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Temple football introduces Manny Diaz as new coach

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Temple football introduces Manny Diaz as new coach

Manny Diaz let everyone know what he thought of the reception he received when being introduced as Temple's football coach Thursday.

"This is better than what was on the brochure," he said.

The 44-year-old University of Miami defensive coordinator was introduced as the 15th head coach in school history in front of a packed crowd of students and supporters at Liacouris Center. Diaz replaces Geoff Collins, who left last week after two seasons to coach Georgia Tech.

"I was very deliberate in my time searching out the right head coaching opportunity," Diaz said. "I had some other opportunities throughout the years but I wanted to find the right fit not just for me but for my family and a place that is committed to a championship culture in all things."

Diaz, who said he will finish out the season for Miami in the Pinstripe Bowl against Wisconsin on Dec. 27, thanked all of the former coaches he has worked under in college football in his 19-year career. He was defensive coordinator at Mississippi State, Louisiana Tech, Texas and Middle Tennessee State.

"I had an amazing collection of head coaches I've worked under that have helped shape my philosophy and style," Diaz said. "That goes to back to my first head coach, Bobby Bowden, who was maybe the best ever to do it."

After mentioning the Bowden at Florida State coach, Diaz also thanked Chuck D'Amato, Rick Stockstill, Dan Mullin, Mack Brown, Skip Holtz and Mark Richt.

Unlike Diaz, Collins will not coach the Owls in their bowl game. The Owls take on Duke in the Walk On's Independence Bowl in Shreveport, Louisiana, On Dec. 27. Tight Ends Coach Ed Foley, who is the interim coach for Temple for the second time, will coach that game.

No. 18 Penn State 33, Indiana 28: Nittany Lions put an end to 2-game skid

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No. 18 Penn State 33, Indiana 28: Nittany Lions put an end to 2-game skid

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Trace McSorley and No. 18 Penn State kept it simple to snap a two-game losing streak.

"We just took what was there," McSorley said.

McSorley passed for 220 yards, ran for 107 and had a hand in three touchdowns in Penn State's 33-28 victory over Indiana on Saturday.

Penn State (5-2, 2-2 Big Ten) rallied after Indiana (4-4, 1-4) took a 21-20 lead in the third quarter on Steve Scott's 3-yard touchdown run.

Johnathan Thomas took the ensuing kickoff back to the Indiana 5, setting up McSorley for the go-ahead touchdown on the next play.

Brandon Wilson partially blocked the extra point, leaving Penn State's lead at 26-21. Indiana forced Penn State to punt on the Nittany Lions' next drive, but J-Shun Harris fumbled the punt return and turned the ball over. Five plays later, McSorley nearly walked into the end zone to make it 33-21 lead.

"Every time it seemed like we had the game in control and were able to put them away, they would battle back," Penn State coach James Franklin said. "We'll take this win, go back and watch the film, make corrections and get better."

The Hoosiers added a late touchdown Peyton Ramsey's 21-yard pass to Harris, and recovered an onside kick. Michael Penix and Ramsey split snaps for the Hoosiers, combining for 330 passing yards and a touchdown. Scott led Indiana in rushing with 138 yards and two touchdowns.

"Just a gut-wrenching loss for our team today. I thought our kids played their hearts out," Indiana coach Tom Allen said. "Proud of the effort. Just have to play better in certain situations and times, in critical moments."

Miles Sanders ran for 72 yards and a touchdown for Penn State.

The takeaway
Penn State: The Nittany Lions avoided stumbling at Indiana in what could easily be viewed as a trap game. Having lost two straight, Penn State simply couldn't afford to lose this one when considering the next three opponents on the Nittany Lions' schedule -- Iowa, Michigan and Wisconsin.

Indiana: The Hoosiers missed an opportunity to secure one of two more wins needed to become bowl eligible for the first time since 2016.

Up next
Penn State: Host Iowa next Saturday.

Indiana: At Minnesota next Saturday.

Zach Bednarczyk, Villanova stun Temple in season opener

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Zach Bednarczyk, Villanova stun Temple in season opener

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Zach Bednarczyk threw three touchdown passes and Jeff Steeb and Elijah Trent had interceptions on Temple's last two possessions to lead Villanova to a 19-17 upset in the season-opening crosstown matchup on Saturday.

Bednarczyk connected with Jarrett McClenton for a 30-yard touchdown on fourth-and-9 midway through the fourth quarter to put the Wildcats on top. Steeb then picked off Frank Nutile, who was making his first start, at the Villanova 32 with 6:45 to play. The Wildcats drained 5 minutes off the clock before Nathan Fondacaro pinned the Owls at the 1. One the next play Trent made a leaping pick to seal the win.

Villanova, an FCS school, took a 17-16-2 lead over the FBC Owls in the series that dates to 1908. The Wildcats have four wins over FBC teams, all since 2000. They beat Rutgers in 2002 and Temple in 2003 and 2009.

Bednarczyk, who was 29 of 40 for 254 yards with one interception, had touchdown passes of 1 yard to Ryan Bell and 17 yards to Brandon Chadbourn for a 13-3 lead in the first quarter. Kimere Brown returned a punt blocked by Quincy Roche 74 yards for a Temple touchdown midway through the second quarter and it was 13-10 at the half.

The Owls took the lead midway through the third quarter when Nutile threw a 15-pass to Isaiah Wright.