PHILADELPHIA - Temple will take to the road for the first time this season against rival Penn State at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pa. The game is scheduled for Saturday, September 17th at 12:00 p.m. and will air on the Big Ten Network and 97.5 The Fanatic, Temple football's flagship radio station. Both teams enter the contest sporting a 1-1 record, with Temple coming off a 38-0 shutout of Stony Brook, the second of head coach Matt Rhule's career, while Penn State stumbles in fresh off a 42-39 loss to in-state rival Pitt. Senior QB Phillip Walker, who threw for three touchdowns and 118 yards against the Seawolves, led the charge for the Owls this past weekend. The senior will face off against a Penn State defense that allows 27.5 points per game on average. Owls' defensive coordinator Phil Snow's defense saw 28 players make a tackle against Stony Brook, but he will have his work cut out for him against a Penn State offense led by QB Trace McSorely and RB Saquon Barkley. The Nittany Lions are guided by head coach James Franklin, now in his third season with the team, who took over the program after moving on from Vanderbilt.
Temple bounced back with the team's first win of the season against visiting Stony Brook in the initial meeting between the two schools. The defense posted a shut out for the second time in the Matt Rhule
era. Senior QB Phillip Walker
turned in a strong performance, as he threw for three touchdowns, two of which were delivered to redshirt junior WR Keith Kirkwood
, a career high for the wideout. Phil Snow
's defense was spectacular in the winning effort, holding Stony Brook to just 133 total yards. The defense was also able to force four takeaways, three of which came on interceptions recorded by junior CB Sean Chandler
, sophomore FS Delvon Randall
and freshman CB Benny Walls
. A pair of defensive linemen, freshman Dana Levine
and senior Sharif Finch
, also turned in sacks, while seniors Haason Reddick
and Averee Robinson
each recorded a half sack. The defense now averages 12.0 PPG and will have its hands full next week with a Penn State offense that averages 36.0 PPG.
The last time these two teams met, it marked one of the most significant wins in Temple football history. The Owls were victorious by a score of 27-10, defeating Penn State for the first time since 1941. The defense sacked quarterback Christian Hackenberg 10 times, which was the most for any defense in a single game all of last season. After Penn State scored a touchdown, the Owls responded with 27 unanswered points. Senior RB Jahad Thomas
turned in a spectacular performance, as he rushed for 135 yards and two scores. Thomas looks to see his first game action of the season against Penn State, as he was sidelined with a hand injury for the first two games. Head coach Matt Rhule
is now 1-1 all-time against his alma mater.
The Owls return home the following week to face Charlotte (9/24) for Homecoming before opening up conference play against SMU (10/1).
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