STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- As if it was any surprise, Joe Paterno was not in the press box when the Lions emerged from the tunnel for their pre-game run onto the field at Beaver Stadium. The 81-year-old coach was out front, as is his custom, but he did not lead the charge as the players sprinted through the cheer squad. Paterno simply walked through a couple of cheerleaders and limped toward the sideline.
1. On Temple's first series, quarterback Adam DiMichele was sacked by defensive end Aaron Maybin on third down. He hobbled off the field and was attended by trainers, who worked on his right shoulder. Backup quarterback Chester Stewart was in for the next possession and DiMichele was eventually carted off the field. I'm sure we'll have an update later.
2. You can't stop Maybin, you can only hope to contain him (my apologies to Dan Patrick). The redshirt sophomore who is replacing the suspended Maurice Evans has burnt both Temple tackles and had two sacks in the first quarter and one near-sack when he and linebacker Navorro Bowman combined for a Stewart no-gainer.
3. I think we can put those Rose Bowl plans on hold for the moment. The Lions' offense has looked timid in the early going. In fact the whole team has played sloppy, with the exception of the defense. Quarterback Daryll Clark threw his first interception of the season and both Derrick Williams and Evan Royster fumbled only to be saved by teammates that recovered the cough-ups. Clark overthrew Brett Brackett and punter Jeremy Boone shanked a punt 28 yards. It was easily Penn State's worst quarter of the season. The score is still, 0-0.