A Week With Temple Football — Penn State
After defeating Stony Brook the week before, the Temple University Football team traveled to Happy Valley to take on the Penn State Nittany Lions. I followed the team through their week of practice and throughout their weekend stay in State College.
Temple senior quarterback Phillip Walker threw for three touchdowns in a win against Stony Brook. Walker met with the media on Tuesday, prior to the matchup with Penn State. Senior linebacker Avery Williams said after practice on Tuesday that playing at Beaver Stadium is “just like any other game.” On Friday I visited the Penn State All-Sports Museum On a weekend where Penn State honored former head coach Joe Paterno, the coach’s personal items were on special display in the museum. Fans filed into Beaver Stadium an hour prior to kickoff on Saturday afternoon. Shortly after I witnessed fans file into the stadium, I myself made my way into Beaver Stadium. The Temple Football team took the field shortly before kickoff. The Penn State Blue Band performed at halftime. They assembled into their traditional “PSU” formation. The Penn State student section was at capacity, a part of an announced attendance of 100,420 on Saturday afternoon. The upper south-end bleachers were where alot of Temple faithful watched the game. Some Owl fans turned their backs in protest during a halftime honorary video-tribute to former Penn State head coach Joe Paterno. Temple head coach Matt Rhule met with the media following the Owls’ 34–27 loss to the Nittany Lions. Rhule said he still beleives he has a good talented team despite the loss. Sophmore Delvon Randall briefly talked with the media outside the Temple locker-room after the loss. Randall had one of his better games as an Owl with seven tackles, an interception, and a fumble recovery.