- In front of 27,492 fans at Independence Stadium the Temple Owls fell to the Duke Blue Devils 56-27 in the 43rd
Independence Bowl to finish the season 8-5.
Temple and Duke traded scores throughout the first 30 minutes with the 48 points making for the highest combined scoring first half in Temple bowl history. The Owls couldn't get much going in the second half and were unable to keep the Blue Devils out of the endzone, resulting in a lopsided victory for Duke.
How it Happened
>After starting the game on offense with a quick three-and-out, the Owls set up on defense. On the third play of the drive, Duke completed a 62-yard pass to get all the way to the Owls' three yardline. The Blue Devils eventually punched it in on a QB keeper to take the first lead of the game 7-0.
took the ensuing kickoff 74-yards to set up the offense on the Duke 26 yardline. After converting a third down on a pass from QB Anthony Russo
to WR Brodrick Yancy
, Russo took the ball 15 yards on a read-option into the endzone to even the score 7-7.
>On the following drive, Duke looked to be stringing together a productive drive before SAF Delvon Randall
picked off a dump pass and took it 52-yards for a touchdown. The extra point was missed and the Owls took a 13-7 lead after one quarter.
>On Duke's first drive of the second quarter, CB Linwood Crump
nabbed an interception on an under thrown ball to give the Owls the ball back on their own 42 yardline.
>Russo and company put together an efficient 10-play, 58-yard drive capped off by a touchdown by FB Rob Ritrovato
. His one yard punch-in made the score 20-7 Temple with 10:25 left to play in the half.
>The Blue Devils answered with a touchdown of their own on the next drive. Duke went 70-yards on seven plays and scored on a 34-yard touchdown pass to close the gap, 20-14. Temple started the next drive on its own 27 yardline. Russo hit WR Sean Ryan
on three separate passes for 12, 5, and then 27 yards to get the Owls into the redzone. After an 11-yard and three-yard run by RB Jager Gardner
, Russo connected with Yancy on a crossing route for an 8-yard touchdown to put Temple ahead 27-14.
>Duke answered once again with a 22-yard catch and throw for a touchdown to keep it a one score game, 27-21 with 1:11 left to play in the half. The half ended 27-21.
>Duke scored on its first three drives of the second half to regain and push the lead to 42-27. Temple couldn't get much going in the third quarter in order to counter the high-powered Blue Devils' offense.
>After putting together a drive to get to the four yardline before the end of the third quarter, the Blue Devils scored again at the start of the final quarter to make the score 49-27.
>Duke added one more touchdown in the fourth quarter to account for the final score, 56-27.
>The Owls scored the most points in program history this season.
>Wright had the longest kick return in Temple bowl history with a 74-yard return.
>Randall's 52-yard pick-six was the longest interception return in Temple bowl history, he also had seven tackles.
>Randall and DT Michael Dogbe
now hold the record for most games played as an Owl with 54. Randall played in 54 consecutive games.
>The Owls had 14 non-offensive touchdowns this season.
>DT Quincy Roche
had eight tackles and two sacks.
>Russo finished 24-46 for 228 yards and a touchdown.
>Yancy led the Owls with five catches for 57 yards and a touchdown.