October 1, 1989 |
In the older days of college basketball, Temple might have had a chance in such a one-sided arrangement by sitting on the ball. If the game were slow-pitch softball, the Owls might have been spared by the 10-run rule. A boxing match? A white towel thrown into the ring, or a cry of "no mas," perhaps. But this was big-time college football. There was no plug to be pulled. And yesterday, the Temple Owls were invited to play a patsy role to the finish. Right there, in the dome this city's professional football fans refer to as "The House of Pain," Houston inflicted a 65-7 hurting on the Owls, a score that will do nothing positive for Jerry Berndt's rebuilding program.
February 11, 2014 |
HOUSTON - A Texas road trip brought the Temple Owls nothing but more heartache in a season that has turned into a bad country song. On Sunday, Temple fell to Houston, 88-74, after a terrible first-half stretch proved too much to come back from at Hofheinz Pavilion. Temple had cut a 20-point Houston lead down to five points in just four minutes of the second half. After that, the Owls stuck around for a while, but a couple of three-pointers gave the Cougars the cushion they needed.
December 23, 2013 |
HOUSTON - Much like Temple, its doppleganger 1,350 miles to the northeast, the University of Houston employs billboards in an attempt to upgrade its profile in a city where the pro and college sports scene is as congested as the highways. Sprinkled amid the tangle of interstates that encircle this city's shimmering downtown, the colorful signs feature upbeat messages, smiling Cougar athletes, and the school's redesigned red-and-white logo. Houston and Temple, as it turns out, have much more in common than a penchant for roadside marketing.
December 29, 1986 |
Villanova, apparently left for dead by its offensive ineptitude, turned to its defense to rescue a 63-60 victory over Houston in the first round of the Sugar Bowl Classic last night. Junior forward Mark Plansky's 18-foot jumper with 6 seconds left provided the difference for the Wildcats (7-3). In tonight's final, Villanova will face South Carolina, which defeated Vanderbilt, 96-91, in double overtime last night. The Cats won despite a 5-for-22 shooting performance by guard Harold Jensen, usually their best shooter, and despite being outrebounded, 32-25.
September 5, 2013 |
Matt Rhule wanted to make it plain. "Look, this is a much more important game," the Temple football coach said of Saturday's game against American Athletic Conference opponent Houston. "I remind our team that we were picked to finish ninth in the conference and we haven't played any conference games. So we're still seen as a ninth-place team. " Rhule has spent the last few months discussing the Owls' season opener against Notre Dame, which Temple lost, 28-6. However, Saturday's noon game at Lincoln Financial Field not only marks his first home game as a head coach.
July 9, 2013
Houston center Omer Asik has formally asked his team to trade him in the wake of the club's landing free-agent center Dwight Howard, sources told ESPN.com., but the Rockets have no plans to move him. With the Rockets adding the 6-foot-11 Howard, Asik is reported to be unhappy about the prospect of his playing time decreasing. Asik started all 82 games for the Rockets last season, averaging 10.1 points, 11.7 rebounds and 1.1 blocks. Shortly after Howard announced his decision, Asik made his trade request.
October 19, 1989 |
It figures to rate with the all-time wipeouts, right up there with Custer's Last Stand and the Charge of the Light Brigade. Southern Methodist at Houston. SMU coach Forrest Gregg, whose 1-4 team is an incredible 57-point underdog, isn't painting a picture of false optimism. He knows the young, inexperienced Mustangs, coming off a two-year NCAA suspension, are going into a sword fight armed with a butter knife. "I don't get into point spreads, but (the 57-point line) doesn't surprise me," Gregg said.
September 24, 2012 |
UNION MANAGER John Hackworth hasn't had many opportunities over the last month to joke around. Mired in an eight-game winless streak, the Union entered Sunday's match against Houston at PPL Park on the brink of elimination from the playoffs. Granted, with six games to play that's almost inevitable, but there are still things this roster can accomplish and build on heading into an important offseason for the 3-year-old franchise. Not to mention that a win against a perennial power like Houston is not something that should be overlooked.
October 19, 2014 |
HOUSTON - As poorly as Temple played on Friday, the Owls still had their chances against Houston. Despite miscues and four turnovers, the Owls were still in striking distance in the second half. But P.J. Walker's fumble from the 2-yard line into the Houston end zone for a Cougars touchback in the third quarter proved disastrous for the Owls, who were beaten, 31-10, at TDECU Stadium. "It wasn't a good night for us in every area," Temple coach Matt Rhule said. "I was really disappointed.
October 16, 2014 |
Temple's hot start has some people talking about potential bowl bids. Those voices, however, can't be heard at the Owls' practice facility at 10th and Diamond streets. The Owls (4-1, 2-0 American Athletic Conference) are staying focused as they prepare to visit Houston (3-3, 1-1) on Friday night. Temple has been 4-1 in football just five times since 1971. It occurred most recently in 2010, when present coach Matt Rhule was the team's offensive coordinator. The Owls finished the season 8-4 but did not receive a bowl invitation.