(Saturday, September 19th)
Final Score: (5) Penn State 31, Temple 6
University Park, PA (Sports Network) - Evan Royster ran for 134 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries, as fifth-ranked Penn State handled the Temple Owls in a 31-6 win at Beaver Stadium.
Daryll Clark threw a pair of TD passes to Derek Moye and Mickey Shuler but was picked once and ended a pedestrian 16-of-26 for 167 yards.
The ground game carved the Temple defense for 186 yards with Stephfon Green also finding the end zone for the Nittany Lions (3-0), who after a relatively easy non-conference slate, start the season in earnest next week in their Big Ten opener against Iowa.
"I think it was just a lack of execution. I made a few bad throws," said Clark of his performance. "I felt like I made the right reads at times. We had a couple of drops. We had a couple of protection issues. It was a little bit of everything today. But, we ran the ball better. That was one of the main things we wanted to get done this week."
PSU has won the last 27 meetings with the Owls since the teams played to a 7-7 tie in 1950.
Vaughn Charlton threw for 205 yards on 15-of-33 attempts with Joe Jones the main recipient, hauling in four passes for 75 yards.
Brandon McManus accounted for the offense with a pair of field goals for Temple (0-2), which was off last week after dropping its season-opener to Villanova on September 3rd.
Penn State put together an eight-play, 77-yard drive on its second possession of the game, capped by a one-yard TD pass to Shuler. The Lions received runs of 33 yards by Royster and a 24-yard scamper from Chaz Powell to bolster the scoring romp.
McManus got Temple on the board with a 25-yard field goal just before the close of the first quarter. It was the first points surrendered by PSU in the first half this season.
"I think any time your play an operation like this, you have to give your kids a chance. We wanted to be aggressive," said Temple head coach Al Golden, whose team was down only 7-3 midway through the second quarter. "When you have shots against Penn State, you have to convert them and we didn't do that necessarily, but you have to give them a lot of credit, they're a heck of a defense and they were very tough in the red area."
After a slow start, the Lions scored on their final two possessions of the half to take a 21-3 lead into the break.
A heavy dose of Royster led to a seven-yard scoring run by the junior with a shade over 5 1/2 minutes on the clock and a quick three-and-out by the Owls set up Clark's four-yard TD strike to Moye with just under a minute remaining.
McManus opened the second-half scoring with a 35-yard boot, bringing TU within 21-6, but the Owls coughed up the ball on their next series and Collin Wagner answered with a 27-yard field goal for Penn State.
Choppy play dominated the third quarter but PSU started an efficient 12-play scoring drive in the latter stages. The Lions marched 74 yards in nearly seven minutes before Green found the end zone from three yards out close to four minutes into the fourth.
Temple also opens its conference schedule next weekend, hosting fellow MAC member Buffalo...The Lions have won 30 of their past 32 games, including 11 in a row at Beaver Stadium...The Lions lead the head-to-head series with Temple, 35-3-1, and are 34-0-1 versus their in-state rivals since the first four meetings...Kee-ayre Griffin had 42 of Temple's 46 rushing yards...PSU was 7- of-13 on third-down conversions while the Owls were 5-of-17...Andrew Quarless topped the Penn State receiving corps with 45 yards on three catches...Moye caught four passes for 31 yards while Powell gained 40 yards on four grabs.
09/19 18:07:24 ET