It’s no surprise heading into Saturday’s Penn State (23) and Temple showdown at Beaver Stadium, that one university comes in undefeated.
Which university that is may come as a shock. Penn States’ powerhouse program isn’t that team.
Seriously, it’s the Owls. Who’da guessed?
The Owls will head to Happy Valley a perfect 3-0, the first time the program was at that mark since 1979.
However, the Owls will be tested on their first away game of the season by a team that has outscored them 154 to 9 over the past four seasons.
In fact, the 3-35-1 record for the Owls against head coach Al Golden’s alma mater appears to be a joke. Temple hasn’t beaten the Nittany Lions(2-1) since October 18, 1941. That was before Pearl Harbor.
But nearly 60 years after their last win, the Owls are hoping to stop Penn State’s kamikaze attack once and for all. This time the Owls are bringing their own attack. Made in America and made for football sophomore running back Bernard Pierce. His Heisman Campaign is no joke in Philadelphia.
It’s no joke at all.
After ripping UConn for 170 yards and two touchdowns on the ground and another score via air, Pierce is piggy backing off an incredible freshman campaign that brought him to the national forefront. On the back of Pierce, the Owls’ 30-16 victory over UConn in week 3 was the school’s first win over a BCS team since Golden took over in 2006.
Right now the Owls are riding in unknown territory and that road has led them to the 23rd ranked team in the nation.
Despite the 2-1 record Penn State is still Penn State and the pride and joy of the Keystone state.
However while Temple quarterback Chester Stewart (510 yards passing, two touchdowns, 132.06 efficiency rating) is having a breakout season, legendary coach Joe Paterno had a dilemma in his own quarterback situation.
He’s starting a true freshman.
Not that there’s anything wrong with that but the big stage demands a big arm and Rob Bolden, who completed 50 of 85 passes for 600 yards and four touchdowns, hasn’t let the team down.
This will be Temple’s biggest win in school history, considering the history of the rivalry, should they pull off the upset. Don’t count the Owls out and don’t expect a lot of points in this one.
While the Owls will take to the ground, the Nittany Lions who haven’t rushed over 40 yards in a game this season, will take to the air. Both defenses are good, real good.
The key to the game for the Owls who scored in all of their red zone appearances last week against UConn- limit the penalties.
The Owls have a tendency of killing big drives with big penalties.
If Golden’s boys can do this they will be golden in a not so Happy Valley.
But if your wearing the cherry and white don’t try telling that to the 100,000 plus crowd of white and blue football freaks at Beaver Stadium.
You might not get out alive.