David Jones and Bob Flounders of the Patriot-News
That’s it, nobody else put one up.
Here is Joe Paterno’s post-game presser though:
David Jones and Bob Flounders of the Patriot-News
That’s it, nobody else put one up.
Here is Joe Paterno’s post-game presser though:
Temple followed that script yesterday — they went the distance, but lost in the end.
Penn State traveled to the city of brotherly love for its annual tilt against “in-state Rival” Temple. The game set the art of quarterback back by generations. Despite that, the Nittany Lions converted a fourth quarter Mike Gerardi interception by Michael Mauti into the decisive touchdown drive.
Rob Bolden started and finished for Penn State. He did not play particularly well outside of the final drive of the game. I believe the next time he checks down will be the first. He was lucky to escape the day with merely one interception. He threw behind his receivers throughout the day. He has the physical tools to be a good quarterback, but has yet to put them together. He did not run against the Owls like he did against the Alabama Crimson Tide last week. I have a feeling he was advised not to run. To his credit, he converted 2 fourth downs on the decisive drive.
Matt McGloin also played quarterback for PSU, alternating with Bolden at intervals we could not determine. Unlike Bolden, McGloin did check down from time to time instead of just looking at the same receiver for the whole play. He led one touchdown drive and had a would-be touchdown pass to Derek Moye called back due to a holding penalty. He made a bad throw into double-coverage in the end zone after a turnover. I understand going long in that situation, but McGloin tried to make a throw that wasn’t there.
Moye had over 100 yards receiving, but frustrated me. He dropped a catchable pass from Bolden early and got out-muscled for a would be TD in the first half. I think Moye runs routes well, but isn’t terribly strong doesn’t have great hands. He has trouble catching Bolden’s throws, but not McGloin’s.
Silas Redd alternated with Brandon Beachum as the feature back. I am not sure why, Redd is a more dangerous back. Beachum might be more powerful, but I think Redd should be getting more of the carries.
Michael Zordich came up big for the Nittany Lions late. He recovered a fumbled snap (gaining a yard) late, deep in Temple territory and then ran in for the winning touchdown. Zordich is a force near the goal line.
On the defensive side of the ball, the team as undisciplined on the first drive of the game. Temple marched down the field, overcoming defensive line pressure and taking advantage of over-pursuit. After that drive, the defense settled down, so it was a rather typical Tom Bradley defense — trouble early, followed by adjustments that work.
The defensive line and linebackers limited Temple’s great running back Bernard Pierce to well under 100 yards. They were able to frustrate him and the Owls attack. Gerardi, who played well in the first half was replaced at quarterback by Chester Stewart, an inexplicable decision by Temple. While Stewart is a bigger threat to run, he scares nobody with his passing. Penn State took advantage and some scrambles did lead to first down, Stewart was simply not going to march the Owls down the field against the Penn State defense.
Mauti, who had six tackles (3 TFL) and the game changing interception still continues to run past the play on blitzes, but is clearly emerging as the heart and soul of the defense. He made things happen and would not let Penn State lose. The defensive game ball goes to him.
The linebacker rotation was in heavy use during yesterday’s game.
The defensive intercepted Gerardi twice in the fourth quarter. They came to play and did not get discouraged. Good for them. The season rides on their ability to keep games close, because the offense will not blow out anyone good.
2 field goals were missed out right (one hit the upright) and another was blocked. Really.
A punt was also blocked.
Penn State had trouble containing Temple return game.
I’d say fire the special teams coach, but there isn’t one. Just dreadful. It will cost Penn State a game this season.
Mike McQueary, the wide receivers coach, has the unenviable task of being the only offensive coach on the field during the game. He has to relay the play calls the multi-tiered playcalling system (Galen Hall and Jay Paterno with occasional insight from Joe Paterno), rally the offense, get the proper quarterback in the game and more. Just a difficult position for him to be in.
I thought he playcalling was terrible, by the way. It was as if they wanted to make it even harder for which quarterback happened to be in the game at the time. There was no rhyme or reason to most of the offensive plan. The indecisiveness about the QBs is hurting the team. I suppose the problem is that Bolden has not distinguished itself from McGloin is perhaps most troubling. I don’t think either is very good — Bolden has more upside, McGloin seems to understand the position better. Maddening.
AT THE GAME
Unlike 2007, this trip to Philly was not in front of a full house. I think about 58,000 out of 69,000 tickets were sold. The $60 and $70 price tag on tickets probably discouraged a lot of Penn Staters. Temple showed up more this time, including a record setting 10,000+ students. Temple fans were fired up for this one and nearly got rewarded for it. That had to have been soul-crushing.
Temple’s band literally writhed on the ground during their halftime show.
The Pennsylvania State University Blue Band was there and performed their standard road game half-time show of Penn State songs. It was great to see them. I also saw the feature twirler, a dude, perform for the first time. He was good, but it just isn’t the same as a blue sapphire.
Temple students had the amazing cheer of “We are” followed by “F(owl head) You” on t-shirts. Another one had the old Penn State font spell out “We aren’(Temple T logo)” which meant “we aren’t Temple?”
