September 22, 2012 at 2:40 PM
Get other receivers involved
Allen Robinson has emerged as a star at the wide receiver position for Penn State. And after three weeks, 322 yards and four touchdowns, he is comfortable in his role. The same thing can't exactly be said about the Nittany Lions' other receivers. Brandon Moseby-Felder and true freshman Trevor Williams are both going to see more time with Shawney Kersey no longer on the roster and it will be important for both of them to get in a rhythm with Matt McGloin in a game situation. Moseby-Felder and Williams both had one catch apiece against Navy and it will be beneficial for their timing and confidence if McGloin targets them more against Temple. Also, wideout Alex Kenney was held without a catch against Navy after five receptions in Virginia. Look for the slot receiver to be involved in the gameplan early against Temple.
Make Temple throw the ball
Like Navy, Temple prefers to keep the rock on the ground. The Owls have thrown the ball 29 times and ran it 86 times in two contests this season. And there are two ways Penn State can force the Owls into passing. The first is to get ahead of Temple by a few scores and the other is bottle up the opposition's running game. The Lions did both of these things rather well against Navy, as they were up 20-0 at the half and kept the Midshipmen in check on the ground for the most part. If Penn State's offense can have another solid first half and its defense can limit the Owls rushing attack, it should result in the team's second straight victory.
Don't get comfortable with a lead
Penn State blew halftime leads in each of its first two games, so this might serve as a no-brainer. But if the Lions take a lead to the locker room, no matter what the size, they shouldn't count Temple out. Against Maryland two weeks ago, the Owls trailed 26-3 at halftime, but made it a game in the second half before falling by nine points. So far this season, Temple is outscoring its opponents 37-10 in the second half, while Penn State is being outscored 42-23 in the final 30 minutes of games.