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Penn State right tackle Eliades tears ACL

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Sunday, Sept. 26, 2010

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» Senior right tackle Lou Eliades' season may be over, which would provide more uncertainty for the Penn State offensive line. Coach Joe Paterno said Eliades suffered a torn right ACL in the third quarter of Penn State's 22-13 victory against Temple on Saturday. Junior Chima Okoli replaced Eliades, but Paterno wouldn't name a starter for next week's Big Ten opener at Iowa. Also, coaches used Mike Farrell as an occasional replacement for Quinn Barham at left tackle. Penn State came into the season with no offensive lineman in the same position he played last year.

» Former Penn State defensive back Adam Taliaferro was introduced to the Beaver Stadium crowd 10 years after he suffered a paralyzing spinal-cord injury against Ohio State. Taliaferro recovered and was walking eight months after the accident. An attorney in Cherry Hill, N.J., he runs the Adam Taliaferro Foundation, which supports victims of head and spinal injuries.

» Penn State extended its winning streak against Temple to 27, but Paterno praised his opponent, which lost for the first time this season after leading, 13-9, at halftime. "They were quick kids; they were strong," he said. "If you take a look at it, there weren't any fat kids out there. They were all rangy kids."

» In the third quarter, a pass-interference penalty against Penn State defensive back Drew Astorino was reversed after review when it was determined that receiver Joe Jones stepped out of bounds before contact. Outside linebacker Nate Stupar intercepted a pass two snaps later, leading to a field goal by Collin Wagner that gave Penn State a 15-13 lead.

» Wagner's five field goals tied a school record held by Brian Franco (1981), Massimo Manca ('85) and Travis Forney ('98). He failed to break the mark when he missed from 32 yards in the fourth quarter. Wagner has hit 10 of 12 attempts this season. Combined with his eight extra-point tries, he has 38 points -- 41 percent of Penn State's total.

» Temple running back Bernard Pierce injured his leg in the third quarter and did not return. He finished with 42 yards and two touchdowns on 10 carries. Quarterback Chester Stewart completed 8 of 19 passes for 46 yards and three interceptions. Temple had 91 yards of offense and no points in the final three quarters.

» Running back Evan Royster posted his 13th career 100-yard games, tying him for sixth place with Heisman Trophy winner John Cappelletti on Penn State's all-time list.

» Redshirt freshman Garry Gilliam's 21-yard reception in the second quarter on third-and-27 was the first of his career and the first catch by a Penn State tight end this season.

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Penn State defeated Temple 22-13 at Beaver Stadium on September 25, 2010.

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