News & Notes Following Temple's 37-10 Win vs. East Carolina...
In the past two seasons, Temple has won 19 games. It is the best two-year stretch in school history. Temple won 17 games in a two-year span four times (1973-74, 1978-79, 2009-10, 2010-11).
Temple's senior class now has 27 wins in the last 3+ seasons which ranks ninth all-time in school history over a four-year span. However, with two games remaining, this year's class has a chance to move into third all-time [31 wins (2011), 30 (2012), 28 (1931, 1974, 1975), 27 (1930, 1973, 1976)].
Temple played as clean a game as you can expect with zero turnovers, zero sacks given up, and zero penalties. It was the first game that Temple had zero penalties in over 10 years.
Temple's defense has a streak of 10 straight quarters without a score snapped in the first quarter. The stretch lasted 163 minutes and 29 seconds.
The NCAA's all-time reception's leader was held in check. Zay Jones, who came in to the game averaging 13.7 catches and 153.2 receiving yards in 2016, was limited to just 7 receptions for 61 yards. East Carolina's 22nd
ranked offense at 489.1 YPG was throttled to less than half that number, ending the contest with just 225 total yards.
Junior WR Adonis Jennings
sparked Temple with a 43-yard kickoff return, which was his first of the season and the longest by an Owl this year. He also posted his first career-100-yard receiving game and his 44-yard reception on the Owls' first drive left Temple on the doorstep of its first score which tied the game.
Senior RB Jahad Thomas
continues to ignite the Owls. He found the end zone twice more and now has multiple scores in nine of the 10 games he has played. He carried the load with 152-yards rushing on 24 carries.
Temple has had two games where they have had a 100-yard rusher and 100-yard receiver in the same game this season – USF and East Carolina. Thomas and Jennings were the pair vs. East Carolina and Armstead and Ventell Bryant
did so vs. USF.
Sophomore RB Ryquell Armstead
chipped in two more rushing TDs and now has 13 for the season. With a pair of scores from Thomas and Armstead, Temple now has had one player with multiple scores in a single game, 15 times this season [Thomas (9), Armstead (5), Keith Kirkwood
Senior DL Praise Martin-Oguike
had a career-high 2.0 sacks, including one strip sack that caused a fumble that he recovered and led to an Owls score. Martin-Oguike now has 6.0 sacks in the last six games. It was the sixth time this season that an Owl recorded a pair of sacks: Haason Reddick
(3), Martin-Oguike, Averee Robinson
, and Romond Deloatch
Senior QB Phillip Walker
threw for 158 yards on 12-of-20 passing. His 6-yard second quarter completion to Adonis Jennings
put him over the 10,000-yard mark for his career – the first Temple player to reach that milestone.