|Score by Quarters
||PSU - Tony Hunt 22-yard run (Kelly kick)
||PSU - Tony Hunt 26-yard run (Kelly kick)
||PSU - Derrick Williams 75-yard punt return (Kelly kick)
||PSU - Kevin Kelly 19-yard field goal
||PSU - Tony Hunt 11-yard run (Kelly kick)
||PSU - Tony Hunt 11-yard pass from Morelli (Kelly kick)
||PSU - Kevin Kelly 33-yard field goal
||PSU - Daryll Clark 1-yard run (Kelly kick)
UNIVERSITY PARK His wish was that his team would, as much as possible,
adhere to the routines he has worked for decades to build and maintain,
the ones that had led to 360 career victories.
So much a part of that routine, though, was Joe Paternos presence
on the Penn State sideline. And Saturday, his absence was impossible to
Joe wouldnt want us to say that were playing
for him, said wide receiver Jordan Norwood. But he was definitely
in our hearts, and we were thinking about him.
For the first time without their coach in 29 years, on a wet, miserable
November afternoon, the Nittany Lions (7-4) thumped hapless Temple 47-0
before 105,950 in Beaver Stadium.
Penn States slumping offense scored a pair of touchdowns
in the games first six minutes. The defense pitched its second shutout
in three games, holding the outmatched Owls (1-10) to two first downs
and 74 total yards, both Penn State defensive records in the Paterno era.
We went out, tried to compete and we did. Things went our
way, and we were very fortunate, said Lions offensive coordinator
Galen Hall, who ran the team with defensive coordinator Tom Bradley in
Paternos absence. I think we needed our confidence lifted,
I think well have it after this week and hopefully well build
on it for the next game against Michigan State.
Paterno suffered a broken leg and two torn ligaments in a sideline
collision in last weeks game at Wisconsin. He had successful surgery
to repair the injuries last Sunday but remained hospitalized until Friday
He watched Saturdays game in his State College home, marking
the first time he was not on the Penn State sideline since he missed the
Syracuse game on Oct. 15, 1977 to be with his ailing son. First, Paterno
addressed the squad via speakerphone. The rest of the coaching fell to
Were gonna go out and play 60 minutes, Bradley
said he told the team during a pregame speech. If you guys dont,
then you didnt learn a darn thing from Coach Paterno and how he
wants you to play.
The Lions learned enough to take control of the game quickly, something
they hadnt done all season. After Tim Shaw recovered an Adam DiMichele
fumble at the Temple 48-yard line, quarterback Anthony Morelli found tight
end Andrew Quarless over the middle for a 29-yard gain. A terrific clearout
block by fullback Matt Hahn on the next play sprung Tony Hunt for a 22-yard
run to the end zone, the first of four touchdowns for the senior tailback.
On the very next series, a failed fake-punt attempt by the Owls
again set up the Penn State offense in Temple territory, at the 42-yard
line. Runs of 16 and 26 yards put Hunt into the end zone again.
Derrick Williams cross-field punt return for a third touchdown
covered 75 yards, prompted a Zombie Nation moment from the Penn State
fans and gave the Lions a 21-0 lead with 6:16 remaining in the first quarter.
Williams dropped what would have been a 50-yard touchdown toss
from Morelli (12-of-22, 159 yards, one touchdown, one interception) or
the damage would have been more extensive. As it was, Penn States
21 first-quarter points were the most it has had in the opening period
since it scored 28 in the first quarter at Illinois last season. The Nittany
Lions entered Saturdays game with 29 first-quarter points all season.
Considering the opposition, it should have come as little surprise.
The Owls entered Saturday as Division I-As worst scoring defense,
allowing 40.7 points per game.
Hunt, who rumbled for 149 of his career-high 167 yards in the first
half, ran through holes wide and small, busting through tackles or simply
motoring around defenders.
I think when guys really think that youre gonna run
em over, they kind of play on their heels, said the 230-pounder.
And its kind of easy to run around them, make a move on them.
Penn States defense which should also come as little
surprise was even better. Temple tailback Tim Brown picked up 21
yards on 14 carries. DiMichele, who signed a letter of intent with Penn
State two years ago, completed only 7 of 17 passes for 52 yards. Dangerous
return man Travis Shelton totaled 132 yards on five kickoff returns, but
nothing the Owls did could get them into Penn State territory.
As the rain continued to pour down and the fans trickled into the
night, Bradley and Hall replaced the first-teamers with second-teamers,
then the second-teamers with third-teamers. The results werent much
The Lions didnt take any more satisfaction than they should
have in pounding on the Owls, who dressed just 57 players Saturday and
presently have only 73 on scholarship. They felt that they way they played
would have held up against most teams.
We didnt have too many penalties today and things like
that, Hunt said. Mentally, I think we did good today. Things
that didnt matter what team we were playing jumping offsides
and things like that we did a good job on.
Penn State hosts Michigan State at noon Saturday to close out the
regular season. Per the orders of team doctor Wayne Sebastianelli, Paterno
wont be on the sideline. He might be in the press box, though.
Saturday, it was clear he was constantly on his players minds.
Massive left tackle Levi Brown carried a game ball into the media room.
He, fellow co-captain Paul Posluszny and the team decided the game ball
should go to Paterno.
Brown, who visited Paterno in the hospital this week, didnt
yet realize Paterno was back at home.
Whereever hes at, Brown said, motioning with
the football, Im gonna take it to him.