67 years of futility and counting

The Owls last defeated Penn State on Oct. 18, 1941, with a 14-0 victory.

The Owls last defeated Penn State on Oct. 18, 1941, with a 14-0 victory.

Last year, the football team lost to Penn State, 45-3.

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Quarterback Chester Stewart and the Owls lost to Penn State, 45-3, last year.

In the 1970s and 1980s, the Owls came close to beating the Nittany Lions multiple times, losing to them by a combined score of five points in 1975, ’76 and ’78 and then dropping 23-18 and 27-25 decisions in 1983 and 1985, respectively.

In 1950, Temple tied Penn State, 7-7.

The last time the Owls came away victorious in the matchup was Oct. 18, 1941, less than two months prior to the attacks on Pearl Harbor.

On a rainy afternoon at Temple Stadium, then located at Mount Pleasant and Cheltenham avenues, the Owls took the field in front of 25,000 fans and defeated Penn State, 14-0.

The two teams first started playing each other in 1931, and Temple had won two of the first three meetings.

Owls back George Sutch scored the first touchdown in the first quarter. Back Andy Tomasic added another rushing touchdown in the third.

Temple gained 134 net yards, while Penn State racked up just 86, including only 21 yards from Johnny Petrella on 13 carries. The Nittany Lions turned the ball over four times, committed seven penalties and lost two players to injuries.

The Owls are 3-34-1 all-time against Penn State.

Jennifer Reardon can be reached at jennifer.reardon@temple.edu.

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