Women’s Soccer Shuts Out Delaware State

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When senior midfielder Elana Falcone scored off of a deflection at the 4:10 mark to start the match, it seemed as though the Owl’s had already won.

 

Temple played the winless Delaware State University (DSU) Hornets Sunday at the Temple Sports Complex. The game went the Owl’s way, as they ended up winning 8-0 with seven different players scoring. This was Temple’s third win in the past four games and their third straight shutout as well.

 

“This game was important for us, we knew that we had the upper hand in this game,” Falcone commented. “We knew that we wanted to just stick to our own game plan and not play their game at all.”

 

Even before the match began it felt like DSU was overmatched. They were 0-8 coming into the match and have only scored one goal all year and have only taken 44 shots all year, including the shots taken in their matchup against the Owls. Temple on the other hand has scored 17 goals all year and has taken 133 shots.

 

The Owls had no trouble creating chances for themselves as the ball was always on the Hornet’s end. Of the 24 shots taken, a staggering 18 of those shots were on net, that’s a 75%.

 

“I think today that was the demand, I didn’t give them any scout on anybody,” coach Seamus O’Connor said. “I just told them you’ve got to focus on yourself and do your job and once we did that then the opportunities and goals came.”

 

Temple scored its first three goals within the first 15 minutes and was up 5-0 at halftime. Almost every player got into the game for the Owls and junior goalkeeper Jordan Nash played the second half while sophomore goalkeeper Morgan Basileo played in the first half. Neither goalie was challenged.

Graduate student and forward, Morgan Glassford, added on, “How we started out was so important. Sometimes we’ll be in a 0-0 game and not a lot of subs will come in, so just knowing that we have so many players who can score off the bench is vital. It was awesome today.”

This is also the third straight game where the Owl’s have not given up a goal. The amount of shots that their opponents have had during this streak has declined each game as well. Basileo had the first two shutouts while she and Nash split the game today. “This streak has given us more confidence in what we are doing. Knowing that we are hard to score on has made us a very difficult team to play against,” O’Connor said. “Teams who play us know they will have to work hard to try to score on us and that usually leaves them open to one of our quick counter attacks where we can take advantage of our speed to get a shot on goal.”

 

The Owls will look to continue their hot streak Saturday  September 23rd, when they travel to New Britain to face off against the 3-5 Central Connecticut State Blue Devils.

Slippery Slope for Men’s Soccer Continues

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Temple Men’s Soccer fell to Fairfield 2-0 on Saturday night in a tough, defensive-minded matchup. Both teams were very aware on defense throughout, and that is why neither team could amount to any scoring in the first half. The game was rather even in the first half, as the Owls managed two shots on goal, while the Stags had one shot. The game remained scoreless going into the second half up until the 56th minute mark. Fairfield’s Don Junior-Bobe broke the stalemate to put the Stags up 1-0. After Fairfield’s first goal, they broke the game open and in the second half of the game, and they proceeded to outshoot the Owls five shots to one. The Owls could not get anything going offensively after that.

Fairfield’s defense was up to the task and completely shut down any opportunities that the Owls had to come back. Temple’s stout defense from their backline and terrific goalkeeping from goalie Alex Cagle could only carry them so far as Fairfield’s scoring opportunities and lack thereof for the Owls was too powerful to overcome. Over the course of six games the Owls have only managed to score three goals and have relied heavily on the presence of their defense and Cagle to carry the team. In the 85th minute, Fairfield’s, Ben Wignall scored to make it 2-0 and put the game out of reach for good. This marks three straight losses for the Owls to put the overall team record at 1-4-1. The Owls will look to bounce back from their recent struggles as they have two games this week at home, September 19 vs. Duquesne and September 23 vs. UConn.

 

Owls Pass Defense Needs Work Before USF

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As Temple football sits at 2-1 through three games, that’s where most fans had the team before a week 4 matchup at South Florida. It seems Owl fans are still uneasy. The unit has struggled in each of their first three games, including the most lopsided loss in the last nine seasons to Notre Dame in the opener. This past week, Temple took on the University of Massachusetts- an 0-3 team fresh out of an ugly loss against FCS school Old Dominion. To be blunt, UMass is not a good football team and Temple was only able to beat them by 8 points.

