'Best' and 'Worst' Awards from Temple vs. PSU

Best and Worst awards for Temple vs. Penn State game

STATE COLLEGE -- My look at some of the best and worst performances from Penn State’s 24-13 victory over Temple on Saturday at Beaver Stadium: 

Player in the game: Matt McGloin didn’t look like someone who came to Penn State as a walk-on. The fifth-year senior played like a Heisman Trophy candidate. He completed 24 of 36 passes for 318 yards and a touchdown. Eleven of his passes went for 12 yards or more. McGloin also scored on touchdowns runs from 1 and 2 yards out.

Worst performance by a group: This has to go to Temple’s wideouts. Sure Owls quarterback Chris Coyer had four poor throws. But his receivers didn’t exactly help him. Temple’s pass catchers dropped four passes and made several other blunders. On one drop, the ball appeared to smack wideout C.J. Hammond in the face. Unfortunately for the Owls, this is common. Temple has 15 drops through three games.

Best defensive performance: Penn State’s Jordan Hill gets this award after compiling seven tackles, a sack and a forced fumble. The senior defensive tackle anchored a defense that constantly pressured Coyer and held Montel Harris to 23 yards on 10 carries.

Worst statistic: Temple made just 3 of 12 third-down conversions. That inability to convert on third downs doomed the Owls from the start. Temple trailed 14-3 at the half after making just 1 of 6 conversions.

Worst series: This goes to Temple’s second to last first-half series. The Owls ran three plays for minus 2 yards. The drive started at Temple’s 7-yard. Harris ran the ball on three consecutive plays. Only 36 seconds burned off the clock, because Penn State called a timeout after each play. Then an illegal procedure on fourth down forced the Owls to punt from their 5-yard line. Taking advantage, McGloin went on to score a 1-yard run on the ensuing possession to take an 11-point cushion.