STATE COLLEGE, PA., OCT. 6 -- After wondering how to find room for two tailbacks, Penn State Coach Joe Paterno used seniors Leroy Thompson and Gary Brown together in the same backfield at times today, and Temple paid the price, 48-10, at Beaver Stadium.

Thompson and Brown each rushed for more than 100 yards and a touchdown, and Tony Sacca threw for two touchdowns in the Nittany Lions' 16th straight victory over their intrastate rival.

It was the first time since last season's victory over Syracuse that two Penn State backs rushed 100 yards in the same game. Thompson had a career-high 125 yards on 18 carries, including 94 by halftime. Brown had 105 yards on 16 tries.

"You really have to have two tailbacks," Paterno said. "Without Gerry Collins {out with an injury}, if Gary's not healthy we probably have to go with Richie Anderson, which we don't want to do.

Paterno is hoping to redshirt Anderson, a sophomore out of Sandy Spring, Md.

"I don't know what we're going to do," Paterno added about the tailbacks. "There are situations where you like to get the most out of both of them. None of that stuff is new. We thought that Temple was very strong but they weren't as fast as we were. We wondered if they had enough speed to handle our kids on the corner."

Thompson, the starter at tailback, recognizes the need to have Brown in the game.

"When Gary comes in, I go to my old position, fullback," Thompson said. "I think the coaches put that in to get Gary into the flow a little more. It's not a knock on our fullbacks; it's just an effort to get Gary Brown in the game a little more."

Brown, the nation's leading kickoff return specialist with an average of 43 yards a try, ran back the opening kickoff 82 yards to set up Penn State's first touchdown.

Penn State (2-2) scored the first six times it had possession.

"That was a good old tail-kicking today," said Coach Jerry Berndt, whose team fell to 2-3. "We got down early . . . and they didn't let us back in.

"We didn't tackle well, but that's a credit to their backs. They ran that off-tackle play that they bounced outside. We hadn't seen that from the formation that they ran it today."

Four plays after Brown's kickoff return, fullback Sam Gash scored from a yard out.

After Temple punted, Penn State moved 90 yards in eight plays with Sacca passing to wideout Terry Smith for a 33-yard touchdown on a flanker screen.