September 22, 2012 at 5:03 PM
Penn State scored a late first-half touchdown, and leads Temple, 14-3, at halftime.
The Nittany Lions second-quarter score came on a one-yard run from quarterback Matt McGloin. It was the Lions' first rushing touchdown of the season. The drive spanned 35 yards and the touchdown was set up by two completions to tight end Kyle Carter.
The Owls got on the board on a 60-yard drive that was heavily aided by a pass interference call against Penn State's freshman cornerback Da'Quan Davis in the endzone on a third-down play.
Penalties really hurt the Nittany Lions in the second quarter as a bevy of offensive plays were called back in addition to the whistle against Davis. An offensive pass interference call, followed by a holding penalty set up a 1st-and-30 for Penn State, which effectively killed a drive in the middle of the quarter.
In total, Penn State had four penalties for 50 yards in the first half.
Penn State also had another solid drive yield no points as McGloin threw his second interception of the year on a ball that tipped off the hands of wideout Brandon Moseby-Felder.
Though McGloin scored the late touchdown, Penn State's running game has been a healthy dose of Michael Zordich. The senior had 62 rushing yards in the first half and had three catches for another 39 yards. Running backs Bill Belton, Derek Day and Curtis Dukes are all dressed for the game, but have not seen the field.
Here are some first-half stats:
Matt McGloin (PSU): 16-for-24, 220 yards, one touchdown, one interception
Chris Coyer (TU): 6-for-10, 44 yards
Michael Zordich (PSU): 11 carries, 62 yards
Montel Harris (TU): 10 carries, 23 yards
Allen Robinson (PSU): two catches, 44 yards, one touchdown
Ryan Alderman (TU): two catches, 23 yards