Scores

Final

Penn State 31

(8-3, 2-2 away)

Temple 0

(3-7, 2-3 home)

Coverage: ESPNU

12:00 PM ET, November 10, 2007

Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, PA

1 2 3 4 T
PSU 14 3 0 1431
TEM 0 0 0 00

Top Performers

Passing: A. Morelli (PSU) - 260 YDS, 3 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: R. Kinlaw (PSU) - 27 CAR, 168 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: D. Williams (PSU) - 7 REC, 104 YDS

Morelli, Kinlaw help PSU continue domination vs. Temple

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Anthony Morelli threw a pair of touchdowns to Jordan Norwood, exciting the thousands of Penn State fans who turned Temple's stadium into a mini Happy Valley for the afternoon in a 31-0 win over the Owls on Saturday.

Rodney Kinlaw rushed for a career-high 168 yards, including a 10-yard TD run in the fourth. He also went over the 1,000-yard mark for the season.

King of The Temple
Joe Paterno

Joe Paterno is 24-0 all-time against Temple. Among active FBS coaches, the only better record versus another opponent is Paterno's 24-0-1 record vs. Maryland.

Coach Opponent Record
Joe Paterno Maryland 24-0-1
Joe Paterno Temple 24-0
Steve Spurrier Kentucky 15-0
Phillip Fulmer Kentucky 14-0

The Nittany Lions (8-3) improved their career record to 33-3-1 against the Owls and a nifty 24-0 under coach Joe Paterno. Temple (3-7) has not beaten Penn State since a 14-0 win on Oct. 18, 1941.

Morelli threw for 260 yards and three TDs and Derrick Williams had seven catches for 104 yards. Penn State had 202 yards rushing to only four yards for Temple.

The game drew a Temple record 69,029 to Lincoln Financial Field and marked only the third time in the five years the Owls have played here that attendance went over the 30,000 mark. Very few came to root for the Owls.

Fans could normally arrive at a Temple game an hour before kickoff and pull into a prime parking spot. The traveling, tailgating Penn State fans started to pack the lots by 8:30 a.m. and traffic snaked around the various streets leading to the sports complex. There was maybe one Temple fan for every 200 Penn State diehards, who all braved the chilly and rainy conditions to drink a few beers and grill their sausage-and-ham breakfast sandwiches.

Fans were still finding their soaked seats when Morelli connected with Norwood in the corner of the end zone for a 15-yard TD on Penn State's first drive.

The Nittany Lions used a pair of sensational catches to go up 14-0. Morelli's big heave found Williams, who leapt over Jaiquawn Jarrett to catch the ball for a 52-yard gain. Penn State gave Temple no time to regroup and Morelli tossed a 22-yard TD to Norwood in the same corner of the end zone on the very next play.

The Owls have three wins this season (the same total as the other Linc tenants, the Philadelphia Eagles) and coach Al Golden may have finally started the long-woeful program on a path toward respectability in the Mid-American Conference. The Owls, though, showed they still have a long way to go if they want to beat a major conference team like the Big Ten's Penn State.

With thoughts of an upset on their minds, the Owls were sharp on a 69-yard opening drive where they picked up three first downs, or, one more than they did in last year's game. The drive ended when Jake Brownell missed a 23-yard field goal.

A snapshot of nearly two decades of Temple futility came on an early second quarter drive. First, a 28-yard TD pass was called back on a holding penalty. Two more penalties (one was declined) were called against the Owls inside the 20 and a fake field goal nearly worked but an uncovered Matt Balasavage dropped an accurate, easy pass in the end zone.

Morelli had both time to throw and wide open receivers, a perfect combination that allowed him to complete nine of his first 11 passes for 151 yards. Morelli's only misstep came late in the second quarter when he fumbled at Temple's 1-yard line, blowing another easy scoring opportunity.

The Owls naturally failed to convert and the Nittany Lions got Kevin Kelly's 32-yard field goal with 17 seconds left to take a 17-0 lead into halftime.

Morelli's 14-yard TD pass to Deon Butler in the fourth put the finishing touches on Penn State's second straight shutout against the Owls.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
PSU
TEM
1st Downs2516
Total Yards462242
Passing260238
Rushing2024
Penalties3-154-35
3rd Down Conversions7-133-14
4th Down Conversions1-12-4
Turnovers21
Possession32:2027:40

Passing Leaders

Penn StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Morelli22/332607.931
TempleC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Charlton26/432385.500

Rushing Leaders

Penn StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Kinlaw271686.2132
Carter4123.005
TempleCARYDSAVGTDLG
Harper8263.3016
Robinson3217.0015

Receiving Leaders

Penn StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Williams710414.9052
Butler5438.6114
TempleRECYDSAVGTDLG
Francis67512.5022
Shelton55010.0020

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERPSUTEM
TD07:33Jordan Norwood 15 Yd Pass From Anthony Morelli (Kevin Kelly Kick)
Drive: 9 plays, 80 yds, 3:59
70
TD02:46Jordan Norwood 22 Yd Pass From Anthony Morelli (Kevin Kelly Kick)
Drive: 4 plays, 77 yds, 1:50
140
SECOND QUARTERPSUTEM
FG00:17Kevin Kelly 32 Yd
Drive: 8 plays, 32 yds, 1:36
170
FOURTH QUARTERPSUTEM
TD13:54Rodney Kinlaw 10 Yd Run (Kevin Kelly Kick)
Drive: 8 plays, 38 yds, 3:12
240
TD09:20Deon Butler 14 Yd Pass From Anthony Morelli (Kevin Kelly Kick)
Drive: 7 plays, 61 yds, 4:02
310