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November 16, 2014 | By John Stuetz, Inquirer Staff Writer
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Akeel Lynch shot through the hole into the open field as two Temple defenders quickly closed in on the Penn State running back from opposite sides. But Lynch's vision remained forward. "I saw the end zone," said Lynch, who skirted through the defenders for a 38-yard, third-quarter touchdown. "I literally said, 'I'm scoring on this play.' " Lynch, a redshirt sophomore, had 18 rushes for 130 yards in the Nittany Lions' 30-13 win over Temple. Senior Bill Belton added 92 rushing yards to Penn State's season-high 254 yards on the ground.
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November 16, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Both Penn State and Temple have not been to a bowl game since the postseason of 2011, so the players on each team certainly know how many games they need to win - six - to become bowl eligible. Because both teams are 5-4, one of them will reach that magic number Saturday when the Nittany Lions host the Owls at Beaver Stadium. The coaches, however, have tried to quell any talk of bowls so as not to take energy away from preparation for the game. When it was suggested to Penn State coach James Franklin this week that playing for a bowl bid could provide a team with extra motivation, he wasn't buying in. "We take it one game at a time," Franklin said.
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November 15, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Penn State has been seeing its share of opposing quarterbacks who can run with the football and drive its pass rushers a little silly with quickness and deception. Three weeks ago, it was Ohio State's J.T. Barrett who dented the Nittany Lions' top-ranked defense with 75 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries. Then Indiana freshman Zander Diamont, all 6-foot-1 and 175 pounds of him, got off some good runs early against the Nittany Lions, finishing with 14 carries for 58 yards. Penn State (5-4)
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November 15, 2014 | BY JOHN McGONIGAL, Daily News Staff Writer mcgonij@phillynews.com
STATE COLLEGE - Joe Paterno was still in high school, Joe DiMaggio hit safely in 56 consecutive games and World War II raged on in Europe. The year was 1941, and to many, that time in history holds special meaning. For old-timer Yankees fans, it's DiMaggio's streak. For film junkies, Orson Welles' "Citizen Kane" premiered. But for longtime Penn State and Temple fans, they know 1941 for something else: the last time the Nittany Lions lost to the Owls. Anyone with fingers and toes or a calculator can tell you that Temple has gone 72 seasons without defeating Penn State.
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November 15, 2014 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
PAUL PALMER played at Temple from 1983-86 for Bruce Arians, and of course finished second in the Heisman Trophy voting as a senior behind Miami quarterback Vinnie Testaverde. Now an analyst on the Owls' radio broadcasts, he still holds the program records for career rushing yards (4,895) and carries (935) and has the two best single-season totals (1,866, and 1,516 as a junior). In those days, there was no Big East yet. All the Eastern schools were independents. Ditto the Miamis and Florida States of the food chain.
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November 13, 2014 | BY JOHN McGONIGAL, Daily News Staff Writer mcgonij@phillynews.com
STATE COLLEGE - It's the same motto, week in and week out. To Penn State coach James Franklin and his team, each game on the Nittany Lions' schedule bears equal weight: It's an opportunity to go 1-0 on the week. He feels the same way about Saturday's game against visiting Temple. But this weekend is a little different. For the first time since 2011, Penn State (5-4) is one win away from being bowl-eligible. Franklin, though, isn't changing the level-headed approach he's taken every week this season.
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November 13, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Guard Miles Dieffenbach wasn't going to allow anything to snuff out his final season in a Penn State uniform, not even something as serious as a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. As a result, there were no doubts or negative thoughts or pity parties for the 6-foot-3, 303-pound fifth-year senior and, in the end, his resolve and fortitude prevailed. On Saturday, after less than eight months of arduous rehabilitation, Dieffenbach returned to the Nittany Lions' lineup - if only for 10 plays - and emerged from the game pain-free, giving an emotional boost to his teammates and coaches, and to himself.
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November 12, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Penn State coach James Franklin likes to examine the statistics of his team's next opponent early in his game-week preparation, and it's probably safe to say that he did a double take when he saw what Temple has done in forcing turnovers and scoring touchdowns on defense and special teams. The Owls, who visit Beaver Stadium on Saturday, have forced 25 turnovers - 17 fumbles and eight interceptions - and that's tied for seventh in the FBS. They also have scored nine touchdowns on defense and special teams.
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November 12, 2014 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
IT'S A GAME between two 5-4 teams that, for different reasons, are both trying to become bowl-eligible for the first time in three seasons. One has lost three of its last four. The other just won on the road by six over a 3-6 team to end a four-game losing streak. But it's Temple-Penn State, so it means something to somebody. Probably more so on North Broad. That's what happens when you haven't beaten the commonwealth's team in 73 years. And maybe that's been part of the problem.
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