September 23, 2015 |
THE CONSENSUS in the days following Temple football's nail-biting, 25-23 victory over Massachusetts has been that the "old" Temple football team wouldn't have possessed the resolve to pull out a victory under such daunting circumstances. Down three with 1:20 to play, Temple's Will Hayes returned the failed PAT attempt for two points, and P.J. Walker masterfully orchestrated a 10-play, 50-yard drive, ending with an Austin Jones' game-winning, 32-yard field goal. The 3-0 Owls couldn't have asked for much more to go their way. Temple's offensive performance Saturday was surely something new, at least for this year's team, with Walker going 28-for-48 and throwing for a career-high 391 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions.
September 10, 2015 |
Sixty miles away, as he and his wife relaxed at their family shore house near Barnegat, N.J., Fred Turoff paid no attention to the euphoria that swelled in and around Lincoln Financial Field and swept across the city Saturday afternoon. Temple's football team had beaten Penn State, 27-10, its first victory over the Nittany Lions since 1941, a sign that perhaps the Owls' program was finally worthy of unconditional respect. But Turoff couldn't bring himself to turn on his television and witness the history.
September 1, 2015 |
To the untrained eye, the last play of a recent Temple football practice looked successful enough, a completed pass of 7 or 8 yards along the sideline. However, Owls coach Matt Rhule clearly and immediately looked ticked off. When his team gathered around him, just off Diamond Street, Rhule used the phrase "grown men. " As in, he needed to see more of them. "Everything counts," Rhule said, repeating the phrase. Walking over to the sideline, Rhule looked the picture of calm. "My whole point, this was the first time we practiced when classes were going on," Rhule said.
August 22, 2015 |
Temple linebacker Tyler Matakevich enters his senior season with more career tackles (355) than any active college player. The closest pursuer, Mason Monheim of Illinois, is 61 tackles behind. Yet when Matakevich was a senior at St. Joseph's High School in Trumbull, Conn., he did as much hitting on the baseball diamond as he did on the football field. The 6-foot-1, 232-pound Matakevich was so proficient in baseball that even as late as his senior year in high school, he wasn't sure what sport to pursue.
August 21, 2015 |
Temple and Villanova will resume their football rivalry in two years. Owlscoop.com first reported that the two universities would resume the Mayor's Cup football game, most likely in 2017. A source close to the situation confirmed that Temple will play Villanova in 2017 and 2018. Villanova usually opens its season with a Football Bowl Subdivision school. This year the Wildcats will open at Connecticut on Sept. 3; they will play Pittsburgh next season. The last time Villanova and Temple played was Aug. 31, 2012, when the host Owls won, 41-10.
August 20, 2015 |
Temple University and the Eagles have reached an agreement that would allow the Owls to play their home games in Lincoln Financial Field for two more years after their current rental contract expires in 2017. The amended agreement gives Temple the option to play in the 69,596-seat stadium in 2018 and 2019, the school said in a statement issued Tuesday. And the pact also gives the school the "flexibility and time" to explore all options, including the possibility of building a football stadium on campus - a proposition that could take several years, Temple officials said.
August 19, 2015 |
TAVON YOUNG still remembers his days as a freshman with Temple football, when he often let his fiery passion for winning devolve into unhealthy outbursts that earned him early exits from practice. After playing in 10 games and starting two of them during his first season in 2012 under then-coach Steve Addazio, the cornerback sat down with newly appointed coach Matt Rhule to discuss his future with the program. "The first spring coach Rhule was here, we had end-of-the-year meetings, and he told me basically coach Addazio said I'm a guy that talks back to coaches sometimes or a guy that didn't listen all the time," Young said.
August 6, 2015 |
IN 2013, the debut season for the American Athletic Conference, Temple and new coach Matt Rhule were picked to finish ninth out of 10 teams in the preseason poll. The Owls wound up going 2-10, 1-7, to tie for last. A year ago, they were voted eighth of 11 and ended up sixth at 6-6 overall, 4-4 in the conference. Memphis, which was picked seventh, took the title by finishing 7-1 (10-2). The Tigers won the three-way tiebreaker with preseason favorite Cincinnati and No. 2 Central Florida.
July 31, 2015
GOOD NEWS for Temple football. Wide receiver Adonis Jennings will be eligible to play this season after transferring from the University of Pittsburgh, the Daily News has confirmed. The news was first reported by Owlscoop.com The South Jersey native, who left Pitt after one year for family reasons, will not have to sit out a season after successfully petitioning the NCAA for a waiver. He played sparingly as a freshman after starring at Timber Creek High School. The Owls begin preseason camp Thursday.
July 30, 2015 |
Temple's football team had just finished its last summer workout. The players all walked upstairs for lunch inside Temple's practice facility on Diamond Street. Places were set, formally. "You don't touch anything on the table, not even a sip of water, until the host does," the players were told. Football players are used to precise actions - pointing a foot at a slightly wrong angle can blow up a play - so maybe it shouldn't be a surprise that Temple players seemed to immediately catch on to what was required of them.