Today’s noontime kickoff between Penn State (5-4) and Temple (5-4) is just a few minutes from starting.
Penn State captains for today’s coin toss: Christian Hackenberg, Sam Ficken, C.J. Olaniyan and Mike Hull.
The Nittany Lions will receive to start today’s game.
14:53: After a 19-yard kick return by Grant Haley, Penn State will start at the 24-yard line.
14:15: After a run for no gain by Bill Belton, Christian Hackenberg found Geno Lewis on a hitch, and the receiver found some room to run for a 14-yard reception and a first down.
13:20: Runs of four and three yards by Belton bring up third-and-3.
12:41: Belton takes another run around the right side and had just enough room to turn the corner, picking up nine yards and a first down.
11:39: Penn State’s efficient drive continues with a 7-yard pass to DaeSean Hamilton and a 10-yard catch by Chris Godwin for another first down.
11:16: Offside is call on Temple. The Nittany Lions now look at 1st-and-5 at Temple’s 24-yard line.
10:54: Akeel Lynch took a hand-off and bounced out to the left side. He used his speed to get to the sideline and got close to the pylon, but he was ruled out of bounds at the 8-yard line. The play will now be reviewed.
10:15: Bill Belton loses a yard on a carry after getting wrapped up right away in the backfield.
The ruling on the field stands. The Lions get first-and-goal eight yards out.
9:38: Belton takes another carry straight up the middle and gets to the 3-yard line, a six-yard gain. Third down coming up.
8:58: Temple calls its first timeout right before the snap on third down.
8:54: Bill Belton takes a hand-off around the left side, sheds a tackle and gets into the end zone, but Angelo Mangiro is called for a hold. Third-and-goal from the 12-yard line is upcoming now.
8:40: Hackenberg scrambles out of the pocket and tries to find room to right on the right side, but he is tackled after picking up just one yard.
8:01: Sam Ficken takes the field for a 29-yard field goal and converts the short attempt.
Penn State’s first drive ends with the Nittany Lions holding an early 3-0 lead.
Penn State’s scoring drive: 12 plays, 64 yards.
6:40: Temple’s first drive may not take as long as Penn State’s. The Owls started with a five-yard rush by quarterback P.J. Walker and then a rush for no gain by Kenneth Harper. Before third-and-5, Temple burned its second timeout.
6:35: Walker finds receiver Keith Kirkwood open downfield, but he drops the pass and forces Temple to punt.
6:29: A 36-yard punt ends in a fair catch by Jesse Della Valle at the 39-yard line.
6:23: Belton runs up the middle for an 8-yard gain to start the Lions’ second drive.
5:34: Belton takes another carry for one yard and loses the ball just before he hit the ground. Temple’s Nate D. Smith forced and recovered the fumble. Temple takes over at Penn State’s 46-yard line.
5:30: P.J. Walker finds Brandon Shippen for a 13-yard reception at the sideline, moving the chains right away.
4:26: Following a 5-yard pass from Walker to Brodrick Yancy, Walker hits John Christopher for a 16-yard reception.
3:22: The Lions start slowing Temple down, with rush for a loss of one yard and a batted down pass to force third down.
3:18: On third-and-11 from the 13-yard line, Walker is off the mark on a backfield pass to bring up fourth down.
3:13: Temple’s field goal unit takes the field, and Austin Jones converts his 30-yard attempt.
After the field goal, Penn State and Temple are now tied at 3-3.
Temple’s drive: 7 plays for 33 yards.
3:07: Grant Haley finds a few seams on the kick return and takes the kickoff 30 yards to Penn State’s 37-yard line.
3:02: Akeel Lynch takes a carry up the middle for a 4-yard pickup.
2:06: Offside is called on Temple and then Akeel Lynch finds a hole in the middle to get the first down with ease. Penn State is now in Temple territory, at the 48-yard line after Lynch’s 6-yard run.
1:32: The Owls are flagged offside again, and Penn State accepts the penalty to bring up first-and-5 at the Owls’ 43-yard line.
1:07: Penn State calls its first timeout.
0:23: Christian Hackenberg can’t hit a diving DaeSean Hamilton at the right sideline following a 2-yard run by Akeel Lynch, so Penn State looks at third-and-3.
0:00: The first quarter ends after Akeel Lynch gains one yard and brings up fourth-and-2.
14:55: Penn State lines up to go for it after the timeout, breaks into the Wildcat formation and then gets the first down on an 8-yard carry by Lynch.
