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A Happy But Not So Happy Result Against Penn State

Posted By Adrian Fedkiw On Sep 28 2010 @ 10:21 am In Temple | No Comments

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  • 2006- PSU- 47-0
  • 2007- PSU- 31-0
  • 2008- PSU- 45-3
  • 2009- PSU- 31-6
  • 2010- PSU- 22-13

We all know the expression, a win’s a win, and a loss is a loss.  Sometimes, in this instance, a loss can show a program’s promise and continuing progress.  Above are the last five meetings between Penn State and Temple.  As you can see, it really hasn’t been close. 

The meeting this past Saturday was the only confrontation with a point margin less than double digits.  The Owls got their signature win against Uconn [2] last week, and this week they gave the Nittany Lions all they can handle.  Yes, a win would’ve been amazing, and this Penn State squad isn’t as good as recent years, but if you’re a Temple fan you have to be proud of team’s performance.  Next year, the Nittany Lions come to the Linc.  The stadium will still most likely be filled with more Penn State fans, but there will be a stronger Cherry and White contingency then there was at State College. 

Last year, I went to the Penn State/Temple game for owlsports.com.  I watched the game in the press box.  This time, I got the fan experience.  I didn’t wear my Temple gear as I sat with my brother in the Penn State student section.  I did however go with the anti whiteout as I wore all black.  All I have to say is the Stateaholics need the chill with the cowbell.  After the game, I had a huge headache with my ears ringing with cowbell.  I know Christopher Walken would want more cowbell, but it wasn’t my cup of tea. 

The Owls actually took the halftime lead in this one, 13-6.  Temple got off to a fantastic start as Bernard Pierce scored two touchdowns in the first quarter.  They had the ferocious Penn State defense on their heels as the Owls accumulated 111 total yards in that first quarter (88 rushing, 23 passing).  Temple capitalized on two key plays.  First, it was LB ”Peanut” Joseph as he stripped Evan Royster to set up Pierce’s first touchdown run.  On their next touchdown drive, DB and former WR James Nixon came into the game and took a reverse 51 yards down to the four.  This set up Pierce’s second touchdown run.

After the first, Penn State seized control as they slowly and methodically chipped away at the Owls lead.  I was curious to see where Penn State would do most of there running.  They usually like to run behind their RG Stefen Wiesnewski.  Last week, Uconn ran the ball successfully, and mostly on their left side of the offensive line.  Penn State actually mixed up the run very well.  Evan Royster ran for a career-high 187 yards.  He gave me one of those “here we go again” moments as he rumbled down the right sideline for 50 yards on the first play from scrimmage.


(Evan Royster)

I noticed that safety Jaiquawn Jarrett kept rotating between free and strong safety to try and contain the Penn State running game.  He had some very nice hits, and led the team in tackles with 11.

Once again, the Temple defense got gashed in between the 20′s by the running game.  The red-zone defense though, continues to impress.  It wasn’t until late in the 4th when the defense allowed their first touchdown of the game.  By then, they were completely gassed.  Penn State had to settle for five field goals.

Quarterback Chester Stewart had a horrendous game.  He looked lost, confused and scared.  He went 8/19 for just 46 yards and 3 picks.  I know the Penn State defense is tough, but it’s the bad decision making that bugged me.  If he doesn’t improve as the season goes along, redshirt freshman Chris Croyer may be the opening day quarterback next season.  The offense went just 1/11 on 3rd down.  Most of that had to do with the ineffectiveness of Stewart. 

(Chester Stewart)

The injury bug continues to plague Bernard Pierce.  He’s a tremendous talent, but these injuries are starting to get ridiculous.  He left the game with an ankle injury.

The Owls are off to Army next week in the second game of a three game road trip.   

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