Monday, December 22, 2014

Turnovers foil Temple's upset bid

It was the turnovers that killed Temple's chance to finally beat Penn State on Saturday. The Owls led 10-7 at the half and held that lead until late in the fourth quarter. Quarterback Mike Gerardi threw two interceptions to put Penn State in Temple territory. The first one ended with a missed field goal, one of three by the Nittany Lions, and the second one ended with the game-winning touchdown drive.

Turnovers foil Temple's upset bid

It was the turnovers that killed Temple's chance to finally beat Penn State on Saturday. The Owls led 10-7 at the half and held that lead until late in the fourth quarter. Quarterback Mike Gerardi threw two interceptions to put Penn State in Temple territory. The first one ended with a missed field goal, one of three by the Nittany Lions, and the second one ended with the game-winning touchdown drive.

Temple coach Steve Addazio said he changed QBs based on how effective the offense was. When the Owls moved the ball with a mix of run and pass early, he thought Girardi was the right man for the job. When Penn State stuffed the Temple ground game, Addazio went to Chester Stewart.

He went back to Girardi later in the game, but that proved to be a mistake as the junior lefthander turned the ball over on consecutive possessions.

Joe Paterno praised Temple's program, even mentioned Al Golden and the good job he did, and said he expected the tough game he got. He said he was on the field before the game so he could talk to Addazio, who he said was doing a super job in his first year as the Owls head coach.

Paterno also praised both his quarterbacks, which he changed throughout the game, ending with Rob Bolden leading the go-ahead touchdown drive.

About this blog
Keith Pompey has been an Inquirer reporter since September 2004. He took over the Sixers beat in the summer of 2013 after covering the Temple basketball and football for the previous three years. Pompey also previously covered the Penn and Drexel men’s basketball team and Villanova football team after initially focusing on high school sports.

Pompey is a native Philadelphian and a University of Pittsburgh graduate. Follow him on Twitter @PompeyOnSixers or reach Keith at kpompey@phillynews.com. Reach Keith at kpompey@phillynews.com.

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