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December 6, 2015 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Containing Ward The dilemma with playing a dual threat quarterback like Houston's Greg Ward Jr. is dealing with his ability to take off from the pocket. The Owls can't allow him to sit in the pocket because he can pick defenses apart with his accuracy. Ward's completion percentage of 69.3 is fourth best nationally. Yet if the Owls have too much pressure, Ward has eight rushes of 30 or more yards with 17 touchdowns. Protecting the passer Temple leads the American Athletic Conference with 33 sacks, while Houston is tied for second with 32. What is interesting is that both teams have multiple players who can get to the quarterback, so neither team can concentrate on stopping one player.
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December 5, 2015 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Temple's football players hold no opponent in awe, but this week there has been plenty of respect for Houston quarterback Greg Ward Jr. All week, any discussion about the American Athletic Conference championship game Saturday at Houston usually began with containing Ward, the 5-foot-11, 185-pound junior. Temple (10-2) has been beaten twice by dual-threat quarterbacks, and Ward certainly fits that description. Ward's 17 rushing touchdowns are a single-season school record for the 11-1 Cougars.
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December 4, 2015 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
As Temple prepares for the American Athletic Conference football championship game at Houston, most of the attention has gone toward stopping prolific Cougars quarterback Greg Ward Jr., and rightly so. Ward has rushed for 17 touchdowns and passed for 16. Yet there are big playmakers on the defensive side, none bigger than Elandon Roberts, a 6-foot, 235-pound senior inside linebacker. Roberts simply couldn't be blocked Saturday in a 52-31 win over Navy that clinched the AAC West Division crown and a berth against Temple (10-2)
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December 3, 2015 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
One potential distraction appears to be off the board for Temple as it prepares for Saturday's American Athletic Conference championship game at Houston. Multiple sources have told The Inquirer that head coach Matt Rhule is no longer talking to Missouri about its vacant football job. A source confirmed that the two sides met on Sunday morning in Philadelphia. Behind the scenes a source says that Temple has been in negotiations with Rhule to ensure that he will stay. And apparently, these negotiations were happening well before Missouri sought permission to speak to Rhule.
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December 3, 2015 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Brandon Wilson showed he could adjust on the fly with very little problem. The Houston junior showed his old high school form in quickly switching positions for his team's biggest football game of the season. With the West Division of the American Athletic Conference on the line, Wilson had to shift gears in midweek, moving from cornerback to running back because of a key injury for the Cougars. Playing the position for the first time since high school, Wilson rushed for 111 yards and two touchdowns on 22 carries Saturday in a 52-31 win over visiting Navy to clinch the division title.
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December 2, 2015 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Temple football coach Matt Rhule wasn't thrilled with the question, but he had to know it was coming. A day after talking to Missouri officials about their vacant head coaching job, Rhule was asked if this would lead to any distraction heading into the American Athletic Conference championship game Saturday at Houston. "Only if people keep asking it," Rhule said Monday during a conference call with reporters. The Owls (10-2) earned the berth in the game Saturday with a 27-3 win over visiting Connecticut that clinched the AAC East Division.
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December 2, 2015 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
To show how dangerous Houston's football team is on offense, last week the Cougars were without one of the top running backs in school history and still put 52 points on the board. Now the question is whether that running back, Kenneth Farrow, will be able to play against Temple on Saturday when Houston hosts the American Athletic Conference championship game. Speaking on a conference call with reporters Monday, Houston coach Tom Herman said that Farrow is listed as day-to-day with a high ankle sprain.
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December 2, 2015 | By Mike Kern, Daily News Columnist
TEMPLE FOOTBALL coach Matt Rhule talks all the time about blocking out the noise. As his 20th-ranked Owls (10-2) - who already have tied a program record for wins in a season that's stood for 36 years - prepare to play at No. 18 Houston (11-1) on Saturday afternoon for the American Conference title and probably a spot in a New Year's bowl game, the only outside distraction might be his status. Missouri, which won the SEC East in 2013 and '14 but went 1-7 in the conference this season, reportedly met with Rhule on Sunday to talk about its job opening.
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November 17, 2015 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
TEMPLE COULD have won the American Athletic East Division Saturday night at South Florida. Instead the Owls (8-2, 5-1) lost for the second time in three weeks and dropped out of the Associated Press Top 25. This one wasn't like Notre Dame. They scored first, then gave up 31 of the next 34. The Bulls (6-4, 4-2), who generated 556 yards of offense, scored on plays covering 48, 57 and 68 yards. They had 326 on the ground, 230 from Marlon Mack (on 21 carries). In their first eight games the Owls allowed 126 points, with nobody getting more than 26 on them.
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September 19, 2015 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Houston Dynamo defender Sheanon Williams isn't prescribing to the old theory that when he takes the field Sunday for A game as a Major League Soccer opponent at PPL Park, that it will be just another match. Williams, who joined the Union late in their inaugural season in 2010, was traded to the Dynamo on July 23. He had been in an out of the lineup, but since coming to Houston has only been in. Williams has started all eight games, seven at right back and one at left, and has never left the field.
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