Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Temple Shocks Penn State, 27-10

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Temple Shocks Penn State, 27-10

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PHILADELPHIA - The singing of "High Hopes" blared through the Temple Owls locker room and the celebration spilled into the hallway where players hugged and shouted.

Minutes earlier, 80 Penn State football players walked off the field and through the same dimly-lit walkway, their heads hanging low and not a word spoken. The coaching staff made its way off the elevators and through the corridor with the same look of shock and disappointment. The cheers from the Temple fans cut through the building, and police lined the field with barricades waiting for a potential storming.

For the first time since 1941, the Temple Owls beat Penn State, this time in a 27-10 dismantling in front of 69,176 at Lincoln Financial Field.

"I would be disappointed as well," coach James Franklin said. "When you play the way we played today, I would be disappointed. People can question. It's our job to silence the questions. It's our job to get out on the field and produce."

With eight months to prepare for their season opener against Temple, Penn State didn't have any answers for the Owls. Was this Penn State team much improved from the one that sputtered on offense for most of last season and allowed a school-record 44 sacks? Up front, it didn't look so.

Quarterback Christian Hackenberg, whose name was mentioned throughout the offseason as a potential top NFL draft pick, was sacked 10 times. Left tackle Paris Palmer, a junior-college transfer who joined the team in January, joined the four returning starters. Hackenberg remained in the entire game, taking sacks Nos. 9 and 10 on the final two snaps.

"It is what it is," Hackenberg said of the offensive line. "We're going to go to the film and learn from it, focus on next week. That's what you can do. You can't dwell on it. . I got the all the utmost confidence in this team being able to bounce back."

Hackenberg, whether because of pressure, inaccuracies, drops or otherwise, completed 11 of 25 passes for 103 yards and also threw an interception. A third-quarter pick by Temple's Sharif Finch turned a tie score into a seven-point Temple lead two plays later. …

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