The field was in great shape and the end zones were painted this time.
I did not have any of the $7.25 aluminum bottle beers. I had a pulled pork BBQ from a cart though, not bad. Oh and split a Pepsi with my wife.
We couldn’t find 2thelion tailgate
Well, they really spun that one, didn’t they?
Another week, another series of questions from Adam Collyer of Black Shoe Diaries…
1. The game was out of reach, but Rob Bolden played through the final whistle. Was that drive his “coming of age moment?” Do you expect that to pay some dividends this week?
Rob Bolden impressed me on the final scoring drive and at the time I thought, okay, maybe had made a statement. If it pays dividends this week, I think we can point back to that drive and say, yes, it was a coming of age moment. Upon further thought though, I remember thinking the 2007 Outback Bowl was Anthony Morelli’s coming of age moment. How did that turn out? I remember Bolden’s game-winning drive against Temple last year and thinking that was his coming of age moment. Also, will Bolden be given the opportunity to make it pay dividends? If he and Matt McGloing are still alternating quarters, I doubt it.
Ask me after Thanksgiving whether the Alabama drive was a “coming of age” moment for Bolden.
2. How effective will the defense be against Bernard Pierce this week?
I anticipate that Pierce will a tougher time than last year against Penn State. Devon Still and Jordan Hill have improved and PSU has 5 or 6 starting linebackers for 3 positions. Pierce may break 100 yards, but he’ll need over 25 carries to do so.
3. Grade the offensive line three weeks into the season. Are they better than you expected them to be?
I think the offensive line is improved over last year. The pass blocking seems to headed in the right direction after 3 sacks against Indiana State. Pass blocking was a strength last year and I think they are getting the hang of it again. Run blocking seems improved as well and having a more powerful and elusive back in Silas Green will help make them look better.
4. Bottom line – are we looking at a ‘Bama hangover against Temple, or do the Lions pull an Illinois ’05-type performance and come out swinging against an overmatched Temple squad?
I don’t think the Nittany Lions will come out hung over, but perhaps a little lethargic. Temple will be fired up, so I expect PSU to realize they have a game to play early on. After a disappointing non-con loss like last week, going on the road is probably good, particularly when it will be a pretty friendly environrment for the visitors.
I see some parrallels between Penn State vs. Alabama — the Nittany Lions needed to play a perfect game to beat the Crimson Tide and I think Temple needs to play a perfect game to beat the Nittany Lions.
People will make too big a deal about being able to buy $6 beers in the stadium. McGloin will get way more snaps than he should. The trim-less white jerseys will not look as good as the ones with trim. I’ll be given a hard time for wearing a #11 jersey (it is my favorite number). Redd will top 100 yards. The backup to the Sports Complex will begin on the Girard Point Bridge. The 2theLion tailgate will be excellent. I’ll get a cheesesteak on the way out of town. Penn State will beat Temple 27-17.
Joe Paterno Press Conference Transcript – Intercollegiate Athletics
Cory Giger and Neil Rudel of The Altoona Mirror
Mark Brennan of Fight On State and Mike Poorman
No Bob Flounders this week for some reason.
Tickets to this Saturday’s Penn State Nittany Lions vs. Temple Owls at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia are still available. You can order them from Ticketmaster or if you don’t feel like paying an additional 10% or more in “convenience fees” or whatever euphemism they are using this month, you probably have a good shot at: 1) Groupon or Living Social offering tickets in the next couple of days 2) Buying them at the ticket window on Saturday.
I am kind of surprised and disappointed in the Nittany Nation for not buying up all the tickets yet. For a great many of us, this is way more accessible than Happy Valley. Is it the same as seeing Penn State in Beaver Stadium? No, of course not, but going on the road with your team has its own appeal as well. Particularly when the majority of the crowd is cheering the same team as you. Additionally, there are nice comfortable seats at the Link and some people really enjoy being able to buy a beer in the stadium. Through in paved lots for tailgating and it gets downright decadent.
When Penn State played there 4 years ago, the stadium sold out and set a record for highest MAC attendance ever:
So, why aren’t you going?
UPDATE 8:25 p.m. 09.13.2011: @MarkWogenrichTemple says more than 50,000 tickets sold for #PennState’s visit Saturday. Lincoln Financial holds 68,000, so plenty of seats available.
The first Penn State Nittany Lions team to make the NCAA Tournament lost to the same program that ended their last trip ten years ago — the Temple Owls. This time around though, Penn State was in it the whole way and came one possession short of sending it to overtime. Temple’s Juan Fernandez hit a 17-footer with 0.4 seconds left to win the game. Talor Battle, one of the best three Penn State basketball players ever, had just made a long-distance 3-pointer to tie the game. Reggie Miller, who was providing color commentary for TNT, was impressed. However, it was the previous Penn State possession that set up the disappointment. Battle was stuffed and Temple responded with a bucket.