As I wrote in my previous article, there are many things contributing to the Owls lack of production. After the game against UMass, quarterback problems can be ruled out. Logan Marchi finally looked to be comfortable in the pocket passing for 248 yards and 2 touchdowns. Sure, there were some moments he would like to have back, but it’s encouraging to see his improvement, and he was never necessarily a detriment to the offense.

The Owls secondary came into this season with high expectations and have disappointed so far. Safeties Sean Chandler (left) and Delvon Randall (right) face a big test on Thursday. // Credit: USA Today

If the Owls have any hope of winning going forward, they will need to improve their pass defense. It’s been ugly for a Temple secondary laden with NFL talent so far this year. Quarterbacks have had their way with the team’s secondary. Through 3 games, these are the stats opposing QB’s have been able to put up: UMass- Andrew Ford 377 yards, 2 TD’s; Villanova- Zack Bednarczyk 382 yards, 1 TD; Notre Dame, Brian Wimbush 184 yards, 2 TD’s.

Obviously, it hasn’t been pretty. If the Owls can’t shape up ASAP they will be in for an unpleasant Week 4 against USF. The Bulls is ranked 22nd in the nation. One of the big reasons for that is their QB, Quinton Flowers.

Flowers is well-known throughout the nation as a Heisman sleeper. So far, he’s proven he deserves to be considered. Through 3 games Flowers has lead his offense to average 40 points per game. He’s thrown for 616 yards, 8 TD’s and ran for 243 yards with 2 scores.

Bleacher Report released this pre season top-10 Heisman watch article, listing Flowers at #10 on the list.

For the Owls to contain him, they will need their secondary to step up. If they can take away either his ability to run or to pass, the chance of pulling an upset drastically increases.

Hopefully the Temple football team can steal a win in Florida this Tuesday night.

Owls Show Positive Flashes in 29-21 Victory Over UMass

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In a game where Temple needed to make a statement against an 0-3 UMass Minutemen team, the Owls started slow but eventually found a groove en route to 29-21 win. Standout performers Quincy Roche, Isaiah Wright and Sam Franklin left no doubt the Owls would reign victorious on Friday night.
Logan Marchi threw 3 touchdowns to all different receivers. Isaiah Wright, Keith Kirkwood and Adonis Jennings all were on the receiving end. Final stat line for Marchi: 22/37 for 248 yards. // Credit: Zamani Feelings

Prior to the final minute of the first half, Temple’s offense managed just 118 yards on 29 plays, continuing their woes from the first two games. Even further, 58 of those yards came on one carry from Ryquell Armstead. It wasn’t until 1:04 left in the first half when Logan Marchi connected with Adonis Jennings for a 30 yard score that put the Owls up 10-7. On the opening play of UMass’ ensuing possession, Quincy Roche stripped Minutemen QB Andrew Ford and landed on the football to secure an Owls possession inside the red zone.

With 10 seconds left in the second quarter Marchi delivered again, this time to Keith Kirkwood for an 11 yard strike. Aaron Boumerhi missed the PAT and the Owls headed into halftime leading 16-7. 13 points in 54 seconds gave the Owls breathing room for the first time in the game.
The first half also featured the debut of true freshman QB Todd Centeio, who played 7 snaps, amassing 30 total yards. Logan Marchi had been missing throws leading up to the final minute, which likely had to do with the change up.
The Owls defense stayed poised for the second straight week, although Minutemen tallied 438 total yards. More than 100 of those came in the final 6 minutes of play when Temple had a lead secured. Leading tacklers Delvon Randall, Quincy Roche, and Sam Franklin all came to play in their respective positions. On the other end Temple’s offense racked up 387 yards.

Something to be excited about as an Owl fan was the resurgence of Ryquell Armstead. Even if the Owls run game

Todd Centeio was efficient in his 7 plays under center for the Owls. // Credit: Philly.com

wasn’t necessarily dominant, big bursts for the junior halfback resulted in a favorable stat line of 17 carries for 91 yards. The Owls 119 rush yards were the highest so far this season.

