At the start of the season, Isaiah Wright was presumed to be the Owls #1 receiver, but following an up-and-down season a new star has emerged.
Redshirt-sophomore Jadan Blue has been the Owls most consistent pass-catcher this so far this season. Blue leads Temple in receiving yards and receptions and added to those totals on Saturday racking up 12 catches, 131 yards and a touchdown in a win against Tulane. Rod Carey praised Blue’s performance as a result of his preparation after the game.
“He just works so damn hard. All the time. He’s a pleasure to be around”
Despite Blue’s big day, the Owls did not make it easy for themselves. While the offense was able to consistently get the ball down the field, they struggled to turn those opportunities into touchdowns. Temple had a total of 4 trips to the Tulane side of the field in the first half only converting 1 of those into a touchdown. Instead, the Owls would settle for field goals and a 13-7 lead going into half.
“It probably should have been put away a lot earlier than it was,” Rod Carey said when talking about the missed opportunities from the game, but the second half would bode better for the Owls..
They finally converted with trips to the endzone, but the Green Wave would answer. After Kenny Yeboah’s second score of the game and Blue’s first, Tulane was able to close the gap to 8 points and with just under 5 minutes left they possessed the ball.
The Green mounted a lengthy drive, but Quincy Roche step-up getting one of his 4 tackles for loss on the day.
Tulane would get one last chance in the final minute and 30 seconds of the game, but once again, Roche would raise to the challenge sacking Justin McMillan twice and finished with 3 on the day.
“A common saying in football is sacks kill drives,” redshirt Junior Quincy Roche said, “If that’s what’s going to help my team out that’s what I’m going to do.
Roche, Blue and Yeboah all helped lead the Owls to victory boosting their record to 7-3 on the season.
Now, the Owls will turn their attention to #17 ranked Cincinnati next week.