The Owls are starting to make some serious noise.
The Owls took on the Tulane Green Wave (3-8) Saturday afternoon, dominating all phases of the game in their 31-0 shutout at Yulman Stadium. The shutout win highlighted both a stellar defense and an effective passing game as the Owls mover to 6-1 in the conference, 8-3 overall.
The Temple defense has recorded two consecutive shutouts, both while on the road against an AAC opponent, and has not allowed a single point in the last ten quarters. In the win against Tulane, the Green Wave managed only 24 passing yards the entire game. Defensive backs Sean Chandler and Delvon Randall, who both have earned the program’s honor of wearing single digit numbers, continue to anchor down the defense as the two recorded a combined 10 tackles.
Quarterback Phillip Walker took care of the offense with running back Ryquell Armstead sidelined with an injury. The senior from Elizabeth, NJ went 18 of 33 for 337 yards and 2 touchdowns. Half of those completions went to Ventell Bryant, who hauled in a career high 168 yards and nine receptions along with a 12-yard touchdown catch in the third quarter.
Jahad Thomas continued to be a staple of the Temple offense as he rushed for 73 yards and racked up 46 receiving yards. The senior punched in the first points of the contest with his 2-yard touchdown run, and put the final nail in the coffin when he jetted for a 42-yard touchdown on a screen pass to put the Owls up 24-0 late in the third quarter.
The Cherry and the White are 6-1 in AAC play. If the Owls can take care of business in their final home game against East Carolina, then they will make their second straight appearance in the American Athletic Conference Championship.
Next Saturday’s game against East Carolina will be at 7:30 at Lincoln Financial Field. This years seniors will be honored and the game can be viewed on ESPNews.