September 22, 2012 at 4:12 PM
Penn State jumped out to a 7-0 first quarter lead against Temple at Beaver Stadium on a big pass play.
Quarterback Matt McGloin found Allen Robinson for 41 yards on a fourth-and-5 play. It was Robinson's fifth touchdown of the season.
The Nittany Lions moved into the Owls' territory on their first drive of the game, but pressure from the Temple defensive front forced Penn State's Matt McGloin into a pair of incompletions, causing the drive to fizzle.
The teams exchanged punts from there until Penn State got on the board with six seconds left in the quarter. The scoring drive was set up by a 29-yard punt return by Jesse Della Valle. It was Penn State's longest punt return of the season.
Michael Zordich got the start for Penn State at tailback after being listed as a co-starter with Derek Day and Curtis Dukes on the pre-game depth chart. His second carry of the game on Penn State's first drive went for 16 yards. It was Penn State's longest run by a running back this season.
Quarterback/tight end Paul Jones also got the first carry of his career, but it went for a loss of seven. Zach Zwinak saw time in the backfield for the Lions as well.
Six players caught passes for Penn State in the first quarter. Alex Kenney led the way with two catches for 17 yards.
Meanwhile, a rowdy student section chanted expletives on several occasions directed toward Temple.