By Tim Owen
For The Daily Item
Bill O'Brien picked up his first win as a head coach last Saturday, but at his weekly press conference Tuesday, he didn't want to dwell -- not on the 34-7 win over Navy, not on the previous two losses, and most certainly not on Penn State's 71-year dominance over Temple, the next opponent on his schedule.
When Temple (1-1) visits Penn State (1-2) Saturday in Beaver Stadium for a 3:30 p.m. kickoff, the Owls will be riding a 36-game losing streak to the Nittany Lions. (Temple hasn't beaten Penn State since 1941.) But O'Brien, who is in his first year in Happy Valley, doesn't care about the past.
"I don't know what they were like in 1940," O'Brien said as he sat at the dais in the Beaver Stadium press room, "but in 2012 this is an excellent Temple team with a bunch of good players. It started when Al Golden was there, and Steve Addazio has done a great job of keeping it going. This is a good football team. These guys had, what five or six guys off last year's team drafted? It looks like they've got a bunch of draft picks on this football team right now. So I don't know about series or win streaks or anything. All I know is that this is going to be a very, very tough football game on Saturday."
Addazio, Temple's second-year head coach, echoed a similar comment to his counterpart O'Brien, a longtime friend and fellow New England native. He's not focused on the history, either, even if a win marks just the fourth for Temple in the 41-game series.
"We approach this game just like every other game," Addazio said. "You're going in there, going into a hornet's nest. You're playing a really good football team. Their defense is real strong, every bit as strong as it was a year ago. They're still Penn State."