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Week Four In-Game Blog - Temple

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Welcome to in-game coverage for the 2012 Penn State Football season.  Each week, will provide insight from the press box at all 12 games on the schedule.

Take a look through the in-game blog from Saturday's 24-13 win over Temple.


1st Quarter: 00:06 - Penn State 7, Temple 0

Allen Robinson capped off a four-play, 46-yard drive with a 41-yard touchdown reception. Facing fourth-and-five from the Temple 41-yard line, McGloin pumped once and then found Robinson down the middle of the field in between coverage.


End of the 1st Quarter - Penn State 7, Temple 0

Although Penn State scored late in the quarter, the opening frame belonged to both defenses. Matt McGloin and the offense executed a few big plays prior to the Robinson touchdown, but the Temple defense has employed a very successful pass rush that has disrupted the Nittany Lions' rhythm. The Penn State defense has been very impressive on the other side of the ball, surrendering just 40 total yards of offense.


2nd Quarter: 10:29 - Penn State 7, Temple 3

Brandon McManus connected on a 33-yard field goal to get the Owls on the scoreboard. With Temple driving down the field, linebacker Michael Hull made the play of the drive for the Nittany Lions, as he sacked Chris Coyer on a key third down to force the field-goal attempt.


2nd Quarter: 0:22 - Penn State 14, Temple 3

Matt McGloin's one-yard touchdown rush ended a three-play, 35-yard drive that began with 1:10 remaining in the half. After the Penn State defense forced a three-and-out, McGloin connected with tight end Kyle Carter on a pair of receptions for 13 and 20 yards to set up the one-yard sneak. The rushing score was McGloin's first since the Nittany Lions' game against Michigan in 2010.


Halftime - Penn State 14, Temple 3

The Penn State offense has looked very sharp at times gaining 278 yards; however, a red-zone turnover and key penalties have left points off the scoreboard. Matt McGloin has connected with eight different receivers and Michael Zordich has already collected a career-high 62 rushing yards. On the other side of the ball, the Nittany Lion defense has been outstanding, limiting Temple to just 96 yards. Linebacker Michael Mauti leads all players with seven tackles.

End of the 3rd Quarter - Penn State 21, Temple 6
The Nittany Lions have dominated the stat sheet throughout the afternoon.  McGloin is a large reason why that has happened.  The senior quarterback scored his second rushing touchdown of the afternoon, and third overall, in the third quarter to give the Nittany Lions a 21-3 lead.  Temple added a field goal to set the score at 21-6.  The Lions have out-gained Temple, 401-141, through three quarters.  McGloin is 23-33 for 289 yards and a touchdown through the air.  Penn State's tight ends have played a superb game, with Kyle Carter, Matt Lehman and Garry Gilliam combining for eight catches for 122 yards.  Give a tip of the cap to a stout effort from the entire defense.

FINAL: Penn State 24, Temple 13
Statistically, the Nittany Lions played their best game of the season.  The final sore differential may was 18, but the Lions dominated on Saturday afternoon on both sides of the ball.  Offensively, a big day from Matt McGloin through the air (318 yards) and 173 rushing yards, including 94 from Zach Zwinak and 75 from Michael Zordich fueled the Nittany Lions to a 491-yard outing.  Defensively, the Nittany Lions limited Temple to just 237 offensive yards.  Penn State did a much better job getting off the field on third down this week, limiting Temple to just 3-of-12.  Nine penalties for 100 yards and one turnover kept the Owls within 11 points, but it was a dominant effort from the Nittany Lions on Saturday.  Big Ten play begins on Saturday at Illinois.




Pregame Reading:

- The Nittany Lion offense took a big step forward against Navy.  Penn State sustained drives (two over 70 yards), made big plays and improved in the running game.  Matt McGloin has tossed eight touchdowns with just one interception this season.  Allen Robinson has been on a tear with 24 receptions, 107 ypg and four touchdowns through three games.  The offensive line has only allowed three sacks in three games to open the season.  Collectively, the Bill O'Brien-led offense made significant strides from week one to week two to week three.  The unit wants to continue that trend on Saturday against a talented Temple defense that will bring pressure from every angle.  The Lions will see several disguise blitz looks from the Owl front seven.  Establishing the running game and making big plays in the passing game when windows of opportunity present themselves will be key on Saturday when the Lions have the ball. 

- Penn State has forced four turnovers in two-straight games.  Additionally, the Lions have not turned the ball over since the season-opener.  Penn State ranks No. 1 in the Big Ten in turnover margin at +1.67.  The Lions continue to work hard at practice forcing turnovers.  Will the Nittany Lions likely get four turnovers each week? No, but the turnover margin figures are a huge boost.

- The weather conditions are warm and cloudy with a chance of showers leading up to the 3:35 p.m. kick, but the precipitation chance will drop as the day wears on.  Look for breezy conditions throughout the game, as well.

Follow's Tony Mancuso on Twitter @GoPSUTony

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