September 22, 2012 at 7:03 PM
Largely carried by the right arm of Matt McGloin, Penn State defeated Temple 24-13.
McGloin threw for a season-high 318 yards with one touchdown, and also added two rushing touchdowns. Despite having nine penalties for 100 yards, the Nittany Lions dominated the Temple defense to the tune of 491 yards to secure the victory.
Before getting drilled by an Owl defensive lineman, McGloin got the scoring started with a 41-yard touchdown toss to sophomore Allen Robinson at the very end of the first quarter.
The Owls fought back with points of their own courtesy of a 33-yard field goal by kicker Brandon McManus to cut the Lions' lead to four.
Temple gained momentum in the second quarter after an interception by Tavon Young as Penn State drove into the red zone.
However, Penn State finished the half strong with a one-yard rushing touchdown from McGloin, the first touchdown on the ground on the year for the Lions. McGloin produced a nearly identical touchdown with a two-yard rush with 4:57 to go in the third quarter.
The game was all but decided once the Lions forced the Owls to turn the ball over on downs as it approached the red zone with 9:32 to go in the third quarter.
Michael Zordich had a career day as the team's starting running back, producing 75 yards on the ground and also 39 yards in the air.