PSU Running Game Improves

By Lafferty, Tricia | Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, September 2, 2009 | Go to article overview

PSU Running Game Improves


Lafferty, Tricia, Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review


UNIVERSITY PARK - The skepticism surrounding Penn State's run game has faded - for now.

Running back Evan Royster rushed for a season-high 134 yards - including 119 in the first half - and a touchdown in No. 5 Penn State's 31-6 victory against Temple Saturday at Beaver Stadium.

It was Royster's seventh career 100-yard game, but it was his first this season.

Despite suffering from flu-like symptoms, Royster relieved some pressure from an offensive line that needed a boost heading into next weekend, when Penn State (3-0) opens Big Ten play against Iowa.

"The confidence is definitely up," Royster said. "Being able to come in and run the ball in any game is a good thing."

Although Temple (0-2) wasn't much of a measuring stick for the Lions, Penn State coach Joe Paterno seemed pleased with his team's play. The Lions were not at full health because 12 to 15 players, according to Paterno, battled the flu in the days leading up to the game.

"We were a little bit sloppy in some situations, but, overall, I think we played better (yesterday) than we have so far this year," Paterno said.

Penn State quarterback Daryll Clark completed 16 of 26 passes for 167 yards and two touchdowns. He was sacked twice yesterday and threw his third interception in as many games. Clark was pressured all afternoon and absorbed quite a few hard hits.

In between the hits, though, he was hitting receivers.

Clark connected with tight end Mickey Shuler on a 1-yard touchdown to give Penn State a 7-0 lead on the Lions' second drive of the game. …

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