Penn State Nittany Lions
Beaver Stadium (106,572/Natural Grass)
University Park, Pa.
Saturday, September 22 • 3:30 p.m. • ABC/ESPN2
ABC/ESPN2 — Mike Patrick, Ed Cunningham and Jeannine Edwards
Saturday’s game will be the 42nd meeting between Temple and Penn State … The Nittany Lions hold a 37-3-1 series lead and are unbeaten (36-0-1) in the last 37 matchups … Temple’s last win against Penn State was in the 1941 season … The Owls fell 14-10 to Penn State last year at Lincoln Financial Field when Nittany Lions FB Michael Zordich scored on a 1-yard run with 2:42 left in the fourth quarter.
Steve Addazio (Central Connecticut ’81)
10-5, second season
Temple saw a five-game winning streak snapped with a 36-27 loss to Maryland Sept. 8 … The game against Penn State is sandwiched by a pair of bye weeks for the Owls, who don’t play again until their Oct. 6 BIG EAST opener against USF … Temple opened the season with a 41-10 win against Villanova Aug. 31 … The Owls have allowed 30 points in the second quarter and just 16 in the other three quarters combined this season … QB Chris Coyer is seventh in the BIG EAST in total offense (186.0 yards per game) … Coyer has thrown for 239 yards and three touchdowns and is the team’s second-leading rusher with 133 yards and a TD on the ground … RB Matt Brown is averaging 88.0 rushing yards per game, good for fifth in the BIG EAST … Brown leads the BIG EAST in all-purpose yards (212.0 ypg) and is averaging 20.5 yards on kickoff returns and 21.0 yards on punt returns … RB Montel Harris — a transfer from Boston College — is the active career rushing leader among FBS players (3,747 yards), but did not play against Maryland while he recovers from a hamstring injury … LB Nate D. Smith has registered 18 tackles and has a BIG EAST-leading three forced fumbles … K/P Brandon McManus has averaged 10.0 points per game — the most among BIG EAST kickers —and has a league-leading 46.2-yards-per-punt average.
PENN STATE (1-2)
Bill O’Brien (Brown ’93)
1-2, first season
Penn State earned its first victory of the season — and the first for head coach Bill O’Brien — with last Saturday’s 34-7 decision against Navy at Beaver Stadium … The Nittany Lions opened the season with losses to Ohio (24-14) and Virginia (17-16) … Penn State has outscored its opponents by a 41-6 margin in the first half, but has been outscored 42-23 in the second half … The Nittany Lions have not committed a turnover in their last two games … LB Michael Mauti was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week after his 12-tackle effort against Navy last week … DE Deion Barnes shared the league’s Freshman of the Week honor after he had five tackles, a sack and a forced fumble against the Midshipmen … Mauti has a team-high 33 tackles through three games, while Barnes leads the squad with three sacks … QB Matt McGloin has thrown for 688 yards and eight touchdowns against just one interception in 104 attempts … WR Allen Robinson has 24 catches for 322 yards and four touchdowns and is averaging 107.3 yards per game … The Nittany Lions do not have a rushing touchdown this season.