Tag:Evan Royster
Posted on: September 25, 2010 7:02 pm

Penn State offense continues to struggle in win

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Penn State may have come away with a 22-13 victory over Temple on Saturday afternoon at Beaver Stadium, but the offensive struggles that have plagued the offense all season were still in full force.  The Nittany Lions needed five field goals from Colin Wagner to take the lead 15-13 in the third quarter before finally breaking the plain of the end zone in the fourth quarter to ice it.

On the day the Lions started five offensive possessions inside Temple territory.  Those five drives resulted in two field goals, a missed field goal and two turnovers on downs.

The inability of the Penn State offense to put the ball in the end zone is nothing new this season.  Of the team's 93 points through four games, 30 have come on 10 field goals from Wagner.  Penn State has managed only eight offensive touchdowns this season and four of them came in the season opener against Youngstown State.

A lot of this can be attributed to new starters on the offensive line along with a true freshman starting at quarterback in Robert Bolden , but if the Nittany Lions are going to make any noise in the Big Ten once conference play begins next week, they're going to need to see a marked improvement.  The good news is that some signs of it happening are already there.

Evan Royster had only 110 yards rushing through Penn State's first three games, but he had his best game of the season against Temple, finishing with 187 yards on 26 carries.  Royster is going to need a lot more games like the one he had on Saturday if Penn State harbors any hope of playing in Pasadena this January.
Posted on: September 25, 2010 5:01 pm
Edited on: September 25, 2010 5:02 pm

Temple leads Penn State 13-9 at halftime

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Looks like Penn State may want to reconsider that extension it agreed to with Temple earlier this week.

The Nittany Lions currently trail Temple 13-9 at halftime in not-so-Happy Valley in spite of the fact they've outgained the Owls by nearly a hundred yards and dominated time of possession in the first half.  Evan Royster has 101 yards on 14 carries and Penn State has had three impressive drives in the game but the problem is the Nittany Lions haven't been able to get the ball in the end zone.

Instead they've had to settle for three Colin Wagner field goals.

While the Temple offense hasn't lit the the world on fire, it has managed to score twice, both on runs from Bernard Pierce.   Vaughn Charlton missed the extra point on Temple's second touchdown.

Penn State will need to figure out a way to get the ball into the end zone in the second half, or they run the risk of being the second Big Ten team to fall victim to a MAC opponent today following Purdue's loss to Toledo.   Though Temple is a much better team than the Rockets, I doubt it would be much consolidation for the Nittany Lions.

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