Scores

Final

Penn State 14

(2-1, 1-0 away)

Temple 10

(2-1, 1-1 home)

Coverage: ESPN

12:00 PM ET, September 17, 2011

Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, PA

1 2 3 4 T
PSU 0 7 0 714
TEM 7 3 0 010

Top Performers

Passing: M. McGloin (PSU) - 124 YDS

Rushing: S. Redd (USC) - 16 CAR, 86 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: D. Moye (PSU) - 7 REC, 112 YDS

Penn State wards off scare to beat Temple for 29th straight time

Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA -- 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. Zordich then scored to make it 14-10.

Aided by a defensive penalty, the Owls drove to the 34 on their final possession. Mike Gerardi was sacked on fourth down to end the drive and the upset bid.

Watching from the press box because of injuries again, Joe Paterno improved to 28-0 vs. the Owls. But he almost saw a monumental upset a week after Penn State lost at home, 27-11, to Alabama.

The Owls squandered a pair of fantastic chances to stretch the lead in the second half. Temple did not take advantage of cornerback Kee-ayre Griffin's interception that put the ball on the 50, and came up empty after Rod Streater had an open path and blocked a punt that let the Owls start on Penn State's 39.

When Temple struggled, Penn State pounced.

Penn State last visited South Philadelphia in 2007, and it was then that the blue-and-white faithful overtook the Linc and turned the place into a virtual Penn State home game. Not this year. Temple's improvement in the standings has led to renewed interest in the team. The parking lots were stuffed with Owls fans, who tailgated and belted out the fight song hours before kickoff. Still, the game was well short of a sellout and the white shirts that colored large chunks of the stadium made it look like a signature Happy Valley "Whiteout."

Temple announced a paid total of 57,323 fans, the third-largest crowd in team history.

The Owls opened like a team playing for a BCS bowl berth, pressuring Rob Bolden and rattling ball carriers that set an early tone. It was clear that they wouldn't be pushovers. They got it done on offense early, with Mike Gerardi connecting to Deon Miller for 33 yards that set up Bernard Pierce's 2-yard score and a 7-0 lead.

Matt McGloin replaced Bolden in the second quarter and led the Nittany Lions on a tying scoring drive, capped by Silas Redd's 17-yard scoring run.

Redd ran straight into the Temple red -- the end zones were painted red and inscribed with "TEMPLE" on one end and "OWLS" on the other.

The makeover might not seem like a big deal at most college powerhouses, but Temple had never before used painted end zones at the stadium they share with the Philadelphia Eagles.

Brandon McManus put the Owls, 10-7, ahead with a 40-yard field goal with 37 seconds left in the half.

Penn State's Sam Ficken had his 49-yard tying attempt blocked by Shahid Paulhill as time expired to help the Owls take a lead into halftime -- and set the stage for a historic win.

But the Nittany Lions had other ideas.

In the end, Temple was held to just 197 total yards and Gerardi threw two interceptions as the streak continued.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
PSU
TEM
1st Downs1813
Total Yards308197
Passing216123
Rushing9274
Penalties7-694-30
3rd Down Conversions6-174-13
4th Down Conversions2-20-1
Turnovers13
Possession31:3828:22

Passing Leaders

Penn StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
McGloin13/191246.500
TempleC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Gerardi9/22954.302

Rushing Leaders

Penn StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Redd16865.4121
Beachum11272.505
TempleCARYDSAVGTDLG
Pierce17502.9113
Stewart9161.8012

Receiving Leaders

Penn StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Moye711216.0040
Brown66210.3019
TempleRECYDSAVGTDLG
Jones5489.6017
Miller34515.0038

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERPSUTEM
TD06:54Bernard Pierce 2 Yd Run (Brandon Mcmanus Kick) 07
SECOND QUARTERPSUTEM
TD04:57Silas Redd 17 Yd Run (Evan Lewis Kick) 77
FG00:37Brandon McManus 40 Yd 710
FOURTH QUARTERPSUTEM
TD02:42Michael Zordich 1 Yd Run (Evan Lewis Kick) 1410

Research Notes

While Penn State maintained its unbeaten streak against Temple, the 14 points scored by the Nittany Lions marks the fewest in the series since their 10-7 road win in 1978 (the 13th game in the unbeaten streak), and today's +4 margin of victory is the lowest in the series since Penn State's 27-25 win at home in 1985 (19th game in the unbeaten streak).

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