Penn State played 75% of the game without its second-best player, Jeff Brooks. After getting a second foul, Brooks sat out the second part of the first half. Early in the second half, Brooks dislocated his shoulder blocking a shot, an injury that had proved costly earlier in the season as well. Without Brooks, the Nittany Lions could not win, though they came close.
The Nittany Lions played valiantly and left everything on the court. It was a big step for the program, but is hopefully the beginning of a renaissance of Happy Valley hoops. A tournament invitation can’t be realistically expected annually, but within 3 seasons, probably 2 actually, this program needs to be back in the tournament.
Last-second shot nullified memorable Penn State effort – Patriot-News
Juan and Done – CDT
Penn State plays its first NCAA Tournament game in 10 years this afternoon. Four seniors Talor Battle, Jeff Brooks, David Jackson and Andrew Jones are starters and go into today’s 2 p.m. game (TNT) against Temple in Tucson knowing they are only guaranteed this one game. They should be motivated.
The Nittany Lions face the same program that eliminated them from their last tournament game, Temple. The Owls and Nittany Lions are not strangers, having played each other in the previous two seasons. A pre-season scrimmage is said to have been a rout for Temple. The Owls lost their starting center, Michael Eric, a month ago. They also have F Scootie Randall coming off an injury.
Ed DeChellis has coached one NCAA tournament game, in 2003 while coaching East Tennessee State, and lost. Temple’s Fran Dunphy is 1-12 in the tourney with most of those games and losses coming as head coach of Penn. Temple has been eliminated in the first round the last three years.
I’m picking with my heart more than my head, but I think Penn State pulls this off. Battle and company have gone through too much to be one and done. My prediction: Penn State 58 Temple 53
The bank is always open for Talor Battle – Patriot-News
Battle is a pool hustler on the basketball court.
Why is the game in Tuscon instead of DC? – Patriot-News
Or halfway in Hershey for that matter.
GO STATE, beat Owls!
Even after a 71-60 loss to Ohio State in the Big Ten championship game, the Penn State Nittany Lions are returning to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in ten years. Here is how the team reacted:
The face off against Temple Owls, in Tucson on Thursday — St. Patrick’s Day. Game time TBA.
The last time Penn State was in the tournament, it was Temple that eliminated the Nittany Lions in the sweet 16. The two programs have played each other regularly, but not this season.
Congratulations to the whole team, especially Talor Battle and coach Ed DeChellis — you overcame an awful lot to get to the tournament this season.
Lastly, let us joyfully put a certain meme to bed for this season.
There are two writers who should be better prepared for this matchup then any others, David Jones who covers Penn State for the Patriot-News, but also keeps his eye on the Big 5, and Dick Jerardi who is the Philly Daily News college basketball beat writer and an analyst for Penn State basketball on the Penn State Sports Network,
Penn State and Talor Battle finally will take NCAA dance — against Temple! – Patriot-News
Jones reminds us that Temple won the last two meetings in the series in 2009 and 2010. The Owls are missing some big men though which is good news for the Nittany Lions.
Jerardi is chatting at 1 p.m.
As I said last week, I was really excited for Saturday’s Penn State vs. Temple game. That said a lot about the state of the two programs and the game confirmed it — this is not a great Penn State team and may not even be a good one; this is the best Temple team I have seen. Some observations:
The predetermined outcomes of the first 3 games of the 2010 season probably made this game a lot more enjoyable than it should have been.
Rob Bolden did not play great throughout most of the game, but when he had to, he led the Nittany Lions on a 96 yard drive in the fourth quarter to seal the game. He made two critical 3 down completions that kept the drive going as well. Bolden is going to get a lot of opportunities on 3rd and long this year and his ability to convert on them probably makes both the difference between him being “good for a true freshman” and simply good.
FB Mike Zordich first carry, a 9 yard run deep in Temple territory, was epic. He must have dragged half the Temple defense 5 yards downfield. Nice to see it happen to the other team for a change. I’m glad he scored the touchdown that put the game away. Good to see some ground game domination, it gets me really fired up.
The Lions also got a field goal after a drive that started at their own 1 stalled. The ongoing red zone issues are troublesome, but getting 3 points after starting that deep is still pretty good.
Game ball to Colin Wagner for hitting his first 5 field goal attempts and kicking off well. Without his accuracy, Temple might have pulled off the upset.
Welcome back, Evan Royster. Your first carry, something like 50 yards, was a welcome statement. Do you still rush for over 100 yards without that big run though? The fumble though, led to Temple points.
T Lou Eliades is done for the season with a torn ACL. Who knows, maybe his replacement will do better against Iowa than Eliades did.
The defense responded well at the half, particularly LB Mike Mauti who was a very dangerous person in the second half. I’m hoping he just emerged as the leader of the linebackers. LB Nate Stupar and S Nick Sukay also grabbed a pair of interceptions. DE Pete Massaro continues to impress.
Owls coach Al Golden really wanted this one, but knew he had no shot without RB Brandon Pierce, who got hurt in the second half. I think Penn State would have won even with Pierce playing the whole game though.
I don’t have a lot of hope for next week, but we will cross that bridge when we get to it.
See you in Philly next year Temple.