Temple’s a good college football team, I think, and will win a lot more than they lose this year.
That said, the Lions 14-10 come from behind win in the Linc leaves more questions on the table than answers.
Neither QB again played well enough to establish himself as the clear number one. Matt McGloin played better than Rob Bolden this week, with Bolden making a handful of bad throws behind receivers and a pick.
The O line continues to show it can’t handle an aggressive defense.
A holding penalty wiping out a long touchdown pass.
The kicking keeps getting worse; three missed field goals and a blocked punt, and an anemic return game.
The receivers showed better hands this week, and the running game wasn’t bad, though it is far from overpowering. It was good to see Brandon Beachum show the power runner he can be.
The Lions defense played a pretty good game against a decent offensive team, and Chaz Powell’s and Mike Mauti’s interceptions late saved this game for PSU. Joe said the D had to get some turnovers and help set up the offense, and that happened this week.
Still, against a Nebraska or Wisconsin, maybe a few other Big Ten foes as well, Penn State’s mistakes, inconsistent offense, and special teams woes won’t permit the team to be in the game late for the defense to pull out.
Much work remains if this year is to be better than last season’s 7-6.Read More