 19-yard pass to Derrick Williams and a 10-yard flip to tight end Andrew Quarless to push PSU into opposing territory. Royster veered his way into and through the Temple secondary on a 31-yard touchdown run with 10:49 left in the half.
Travis Shelton returned the kickoff 74 yards to the Penn State 26-yard line, but Stewart was intercepted by Tony Davis on the first play of the series. Clark went deep on the initial play, completing a 49-yard pass down the left sideline to Deon Butler. Clark followed that with a 17-yard pass out into the flat to Green and his 11-yard quarterback draw ended in the end zone for a 21-0 advantage.
The Owls again punted, and Penn State again wasted little time finding the end zone. Clark methodically moved his offensive unit into Temple territory and Graham Zug hauled in a 17-yard touchdown toss with 4:35 remaining in the half.
After another Temple punt, Kevin Kelly's 44-yard field goal split the uprights to make the halftime margin.
The Owls finally got on to the scoreboard with an eight-play, 60-yard march that ended in with a field goal. A 28-yard pass from Stewart to Jason Harper, coupled with a 15-yard personal foul facemask penalty, led to Jake Brownell's 26-yard field goal.
Penn State answered back with Green's 69-yard touchdown sprint that started between the tackles and ended on the outside, as the running back shifted gears and ran away from the defense for a 38-3 lead.
"Stephfon's got a chance to become a very good back. If he gets out in the open and behind somebody, he's going to be very tough to catch. He's getting better," said Paterno.
Haze Powell's seven-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter made the score 45-3.
The Nittany Lions have won 35 of their last 44 outings overall. They square off against Illinois in their Big Ten conference opener next Saturday night...Penn State leads the all-time series, 34-3-1, and has not lost in the last 34 meetings (33-0-1)...Penn State defensive end Maurice Evans, who led the club with 12.5 sacks last season, missed his third straight game due to suspension for a incident at Nittany Apartments in the lead-up to the victory over Oregon State...Temple lost two of its first three games despite trailing for just one minute, 49 seconds over the span of both contests.
09/20 20:55:18 ET