Posted by Tom Fornelli
Penn State may have come away with a 22-13 victory over Temple on Saturday afternoon at Beaver Stadium, but the offensive struggles that have plagued the offense all season were still in full force. The Nittany Lions needed five field goals from Colin Wagner to take the lead 15-13 in the third quarter before finally breaking the plain of the end zone in the fourth quarter to ice it.
On the day the Lions started five offensive possessions inside Temple territory. Those five drives resulted in two field goals, a missed field goal and two turnovers on downs.
The inability of the Penn State offense to put the ball in the end zone is nothing new this season. Of the team's 93 points through four games, 30 have come on 10 field goals from Wagner. Penn State has managed only eight offensive touchdowns this season and four of them came in the season opener against Youngstown State.
A lot of this can be attributed to new starters on the offensive line along with a true freshman starting at quarterback in Robert Bolden , but if the Nittany Lions are going to make any noise in the Big Ten once conference play begins next week, they're going to need to see a marked improvement. The good news is that some signs of it happening are already there.
Evan Royster had only 110 yards rushing through Penn State's first three games, but he had his best game of the season against Temple, finishing with 187 yards on 26 carries. Royster is going to need a lot more games like the one he had on Saturday if Penn State harbors any hope of playing in Pasadena this January.