5th ranked Lions run record to 3-0by Joseph Birmingham
The Nittany Lions continued to dominate all opponents with a 31-6 victory over Temple today. Detractors mention the Lions have an easy schedule this year, but there is nothing Penn State can do except go out there each week and win. I said before Paterno is not the type to run it up as many college coaches do. Frankly he has little to prove, and little to protect as he recently signed a 3 year contract extension to stay in happy valley until all his fans and past players are old enough to retire !
Royster came back to his previous form today, rushing for 134 yards and a touchdown and Daryl Clark had an average (for him) afternoon, throwing for 2 touchdowns and an interception. His QB rating actually dropped from 166 to 161. Temple mounted a decent offense against the Lions, and outplayed them for the first half. Like many other games I have watched, the Lions simply out talented the competition and slowly pulled away until the game was out of reach. Statistically, the teams performed somewhat equally, but where it counts, the score, belonged to Penn State.
Next week is the first real test for this team. They play Iowa and will attempt to avenga a loss from last year that kept them out of national championship contention. They have actually lost 6 of the last 7 games against this team so it should be an interesting matchup One thing is for sure, they will have to pull out all the stops and play to win, and pour it on when they get ahead, because Iowa has a team that can come back. After that, only Ohio State looms as a serious road block for Penn State. They are 3-0 true, but just about everyone who follows college sports expected them to be here. Now if they go 4-0 the talk will start about their ranking, and their remaining schedule.
From what I have seen so far, this team has the talent and coaching to do it. now let us see if they have the will to make their dream a reality.