September 24, 2015 |
Sophomore Austin Jones was the picture of confidence when asked to win the game for Temple on Saturday. At the end of last season, he wasn't as self-assured. But that apparently is yesterday's news. Jones drilled a game-winning 32-yard field goal with seven seconds remaining in the 25-23 comeback win over Massachusetts. There are many reasons the Owls are 3-0, and the improvement of Jones is near the top of the list. He has converted all seven of his field goal attempts after making three against UMass.
September 21, 2015 |
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - It was certainly not the route Temple wanted to take, but the Owls had no other alternative. Temple needed a madcap finish, one that included scoring two points off a blocked extra point, and executed a last-minute drive that set up a game-winning field goal After Temple had come back to score a 25-23 win over Massachusetts before 10,141 at Gillette Stadium on Saturday, coach Matt Rhule could finally exhale. "Games like this, you have to find a way to win," Rhule said about his 3-0 Owls, who will enjoy a bye week.
September 16, 2015 |
ATLANTA - Chip Kelly measured his options and sent Cody Parkey onto the field. The Eagles trailed by two points with less than three minutes remaining in the game, and although they needed just 1 yard for a first down, Kelly went with the safe move: a 44-yard field-goal attempt. He didn't expect Parkey's kick to sail wide right, costing the Eagles their best chance for a late lead and leaving them stunned by a season-opening 26-24 loss to the Atlanta Falcons on Monday night. After Parkey's missed field goal, the Eagles took the ball back at their 14-yard line with 1 minute, 49 seconds left and a chance to win. Their hopes were dashed when Sam Bradford's third-down pass went through Jordan Matthews' hands and was intercepted by Ricardo Allen at the Eagles' 29-yard line with 71 seconds remaining.
August 18, 2015 |
DeMarco Murray did not play Sunday in the Eagles' preseason opener against the Indianapolis Colts. Murray and coach Chip Kelly said last week that Murray is not injured even though he had an uneven practice schedule. "We knew we were going to go out and try to work him out a little pregame and get ready to go play the Ravens" this Saturday, Kelly said. Kelly said that sitting Murray was his decision and that Murray would practice on Tuesday. "I held him back," Kelly said when asked again why Murray didn't play.
August 18, 2015 |
PERFECT SNAPS. Perfect holds. No excuses. That was the tune Cody Parkey was singing in the Eagles' locker room after the team's 36-10 preseason victory over the visiting Indianapolis Colts yesterday. Parkey was asked whether the NFL's 13-yard extension of the line of scrimmage on extra-point opportunities was to blame for his missed attempt following a 9-yard touchdown run by Kenjon Barner in the first quarter. The second-year placekicker wasn't having it. "Doesn't affect me at all," he said of the rule change.
December 29, 2014 |
NEW YORK - The script for Sam Ficken's career at Penn State could easily be the stuff of a compelling movie. A mild-mannered kid from Indiana travels East, almost gets chased home by angry fans after a horrible game in his second outing as the team's regular kicker, improves with the help of a former Nittany Lion, and drills two successful kicks in his final college game to give the Lions their first bowl victory in five years. Ficken kicked a game-tying, 44-yard field goal with 20 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter Saturday and then capped the Pinstripe Bowl with what amounted to a walk-off extra point that gave Penn State a 31-30 victory over Boston College at Yankee Stadium.
December 22, 2014
The Eagles gained nearly 500 yards of total offense yet lost to a 3-11 team. Here are the biggest mistakes that added up to a loss: 13 penalties for 102 yards , including six that resulted in Redskins first downs. Cody Parkey missed two field goals in the third quarter. Mark Sanchez fumbled on the game's first possession, leading to a Redskins field goal. Sanchez was intercepted with 1 minute, 36 seconds left in the fourth quarter, leading to Washington's game-winning field goal with five seconds remaining.
November 29, 2014 |
Jamie Fisher's heart was racing. "Very, very fast," he said. Ridley's kicker lined up for a field goal late in Thursday's Thanksgiving Day game at Interboro. Fisher's first year as soccer player-turned-field-goal kicker came down to his 33-yard attempt. And he delivered, booting the ball through the uprights with 2 minutes, 53 seconds left to give the Green Raiders a 9-8 win. The junior tried out for the football team on the advice of fellow soccer player Esteban Munoz, who handles the team's extra points.
November 23, 2014 |
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - This was the ball game: Illinois, trailing by a point, starting at its own 28 with 1 minute, 48 seconds left to play needing to get into field-goal range against an intimidating Penn State defense ranked third in the nation in total yards allowed. Alas, the defense that had bailed out the Nittany Lions time and again all season was not up to the task Saturday. The Fighting Illini needed just three plays to gain 58 yards before David Reisner booted a 36-yard field goal with eight seconds remaining for a shocking, 16-14 victory inside a half-full Memorial Stadium.
November 10, 2014 |
For the better part of four quarters, Temple kept the highest-scoring and best-running attack in the American Athletic Conference under control. But as the Owls and their fans learned Friday night at Lincoln Financial Field in the aftermath of their gut-wrenching, 16-13 loss to Memphis, you have to do it for a full four quarters. Memphis (6-3, 4-1 AAC) put together a decisive, 66-yard drive at the end of the game, exhausting all the time on the clock and ending the contest with a 31-yard field goal from Jake Elliott as time expired.