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October 25, 2014 | By John N. Mitchell, Inquirer Staff Writer
P.J. Walker knew the expectations would be heightened. Although he was thrown into the fray as a freshman and finished the 2013 season as the quarterback of the future for a 2-10 team, Walker knew that the challenges for him and teammates would be magnified in the team's second year under coach Matt Rhule. The Owls (4-2, 2-1 American Athletic Conference) are in the hunt for the AAC title with the season halfway complete, and Walker is acutely aware of his circumstances. Temple plays at Central Florida (4-2, 2-0)
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October 22, 2014 | BY JEFF NEIBURG, Daily News Staff Writer neiburj@phillynews.com
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.
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October 20, 2014 | By John N. Mitchell, Inquirer Staff Writer
The turnovers Temple committed Friday night certainly played a role in its eye-opening, 31-10 loss at Houston. But that doesn't hide the fact that Temple (4-2, 2-1 American Athletic Conference) absorbed the type of statistical beating that indicates Houston was just a better team. The four turnovers included three P.J. Walker interceptions - two that led to scores - and a crucial Walker fumble at the Houston 1-yard line, ending a drive that could have tied the game at 17 early in the third quarter.
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October 19, 2014 | By Richard Dean, For The Inquirer
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.
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October 16, 2014 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
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.
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October 16, 2014 | By John N. Mitchell, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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August 26, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Phillies will use the final 32 games to find solutions, and they must know every revelation cannot be franchise-altering. A team on pace for 90 losses will improve in slow (sometimes painful) increments. That elevates a 32-year-old waiver claim with three quality starts against three contenders to exalted status. This summer, two of the worst teams in baseball jettisoned Jerome Williams. He has carved a successful home in the Phillies rotation, with eight more innings in a 7-1 win over St. Louis as the latest evidence.
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August 17, 2014 | The Inquirer Staff
At the end of a busy week, the Union chose to break up the lineup that had produced their best soccer of the season. The moves did not help in a 2-0 loss to the Houston Dynamo at BBVA Compass Stadium. The Union played their third game in seven days. Interim manager Jim Curtin's starting lineup took into account those weary legs. Both of the club's first-round draft picks this year made their Major League Soccer debuts. Andre Blake, the No. 1 overall pick, started in goal instead of Zac MacMath, who had played in every MLS game.
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August 16, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
With their third game in seven days, the Union are banking on the adrenaline that has come from playing their best soccer of the season. So they hope to compensate for some tired legs when they visit the Houston Dynamo in Friday's Major League Soccer Eastern Conference game. The Union (6-8-9, 27 points) are tied for the fifth and final Eastern Conference playoff spot. Houston (6-12-4, 22 points) is just five points behind the Union with a game in hand. And the Dynamo will be more rested, although they did have to travel to Seattle on Sunday for a 2-0 loss to the Sounders.
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August 8, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
ONE PITCHER went around the clubhouse for a healthy heaping of handshakes and hugs. Jonathan Papelbon asked if he could tag along to join a first-place team. Another was still in Toledo, Ohio, around lunchtime before hearing he was wanted on the mound in South Philly that night. Roberto Hernandez was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers yesterday afternoon, in exchange for two minor league players to be named later. Since Hernandez was scheduled to start last night against the Astros, Sean O'Sullivan had to figure out a way to get from Toledo to Citizens Bank Park in a few short hours.
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