13:31: The Lions’ drive falls apart after an incompletion to Geno Lewis, a loss of three by Lynch and another incompletion over Jesse James’ head brings up fourth-and-13 at Temple’s 35-yard line.
13:22: Daniel Pasquariello comes out to punt for Penn State, and his 23-yard kick is downed at Temple’s 12-yard line.
12:49: A 7-yard catch by Kenneth Harper starts the Owls’ drive, but then they are flagged for a false start on second down.
12:21: Walker can’t connect with Colin Thompson, bringing up third down.
12:17: Walker sees plenty of pressure on third down and gets the ball out just in time, but his pass sails out of bounds. Temple will punt.
12:08: Della Valle fields Temple’s punt and gains about five yards on the 38-yard punt, giving Penn State’s offense the ball at Temple’s 47-yard line.
12:00: Lynch gains four yards on a carry up the middle to start the Lions’ drive.
11:18: Interception: Hackenberg throws behind tight end Mike Gesicki, and after the tight end reached back and got a hand on the ball it was picked off by Tavon Young. Young returned the interception 25 yards to Penn State’s 40-yard line.
11:18: Temple moves back five yards right away with a false start penalty.
9:43: Runs for three yards and a loss of one by Jahad Thomas bring up third-and-13. On third down, P.J. Walker tried to scramble and run by Anthony Zettel chased him down and tripped him for a loss of two yards.
9:05: Temple punts on fourth down, and the 40-yard punt is downed at Penn State’s 5-yard line.
9:00: Hackenberg starts Penn State’s drive with a quick hit to DaeSean Hamilton, who fell to the ground making the catch for a 5-yard gain.
8:26: Akeel Lynch cuts through the middle for a 6-yard gain and a first down.
7:52: Lynch gets another carry up the middle but gets nowhere.
7:04: The pocket collapses on Hackenberg, and he’s sacked for a 4-yard loss to set up third down.
6:21: Hackenberg hits Jesse James on an out route to the left sideline and gets 15 yards, just enough for a first down.
5:52: On the next play, Miles Dieffenbach is called for a hold. Penn State moves back 10 yards and faces first-and-20 from its own 17-yard line.
4:44: Lynch takes two carries for one and four yards to give the Lions a long third down.
3:58: Temple gets to Hackenberg for a three-yard sack on third down. Praise Martin-Oguike was initially blocked behind Hackenberg by Donovan Smith but stayed in the play to get to the quarterback.
3:37: Temple calls its final timeout of the half before fourth-and-18 from Penn State’s own 19-yard line.
3:26: Pasquariello’s punt travels 49 yards, and a 3-yard return gives Temple’s offense the ball at its own 35-yard line.
3:20: Walker had Shippen open downfield at the right sideline, but his pass takes him out of bounds on first down.
2:32: After a one-yard reception by Colin Thompson, Temple faced third-and-9. Walker was nearly sacked as his pocket fell apart, but he evaded pressure and got a pass out in time. Shippen couldn’t hold onto the low throw, though, and the Owls will punt.
2:25: A 49-yard punt hands the Lions the ball back at their own 15-yard line.
1:36: Penn State goes three-and-out. Lynch lost two yards on a carry to start the Lions’ drive, and Hamilton picked up six on a bubble screen out wide. On third-and-6, Hackenberg threw a low pass to Saeed Blacknall, who nearly caught the ball before it hit the ground but had his catch ruled incomplete.
1:30: Temple takes over at its own 43-yard line after a 38-yard punt by Pasquariello.
1:00: The Owls also go three-and-out. Harper lost a yard on a reception and then Walker threw an incompletion. On third down, Harper carried the ball for four yards to bring up fourth-and-7.
0:53: Della Valle signals for a fair catch, and a 42-yard punt gives the Lions the ball at their own 12-yard line.
0:47: Hackenberg looked deep on first down to Geno Lewis and although it looked like Lewis was held as the ball reached him, no flag was thrown and the pass fell incomplete.
0:41: Chris Godwin picks up 21 yards on a catch-and-run and goes out of bounds to stop the clock.
0:36: Hackenberg’s pass to Jesse James falls incomplete, but an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on Temple’s Haason Reddick moves Penn State to its own 48-yard line.
0:32: Hackenberg avoided pressure by throwing a pass out of bounds.
0:18: On third-and-2 two plays later, Hackenberg spun to evade a rush up the middle and took off. He gained 12 yards to reach Temples 32-yard line and move the chains.
