Too little, too late for the Temple Owls. After the team mounted a strong comeback effort, they came up just short in the closing minutes of the game.
When the game began, Temple came out to a slow start. Houston was able to get up on the Owls 13-0, as the two teams went into the half. This isn’t to say that Temple didn’t have their chances early on. The Owls started on the 50, and 47 yard line in their first two possessions. Unfortunately, the Owls were not able to capitalize on either of these opportunities. Later in the first half, safety Dalvon Randall intercepted Houston quarterback Kyle Postma. The team looked to be capturing momentum, but once again, they could not capitalize as Logan Marchi was then intercepted.
The second half was a closer battle. Houston came out strong scoring on their first drive and making the score 20-0. After that, Temple showed signs of life following Ryquell Armstead’s 17 yard run. The Owls were then able to get on the board as Austin Jones hit a 41 yard field goal. The Temple defense then forced a 3rd down stop, allowing Logan Marchi to connect with David Hood for a 1 yard touchdown pass.
With the score now 20-10, the Owls were finally showing signs of life which was jolted by a big hit from Chapelle Russell on Houston’s Kyle Postma. Temple was once again able to get on the board as Jones nailed another field goal making the score 20-13.
The game seemed within reach as the Owls were able to stop the Cougars and get one more shot at scoring. Unfortunately, they were not able to do so. Following a questionable play call and an errant 4th down pass, Temple fell short short of victory.
Once again, there will be several adjustments to be made following the game. Look for Coach Collins and the Owls to correct these mistakes and earn a bounce-back win against next week against East Carolina University.