(Saturday, September 17th)
Final Score: Penn State 14, Temple 10
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Despite two missed field goals, a punt block and blocked field goal, and a touchdown called back because of a penalty, Penn State still beat Temple for the 29th straight time.
Michael Zordich scored on a one-yard run with 2:42 remaining in the final quarter, and the Nittany Lions rallied for a 14-10 win over the Owls.
"I tried to tell people (that) Temple is as good a Temple team as I've ever seen. I thought we were gonna be in for a tough ball game," said Penn State coach Joe Paterno, who coached from the press box.
Employing a two-quarterback offense, Matt McGloin connected on 13-of-19 passes for 124 yards, while Rob Bolden went 9-of-17 for 92 yards for Penn State (2-1), which hasn't lost to Temple since 1941. The Owls tied the Nittany Lions in 1950.
Bernard Pierce rushed 17 times for 50 yards with a score for the Owls (2-1), but he wasn't a factor in the second half.
A 36-yard field goal try by Evan Lewis clanked off the right upright with 10:43 left, but the Owls gave the ball back when Michael Mauti picked off Mike Gerardi.
That led to a couple of big decisions for the Nittany Lions because Lewis missed a 45-yard field goal in the opening quarter and Sam Ficken had his 49- yard try blocked at the end of the half.
Penn State drove from the Temple 44 to the 23 where a 4th-and-2 came up. Instead of going for the tie, Bolden found Derek Moye over the middle for an 11-yard gain.
The Nittany Lions nearly lost the ball on a fumbled snap on third down. Then on 4th-and-1 from the three, Penn State initially lined up for a field goal, but after a timeout the offense came back on the field and Brandon Beachum powered up the middle for a first down.
Zordich scored on the next play up the middle.
"Well, that was part of it. The fact that we were doing well defensively, I thought we could take a couple of chances," Paterno said about the decision to go on the two fourth downs.
Gerardi drove the Owls to the PSU 34, but on 4th-and-10 he was hit from behind by Sean Stanley and fumbled, sealing the outcome with 61 seconds left.
"I told our team we're not interested in close games. There's no moral victories," Temple coach Steve Addazio said. "There's nothing. Play the game to win. We've got to pull together."
Pierce scored on a two-yard run midway through the first quarter, but Silas Redd powered in from 17 yards away with nearly five minutes left in the opening half.
The Owls went ahead 10-7 on a Brandon McManus 40-yard field goal with 37 left until halftime.
Pierce coughed up the ball near midfield midway through the third, but the Owls intercepted Bolden on the next play, only to punt.
Temple's blocked punt gave the Owls the ball at the PSU 39 late in the third, but they punted again. That came just after the Nittany Lions had a 52-yard TD pass from McGloin to Moye wiped out due to a holding penalty. Still Moye finished with seven grabs for 112 yards.
Gerardi finished 9-of-22 for 95 yards and two interceptions, while Chester Stewart was 3-of-6 for 28 yards.
09/17 17:16:06 ET