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STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – Penn State capitalized on five Temple turnovers, Akeel Lynch rushed for 130 yards and the Nittany Lions defeated the Owls 30-13 on Saturday to become bowl-eligible for the first time since 2011.
Penn State (6-4) rushed for a season-high 254 yards as Bill Belton added 92 yards on 19 carries. Lynch rushed 18 times and scored on a 38-yard touchdown.
The Nittany Lions held Temple (5-5) to 268 yards and intercepted quarterback P.J. Walker four times to pull away from a 6-6 tie late in the third quarter.
Penn State capitalized on turnovers on four straight Temple possessions late in the third quarter and early in the fourth to pull away after the Owls had closed their deficit to 20-13.