February 28, 2015 |
Trailing by 34-29 at halftime to a last-place team might not have forced Temple into desperate measures, but the Owls did make a game-altering change that keeps their NCAA hopes very much alive. Owls coach Fran Dunphy used four guards to begin the second half, and the move was the difference in Thursday's 66-54 win over Houston in an American Athletic Conference game before 7,023 at the Liacouras Center. Temple is now 20-9 overall and 11-5 in the AAC. It is the seventh 20-win season in Dunphy's nine years at Temple.
February 11, 2014 |
HOUSTON - Temple enjoyed two big runs against Houston yesterday afternoon. But they weren't enough to offset the Owls' defensive lapses and poor early shooting. "We're still not good enough defensively," Temple coach Fran Dunphy said after an 88-74 loss at Hofheinz Pavilion dropped his Owls to 6-16 overall, 1-9 in the American Athletic Conference. The Cougars are 12-12, 4-7. The Owls were led by guard Dalton Pepper's 17 points and received career highs in points (11) and rebounds (11)
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.
July 22, 2013 |
HOUSTON - Four men found living in "deplorable conditions" in a Houston garage on Friday told police that they were being held captive after being lured by promises of alcohol and cigarettes so that their captor could cash their public-assistance checks, authorities said. Three of the men were malnourished and taken to a hospital after being discovered by officers responding to a 911 call about the home, Houston police spokeswoman Jodi Silva said. Sgt. Steven Murdock described the living conditions as like a "dungeon.
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.
November 4, 2014 |
JADEVEON CLOWNEY was too sick to play against the Eagles yesterday. But apparently, the Texans linebacker - or someone with access to his Instagram account - was well enough to "like" a photo of a woman at the very same time his team was losing to the Birds. The info comes by way of Nick Wright, a morning-drive host for SportsRadio 610 in Houston. "Man, I just checked," Wright tweeted at the time. "Clowney, or someone on his account, absolutely "Liked" someone's Instagram picture at 12:45 p.m. today.
June 12, 1994 |
Rockets Fever broke into a cold, fearful sweat after Houston lost at home Friday night to fall into a 1-1 NBA Finals tie with the New York Knicks. The largest city in Texas has been through this kind of panic before, with the football Oilers blowing huge leads in playoff games, the baseball Astros posting one of the best records in the major leagues over the 1980s, but never making it to the World Series, and the Rockets losing in the NBA Finals in 1981 and 1986. That's why the Rockets made a TV commercial a couple of weeks ago, one in which a fan with a radio to his ear all but throws himself off the ledge of a high-rise when the game announcer says, "But wait, Olajuwon was fouled!"
October 22, 2014 |
THERE WERE times throughout Friday night's 31-10 loss to Houston when coach Matt Rhule's face appeared expressionless. For the first time all season, the Temple coach's squad looked overmatched. There were undisciplined turnovers, missed coverages and missed tackles on defense and, as Rhule said during yesterday's American Athletic Conference coaches teleconference, a lack of passion and excitement. "For us, it was an opportunity to play in that environment where there's expectations and there's something on the line," Rhule said.
May 25, 1999 |
Leroy Burrell had an interesting problem to solve last summer. The 1985 Penn Wood graduate and former track gold medalist in the 1992 Olympic Games was deciding what he wanted to do with the rest of his life. He had just retired from competitive track and was seriously thinking about attending law school when someone brought up another idea: How about coaching? Timing is everything. So, when longtime Houston track coaching legend Tom Tellez decided to retire, he handed his coaching whistle to Burrell, who is now completing his first season as track and field coach at the University of Houston.
October 20, 1989 |
Each time Houston scored against Temple in the Astrodome, the Cougar mascot dropped down and did push-ups. One push-up for each point. Just before halftime, Houston scored its 41st point and the mascot did 41 push-ups. In the third quarter, he did 48 push-ups, then 55. When the game ended, Houston was ahead, 65-7, and the Cougars had the best-conditioned mascot in the country. It was the second-worst defeat in Temple's dull football history. "I didn't think it was going to be that brutal," said a numb Jerry Berndt, the first-year Temple coach.