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Sept. 12, 2011
TEMPLE (2-0; 1-0 MAC)
SATURDAY, SEPT. 17, 2011 @ 12:01 P.M. (ET) ESPN
LINCOLN FINANCIAL FIELD (68,532) PHILADELPHIA
TELEVISION: ESPN - Dave LaMont (p-by-p), Ray Bentley (analyst).
TV APPEARANCES: The Nittany Lions are appearing on television for the 206th time in their last 208 games.
RADIO: Penn State Sports Network (60 stations):
Steve Jones (p-by-p) & Jack Ham (analyst)
Local: 93.7 FM & 1450 AM; Sirius: CH 113; XM: CH 196
WPHT (1210 AM): Harry Donahue (p-by-p), Steve Joachim (analyst)
WEB: Gametracker & Audio at: GoPSUsports.com
SERIES: The Nittany Lions and Owls are meeting for the 41st time, with Penn State owning a 36-3-1 series lead after last year's 22-13 win. The teams have met the last five years and are in the midst of meeting for seven consecutive years. Temple visits Happy Valley on Sept. 22, 2012 and the teams will play in 2014, `15 and `16.
PENN STATE RECORD: 402-136-3 (74.6), 46th year
OVERALL RECORD: Same
VS. TEMPLE: 27-0
NOTABLE: 62nd year on Penn State staff...all-time leader in career wins among FBS (1-A) coaches...300 wins faster than any coach in NCAA history...College Football Hall of Fame inductee (2007)
TEMPLE RECORD: 2-0, 1st year
OVERALL RECORD: 2-0, 1st year
VS. PENN STATE: 0-0
THIS WEEK Penn State hits the road for the first time this season, visiting intrastate rival Temple in the 41st meeting between the schools. The Nittany Lions are playing in Philadelphia for the first time since a 2007 contest with the Owls. Nineteen Nittany Lions are from metropolitan Philadelphia (see page 2). The Nittany Lions are coming off a 27-11 loss to then-No. 3/2 Alabama. The Owls won at Akron, 41-3, last Saturday and will enter the Penn State game unbeaten for the second consecutive year. Penn State has a 59-20 (74.7) record since the start of the 2005 season, tied with Oregon for the the nation's 11th-best winning percentage over the past seven seasons.
Penn State is 14-3 in its next game after a loss since the start of the 2005 season.