News & Notes Following Temple's 30-16 win vs. UCF
Temple now has a 6-0 record, the best start in program history. The Owls were also 6-0 in 1974, 1945 and 1935. In '74 they finished 8-2, '45 ended at 7-1, and '35 saw a 7-3 finish. The 10-2 record in 1979 was Temple's most wins in a season.
With six wins, Temple is now bowl eligible. It is the fifth time Temple has reached bowl eligibility in the last seven seasons.
Temple extended its streak of periods with a score to 21 straight quarters with touchdowns in each of the first two quarters. However, Temple was shut out in the third stanza breaking that streak. The only other time Temple was shut out in a quarter was the first quarter of the first game.
Temple defense allowed 134 total yards to UCF – 67 rushing and 67 passing. In fact over the last two games the Temple defense has allowed just 75 rushing yards – total
for an average of 37.5 yards per game.
Home Cooking – In three home games this season (Penn State, Tulane and UCF), the Temple defense has allowed an average of 141.4 yards per game (50.7 rushing yards and 90.7 passing yards).
The defense has allowed just one touchdown in the last three games – a total of 40 drives.
Opponents have converted just one attempt this season on 40 tries of third down and 10+ yards.
In the last three games, the Temple offense has converted 50% of its third downs (22 of 44) … on third downs needing 6-or-fwewer yards, the offense is converting at a 64% clip (16 of 25).
Temple scored a touchdown on its first possession vs. UCF – a nine-play, 73-yard drive. It was Temple first first-possession TD since the Tulsa game on 10/10/14.
Junior RB Jahad Thomas
set career highs in carries (31), rushing yards (199), rushing TDs (3), and total yards from scrimmage (224). The last time a Temple back had reached those numbers was on 11/17/12 at Army when Montel Harris was 35-371-7TDs rushing. Thomas eclipsed the entire UCF team in yards from scrimmage by 90 yards (224-134).
Senior LB Tyler Matakevich
, the leading active tackler in the NCAA with 407 career tackles, wasted no time reaching the 400-tackle plateau. Entering the game with 399 career stops, he made the defense's first tackle. He led all Owls with 8 tackles and continues to be the only player in FBS to lead his team in tackles in every game this season. He also dashed any hopes of a UCF comeback with a 4th
quarter interception (his third of the season).
Sophomore CB Sean Chandler
set up two fourth quarter touchdowns with punt returns of 65 and 13 yards. The 65 yard return put the ball at the UCF21 and was quickly converted into a TD and a 22-16 Temple lead. The 13-yard return gave Temple he ball at the UCF48 and three plays later Jahad Thomas
closed the scoring with a 21-yard TD burst. Chandler also intercepted a pass in the third quarter - his second INT in as many games.
While held without a sack vs. UCF, the defense line harassed Justin Holman for most of the day leading to two interceptions. The line was stout against the run with four different D-linemen accounting for 6.5 of the team's 8 tackles for loss Matt Ioannidids 2.0; Hasson Reddick 2.0; Hershey Walton
1.5; and Praise Martin-Oguike
WR Ventell Bryant
led all receivers with 5 catches for 40 yards. The redshirt freshman recorded his first career TD in the second quarter. Four of his catches went for first downs including two third down conversions.
In the fourth quarter, Temple converted two -2-point conversions. Interestingly, QB P.J. Walker
threw one to TE Colin Thompson
and was on the receiving end of the other - thrown by WR John Christopher