0:12: Following an illegal procedure penalty on Penn State, Hackenberg goes deep but can’t connect with his target in the end zone. Offsetting personal fouls will force a re-do of first-and-15.
0:01: Hackenberg got just outside of the pocket and threw out of bounds to avoid pressure. The Lions tried to run one more play, and Akeel Lynch runs for four yards. Penn State’ calls a timeout with one second on the clock to allow time for a field goal.
0:00: Sam Ficken’s 50-yard field goal has just enough distance and splits the uprights to end the half.
With Ficken’s 50-yarder, Penn State enters halftime with a 6-3 lead.
Some halftime stats:
Christian Hackenberg is 9-of-18 for 86 passing yards and an interception, while Temple QB P.J. Walker is 6-of-14 for 41 yards.
The game’s leading rusher is Akeel Lynch, who has 47 yards on 13 carries.
DaeSean Hamilton’s four catches also is a game-high at halftime. He has 22 receiving yards on those receptions.
Penn State leads in total offense with 167 total yards to Temple’s 49.
Tyler Matakevich has 10 tackles for Temple, a game-high, while Penn State’s leading tackler is Mike Hull (with four).
14:09: Starting at the 27-yard line, Temple avoided going three-and-out to start the second half with a seven-yard reception to start its drive and a four-yard run by Jamie Gilmore on third down.
12:25: Following another Gilmore rush for five yards, Walker hit Jalen Fitzpatrick down the right sideline for a 28-yard gain and a first down. A four-yard completion to Fitzpatrick on the next play moves the Owls to PSU’s 25-yard line.
11:09: Jahad Thomas runs for no gain, and then P.J. Walker barely avoids a deep sack, scrambles and throws an incompletion to bring up fourth down.
11:04: On fourth-and-6, Austin Jones’ 42-yard field goal falls short. Penn State keeps its 6-3 lead and will take over at its own 25-yard line.
9:44: Akeel Lynch starts Penn State’s drive with a 25-yard run, moving the team to midfield. After Belton lost two yards on a carry, Hackenberg looked deep to Kyle Carter, who appeared to make the catch but ulimately dropped the ball.
9:37: On third down, Jesse James makes a catch and then runs the rest of the way for the first down for a 15-yard reception.
8:58: Interception: Pressure from the Owls forced Hackenberg toward the hash markers on the right, and the quarterback threw back to the left. The pass hung up in the air, and the pass was picked off by Tyler Matakevich, who took it back 47 yards to Penn State’s 31. A personal foul on Penn State then moved the Owls to the 16-yard line.
7:36: Carries for six and three yards by P.J. Walker give the Owls a very short third down. But Jamie Gilmore got stuffed a yard behind the line, forcing Temple to bring out its field goal unit.
6:52: Austin Jones converts his 25-yard field goal to tie the game.
Penn State and Temple are now tied midway through the third quarter, 6-6.
6:50: Grant Haley went to field Temple’s kickoff but dropped it in the end zone. He opted to recover and take a knee, so Penn State will start at the 25-yard line.
6:42: Bill Belton bounced a carry to the outside and sprinted down the right sideline for a 37-yard run. That gives the Lions a first down at Temple’s 38-yard line.
6:13: After Belton’s 37-yard carry (corrected above), Akeel Lynch got a carry and broke away from the Owls’ defense, going 38-yard for a touchdown.
The Lions’ two long carries give them a 13-6 lead.
Akeel Lynch is now at 110 rushing yards, the third time in his career he has passed the century mark.
6:08: Temple’s Gilmore returns the kickoff 22 yards to Temple’s 30-yard line.
6:04: Jahad Thomas runs three yards to start the Owls’ drive.
5:22: Interception: Adrian Amos jumps in front of P.J. Walker’s pass to the right sideline and returns the ball 33 yards. He was bumped out of bounds by inches at the 8-yard line or would have otherwise scored a touchdown.
5:19: Bill Belton takes a carry up the middle and finds the end zone without being touched on an 8-yard touchdown run.
The extra point is good, and Penn State extends its lead to 20-6.
5:08: Temple also gets a one-play drive for a touchdown. Starting at its 25-yard line, Walker found Fitzpatrick behind the Lions’ secondary over the middle. He caught the ball and out-ran Jordan Lucas the rest of the way for a 75-yard touchdown.
The extra point is good, and the Owls have cut Penn State’s lead to 20-13.