The Minutemen continued to stick around, as an 0-4 start to the season is something no one on the UMass staff had in mind. QB Andrew Ford finished the game 23/37 for 377 yards and his leading receiver Sadiq Palmer caught 7 of them for 117 yards. The Minutemen kept it within one possession for a large portion of the 4th quarter trailing 22-14, and weren’t able to capitalize. The Owls drove down on the ensuing possession where Isaiah Wright’s highlight reel catch in the end zone extended the Owl’s lead to 29-14. A UMass score in garbage time resulted in the 29-21 final.
Conference play opens next Thursday in another short week at No. 22 South Florida. Keep with @TU_Sportsdesk throughout the week for analysis on the Owls opening AAC matchup.

 

SportsDesk Preview: UMass vs Temple

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Week three is upon us and the Owls (1-1) will host the UMass Minutemen (0-3) this Friday night. This will be the last non-conference game for Temple until late October, as next week, they open up their inter-conference play.

The last time these two teams squared off was back in the 2015 season at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. The Owls won the matchup 25-23. It was quite the nail biter as it came down to a game winning field goal by now senior, Austin Jones with 12 seconds remaining.

Temple will look to jump ahead early this time and not have to worry about it coming down to the final 12 seconds.

“We respect every team we play, of course we respect UMass from our past play with them. It’s going to be a good game,” said senior DE Julian Taylor. “I don’t expect them to bow down and be like oh they’re Temple they’re conference champs, I expect them to come at us like we are any other team. So I’m excited to play,” said senior DE Julian Taylor.

The Matchups 

The Temple offense will look to put more points on the board after their first two games putting up 16 in both. QB Logan Marchi comes off another impressive start against Villanova throwing for 274 yards on 20-34 passing attempts and still with zero interceptions. Though he remains critical of his game, and offensive production.

“It’s got to be better, hands down. 16 points back to back is not okay. We should definitely be putting up more points than that.”

Ryquell Armstead rushed for just 19 yards against Villanova. (Credit: WBZW)

Marchi also wishes to get the running game going after just 79 rushing yards vs Villanova, and 85 yards in week one vs ND.

“We got to have the run game there, [vs] Villanova it wasn’t where we wanted it to be, we got a great running back and a great o-line, so we have to make sure we execute the running game.

Sure enough if they are able to get RB Ryquell Armstead and the running game active, it will take some pressure off Marchi and the WR core to make big plays.

In the game against Villanova, Armstead was limited to just 19 rushing yards due to some minor injuries. He looks to start this Friday and give the offense an electrifying jump that they need.

The play of the Owl’s receivers though, cannot go unnoticed. Redshirt junior WR Ventell Bryant made his return to the field last Saturday in a big way after a week one absence. He hauled in 7 catches totaling 79 yards, including a one-handed 29 yard reception that led to the game winning field goal.

Also with a big day was senior WR Adonis Jennings, who caught 3 passes for 75 yards, including one for 43 yards. Redshirt Senior Keith Kirkwood caught 4 passes totaling 61 yards.

As for the Minutemen, they have some talent of their own at WR and TE. Senior TE Adam Breneman leads the way for UMass in receiving with 21 receptions on the year totaling 323 yards. Junior WR Andy Isabella has caught 16 passes for 246 yards and 3 TD’s, including one catch for 60 yards and a touchdown in a 17-7 loss to Old Dominion.

UMass’ passing offense is led by star wideout Andy Isabella, and former Penn State tight end Adam Breneman (Cred:// Daily Hampshire Gazette)

“They’re athletic, they’re quick, we just got to come, watch and keep studying them and by the time Friday comes we’ll have a game plan for them,” said junior safety Delvon Randall. “They’ll go across the middle, they’ll go deep, it doesn’t matter, they’re great players.”

