September 22, 2012; University Park, PA, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions quarterback Matthew McGloin (11) breaks a tackle attempt by Temple Owls defensive end Marcus Green (41) in route to a touchdown against the Temple Owls in the second quarter at Beaver Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rob Christy-US PRESSWIRE

Penn State Takes Down Temple 24-13

Penn State picked up another win on Saturday, beating Temple 24-13.

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Temple Vs. Penn State: Fans Happy To Be Able To Concentrate On Winning Football

Penn State picked up its second-straight win on Saturday, and have moved to 2-2 on the season. They're not going to be able to compete in the postseason, but so much about the beginning of this season was about winning in spite of the drama. For Nittany Lions fans, being able to move on and concentrate on the players in the game is the best thing about progressing so far this season.

And picking up a couple wins here and there is nice, too. Devon Edwards of SB Nation's Black Shoe Diaries talked about the nice change of being able to focus on the team and more accurately, the win.

And hell, there's one goal this team can still accomplish, and that's winning the Leaders Division. You can't change the past, of course, and right now, it's just as nice to focus on the impressive win this team just finished up.

Among the positive topics discussed was the progression of quarterback Matt McGloin. They talk about how he's gone from gunslinger to game manager and how he is a great fit for the offense. They also went on to give grades for the victory, with no unit getting below a 'B.' The lowest grade went to the offensive line, which struggled early, but pulled it together near the end of the game to keep the offense running smoothly.

For more Nittany Lions football, check out Black Shoe Diaries.


Big Ten Week 4 Scores: Notre Dame Beats Michigan, While Ohio State, Michigan State, Nebraska All Win

Penn State, of course, beat Temple 24-13 on Thursday. Here's a look at other scores from around the Big Ten.

The Nittany Lions open conference play against Illinois last week, and this week, the Illini were blown out, 52-24, by Louisiana Tech, as they turned the ball over six times. Quinton Patton had 164 yards receiving and two touchdowns for the Bulldogs.

No. 18 Michigan lost to No. 11 Notre Dame in a low-scoring affair, 13-6. Denard Robinson threw four interceptions, and the Wolverines had five picks total.

Elsewhere, No. 16 Ohio State beat UAB 29-15, No. 21 Michigan State beat Eastern Michigan 23-7, and No. 25 Nebraska whipped Idaho State 73-7. Wisconsin lost Montee Ball to a head injury in a 37-26 win over UTEP. Minnesota beat Syracuse 17-10, Northwestern knocked off South Dakota 38-7, and Iowa was nipped 32-31 by Central Michigan.

For more Nittany Lions football, check out Black Shoe Diaries.


Temple Vs. Penn State Final Score: Nittany Lions Top Owls, 24-13

The Penn State Nittany Lions beat the Temple Owls, 24-13, in a game that was not as close as the score would indicate.

The Penn State offense was able to eat huge chunks of yardage all day, but penalties and mistakes at key times prevented them from blowing Temple out. The Nittany Lions opened the scoring at the end of the first quarter when Matt McGloin found Allen Robinson for a 41-yard touchdown pass.

Temple answered with a field goal in the second quarter, but a pair of McGloin rushing touchdowns on either side of halftime made the game 21-3, and effectively out of reach for the Owls. Penn State kicker Sam Ficken, who was 1-5 on FG attempts for the year, connected on a 20-yard kick late in the fourth to make it 24-6, to the loud approval of the fans in attendance. The Owls were able to quickly push the ball down the field and made the game 24-13, but the ensuing onside kick fell into Penn State's hands.

Starting running back Bill Belton missed his third straight game, but Zach Zwinak (85 yards on 16 carries) and Michael Zordich (76 yards on 15 carries) kept things moving for the Nittany Lions on the ground. Allen Robinson had another good game, hauling in five passes for 82 yards and a touchdown, bringing his TD count to five for the season.

It was a frustrating game for Temple, whose offense was bottled up for much of the game. Chris Coyer struggled throwing the ball, and ended the day going 13-26 for 124 yards and a touchdown. However, the Owls' last drive accounted for 65 of those yards and the touchdown, a 1-yard pass to Matt Brown. Montel Harris led Temple with 43 yards receiving.

Box Score Hero: McGloin accounted for almost all of Penn State's points, going 24-36 for 318 yards, a touchdown and an interception. He also punched in two rushing touchdowns.

Rankings Ramifications: Neither team is likely to be ranked after this game.

But Did They Cover? Penn State came into the game as a 7-point favorite, so they covered the spread.

For More On This Game: For more on Penn State, check out Black Shoe Diaries, as well as Big Ten blog Off Tackle Empire. For more on Temple, head over to SB Nation Philadelphia and Big East Coast Bias.

Next Week's Schedule:

Penn State: Sep. 29 at Illinois

Temple: Oct. 6 vs. South Florida

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Temple Vs. Penn State Score: Nittany Lions Lead 14-3 At Halftime

The Penn State Nittany Lions lead the Temple Owls 7-3 at halftime. The Penn State offense has 270 total yards and has been able to move the ball effectively, but mistakes have prevented them from really turning those yards into points.

Matt McGloin went 14-22 for 213 yards, a touchdown and an interception in the air, and added another rushing touchdown right before halftime. Michael Zordich, pressed into heavier action due to injuries, has 60 yards on 11 carries. Allen Robinson caught another touchdown, and seven other receivers have gotten into the action with a catch.

Temple's offense has struggled to the tune of 96 total yards in the first half. Chris Coyer is 5-9 for only 39 yards, and has been sacked twice. Montel Harris has 24 rushing yards on 10 carries, and Coyer has 20 yards as well.

For more on Nittany Lions football, visit Penn State blog Black Shoe Diaries, plus Big Ten blog Off Tackle Empire, SB Nation Pittsburgh and SB Nation Philly. For more on Temple football, visit SB Nation Philly and Big East Coast Bias.


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