September 23, 2015 |
THE CONSENSUS in the days following Temple football's nail-biting, 25-23 victory over Massachusetts has been that the "old" Temple football team wouldn't have possessed the resolve to pull out a victory under such daunting circumstances. Down three with 1:20 to play, Temple's Will Hayes returned the failed PAT attempt for two points, and P.J. Walker masterfully orchestrated a 10-play, 50-yard drive, ending with an Austin Jones' game-winning, 32-yard field goal. The 3-0 Owls couldn't have asked for much more to go their way. Temple's offensive performance Saturday was surely something new, at least for this year's team, with Walker going 28-for-48 and throwing for a career-high 391 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions.
September 11, 2015 |
BY THE TIME Hershey Walton was in middle school, a lot of folks thought he had what it took to become a pretty good football player. But there weren't many who felt they could say the same about him as a student. Maybe not even him. "I kind of struggled in school," recalled Walton, now a fifth-year senior defensive lineman at Temple. "The first time I played football, in seventh grade, I was actually ineligible. I had to get my grades up. I was a kid. I didn't know any better. Everybody matures at different times.
May 19, 2015 |
This article was updated on Tuesday, May 19, to include reports of the cause of death. ONE OF THE players who helped revive Temple's football program under Al Golden passed away on Saturday night. Former Owls defensive end Adrian Robinson, the MAC Defensive Player of the Year as a sophomore in 2009, was 25. According to multiple outlets, including the Harrisburg Patriot-News and the Denver Post , Robinson committed suicide. His brother, Averee, is a rising junior nose tackle for the Owls.
January 27, 2015 |
George Washington High's Shareef Miller, a hard-charging defensive end with a quick first step, committed Sunday to play at Penn State while on an official visit to State College. The 6-foot-5, 230-pound senior, a three-star recruit according to Rivals.com, chose the Nittany Lions over runner-up Pittsburgh, Arizona State, Florida, Miami, Rutgers, and Temple, among others. "He wanted to stay pretty close to home," said Ron Cohen, Washington's recently retired coach. "He likes it at Penn State.
November 14, 2014 |
STATE COLLEGE - Matt Rhule fondly remembers Oct. 29, 1994. In his first season as a walk-on, Rhule said he wasn't a factor when then-No. 1 ranked Penn State thrashed No. 21 Ohio State, 63-14. Sure, he didn't play, but that didn't matter much to Rhule. "I'll never forget that energy there," Rhule said. "It was a special day. " That blowout of the Buckeyes isn't the lone highlight of Rhule's playing days at Penn State from 1994 to '97. In fact, the Temple head coach said some of the happiest times of his life took place within the confines of Beaver Stadium.
October 16, 2014 |
TEMPLE HAS WON four of its first five games, for only the second time since 1979. Last year, the Owls lost their first six, en route to a 2-10 season, in Matt Rhule's head-coaching debut. So how's it feel? "That's hard for me to say, because I wish we were 5-0," Rhule said yesterday. Good answer. Last week, he correctly said his Owls hadn't done anything yet, because the teams they'd beaten had one win each. On Saturday, they rallied in the fourth quarter to beat Tulsa, another one-win team.
August 29, 2014 |
TEMPLE'S FOOTBALL team has been waiting to get going again for 9 months. Actually, many of the players have had 2 years to stew about all of the things that haven't gone right. In 2011 the Owls went 8-4, got to a bowl game for the second time in three seasons and then won one for just the second time ever and first time in 32 years. That seems like a long time ago. Two years ago, they got back in the Big East for the first time since getting jettisoned in 2004 and went 4-7. Last season, the first for the American Conference, they were 2-10.
March 13, 2014 |
TEMPLE'S football team will open the season at Vanderbilt on Thursday, Aug. 28, in a night game. It's the Owls' first game against an SEC opponent since they lost at Vandy in 2006, Al Golden's first season as coach. The Commodores went 9-4 in 2013 for James Franklin, who has since moved on to Penn State. The Owls went 2-10, 1-7 for first-year coach Matt Rhule in the American Conference's inaugural season. Seven of their losses were by 10 points or fewer. Temple's home opener is Sept.
January 14, 2014 |
Before he introduced James Franklin as Penn State's new football coach, athletic director Dave Joyner eagerly pointed out that the hunt to find the man the university's search committee wanted didn't take long at all. "I said [Jan. 2] that it would be days, not weeks," Joyner said, recalling that the 2011-12 search to find Bill O'Brien took 40 days. "So it's one week and two days - nine days - so let's get that out of here so you [reporters] are not going to ask me about that. " The six-person committee unanimously approved Franklin, 41, head coach for the last three seasons at Vanderbilt, to take over for Bill O'Brien.
January 7, 2014 |
The list of candidates being considered to become Penn State's new head coach will not include Miami coach Al Golden. Golden, a former Nittany Lions player and assistant coach, issued a statement Sunday saying he was "not a candidate for another [coaching] position. " Golden's statement was the big news on a day when Penn State's six-member search committee, chaired by athletic director Dave Joyner, was reported to have interviewed former Tennessee Titans coach Mike Munchak and current Vanderbilt coach James Franklin in its hunt for Bill O'Brien's successor.