In the backfield for UMass, is junior RB Marquis Young. Young has produced big in his first two seasons, totaling 1,858 yards and 11 touchdowns. So far this season he’s already produced 148 yards and 4 touchdowns, matching his number of TD’s from a season ago.

Under center is junior QB Andrew Ford. This season, Ford has totaled 827 yards on 63-103 passing attempts, 4 touchdowns and only one interception. This is Ford’s second season as starting QB for the Minutemen, last season he threw 26 touchdowns and 14 INT’s, while being sacked 32 times. Only three games into this season, Ford has almost been sacked half as many times as last season, at 14. Temple looks to take advantage of that visible weakness this week, starting with this week’s No. 1 jersey, DE Julian Taylor.

When asked if batting the ball down at the line and not going for the sack would be suffice against Ford who likes to get the ball out quick, he said, “Oh yeah, of course, I would love that too, that would be just like a sack, but I like sacks though.”

On the defensive side of the football for UMass, leading the way is LB Bryton Barr who has 32 total tackles, 14 solo, 1.5 fumble recoveries and one sack. The leader of the defensive line  is senior Ali Ali-Musa who has 21 total tackles, 1.5 fumble recoveries and one sack.

For their secondary, sophomore CB Isaiah Rodgers has been excellent, totaling 16 tackles, one interception and two passes broken up. Rodgers also serves as the kick returner for the Minutemen, totaling 209 yards thus far.

The Owls look to get a winning streak going with their second consecutive win at home this Friday. Kickoff is set for 7:00PM at Lincoln Financial Field. The game is being broadcasted on ESPNU, and you can listen on 97.5 The Fanatic.

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SportsDesk Weekly Profile: Sharif Finch

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Temple Athletics produced this graphic to spotlight Sharif Finch’s single digit honor during the off season. // Credit: Temple Athletics

As a player of the Temple University football team, one of the highest honors you can obtain is by earning a single digit jersey. Some of Temple football legends have worn single digits during their tenure at the school. Names such as Tyler Matakevich, Tavon Young and Haason Reddick. To wear a single digit at Temple means you represent what it means to be “Temple Tuff.” This year, Sharif Finch represented that at camp and earned himself a membership to the single digit club.

Finch is a 5th year senior, looking to make a huge impact during his last ride as an Owl. Started his collegiate career as a linebacker but converted into a defensive end his sophomore year as he showed blatant ability to get to the quarterback. In 2016, Finch battled chronic knee injuries that only allowed him to play in just four games. Due to the injures, he was granted a medical redshirt, giving him another year of eligibility of college football.

Finch spent his high school football days playing linebacker at Henrico High School located in Virginia. He led the team in every defensive category his junior and senior year. His junior year he racked up 161 tackles to go along with 10.5 sacks. As a senior, he got a total of 123 tackles and 7 sacks. Finch was a two-star inside linebacker in the 2013 recruiting class. He go to receive offers from several schools including Richmond, Old Dominion, Hampton, East Carolina, and Temple. Per Rivals.com, he committed to Temple on February 5, 2013.

Finch is the active NCAA leader in blocked punts in a career with 5. // Credit: Getty Images

Finch is a special play waiting to happen as he enters to the 2017 season as the NCAA active leader in blocked punts with five of them. In the opening game against Norte Dame, Finch was quiet with just 3 tackles but quickly made up for it the next week in the Owls home opener against Villanova. Finch recorded 6 tackles, and 2 tackles for loss of 8 yards’ total. He also recovered a late fumble that sealed the deal for Temple’s first victory in the Geoff Collins era. As the season goes on, when the Temple Owls go on defense, it’s a guarantee you’ll see number 6 flying around and wherever the ball is at, that’s where he’s usually at.

SportsDesk Spotlight Shines on TUWS Freshman, Emma Wilkins

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Coming into her freshman year, Emma Wilkins had a hard time adjusting to college soccer.

“It’s a drastic change from high school to college. You really have to be committed while here and you want to give it your all, even at practice. Having to manage your time wisely and taking care of your body more than usual is very important too because you’re playing more than you ever have before. It’s a lot more of a mental game as well. Coming in I wasn’t really confident in my game.”

