The Owls suffered a 28-13 loss to Army for their first game of the season, but rallied to beat Stony Brook 38-0 last weekend. Temple lost many of its star players last year to graduation, and is struggling as a young team this season.
Penn State, however, is showing its prowess as a young and talented team, showing early strength against Kent State and, despite the loss, showing incredible fire and tenacity against Pitt, a worthy competitor of the Lions’.
“The first thing I want to talk about is how proud I am of our guys, how they battled and persevered… I thought those guys did a really, really good job,” said Head Coach James Franklin of his team regarding the Pitt game.
History is overwhelmingly in Penn State’s favor, as Penn State won 39 times out of the 44 times the pair has met since their first meeting in 1931. The pair tied only once, in 1932.
Penn State leads Temple 270.5-146.0 in passing yards and 380.0-276.0 in total offense. Likewise, in true Penn State fashion, Penn State leads 7-4 in total sacks. Watch out, Temple.
Starting quarterback Trace McSorley (Ashburn, Va.) feels confident about the improvements already made by his team.
“I think our tempo continued to improve from week one to week two. Obviously, there’s always room for us to go faster, always room for us to get lined up and get the play calls, stuff like that… the faster we go, the better it will be for us,” said McSorley.
In addition to the excitement of the Temple games, there are some plans to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Joe Paterno’s first game coaching the Nittany Lions on Saturday.
“All of the wonderful things that have happened here academically, all of the wonderful things that have happened here athletically, and in the community as well, those things have been significant,” stated Coach Franklin. “But my focus and our team’s focus is on Temple and the game this week.”
Be prepared to be up and at ‘em bright and early on Saturday – kickoff is at noon in Beaver Stadium. Go State, Beat Temple!