December 23, 2015 |
BOCA RATON, Fla. - When Temple meets Toledo in the Boca Raton Bowl on Tuesday, it will be a matchup of mirror image teams who are as close as their records indicate. That's why it's not surprising that the line for the game has Temple just a 1 1/2-point favorite. These are teams that have offenses predicated on running the ball, stingy defenses and quarterbacks with big-play ability when needed. There is another thing the teams have in common - both lost their previous game and neither wants to head into the offseason with a two-game losing streak.
December 23, 2015 |
Stopping the run Both teams set everything they do offensively off the run game. Toledo is averaging 5.1 yards per carry, while limiting opponents to 3.3 yards per rush. Temple averages 4.1 yards per rush and is allowing 3.8 yards per carry. In Temple's three losses, the Owls allowed 5.4 yards per carry against Notre Dame, 6.8 against South Florida and 5.8 against Houston. Of course much of the damage by those three teams was inflicted by the quarterbacks. In Toledo's case, quarterback Phillip Ely has not been a factor in the running game, averaging 1.0 yards on 25 attempts.
December 22, 2015 |
BOCA RATON, Fla. - Toledo's running attack has been described as a two-headed monster, but the Rockets have more weapons than that. The ability of Temple (10-3) to stop the Toledo ground game will be a major key Tuesday when the teams meet in the Boca Raton Bowl. Junior Kareem Hunt and sophomore Terry Swanson have rushed for more than 800 yards apiece, but opponents can't let up when neither is in the game. "We have more than me and Terry," said Hunt, who has rushed for 894 yards and 10 touchdowns in eight games for the 9-2 Rockets.
December 21, 2015 |
BOCA RATON, Fla. - Phillip Ely had to be patient for much of his career, but now it appears to have paid off for the Toledo quarterback. Ely will provide a major test for the Temple defense when the teams meet in the Boca Raton Bowl. This season the 6-foot-1, 202-pound native of Tampa, Fla., has completed 54.9 percent of his passes and thrown for 2,680 yards, 21 touchdowns, and 10 interceptions in his first full season as a college starter. With a quick release, he has been sacked just four times in 375 passing attempts this season.
December 20, 2015 |
BOCA RATON, Fla. - Toledo cornerback Cheatham Norrils has professional aspirations and rightly so but last year he was wondering if he'd ever return to the football field. A 6-foot, 195-pound senior, Norrils is expected to play a significant role when Toledo (9-2) meets Temple (10-3) in Tuesday's Boca Raton Bowl. He earned first-team all-Mid American Conference honors after recording 60 tackles, three interceptions and 13 breakups. It's a remarkable recovery after Norrils missed last season when he contacted an undiagnosed viral infection that left him bed-ridden for weeks.
December 16, 2015 |
Temple's players, especially the seniors, obviously are ecstatic to be finishing their season in a bowl game, but beneath the sense of accomplishment is a layer of disappointment over the team's most recent game. Temple (10-3) is preparing for the Dec. 22 Boca Raton Bowl against Toledo (9-2). One key for the Owls will be living with a short memory: forgetting the American Athletic Conference championship when the Owls lost, 24-13, at Houston on Dec. 5. The team has had a week and a half to get that game out of its system, but according to wide receiver Robby Anderson that hasn't been long enough.
December 8, 2015 |
Once Temple knew it wasn't going to the Peach or Fiesta Bowl, it had a specific game in mind. And the Owls will play in the bowl that they aggressively targeted. Temple (10-3) will face Toledo (9-2) of the Mid-American Conference in the Dec. 22 Marmot Boca Raton Bowl. Kickoff is 7 p.m., and the game will be televised by ESPN. Once Temple lost Saturday's American Athletic Conference championship, 24-13 at Houston, the Owls were out of the running for a chance at the Peach or Fiesta Bowl.
April 9, 2015 |
A former University of Toledo point guard from Chester was one of two former players who received probation Tuesday as part of a point-shaving scandal that involved two other Toledo basketball players and three former football players. Kashif Payne, who starred at Archbishop Carroll High in 2001-02 before finishing his high school career at a New England prep school, was sentenced in federal court in Detroit to three years of probation and also must pay a fine and perform community service.
August 14, 2014 |
You couldn't drink it. You couldn't bathe in it. You couldn't wash dishes in it. A bloom of toxin-producing, blue-green algae in Lake Erie had rendered the water unsafe and forced Toledo, Ohio, to shut down its system for several days. Could it happen here? Exceedingly unlikely, Philadelphia-area water officials say. They do see the same algae in local waters, but the difference is, it doesn't grow out of control here or, for reasons unknown, produce the same toxins. But officials here have plenty of other types of algae to contend with, albeit mostly ones that affect taste and odor and clog filters, rather than harm people.
November 7, 2012 |
Jahwan Edwards scored the go-ahead touchdown on a 15-yard run with 1 minute, 43 seconds left Tuesday night as visiting Ball State beat No. 23 Toledo, 34-27. Keith Wenning passed for 281 yards and three touchdowns for Ball State (7-3, 4-2 Mid-American Conference). Edwards rushed for 105 yards on 16 carries. David Fluellen ran for 200 yards and a touchdown to lead Toledo (8-2, 5-1). The Champions Bowl. New Orleans will be the site of the new "Champions Bowl" between the Southeastern Conference and Big 12. The conferences made the announcement Tuesday.