Wilkins, a forward from Absegami High School in Galloway Township, NJ, was a high school standout, as she was named to Atlantic County’s First Team her junior and senior year. She played for Players Development Academy (PDA) United outside of high school and led that team in goals and won the NJ State Cup three times.

Her recruitment began around the middle of her junior year of high school and she was interested in coming to Temple right away. “Temple is very well known plus the campus is really nice and has a lot of improvements. We have a new locker room and a new facility but also it’s closer to my home than my other options were,” Wilkins said. “I’m familiar with Coach Seamus O’Connor and I know some of the other girls here. It was a much easier choice than the rest of my offers.”

Two of the girls that Dolan is familiar with are sisters Kelcie and Julia Dolan. Kelcie, a team captain and junior defender, and Julia, a freshman midfielder, attended Absegami with Wilkins. Having Julia come to Temple with her this year and being able to play with Kelcie again made it much easier for Wilkins to adjust to college. “It [playing together] has been a lot of fun. Everyone’s always said that me and Julia have a lot of chemistry together and I’m sure we’ll get to see that more as we get more comfortable. They’re both practically my sisters.”

The fifth game of the season is where Wilkins began to get into her groove. Wilkins has since adjusted and found her confidence. She put away two goals in The Owls matchup vs. Rider University, a comeback win for the Owls that also doubled as their first home win of the season. Moving along on September 3rd vs. Mount St. Mary’s, Wilkins added an assist to a 2-0 shutout win. She is currently tied for the team lead in points with five. Wilkins contributed her confidence boost to her teammates. “They believed in me before I really believed in myself. They may have not even known what I could do but they still knew that there was something in me,” she said, “They all really helped me out and putting and scoring those two goals really helped my game.”

While Wilkins’ contributions have helped the Owls in the last few games, she has attributed all of the late success to the team as a whole. Last year the team had a record of 3-16 and not even through at the halfway point of the season, the team has matched the win total from last year. She stated, “I’ve kept my confidence up and I just see how hard my teammates work and I don’t want to let them down,” Wilkins said, “We really want to do well in conference and to have a winning record in the end.”

Wilkins will look to keep up the pace as the season continues. Although the team is going to take it game-by-game, her main goal is to, “…score more goals and win more also. That’s my favorite part about the game.”

SportsDesk Practice Report: Notes And Interviews (9/12)

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Walking into Tuesday morning’s practice, you could feel the high intensity flying around the field. Who else but DB Cequan Jefferson and LB Chapelle Russell were dancing to a Future song blasting from the sound system on Chudnoff field. It’s a short week for the Owls as they take on UMass this Friday night. Coming off a victory this past Saturday to rival Villanova, Temple looks to improve upon their success, while still correcting the hiccups of a fairly slow start.

Chapelle Russell has emerged as a force on this defense after leading the team with 10 total tackles vs. Villanova. // Credit: Zamani Feelings

This week, the No. 1 jersey will be worn by senior DE Jullian Taylor. Ventell Bryant will stay at No. 19, and Michael Dogbe is back to his No. 98 for week 3.  Last season, Taylor had eight tackles in only three games before he suffered a season ending injury. This season he’s back in the defensive line rotation, and said he’s excited for the opportunity.

“It’s a dream come true, I’ve always wanted to wear a single digit number all five years. I’ve battled a lot of adversity, so just to wear it for a week, it’s the most exciting thing for me. I found out this morning in a team meeting, [Coach Collins] just announced it and I had the biggest smile on my face,”

Collins stressed to Taylor, and the rest of the team how important it is to keep their minds sharp during a short week. The team has just three full days of practice before their walkthrough, then gameday. The defense will look to continue their successful run stopping displayed against Villanova. After allowing 422 rushing yards in week 1 to Notre Dame, the front 7 bounced back in big way limiting the Wildcats to just 20 yards total on the ground.

The secondary will also look to shut down UMass’s two big receivers who so far are both top 20 in yards in Division 1 (read more in the preview Thursday). The Owls will look towards their corners Artrel Foster, Mike Jones and Derrek Thomas with the help of their new CB coach Cory Robinson to shut down the targets. 