4:12: Penn State goes three-and-out without much of a fight. Belton picked up one yard to start Penn State’s drive at the 25-yard line, and Hackenberg followed up an incompletion with a four-yard scramble.
3:21: Pasquariello’s 40-yard punt is downed at Temple’s 30-yard line.
3:12: Walker rolls out, sees plenty of room and runs for 20 yards and a first down.
2:42: Walker then throws incomplete at the sideline to bring up second down.
2:31: Following another incompletion, Walker throws to the 30-yard line and is picked off when Christian Campbell stepped in front of the pass. Penn State’s offense gets the ball back at its own 28-yard line.
1:45: A two-yard run by Belton is followed by a 10-yard reception by DaeSean Hamilton, moving the chains for Penn State.
0:36: Belton runs for three more yards, and then he catches a pass and gets 10 yards and first down on the play. However, the spot of the ball is being reviewed because Belton may have stepped out of bounds before the first down marker.
After the review, Belton was ruled out of bounds short of the first down.
0:16: Belton took a carry on third down and was brought down at the line of scrimmage. The Lions will face fourth-and-1 from their own 49-yard line.
That’s the end of the third quarter.
14:49: Pasquariello’s punt goes 40 yards and is downed at Temple’s 11-yard line.
14:45: Fitpatrick catches a pass in the slot and gets six yards before Christian Campbell brought him down.
14:05: Brandon Bell knocks down Walker’s pass to bring up third-and-4.
13:57: Grant Haley picks off Walker’s pass and takes it back all 30 yards for a touchdown. A blitz by Nyeem Wartman gave Walker plenty of pressure.
With Sam Ficken’s extra point, Penn State takes a 27-13 lead.
13:02: Penn State keeps finding a way to force turnovers. Temple started at the 25-yard line on a touchback, and after a incompletion to Shippen, Walker nearly lofted an interception. Jahad Thomas got to the pass but was hit hard by Brandon Bell right after he caught it. On the next play, though, a fumble was recovered by Austin Johnson at Temple’s 23-yard line.
11:19: Akeel Lynch starts the Lions’ drive with carries for three and 15 yards to move the chains. He then got another two-yard gain before Belton picked up a yard on the ground to force third-and-goal from the 2-yard line.
10:41: Hackenberg rolled out and got hit hard, but got a pass out in time. It fell incomplete and will force a field goal.
10:41: Penn State took a delay of game to move back to the 7-yard line. On the next play, a Temple player tried to time a field goal block and leaped over the Lions’ offensive line before the snap, so an offside flag moves the Lions up to the 4-yard line.
10:36: Sam Ficken’s 21-yard field goal splits the uprights.
After Ficken’s third field goal of the game, Penn State leads 30-13.
7:44: Temple’s offense is gaining yards but then moving back with penalties. Starting at the 10, a 9-yard completion to Thompson was followed by an illegal procedure penalty. Another five-yard completion, and a Jamie Gilmore rush for two yards, gave the Owls a first down. But a holding call on the next set of downs gave Temple second-and-21 back at its own 10.
6:37: After a two-yard carry by Gilmore handed the Owls third-and-19, Walker may have turned over the ball again. Jesse Della Valle picked of his pass in front of Temple’s bench, but he was ruled out of bounds. The play is under review.
After the review, Della Valle was ruled in bounds. That gives Penn State the ball at Temple’s 40-yard line.
5:54: Penn State is content with running the ball, getting a first down after Belton ran for four and then seven yards.
5:15: Now the Lions go back to a bubble screen play, as Geno Lewis gets one yard but stays in bounds.
3:51: Belton runs for three yards, and then Hackenberg looks to the end zone. DaeSean Hamilton nearly caught his pass, but dropped it in tight coverage to bring up fourth-and-6.
3:48: Sam Ficken comes out for a 42-yard field goal, but it’s blocked at the line. That’s his fourth miss of the season, and all four have come on blocked attempts. Temple will take over at its own 25-yard line.
2:10: The Owls moved up to their own 49-yard line but now face fourth-and-7.
2:07: Walker’s pass falls incomplete, and the Lions will take over near midfield. Temple has three timeouts to burn if it chooses to try to force the Lions to reach a first down.
That’s the game. Cole Chiappialle got 15 yards on two carries, and all it took from there were two kneel-downs to end the game.
Penn State wins, 30-13, and picks up its final victory needed to become eligible for a postseason bowl game.