PHILADELPHIA -- This was finally Temple's time.
P.J. Walker scored the go-ahead touchdown late in the third quarter to rally Temple to a 27-10 win over Penn State yesterday. It was Temple's first win over the Nittany Lions in 74 years.
Temple hadn't won in the series since Oct. 18, 1941. Penn State was 38-0-1 since '41 with a 7-7 tie in 1950.
"This is huge for recruiting," third-year coach Matt Rhule said.
Walker made it 17-10 with a 1-yard run late in the third. Jahad Thomas, who rushed for 135 yards, had a 24-yard TD run in the fourth and Austin Jones added a 30-yard field goal to send what was left of the Penn State faithful fleeing toward the exits at Lincoln Financial Field.
Penn State took a 10-0 lead in the first quarter. Joey Julius, Penn State's 5-10, 259-pound kicker, connected from 34 yards and Akeel Lynch scored on a 42-yard run. Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenburg was sacked 10 times.
Lions coach James Franklin had little explanation for Penn State's offensive meltdown.
"I'm not going to come in here and be defensive and make excuses. We've got to get it done," he said.-- AP