Sean Chandler and the secondary are ready for battle in Week 3. // Credit: Zamani Feelings

Junior RB Ryquell Armstead was limited last week against Villanova due to some minor injuries. He hopes to get back on the field this week, and is ready to break out.

“I feel good, I feel amazing to be honest. I was a little banged up after week one but I feel great now so I’m ready for this week….I’ve got to go back to the drawing board in order to correct my mistakes, watch more film to prepare myself and just trusting my offensive line.”

Geoff Collins also noted his support of the fan presence in the home opener. “That was as good of a student body and as good of a band I have been around since I’ve been coaching. The energy was great and it gave our kids energy and life to go out there and play.”

As you can expect, Collins is treating this week like he would any other week.

“UMass is as tough as any opponent we’ll face. They have a lot of formations with different personnel that we have to make sure we prepare for. Their offense is not an easy one to prepare for so we made sure we made the right adjustments,” Collins said.

The game is set to kickoff Friday at 7PM at Lincoln Financial Field. It is being broadcasted on ESPNU and you can listen on 97.5 The Fanatic. Make sure you check back in to the SportsDesk for the postgame coverage.

 

Offensive Woes Need Answers Moving Forward

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Temple’s only offensive touchdown on Saturday came via a 1-yard Nick Sharga run. // Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

The Temple Owls football team earned their first win on Saturday, clawing their way to a 16-13 point victory over Villanova. For other teams this could be a positive, but not for Temple. Whenever an FCS unit takes on a recent top-25 football team, you should expect the latter to win by a large margin. Looking around the NCAA (especially so far this season) that isn’t always the case, but for Temple football fans, a bar has been set- and a lot more convincing needs to be done this season.

After 2 games, there are several problems with the Owls group. The biggest of their problems lie within the offense.

The first offensive struggle is with the run game. Ryquell Armstead is an above-average running back, but the offensive line is rendering him useless. The big guys up-front have been struggling to get an push off the line, and Armstead has gathered a mere 86 yards on 31 carries through the team’s first 2 games. That’s just 2.7 yards per carry for the returning 900-yard rusher. Just like years past, If the Owls intend on seriously contending, they will need the help of their running game.

Anther offensive struggle has been well documented since the spring game — the passing game. Logan Marchi won the Owls quarterback battle this offseason and hasn’t exactly played good, but he hasn’t been bad either.

In Marchi’s defense, as well as the offense as a whole, many have questioned the decision making in terms of play calls by new Offensive Coordinator Dave Patenaude. In addition, Marchi has yet to turn the ball over through his first two games under center (69 pass attempts).

Logan Marchi will look to take control of a productive offense this week vs. 0-3 UMass // Credit: USA Today Sports

However, he hasn’t necessarily made plays for the Owls. He’s made risky decisions that, luckily, have not come back to bite him. On top of that, he’s struggled to connect with several of his receivers. This was on full display last week when he missed a wide-open Brodrick Yancy early in the second half on Saturday. Marchi’s QBR ratings of 29.9 Week 1 and 66.6 Week 2 highlight his struggles to get on the same page as his receivers.

The unit has several crucial games in the near future where they need their offense to click on all cylinders. It may not be this Friday against a struggling UMass team who dropped all 3 of their games so far this season, but conference play opens with a bang at South Florida the following week.

Editor’s Note, Week of 9/11: Starting this week, a recap from Tuesday football practices will be brought to you by Brian Steinmetz. Our weekly profile (Wed.) from Chris Zeigler will look at DE Sharif Finch. Temple vs. UMass game preview on Thursday, kickoff from Lincoln Financial Field is Friday night (9/15) at 7 p.m.. Follow @TU_Sportsdesk on Twitter for updates all week.

Owls Pull Out Victory In Final Minute Vs. Villanova

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Aaron Boumehri drilled a 49 yard field goal with a minute remaining to give the Owls a 16-13 lead over Villanova, which would hold up to be the final from Lincoln Financial Field.

