Though you'd never know if from the scoreboard, Penn State dominated Temple on Saturday, outgaining the Owls 439 yards to 202. Unfortunately for the Nittany Lions, they were forced to settle for six Collin Wagner field goal attempts once they got deep in Temple territory, keeping the score close and the pressure on.â†µ
Assistant coach Jay Paterno says the Lions will try to open it up in the red zone now that quarterback Rob Bolden has gotten a little more comfortable.â†µ
Knowing that we have three points in our hip pocket, you want to be careful that you don’t put him in a situation where a blitz gets to him and all of a sudden the ball is on the ground,” Jay Paterno said. “But now that he’s done some things in the clutch, we’ll open some things up as we go forward.”â†µ
Penn State also needs to develop a threat at tight end down deep. Freshmen Garry Gilliam and Kevin Haplea are developing, but their learning curve needs to be sped up, as the absence of solid pass catching tight ends like Mickey Shuler and Andrew Quarless is painfully obvious for Penn State in the red zone.