For The First Time Since '87, Temple Is 2-1

Posted: September 26, 1994

Break up the Owls. In just three games, Temple has doubled its victory total of each of the two previous seasons.

Saturday, Temple went to Michie Stadium in West Point, N.Y., and blew a nine-point lead in the final quarter against Army. But a wild fake punt and a 5-yard touchdown pass from Henry Burris to fullback Sid Morse with 1:14 left gave the Owls a 23-20 win.

Temple, 2-1 for the first time since 1987, will take it. The Owls will take anything - even if it is against a team playing its fourth-string quarterback after having lost its best player, fullback Akili King, in the first quarter with a pulled hamstring.

"I don't think there has been a comeback win like that by Temple in a long time," Temple coach Ron Dickerson said. "The kids just did a great job. We said that Army was a never-say-die team, and they are. Army's players never gave up. Hey, these are individuals that represent our country. They simply never gave up, but neither did we."

Army (1-2) trailed, 16-7, and appeared to have little chance. But the Cadets scored two touchdowns quickly and there was Temple looking at a fourth and 7 from its 31-yard line with three minutes left.

Punt it and the Owls never might have seen the ball again. So Larry Walding, a backup tight end who played quarterback at Bishop Carroll High in Loretto, Pa., got a short snap out of punt formation and dropped a pass over the line to Phil Cox, a starting cornerback.

Twenty yards later, Temple had its first down and was on its way to beating a team it had lost to by a count of 56-21 last year at Veterans Stadium.

Junior linebacker Lance Johnstone, out of Germantown High, had 11 tackles, recovered two fumbles and returned one of them 5 yards for a touchdown. He was named Big East Co-Defensive Player of the Week.

Placekicker Rich Maston, who drilled a career-high three field goals, was named Big East Special-Teams Player of the Week. Maston, a senior from Atco, N.J., has scored 21 points this season. Last year, he led the Owls with 23.

Wide receiver Marc Baxter had seven catches for 95 yards, both career highs. Each of his catches was for a first down.

Burris has thrown for 200 yards in consecutive games, the first time a Temple quarterback has done that since 1988.

PENN: TIGHT ONE

Some teams never learn how to win. Some forget how to lose.

Penn, apparently, is in the latter category. Its road uniforms, along with many helmets and pads, were destroyed in a fire early Thursday morning. Its bus broke down on the way to Hanover, N.H., on Friday. Its offense couldn't do much of anything against Dartmouth Saturday.

No matter. Penn (2-0 overall, 1-0 in the Ivy League) made a goal-line stand in the final minute, took an intentional safety and got out of town with quite a bizarre 13-11 victory. If Penn didn't lose this game, one wonders if the Quakers ever will lose.

The Quakers had just two first downs in a second half that was played almost entirely in their territory. But when Dartmouth (0-2, 0-1) had a chance to win the game, fourth-and-goal at the Penn 1-yard line, linebacker Pat Goodwillie never let Dartmouth's Pete Oberle near the end zone.

Somehow, it wasn't a shock. Penn's football and basketball teams haven't lost a league game for almost two full years.

VILLANOVA: LOSES TO BU

Other teams ran on Boston University, but Villanova could not. And when the Wildcats got way behind, they had to throw. And that wasn't the way they were going to win.

So Villanova (2-2 overall, 0-2 in the Yankee Conference) lost at home, 30-15, after trailing, 23-0, and closing to within 23-15.

The Terriers (3-0, 2-0) scored on pass plays of 70 yards and 60 yards. The latter clinched the game and left 'Nova looking up from the bottom of the conference standings. Which is no way to end September if you want to be playing in December.

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