TEMPLE SECURES THEIR FIRST WIN 39-37 OVER USF
BY ROCK HOFFMAN
COLLEGE FOOTBALL EDITOR
On a day when the Temple Owls special teams had their share of mistakes, they also made keys plays that led to the Owls (1-1, 1-1 American) 39-37 win over USF (1-4, 0-3 American) at Lincoln Financial Field. Trailing 31-26 in the fourth quarter, the Owls downed Adam Barry’s punt inside the five-yard line but Bulls quarterback Jordan McCloud fumbled and Arnold Ebiketie picked it up and raced in to put the Owls up for good at 32-31.
On the day, Temple had a field goal blocked, allowed a couple of big kickoff returns and Ebiketie lost high, short onside kick in the sun still but special teams sealed the win when backup linebacker George Reid, who had a solid game filling for the injured Isaiah Graham-Mobley, recovered an onside kick. After the Owls extended their lead to 39-31, the Bulls made it interesting with a late touchdown but missed the 2-point conversion and failed to get the ball back.
Temple quarterback Anthony Russo had four touchdown passes including two to Jadan Blue while the defense had four sacks, eight tackles for loss and a pair of forced fumbles.
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