Temple Owls are facing off the Wagner Seahawks this Saturday at Lincoln Financial Field for the Owls’ second home game in a row. Temple is looking to bounce back after a loss against Boston College last weekend. Kickoff is scheduled for noon and will be streamed on ESPN+ and can be listened to on 97.5 The Fanatic. Temple Update SportsDesk will have live game updates followed on Sportsdesk’s Twitter at TU_SportsDesk as well as pre and post-game reports from Brooklyn Vaughan and Alexis Beckett.
Temple currently holds a 1-2 record with losses against Rutgers and Boston College and a win against Akron. This is the first Temple and Wagner will be facing each other. Because of Wagner’s location in New York City, many players on both teams have played with or against each other before
The first quarter is going to be a crucial focus for the next games. So far this season, Temple has been outscored 40-7 in the first quarter. Field position has been a consistent issue for the Owls. Opposing teams have started drives within 60 yards or less 10 times this season. However, Temple’s defense has been tough and currently ranks second in the conference and fifth in the country in passing yards allowed per game with 123.3. The Owls finished the 2019 season ranked seventh in redzone defense and led the conference in 2020 with the fewest first downs allowed (150).
True Freshman quarterback Justin Lynch has been the center of attention these past two games. Despite some bad plays and miscues, Lynch is 3rd in the American in passing efficiency with a rating of 151.09. There is still some debate over who the man under center will be Saturday. Georgia transfer D’Wan Mathis practiced in full pads on Tuesday but status is still listed as day-today. Another player to look out for is Jadan Blue, who is only 42 receiving yards away from recording 1,600 for his career total.
Captian Amir Tyler leads the team into total tackles with 20 so far this season. 14 of those have been solo tackles again leading the Owls. Tyler in the nation is T-134 among all players in tackles and showing why he is the defensive captain. His single-digit Linebacker counterpart, William Kwenkeu, leads the team in tackles for a loss and sacks despite missing the last game. Kwenkeu will also be a game-time decision after being listed as day-to-day last Monday.
The Owls continue with their home stretch of games against the Memphis Tigers next week for the Homecoming game. The game will mark the Owls’ first game against another American Athletic Conference team. Kickoff is set for 12:00 pm and will be live on ESPNU.