For the second straight week the Owls failed to score 20 points, scoring just 16 against a Villanova defense that allowed 35 points to Lehigh a week ago. A year ago, the Owls scored 51 points in their first two games, including a 38 spot in week two against Stony Brook.

The second career start for Logan Marchi was much like the first, as the redshirt sophomore 20 of his 34 pass attempts, for 274 yards. He did not turn the ball over for the second straight week, showing his poise under center that is rare to find in a young quarterback.

Marchi did not turn the ball over for the second week in a row.

“Ball security means job security,” said Head Coach Geoff Collins following Saturday’s game. “Anybody that turns the ball over on offense isn’t gonna play.”

In a relatively slow paced first half, the Owls took a 10-0 lead heading into halftime over in state rival Villanova.

Marchi came out slinging early in the game, throwing for 193 yards in the opening 30 minutes of play. The majority of his passing yardage came on the final drive before the end of the half, as he found three different receivers for 62 yards down to the one yard line, setting up a one yard touchdown run by fullback Nick Sharga with one second remaining in the opening half. The last second touchdown would turn out to be the only Temple touchdown on the afternoon.

The offenses went back and forth in the first quarter without scoring until the 1:13 mark, when Austin Jones connected on a 22-yard field goal to open the scoring.

Villanova had the majority of possession in the quarter, while the Owls outgained the Wildcats 121 to 82 in the opening quarter.

It was more of the same as the second quarter opened, as the offenses traded missed field goals, keeping the score knotted at 3-0. The Owls defense, a week after allowing 28 points in the first half, held Villanova scoreless, and just 129 yards of total offense.

The Wildcats took over in the second half. After a 44 yard Aaron Boumehri field goal to make it a 13-0 game, the Wildcats scored 13 unanswered points to tie the game with 3:29 to go. Villanova quarterback Zach Bednarczyk found open receivers early and often in the second half, as he threw for an impressive 382 yards on the night, and one touchdown.

The Wildcats capitalized on two field goals, and a 10 yard touchdown pass to Taurus Phillips, who was tied for the team lead in receptions with six in the game.

The Temple offense woke up following 34 yard game tying field goal by Villanova, driving the ball down the field in just 2:23, and squeeze just inside field goal range for Boumehri to put them in front.

The spark of the drive was a 29 yard pass to Ventell Bryant, who made a spectacular one handed catch along the sideline while being interfered with, to put the Owls into Villanova territory. Temple was also aided by a defensive holding call when Marchi tried to find Adonis Jennings down the field. Bryant would finish the game as the Owl’s leading receiver, with seven catches for 79 yards in his first action of the season.

For the second straight week the Temple rushing offense was unimpressive, totaling just 79 yards on the ground as a team. Starting running back Ryquell Armstead mustered just 19 yards on 12 carries. No Owl had more than 30 rushing yards on the night.

The Owl’s defense allowed just 20 yards on the ground against Villanova, 400 less than week one.

Defensively for Temple, Chappelle Russell was all over the field, collecting 10 total tackles on the night, including a big five yard tackle for loss to help push keep Villanova from driving the ball down the field. Redshirt Sophomore linebacker Dana Levine followed up the play with a quarterback hurry to force an intentional grounding penalty. The Wildcats were able to convert on a field goal later in the drive.

As a unit, the Owls held Villanova to just 20 yards of rushing, compared to allowing 422 against Notre Dame. The front seven came to play, as the Temple defense was looking to make a statement, especially in the run game.

Other notable performances on defense were safeties Delvon Randall and Sean Chandler, each totaled eight tackles on the afternoon. Shaun Bradley also made an impact with seven total tackles, two tackles for loss, and a sack in the week two game. Perhaps the biggest play of the game was a pass breakup by Dan Archibong, to help keep Villanova out of the end zone, and force a field goal, which led to the Owls game winning drive.

Temple has little time to celebrate, as the Owls have a short week, and will take on UMass friday night at the linc. They will look to pick up their second win of the season, and second under Geoff Collins against the minutemen.