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Blue White Roundtable: Penn State at Temple

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.

5. Prediction?

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.

THE ROUNDTABLE
Kevin McGuire, Nittany Lions Den
Joe Pa’s Doghouse

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Tickets still available for Penn State at Temple this Saturday

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:
Highest  attendance for a MAC game 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.

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Penn State falls to Temple, 66-64 on last second shot

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 effortPatriot-News

Juan and DoneCDT

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NCAA Tournament: Penn State vs. Temple at 2 p.m. on TNT

USA Today cover with Talor Battle
UPDATE: Talor Battle was on the cover of today’s USA Today near the newspaper’s flag (not masthead). So was, was another Ta(y)lor — Miss Swift.

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

FURTHER READING

The bank is always open for Talor BattlePatriot-News
Battle is a pool hustler on the basketball court.

Spotlight glaring on Lions’ seniorsCDT

Why is the game in Tuscon instead of DC?Patriot-News
Or halfway in Hershey for that matter.

GO STATE, beat Owls!

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Penn State going to NCAA Tournament, faces Temple in Tucson on Thursday

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:

MARCH MADNESS IN HAPPY VALLEY: PSU to play Temple out west, in first NCAA Tournament bid in 10 yearsCDT

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. :)

UPDATE:

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.

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PENN STATE 22 Temple 13

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.

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