STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (WHTM) – Penn State should have beat Temple in 2015, but they didn’t.
Penn State should have beat Temple in 2016, and they did, but it was too close for comfort.
A punt recovery by Temple turned the tables on what was an impressive performance by the Nittany Lions, especially given the injuries to key players throughout the game. During the first drive, Saquon Barkley left the field with a leg injury. He wouldn’t return until the second half.
Nyeem Wartman-White appeared to aggravate his knee injury which sidelined him last season. He was seen in crutches and a brace around his knee in the second half. That’s the third starting linebacker for Penn State to go down with an injury.
With Barkley on the sidelines, Bishop McDevitt’s Andre Robinson recorded his first career touchdown after red-shirting his Freshman year. But when the game was within a field goal, and the Lions needed a life line, Barkley came through with a 55 yard touchdown run.
Now, the challenge for Penn State falls into two of the biggest questions of the year: conference play and taking on one of the ‘big three’. A leap forward for the program cannot happen without a win against either Ohio State, Michigan or Michigan State. It’s a trip to Ann Arbor Saturday taking on the Wolverines.