If anybody had any questions about Evan Royster before today’s game, might have had their questions answered.
Royster came into Penn State’s game versus Temple with only 110 yards rushing this season. Today, he exploded for a career high 187 yards on 26 carries and made sure that there weren’t any doubts about who the number one tail back for the Penn State Nittany Lions is anymore. Today’s game also puts him sixth on the All-time Penn State rushing list behind D.J. Dozier and only 138 yards behind Curt Warner for the all time leader in rushing yards. Despite having one fumble today, Royster looked in good form and looked like the back from a year ago. The other hero for the Nittany Lions was place kicker Collin Wagner. Wagner tied a Penn State record scoring 15 points himself. He went 5-6 on field goal attempts and really kept Penn State in the game when they were trailing. He alone, outscored the Owls 16-13. Penn State’s true freshman Robert Bolden, finished 18 of 28 for 223 yards. He looked uncomfortable and out of rhythm in the red zone but, still made some very important completions during their touchdown drive.
The two early touchdowns were all the Owls could tally up as the Penn State defense got settled in. Temple was able to get their first rushing touchdown by Bernard Pierce on the Evan Royster fumble at the Penn State 28 yard line. Pierce would then punch it in again before getting hurt and leaving the game with an ankle injury. The second Owl touchdown’s PAT attempt was botched by a bad hold. With Pierce going out Chester Stewart would try to carry his team. Unfortunately for him, the Nittany Lion defense woke up from their slight slumber. Stewart finished 8-19 for 46 yards passing, three interceptions, and 10 carries for 42 yards because of the constant harassment of the Nittany Lion defense. Two interceptions were made by safety Nick Sukay and one by linebacker Nathan Stupar.
Not one of their dominating performances against Temple, but it was a win at the end of the day. Joe Paterno who was interviewed after the game was asked about his red zone offense. He gave much respect and credit to the Temple defense who were able to keep the Nittany Lions out of the end zone and left them with field goals. Penn State would finally take the lead for good when Wagner put in his final field goal through the uprights to give Penn State a 15-13 lead in the third quarter. The Nittany Lions would get their lone touchdown on a Michael Zordich 1 yard touchdown.
The Owls came in with an attitude and gave the Nittany Lion fans a little scare. The Owls came in with a load of confidence, defeating University of Connecticut last week 30-16. It was the school’s first win against a power-conference opponent for the first time since 2004. The Owls look to make a splash in the Mid-American conference as the great recruiting by former Penn State standout Al Golden looks to propel them towards success in the future. With their first winning season since 1990 and their first bowl appearance since 1979, the Temple Owls look to be a force in college football.
A game that was thought to be another blow-out was much closer than anticipated. The Nittany Lions were able to get the win and Joe Paterno remained undefeated against his former player, former coach, and Temple University. Next week begins the big ten play as they head to Hawkeye land to face Iowa.
About the Author
Written by Dane Hodge
I am a recent graduate of Carson-Newman College in Jefferson City, Tennessee. I majored in Communications with my emphasis in Radio/Television and Film. I have recently been writing for the Brookdale Community College Men's and Women's soccer teams in Lincroft, New Jersey on the athletic page of the school website. My love for sports is beyond this world. My real love is Television. I am a volunteer for Brookdale television as a broadcaster. One day I hope to become a great sports broadcaster, as of right now I believe that my volunteer work and my will to succeed will guide me to the path that I want. When I was younger I wrote for the Asbury Park Press in 2000, 2001. I have been writing for a while now and it is something in which I enjoy.