Penn State Rallies Past Temple

(AP) Michael Zordich scored on a 1-yard run with 2:42 left to stretch Penn State’s winning streak against Temple to 29 straight games in a 14-10 victory on Saturday at Lincoln Financial Field. The Owls led for most of the game and gave their intrastate rival one of the biggest scares in this series. For all the strides Temple has made in its program the last five years, it still can’t beat Joe Paterno and the Nittany Lions. Temple has not defeated Penn State since a 14-0 victory on Oct. 18, 1941. The teams tied 7-7 in 1950. After missing two field goal attempts, Penn State converted a fourth-and-1 on the 3 late in the fourth. Check out the box score and see our Big Ten scoreboard.

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FINAL: Penn State took the lead in the fourth quarter and hung on for a 14-10 victory over Temple on Saturday at Lincoln Financial Field. With 2:42 to go, Michael Zordich ran one yard to paydirt to give Penn State (2-1) a 14-10 lead. The Nittany Lions’ defense stymied Temple’s (2-1) rushing attack. Penn State held the Owls to a mere 75 yards on the ground. The Nittany Lions did not allow Temple’s offense to get going throughout the contest. Penn State’s defense allowed just 198 total yards as it frustrated the Owls’ offense. Temple’s Mike Gerardi went nine of 22 through the air for a total of 95 yards. He also threw two interceptions. Gerardi had a good connection with receiver Joe Jones. He hauled in five catches for 48 yards. The Nittany Lions’ Matthew McGloin was good for 124 yards during the game, completing 13 of 19 passes. He also threw no interceptions. McGloin had a trusted receiver in Derek Moye. He hauled in seven catches for 112 yards. Penn State’s offense finished the game having gained 308 yards, including 216 passing yards on 22 completions. The Nittany Lions’ ran for just 92 yards on 36 attempts.

FOURTH QUARTER: Penn State captured the lead in the fourth quarter and hung on for the 14-10 win over Temple. With 2:42 to go, Michael Zordich turned a handoff into a one-yard touchdown to give the Nittany Lions the lead, 14-10. Zordich’s one-yard touchdown run put a bow on Penn State’s 11-play, 44-yard drive and put the Nittany Lions on top for good. Michael Mauti intercepted Mike Gerardi’s pass to set Penn State up at the Temple 44-yard line to start the drive. The Nittany Lions’ Derek Moye reached the 100-yard receiving mark for the game thanks to two catches for 17 yards in the quarter, and ended his day with 112 yards in all.

THIRD QUARTER: The third quarter was an ugly display, as Temple and Penn State totaled no points and two turnovers between them and the margin is still three, as the Owls lead 10-7. The Nittany Lions will start the fourth quarter with possession on their 19-yard line.

SECOND QUARTER: Temple’s Bernard Pierce led the offense in the second quarter. He ran for 26 yards and the Owls are now up just 10-7. Brandon McManus drilled a 40-yard field goal to break the tie and give Temple the advantage, 10-7, after an eight-play, 39-yard drive. The Owls threw just one time. Temple will have possession to start the second half.

FIRST QUARTER: Temple’s front seven stepped up in the first quarter, allowing Penn State to gain just 20 rushing yards, and the Owls lead 7-0 at the end of the first quarter. Temple started the scoring off when Bernard Pierce ran two yards to paydirt to cap off an eight-play, 82-yard drive, which gave the Owls the lead, 7-0. Temple will start the second quarter with the ball on its 10-yard line.

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